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  1. Hi everyone! For those of you who doesn't know me, I'm Claricce of TechLin. School is off! And this is the perfect timing for another Case mod.
  2. Hey Guys! I'm back! What a 2018! And as usual, I just finished another project sponsored by EVGA, Thermaltake and Zadak511, and I am here to share it with you guys. This project got delayed a bunch of times but in the end I got it done before the end of 2018. Let's start shall we? This project is called "WhiteNoise", and the theme of the project is based on a NHL team, the Winnipeg Jets! I got inspired to do this project after watching the Winnipeg Jets go against the Nashville Predators last year in the playoffs. Looking at their official uniforms, I thought, why not make a case mod with their theme? Blue, White, Gray and a little bit or Red? Sure! So, I asked EVGA if they would like to throw in their DG-76 computer case to be murdered by me. A week after asking, well, they've sent me these. They were kind enough to send a DG-76, x2 GtX 1080 with Hydro Copper Blocks, 850PQ power supply, some awesome sleeved power supply cables (blue and white), power links and some awesome poster. And Zadak511 stepped in and threw in a 64GB kit of their Zadak MOAB RGB ram sticks with some swags included! And Apacer global jumped in too and threw in one of their M.2 128GB SSD for the project. Now, for the main "star" of the butchery.. Now, originally, my plan was to flip the whole case so the front panel will be the bottom, Remove the part of the case that has mounting holes for reservoir and slap x2 360mm radiator, which sadly didn't work. This would have work, but if I went this route, I would need to either cut some breathing holes on the right side panel or make a replacement for the let tempered glass with holes on it for exhausting air from the radiator fans. So, I ended up with the easier way. One 360mm radiator on front. And before dismantling the DG-76, someone rang the doorbell, and this was in the front door. And after that, I decided to dismantle some parts of the DG-76, mainly the power supply shroud and the motherboard tray since I wanted those to remain white, and the rest will be blue. Aaaand off to the backyard we go! This was around October, and the temperature around here is getting colder. I was planning on doing some more cutting on the computer case, but if I remembered correctly, I only had 2 more days before the weather goes down to below zero. While waiting for the fresh coat of paint to dry up a little bit, I went ahead and did some cutting on the plastic front panel. Now, I wanted to do a push/pull config for the radiator, and I want to have the fans pulling to be outside the case. That is impossible to do unless you trim off this tab with magnet that holds the front dust cover and trim a little bit of the bottom too. after doing those, well, time to give this a blue bath! Now, a few days after I have torn the DG-76 to pieces, I ordered some White Delrin PC case feet from MNPCTech.com . These looks and feels premium and thought would go nicely for this build. Installing them was a breeze too. The DG-76's original feet has 2 mounting holes for each. Conveniently, those holes are almost the exact, same size as the included mounting screws for the White Delrin case feet! just need to file those hole a little bit and the screws just slide in. How convenient is that! While waiting for the top, front and back plastic panels to dry up, I spewed some paint on the right metal panel and some of the random accessories for the build. The hydro copper block, the Thermaltake CL360 Radiator and the sli bridge. Aaaaaaand.... At this point, there is just no way for me to be able to more paint jobs since the temperature outside is well below 0c, so I opted with using Vinyl stickers for the Winnipeg Jets logos for the build. As much as I wanted to do paint instead of stickers, It just won't work. I tried, but things just got ugly and I ended up sanding the paint down. But in the end, the vinyl sticker worked pretty well. This is Thermaltake's W4 pacific water block. Again, vinyl sticker for the Jets logo. But after doing the logo, I realized I screwed up something. For the logo to stay upright like this, I need to rotate the whole block, which sadly won't work. The mounting bracket and the holes are just waaaaaay off. LOL! Now if I took the sticker off and rotate it upright, well, the logo won't look good anymore. So in the end, I ended up changing the logo. Aaaaaand, after a few days