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  1. So, progress will be slow initially while I'm acquiring parts. I don't have any fancy sponsors; 2 mortgages, 3 kids, and 2 home businesses... my own projects are pretty far down on the budget priority list. My current build was in a worklog a while back; a watercooled Dell XPS 700 case where I completed a very janky BTX conversion and installed a pair of radiators (240+120) using an XSPC D5 dual-bay kit. The components in that build have been upgraded a few times, but the computer at it's core is nearly 6 years old now (using an Intel i5 750), and in dire need of replacement. I've always loved the Phanteks Evolv cases, especially the size and proportions of the mATX variant. When I learned about the Ryzen release, and a subsequent update to the Evolv mATX with tempered glass... I knew it was time. My objectives are the following: Phanteks Evolv mATX Anthracite Tempered Glass white/gray/black theme open up top panel for more airflow + air filter anti-vandal power+reset switches Ryzen 5 1600 (with my existing Raystorm waterblock + updated AM4 hold-down) MSI Mortar Arctic + Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200 in Gray 2x 240mm radiators (existing XSPC EX240 + new XSPC EX240 crossflow) Alphacool Eisbecher D5 150mm Acetal D5 150 tower res/pump combo (re-using my existing D5 vario) Corsair ML PWM fans (details on this later) PC Partpicker: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/HarrisonK/saved/4HF3CJ Google Photos Album: https://goo.gl/photos/q2Nu3kYkBvr4WhJR7 I'm going to retain my existing HIS HD7970+XSPC Razor for now, holding out to make a decision after the AMD Vega release has flushed out and I can make an informed decision on an updated GPU. As alluded to above, this will be a Gray/White/Black theme, with RGB lighting to accent here and there, although I highly doubt I'll be leaving the lights-on under normal operation. I waited until I had number of parts acquired so I could start mocking things up before I posted about my build. This thread will be more for my own benefit than anyone else's... it forces me to take pictures along the way . I had recieved my new watercooling parts 2 weeks ago, and just got the case this past weekend... so it was time to start seeing how things were going to shape up! I'd worked everything out on paper a while ago, and I knew it was going to be tight with my HD7970, but this really put things into perspective. This is a dead board from a few years back... pretty glad I held onto it now. Taking into account the front radiator and fans, there will be just under 1/2" clearance behind the GPU. Obviously, room for the massive reservoir/pump block was going to be an issue... but here's my (only?) option: I figure that if I drill a new set of holes in the res/pump fan brackets to push it towards the door another 3/16" of an inch or so, using the 140mm fan holes on the MB side, I'll have more than enough clearance for the ram and tube fittings on the CPU block: So far, so good!! Mods up until this point are pretty light... time to plan out some real mods! During my last build, I had picked up some black anti-vandal switches, the power one including and RGB led. I never used them, and being that this case doesn't have a reset switch (which I happen to like having still), I figured this might be a great opportunity to start hacking into my newly procured aluminium So, there appears to be lots of space for me to fit the pair of switches. I'll relocate the current switch/pcb assembly onto the back of the MB tray, and with a bit of black acrylic, to mount the switches into, I should be able to cut a ~2"x3" hole in the top plate. Next up will be to address airflow issues with this case, which are VERY well known. The first will be to add some washers to the front panel mounts to add some space between the air filter and the plate to reduce noise. I can't seem to find a reference picture for this, but it's a fairly well known mod with the Evolv cases at this point. Then I'll look at hacking up some more aluminium to improve airflow from the roof fans. There's two objectives here: focus the intake airflow, and open up the top plate, of which there are two different approaches that have been taken by others over on Overclock.net. (This references the full ATX case, but the idea here is the same for the mATX variant) (This is a mock-up of a tentative solution that ModMyMods plans to produce) (stolen from Overclock.net... sorry, I'll need to dig-up a reference link) While the waterjet cut plate that ModMyMods