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Sponsored By ASUS.

PC Build Specs:
 

Case Height 730mm. Width: 430mm.
Case Shape: cylinder. One base, One top, 3 Pillars, 3 clear windows.
MoBo: Asus H97I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150
GPU: ASUS TURBO GEFORCE GTX 960 OC Edition 2GB-GDDR5. Running on a 2x 30cm PCIe cables
CPU: i5 4690k
RAM: Gskill 2400
PSU: Corsiar HX1000i
 
Water Cooling:
: One custom 60mm x 400mm res.
: 3x 120 slim rads, EK
: CPU block, EK :Pump, EK.  
: Fittings, Monsoon.) Hard line Monsoon.
: Custom water blocks 6x90mm W 20x20mm H,D clear blocks running 9x5mm Round 650mm L tubing.  on the out side of the case as part of the loop.
: Lighting: Black Light, and some white LED's.
: Fluid: Neon Green, EK UV lime Green.
: Fans 6x Corsiar 120mm and 1x 200mm coolermaster.





Even though this is only my second Case Mod, I have been using ASUS Motherboards for many many years. I have always found them to be well priced and having lots of great features.
And today is no exception. ASUS continue to add all the goods to there Motherboards and GPU's, Even for there low to mid range hardware you still feel you are getting more for less.
As you will see below "Small" can still make a big impact and still play hard. And "Colour" is not Black or White its a shade of what your Imagination can do with it.

Below are two of ASUS products that I will be using for this build from ASUS who I thank for helping me with my second case mod.

The Asus H97I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard and the ASUS TURBO GEFORCE GTX 960 OC Edition

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To start off with im doing the out side water blocks/res there will be 6 in all three at the top and three at the bottom. All 6 will be part of the cooling loop.

They will be fitted to the out side of the case, The three on top will be linked the one's on the bottom. So one top one will link to one bottom one, with 3x 5mm clear tubes and so on. on the back of each block will be one fitting that go's to a stand 1/2 mantel bent loop. back to one of the other blocks and keeps going.  Lets just call the outer blocks (Loop rails.)

So below I have started a quick step by step.
for the blocks, after ill be adding the 3x 5mm tubes to the 2x blocks to make one (Loop Rail.) and this will be done 3 times.

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So what I have been going is working on the Motherboard armor and the back plate IO shield that will lock onto the Motherboard armor, Still need to make a hole for the CPU. but still not sure what CPU block will be used.

Hope you can see where I'm going with what I have done so far.

Thanks for stopping by. :)

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I have started working on the center res mount. So far I have made the casing, added some blue LED's, put some steel mesh around it. Still need to add a small electric motor to turn the black cover at the bottom. to create a rotation of light in side the case. Once that is done i will starting working on the rest of the res mount. And then add the rest of the trimmings.

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The CNC parts are now done, And are now being put together.

Along with some of the hardware that will now be test fitted to the case.

Then all the side pillars cut to size and will be added for the height, The Pillars will be box like to hide all the things you gust don't want to be seen running from the top of the case to the bottom. MOBO tray has been made as well but still needs to be vented on the back.
 

    Hope you like it so far, Would love to know what you think. :)


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More in just a min...

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Rad's & all 6 fans are fitted as well as the Res, It's now hanging from the top as well.

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I have been working on the base and the pillars one of the pillars will hold the GPU, The GPU will take air in from the outside of the pillar as well as the inside.

Ive cut out and mounted the GPU and all is good. Still making the Pillars stronger by making them two layers thick in side the two layers will be a 20mm space to run wires and such to the top and back.

MOBO and Pump are new in there places as well, Once all the hardware is fitted, and the case is complete all the hardware will be removed again so I can start painting the case. inside & out.

Here it is so far. Yep its talllllllllll: And might I say Different.   (H-740mm )

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Outer Loop tubing.
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GPU from the out side of the case, will have mesh over the face. and a filter that slides in from the side.
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Inside the case,
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I have made 3 mounts to hold the center Res Light, And to strengthen up the case a bit more. One of then needed to be change to work with the GPU space.
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My work shop or should I say my Wife's dining table. She loves ME! :)
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The bottom of the case with PSU filter.
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 I fitted a flow indicator into one of the back pillars so it can be seen from the inside of the case, I also added 2 micro switchers to the bottom front of the case, One switch has a green LED, and the other is blue, One switch will be for the power and the other will be the reset, the blue LED will be the HDD drive light, and the green will be the power light.

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The I-beams have been test fitted, here are some photo's of where they are going.

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 I have made a dust filter for the GPU as well, That slides out for the side of the pillar for cleaning. And added the mesh. I have done more to the GPU mount. But will have some updates on the weekend.
 
I have also change the logo it needed redoing the old one was bugging the feces out of me, and the new logo can now be easily made on a CNC or laser cutter if need be.:)

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 Still progressing on the Power Cell. I have been adding more details to the outer rims of the case, Still a lot more to do there. I have now also added the lower I-beam arms.  As well as the outlet for the GPU. I will be doing all the side covers for the top and bottom base over the next week. Getting much closer to having it ready for paint.

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Starting to add some lighting to parts of the case. before I start looking at the painting things I need to make sure it's all working and fits. And once all the painting is done. I will fit all the light FX to it again.

