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This was my first real case project  (I already assembled some configurations) but this time it was a big work :D
 

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Before presenting the mod, a small reminder of the evolution of the configuration ...

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Case
XILENCE Interceptor Pro

MB
MSI Big Bang XPower II

CPU
INTEL i7-3930k

PSU
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold 1200W
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COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold 800W



RAM
G.SKILL Ares 2133MHz (8x4Go)


Graphic cards
HIS HD7970 IceQ-X²  (x3)


SSD
OCZ Vector 256 Go (x3)

+

Intel 520Series 180Go


HDD
Seagate Barracuda 2To

+

Seagate Barracuda 1To




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Réservoirs
KOOLANCE RP-452X2

+
2X Phobya Balancer 150


Pumps + tops
ALPHACOOL VPP655-T12
KOOLANCE COV-RP450 (Rev 2.0)


Radiators
1X PHOBYA 480 G-Changer
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2X PHOBYA 360 G-Changer


Waterblock CPU
XSPC Raystorm


Waterblocks GPU
3X SWIFTECH Komodo HD7900

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Crossfire 3X Bridge


Fittings
MONSOON


Pipe
TYGON R3603 13/19


Coolant
EK Water Blocks EK-EKOOLANT UV Blue & EK Water Blocks EK-EKOOLANT Blood Red


Rhéobus
NZXT Sentry LXE
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BITFENIX Recon


Fans
BeQuiet Swadow Wings 120mm PWM



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Sleeving

VEDAYSHOP


Vinyl
ROYAL COVERING Films Titane noir brossé & Carbone 3D noir maille large

 


PSU Cover

 


Plexi
Setting up a plexi glass on the side door

 

 

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Sleeve used: UV blue, UV red and black from VedayShop:

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Graphics cards HIS HD7970 IceQ-X²

 

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Mr ZAM and the "Team BABOUK"

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And the work...

 

 

A case which has already served needs a good cleaning:

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But first, we will remove the superfluous which will not help in the mod.

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Some shots drill and...

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And now, SHOWER !!!

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It's good to be clean ...

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And as always, there is a voyeur

"He really do weird stuff"
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In this compartment, take up the 3 radiators (1x480 + 2x360), but before you can install it, make a little space.

When I put the radiator support for 360, it is hindered by the cage 3.5 "which will be placed on Rheobus BitFenix ​​Recon.

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Fortunately, this Rheobus not take up much space in depth so I can remove some of this support.
So I de-riveted the block in order to make a cut. Mr Zam heard much gave me a helping hand ...

"and most importantly, we must follow the line"
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Now, you have to enter the base of support. And again, the base is wider than the slot

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Hop and the support in the vise. Mr Zam is really strong!

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The two tabs were cut on one side, and a little shortcut to the other side

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And here it fits ...

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But the rad exceed too much on the outside. So for the next work, it will cut a bit in the box to properly calibrate everything.
Meanwhile, some rivets to replace the cage of the Recon.

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Today, I continue my work on the top of the case.

I began quietly, Mr Zam has not yet recovered from its day of DIY eve ...

I fixed (temporary) supports with 360 rad

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And the 480 rad

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It just fit, but it fits. The calculations made ​​during the development phase of the mod is good. Reassuring for the future.

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Now fix some fans to see if the measure is good

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And it fits...

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Need to cut the door for the fans' airflow

Oh, but here, finally awake !!!!


" Need help ?"
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With pleasure, you will check if the cut is good. Assists in the compartment...


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"Aïe Aïe, it burns !!"
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One done, one left

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Cleaning the cuts and...

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Let's try with the 3 rads

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The two 360 rads tend to lean inward. I will arrange it later, I will set up a "hold" between them.

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Mr Zam !!!! Come here


"It's just ... a little tight ...
My head does not pass"
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On the base

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So, Mr Zam, do you like to build mods ??


"the joys of DIY"
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 backplates...

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Where is Mr Zam ??
Surely hidden somewhere, I feel he does not really like the glow of the sun.
Start without him ...


 

A little later

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See if it fits well ... it's all good.

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Let's go for the PSU cover.