of waiting, everything dried up well. As I have mentioned, after the blue paint job, I could not do anymore painting outside, so I ended up with using Vinyl stickers and a little bit of clear coating. Now, a couple months back before I started this project, I ended up dismantling half of my CNC machine to try to get it leveled as much as I could. Office life got busier than ever, so the cnc was out of commission when I started this project. Now, I am not a huge fan of front panels that doesn't have any breathing holes on it and instead have gaps all around the side for air to be either pulled in or exhaust out. I wanted to make a custom front panel for the project, so I ended up contacting one of my buddies, killRMODZ to do a solid for me and make the custom front panel. After a very short noticed, and a few exchanges of emails about the design, this is what we ended up with. The bottom piece is actually a gpu support in the form of a hockey stick. Now, all I need to do is to drill some mounting holes for the front panel, and the front will be completed! Looks awesome in my opinion! And now, if ever, I will be comfortable using the front as the front intake and won't worry about not having enough airflow! And I think that was all the stuff that I need to do before putting the thing together. Got all the panels painted up, logos on them, why don't we put the thing together then? Shall we? Sooooo, back when I was making a list for the stuff that I will be using for thermaltake, I screwed up that list. Instead of asking 3 sets of Thermaltake Riing Trio fans, I ended up writing 1 set of 120mm and 3 sets of 140mm fans (stupid I know). In this project, I will need at least 6 fans for the push/pull config. It's a good thing that Thermaltake sent me one of the Floe AiO coolers which has 3 120mm fans. So I ended up using those since the 140mm wont fit either inside the case or outside the front panel. Time to do the hard line tubing! Although after finishing up one bottle of beer, I fell asleep and ended up doing the hard line loop the next day. I have a very, VEEEERY low alcohol tolerance, so usually, one bottle of beer is enough to knock me off. Now, after doing the whole loop, I filled it up and discovered I have a bad leak on the cpu block fitting. And by the looks of it, I didn't tighten the fitting enough. The coolant got on the motherboard just a little bit, probably a drop or two. So I needed to drain the whole loop, and blow dry the board. And in hindsight, it was actually good since I realized, I needed to add one more drain valve on the tube from the GPU's going to the radiator. And for the coolant, Thermaltake was kind enough to send these baby for the project. Aaaand after doing some leak test, and testing if the board is still alive (which I already knew the board was fine), it's time to wrap this baby up! Thermaltake's Pacific C-Pro fittings is one of the easiest fittings that I have used so far. And they went really well with the project. They actually sent over some blue fittings too but after asking the wife which color to go, I ended up with the one fitting. Aaaaaand, time to turn this baby on! And that's it for this project! After some delays, small problems here and there, this was still a fun project for me! Now I can officially say, I am a HUGE Winnipeg Jets fan now! To the sponsors, thank you very much for the support! I hope you guys had fun going through this work log and hopefully, learn a little bit too. Have a happy new year and see on the next project!
  3. Hey Guys! Been a while since I posted a new worklog. I guess time really flies when you are that busy. But anyway, I've got another project, and I wanted to give a huge shout out to EVGA, Thermaltake and Zadak for supporting this project again. Being a huge fan of Mini ITX systems, it's about time for me to start a new mITX project. Been a while since I did one, I think the last time that I did was a scratch build 4 years ago. Back then, when I built my very first mini ITX system, I was using a Bitfenix prodigy computer case. I was happy at first when I completed the build, but then I still wanted something smaller or slimmer than the prodigy. A few months after I finished my build, EVGA released they very first mITX case, the Hadron Air. After seeing a teaser video of it, I immediately grabbed one thinking that I'll try to chop it off and do a full, custom water loop system inside of it. I did started the project but ended up shoving it under the carpet for a little bit since my brain changed and wanted to