[Staff Project] NZXSPC Modding and Painting

Staff Project NZXSPC Modding and Painting

   [Staff Project] NZXSPC Modding and Painting

 

Modding and Painting

By now you should have all been over to the Forums area of the site, visited the Project logs section, and seen all the glorious projects that are underway.  Like me you've probably seen a few that really stand out as favourites.  If you still haven't managed to make it over there,  then shame on you, you're missing out on a great aspect of the site and missing the opportunity to exchange knowledge with your fellow enthusiasts.  But remember, the Forum isn't  all about modding and projects, there are many different sections catering for pretty much all aspects of this gloriuos habit of ours.  So do yourself a favour and get on over and have a butchers.  Who knows, you just might be able to help answer a question that someones posted, or perhaps find the solution to that issue that's been bugging you for ages

Onwards with Project NZXSPC then.  In this update we're going to be looking at how we've needed to mod the case to enable our plans to come to fruition.  Modding should never be seen as critical of the manufacturers plans, We think of it more like tailoring a suit.  Taking something that we like, and adjusting it to fit us perfectly

 

Removing HDD bay

First up for the dremel is the Lower section of HDD bay.  With it removed you can clearly see how the area opens up.  And yes, our measurements were right, the XSPC rad won't fit.

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Cutting 5.25" bay floor

Next step is to remove a section of the floor area of the 5.25" drive bays area.  It is possible to remove this whole area, however this wasn't needed as there was enough access to get the dremel in.  Please note these are pictures of the initial cuts, the edges will be cleaned up and painted to match the rest of the case.

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Test fit of front radiator

With all the necessary metal work removed we can now test fit the rad and the res.  You can see that the end tank of the rad protrudes through the floor a good 15mm, but still plenty of room to house the XSPC 750 bay res, and plenty of room for a nice tidy plumbing job to be done.

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Side panel window

Last bit of cutting before we pack the trusty dremel away is to cut a new side panel window and to cut a piece of acrylic to size to fit the new shape.   We've chosen to leave the protective film in place until we're ready to stick the window into the panel, that way it reduces the risk of marks and scratches.

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Painting the fans

As you know we're something of a fan of the GT 1850 here at OC3D towers.  You may also know we're not big fans of its looks.  Not to worry though as a quick lick of paint turns these ugly ducklings into beautiful swans (OK, well not quite swans but you get the idea).  After sanding, cleaning, priming and undercoating, the cowilings have been given a coat of matte black and the fans themselves a coating of Gunmetal grey to match the case.

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So that's the bulk of the modding done, of course there's a bit more to it than that and a fair few things that aren't shown.  So guys if you want to have a more in depth look at this build or any of the many other great projects that are going on then you'll have to get yourself over the Project logs area of the forums.  But be warned, many an innocent peruse of the modding section has turned into a serious modding habit.

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12-06-2012, 15:27:42

G-Dubs
Things here at OC3D towers are changing. If you hadn't noticed already, the "News" is gone and has been replaced by modding guides Hardware quick looks and generally more hardware and modding related subjects.

We're also going to be doing more review builds and projects as well, ably kicked off with Toms excellent CKC build. Project NZXSPC is going to be something a little bit different in that the finished product will actually serve as my daily driver, my everyday work and leisure PC. The hardware and techniques used will be those that are within the reaches of most of us, without the need to sell a kindey or take a 3 year engineering degree.

The Project is based on the "Gunmetal" Special edition of the NZXT Phantom 410 that was reviewed back in April, we have to say we were very impressed with it. To the point where we felt that it was a suitable candidate for a project. This of course got us thinking about what could be done with it with regards to watercooling and refinement of the features to better suit our needs and tastes

We're not planning any major changes to the exterior of the case (OK, a few changes maybe), and certainly won't be changing the colour, as the "Gunmetal" was one of the prime factors in the choice of this case in the first place.

This Gunmetal colour, and the flat matte black of the radiators we've chosen serve as the jumping off point for the inspiration for the project. As with any piece of work a plan and inspiration at the outset greatly enhances the work, and although some adaptations can be incorperated as a result of ideas and additional inspiration it's all to easy to tell when a project builder and modder is just winging it.

