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Hello everybody! As some of you may know, I have been working closely with Bill Owen at MNPCTech over the past year learning and soaking up as much as I can as his intern. We have done several case reviews and mod guides together, and it is time for me to step it up a notch and take on a big themed build. - Theme - This is going to be influenced by oldschool Star Wars, and specifically Rebel Alliance equipment. I love the look of their gear, machinery, technology, and spacecraft, so this will take many ideas from that. We're starting with the Cosmos II, and will end up with something that looks dramatically different in the end. I first must thank CoolerMaster for the sponsorship of the Cosmos II and Silent Pro Hybrid 1300w powersupply, EK for sponsoring the watercooling components, Lutro0 for sponsoring their beautiful sleeving work, Mayhems for supplying their world class coolants and dyes, Cheapskate for dedicating his time into designing custom waterblocks for the 680s, Brian Garrity for his time as the camera man for the upcoming video of this project, and of course Bill and MNPCTech for everything he has taught me and given me during my time working with him. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 - Components - Asus Rampage IV Extreme Intel 3930k Quad SLI GTX 680 Classified's 32gb of Corsair Dominator 2133mhz CoolerMaster Silent Pro Hybrid 1300w 512gb Vertex 4 SSD 3x 3tb Seagate 7,200rpm storage drives Cosmos II Full dual loop EK watercooling setup with custom GPU waterblocks designed by our very own CheapskateSupremacy Elite socket 2011 Nickel CPU blockR4E Nickel CSQ mobo block2x Ram Dominator X4 blocks2x 480 XT radiators2x DDC-3.2TP pumps2x X3 150mm resBlack Nickel fittingsCustom Classified blocks by munkeybuttTime for the pics to do the talking! The Cosmos II It's a bird. It's a plane... Cosmos II opened up - I hate that mess of useless feces dangling there. The build will feature MNPCTech's new Cosmos II Full Acrylic window side panel! Available soon for order. This is a serious chunk of acrylic! Here is what the Clear side panel looks like installed on the Cosmos II. It's cnc machined from .5" thick Chemcast Cast Acrylic with two 120mm fan holes with fastener holes for your own fan grills. Mnpctech Pre-Ordering page for Cooler Master Cosmos II Clear Window Panel Mnpctech Pre-Ordering page for Cooler Master Cosmos II Clear Window Panel We also created a Clear replacement window for the Corsair c70 replacement window kit http://mnpctech.com/mnpctech-clear-case-pc-panels/corsair-c70-window-replacement-clear-fan-holes-120mm/corsair-c70-custom-window.html Machined aluminum "Diamond Knurl" pc case feet which are made in HAAS cnc lathe. The base diameter is 1- 3/4" with height of 1" to elevate the case for improved airflow beneath it. They've been painted House of Kolor Kandy Red to fit the Rebel Alliance color scheme A few components going into the system Classified unboxing These cards are bigger than 690's... Shiny! Why is quad sli not overkill? 6000x1080-across-three-monitors-gaming is why. Even the Rebel Alliance has to game from time to time! Stripping down the CMII for some modding. Taping off the top to cut room for a 480mm rad. Lining up the top rad Cages removed to make room for a 480mm rad in the front Creating the mounting system for the 480 in the front bezel Rad mounted into front bezel. I will be doing more in between the rad and the edges to make it more connected. Front rad mounted in the case I wanted to do something special with the edge frame work, so I decided on cutting out slots and putting some modders mesh behind it Clamping down the mesh for some epoxying This stuff is the best for all kinds of modding. Epoxy of the gods I say! Removing the stock top panel mesh Mounting a hinge on the top panel for some flap movement Watercooling time! Supremacy 2011 block and black nickel fittings I love the frosty tops on these blocks! DDC's and tops An army of black nickel fittings! So prettttttty! -- Updates 1/1/13 -- Thanks for following guys! Here are some updates on what is in the works... Measuring out pieces to make dual res holder from 1/4" thick Black Opaque acrylic sheet Custom Dual Res tube holder for the EK Res X3s EK Res X3s, ready for mounting What remains of the factory front I/O, this was part of the CM II's top panel. This will flip open. Modified "Laurey" style cabinet hinge, this spring loaded, and found at WoodCraft, http://www.woodcraft....ount-Pair.aspx Spacer for hinge made from 1/8" acrylic, this will be painted later Dual EK Res X3s mounted. This location will be ideal when it's time to fill the two loops. The flip cover, creates easy access for inspecting the loops, if ever needed in the future. The rear cover flips open now too! I wanted to use an ipod touch for monitoring and fan control. This will be mounted in the front top panel and running through the Bitfenix