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  1. Luna - FFXV Phanteks P400 Casemod

    So I was asked to create a Final Fantasy XV themed case for the GamesCom announcement of the PC version due in 2018. That sounded awesome and I was looking for something to do so why not? There were only two real challenges: 1) I had three weeks to get it done, or rather two by the time everything was OK'd and 2)I've never played a Final Fantasy game in my life. This could be interesting. So I dove into FFXV, trailers, walkthroughs, the CGI movie and finally came up with a theme I liked based on Lunafreya Nox Fleuret a major character in the story. I decided to use her dresses from the Kingsglaive movie and from her role as an oracle as a guide for the look. The idea being that the internal look of the case would pull details from the Kingsglaive dress and the exterior would draw from the oracle dress. My chicken scratches of the idea. So lets start off this quick build log with the case, the Phanteks Eclipse P400S TG. The S is for silent and you get the top grill covers, which I wanted, and some deadening material. The TG for the tempered glass version. It's a pretty nice case. Open interior with a PSU shroud and a pretty clean look. And the front pops off easy enough, which is good since that's what I'm starting on. After pulling the grills and plastic trim(which, my only complaint about the case is the plastics don't match the paint) I had to figure out a way to mimic the lines of Luna's oracle dress on the front panel. I originally thought foam, but decided to try polystyrene since it bends easily with heat and would give me the lines similar to the folds in Luna's dress. So I cut some patterns and laid it out using tape to hold everything in place. Once I was happy with how it looked, I marked all the edges so I could piece it back together. Starting with the bottom layer, I glued the center section of the pattern to keep everything set and then used a heat gun to let me wrap the polystyrene around the curves. After that I could trim the polystyrene and glue the rest of the layer down. When all the layers were done, I wound up with this. It's hard to pick out the white on white, but the pattern was good, if not a little rough. My touch with the polystyrene is a little rough, but nothing a little bondo and a lot of sanding can't fix. And once it was all smoothed out, I could start laying down the paint on everything. I started out with a white sealer base followed by a water based white. I'm still a little iffy on using this for an entire case since the coat is very thin and it's not nearly as durable as an auto urethane or even rattle can paint. Since I was a bit iffy about the durability and this case was going to shows, I decided that a few coats of a good 2k clear were in order. It also gave a nice bit of shine to the matte finish of the airbrush paint.
  2. With the new Dark Tower movie coming up this summer, based on the series by Stephen King, I got really excited. Excited enough to do a Dark Tower themed mod. But I found I still had some excitement left over...enough for maybe another mod...hmmm... And so starts the story of the Crimson King, or rather, my Crimson King mod. The Crimson King of the Dark Tower series is the main antagonist. Similar to our notion of Satan, the Crimson King is a shape-shifter and referred to as "the great scuttering spider-king". He embodies the ideas of chaos, anarchy, and evil. Though Roland, The Gunslinger, faces many different foes on his journey to the Dark Tower, the Crimson King is the orchestrator of it all. In fact, he is the cause for the decay of Roland's world, hoping to bring down the Dark Tower and bring about Discordia, or a state of chaos and anarchy. The same chaos and anarchy that Roland is trying to stop. The Crimson King is the evil to Roland's good, the black to Roland's white. In an interesting side note, a lot of characters from the Dark Tower series cross over to other King novels, like Father Callahan from King's Salem's Lot. The Crimson King first appeared in Insomnia, and shares the characteristic shape-shifting and final spider-like appearance of Pennywise, or It, from King's It. To capture the evil vs. good relationship of the Crimson King to the Gunslinger, I'm going to be using the same Cooler Master Mastercase5 Maker and basic design that my Gunslinger build is using, but tweaked a bit. Mirrored, to capture their opposite sides of the spectrum, but using similar hardware and themed to the Crimson King. This build will be the evil twin or, perhaps, the doppelganger of the Gunslinger. So, let's start off with a case...a Mastercase.
  3. “The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.” The opening line from The Gunslinger, the first book in Stephen Kings epic that follows the quest of Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger, for the Dark Tower. The Dark Tower series has to be my favorite, mixing western, sci-fi, apocalypse, magic, the current world, and quite a few characters from King's other books, and even King himself, into one big stew of a story. It's amazing. *Except for the lobster things. Da-da-chum. I hated Stephen King for a few days after that. If you've read the stories, you'll know. But with the new Dark Tower movie slated to come out next year and the stars of that movie tweeting things like: And even King telling us that this is the next time around... I haven't been this excited for a movie for a while. And with so much story to take from, I thought, this might be a great idea for a mod. Or even two... So let's get started on The Gunslinger.