Having established the case being used lets take a look at the other kit that's going to be going into the build.

Case, NZXT Phantom 410 "Gunmetal" Special edition

Motherboard, MSI Z77A GD55

Processor, Intel 2500K

Graphics, NVidia GTX570

SSD, SanDisk Extreme 120GB

HDD, WD Green 2TB

RAM, 16GB Mushkin Blackline

Radiators, 2 XSPC EX 240 Radiators

Reservoir, XSPC X20 750 bay reservoir with integral pump

CPU Block, XSPC Raystorm.

GPU Block, XSPC Razor

Fans, 5 x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm.

PSU, NZXT HALE82

Now that we've all seen the team sheet, lets take a closer look at the players

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 "Gunmetal" Special edition

I think we've already said enough about this case, so lets let the pictures do the talking.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...mponents/1.jpg

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Motherboard

We are going Sandy Bridge with the firm favourite and now almost legendary 2500K. Hitting 4.6GHz on a relatively basic air cooler we are hoping that getting it wet might enable us to tease a bit more out of it. Motherboard of choice this time around is the MSI Z77A-GD55, which has already established a solid reputation, and does have to take some of the credit for the 4.6GHz overclock. It's able to support both sandy and Ivy Bridge, so offers upgrade opportunities in the future.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...onents/066.jpg

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Graphics

Graphical grunt will be provided by the NVidia GTX570. A cracking little power house of a GPU, and well able to cope with anything we might be going to throw at it. This card was the basis of many an OC3D review, it was looking forward to a quiet retirement rocking slowly on a sunny porch somewhere in the country, but due to the government increasing the retirement age the card has had to keep keep working to pay the bills and will probably end up seeing out the last of its days in this system! There's plenty of life in this old dog yet and with luck getting it wet should see it with a new zest for life.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...onents/034.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...onents/033.jpg

SSD

With the price of SSDs dropping it's a no brainer to add in a sliver of black magic to look after the OS and those all important applications. SanDisk were the company that recently drove the price of 120GB SSD's down to £84.99! With insane read and write speeds plus some very stable firmware when compared to other Sandforce based drives we were happy to use this as a part of the project.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...onents/021.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ents/027-1.jpg

RAM

Another "Black" product, this time, the Mushkin Blackine RAM in the form of a 4x4GB kit, sure this might be a dual channel board but it means we can fill all of the slots. Its natively an 1866MHz kit but we will be hoping that we can push these up to the next memory divider of 2133 *fingers crossed*.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ents/029-1.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ents/032-1.jpg

PSU

Power for this rig will be coming from another excellent NZXT product, the HALE82. With 850 Watts on tap it has more than enough muscle to for the needs of this rig. The HALE82 is a semi modular design, with the main 24pin, 8pinCPU and 2x6+2 pin PCI power cables already attached. Don't go thinking that's where it ends though, with a holw bag full (literally) of additional cables to choose from the needs of even the biggest of systems should be catered for.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...onents/001.jpg

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Cabling

NZXT Premium cables starter kit. Now i'm not averse to a bit of cable braiding, in fact I find it rather theraputic, but with such great pre braided kits readily available it seems daft to make my fingers bleed for no good reason.

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http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ents/007-2.jpg

Cooling

As the name of the project suggests we will be using XSPC parts. We have chosen two of the relatively new EX240 radiators, these are just 30mm thick but promise to deliver the performance of a 60mm thick radiator whilst still being able to be used with low speed fans, this claim is something we plan on looking at in a future review here at OC3D. The rest of the parts are the famed Raystorm CPU block, the legendary X20 750 Reservoir and a Razor GPU block.

Rather than go through each of these in detail I'm again going to let the pictures do the talking. If however you'd like a bit more detail, head over to the Front page of the main website area.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...onents/004.jpg

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Having seen what we have as the basis for the mod its time to share some of the plans for it all. If you've read the review of the Phantom 410 you'll already know that it has native support for a single 240 Radiator in the roof of the case. By now you've also probably noticed that we have two 240 Rads in the kit list. The plan of course is to mod the case so as to allow the accomodation of this second 240 rad. I had hoped that it would be a simple case of removing the Storage bays, but on closer inspection it appears it might require a little bit more than that. We want to keep this looking very understated and clean, almost like the cases was designed this way.

