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This a sneak peak at my newest project I started last week. Some of the parts are to be announced as they are currently under NDA so once that it lifted I will make the appropriate announcement.

***As of midnight last night the NDA was lifted on the case so I will be posting up some pictures of it later tonight***

List of parts to be used:

Case: Cooler Master HAF XB

PSU: CoolerMaster 1300W Silent Pro Hybrid

CPU: Intel I7 3770k

Motherboard: Gigabyte G1 Sniper Z77

Memory: Patriot Viper Extreme 32 gb

Sleeving: MDPC

SSD's: Intel

GPU's: 3 EVGA GTX 680's HydroCopper

Cooling:

Swiftech Apogee HD CPU Block

Alphacool 360 RAD, 12 RAD, & 240 RAD

Danger Den Reservoir

Aqua Computer 1500 lph Bitspower conversion pump kit

Mayhems Pastel Mint Green

Primo Chill 3/4 Tubing

Fans: Coolermaster Excaliburs

Peripherials:

Keyboard: Coolermaster Storm Trigger (with cherry blue btw) :)/>

Mouse: Coolermaster Sentinel II advance

Headset: Coolermaster Storm Sirus

Sponsors for this build. I am forever grateful to my sponsors as this build would never be possible without them. This list will be updated as I am hoping and anticipating some more great companies to help me out if all goes as planned.

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It will be a little bit of time until I can update this build log but it will be worth the wait I hope.

I have always wanted to do an NVIDIA themed build even thought there re so many of them out there. I have a deep rooted love for NIVIDIA so if that is the case I will be using this:

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Here are some samples of the powder coating I will be using in this build.

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It will mainly be the metal flake one but will also be doing the lighter green throughout for accents.

I just got home from work and I found another mysterious package that I was keeping my fingers crossed for, so without further ado I am officially doing 3 way SLI with this mod. Thank you so much EVGA for sponsoring this build, you will be proud when I am done with it.

They will look a bit more sexy once I install the EVGA hydro copper blocks.

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As you can see I just received a Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3 from Gigabyte

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Also I received an I7 3770k from Intel that Cooler Master was able to get for me as well as some other goodies.

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Now it is time to cut up all the things. I will be placing an order with Frozen CPU for about $1000 and will post up more pics when that gets here but it will be quite some time till the NDA is lifted and I can actually show you the progress of the build.

Cheers!!

Oh and I forgot to mention that I won an Intel SSD 180gig 520 series SSD from the mod contest at Lanfest....i took 1st Place...lol So I will be using this as the primary in the Green Machine.

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Now I have my work cut out for me.

Got a huge package today from Frozen.

Swiftech Apogee HD Block (My favorite)

360 Rad

240 Rad

120 Rad

3 EVGA 680 Hydro Copper full coverage blocks. I received backplates from EVGA a few days ago.

"Also it is very close to being able to reveal what case I am modding and can't wait to share with you guys"

Here is a look at the blocks. Doing a lot of work on the case now things are really starting to come together.

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Now to transform my air cooled cards...

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It never ceases to amaze me how much thermal paste they put on GPU's...

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I have to say they look a lot sexier now

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Well I better get back to work modding time is wasting but just wanted to give an update. Cutting a lot of holes and planning my loop in detail now that I have all the parts.

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This is going to be real tasty....Love that Green color sample!

I'm predicting the Cooler Master HAF XB a huge success. I would love to mod one....Imagining a future XL version would bite into Mountain Mod sales...

*Be sure to Tag your post with "Cooler Master HAF XB" and variations on it, and I will Tweet my followers about your Project here B)/>

Sharkoon Shark blade Cooling fans would be perfect for this gaming pc build, http://mnpctech.com/pc-computer-cooling-fans-grills-custom/shark-blade-fans/

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Some of the pc case mod products in Brian's Cooler Master HAF XB gaming pc build

Black Anodized Grooved PC Case Feet, http://mnpctech.com/pc-computer-stereo-desktop-case-feet/grooved-pc-computer-stereo-rack-server-case-feet/grooved-case-feet.html

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Black PC U-channel window trim, http://mnpctech.com/case-mods-gaming-pc-liquid-modding-custom-computer-mnpctech-overclock-cooling-fan-grills/u-channel-pc-computer-window-rubber-trim-molding-cable-management/24-x-12-clear-and-colored-acrylic-window-sheets-for-computer-case-windows-and-mods-clone.html

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Thank you Bill, I am also predicting this case to be a huge success for Cooler Master. At first I was unsure until I actually started taking it apart. The motherboard tray is completely removable with only a couple thumb screws and it just has so much potential to really go any way you want with it.