  4. Hey everyone! Been a while since posting a new log, but I recently had an amazing opportunity to do a mod for Cooler Masters suite at CES2017! Even as busy as I have been I couldn't pass on the offer. The time frame was extremely limited, I think after all the parts arrived I had about 5-6 days to build this that is why I am posting the log now even though the build is finished, I would of never had the time to do it while working. Even with the constraint on time, I still manage to pack this Mastercase 5t with some cool stuff so lets take a look shall we? The theme is something I always wanted to play around with, just creating a build with sacred geometry and patterned polygons through out. I believe its rather appealing to look at, and somewhat draws you in to keep looking. It is a rather open ended theme and can go many directions so I figured it was something I could use to make a mod in less than a week. So first off this would of never been possible without Cooler Master as well as the other companies who pitched in to help get this project done! Cooler Master - Mastercase 5t, v1000 Power Supply, and 6 Jetflow Fans. Nvidia - 2x EVGA GTX 960 Avexir - 16GB Blitz DDR4 Ram, and S100 SSD Primochill - Maxcord Paracord, Revolver SX Fittings, D5 Pump, D5 Pump Top and mount, PETG Tubing, and True White Opaque Coolant. Swiftech - Apogee X2 CPU Block, and Extreme Performance 360mm Radiator. Thank you all so much! So heading into the work, unboxed everything and started started installing to get a feel for it. (Originally planned on the Gaming M7 motherboard from MSI but the board ended up being DOA, so right before filling the loop I had to switch it out.) (I was also going to use 1 msi 960 before Nvidia got on board) Now into the modding we go! First was a quick paint job on the Primochill pump brackets. Then on the case I first peeled the foam off the front cover then CNC cut some patterns on the front backed with painted mod mesh for some enhanced front airflow for the radiator to be placed in the front of the case. The next mod was a magnetic power supply shroud made of laser cut acrylic for the front of the case. I used 1/8" red for the base and 1/16" black on top to fit flush right behind the tempered glass. The Top layer caps the magnets and allow them to be glued in place. After that I installed the radiator, and made a custom grill with 2 layers of laser cut acrylic glued together. Moving right along with the watercooling I made 2 of my favorite things to make, water manifolds! I went with the glued style this time because of time constraints and I didn't want to worry about possible o-ring leaks or anything. I pocketed out the base which was .5" acrylic, then laser cut a .125" cover plate, and a 1.25" trim to cover the glue bubbles. Then I sandwiched them all together with Weldon 4 and tapped the fitting holes. Next up was the graphics car back plate, combined into a gpu shroud, combined with a SSD mount and a d5 pump mount lol. Nvidia was able to spare 2 960s for the build, they happened to be the ITX cards. So I designed this shroud to fill out the case a bit more and incorporate the other hardware. Then I made some cable extensions and wire everything up! After cables came the tubing! Then it was time to fill er up!! One last thing before wrapping it up. I made a window skin for the back door panel. Since the tempered glass is very nice, I didn't want to remove it, and I didn't want to obstruct the front window, so on the back I made a magnetic skin to bring the theme all the way around the build. I laser cut acrylic, layered it, and embedded magnets just like the psu shroud. Then I built a matching show plaque, and crated it up for shipment! Here is a few pics from CES! That is it for this update! I hope you enjoyed it! It was so much fun and really pushed me to accomplish as much as I could in only 6 days! I am grateful for the opportunity a look forward to the next collaboration! Also expect to see some Mastercase accessories available soon on my website! I will be back with a final photo update in the next few days to a week! Also I will be doing Cyprus29 photos as well to be on the look out for that update also! Take care see ya in the next update!