In addition to the work done on the cooling side we are also going to be altering the side of the case. Not that there's anything actually wrong with the side panel, it's just that we have never been a big fans of vents in the side, or worse still vented windows. Knowing that a lot of people share a distast for vented windows NZXT have opted to offer a split level solution, with both a window and a vented section. I'm afraid it's not for us so it'll have to go.

There will of course be a few little other mods along the way so you'll have to keep your eyes peeled to the front page for updates! We will of course be posting a full build log here in the OC3D forumsQuote

12-06-2012, 15:34:21

SEBAR
This will be awsome. Can't wait to see this finished.Quote

12-06-2012, 15:38:14

seumasbeathan
Looking forward to this http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...cons/smile.png What power supply are you going to be using?Quote

12-06-2012, 15:41:32

PetrolHead247
Wow this looks like a fantastic build. Awesome selection of kit, can't wait to see more http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...icons/cool.pngQuote

12-06-2012, 15:45:00

WillSK
Really looking forward to seeing this build! It'll be nice to see something done that is not crazily out of the reach of most people's budget when building an enthusiast PCQuote

12-06-2012, 15:45:40

fredtrix
I hope the radiators actually are that good, would save a lot of space if that was the case.Quote

12-06-2012, 16:24:57

TheOneHalf

12-06-2012, 16:30:06

XNine
Nice parts list! Can't wait to see this guy finished! Please keep us updated with pics! http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...cons/smile.pngQuote

12-06-2012, 16:37:43

KiiYzOo
oooh, this is the one you were telling me about on ocuk isn't it g-dubs? http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ns/biggrin.pngQuote

12-06-2012, 16:50:27

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by KiiYzOo View Post

oooh, this is the one you were telling me about on ocuk isn't it g-dubs? http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ns/biggrin.png
Yup, I said i'd be starting a new mod soon, and you're right, this is it

Been itching to mod it ever since I reviewed it.Quote

12-06-2012, 18:02:57

sheroo
It'd be nice if you actually total up the amount that it would cost you to put this together as well.Quote

12-06-2012, 18:05:32

wassupdoc
Why not more 570's? they are so cheap at the moment http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ons/tongue.png

You can fit a 360 in the front of the 410 incase you didn't know, should be an interesting build whatever you do http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ns/biggrin.pngQuote

12-06-2012, 18:30:50

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by wassupdoc View Post

Why not more 570's? they are so cheap at the moment http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ons/tongue.png

You can fit a 360 in the front of the 410 incase you didn't know, should be an interesting build whatever you do http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ns/biggrin.png
Because I only had one reference one here, and only one waterblock too. Why cant you just be happy for him!Quote

12-06-2012, 18:36:46

SEBAR
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Because I only had one reference one here, and only one waterblock too. Why cant you just be happy for him!
No doubt, I would be happy to have half of the great stuff that is going into this build.Quote

12-06-2012, 18:40:28

tinytomlogan
Just like when people ask why I dont use different bits. This is what Gary has and what ever he does with the case is down to him, Im very excited to see how this pans out.

Just thought........ Gary has done the first staff project to hit the front page!!!!!Quote

12-06-2012, 18:45:11

Supreme.
all looks very cool, cant wait to see it finishedQuote

12-06-2012, 19:00:20

Tindo
570 is a very good card, that's what I use and every games on max at 1080Quote

12-06-2012, 21:25:21

cerbrus2
Love it all bar the case. So much plastic it looks like it came from Maplins.Quote

12-06-2012, 21:42:35

J-Lyons
Quote:
Originally Posted by cerbrus2 View Post

Love it all bar the case. So much plastic it looks like it came from Maplins.
Quality plastic.Quote

12-06-2012, 22:13:38

Stoner81
Looking forward to seeing how this turns out http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...cons/smile.png

Stoner81.Quote

13-06-2012, 02:46:08

The Orange One
Thus looks AmazingQuote

13-06-2012, 04:16:43

coolmiester
What a fantastic start.......nice one G-Dubs, looking forward to watching your progress.