 This bit is for any one that likes playing with electronics. I have not done this for some time my self. But it's time to do some soldering again. The top dish of the case will have a ring around the outside edge. The plastic around the outside is a translucent white. So the light can be seen the rest of the case is made of a solid white, and will be backed with black paint. This part of the case will pulsate with light behind it.

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LED string,
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Jaycar kit.
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Below is the curving process I used to get the sides done, I placed the inside a thin sheet of alloy that will hold the curve that's needed and heat it up with a heat gun till it forms the same shape then let it cool. After this I have cut a window out and added mesh to it. Still work in progress.

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 I have also fitted a HX1000i PSU.

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Finished the front Start/reset.

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The MoBo armor cover is now done as well.

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Hear is the Colour theme I'm going to be doing on the out side of the case.

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The outside of the case is almost done. just need to make the side panels and add some more details to the top disk as well as the pillars and then paint it all. then wire it all up. And start on the inner loop.   

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I have added a water temp gauge below as well as a mount to see it better. It could just be me and this was by no means what it had intended my son told me it looks a bit like a storm trooper face.I don't think so my self so ill let you decide on that one.
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Here I have added some black light LED's 5mm ones,

I have added some 3mm Black light LED's to the CPU block as well.

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I have also been working on a cover to the center res, that will let me hide some more black lights.
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One big change is going to be the center res, I'm changing the it around to show it more as part of the loop.. And it has nothing to do with the fact that it will work better this way.  with out adding a second res to the loop.  

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Any ways this is where I'm up to at the moment. Hope you are all still as eager as I am to see it all completed.

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been working on the GPU, making a way for the heat to be removed to the outside of the case. As well as making a way to to trap the heat from entering the inside of the case. and still have a way to connect a monitor to the GPU with out letting the heat in. So what I have done is make a cover that will do both, and then I will make one more to cover the monitor cable plug to hide it as well.   

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I will also be making a cover to hide the PCI-e cable on the GPU.



So this is what will be going on behind the GPU to get the Hot air out. this will also stop the PCI-e cable from getting in the way as well. that will run from the top down into the bottom of the case and back up to the MoBo.

Then the pillar face cover will go back over the top. so non of it will be seen.

 
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Also in the last photo. you can see just a small notch in the center that's where the hdmi will run into the bottom of the case and out the back near the IO port. did not think to say anything about it. as It was the quickest thing to fit. :P

 

I painted the Cover for the GPU that I made. Now it looks like it belongs to the GPU cover.   




All the gaps have been filled, then primed in a single pack.
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I then painted it in a white acrylic single pack then sanded with 600 wet&dry paper.
I then added the red line. And then painted it in a 2 pack clear coat.



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This photo is out of focus but not on the fan and light above. Nice and flat and Shiny.  
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have been putting the outside loop and blocks together,

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I glued then from the inside & out.
And there are no leeks from any of the tubing, Happy days.:thumb:



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Leek testing, and this one had one. I filled then all up with water. added a plug to one end, added some air pressure to the other end to make sure they will work.



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I modded the SSD as well I know its been done before but it still looks cool. and I have never tried it before so I just had to give it a go,

The PCB had to be flipped over for the ram to be seen. and I put some 1mm clear behind the window.

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The painting process is underway.

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Progress has been slow but I have fitted the rads a fans, GPU, Mobo, PSU, and are now there to stay. I have also added the same shapes to the inside of the pillars that can be seen on the outside but the ones on the inside will glow white when lit with black light. and the white of the pillars wont.  
Have to get more soft tube as well don't have enough to the bottom of the loop. Going to start the inside loop over the next week. And I'm still painting the case as I go.

In this photo on the right you will see the clear cover that will be going over the 3x3 loops that will be running up and down the outside of the case. And the ASUS logo that has been sprayed on all 3 sides.

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Here is a front shot of the clear cover.
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Here you can see the tiles that will glow white under black light this is done on the inside of all 3 pillars and the bottom.
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GPU is now all done PCI-e extender or riser is now fitted as well.

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Here I have made a cover to hide the PCI-e extender.
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I run the HDMI and Display feed out the back of the case, And can still removed, but for now will be staying for testing later.
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Not a lot of work space here and the nest inside will need some work.
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SSD is now fitted as well.
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I will keep the updates coming as the painting starts to change the look. Most of the painting I have left will be done with the airbrush. and paintbrush.

 

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Temp tests all stock settings. Over clock results soon.

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Room temp 25c

@ idle
Loop temp 26c
MoBo temp 26c
GPU  temp 27c

Max GPU temp under load 49c
CPU max test ? still to come.

 

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CPU temp testing done.

3dmark CPU overclocked to 4.299. from 3.500. I"m not a over-clocker so not sure how much better that score is. In fact this is the fist time Ive relay tried to do a proper over clock.  

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CPU temps. at Max running Maxload.

Room temp at the time was 29c
Loop temp was 29c
Max CPU temp 36c
MoBo Temp 31c
If any one know of a better CPU test please let me know.

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Auto set for Fallout 4 below.

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Running Fraps.

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Hope you all like the temps. As I sad not sure if there any good, Still all very new to me.
 

 

 the final photo's could not get someone to take photo's for me so had a go my self enjoy. :)

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And one in the dark. With pretty colors. that did not work out so well.
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Someone got me started, So I have to have a play with photo-shop. :D


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Thanks for stopping by. :)

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