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  1. RE Spartan

    CF1 mod

    I'm doing a quick mod for February PDXLAN. I am using a Nanoxia Cool Force 1 case as the base of the mod. There isn't really a theme per say..but maybe one will present itself during the process? So first, here is the case I am using..
  2. Okay, I lied. This isn't my first mod, nor is it the best I've done. But I feel compelled to post because this case is fantastic... So long as you get one that actually passed quality control. More on that later, but if you're going to buy one, I strongly recommend buying one from somewhere good about taking returns on defective products. Before I continue, you can read a little bit about me and my interest in modding here. I've seen three of these cases personally, and fortunately for me, the one that was free of any problems was the red one I purchased for myself. The two questionable quality ones were in the blue variety, purchased by a buddy of mine. For those curious, yeah, we're doing twin builds. Only difference is I don't know if my buddy is going to be as ambitious with actual modifications. For those wondering what my quality concerns are about this case, please click to read the hidden content below: EDIT: Somehow I totally fubar'd the formatting of this post. The entire rest of my post is actually in the "hidden content" section. Sorry guys! Quality concerns out of the way, let's talk about what makes this case GREAT. You may want to view Bill and Mosquito's review of the Raijintek Styx before reading further as I will be addressing their concerns about the case. They also do a wonderful job of covering most of the essentials about this case. I personally found it to be a great virtual tour of the case before I bought it! I also found that it was the only review (or one of very few?) that addressed the slimline optical drive, which was one of the things that excited me most about the case. First of all, yes it's a relatively inexpensive aluminum case. It's no Lian Li (yet still in a very similar vein), but so long as you get one free of defects, it's a real satisfying buy! They come in various colors (black, silver, gold, green, red, blue) and each sport that timeless brushed aluminum look. What compelled me to give this case a try in the first place was experience with a knockoff of the Styx's little brother, the Raijintek Metis. Knockoff in question was the Raidmax Atomic, which was identical except for the front panel USB (1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0 as opposed to dual 3.0) and the fact that they had a three panel window on the case. I liked the small form factor, I thought the full ATX PSU compatibility was pretty genius (even though I opted for a SFX PSU to save space), there was a generous amount of storage options... and it was all around just a fun build. The Styx is no exception. The build: Case: Red Raijintek Styx (duh) Fans: 4x Corsair HD120 RGB (54.4 CFM, 18 - 30 dBA) Motherboard: MSI B350M Mortar Arctic (AM4) CPU: Undecided as of yet; likely going to be a Raven Ridge Ryzen APU CPU Cooler: Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3 + Corsair HD120 RGB (later on I may replace it with a Deepcool Gamer Storm Captain 240EX White AIO) GPU: Asus GeForce 1050 Ti RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (CMR16GX4M2C3200C16W; White version... ideally I'm going to want two kits to max out at 32GB) HDD: Samsung 960 Evo M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 SSD, plus a bunch of misc 2.5" drives (holy feces this case can fit a ton of those; up to 8 if you're crafty enough) PSU: Corsair RM850x White (ATX) WiFi: WTXUP Broadcom BCM94360 802.11ac 1750Mbps + Bluetooth 4.0 PCI-e x1 (native macOS support w/airdrop&handoff support; I dual boot, deal with it lol) Misc: a SATA III card with at least 6 ports (certainly can't squeeze up to 8 2.5" HDDs and an optical drive inside with just the 4 ports on the mobo!) Lots of 5050 RGB LEDs (I plan to light up the interior as well as give the case some tasty underglow) After installing the motherboard, the first thing I noticed was the fact that the motherboard orientation is actually upside down! For some people this may be an issue, but I had no complaints about this. Quite the opposite actually, because I quickly realized that 90% of my motherboard's headers were on the top side in this orientation (most other motherboards should be similar). In the second image just above, you can see exactly what I mean. I felt this was going to make my cable management a breeze, as I can easily tuck the cables going to said headers over the top and behind the motherboard tray. If I can convince myself to stop being lazy about it, I may just end up trimming my front panel cables to length and make my cable management that much better. This case is advertised to support the following: 3x 3.5" HDDs + 2x 2.5" HDDs ---OR--- 1x 3.5" HDD + 4x 2.5" HDDs So how do you fit 8x 2.5" HDDs in this case you ask? Why, with help of my good friend, Corsair CSSD-BRKT2... 