  5. NZXT H630 mod, Doppler effect, by DeKa (completed March 11, 2015) Hello everyone,This is my first post in this forum, Bill Owen recommended me to publish my work here and I will do the best I can as my English is a little limited. I know Bill Owen's work since the start my modding disease. His work inspired me to start in "this" we do around here. madnesses, oh yes. The Primochill fittings revolver I use this mod not sold in Spain, I bought in Germany ... his fault. I am Argentine and I live in a town near Barcelona, Spain. For some time I have been working on various advertising and design projects, but for the last couple of years I'm focused mostly on the PC Modding. I am hoping that my latest productions will catch the attention it deserves, hope you like it as much as I liked doing it. I used a chassis that I personally really like the NZXT H630 and modding Doppler effect. A very minimal, rough and dull looking but extremely quiet. It is also robust and has very discreet lines, with a little work and creativity, looks like a great chassis. One goal of this mod was to work and keep it simple, subtle with minimal lines, using colors typical to that of Asus Republic of Gamers but with a touch more white (not wanting to repeat both reds). I also wanted to create a computer where silence predominated, and for this I used a liquid-cooled high-end custom and distribution of ventilation chord. A minimal, powerful, extremely quiet design and the highest quality components!Below I detailed a worklog ... The Worklog... But first, a look at the finished mod :P Materials / Index Chassis NZXT H630 Black Paint Dust filters Hardware Asus Maximus Extreme VI Intel 4770K 4x4Gby TridentX GSkill RAM 2400MHz SLI Nvidia Gforce 770 Asus DirectCU II OC Corsair AX1200 PSU Corsair Wiring sleeve Samsung SSD 840 EVO 256Gby Samsung SSD 830 256Gby Asus Republic of Gamers Front Panel Liquid cooling components: Radiator EK CoolStream XTX (360) 3x12cms 11FPI 2x14cms 30FPI Koolance Radiator CPU Block EK Supremacy - Nikel block X4 Monarch Memories EK EK-FC770 GTX x2 DCII - Nickel EK-FC680 GTX x2 DCII Backplate x2 EK-FC Terminal - Plexi EKWB D5 Pump Storage with nano coating + TOP Aquacomputer Aqualis Corsairs AF 140 fans x3 x3 SP 120 fans methacrylate rigid pipes Fittings Primochill Revolver temperature sensors and other ... Lighting, wiring and sleeve. Lighting and Wiring Lighting blocks General lighting Sleeve The chassis, modifications and details This ultra tower NZXT is very quiet, versatile (although very large) and robust ... it doesn't come with a window but is internally buffered by acoustic panels so it was something less to worry about. The window mount had to keep up sound damping, and the side door was completely replaced by 6mm methacrylate, much thicker than normal (almost the total thickness of the cover) methacrylate but I gave both the structural robustness as soundproofing needed. As the window would represents most of mod tower’s personality I thought it would be a great idea to continue the front / top of the chassis in it with panels of red methacrylate and black aluminum also would bond everything together... Even had been thought over the idea of illuminating only the red methacrylate structural lines but it was impossible to reach the left side, although it would have been really good, I abandoned the idea. I completely removed a huge rack of hard disks compartments, as I had no intention of using it, no mechanical hard disk here (shhhhh) and I could take advantage of the extra space for a low 3x12cms radiator fin density (FPI), family of noiseless coolers. The remaining gap had to be covered up, and I did so using the same material I used in most of this mod, 1mm thick aluminium that had been painted the same black as the rest of the case. Other smaller the holes were plugged with a double sided film the same colour as the chassis, there was no sense to use a any other material and I kept it like that to preserve the possibility to easily remove it in the future if needed. Painting, matte finish:For teh whole mod project, I used Vallejos Premium water-based paints, specially created to apply airbrush paintings, even though it is very easy to apply and cover a lot with one hand, it lacked the expected resistance the I experienced in other paintings of the same type, perhaps it was because it was a fine pigment (for airbrush) layer ends up being too fine and even more so in areas where I sanded, clean surfaces, with a pre-coating and subsequent matt varnished, it was easily scratched. To combat this effect as best I could, I doubled the manufacturer's recommended application, both the color and the matte varnish. It paid off, I ended up with a though, perfect finish. The absolute black colour box was rough - too black, so had to try break the monotony, I decided to paint some parts like the H440 model, but matte metallic red. The red metallic color is not your typical striking red, but rather a more discreet and applied it along the edges and in the front side USB panel, I tried to paint white grids but it started to sway from the line I wanted. I painted black, red and imitation aluminum ledges