do a scratch build first. So I had the Hadron Air computer case for quite a while now. The poor thing was collecting dust for years, so I decided it's time to get it done. First off, EVGA was kind enough to send me some awesome goodies that I will be using in this project. A year or two ago, EVGA sent me one of their Hadron Hydro computer case. When I got the case, that was the time when I remembered I still have my Hadron Air in the basement. I then decided to keep the Hydro and continue the work on the Air. One of the main reasons why I grabbed this computer case before was that it had a different power supply form factor included. My curiosity got tickled more since I was only used to seeing atx and sfx power supplies. Now, this was the Hadron Air computer case that I was talking about. I kinda dismantled it years ago and just left it like that. So after taking some dimensions for the case, I then proceeded on making a render drawing for it. I ended up coming up with an of tearing the front and back panel out, make a new one and completely changer the internal layout of the case to accommodate a full custom water loop inside. Original plan was to use the included power supply but it'll not work as I have originally thought. So I went back to the drawing board and altered some parts of the back panel to fit a sfx power supply. So after taking the dimensions, making a drawing out of it, time to throw some aluminum sheet and my not-so-leveled-bed CNC. Wasted a lot of sheet on this one, but it was all worth it in the end. Top (left) and bottom (right) panel. Front and back panel. Sometimes, since the bed is not leveled correctly, i'll end up murdering a cutting bit in the middle of the cutting job. Which means, i'll end up with a broken cutting bit and a wasted portion of the aluminum sheet. Sometimes, when the machine only needs to do 2 more passes to finish the cut, the cutting bit will break. Which means i'll need to cut out whatever I was cutting manually and hand filing the edges. Which is not that bad. Aaaaand, time to chop the Hadron Air off a little bit more. Test Fit time! That's all for this update for me right now. Next update, MORE chopping! See you on the next update! Ciao! P.S Here's a few of the photos that I was able to find when I was attempting to do a case mod for the Hadron Air years ago. Sleeved power supply Bending a piece of sheet metal to become the front panel Was trying to bend the metal sheet using a bed frame. Don't ask me why because I don't know either. Top panel attempt And for some reason, I ended up doing the top panel in acrylic. I think that was the time when I stopped and decided to shove the Hadron air somewhere in our basement.
  4. 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..
  5. Hi Guy's, My name is Richard (AML Custom PC) this is my latest project, sponsored by Alphacool. The case I am using is the thermaltake x71, I have not seen many mods with a dual loop in this case. I am adding a new front tempered glass panel with custom fan grills. The colour of the build. Outside of the case - Matt grey inside of the case - White Loop one - Purple Loop two - Green. System Specs, CPU - unknown Motherboard - ASUS Strix Z270F Gaming Ram - 16gb Corairs vengeance RGB GPU - GTX 980Ti SSD - Kingston 240gb HDD - 1tb WD blue FANS - 6 x 120 thermaltake Riing plus, 4x 140 thermaltake Riing plus (all fans could be changed) PSU - Corsair 860 platinum Full Custom Cables Watercooling supplied by Alphacool, CPU Block - Eisblock XPX cpu mat black GPU Block - Nexxos 980ti RadS - 2x 360 Nexxos ST30 full copper Pumps - 2x Alphacool VPP655 D5 Pump top - 2x Esidecke D5 - Plexi V.3 Reservoirs - Alphacool Eisbecher 250mm acetal and Eisbecher 150mm acetal Fittings -Alphacool Eiszapfen 16mm hard tube compression black Alphacool HF 13/a0 compression fittings deep black Alphacool bulkhead connector deep black Alphacool Eiszapfen L - connector black Alphacool Eiszapfen extension 20mm black Alphacool Eiszapfen 2 way ball valve black Alphacool Eiszapfen double nippel deep black Tubing - AlphaTube HF 13/10 Alphacool Eisrohr 16/13 PETG hardtube Extra - Alphacool Eisbaer logo kit. Here are some photos of the products. The next up should be a big one with lots of case modding and hopefully Tempered front panel.
  6. Bill, your video of the CHENMING / CHIEFTEC DRAGON Retro Classic Case Review caused me to want to post pics of the mods I did to a few Thermaltake Xaser III cases, based on the same early 2000's design. This thread will be pics from all three mods, in order.