3.5" HDDs are dead to me, honestly. I hardly ever use them because they are nowhere near as versatile nor are they as widely utilized in consumer electronics as 2.5" drives. So with these Corsair 3.5" to dual 2.5" adapters, I never have to deal with them anymore. I could go on and on about how 2.5" drives are superior, but I'll save everyone the sermon. So yes, this is how I'm able to fit 8x 2.5" HDDs in my rig! Now to address Mosquito's concern at 9:38 in the review... As you can see in the image above, while using these Corsair adapters aren't NEARLY as fun as taking a Dremel to it... This configuration (with the adapters) does resolve the issue of right angle connectors not being able to reach your 2.5" drives. I personally believe Raijintek should have made the holes bigger on their bracket to accommodate for right angle connectors from the factory. But whatever, whether you dremel it or do the lame fix with the adapters, it's a pretty easy fix. As you probably already guessed, I went with the lame fix solely for the purpose of expanding the amount of places I can mount a 2.5" drive to. Now then, with my mini review out of the way, let's get to the actual modding, shall we? I'm going to be honest, there isn't a whole lot of cutting and grinding happening with this case. I appreciate it enough as it is, but I do want to fix up some annoyances... And because it's mostly satisfactory as it is, I'm going to be focusing on minor details and RGB lighting. In addition to interior lighting, I will be doing underglow lighting on this rig as well. It's basically a must after seeing how my BitFenix Prodigy turned out (it had underglow AND overglow... I'll get around to posting pics of it later. It seriously looks wicked cool)... Since I currently have pretty limited income, it's going to take a few months (at worst) to get all the components I want inside. But that's not all so bad.. gives me ample time to design the lighting effects I want, as well as what little cutting and grinding I have planned. Speaking of, the first order of business was to get rid of that pesky honeycomb mesh from the rear exhaust fan hole. Back in the day (we're talking socket 939... yeah..), overclocking was my jam. This mod, simple as it is, is always the first bit of cutting that I do to my cases (if I cut at all). I do this to increase case airflow (sometimes it can drop your temps by a degree or two) as well as to reduce noise. I do plan on attaching a fan filter to it though (and maybe a less restrictive grill), but less mesh the better. So anyway, let's get to it. I opted to save my cutting wheel some wear and took some pliers to the case after the initial cut to get me started. Not to mention that at the time, I had to keep the noise to a minimum as well... I took a break here and opted to smooth out the edges another day. In the past I used the cutting wheel exclusively to make my cuts, but this time around I decided to use a grinding bit to smooth out my edges and give it a professional look. I cannot emphasize enough how satisfying it was when I finished touching up with the grinding bit. I never imagined I would be able to make a cut on this level of professionalism, but I certainly proved myself wrong. Which really just goes to show you that when you use the right Dremel bit for the job, you can and will greatly improve your results! Seriously, you don't want to see my previous cuts. They were atrocious in comparison. After this, all I had left to do was to dull down the edges with a file. Unfortunately I didn't have one. The buddy of mine who is building the blue Styx introduced me to Harbor Freight Tools... $88 later, I had diamond grit precision files, one rounded/flat file, and a heap of other tools that I might need.. You know, just in case ;). Finally got a rivet gun (this case has no rivets at all, just thinking of future endeavors), articulating vice, metal/nylon brushes, magnetic pickup tools, dead blow hammer, ratcheting bar clamps <3, tin snips and WORK GLOVES lol. It's about time I started to wear protective gear! After getting the edges of the hole dulled down, I did what I hoped I wouldn't have to: tear down the case completely and clean out allll the metal flakes . As you probably saw in my pictures, I tried to mask off the inside of the case by taping a garbage bag to the outer edges of the 120mm fan hole. What I didn't account for was metal flakes getting tossed through the IO shield and other holes on the back panel. In retrospect I should have just torn down the case from the beginning (as it was honestly pretty easy; again, no rivets! which I actually like quite a bit)... With just the back panel separated from the rest of the case... Yep, that would have been the least messy way to get the cut done. Live and learn. One of the first things I did when disassembling the case was removing the front panel button, USB ports and audio ports. Basically because there were flakes everywhere and that just seemed like the logical place to start. Well... This highlighted a small problem some owners of this case may also experience... As you can see, that screw is SNUG up against the USB port... and that's AFTER I trimmed some rubber off of it! Unfortunately the screw was a little bit stripped from the factory, but fortunately the screw is still in good enough condition to be used... Just to be safe, I trimmed up the other side as well. Then I took a closer look at the front panel button... As you can see, the power button LED is likely not replaceable without replacing the entire button... Not a problem for me though, because I actually like the white LED. I took off the last remaining screws, gave everything a thorough wipe down with a microfiber cloth, then put everything back together. If you're still reading, thanks for being patient with me. I know I tend to write a little more than the average person might anyway, lol. Next order of operation is laying out my 5050 RGB LEDs, then wiring them all together! I won't be getting to that for a while though, as my Scotch mounting tape won't arrive until Feb 5th thanks to Amazon Subscribe & Save... The things I do to save a little bit of cash... Sheesh. Anyway, thanks for reading! I know the mods I'm doing are like child's play, but this is only the second time I've seriously committed to modifying a PC case of mine... And aside from that, cutting into the aluminum itself just feels wrong.. but I may cut the aluminum mesh out of the bottom fan, just currently undecided. Until next time...