which I applied in specific areas which you will see further down. Dust filters: The tower comes with lower, upper and front filters, but in reversing the airflow due to loudness issues, the rear fan instead of sucking, it will be exclusively dedicated to injecting airflow as this will be where the most dust would collect the filter had to be outside, to clean it regularly and comfortably without having to open the entire chassis, so I took the screws on the rear fan and with a little help of velcro, attach to the back just where I wanted it, a fine mesh of pvc sandwiched between two pieces thick light adhesive bonded together, fastened by wing nuts layered with recycled parts. The filter without being anything special, it does the job and is practical. Also place fixed filters in large parts of the chassis with passive ventilation. Hardware: The motherboard: The rear connectors on the motherboard are covered on the inside with a thin piece of bent acrylic adhesive lined anodized aluminum painted black imitation, fastened with Velcro to be easily removable if needed.I also subtly applied a metallic red RoG logo heatsink on the chipset to the mod, so it dits in the middle of SLI, then it gets illuminated by the light of the top graphics card.I made a black matte painted piece of 1mm folding aluminum, I placed hovering with screws on the lower connectors on the motherboard (hd-reset-hd led-USB front-AAFP, etc) used to lighlight the ledge where the PSU is placed, besides giving a brilliant aesthetic look it also hides many cables. RAM: The memories modules had to put in RL and this required removing the stock sinkhead and replace the monarch of EK, seemed like an easy task but it got nicely stuck in memory chips, so very carefully, and with a lot of patience I took art and skill not to damaging any components leaving them ready for the waterblock.
  6. 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
  7. Project Overseer

    I am starting work on a custom watercooling set up on a customers build this weekend. It will be done in steps, with new fans going in and setting up the BIoS first. My customer is prepared to go all out on the watercooling with triple rads, motherboard, cpu and gpu blocks. Its been a while since I have done a build with h2o this complex, but it should be a lot of fun. Besides, I love modding when I don't have to spend all of the dough! I decided to name the project Overseer after Thermaltakes name for it. The theme is going to be red and black with probably some carbon fiber thrown in somewhere. Here is a list of the PC as it is being brought to me... Thermaltake Overseer Case AMD FX 9370/CoolerMaster V8 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX GSkill Rip Jaws 2133mhz 16GB Samsung 840 EVO 250GB EVGA 780gtx Seagate Barracuda 2TB Antec 1300w Platinum Apparently the cpu is one hot beast and is throttling as well as having memory issues. I plan to address the settings and getting it stable as well as adding 4x BitFenix Spectre Pro Red 200mm fans and two matching 120mm fans. This will fill all of the fans slots and hopefully cool the processor down while we tape out the watercooling system. As for watercooling, he wants 3x200mm rads, a 120mm rad, cpu block, gpu block and motherboard blocks. I like XSPC so we will source parts from them minus the rads which will be Phobyas. That is a lot to stuff in this case, but hopefully it can be done. This weekend I will post pics of the system we are starting with and progress that will also take place. I plan to load the settings we use, should anybody out there want to clock similar hardware.
  8. Project: Infinity

    Hello, I present to you the Infinity, a personal project that is under development. The project is already in progress for several months and have i’ve done regular updates on various places on the web, I decided to enter here too ;) Thanks to all those who have supported this project with a special thanks to my Father. Always been a goal for me to have a real computer (situations in life like school and work sometimes make choices in laptops). The purpose of this machine, it’s not just gaming, i will use in video and 3D renderings, and of course terms of photography (some already know what is "my thing"). Also want to add that it is my first project, and it really have much value to me, few understand this value. Hardware: Case: NZXT H440 (White) Processor /CPU/: AMD FX 8350 Unlocked Graphics /GPU/: Asus Nvidia Geforce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC Motherboard: MSI 990FXA-GD80 RAM: G-Skill Ripjaws 2x8Gb (16Gb) @1833 Mhz Power Supply /PSU/: Corsair RM850 SSD: Crucial MX100 256Gb HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3Tb WaterCooling: Water/additives: Water: Tudor Bi demineralized Color: Mayhems Dye Dark Blue 15ml Biocide: Mayhems Biocide 10ml Anti-Corrosive: AntiCorro-Fluid 50ml Bomb: Alphacool VPP655 - T12 Bomb Top: Alphacool HF D5 TOP - Plexi G1/4 Reservoir: Alphacool Cape Corp Coolplex Pro 15 LT Radiator: Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 360mm Tube: Masterkleer tubing PVC 16/10mm (3/8"ID) clear Fans: 3x Noiseblocker NB-eLoop B12-3 Bionic fan 