  7. Thermaltake Case Mod Invitational Build: http://community.thermaltake.com/index.php?/topic/43337-australia-corey-gregory/ Hello everyone and welcome to my build log. Firstly I would love to start by introducing myself. My Name is Corey Gregory and I go by the modding name 'Imfaceroll Gaming'. I am 22 years old from Australia. By day I work in the engineering fields of Surveying. My main hobby's are obviously PC Modding as well as Sports and Gaming. I like to think of myself as being an average Joe trying to achieve his goals. My PC Modding life started 18 months ago with my first pc being a desk pc. Since then I have gone on to build a number of builds for displays at events like PAX. My PC building grew into a passion and having no access to 3D printers, Lathe and CNC machines has really helped me develop skills which have all been self taught with basic hand tools. 'If you do not give it ago you will not achieve' I live by this philosophy, something may look difficult to do but I encourage people to have ago and strive to achieve. As you can see from the banner I am heading towards the SI-FI side of things and in particular Star Wars. I didn't want to revile too much to begin with so I feel a teaser banner is certainly fitting for this PC. Please feel free to have a guess =) It is a privilege to work along side these top modders and I thank Thermaltake and all Partners for making this event possible. I will be video logging Progress here: www.youtube.com/imfacerollpcgaming and posting photos on Facebook as well as this thread www.facebook.com/imfacerollgaming Specs: Asus ROG Maximus VIII Forumla Motherboard Intel Core i5 6600K Asus GeForce GTX 980 Strix x2 Samsung 950 Pro M.2 256gb Avexir Red Tesla 16gb 2666mhz Thermaltake Toughpower DPS RGB 1250w Thermaltake Liquid Cooling
  8. Parts - Thermaltake Core V1 (Black) - i7-4770K - EVGA Stinger Z87 - G. Skill Ares 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 2400MHz - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme - Corsair RM750 - EVGA GTX 780 I used the 240mm stencil as reference. At first I wanted to mount the radiator on the side panel, but then I realized I could fit 2x120mm case fans in the front and remove the 200mm case fan. If I choose the side panel, I will cut a square and mount a red acrylic window. I'm still debating where I want to place the radiator. Front or side panel. Decisions, decisions...
  9. Hello everyone! I hope everyone is excited for the MSI Pro Mod Season 3! It is an honor to be asked to judge this contest as well as contribute a demonstration build! I will be doing a black and white theme mod using a Thermaltake F51 Suppressor case designed around the MSI z170 Krait Gaming Motherboard. The name of my build is the Achromatic Serpent, meaning colorless snake. Thanks to all the sponsors for the contest! Without them this would not be possible! In addition to the contest sponsors, Primochill will be providing my build with modding materials and supplies like acrylic, cables, sleeve, and accessories! Let’s move on with the hardware for the build! We have some great components that I cannot wait to mod! A few big boxes of goodies! Here is the canvas I will be working with! The Thermaltake F51 Suppressor! Well follow that up with the center piece of the build, the MSI z170 Krait gaming motherboard! You can also see the processor installed, thanks to Intel, we have a Skylake i5-6600k processor! To go right along with the crisp black and white theme is the MSI GTX 970 Graphics Card! G. Skill hooked the build up with some new DDR4 Trident Z memory! This RAM looks slick! Moving on to the 850w Tough Power Modular PSU from Thermaltake! Some super sweet white LED Thermaltake Riing Fans. Last up from Thermaltake is the Water 3.0 Extreme S all-in-one Cooler for the Intel Skylake processor! Next well show the Ttesports peripheral components that will be modded to the black and white theme as well! Well start with the PoseidonZ RGB mechanical keyboard! Here we have the Ventus X Gaming mouse! Last up from Ttesports is the Shock 3D Gaming headset! This thing is super comfy! That wraps up the hardware intro, we also have some SSDs on the way and should be arriving soon. I already began work on the F51 case by breaking it down to bare metal and removing the guts. Now I am ready to start installing my custom acrylic interior to best show off the hardware installed. While I am working on the case I have the hardware installed on my test bench where I will be testing all the hardware before modding it. After drilling out the rivets and removing the interior I can begin my mod with the nice blank canvas! It won’t be blank for long though! This is where I left off for now, I am working out the final design ideas which I will share next update. I wanted to have the case gutted and ready to start the rebuild going into week 2. Next update I have quite a bit or work planned so it should be a mod packed update! I can smell the plastic chips already! Thanks again to the contest sponsors and to everyone stopping by and tuning in! I will see you in a week!
  10. Thermaltake has released a new Core series chassis, the Core x71. It is a formidable tower chassis with plenty of room for the watercooling enthusiast. Click Here for the full overview article. Also, be sure to check back for the full review!