Recon phone app. Making the front phone mount Initial looks of the front phone fan control module. Think Luke Skywalker's targeting computer ;)/> Custom shroud for the reservoirs -- Update 1/6/13 -- Update time! I appreciate the comments and follows guys! I'm very dedicated to making this a very clean build internally, which is why shrouding everything is a must. I also want to keep the interior of the case very open and uncluttered, so there will be next to nothing inside the main compartment other than the mobo and what's attached to it. No drives, pumps, anything located here. It's all about the aesthetics! Cutting 1/4" thick cast acrylic to use as a shroud for the lower portion of the chassis 1/4" acrylic over lower portion which will be easily removable with thumbscrews, 1/8" acrylic shroud on back wall will hide liquid tubing The mid section has 1/2" thick acrylic floor so it's flush with the outter edge of the chassis Using weld-on to attach lip to the tubing shroud for the back wall of the chassis, this will be painted later to match the exterior of the case. Temporarily installing Mnpctech's CM II clear panel to determine the two 120mm fan hole openings in the removable lower chassis shroud The two 120mm fan hole openings are aligned with opening in the clear panel The epoxy on the side bezels has dried and I really like how they look with the mesh Now it's time to do the same thing with the non-window'ed side panel. Cutting the double layered panel was a bit of a challenge, but it's cleaned up and time for more epoxy. I plan to mount an acrylic Rebel Alliance logo on the mesh and illuminate it. As far as the custom classified waterblocks are concerned, Cheapskate has made great progress (though he has reminded me how complex these little buggers are going to be ;)/> This is current design phase with an "X Wing" style backplate that will have the Rebel Alliance logo in the red circle. The layers in the pic are backplate, full copper block, acrylic top, and stainless top cover. Update 2/21/13 Here are screen shots of the custom water blocks and liquid channeled bridge designed by Cheapskate. The blocks will be milled from Copper with Clear acrylic cover and top plate with design inspired by X-Wing fighter wing.These are for Andrew's eVga 680 GTX Classified graphics cards. More to come soon! We'll have a video worklog as well, so make sure you subscribe to MNPCTech's Youtube Channel! Yesterday I made Red Overlay to match the color scheme and installed Andrew's Aquaero into the shroud for the chassis. Aqua Computer's Aquaero product page, http://www.aquacompu.../aquaero-5.html Removing masking tape over window for phoyba RGB light strip Cutting Red Transparent Acrylic Window sheet into overlay for the Aqua Computer Aquaero 6/32 countersink drill bit for the Torx head screws on the Aquaro and installed Phoyba RGB light strip on the side... Update 3/26/13 Aquaero Shroud - Leak Testing Waterblocks on the Asus Rampage 4 Motherboard Milling the front 480 radiator grill bezel from 1.5" thick block of 6061 billet. The backside has been hollowed out, to save weight. the design was inspired by jet engine intake, but
I took the power tools to the Cubitek Magic Cube in this tutorial video. The mods for this Cubitek project included: Large side panel window [Made from 12x24 Acrylic Window http://www.mnpctech.com/acrylic_colored_sheets_casemod_windows1.html] Custom front grill [using Honeycomb Modders Mesh http://www.mnpctech.com/moddersmesh.html] Digital thermal monitor [Available from MNPCTech] MNPCTech Billet case handles & feet [http://www.mnpctech.com/MnpctechBillethandleGrooved.html, http://www.mnpctech.com/ITX_MATX_Computer_Case_Feet.html] Window Applique [http://www.mnpctech.com/PC_Window_Applique_Sticker.html] Custom PSU shroud [Again crafted from a 12x24 Smoked Black Acrylic window sheet]
PCs4VETS Medals Of Valor (SCREAMING EAGLE) PCs4Vets is a IRS registered 501 © (3) charitable organization and a registered SDVOB that refurbishes computers and then donates them to veterans and their family members, along with FREE educational training and software. Service Disabled Veteran Run 501c3 foundation hiring Service Disabled Veterans to refurbish computers for Service Disabled Veterans. Being a Charitable foundation and this a auction build, most of the products used are sponsored in this project. Inspiration for this creation is VALOR in battle honoring the courage, merit and gallantry of our soldiers. CASE: Cooler Master Cosmos II MOTHERBOARD: ECS Golden Board Z77H2-A2X Black Extreme CPU: INTEL I5-3550 LGA1155 RAM: Kingston 16GB Quad Channel DDR3 - 1866Mhz Memory GPU: ECS Black Series GTX 680 (the only one in the world, they decided not to market the card) PSU: ECOMASTER ENERMAX sponsored a LEPA G1000 Power Supply SSD: Intel SSD 320 Series 160Gb, Corsair Force GT 240Gb DVD: Compaq Presario CQ50 SATA Laptop CD-RW DVD-RW DL Lightscibe Multi Burner Drive AD-7561S USB ADD-ON: NZXT IU01 Internal USB Expansion Board Cooling: CPU: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme Closed Loop GPU: Dual fans on Card Shroud MEMORY: Kingston HyperX KHX-FAN-B Cooling Fans FANS: 4x Ecomaster LEPA Blue Chopper fans, 4x Prolima Tech Blue LED 140mm and 120mm 1x Coolermaster 200mm case fan FANS: Scythe SY1212SL12H Slip Stream Slim (Under radiator push side fans fix) CABLES: Corsair Professional Series Black Sleeved extension cables (I may sleeve some of the cables) CUSTOM: Blue Hexis Di-Noc CUSTOM: 3M 3D Effect Carbon Fiber Di-Noc CUSTOM DECAL: Lethal Threat Rip and Tear Eagle with Flag see thru CUSTOM EMBLEM: Replica U.S. Army Medal Of Honor CUSTOM EMBLEM: Silver Star Tribute Coin CUSTOM TRIM: Gold Automotive molding LIGHTING: NZXT LED Light Cable, 2x LOGISYS 12" Blue Cathodes, 2x LOGISYS 4" Blue Cathodes KEYBOARD: AZIO Levetron Mech 5 Mechanical MOUSE: AZIO Levetron GM533U Gaming Mouse SOUND: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Computer Speaker system Our concept design is to enhance the beauty of the Cosmos II by adding some color, a grill, improve the vent look and HONOR our Wounded Warriors. This Custom creation will be auctioned and will pay to refurbish 30 to 50 laptops The primary scheme is the Medal Of Honor. The GOLD and the Blue will be seen throughout but Bronze and Silver Stars will also be represented. This project will be a team project and I will be adding to the following member list as they commit. Reno Vatio - design partner and artist, from concept ideas, colors, design and most of all graphics, Reno is a graphics wizard. His logo will be added to jpg's soon. Products so far include: COSMOS II - Sponsored by Cooler Master ECS Golden Board Z77H2-A2X Black Extreme Sponsored by ECS ONE OF A KIND and very honored to have it, THE ONE AN ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD, BLACK SERIES ECS GTX 680: sponsored by ECS Sponsored: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme, Ecomaster LEPA Chopper fans. I contributed and HUE for lighting Kingston Sponsored: Kingston 16GB Quad Channel DDR3 - 1866Mhz Memory and a SSDNOW 200 128gb drive AZIO Sponsored: AZIO Mech 5 Mechanical Keyboard INTEL Sponsored: INTEL I5-3550 LGA1155 and a 160GB SSD Sponsored: Prolima Tech Fans Prolima Tech Sponsored: Blue LED 140mm and 120mm Tech Fans for the build and Prolima Tech PK-5 Thermal Compound ECOMASTER ENERMAX sponsored : LEPA G1000 Power Supply You paying attention? The Build/MOD begins: What do you mean I wasn't supposed to start the build??? I did a test layout and found a problem: Now this is debatable, to do apush pull set up 3 or 4 fans here's the problem, what do you think? Using a ECS Z77 Golden COSMOS II and Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme The only place to put a closed loop Extreme is upper inside case because the hoses will not reach the cpu from the bay underneath nor will the 240 radiator fit on the back and the top cover does not allow enough clearance for push pull like I want here. It wont fit above the frame and will only allow fans on top of the radiator due to memory clearence. I think I can solve this problem with this slim scythe SL12H fan, I'll update when I know. I was playing with a concept idea of the Screaming Eagle Shredding out of the front case behind the drop down slide panel. so when you slide it down the eagle and talons actually come out at you with a sound effect of a eagle scream with it. Well when I showed a few friends they joked: "does it come out every hour?" I never thought of that imagery and decided not to do this, so go ahead and laugh, it's on me and my ideas: Tear down: I Plan to enhance the WING Image of the doors so the vents need to be on the upper not lower half of the doors. I call this the LEETOOL, Lee Hancock inspired me to experiment with the doors and I had to create this to work the tabs in the doors. The hinges and latches do not line up if you switch doors so I swapped the door backing and IT WORKS!!! The vent section of the door backing will be cut out and swapped. The door with 4 vents will be cut to match the 8 vents and Lee Harrington has a door backing section with the 8 vents so I can match up the vent look. The mesh will be taken out and replaced with acrylic with stars cut out for vent holes, edge lit with golden LEDS for Gold Stars.. Depending on the looks after the vent cutting and experimenting I may or may not FLIP/SWAP/MOD the doors. Clean the case with 91% Isopropyl Alchohol I also ran the heat gun on high over the case and wipe down as I did to remove any other MFG. Oils and such 1st coating is a Adhesion promoter called BULLDOG. It's $$$ The Paint is Rust-Oleum Universal Rubbed Copper I call it Titanium Gold Flake This is my kind of Tree decorations, one friend called it my COSMOS MOBILE: 2 coats, 48hrs, wet sand 200 grit, another coat, 48 hrs, wet sand, thin spray coat, 6 hours and VALSPAR clear coat: SOB!!! DAG NABBIT!!!