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Case: Modded Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus V Gene CPU: Intel i7 3770K GPU: nVidia GTX 970 SLI (still need to acquire) RAM: 4 x 4GB Corsair Dominator GTs 2133Mhz SSD: undecided HDD: undecided PSU: Corsair AX860 Cables: Icemodz custom sleeved white and green cables Radiators: Alphacool NexXxoS Full Copper Monsta 240mm, Alphacool NexXxoS Full Copper ST30 360mm Fans: 7 x Gelid Wing Green Pump: Swiftech MCP35X with Koolance casing and heatsink Reservoir: Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 150 Full Acrylic Fittings: Primochill Rigid Ghost Green fittings, various Bitspower matte black extensions and angle fittings Tubing: Primochill Rigid Clear CPU Block: EK-Supremacy CSQ Polished Nickel Plexi GPU Block: 2 x EK-FC670 CSQ Nickel Acetal (reusing old blocks that will fit on some GTX 970 reference cards) RAM Block: EK-RAM Monarch X4 CSQ Polished Nickel Plexi Motherboard Block: EK-MOSFET ASUS M5G Acetal SLI Bridge: EK-FC Bridge CSQ Polished Dual Parallel Coolant: Mayhems UV Emerald Green Lighting: DarkSide UV LED strips Other: nVidia Claw SLI Bridge, Aquaero 5LT USB fan controller SPONSOR Hey guys! My name is Alex, I'm from Gold Coast, Australia and I just joined the forum. I would like to welcome you to my new build log and what will be my second mod project. Hope you guys enjoy the project and pop by and say hi This build is more of an upgrade of my system in a Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 in which I will be keeping most of the components as well as adding new ones and a lot of modding work to the case and other bits :P Here is the build before disassembly and before a pretty major event happened ... Now back to the pretty major event that went down with the build. One Saturday morning a few weeks back now, while I was still enjoying my sleep my partner wakes me up telling me there is a burning smell coming from the system, me thinking she's just making fun of me as she sometimes does, I choose to ignore her :hehe: . However as she kept insisting and telling me that it's no joke I got up and went to the other room where the system was just to be greeted by this awful smell of burnt plastic and a couple of seconds later realising that the DDC pump had burned out. The CPU was rocking 105C according to Real Temp but was still running fine. Not sure how long it's been like that, it was running the whole night as we stream movies to our bedroom from it and before I went to sleep it was fine. I immediately turned it off by just a normal shut down and there went my day as I decided to just dismantle the thing there and then. The aftermath is shown in the following pics as I went ahead and took everything apart, cleaned it and installed the system on my desk to test everything. Fortunately everything was fine minus a burned out DDC pump . The little guy has been pumping my liquid pretty much 24 hours straight for the past two years and a bit and it decided it's had enough of the Queensland heat. Just when I was about to mount a heat sink on it along with the upgrade of the system . And let's start straight with the dirty stuff As you can see the little guys burned out pretty good, I doubt I can salvage it with a new PCB from that DIYINHK site that still sell them If I'm guessing right the fluid must have been boiling around the CPU area that caused the tube to fog up as well as deform a little bit to the touch. My partner may have woken me up just in time to save it. Not sure if the system would have shut itself off after a while or if the acrylic tube would of just melted but I think I'm lucky nothing further happened. Here's the empty case and by the looks of things something funny happened to the label on that Corsair Force GT SSD. And everything out on the table to be cleaned and inspected You may also spot the new side panel that I have been working on the few days prior, finished it the night before. Here's a better look at the side panel The plan was to have more molecules but I managed to mess up the left side of it so decided to just make the window bigger. Still think it came out pretty good in the end, minus a few painting mess ups due to an unexpected storm that occurred as the paint was drying. These are the molecule shapes I used as I am not good at drawing things A better look at the finished side panel as well as the very last pic of the system running The side panel was fully crafted by me using a Dremel rotary tool, a jig saw and lots of filing I was also playing around with this new Aquaero 5LT controller the night before. Installed the optional heatsink but didn't get to test it out. The modding begins !!! First I cut a small hole in the floor which I will use as a drain from the bottom outlet of the Alphacool Monsta 240mm rad that will be going in the front of the case. Did a cut on the MB tray as well. I will be making a shroud for the bottom so I cut the bottom right corner of the MB tray as to better help with cable management at the back. I made a small mistake here and started cutting higher that I wanted to. However it doesn't make a difference as I will be putting some white acrylic around the MB that will cover everything. I then got the case ready for painting In this last pic you can see how the brushed aluminum aspect of the front panel looks after painting. Some parts will be going green while other will stay white. The plan is to have the inside of the case white and the outside shell green like the side panel. Hopefully it will look good like I'm imagining it. Here is the frame of the case assembled once the paint dried. That's it for now. Stay tuned for more. Cheers, Alex