1900rpm CPU Block: EK Water Blocks EK-Supremacy EVO - Nickel GPU Block: EK Water Blocks EK-FC780 GTX Ti DCII - Nickel Backplate: Feita em acrílico e personalizada (updates em breve) Fittings: Monsoon 16/10mm (ID 3/8" OD 5/8") compression fitting's Monsoon 16/10mm (OD 5/8") Rotary 45° - White Monsoon 16/10mm (OD 5/8") Rotary 90° - White Monsoon screw plug G1/4 - White T-piece inner thread G1/4 - compact – knurled - MSV I took several pictures of the water cooling products, the objective is to see in more detail and also what brings in the boxes. Since they are 96 photos i cant post here on the forum :( This LINK is an album with all the photos mentioned in my official facebook page. Peripherals: Monitor: Benq XL2420T 3D Speaker's: Harman Kardon SoundSticks III Mouse: Razer Lanchesis 5600 Dpi's Keyboard: Steelseries Apex UPS: APC Back-UPS CS 650 Webcam: Logitech C920 [ Gamepad's: Microsoft XBOX 360 (PC) Extras: LED's Light's: NZXT Sleeved LED kit 2m (24 white LED's) Sleeves: MDPC-X (grand bleu+ white-x+ black) Cable Combs: E22 Clear (24; 8; 6) Card Reader: TRANSCEND USB 3.0 MultiCard Reader The choice of components and peripherals was not easy! The objective was a harmony between performance/quality and price. Some of the peripherals i acquired over time and due to its good state of preservation and functionality, until they prove otherwise they will continue in service! Yes, I know, I challenged many odds and divide opinions, i always have the last word and the final decision. I feel that I did my decisions well and I can say that everything is in harmony as tested after the assembly, using the term "no fan boy" machine was also created to show that you don't need follow the "manual"/"opinions" and create a machine with one or even two reference marks, i've created this machine with a variety of brands and, believe it is a pleasure saying that at the end of all the research work of compatibility between parts everything works! Challenges: Undoubtedly a major challenge was the sleeving of the cables, despite having been advised to buy extensions, i wanted to do "by hand" a complete sleeving on the original psu cables. An adventure, which is risky and most often does not pay. Let me explain, if you have experience in this area, and you have done sleeving already and have the necessary materials, go for it! You can create something unique and personalize your way, and you can even save a few $ . Speaking from my experience in this field, i've never done sleeving, I saw some videos on YouTube, but thats not enough! Each case is different, and I can tell you that it takes experience to do things correctly is a challenge I am willing to help others to overcome some barriers that I had. I bought the sleeves in MPDPC X-site, are of good quality. Right now, I have the following cables sleeved CPU (8pin); Motherboard (24pin); GPU (8 + 6pin) by me, i also have more thats comes already sleeved (LED’s; Fans). The first cable that i started was the CPU and as I said the experience was still not much, so it was not as perfect as I wanted, but i can re-do ;) General advice: Check (and check again) that you have everything you need; is very important do a very good mapping of the pins of the connectors before removing. Another challenge was the cable management. After several suggestions and opinions like: velcro; cable ties and etc … Then i found a better way, check the photos bellow ;) LEGO Modding: LEGO marked my life in a special way and have a meaning for me, in terms of this project, don't you agree with me when I describe how LEGO is timeless and functional while keeping the simple design !? The harmony between the LEGO and the system is unique and very functional, making the ability to make different look’s. I order the LEGO baseplates (white color) in the bricklink website, and believe me now is easier to find ;) The baseplates arrived, then i proceed to cut them. It is not easy to cut these baseplates, i suggest a sharp x-acto. I hold the baseplates to the case with a strong double sided tape (thanks Sergio Lima for providing the tape). The photo bellow show the hole i made in the case to drain the loop, its the lowest point on the case ;) A view from the two areas with LEGO's. This is the Showboard zone. (FUN SHOT) Ive got awesome minifigures (FUN SHOT) Polar bear want a piece of Infinity. (FUN SHOT) Inception, a laptop inside a desktop. LEGO LED holders This is just an example of a simple way using LEGO's to make a baseplate in horizontal. (FUN SHOT) Too fat ?! My GPU can hold LED's in the Showboad area. LEGO's selected to use in the box, all within in the color scheme. The Showboard The objective is to show something customized by printing on vinyl. Below there are photos showing the dimensions (with margins), and a photo that only serves to realize the place in question and the proportions (let me make clear that they are not final photographs from the project with the quality that I intend to). I already made some awesome design’s ;) PS: I want to remind everyone that Showboard is modular and uses LEGO to hold on the baseplate that remains behind the Showboard! And I do not want in any way minimize