On a side note, these type of builds always seem to attract a few slightly negative posts (believe me i’ve had plenty lol) which i’ve learnt is just part of the territory of doing a forum project log and the main thing is to have fun and enjoy the ride.

Good luck and keep the pictures and updates coming http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...icons/rock.gifQuote

13-06-2012, 05:42:01

tinytomlogan
I think this is just something a bit different from us, its something more accessible. Fair dos its not a £5000 dreeam pc.... Its the type of rig a much larger proportion of you could build and afford yourself.

The whole point in this is to show what you can do with the case & cooling and just use some hardware thats not top of the pile!

(this is going to be Garys main rig when its finished)Quote

13-06-2012, 05:47:55

FTR_4500MHz
NIce project !

I love the 410 !

Just dont forget to mod a nice window in the side-panel !!!

Cheers guys !Quote

13-06-2012, 05:49:27

FTR_4500MHz
Quote:
Originally Posted by wassupdoc View Post

Why not more 570's? they are so cheap at the moment http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ons/tongue.png

You can fit a 360 in the front of the 410 incase you didn't know, should be an interesting build whatever you do http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ns/biggrin.png
If they put a 360 in the front , where is the bayres going to be ?Quote

13-06-2012, 06:37:30

wotevajjjj
I don't see the point tbh, Why not just buy an alienware ? they have stock watercooling...

JK, really looking forward to this "staffbuild", kinda has to be perfect now...Quote

13-06-2012, 08:33:25

wassupdoc
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Because I only had one reference one here, and only one waterblock too. Why cant you just be happy for him!
I am http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ons/tongue.png Just enquiring, sorry if I came accross rudeQuote

13-06-2012, 08:41:19

AverageNinja
Really looking forward to seeing this coming together http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ns/biggrin.pngQuote

13-06-2012, 08:43:33

AverageNinja
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

I think this is just something a bit different from us, its something more accessible. Fair dos its not a £5000 dreeam pc.... Its the type of rig a much larger proportion of you could build and afford yourself.

The whole point in this is to show what you can do with the case & cooling and just use some hardware thats not top of the pile!

(this is going to be Garys main rig when its finished)
That's true!

I would be happy with half the greatness of this rig!Quote

13-06-2012, 09:16:16

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

I think this is just something a bit different from us, its something more accessible. Fair dos its not a £5000 dreeam pc.... Its the type of rig a much larger proportion of you could build and afford yourself.

The whole point in this is to show what you can do with the case & cooling and just use some hardware thats not top of the pile!

(this is going to be Garys main rig when its finished)
I think, more than that, people will be very very suprised at what this rig will be able to do when it's finished. And as someone has already mentioned, some stores are slashing the 570 prices, which leaves cash in the bank for coolage. Let's see what 1 is capable of.

Many people are still maxing games with an oc'd 480, the 570 is more or less the same thing with less memory.

Benchies baby.Quote

13-06-2012, 10:13:20

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rastalovich View Post

I think, more than that, people will be very very suprised at what this rig will be able to do when it's finished. And as someone has already mentioned, some stores are slashing the 570 prices, which leaves cash in the bank for coolage. Let's see what 1 is capable of.

Many people are still maxing games with an oc'd 480, the 570 is more or less the same thing with less memory.

Benchies baby.

Quieter and cooler too! I think this will be an epic rig and show you dont need a massive wallet to get big scores AND also have a rig you would want to show off.

Has the ingredients for greatness!Quote

13-06-2012, 10:39:14

Big WigglyStyle
The 570 is a wonderful card, I have it and it maxes everything I throw at it including bf3 and I'm still able to get respectable framerates at 1920x1080.

Looking forward to seeing the end result, wasn't much fan of the 410 but the gunmetal grey looks right.Quote

13-06-2012, 12:38:46

G-Dubs
Thanks for all the feedback and support so far guys. This thread certainly seems to have gotten people thinking and talking.

At OC3D we like to show all aspects of hardware and modding, not just the esoteric highend that we all aspire to.

For my part I am grateful for the confidence Tom has placed in me, for the opportunity to have this log presented on the front page of the website, and for the opportunity to show what can be done with real world specs at more real world prices.