  11. Hello everyone! My name is Martin Katler aka "SKRiPT", a case modder from Slovakia, but this is the first time I post a worklog on the msi forum. Here's my latest project: Project Monochromatic My goal for this mod is to present a beautiful contrast black & white on the theme of the MSI Krait Gaming series (MSI Z170 KRAIT GAMING). The hardware: MB: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K Cooler: Thermaltake NIC C4 GPU: MSI GTX 960 2GD5T OC RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V: DDR4 3000MHz 8GB Case: Thermaltake Versa H35 Fans: Thermaltake Riing 12 White PSU: Thermaltake TR2 500W Gold Let's begin! More photos coming very soon! Components▼ All hardware in detail. Motherboard: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming & Intel Core i5-6600K GPU: MSI GTX 960 2GD5T OC RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V: DDR4 3000MHz 8GB Cooler: Thermaltake NIC C4 PSU: Thermaltake TR2 500W Gold Fans: Thermaltake Riing 12 White Case: Thermaltake Versa H35 Please stay tunned for more info soon... This week I want to start with modding(painting, cutting plexiglass, etc).
  12. I'm not sure if you're aware, but we're currently in the midst of a revolution. An LED revolution—an RGB revolution. RGB case lighting and accessories have exploded into the PC market in the last few years, and the mechanical keyboard is no exception. A back-lit keyboard has been an attractive proposition for many (especially Gamers, for all those late night sessions) and the RGB option brings a whole new level of flash, pizzazz, and customization. Thermaltake joins the party with their newly released Poseidon Z RGB mechanical gaming keyboard. Available in blue and brown switch options. The deck uses a Kailh switch with an offset RGB LED. For those unfamiliar with Kailh switches, they're a Chinese-made switch whose color codes match up with CherryMX switches. The review keyboard has blue switches, characterized by their clicky tactile feel on depression. Read the rest of the article HERE:
  13. Munkeeeeeys! This will be my entry for the Thermaltake Case MOD Invitational Season 2 which I called "G-X902". This project of mine will be simple, but would still (hopefully) pack a little bit of "'wow" factor. The name "G-X902" stands for "G" is for the theme and color that I will be using for this project, Gun Metal, and my theme would be, well, a little bit "Gundam-ish". "X9" is for the pc case that will be used for this project and "02" is for the season 2 of Thermaltake Case MOD Invitational. Simple name but still has a "description" behind it. A huge shout out to all the sponsors, Thermaltake, Newegg and Avexir! My main materials that I will be using for this project would be aluminum (1/16" thick, which I hopefully won't regret using) and acrylic sheets (of course!). So, let's get started shall we? I would like to apologize in advance for the crappy photos. Please bare with me until I get a better camera. :P This will be my first time using aluminum sheet this thick, so hopefully everything would work out as planned. And then of course, as soon as I decided to start some work, weather here got crazy, rained so hard with crazy wind gusts. A can of Bud helped to throw my "depressed" attitude toward the start of my adventure away. I have to say, cutting a 48"x 36"x 1/16" aluminum sheet with a jigsaw, is fun... and deafening for sure! This is a part of the top panel for the case (left door). After a few more deafening minutes of cutting, I was finally able to make both of the doors for the top panel. After spending A LOT of time filing the edges using an old set of hand files, I can't hear a single thing anymore. :lol: Now, off to do the top panel frame! Still not wearing any hearing protection at this point. :D Another session of excruciating edge filing. Again, still not wearing any ear plugs or anything at this point. :lol: General arrangement/look of the top panel doors and frame. Time to do some bending! At this point I am regretting using 1/16" thick aluminum, and regretting on buying a cheap-o bender which is rated to do clean bends of at least up to 1/32" thick aluminum. Dang I'm stupid. It did work though. :lol: This is the general look of the top panel. I still need to do some acrylic grille blades for the top panel doors. And for some stupid reason, I can't find the left door! After cutting and filing the top panel doors, the next day, I can't find it anywhere. Got no choice but to re-do the left door. And this time, I am wearing noise cancelling headphones! :P Last weekend, I started the aluminum cuts for the left side panel. I wasn't able to do much since the weather, again, started to get crazy, and I can't do work down in our basement since it is currently being occupied by a lot of stuff. Next weekend, I'll start to do some acrylic cutting for the panel windows and hopefully the weather won't be as shitty as the past 2 weeks. That's it for now for me. Thank you for taking your time and dropping by to see my work log. If you guys have any questions, suggestions, (or violent reactions), please feel free to drop a comment! See you guys on the next update! Hopefully soon...... :D