is planning looks great, the latter is much more realistic for me to pull off at home. What I might try is to do a 45* corner rather than a radius to keep with the aesthetic of the case. I'll use a black metal mesh, with a foam filter material below it. Time to get some masking tape onto the top plate and start drawing! At the very top, I had mentioned that I was going to use Corsair ML fans. While these fans are quite overpriced for what they are... I happen to have a friend working at Corsair. I'll pick up 4x 120mm ML gray/black fans, and a 140mm ML gray/black fan. He's also managed to track down a set of the gray Vengeance LPX ram too, which is going to look really good in this build I think, as well as a RMx 650 PSU so that I can minimize the number of unneeded cables in the case, since my current PSU isn't going to fit, nor is it modular. Hopefully I can place that order next week, and the remaining parts within a month :D
  2. Greetings! This is the start of my new project with the name of Monore. This project is going to be based in the Jonsbo UMX3 case and the whole build will circle around its clean & sleek look. I would like to start with a huge thank you to my sponsors for this project. Ocaholic Seasonic Jonsbo Gigabyte Noctua The Components: MOBO: Gigabyte Z170M-D3H CPU: Intel i7 6700k GPU: GTX 980Ti RAM: Kingston 4x4GB DDR4 SSD: TBA PSU: Seasonic Snow Silent 1050W CASE: Jonsbo UMX3 FANS: Noctua COOLING: Bitspower & Watercool The Project: This build is going to consist of various modifications, although some of them may not be declared at this time, this PC is going to stand in as my editing/main computer, therefore it will be equipped with high-end hardware and a full watercooling loop to keep the temperatures low. The case bottom compartment is going to be remodelled to house a 240mm radiator, a vented shroud is going to cover this part to keep the case as simplistic as possible. As I might run into trouble with the PSU mounting method with my ambitions for the case, this will most likely be altered too. Numerous small covers and shrouds are going to be created around the build to soften the esthetics of the build, as I want it to be elegant and simplistic. The colortheme for this build is going to be a bit interesting. I've chosen to go for a full black build with accents of beige (As in Noctua's fan frames). The PSU from Seasonic will be getting sleeved in beige and black aswell to fit the build even further. My plans are to paint and modifiy the outsides of the PSU to get rid of the white panels. As I stated earlier, many of the modifcations are not 100% decided at this time as a lot of ideas evolve as the build is being created. That's all for my introduction, here are a few pictures of the base components of this build! That is all for this introduction, next week will be packed with a more ellaborate view of the case and hopefully a few other components. See you then! -August Lindgren
  3. Hey everyone, I hope you are having a great day, and thank you for checking out my build log! First off I have to say I'm really excited about being here, having recently found the modzoo hangouts and listened to quite a few of them. I have been working on this project for a while, but progress has been slow until a week or two ago, and I’m stoked to finally be able to post about it! I’ll first lay out everything I’ve done up to this point, and then update this log regularly as I make progress. Without further ado, let’s go! Background: I’m a highschool student in the Bay Area, and really love PC modding. Apart from a relatively simple and small mod, I haven’t done much - most of my interest is perpetuated by reading/watching other people’s excellent build logs. Hopefully this can be my sort of gateway into the realms of PC modding, and be the first of many projects! Goal: I’m a stickler for clean, understated builds. Don’t get me wrong - I love the builds that go all out as well, but something about that slate, flat appearance really appeals to me. In addition, I love SFF stuff - trying to cram all of your components into as small of a footprint of possible is a challenge (plus materials cost less!) With this build, I’m trying to capture the essence of both, creating as small of a PC case as possible given my current hardware, while maintaining a clean and subdued aesthetic - “monolithic” even (which is where the name came from.) As a side note, this build’s name is completely unrelated to MetallicAcid’s Monolith, which I didn’t know of until this build was underway. As of right now, the build measures