Here is a first look for you guys like a run around of the case:

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True hot swap drive bays are included.

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Here it is naked with the side panels and top panel off to give you an idea of what can be put in this case:

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You can see the SSD mounting rack here which is removed by screws and has several different mounting options stock without having to mod anything:

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Top View:

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Front Panel removed:

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My first test of my equipment using air: (I overclocked the CPU to 4.9ghz and the cards and got 21093 in 3dMark11)

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I will post some more pictures tonight after I finish cutting some holes for my 360 RAD which is going on the bottom tray. It barely fits with just enough room for me to parallel it with my 240 RAD which is mounting on the front of the case as you can see in these pictures. Also I want everyone to fully be able to see the Reservoir and the Mayhems Pastel Mint Green so I am actually modding the side panel to accept the Danger Den Res as also seen here.

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Also I am a stickler for detail especially with a case that I am doing for Cooler Master and all the generous sponsors backing this build so I am modding the waterblocks and removing the Red leds and replacing them with Green that way EVGA's name will be illuminated Green on the waterblocks.

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Thank you Bill, I am also predicting this case to be a huge success for Cooler Master. At first I was unsure until I actually started taking it apart. The motherboard tray is completely removable with only a couple thumb screws and it just has so much potential to really go any way you want with it.

For some reason I can't tag it since I already posted it. It gave me the ability when I initially posted the build log but not now. :(/>

Here is a first look for you guys like a run around of the case:

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True hot swap drive bays are included.

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Here it is naked with the side panels and top panel off to give you an idea of what can be put in this case:

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You can see the SSD mounting rack here which is removed by screws and has several different mounting options stock without having to mod anything:

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Top View:

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Front Panel removed:

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My first test of my equipment using air: (I overclocked the CPU to 4.9ghz and the cards and got 21093 in 3dMark11)

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I will post some more pictures tonight after I finish cutting some holes for my 360 RAD which is going on the bottom tray. It barely fits with just enough room for me to parallel it with my 240 RAD which is mounting on the front of the case as you can see in these pictures. Also I want everyone to fully be able to see the Reservoir and the Mayhems Pastel Mint Green so I am actually modding the side panel to accept the Danger Den Res as also seen here.

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Also I am a stickler for detail especially with a case that I am doing for Cooler Master and all the generous sponsors backing this build so I am modding the waterblocks and removing the Red leds and replacing them with Green that way EVGA's name will be illuminated Green on the waterblocks.

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Thank you for the Tour! I can see this resulting in really cool Lan Rig!

*Congrats! on 1st recorded build ever of Cooler master HAF XB B)/>

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While I am not partial to the case, I have no doubts you will have a sweet looking build on your hands when it's finished.

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Does anyone still make 80mm fans...heh

Yeah there are actually some quite pricey ones I found but I'm just going to use some Coolermaster ones that I got from them.

Here I have cut my top panel window, "yeah I like big windows" lol

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Even though I am powder coating it I have a habit of taping before I cut...lol

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Not bad for a rough cut. One thing about this top panel is you can't use a jigsaw to cut it due to the beveled honeycomb portion making it impossible to get a level cut so this was all steady hand dremel and then jigsaw to cut the rounded edges.

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Here is the removable motherboard tray:

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I'm using an Alphacool Ut 60mm 360 rad and it just barely fits. I mocked up my hose runs and it will work out perfectly.

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Here I am just marking out the center so I can drill my pilot hole.

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Next up I did a test run with my knockout punch to make sure it is going to cut properly since I bought it used:

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There we have it, a perfect hole cut into an old case. Well that's it for now, gonna go finish cutting my rad holes.

Thanks for looking.

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I have an honest question (not trying to sound like a smartass). Why couldn't you just flip the top panel over and use a jigsaw to cut from the other side? Would that not be possible? I know there will be more roughness on the wrong side but couldn't this just be filed down and/or covered with molding or trim? I'm seriously thinking about this case. I need a smaller lighter case than my beastly HAFX because I'm paralyzed and it's just too much work to handle that HAFX loaded with stuff. I actually have the exact same motherboard you do so I was glad to see the e-atx board actually fit. I don't care about the last 2 pci-express slots. I figured I'd put the wireless/bluetooth card in the usable one, and still be able to do tri-sli isn't bad. Very interested to see where you go from here. Nice build!