  14. Greetings everyone! It's such an honor to be selected to represent the US in Thermaltake's CaseMod Invitational, Season 2! This is going to be a really exciting competition, with so many talented modders battling it out. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with, using the X9 chassis. [ :)] Here are my requisite photos of all the great hardware that will be going into this build. Special thanks go to not only Thermaltake for hosting this amazing competition and providing for most of the hardware, but also to Avexir for the sweet DDR4 memory kit, and to Newegg! Here is an overall shot of the booty, case and all.. Thermaltake ToughPower 1200w power supply ASUS Sabertooth X99 motherboard ASUS Strix GTX 970 video cards X2 Intel i7 5820K processor Avexir DDR4 16Gb Memory Kits X2 Samsung 850 EVO 240Gb SSDs X3 Thermaltake hot swap dual drive bays X2 360mm Rads X3 200mm Res/Pump combos X2 Soft tubing Rigid tubing Miscellaneous fittings (too many to itemize lol) STRIX 970 waterblocks X2 120mm Riing Fans Green X9 200mm Luna Fan white Commander FT Fan Controller Commander FX 10 port Fan Hub
  15. Is this a picture of Thermaltake innovation? The Thermaltake Core P5 Open Frame Chassis This just popped up on a well known Aussie retailer store for $199 AUD. http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=416&products_id=33484
  16. PROJECT BUYANGYANG Modder: Andrew Lee(Andrew Lee Adanza) FB: https://www.facebook.com/andrewleekho Intoduction The aim of this build is to showcase all components of a computer. As you can see, all parts are exposed. Even the Liquid Cooling System. Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting this project. Thermaltake Technology Inc Thermaltake Philippines MSI Philippines MSI Global Plextor Philippines Table of Contents
  17. Hey hey guys and girls. We have another awesome themed mod coming your way. This one is based off of one of my favorite comic strips growing up as a kid. Spy vs Spy The Following was obtained from the History section of the Spy vs Spy Headquarters. http://www.spyvsspyhq.com/history.html Simple yet meaningful is one way to describe the wordless black and white comic strip that makes up Spy vs. Spy. The cartoon created in 1960 by Antonio Prohías, depicts the antics of two distinctly different yet similar spies who try to get the best of each other with clever yet strange schemes of espionage and deception. Published in Mad magazine since 1961, Prohías began working on Spy vs. Spy in Cuban, but fled to the United States in 1960 just days before Fidel Castro took over the last Cuban free press. When Prohías came to the United States he knew almost no English, but Mad magazine readers and editors quick accepted him and loved his work. Before he got the job at Mad, he worked in Queens at a clothing factory by day and drew by night in his cramped apartment. His earlier works “Erizo,” “Oveja Negra,” “El Hombre Siniestro,” and “Tovarich” would not work in his new country where the idea of communism was not as prevalent or well taken by pleasure readers. In Cuba if you were not a supporter of Castro you were considered a spy, and this is where he got the idea. Prohías considered himself a spy and thus the idea was born. Prohías submitted his rough pencil concept and design sketches to MAD’s editors on normal 8.5 x 11 paper and would latter redraw the entire carton twice the size for reproduction in the magazine. He would go through the comic strip with pain staking detail and make sure all edges and lines were detailed in his dark bold pen and would almost never ink over his pencil drawings. Spy vs. Spy is now a national icon, symbolic of the Cold War representing good and evil and the struggle for equilibrium. Prohías would stealthily sign each of his Spy vs. Spy cartoons under the title panel, in Morse code, which spelled out the words "by prohias." This is one of the most overlooked details in his work. -••• -•-- •--• •-• --- •••• •• •- ••• Antonio Prohías passed away February 24, 1998. His masterpiece concept of the two spies battling it out lives on in the continuing work done by his successor Peter Kuper. This project is sponsored by the good folks at. http://www.thermaltake.com/home.aspx and http://www.evga.com/ Also brought to you by http://www.v1tech.com/ Specs: Case - Thermaltake Core X9 x 2 Motherboard - EVGA Z97 Classified (Gaming System), MSi Z87 Mpower (Server) CPU - Intel i5 4670K (Gaming), Intel G3258 (Server) Ram - 4 x 4Gb G.Skill Ripjaws (8Gb per system) PSU - 1 x 550w DPS G Modular PSU, 1 x 750w DPS G Modular PSU GPU - 2 x ASUS Strix GTX 970 SSD - 2 x 240 Gb Crucial M500 240Gb HDD - 4 x 500 Gb in Raid 0 CPU Block - Pacific W1 x 2 GPU Block - Pacific Strix Water block x 2 Radiator - Pacific RL 480 x 4 Pump - Pacific P1 D5 Pump /w Silent Kit x 3 Reservoir - Pacific T33 x 4 Cables - 2 sets of Red Tt Sleeved Cables LEDs - BSMods 5050 RGB LED 16.5ft Strip /w wireless remote. The whole idea is to put two complete systems in here all cooled with one large liquid cooling system. The first shipment of parts has arrived. 