in at (273.65 x 112.9 x 264.84mm, 8.18L) excluding the feet, and 8.8L with them included. As it stands now, I believe this is on track to be the smallest M-ATX case built that supports Dual-Slot GPUs (255mm Max), and a fully internal PSU (no DC-ATX Converters.) My intentions aren’t to be the first in the world or anything, I just designed the case around hardware I had (either bought used or donated by friends), and it ended up being pretty small. Materials: The case is made out of a combination of ⅛ and ¼ inch P95 matte acrylic sheets from Tap Plastics. This stuff looks absolutely gorgeous, the way the matte side catches and swallows the ambient light is really something unique. As far as fastening the panels together, I am using Parvum Mod Cubes, in conjunction with various lengths of button head M3 screws, which make the case look pretty industrial/clean IMO. I also used M3 standoffs and nuts to secure the motherboard to the case, and am 3d printing several brackets to mount the GPU and SSD. Parts: Like I stated above, most of my parts either were free from friends, or bought used (on hardwareswap). I’ll list everything I have now, and update it as needed. PC Portion CPU: AMD A10-7890K (Have) Motherboard: MSI A88XM Gaming (Have) RAM: 2x4GB DDR3 1600 G.Skill Bare Black PCB RAM (Have) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9A (Have) SSD: Intel 320 120GB SSD (Have) GPU: EVGA GTX 750Ti FTW ACX (Have) PCIe Riser: 3M 500mm PCIe x16 Riser (Have) PSU: Seasonic M1U Flex ATX 300w (Have) SATA Cable: 300mm Silverstone CP11 Low Profile Black (Have) Case Parts Laser Cut Panels: Tap Plastics P95 Matte Black Acrylic 1/4 and 1/8 inch (Have) Window: Tap Plastics Cast Clear Acrylic 1/8 inch (Have) Mod Cubes: 2x Sets Parvum Mod Cubes (Have) Screws: 6/10/16mm Black M3 Button Head Screws (Have) Standoffs: 6+6mm Black Nylon M3 Standoffs (Have) Nuts: M3 Nuts Black (Have) M3 Washers: Black 8mm M3 Washers (Have) PSU: Black ABS parts printed with a Zortrax M200 off of 3d Hubs (Have) The Design: The case has certainly been through several iterations, and I would like to believe that the latest design (the one I am using) has benefitted from things I have learned along the way. My first concept is pretty similar to what I have now, the basic form is still the same, as well as the Parvum Mod Cube fastening method. However, the way the GPU and PSU were mounted at the back was extremely inefficient as well as the weird slotted grill on the right side panel. My second design is pretty much what I have now. I tweaked things and changed the placement of the PSU and GPU to create a much smaller and more space efficient case, and changed the right side panel to have a direct grill over the CPU cooler. This is the 3d printed GPU Bracket, which will help support the GPU. Since the GPU doesn't have any stress relief from the motherboard's PCIe slot, I felt I should provide some relief in the form of a bracket. Here is the 24+8 Pin Cutout for the 24 Pin ATX cable and 8 Pin EPS Cable. I think this style of an integrated cable combs looks very slick, and have been enamoured with it since I first saw p0pe do it in his Hex Gear Builds. This is the way the motherboard standoffs mount in the case. The motherboard tray is made out of layering two sheets of 1/8 inch acrylic together, with the clearance hole for the standoff cut into the panel closer to the motherboard. There is a hexagonal holder for the M3 nuts cut into the rear panel, which the M3 nut slots into, and allows you to mount the M3 standoffs without any heat press inserts, or thread tapping. Here you can see the mounting holes for the 3M PCIe Riser. This is the SSD mount I'm going to 3d print. The final mount will be a little more subdued, but the basic idea still remains! What I’ve done so far: At the moment of starting this build log, I have laser cut most of the case panels, and am waiting for the 3d printed parts (I can cut the window on Friday.) Here are some photos of the case as it stands right now! Roadmap/Updates: This is as much for me as it is for you guys, which will help me stay on track and culminate my ideas. 3D model the case (Completed) Laser cut the case (In Progress) 3D print mounts/brackets (In Progress) Sleeve/Make custom cables (Planned) LED light the case (Planned) Finish/paint the case (Planned) That’s it guys! Hopefully I’ll have some more posts up soon detailing the issues I’ve had so far, as well as explaining more about how everything works. It would mean the world to me if you followed along, and I’d more more than happy to answer any questions!
