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PROLOGUE

I recently acquired a Cooler Master HAF XB case from a friend. At first I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. I have several builds currently in the works and I wasn't sure I wanted to take another one on, at this time. However, after having the case in my possession for a few short days, I changed my mind. The more I studied the case, the more ideas came to mind. I knew I wanted to do something different with this case. I also wanted to try some techniques that I haven't used before. I wanted to do a completely different theme then any of the other builds I've done before. I wanted something supernatural.

 
I present to you:
 
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With contributions from:

 
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- Components - 
 
Cooler Master HAF XB Case
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Motherboard
AMD FX-6300 CPU
Powercolor Radeon HD 7970 GPU
Crucial Tactical Tracer 8 gb 1600mhz Memory

Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050w PSU
Samsung 840 250gb SSD
 
- Cooling -
 
XSPC Raystorm AMD CPU Waterblock
XSPC Raystorm 7970 GPU Waterblock
6x Cooler Master JetFlo 120 White Fans
Swiftech 8-Way PWM Splitter
Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 240mm Radiator
Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 360mm Radiator
Swiftech MCP-655 Pump
Bitspower D5 Mod Pump Top V2
Bitspower D5/MCP655 Mod Kit
Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 400  Reservoir
PrimoChill Rigid Revolver Compression Fittings
PrimoChill Rigid Acrylic Tubing
Mayhems Pastel Coolant

 
- Miscellaneous -
 
MNPCTech Billet Machined Aluminum Case Feet
Lutro0 Customs Teleios Sleeving
Tek by Design Proline Brushed Stainless Steel Fasteners
 

 
Prologue
Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV

Chapter V

Chapter VI

Chapter VII

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CHAPTER I: The Agony
 
"Perhaps you had better start from the beginning." - The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
 
 
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Everything that bolts to the case was unbolted and removed.
 
 
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Front drive bays removed. These won't be needed, I have a better idea.
 
 
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Some measuring and 4 drilled holes later, a 360 radiator is installed in place of the original front fan mounts.
 
 
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The 360 radiator from the inside. It just fits. Now for some cutting.
 
 
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Success, fans installed. Always a good feeling. The radiator does interfere with the upper right side mounting for the front panel.
 
 
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The metal surrounding the front drive bays was removed to make room for the  reservoir.
 
 
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The method to my madness. An Alphacool reservoir temporarily stands in for the custom length Bitspower unit that will be installed later.
 
 
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The set up to cut the acrylic for the reservoir/pump mount.
 
 
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First cut, of two, in the 3/16 (4.9 mm) acrylic. So far, so good.
 
 
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The two pieces welded together, yielding a final thickness of 3/8 (10.8mm). Once the solvent has dried, I will cut the mount down to it's final dimensions and drill/tap the holes for the reservoir and pump.
 
 
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New reservoir/pump mount installed.
 
 
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A little layout to see how it's all going to fit.
 
 
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It's definitely not a large case.
 
 
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Not much room for tubing or cables.
 
 
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The pump, hard drive cage, lower radiator, and power supply take up all of the rest of the room in the lower section.
 
 
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Time start working on the cut out for the 240 radiator. I've positioned the cut out, so the fittings on both radiators are vertically aligned.
 
 
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The outline on the bottom of the case. The odd shape was necessary, because the bottom of the case isn't totally flat.
 
 
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Cut completed. Now I just need the radiator. Unfortunately, the Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 240mm I'm planning on using, is out of stock everywhere.
 
 
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The cut from inside the case. There is very little room between the power supply and the radiator.

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nice hey one of my fav things wile i was building is to see how many dif techniques i could use on one mod acrylic welding ,tick metal work ,tick  B)

 

I have a few I'm going to put to the test. ;)

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CHAPTER II: A Real Solution

 

“We all go a little mad sometimes.” - Psycho (1960)

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The new fans are here. Cooler Master JetFlo 120mm white.
 

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A test fitting with the Cooler Master JetFlo 120 fans installed without the front bezel installed.

 

 

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A test fitting with the Cooler Master JetFlo 120 fans installed with the front bezel installed.

 

 

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The Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050W Power Supply has arrived. A big thanks to Cooler Master, Lee Harrington, and Ron Christianson for getting this to me.

 

 

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Power supply and controller.

 

 

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Power Supply/Fan Controller. Not sure if I'll be using this.

 

 

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Cable-o-rama

 

 

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The new power supply isn't fitting. The EPS connector fouls the left radiator fan.

 

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The new power supply didn't want to fit, but I wasn't about to let that stop me. I decided to mount the power supply sideways in the case. This did pose a few issues, namely how to vent it. I took apart the power supply and reversed the fan. Now it intakes cool air from the rear and exhausts the air out of the fan area.

 

 

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In order to mount the power supply sideways, I needed a way to secure it. The 4 screws that hold the fan to the power supply casing could also be used to secure the power supply to the case. The original trim plate for the power supply was used for a template, then I drilled the holes.