2 x Core X9 Cases, 2 x Commander FX 10 port fan hub, 1 x 550w DPS G Modular PSU and 1 x 750w DPS G Modular PSU. To give you an idea of the size of the double stacked X9. On the left of this pic is the chassis from a Thermaltake A-71 Full Tower. Each Core X9 is 1 inch taller and twice as wide. ]http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g15/itsamenicky/IMG_3947_zpsmhdmbtrz.jpg] Here we have One intact X9 and one completely disassembled. The Core X9 has this built in plate that can be removed from the bottom panel so you can install a massive radiator in push/pull. However this is not going to work for what I have planned. For what I want to do the entire floor has to be cut out. Remember kids always use proper safety gear when working with power tools and hazardous chemicals. It doesn't matter how careful you are. Things Happen. * The bottom of the top X9 has been cut out.* * Now after stacking up two empty X9 cases and lifting them both a couple times I quickly realized that once all the hardware and coolant has been added this thing is going to be extremely heavy. Therefore I am going to add casters. Each caster is rated at 150lbs. * Yesss much better. * The rest of the gear from Thermaltake has arrived. * * EVGA sent two gorgeous Z97 FTW boards for our project. * Time to get these bad boys fired up on the test benches. * * Alright Time to get started on the prep work for our paint. * * This is what your case should look like after your preliminary sanding...Do not take it down to the bare metal.....Just take the shine off of it. it should look dusty like its been sitting there for a while. * * Two of the rads are getting prepped for paint. They are going to be painted white. * * Time to get started on cutting the Motherboard mounting plates ready for the Floating Motherboards. * * Remember kids always wear the proper safety gear when working with power tools or hazardous chemicals. We don;t wear safety gear because we are not careful. We wear it for the things we can't control.*(Poopadilly Happens!) * * After the plates have been cut this is all that's left of them. Just enough to hold it in place. Alright time to start shooting some paint. * * I was worried that the additional white would not work well with the light ring...Glad to see I was wrong. It really makes the light pop. * While I waited for the paint to dry I got started on the sleeving. * I have two PSU's to sleeve. This 750w DPS G and another 550w DPS G. * Going to be using some Telios Sleeving from Mainframe Customs(http://mainframecustom.com/) Provided to me by the guys over at Sanctum Sleeving(http://sanctumsleeving.com/) * The double wire didn't quite come out as well as I hoped. Still not too bad. One 24-pin down a hundred more wires to go. I am really liking the new Thermaltake GPU water blocks. Love the Modern Minimalist approach. All but 4 fans have been sleeved. * Getting started with the EVGA Z97 FTW Motherboard. The heat sinks are going to be removed and painted White. *
  18. I'm back! It has been a while, but after a short break I will be sharing small modifications to my upcoming (possible) QuakeCon build. I've always preferred SFF PC builds, so the first one will be done in a Thermaltake Core V1 M-ITX case. The hardware for this build is still up in the air, so when I get the remaining parts I will start sharing progress here. My second build will be a M-ATX, have yet to decide on a PC case for it. I will be traveling to QuakeCon via train so far so I need something that I can either bring as a carry on or try to get a Pelican case and check it in for trip. Until then, game and mod on...
  19. 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.
  20. http://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Cube_Case_/Core/C_00002562/Core_X9/design.htm Seeing the Thermaltake X9 at CES from various reviewers coverage it looks like a valid (cheaper) alternative to the CaseLabs S8. Still waiting for buildlogs to come forward and proper reviews to be done, but if the build quality stands up it could be a solid entry from Thermaltake. Thoughts?