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I have an honest question (not trying to sound like a smartass). Why couldn't you just flip the top panel over and use a jigsaw to cut from the other side? Would that not be possible? I know there will be more roughness on the wrong side but couldn't this just be filed down and/or covered with molding or trim? I'm seriously thinking about this case. I need a smaller lighter case than my beastly HAFX because I'm paralyzed and it's just too much work to handle that HAFX loaded with stuff. I actually have the exact same motherboard you do so I was glad to see the e-atx board actually fit. I don't care about the last 2 pci-express slots. I figured I'd put the wireless/bluetooth card in the usable one, and still be able to do tri-sli isn't bad. Very interested to see where you go from here. Nice build!

Actually I already thought of attempting that but it would be the same effect because the way the top panel is fabricated there are ridges on the underside as seen here:

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That would have put an angled cut and risked having the saw blade jam and warp the panel. Believe me I don't like cutting windows with a dremel. It takes a steady hand but it's messy and when you're done you hands are vibrating for about a half hour...lol

It's a great case, like I said in the OP I was uncertain at first till I was given the case about a month ago. When I spoke with my friends at Cooler Master and they told me the price point would be $99 I was surprised because it seems like more of a case for the price. I really hope they do well with this one and I agree that lugging that Hafx of yours around.

I really wanted to try and incorporate some MnPctech Handles into this build but because of the structure I would have to drill through the top panel and the top bars on right and left and then the top would not be removeable. Still thinking about doing it though....lol

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Let me know your conclusion on those ;)/> ... Again, Are the rear 120 and 2x 80mm the only exhaust fans you're utilizing?

Actually yes those are the only exhaust fans I am going to utilize. I am actually going to use a 120 rad on the back panel and have it blowing across the rad and out the back. The reason for this is I really like to design my loops to be successful at properly cooling my components. I have designed the loop to go through the 3 680's then instead of going straight into the CPU it will pass through the 120 to give it a quick cool down then into the reservoir, pump, 360 and finally into the 240.

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Actually I already thought of attempting that but it would be the same effect because the way the top panel is fabricated there are ridges on the underside as seen here:

That would have put an angled cut and risked having the saw blade jam and warp the panel. Believe me I don't like cutting windows with a dremel. It takes a steady hand but it's messy and when you're done you hands are vibrating for about a half hour...lol

It's a great case, like I said in the OP I was uncertain at first till I was given the case about a month ago. When I spoke with my friends at Cooler Master and they told me the price point would be $99 I was surprised because it seems like more of a case for the price. I really hope they do well with this one and I agree that lugging that Hafx of yours around.

Thanks for the quick reply! I see exactly what you're talking about. I was just checking since I would like to get this case and do a top window as well. I've been looking at Lian Li and Silverstone cubes lately to replace my HAFX but they all have such poor cable management. I too was impressed with the price on this case. I really think I'm going to grab this and switch my stuff over during the Thanksgiving break. It will be sooo much easier and lighter for me to handle. Thanks again!

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Gotcha! .....btw, got my copy of CPU today, Congrats on the photos!

:)/> Thank you Bill, it was a fun trip up there to spend a couple days with Lee Harrington and the Intel gang at Lanfest!

I wanted to give an update of what I completed today.

I cut the 360 rad holes out of the bottom of the case and was able to successfully cut out the red led's from two of the EVGA hydro copper waterblocks and replace them by soldering in Green led's. Now when you fire up the cards the top portion where it says EVGA is a nice Green color.

I have this weird issue with builds where they are based on a certain color but have a bunch of different color led's everywhere...lol

First I had to remove the feet so I thought I'd share with you guys how they are connected. Just have to peel off the rubber and remove one phillips screw..

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Here you can see how it cut into one of the little uholes on the bottom tray. This wasn't a mistake, I had to offset the rad placement for the side where the flow is going to be since that side sticks out farther on the UT60 version of the alphacool.

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A mock placement of the rad with fans installed to make sure my hole layout was a success....so far so good.

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I won't be using those copper screws but have black ones going in after powder coating is done.

Here I have snipped out the red led from the hydro copper block:

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Even though it wont be showing I decided to just use some green heatshrink to put over my solder points.

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Well that's it for today. Tomorrow it's road trip to Microcenter to get a couple single slot spacing water sli fittings and I have to do the 3rd hydro copper block.

Have a great night friends.

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