  3. Team Group T-Force Delta RGB DDR4 3000MHz Delta RGB is available in 2400, 2666 or 3000 MHz, white or black heat spreaders. manufacturer website: https://www.teamgroupinc.com/en/product/delta-rgb-ddr4 Today I will be looking at Team Group Delta RGB modules rated at 3000 MHz, two kits of 2x4GB, 16GB in total, which comes with an XMP 2.0 setting of 3000MHz @ CL16-18-18-38. Product specification Packaging Packed in clear blister, Delta modules are fully visible. Simple, clean look with a small specification sticker on the front(bottom right) and product name(top). Back of the package has got a product description and some main features. Model number can be found there too. Factory seal can be found on top edge, ensuring that customer gets highest quality product Inside, there is also an installation manual and a little TForce decal Once the package is opened, we get a very good looking, high quality modules. Test system i7 7800x(overclocked to 4.8 GHz) ASRock Taichi XE motherboard Nvidia GTX 1080 FE Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB SSD Enermax MaxTytan 800W Titanium power supply Team Group Delta modules are 146.8(L)x7(W)x49(H) mm. I didn't test them with any air cooler(custom loop used for testing) but they shouldn't collide with most air coolers as they are not very high. Once installed, they cycle with rainbow colors at default. For those who wish to customize LED styles and colors, there is an official RGB app available called Blitz and can be downloaded directly from manufacturer's website. It's highly customizable and has got many different modes. some samples of solid static color there is 5 LEDS on a PCB, they can be configured individually. After we got all the colors set matching our build, we can go into BIOS and tweak Deltas a bit. Here, I would like to note that I haven't done many excessive tweaks nor benchmarks. These modules come with XMP profile 16-18-18-38 at 1.35v I was able to drop timings to 15-16-16-36 on four sticks, two sticks will happily go even lower. This is what Aida64 memory benchmark recorded: Playing with memory clock, I was able to overclock to 3400MHz without changing timings or voltage(from XMP settings): Maximum speed for my samples was 3466 MHz with 17-19-19-39. Anything higher,no matter what timings, I simply couldn't get stable. I guess that's it for four sticks(again, two modules would probably overclock slightly higher). I haven't done any game benchmarks, I don't think there's any noticeable difference between 3000 and 3466 MHz. I have tried these Deltas with a couple of different motherboards(MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic, MSI X370 XPower Titanium) and there was no compatibility issues whatsoever(Intel or AMD), XMP profile worked as should. Team Group T-Force Delta has got a very nice and original shape, bright and vivid LEDs, advanced RGB software and high hardware compatibility. These modules will shine in any build, big advantage is a heat spreader color choice to match a chassis or motherboard. Delta DDR4 have manufacturer lifetime warranty and can be bought from overclockers.co.uk(United Kingdom) or Amazon. thanks for reading, any comments are welcome Likwid Mods
  4. Hi guys! Sponsors: So this is Spectrum! Spectrum is an ITX scratch build that at its core is an "open" system, with that i mean that the components will be exposed. The general idea for the "case" is that it's supposed to look like the components are "rising" up from the base as if it all was the same piece. The name Spectrum comes from yea you guys guessed it, RGB :)! The case will be constructed out of 10mm acrylic sheets and in the bottom layer i will place an rgb strip that will be facing up so that the whole base will shine. This version will not be watercooled im afraid but i might do another in the future with watercooling. PS. components in the sketchup model are placeholders, i have not decided yet on exactly all the hardware. I would love to get your feedback so do not hesitate to comment :).