the importance of LEGO in my project! Dimensions / Print Margins: More real perspective through some photos: A simple behind the scene: Initial photos of the project and mounting hardware: Mounting hardware date: 28 June 2014 Water Cooling The water cooling system was completed and in operation on 15 October 2014. A big Thanks to everyone who helped João Pedro; Ricardo aka r1sKas from the BenchX website and Luís Alves aka Shuper 'Luu' from Moda'a'foca forum. Here is the first video, moments after filling the loop, you can see the addition of color in the loop (Mayhems Dye Dark Blue), the first drop is always special! However I've done other tweaks and additions since the video: re-adjusted the tube coming out of the GPU to the reservoir and added an awesome LED’s lighting. The Infinity Project is not just the case, it's the whole setup that surrounds it. Keyboard SteelSeries Apex The water cooling ambient | Believe me when i say in person is way better. Future This project not finished, there are still three main thing’s that i have to do. - I want to control the fans 120mm (every 7 of them). - Tempered Glass side window. - Backplate for the graphic card, waiting for resolution and I really need some help overclocking Infinity components to a stable 24/7 OC. Thanks for the opportunity for sharing my Infinity project, i always like to see your feedback ;)
  9. "LEGION" NZXT Phantom 820 Log

    LEGION Hi guys i am back with another NZXT Case Mod / Build. This Project will be the NZXT Phantom 820 Case and the name of the Build is "LEGION". This Build log will have allot of details and some parts of it may even be guides as i would like to share as much of the process i go through with you guys.Including Mistakes if they are made and how to fix them. As always i would like to thank my sponsors for helping me with the build because without them it wouldnt be possible.And i do this because i want to and appreciate their help. Not because they make me. Huge Thanks goes out to: http://www.nvidia.com/page/home.html http://www.primochill.com/ http://www.ekwb.com/shop/ http://www.nzxt.com/...product_all.php http://www.enermax.com/ http://www.avexir.com/ http://www.mod-smart.com/ http://mnpctech.com/ Hope you guys enjoy the Log and the build as it comes together. Keep watching for more updates. MybadOmen
  10. Project Frostbite - Primochill WetBench

    Build-log Chapters:Chapter 1: Introduction and hardware list (You are here) Chapter 2: Primochill & Mod/smart goodies! Chapter 3: Installing the system and running it on air (temporary) Hello guys and gals! I assume some of you already know me, for the rest - My name is Desislav, I'm a 23 year old kid from Bulgaria with tons of love for custom built computers and 3D modeling! This is my first high-end PC for the past 7-8 years so you can imagine how overwhelming it all is! :D I just want to take a moment and say that this will not be a case mod, rather a build. It will be made around a PrimoChill WetBench, which in my humble opinion is one of the sexiest benches to hit the market!I mean come on.... Look at it!: I dubbed the project "Frostbite" since I plan to do a little "sanding" on the tubing to achieve a an effect as if the liquid was freezing the tubing. All of the blocks will be repainted in white to match. The sleeving and fittings will be white as well. I hope I can find the perfect match and do ruin it. Over-using white can lead to a disaster imo. Everything needs to be in balance! So, let's go over a couple of things! What's the idea behind the build? Create a build based on a test bench which looks as amazing as it performs.Learn proper overclocking of high-end components.Get comfortable with water cooling.Create a machine that gives amazing performance for 3D modeling, rendering and gaming at the same time. Why I'm doing this? Back in the day I saw Daniel Cannon's (Singularity Computers) Bitfenix Prodigy mod (Client Build 6) and it really got me interested why would anyone want to waste their money making their computer all fancy when you can invest only in performance... I fell in love that build and started doing my research, found a few groups and saw some pretty awesome projects unfold... and I really wanted to make one myself! I do a lot of 3D designs (will post my latest work in a section here, on the forums, later. People who know me, know how much effort I put into everything I do. The thing is, my current notebook (and main "rig") is not powerful enough anymore... It's a Dell XPS15z with a dual-core i5-2400m... You can imagine the horror I live each day trying to render huge projects! This setup will allow me to take my work to the next level!Because it's just freaking awesome! End. Of. Discussion. Hardware list:Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme - x79 Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Processor (12M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz) Graphics card(s): KFA2 GTX770 LTD OC "White Edition" I don't care what people say, this is the sexiest GPU in production + It's an absolute beast! Memory: GeIL PC3-19200 2400MHz 32GB C11 EVO Leggera QUAD CHANNEL kit (Currently using my Corsair Vengeance 1866 CL9 8GB kit due to financial reasons :D) Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1500W SSD: Samsung 250GB 2.5-inch 840 EVO SSD Storage drives: Currently using my old Hitachi drive. Will be upgrading to WD but haven't figured which the best ones are right now! Sound card: ASUS ROG Xonar Phoebus Solo Cooling: For a while this rig will be running under Air. I want to get comfortable with overclocking under Air before I get into liquid cooling! Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14 Fans: Noiseblocker NB-eLoop® Series 120mm CPU Block: EK Supreme-HF Ram Blocks: EK-RAM Monarch x4 - I'm hoping on a clean, non CSQ version! Motherboard blocks (still thinking about it): EK-F KIT R4E - Hoping these come in clean as well! GPU Water Blocks: Now, here's where it gets a little tricky! Since the GPU's are non reference GTX770s, there are no blocks currently available for them! Here is where the awesome guys at ModWithMe (from here on written as mWm)! The one and only Phame is going to be helping make a really unique block for my GPUs (and my friend Hukkel's GTX680 as well!). We are still thinking about the overall design of the block but it will be extremely clean and subtle. We don't want things to be over the top now, do we? Fittings: PrimoChill Revolver Rigid Compression fittings Tubing: PrimoChilll 1/2in. Rigid Acrylic Tube 24in. - Clear - 4 Pack x2 Flow indicator: PrimoChill Vortex Clear PMMA Flow Indicator with Smoked back plate Reservoir: PrimoChill 240mm CTR™ (Compression Tube Reservoir) Advanced System Pump: Swiftech MCP655 1200 L/ph Pump with Variable Speed Control Pumptop: PrimoChill D5 CTR Cap I know this was quite the long read guys, so I hope you don't hate me for it! Now I want to take a moment and give a huge huge THANK YOU! to the AWESOME guys over at PrimoChill and Mod/Smart for agreeing to sponsor my project! They sent me a huge package of cool stuff recently and can't wait to show you guys what's inside! Those are two boxes full of goodies! Photos of those in the second post! Now. Let's talk design! I do a lot of 3D modeling and always try to visualize the stuff I want. Over the last few months I got good enough to make the models I want/need so I decided to go for it and render a model of what the bench will look like. So, without any further delays, I present to you Frostbite in it's almost finished form! (I still need to decide how tubing will be routed.) I might not be going 4-Way SLI since there is a little incompatibility issue with the sound card, but you can get a good idea of what it will look like. Moving on! I got a nice photo of all the hardware together (even though the boxes were already opened lol) Now, we can move on the unboxed photos! I couldn't help myself and just had to mount the CPU and cooler on the Rampage IV Extreme... I gotta say it looks daayumn sexy! Got to say... That heatsink is just MASSIVE! I actually had to remove my Vengeance's heatspreaders so I can fit them under it (with the fans mounted)! Anyone who's ever seen NB E-Loops knows how sexy they are... They are even sexier in real life and I got to say the sleeving on those is just... amazing. They come with two different sized extensions to fit all your length needs! The CM Silent Pro M2 is ... just a huge huge BEAST of a PSU! It's semi modular and those cables will be shrunk to like ~10cm to allow for extensions to be added. 120Amps on the 12v rail? Why not... :D You get a lot of options on what to connect here! 4pins, SATA power, 8+(6+2) pins... Amazing! The ROG Xonar Phoebus Solo is also a sexy looking card! I was mind blown by the sound difference I got from the second I first played something on it! For all you audiophiles out there, this is the way to go! Sorry about the quality on this one, seems like my hand moved and focused on the wrong part of the card... What do you guys think, paint it white? ;) Well... Now. I guess it's time for the most important part of my build. The one that tickles my white fetish. The crown jewel in my collection. The KFA2 GTX770 LTD OC "White edition" I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. That PCB though... Makes me drool by just looking at it! So this will be it for the first post. I haven't taken photos of the SSD since... well it's featured in my photos of building the bench! Stay tuned for that in the next post! Again, huge thanks to PrimoChill and Mod/Smart! I hope you guys enjoyed thread. I tried to make it as simple as possible and do keep in mind this is my first build log so I hope I did well. I encourage people to tell me if I've done something wrong so I can better myself for future updates/buildlogs! Cheers,d* :clap:
  11. Having sat through the entire nVidia GTC keynote, there were really only two major announcements that effect those of us in the desktop PC world First is the new Titan Z video card which weighs in at $2999 US and the new GPU Roadman for future video cards - Pascal Pascal will be built around 3D stacked memory and the new nVLink communication architecture. So, dig into those links, check around for other information and get to gabbing, folks! What do you think of the new goodies?