  4. When another tubular chassis came out in the past couple of years, there were several people who said “It would be cool if you could run your watercooling loop through the frame”. Well, that’s exactly what the folks at ID-Cooling have done. Read the Full Article Review HERE
  5. Introduction Welcome to my first build log here on The ModZoo. This build was started a little over a year ago over on OCN but its really taken off in terms of progress, mistakes, stupid ideas, and everything else PC. The idea of the build was to shove as much as I possibly could into the EVGA Hadron Hydro because case manufacturers really do give too much space in cases aimed at the mITX market. mITX is meant for small and compact builds, but with how case manufacturers make their cases to support 300mm GPU's and tall cpu coolers, I took it as a challenge to shove as much as I can into the build and show them that their versions of an "ITX" case are way off. Some companies are going in the right direction, but still arent hitting the mark. The EVGA Hadron Hydro is one of those types of case. It does really well in the overall dimensions and what should be included in a mITX system but its still a tad bit too big when the mITX market is trying to go as small as possible (Like the N1 case, Dan a4, etc...). So here's the challenge: The System Main Components Case: EVGA Hadron HydroMotherboard: Gigabyte Z97-Gaming5-MXCPU: i5-4690kGPU: 2x R9 Nano'sPSU: Silverstone SFX-600WSSD: 128GB Samsung 850 Pro (*optionally a m.2 ssd later on)Watercooling Components: EK Supremacy Evo Nickel-Plexi CPU block2x EK Nickel-Plexi Full Cover GPU blocksAlphacool DC-LT Pump/Res Combo2x Magicool G2 Slim 240mm radiatorPrimochill Hardline Fittings (Purple anodized)PETG Hardline tubing 1/2'' Goals The main goal of this is show that If i can fit a full watercooled crossfire setup in the case with some modifications than its too large for mITX. Secondary goals are to get a show-piece that I can take with me to LAN's. The system will most likely be sold off after completion, so any questions on the case or measurements will need to be asked before that time as a forewarning.
  6. Greetings all and welcome to both my first modding project and first work log! This build has been inspired my 10 years of life experience since my first computer build, a hideous and cumbersome concoction in a NZXT Guardian (shudder). After hauling that machine around for several years to college and back, I knew the next computer I build would be smaller and easier to handle. After much searching I chose the SilverStone TJ-08E for the following reasons: -Small(ish) but sturdy case, coming in at 210mm(W) x 374mm(H) x 385mm(D), 30.2 liters -Positive air pressure in the 180mm front intake fan -mATX board (I'm somewhat of a minimalist so mATX is just fine by me) -MetallicAcid's TJ-08E build on overclock.net http://www.overclock.net/t/1353286/completed-rog-gene-v-inspired-tj08-e-matx With the victim as it were being settled upon, I still didn't have a clear theme in my mind. Eventually I settled on a printed circuit board (PCB) themed build. I'm an electrical technician by trade and I've always been draw to the aesthetics of circuit boards. The flow of traces hypnotizes me, and I thought it would be fun to utilize pcbs in my computer. In terms of hardware several things are still up in the air. I'm going with Haswell so I'll have some time to nail the rest of this down. CPU: Intel i5-4670K MoBo: ASUS Gryphon (mATX version of the Sabtertooth) GPU: A GTX 670? Not interested in SLI right now RAM: Probably will be a last minute impulse buy PSU: Leaning towards Seasonic or maybe a SFF SIlverStone PSU Cooling: Closed loop CPU cooler for now, I will do a custom liquid loop in the future ODD: On the fence, waiting for Kyle to talk me out of it :P Enough talk :D the case: Next step was to cut a window. Didn't take any in-progress shots, but here is the after. I picked up some goodies yesterday from Bill, thanks for the hook up Bill! I'm very impressed with the quality of his goods, MNPCTECH is the real deal people, believe me. The mATX case feet are solid. The foot by the mobo tray had clearance issues, so out came cutting wheel... Laying out the cut I need to get some files for touch up but it came out ok All right, I'll get some more pics up tomorrow. I'm hoping to get the case painted this weekend if it would just stop raining around here.