  5. ©º°¨¨°ºDISCO SCORPIONº°¨¨°º© FKA Compaq'D I decided to give this a name that was more suited to the mod. Sorry if there's any confusion... Since it's in the fun of the recent RGB sickness craze i thought why not! Hi guys First off i Can i say that there are some AMAZING builds on show here in TMZ's member work logs and i promise to take some time over the next day or so and comment in them. I did spend a lot of today reading and watching a fair bit of forum content... and WOW that spider mod Anyways i'm not here to show off my stickers stuck to a case and i'm not here to blab on about my content and concepts... i just don't have them... i fly by the seat.. old skool Alonso Bistro style I have a few ruff ideas then i mod to make them happen... nothing in design or sketch up to show..So you guys just have to trust the visions of a mad man. This mod is kind of a piss take... im not making fun of the modding scene.... but the direction the demand has taken. Punters only want RGB and RGB and a bit more RGB... then chuck in some more RGB. SO the mod will be just that... RGB! and cause i'm a plex modder and have a ton of scraps lets just go with that. For note. I try really hard NOT to copy and paste a working work log from one forum to the next. I feel it's an insult to the ppl of that community as each community is made up of a core of different modders who deserve my respect for the time they are about to give up for me. So with without further ado and no clue it's disco time. A humble junker PC, salvaged from a bin (im not a proud man!) The funny thing was i had intention of modding this case...... it just didnt offer anything.. Until one day i sat it up side down..... and im a moment of sheer madness i saw some potential. So i fired up the old disco booth and started cutting. Removed the front top and some rear metal for the scrap heap and while i was at it gave the chassis a couple base coats of white. Just a working coat for now, a more "arctic white" will be the end colour. The first "actual mod" is going to be a accent led PSU cover. To basically cover that whole bottom boxed section. Do you really need to see how i bend it? or make it... or just the end product of each mod... lemme know And a back board cover to match I know you guys are sayin.... oi! thats not moddin! Your right it aint :P To try and save space and get free RGB im going to incorp the front and rear fans into the panels. Hard to explain hopefully the pics make up for it. Next mod is to start adding the light feature to these panels. The first light feature is to the PSU cover, a simple design to start with. 2 Sections of plex cut, one being clear to carry the rgb light and the other white. The clear get it's top edge routed to help with the light effect. The back of the white panel get a coat of white paint and covered in some 3M black block out vinyl . Left over scraps from a black vinyl roof car wrap. Its not pretty or perfect but it dosnt get seen. Next is to trim away a little from the edges. I light test shows how effective the vinyl works The clear also get a coat of white but on both sides. And then glued together next is to add an LED strip into that pre cut slot and install new panel The inside get covered with some alloy tape or maybe later if PSU permits a proper panel. Some disco shots. Are yas feeeeelin it! lets bOOgie!