Hello fellow Monkeys, It's that time again, this time I will be doing a permanent dedicated SFF PC build for LAN events. During my last trip to QuakeCon I had a bad experience when it comes to traveling with a mid tower while attempting to travel via Amtrak, it seems that no electronic items can be checked in :huh: . But can be used as carry on if size permits, hence this build log. My next two LAN events will require travel (one in Indiana and the second PDXLAN at Oregon). Even though I may drive to both there's the possibility that I may choose to fly and take my build as a carry on when I do. Since I am a US Army Vet and decided to start getting involved with Operation Supply Drop I chose to do a military themed build. The case I will be using is Fractal Design's Node 304 in black, but will paint an OD Green. I intent to cut in a window on top panel, replace front panel and its I/O, add case feet and a carrying handle. I'll edit and add custom parts from MNPCTECH with links below. Thanks to Bill Owen for sponsoring me with parts for this mod (see links and pictures below). I will post updates as build progresses. In the meantime it's time to break case down. Specs: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX PC case, blackMSI Z97I AC Mini-ITX LGA 1150 MotherboardIntel i5 4690k CPU8GB 9 2 x 4GB) Kingston Hyper Beast DDR3 2400MHz RAMTwo 500GB ea. Samsung 850 EVO SSDsSapphire Radeon R9 285 ITX 2GB GPU (temporary)EVGA SuperNOVA 650 GS Fully Modular PSU (getting next month)Four Noctua NF-B9 redux 1600, SSO Bearing Fan 92mm (getting next month)One Noctua NF-P14s redux-1500 PWM, SSO Bearing Fan 140mm (getting next month)Cooler Master Hyper D92, CPU cooler (getting net month)Note will either use two 92mm 0r two 80mm case fans for custom front panel, will know more as I start mod. Removed rubber "case feet" and discovered screws underneath. Seems like there's a bottom plastic like tray that can be removed as well. I chose to remove this bottom "tray" for better installation of custom case feet. This is the bottom plastic like tray removed. Removed two front 92mm case fans, will cut out these fan mounts for custom front panel and replace with another 92mm or 80mm fans. Removed built in fan speed controller since I will not use. Removed PSU bracket and top bar which supports the three hard drive trays which I will not use either. Removed the left side GPU filter. Removed the right side PSU filter. Everything has been broken down and removed, will take measurements and prepare to start cutting and drilling before painting. PSU bracket and internal PSU cable in one easy to find place/bag. Mnpctech PC & Case Mod Product Links Lamptron Bulgin Mounting Plate, 22mm by 22mm, Black by Mnpctech, http://mnpctech.com/bulgin-modmytoys-computer-pc-power-reset-switch-mounting-plates-vandal-anti-resitant-lamptron/22mm-22mm-switch-plate/lamptron-bulgin-mounting-plate-22mm-by-22mm-black.html Mnpctech Red & Green Vandal Resistant PC Power Switch, 22mm, http://mnpctech.com/case-mods-gaming-pc-liquid-modding-custom-computer-mnpctech-overclock-cooling-fan-grills/switches-toggle-pc-computer-power-reset/vandal-resistant-pc-power-switch-22mm-clone.html Mnpctech Mini ITX Custom Machined Aluminum PC Case Feet, http://mnpctech.com/pc-computer-stereo-desktop-case-feet/mini-itx-pc-case-feet.html Gaming or LAN PC Carry Handles are made from solid 3/8" diameter Stainless Steel, http://mnpctech.com/pc-case-lan-party-gaming-carry-top-server-tower-handles/pc-bar-handles.html
This is a LAN build in progress for events like QuakeCon and PDXLAN. Will update as hardware arrives. Note: Case has been custom painted from black to white thanks to Ian (TornTV). I live in an apartment complex and do not have the means for a custom paint job of this type. Build name is a combination of my first name name and "darkness" (Heaven and Hell), hence Hangel. I love Horror :wub: More hardware and pics coming soon... Progress might be a bit slow since I need to acquire a couple of items from the store. These I will install myself: Diamond Knurl PC Feet, Black - http://mnpctech.com/...feet-black.htmlThree - 140mm Billet Pro-Line, Round PC Fan Grill, Black - http://mnpctech.com/...40mm-black.html15 Black PC Thumbscrews - http://mnpctech.com/...bscrews-en.html PC Part Picker link: AMD FX-8370, Fractal Design Core 3500 - Hangel - NocturneKittie's Saved Part List - PCPartPicker Please see original look for Fractal Design Core 3500 at this link: http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/core-series/core-3500 Fractal Design logo was painted over so Ian created me a snowflake sticker/decal :)
While taking a break from modding for a bit during my Breast Cancer Fundraiser Event (which has been extended to Nov 21) I received this M-ATX case from Fractal Design. I am currently using it as my main PC, but it will eventually become a HTPC. Have not done much to it at this time, but plan on getting more parts from MNPCTech for this build eventually :D So far I just removed the hard drive bays/trays and painted them in black. Also re-positioned it from top location to bottom. Set up is temporary at this time, planning on getting ModZoo Monkey Badge (small) and black case feet so far. Will post updates here as soon as I can.