  7. Every once in a while a new case manufacturer comes along, one that specifically tailors to enthusiasts and our niche of the market. Hex Gear is a collaboration between Nate of E22 and Hans (p0Pe), both well known modders and enthusiasts in the little corner of our PC world. As one would expect with the Hex Gear name, the mATX case design features a plethora of hexes creating a chic look that can be customized be colored inserts. The baseline R40 is offered in white or black and can be outfitted with several custom options such as feet over the included pedestal base and additional internal mounting options for pumps, reservoirs and fan controllers. Radiator support includes and 240 on the bottom and a 360 mount on the roof. The R40 looks like a strong option for those looking for a custom case to start with, I look forward to seeing what else they come out with. No official word on pricing yet but Nate and Hans have stated under £200, not sure what that will look like in the US. Check them out at: http://www.hex-gear.com/ There are a few Hex Gear logs popping up, check out Zoyadog's log here: http://themodzoo.com/forum/topic/1962-hex-gear-project-odyssey-by-zoyadog/ Here are some pics and specs: Tech Specs- Materials: Aluminium | Steel | Acrylic – Colours Available: Black | White – Dimensions(WxDxH): 241.5 x 483 x 415 – Motherboard form factor: mATX – 3.5” Drives: 2 – 2.5” Drives: 3 – Cooling: 6 x 120mm (3 x top 1 x rear 2 x bottom) – PCI Slots: 5 – Suitable for air or watercooling CONTENTS – Screws and fixings – 1 x black vandal switch – Motherboard standoffs – Instruction manual – Hex keys – 90deg IEC adapter
  8. So being so picky and indecisive on cases among other things ive decided to build a case myself. (takes deep breath) here goes. the idea is more or less simple. two sides (getting more common in cases now a days) one side is for the guts the other is for your rad and fans more or less. its going to be designed for a MATX motherboard and single or double GPU's (card used as reference is a titan) this build will fulfill two challenges for me. 1) first full custom hand built case. 2) first water cooling custom loop. help i need. attached is a link to the 20mb sketchup file. trying to find a good place for the hard drives, pump, res, and anything else useful. all the cables will be cut custom length and sleeved so a wire mess will be non existent. the majority of the work on this case i will do myself. some will be outsourced for the sake of time and quality. all case sides will be laser cut from 3mm thick acrylic and the case will be assembled using hex screws and or rivets. also I’m not apposed to making my own res.. just a little nervous in that regard so any suggestions would be great. please let me know what you think. ideas and criticism are welcome. thanks in advance! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2tKyfWiYZD4eWdZZ3lVYjZhMnc/edit?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2tKyfWiYZD4MG1NWkkzb1RIMTg/edit?usp=sharing
  9. Lian Li is showing off some new cases at CeBIT 2014. The PC-Q36 and PC-V359 are boxy mITX and mATX cases featuring a smoked acrylic ceiling, 240mm rad support, sliding panels and or course aluminum construction. Prepare yourself, both of these cases are external drive bay-less. No info on pricing or avalibility from Lian Li's facebook page. Check out a full image gallery and specs here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.290155827806119.1073741838.100644210090616&type=1
  10. I figured, I've been showing random design pictures for my ideas on this one for a little while in the shout box, I might as well throw up a design thread for it... So, the back story, for those who don't know. I'm a hobbyist woodworker in addition to what I do here. I love combining the two to come up with a custom wooden case. Originally my idea for this case design was to use one of those shiny ATX Billet aluminum motherboard trays that Bill was/is going to make. Then make the design such that I could fit 2 360mm radiators in the front on their sides, and have some fun. My sticking point with that was... ATX. I don't run SLI or XFire, my server has the RAID card and storage space, and the TV-tuner is in one of my HTPCs. I don't really need to have a full ATX motherboard... So I've ended up buying an mATX motherboard (Asus Gryphon) instead, and adjusting the design for mATX instead. I like to keep things as small as possible yet still accommodating the hardware I want. This is what I came up with, and ultimately the design I'll likely stick with
  11. Is there any cases like the NZXT VULCAN, but similar or any other less than $100 pc cases plz help
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