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Mr ZAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMM !!! Where are you, the sun sets, you can show you
 

"I'm here. Super hideout this PSU cover"
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Well, Mr Zam, you who is strong in laying the vinyl, it's your turn to work. I'll just admire the work
 

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Mr Zam, you should show us what it looks with the SSD. I have only 4 screws so for now, we'll put one screw per SSD, just to see

 

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Let's go for the MB support
Mr Zam and "Babouk Team" will help me.

marking the locations of the screws

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cutting the vinyl sheet

"I cut the sheet of vinyl larger than the area to be covered . Fortunately the Babouk Team is here to help me carry"
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"I can cut, huh ?? I can cut ??"
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No no no, you must first stick the sheet


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Oups, too hot here !!!

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Once done, we get:

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Cutting openings

for squares and rectangles
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For round and oval

"It's simple, right ?!? You do not want a drawing more still?"
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Please, Mr Zam, do a drawing to understand


"An oval, the cut lines.
You cut and that's it.
You want a caramel more ...
What a joke"
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And finally gets ...

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Mr Zam, we must see what it looks with the MB


"Hop hop, MB is in place. Thank you to who?"
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MMMmmm, missing rubbers on the opening ...


"to put the rubber, it will Sort this...  fend for himself" - "Well, Team, grilled flies, anyone"
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Today, following the DIY on the case.

To begin with, Mr Zam cut the side door to host a plexi glass:

"A little masking tape before you start cutting"
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He is really a hurry Mr Zam


""Can I cut ??"
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Later...

"Finished, who's the strongest"
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Following exercise laying mesh grilles on the top of the box.
To fix the grid, I use a glue paste fixation with synthetic rubber fast setting.
So put a good layer to make sure it fits well.

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"Not as pretty as my spiderweb"
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Once the two grids glued, it will have the hide glue because white does not go at all.
A fresh coat of paint is the trick. It will require a second layer.

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"He he, I see you"
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Meanwhile (yesterday and today), some work with vinyl were made​​:

The right door, a true head for well ask the vinyl because of bumps and angles at the bulged portion.
So there were a few kinks vinyl. I'll do better next time (or at least I will only take only boxes with flat door)

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And the top.

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Then I handed the MB stand in his place, and the top to see:

Tomorrow, it will put the vinyl on the door ...

"Hooo, it's high"
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"but the view is beautiful..."
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"I AM NOT A NUMBER, I AM A FREE MAN!"
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Few shopping to find plexi for glazing the left side door.
First disappointment: no 3mm plexi stock in both DIY stores near my home. Okay, I took 5mm.

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But why take a leaf 1mx0, 5m for an area of ​​0.5 mx0, 5m max?
Already because no sheet 0,5 x0, 5m and also because I have an idea of make complex for the first time.
So far provide a bit more.

I trace the contour of the hole of the door

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Then a second slightly larger

"Are you sure of what you do"
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Yes I'm sure .... almost. I'll try to cut beveled extra space for the glass fits well in the small bulge of the door.
Go Mr Zam bringest me Dremell


"Cool the machine precision. But!!! This is not a true Dremell"
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Stop quibbling. It has the same function for a unbeatable price. I just hope it will not broil!!!


Go, first cut, slow speed and ..... it is not easy to properly cut the plexi.
The result is not great.

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Desperate times to large ways

But this time equipped with a smooth diamond blade (to cut the tiles).

The result is stunning. You can see the difference between the pseudo-Dremell and grinder / diamond.

"The cut is really cleaner. Very well diamond blade"
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Once the round is complete, I attack the bevel. Not easy, freehand, work on plexi with an angle.
And VLAN! it went wrong! the wrong side. The plexi is fuc*** up, I can not put it on the door, this error is too visible.

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I do not lose courage, but with the other plexi, I'll go easier.
I "released" the bulge and I cut a large square covering the surface, which will be at the right level.

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The diamond cutting disc is fast and clear. A few strokes of the file to clean the edges and a little test to see what it looks like

"And now?
We fix the window?
How?
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Not so fast Mr Zam. You're really in a hurry. We must first put the vinyl on the door.


Then laying the vinyl (we will pass details) and bonding of the glass.
I am preparing my surfaces by cleaning the door, I removed the protective film from the plexi (side that will be glued) and I still have a clean shot glass.
I have then glue on the four sides of the door, I put the plexi and I press hard. I use clamps to hold the pressure.
Heavy objects can also do the trick.