  12. For those of you that have been wanting a dual GPU video card like the 690 but in the 7xx series, ASUS has the answer for you. The ASUS ROG MARS 760 has been launched and it looks like it will be quite the performer. Go check out the details here: http://rog.asus.com/276632013/graphics-cards-2/faster-than-titan-rog-launches-the-mars-760/ As a note from the article, unlike previous MARS super-mega-expensive-limited-run editions, and I quote: "The MARS 760 is – for the first time – a MARS affordable to many. No longer a limited run 1,000 part device, it provides a real alternative to those interested in buying GK110-territory products." Information is really fresh at the moment and I haven't seen pricing or availability yet but it certainly is an interesting development in the video card space. Enjoy!
  13. Di for disappointing. In my opinion it was a waste of a release. Its going to sit between a 780 and a titan? Its driving me to buy a R9 290x out of pure spite. I was banking on a double GPU card or a 2800 cuda core maxed out titan ultra Keplar card at the very least. Not a mid-way waste of over priced silicon. what are your guys opinions?
  14. How long for blocks for new Nvidia GPUs

    Well now that AMD pushed out the Hawai's, Nvidia should be following up with the release of their 790GTX or Titan Ultra, or both. Those are the current rumors at least. Its also rumored that they will be announced at the Montreal Expo in a couple days, i think the 13th of October. Now my question is how long will it take for water blocks to be for sale for those cards. I'm doing a unique gpu mod in my build involving a pci-e extension cable and I will only be utilizing one GPU so I need it to be a banger! lol. I was really counting on a 790GTX so it would be close to having dual 780's. Of course the card will be implemented in my water loop so I really need a block for it. I was hoping on a clear acrylic EK block with the nickel plating to go along with my CPU and RAM blocks. If anyone knows anything, has heard rumors, or has any general input, feel free to comment. Thanks!!
  15. These are Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 TI Graphics Cards with 1GB of GDDR5 (SLI Ready) PCI-E 2.0 x16. They are brand new overstock from Nvidia and are still sealed in their Anti-Static bags (In plain brown box). The price is $125 Cash and Carry ($130 Paypal) Shipping is about $10 to anywhere in the Continental US. Here's a link to more info at the Nvidia Site: http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-560ti I have pics, but, I'm not sure how or if I should post them. If you have questions...... sales@smartcomputerstore.com
  16. Hey guys I was wondering if any of you will be attending CES this year? Me and a couple of my family will be heading out there on 1/6/12 to meet up with my good friend Lee Harrington from PCJunkieMods. NVIDIA was nice enough to foot the bill for a suite for two days for an NVIDIA fan based event that we were invited to and then we will be getting another suite and plan on staying there at least through the 10th. I would really love to be able to meet up with any of you fellow modders out there and hang out and see any mods that you might be bringing to the event and just talk shop and get to know you. Also I think that that it might be possible to get some more of you an invite to the party. Just a thought so if you are going just pm me and I will give you guys my phone number so we can meet up. If not, I will be at the Cooler Master Suite part of the time as well as the NVIDIA one. Take care and happy modding.