  6. This year at CES 2017, Deepcool released the most new case models of any other case manufacturer! But, the surprising fact, was that three of the four new cases have integrated AIO liquid cooling setups. They should be available for purchase after Q2 of 2017. Plus this year, Deepcool introduced Two (2) new 120mm Fan series with RGB and aluminum chassis. (see below). The Fans will be available in sets of Three (3) with a RGB Fan Controller. (Around $90-$100). The Fan Controller will be able to control Fan and lighting functions through your PC or using an App installed on your Smart Phone! QUADSTELLAR Four-cabin Design ATX Computer Case: With the integral structure split into four individual cabins for graphic card, motherboard, power supply and hard disk drive separately, QUADSTELLAR now achieves a new significant breakthrough in providing innovative PC thermal solution by isolating the hottest components into separate compartments and maintaining high compatibility meanwhile. The second noteworthy feature here is the included automatic air intake system which is able to adjust the air flow for a stable cooling performance thanks to the intelligent temperature sensors inside. Available in May, 2017 NEW ARK 90 ATX PC Case Encompassing Pre-installed Captain 280EX Liquid Cooling System with RGB Lighting Effects: NEW ARK 90 is a sleek high end PC case with top and side panels completely made of optimized tempered glass, offering a clear full view of the interior. It features a pre-installed Captain 280EX AIO liquid cooling system incorporating an exposed liquid reservoir and a specially designed flow indicator which makes the flow rate of the coolant clearly visible. Besides, three 140mm fans are also pre-installed, so to maintain a remarkable cooling performance for your whole rig is undisputed with this case.Available in May, 2017 EARLKASE LIQUID ATX PC Case Encompassing Pre-installed Captain 140EX Liquid Cooling System with RGB Lighting Effects: EARLKASE LIQUID is an ATX PC case with the whole side panel completely made of tempered glass for a clear full view of the interior. A built-in angled panel separates the interior space into two parts simplifying cable management for an ultra clean looking build.It also features a pre-installed Captain 140EX AIO liquid cooling system incorporating a specially designed flow indicator which makes the flow rate of the coolant clearly visible. The integrated RGB lighting system allows simultaneous color changing on different parts of the system including flow indicator, water block, and LED strip.MSRP: 149.99 USD Available in April, 2017 BARONKASE LIQUID Pre-installed Captain 120EX Liquid Cooling System with RGB Lighting Effects BARONKASE LIQUID is an all-metal Micro-ATX body that supports ATX motherboards with a solid metal handle at the top making it an ideal solution for a portable VR-ready PC. It features the Captain 120EX AIO liquid cooling system incorporating a specially designed flow indicator which makes the flow rate of the coolant clearly visible.The integrated RGB lighting system allows simultaneous color changing of different parts of the system including flow indicator, water block, SSD shroud and LED strip. One illuminated 2.5” drive bay is vertically orientated so it can be clearly seen through the side window.MSRP: 129.99 USD Available in April, 2017 MF120GT – Detachable Fan Frame with App-Controlled RGB Lighting: MF120GT delivers excellent vibration damping capability as a result of using a specially optimized aluminium alloy material. The aluminium fan frame is detachable for easy cleaning and optimum performance.With the mission of initiating a new era in RGB cooling, illumination is provided by an innovative double V shape RGB lighting system which generates 16.8 million colors for creative lighting effects. In addition, the Double-layer blade design generates a stronger air pressure. Fan speed can be varied by PWM over the range 500-2200 RPM, and high reliability is delivered by the Fluid Dynamic Bearing used in the fan. For more flexibility and convenience, Custom App GS Control is available for the control of the lighting system and fan speed. MSRP: 99 USD (3 pcs of fans RGB controller) Available in April, 2017 MF120 - Frameless Design with App-Controlled RGB Lighting: MF120 delivers excellent vibration damping capability also by using a specially optimized aluminium alloy material. Its frameless design will be a surprise for all enthusiasts as the rotation of the exposed blades is more visible.There is a built-in parallel RGB lighting system to match your other components of any color, which generates 16.8 million colors to deliver high quality lighting effects. In addition, the Double-layer blade design generates a stronger air pressure. Fan speed can be varied by PWM over the range 500-2200 RPM, and high reliability is delivered by the Fluid Dynamic Bearing used in the fan. For more flexibility and convenience, Custom App GS Control is available for the control of the lighting system and fan speed. MSRP: 89 USD (3 pcs of fans RGB controller) Available in April, 2017 Captain EX RGB – Integrating RGB Variable Lighting System: Captain EX RGB retains all the key features of the Captain EX Series, now integrating the latest RGB variable lighting system which encorporates pump and LED strips for a more excellent visual experience. Either using a cable controller included or a computer software supported by motherboard with RGB Header, you can adjust the lighting modes freely as you want.MSRP: Captain 120EX RGB – 99.99 USD Captain 240EX RGB – 129.99 USD Available in March, 2017
  7. G.Skill announced DDR4 RGB Trident Z at CES 2017. The modules require NO ADDITIONAL WIRING (unlike others out there). Here is a link with more info and G.Skill's Press Release. G.Skill Trident Z is already available HERE at Newegg! Also, check out the RGB lighting functions in this official G.Skill Video.
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