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Old 02-16-2013, 01:52 PM
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This case mod has been going on since last september. I will post all the work from then till now and then keep this thread updated

I will start with my original parts list. As you will see Im not very good at following lists. Being impulsive is half the fun!

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HARDWARE

Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth P67
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz (4x4GB)
GPU: Zotac GTX 680
Storage: 6x OCZ Agility 3 on a RocketRAID 2720SGL (Raid 5+0)
PSU: Corsair AX750

WATERCOOLING

I am thinking of running two loops here.

Loop 1:

Res-Pump-RAM-GTX680-Radiator-Res

Parts:

GPU BLOCK: EK GTX680 CSQ Nickel/Plexi
RADIATOR: AquaComputer Airplex 240mm Aluminium (Loop 1 70%)
RAM BLOCK: EK RAM COOLER CSQ Nickel/Plexi
TANK/TOP: Koolance RP-401X2 (Chamber 1)
PUMP: Laing DDC

Loop 2:

Res-Pump-CPU-VRM-Radiator-Res

Parts:

CPU BLOCK: EK Supremacy CSQ Nickel/Plexi
RADIATOR: AquaComputer Airplex 240mm Aluminium (Loop 2 30%)
VRM BLOCK: EK-MOSFET Sabertooth P67 Nickel
TANK/TOP: Koolance RP-401X2 (Chamber 2)

Case before start

Got tired of excessive fan noise and slow hard drives so I wanted to start this build. I bought a C70 and I didnt want to remove the hardware from it, so I bought a second case to use for modding. Damn I love this case!

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Old 02-17-2013, 04:52 AM
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Disassembly, measuring and radiator mounting.

Had to remove the 5.25" bay to get the radiator to fit. The case lost some of its rigidity, but that will be fixed later. The case is really easy to work with!




After hand drilling out all the pop rivets, I tried to mount the rad with fans. Had to drill new holes for the bottom front fan. It takes up quite the amount of space!






Acrylic midpiece

Been doing some work on an acrylic midpiece that I will use later in the build. Heatgun, bend, heatgun, bend, done!





Some of the paracord I will be using throughout this build. It glows in the dark!




Mounting watercooling!

Cutting the mounting clips off of the pumps to make them fit in the reservoir. Easy job with a dremel! The res looks so good!





Mounted the 5.25" bay with some slight modifications. I was at a LAN-party so this had to cut it.




A fine selection of water blocks!




Mounted the VRM and CPU blocks! can`t wat to get these up and running! Also ordered new RAM that fits my RAM-block.




First test! No towels? No paper? No, thats because my Jimmies were already rustled.




RAM arrived together with some coolant! First test after mounting! I liked the sleeving, but I am changing this for other colors later on.






Mounted acrylic window!




Tidying up the case. Lets see how long it lasts this time.




Benchmark of my 6 OCZ Agility 3 in RAID0.




Mounting more radiator!

Draining the loop. Look how discolored the tubing is after just one month!




More draining.




AND KABOOM! This was a lot bigger than I expected. I was hungry to play games again so I ripped out everything needed to make it fit.




RISE-FM. Its good music for modding.




Mayhems Mayhem (or something)




5.25" bay must go




Tighter than a nuns




And there we go. Had to cut of half the locking mechanism on the 8-pin CPU power. Other than that, it went very easy.




CHAOS





A little tidying again.




More mods! Im far from done!


Two new backplates. Yes, Im adding a bro to my GTX680




Carbon Fiber material.




And done!





I never knew I was cut out for plumbing




Bought some fans from MNPCtech.






UV-LEDs pointed at the UV-reactive cooling





Had one extra jet fan laying around and I wanted to mount it.






Got a 3D printer so I printed some holders for my SSD. Fits like hand in glove and I made it with holes for screws too


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Old 02-17-2013, 08:31 AM
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Nice work! I think that's the first time I've seen 3D printed objects used in a case mod. Which 3D printer do you have (or is it home made ala Ben Heck) ?
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:51 AM
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I use a Solidoodle 2 :) It is really awesome! I will be using a lot more parts now that my blue fluorescent filament has arrived :)
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Made some progress today. Decided to make a cover for the SLI water block.


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I too am stoked to see a 3D printer used for case modding parts!

Awesome rig...
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:57 PM
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More parts coming up! Here is the following example of the GPU covers. Will be doing some more work on this and then print it :)


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Old 02-21-2013, 05:23 PM
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Got my package from dealextreme today!

I will be mounting about 60 addressable LEDs in the case. Well. When I learn how to program it. This weekend I will sleeve the PSU and learn SPI libraries on the Arduino
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New fittings and hoses came today! Will be mounting them this weekend!


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A little update with my latest printed parts. UV light is fun stuff :)


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Motherboard is now in carbon :) How does the fittings look? Personally I love them. Im sure I could tow a car with them. Secure fit.




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That last photo's killing me. Why did you drape the ATX PSU cables over the pipes? There's a grommet right next to them they could have gone through.
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It is to be dealt with. I am currently sleeving a 1000W in gray, blue and white. It was just easier this way for now :)
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OMG so amazing!
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Mounted my new Silverstone 1000W PSU. Sleeved in glow in the dark paracord and some MDPC sleeve. Also mounted my new SSD drive cage!


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