  21. Thermaltake's new Core V71 may be worth checking out if you're looking for a new water cooling case or need a lot of airflow. Comes out-of-the-box ready for a 420 and 360 rad combo between the front and ceiling and has mounts for four 200mm fans, including 3 shipped with the case. Retails for $160 and gets release on 3/3/14. Link to Thermaltake's page on the Core V71
  22. F/A 18 HORNET Blue Angels / U.S. Navy Tribute to our military *UNAUTHORIZED (I'll explain later)... Inspiration for this project in addition to paying tribute to our finest was having some POWERFUL fun with a MOD/Build project. Purple Heart ~ MERIT and Screaming Eagle ~ Medals of Valor were solemn and serious, I need to have some fun so here it is. The BUILD LIST is as follows: Thermaltake Technology Inc Armor Plus Case Thermaltake BigWater 760 Pro Cooler Master Silent Pro 1300W Hybrid PSU ECS Z77H2-A2X Deluxe Golden Board Sapphire Technology HD 7970 Dual X GPU Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 1866 Corsair Dominator Platinum Light Bar Upgrade Kit Intel Labs / Intel CORE I7 3770K Intel Quad Core 3.9 Ghz 8Mb cache Junpus DX1 Nano Diamond Paste ADATA SX900 128Gb SSD X 2 Corsair FORCE GT 240Gb SSD EKWB EK-KIT L240 Cooling Kit 1 x Masterkleer Tubing PVC 13/10mm (3/8"ID) UV-reactive Black 3,3m (10ft) 2 x EK G1/4 plug with O-ring 2 x EK-CSQ Adapter 45° G1/4 Nickel 2 x EK-CSQ Adapter 90° G1/4 Nickel 1 x EK-VGA Supremacy - Nickel (EK-VGA-SUPREMACY-NP) Fitting Size 1/2" Barb for 1/2" ID tube AeroCool Touch-2000 Controller AlphaCool NexXxos Monsta Full Copper 240 radiator Enermax: 3 X T.B. Silence 140mm fans 1 X T.B. Appollish 180mm Side fan 3 X Cluster 120mm fans 4 X T.B. Vegas 140mm Fans 1 X U.R. Vegas Mag Mount 120mm Fan Razer Anansi MMO Keyboard Razer Abyssus Gaming Mouse Razer Megalodon 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Speaker System Lutro Customs Customized U.S. Power Cord Dirt Showdown: Nexuiz: Shogun 2: Bunch of Heroes: Crusader Kings II: Dino D-Day: Dungeon Defenders: Dungeonland: Europa Universalis III Chronicles: Magicka Collection: Mount & Blade with Fire and Sword: The Showdown Effect: Bioshock Infinite: White Light Laser Custom Window ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Starting out with the Thermaltake Armor Plus case as the PERFECT Full Tower cabinet for this project. Very few had the foundation for this project and modable to the concept. BEFORE: ~ The Case MOD ~ Sanding the plastic before primer Every piece is rubbed with a Wet Sand of 400 then 800 before prime I'm working on a AirBrush and Paint Shop for help but until that is accomplished it's rattle cans Even in the summer time I like tree decorations of the MOD Type: I discovered the hard way you MUST let your paint rest for 2 days before final clear work: Next up for MOD is the RAZER Keyboard and Mouse: After I finished here I signed up for school at TECHSPOT. CAD Autodesk Inventor, Sand Blasting, Powder Coating, Laser and Water Jet plus a MAJOR Giant CNC bed Machine. Future builds will be so much better. However, this rattle can job isn't too bad. ~ CASE ~ After primer I did 3 coats of color, wet sanded 1000 then 2000 grit between coats and cleared 2 coats with very fine wool between ~ Keyboard and Mouse ~ After primer I did 3 coats of color, wet sanded 1000 then 2000 grit between coats and cleared 3 coats with very fine wool between added an extra clear coat to items that will be handled Some "MOD" fun. Not sure I like this much so I'm making these elements easily removable. This is not finished as I play around with ideas TAIL FINS I made them from Foam Board, Vellum paper (like a plastic paper). I plan to use body filler for finer detail elements in the wings. Added some Missles to the tips of the wings as in the pictures. Added a RC Jet Canopy to the slide back tray cover. Lutro0 Customs donated a Customized U.S. Power Cord Very simple Pin Stripe Details added
  23. 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!!!
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