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My first water cooling build was a roller coaster of a learning experience to say the least. It seems like every time I'd get a package of parts in the mail I'd realize that I'm missing yet another piece or I'd find some new component that I absolutely had to have. When all was said and done I called my baby GrayGhost. After finishing "him" I began browsing the modding forums and getting the itch to do a case mod. This is my first attempt to mod a case into something that carries my design aesthetic and hopefully keeps a decent build quality although modding with limited tools and space is always a huge obstacle. GrayGhost 1.0 I am a designer by trade so I am planning on building a system that is a bit different and interesting yet manages to remain understated and quiet. Recently the Parvum R1.0 and Corsair 600C have caught my eye because of their inverted motherboard layout. The only problem being money is tight and I told myself I would not buy a new case until after the Broadwell-E processors are released. Until then I dug around I realized I already owned a Define R5 and a Cooler Master Elite 110. I wouldn't have any issues chopping up either of them since they were only collecting dust. Needless to say, due to size restraints, I decided to begin a modding project using the Fractal Design Define R5. Hardware: Case: Fractal Design Define R5 CPU: Intel i7-4770k Mobo: Asus Z97-AR RAM: G.Skill Sniper 16GB 1866 DDR3 (2x8GB) GPU: Asus GTX 970 Strix (x2) SSD: Samsung 950 Pro M.2 512GB SSD: Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB HDD: Western Digital Green 3TB PSU: Corsair AX860 CPU Block: EK Supremacy EVO - nickel GPU Block: EK Full-Cover - nickel (x2) GPU Backplate: EK retention backplate - black (x2) Radiators: Hardware Labs Black Ice Nemesis 280GTS (x2) Fans: Noctua NF-P14s Redux-1200 PWM - 140mm (x6) Reservoir: Barrow quartz glass - 170mm Pump: EK D5 vario Top: EK-XTOP Revo - Plexi Fittings: EK & Barrow - matte black Tubing: Alphacool HardTube 10/12mm Carbon Coolant: Mayhems X1 - custom mixed color Lighting: Darkside Connect UV LED's & NZXT Hue+
OK, guys this is build log for a Budget build I'm doing with my 18 year old brother. He is doing the paint and artwork and allot of the modding as well. The idea behind this started with a neighbor donating a Asus P5k Deluxe Motherboard (Socket 775) since he had heard my Mom and younger siblings only had a Laptop at the house. I had the ram and a dual core socket 775 laying around the workbench and a basically brand new Rosewill Hive 650 PSU already. I dug thou my pile of cases and found a unwilling victim to mod to within a inch of its life. Below is a list of parts. I list what I paid and a link to the specs. Also the source. I have about $245 in this total. Parts List. Case: $0 Rosewill R103A http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147010 (yardsale) MoBo: $0 Asus P5k Deluxe Wifi http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131182 CPU: $30 Intel Q6700 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115027(OCN) Ram: $0 Samsung DDR2 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147147 (Had) GPU: $60 Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125348 SSD: $30 Muskin Callisto 60GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226151 (OCN) HDD: $30 Seagate 500GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767(OCN) PSU: $60 Rosewill Hive 650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182132 (NE) Wish List I would like to find a set of 4X2GB DDR2 800 sticks. Still need to buy the plexiglass for the window as well. I also need to buy/Find/Make a I/O sheild for this board. I am thinking about a Shroud on the top to cover the wires? Tore down the case. The front is junk, Its missing half its tabs and half the 5.25 slot covers. Made the decision to stand it on its head.