 

 

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All four holes drilled from the top.

 

 

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The floor of the case is raised below the factory power supply mounting location. I had to drill the lower panel holes large enough that the screw heads could fit through into the raised panel.

 

 

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Success, the power supply is firmly mounted and quite secure. Now to make an extension to bring the plug to the outside of the case.

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I love that attitude! just because something doesn't fit is not reason not to put it where you want it.  Other wise we would just be builders and not Modders. 

 

I was looking at a post and a guy doing a water cooling build, couldn't find any mounting holes in a 900D to secure the reservoir?  Sir maybe you should reconsider this water cooling thing? I'm just saying.  I'm sure he will learn a lot from the experience! we all started knowing nothing and now we get to mess up real expensive stuff - He he he  see ya 

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I think the motherboard and attached hardware, plus the rear fan is the only thing that's bolted right in. As much modification as I've done so far, it may have been faster to do a scratch build.  ;)

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glad to see you over on here mr tek lord. id be worried about my wanting to steal your banner but i never keep my stuff still long enough ;)

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CHAPTER III: Creature of the Wheel
 
"Supernatural, perhaps; baloney, perhaps not. - Black Cat (1934)
 
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My original plan was to reuse the factory hard drive rack, but place it in a new location. Since I turned the power supply sideways, the factory hard dive rack wouldn't fit in the case anymore. I channeled the spirit of Ron Lee Christianson made a mount for the SSD  out of polystyrene.
 
 
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The SSD will mount to the front of the new piece. Several layers of polystyrene had to be built up to create the necessary height and thickness.
 
 
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While I was at it, I extended the side of the new mount all the way over to the power supply. This will allow me to hide the wiring and create a much smoother look.
 
 
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The new SSD mount is taking shape. There's still a lot of work before it's finished.
 
 
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MNPCTech case feet, PrimoChill Revolver Rigid Fittings, and PrimoChilll 1/2in. Rigid Acrylic Tube.
 
 
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Yummy
 
 
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I think they're a good match.
 
 
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With the pump rotated 90 degrees, the inlet and outlet ports are in a much better position.
 
 
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The Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 400mm reservoir cut down to 320mm.
 
 
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The reservoir is a perfect fit in it's new home.
 
 
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Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 240mm radiator has arrived and looks oh so pretty with those Cooler Master JetFlo fans sitting on it.
 
 
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Everything seems to be falling into place. The more I see those PrimoChill fittings, the more I like them.
 
 
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There's good clearance between the left fan and the pump. This should allow for good airflow to the fan. Overall there isn't a whole lot of room to spare in the basement.

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chapters man thats a good idea 

 

Just kind of came to me. Not sure if anyone else has done that.

 

My case feet! ....Im Honored

 

I've been waiting for the appropriate build to use your feet on and this was it.  :D

 

You've been featured on the Fan Page today!

 

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That is fantastic. I'm quite honored. Thank you.

 

Whoa This is looking sharp...Subbed

 

Thank man.

 

Say Knurled 10 times real fast!  I love it. Those revolver fittings look good with the MnpcTech feet.

Knurled, Knurled, Knurled, Knurled,Knurled

 

It's amazing how well the go together. Had to get my knurl on.

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I first got my hands on them back in August when I was assisting Lee & Ron with the Cooler Master HAF Stacker builds for PAX. I was impressed enough to make sure I got some of my own. They undervolt great and are PWM. I'll be undervolting them and running them PWM.

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CHAPTER IV: The Ecstasy

 

"I have such sights to show you!” - Hellraiser (1987)

 

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I started on a motherboard shroud and checked the cable locations for all the components.

 

 

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The new floor made from more polystyrene.

 

 

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More of the floor from the other side.

 

 

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I chopped up a P67 Sabertooth shroud and added it to the pieces I already made from polystyrene.

 

 

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The holes are all approximate until I can properly fit it to the motherboard.

 

 

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Finished the cut out in the front of the case that I created earlier.

 

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Not to shabby for being done by hand with a Dremel. It only took a little bit of sanding.

 

 

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I got a little ahead of myself and decided to paint the new floor, starting with a good sanding and primer.

 

 

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After laying a coat of stainless steel paint, I used a piece of left over mess and black paint to create a hex pattern.

 

 

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I rather likes the look, so I kept it.

 

 

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I kept moving the mesh and spraying until the entire part was covered.

 

 

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I then misted a little of my granite paint to wash out the pattern somewhat and sprayed it in a satin clear coat.

 

 

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While I was at it, I also painted the SSD mount in the same granite that I used on the floor and painted the motherboard tray rails in a dark hammertone. Then mounted it back into the case to see how it looked.

 

 

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Being on a roll, I painted the pump and motherboard tray. The motherboard tray was painted in black and granite. The pump top was masked with only the very front being painted black.

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I love painting through things like that. I haven't got it down yet though, I sprayed some areas at to much of an angle and didn't get a clean pattern.  Looks like you have it worked out!  waiting for updates. 

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