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Let's see...

"WAHOUUU !! too strong. Now we can see in the box"
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The "Power" button of origin has nothing original, and requires an update.
The original panel (where the power button, reset, USB ports, headphone, microphone are) has the advantage of having two almost identical locations because the tower provides two independent board configurations.

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I will use the top slot to put the new "Power". But first, a little soldering to connect the button, and of course a small sleeving is required.

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A piece of aluminum to the right size, a nice round hole to put the button and see what it looks like


Why stop there, a few more cuts and probes temp of cooling system will not be in front as expected but ...

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A shot of vinyl and assembling all the pieces of the case.

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Now the photos (screens probes will be completely fitted when installing the circuit).

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"AHH! You're there. I was looking for you everywhere. But !?! You finished the box!!!"
"I'll have a look inside to see if it is well laid"
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"Why he looks at me like that? I'm not a kibble..."
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I therefore consider the case to be finished. Of course there are a few details to fix.
It remains only to install the configuration and watercooling.
 

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I installed the CPU waterblock, but what bothers me with mounting for socket 2011, the screw thread is apparent and it is frankly not pretty.

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So I have this little thing that will change everything

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But what is this thing?

I introduce you Flora, the girlfriend of Mr Zam

"a hat perhaps? You put it like that. It's pretty"
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"Or like that ?"
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No, no, friends. With this "thing", there is also a screw pitch and screw M4


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It remains only to replace the original screws with fine screw M4 without forgetting the screw pitches

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And then screw the "hats"

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It's more attractive.

 

 

 

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The small changes to the screw CPU waterblock:
- Addition of heat shrink onto the thread

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Then I made a leakproofness of the shell test. Why so?
Just because the tank, scheduled for 2 pumps is equipped with only a single "Pump Blocker".
This is the piece that blocks a tank location. But I need 2 "Pump Blockers" to use my pumps as expected (both pumps not fixed on the tank)

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So I made a new "pump blocker" with plexi. I glued two pieces of 5mm and machined to the desired shape and thus block the second location.
But of course, check if the tightness of the new part is good with a test.
So connecting the side of "modified" to a pump, fill with distilled water and start .

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We can see in the following pictures the original "blocker" and DIY. Unfortunately, traces of glue between the two sides are clearly visible. A fresh coat of paint will be required.

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You have probably noticed that the locking system is slightly concave, and it is because the new piece is thicker than the original. The advantage is that at least I'm sure it push well on the seal .

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After 2 hours of test, no leak detected.

 

 

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Today I started the implementation of some components.
For this step of the mod, I prefer to take my time so as not to make silly things, like fixing a component and realize after it is misplaced, ill-fitting ...

Especially since some changes have occurred compared to the basic model of the project: adding a power supply, place of pumps, additional SSD (4 instead of 2), addition of 2 graphics cards ...

Reminder of the initial project:

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So this day was devoted mainly to the adjustment to find the right place for each item.


Start with pumps and two additional tanks.

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We must position the tanks to prevent them block outputs of the pumps.

After some screwing, unscrewing, rotations ... the correct position is found.

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Then I place the main tank and support for various switches.

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Then I set the rads

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The hold (too long) between 360 rads will be removed. The connecting pipe between the two rads will maintain the gap.


After mounting the rads, I realized that I had forgotten to make a passage for the pipe between the top and the tank => to do

I continued to fix (temporarily) other elements to have a more concrete idea of the result.


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 +16 kilos compared to the empty box. And it is not finished.

 

 

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Today is a watercooling day :


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For the moment no leak detected but I still leaves turn this night to be sure everything is OK.

 

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Small leak at Alphacool / tip tank level => problem of machining the threads of the reservoir => Teflon + glue => no leakage

A graphics card is not detected by MB => switch to tri-CFX

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Thank BeQuiet® that gives me 12 fans Shadow Wings 120mm PWM

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Leak testing was good, some weeks and big leaks appeared. The Alphacool tanks have big big problems:

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Alternative pending

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Recently, establishment of 2x Phobya Balancer 150 black nickel

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Coming, final pics of the mod.

 

Thanks for reading this topic.

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