This build when finished will be my everyday PC and It will, i'm sure, be able to cope with anything I throw at it. Not only that, but the choice of components, from the Z77 mobo to the single 570 GPU also offer upgrade potential in the future.

I'm currently working on the strip down of the case and will be getting the dremel out in the very near future.Quote

13-06-2012, 14:13:58

XNine
I don't get why anyone would be negative about a build. Sometimes it's not the hardware specs that count, sometimes it's how a build all comes together and each part compliments another. There's more to modding and pc building than just throwing down tons of cash on hardware. Anyone can put money down and have a top of the line rig, but not everyone can build a solid all around build.Quote

13-06-2012, 14:55:32

daletur328
Sounds and looks like it will be an interesting build. Love the Ex radiators have the 360 and was pleasently surprised with the performance considering the thickness, ( or lack of).

Really happy that the parts are not all top end like some of toms builds, but unfortunately have one mortgage and couldn't afford another for some of his builds. bank probably wouldn't lend anyway.

Eager for the benchmarks. Bang for buck!Quote

13-06-2012, 16:10:18

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lys0l View Post

The 570 is a wonderful card, I have it and it maxes everything I throw at it including bf3 and I'm still able to get respectable framerates at 1920x1080.

Looking forward to seeing the end result, wasn't much fan of the 410 but the gunmetal grey looks right.
Mentioning BF3, I'm very keen to see the 570 oc'd under the water coolage. Just had a rip on it's little brother, the 480 @ a modest 785 oc on air, on BF3 1920x1200 maxxed - maintaining a smokingly toasty .. 71 degrees...Quote

13-06-2012, 16:13:14

G-Dubs
First post and homepage have now been updated with the addition of the PSU and additional cabling.Quote

13-06-2012, 17:14:51

Blarg
Two water cooling mods of the 410 phantom, just before i buy mine and start thinking about water cooling it. Perfect timing!!! Less chance i will mess it up if i decide to go through with it.Quote

13-06-2012, 17:49:19

SieB
Looking forward to seeing this progress. I like seeing builds like this more than builds where someone has just bought top of the range everything and just thrown it together.Quote

13-06-2012, 18:36:02

Mrboxfacetramp
Great Build Going on Here...

Just upgraded from my GTS 450 to the GTX 570 after the price drop. My Bank is very large so i have to keep a more moderate aproach to buying graphics cardsQuote

14-06-2012, 05:50:30

TheOneHalf
This seems like a really nice build comming http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...cons/smile.pngQuote

14-06-2012, 05:53:27

Ru5ty_t00l
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheOneHalf View Post

This seems like a really nice build comming http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...cons/smile.png
agreed! but I would also like to see some modding too on this http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...icons/wink.pngQuote

14-06-2012, 08:28:26

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by elder_scrol View Post

agreed! but I would also like to see some modding too on this http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...icons/wink.png
Fret not, for there shall be modding, and not just the side panel.Quote

14-06-2012, 08:36:22

Solidarity
I look forward to seeing this developQuote

14-06-2012, 13:56:45

TheCrazySquirell
The way you guys make up names is rather cool, This one made me laugh at how obvious it was even though I would never have thought of it.Quote

14-06-2012, 18:35:30

Josh Weston
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheCrazySquirell View Post

The way you guys make up names is rather cool, This one made me laugh at how obvious it was even though I would never have thought of it.
Yeah, i'm with you on this one. I think the extent of my imagination is, PC1, PC2, PC4Kitchen, etc. http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ticons/sad.pngQuote

15-06-2012, 02:44:40

Malarky13
Looking forward to see how you mod this case may give me some ideas for mine ignore the negativities (is that even a word).Quote

15-06-2012, 07:51:22

G-Dubs
Thanks for the comments on the project so far. With regards choosing a name for a project, I often find they just seem to name themselves, and at other times it can take ages to find the right form of words, which can often lead to a really cheesy name (come on, we've all done it)

In this case, with the hardware being a melding of two great manufacturers components, the idea to meld the names then came to us.Quote

15-06-2012, 07:58:44

B NEGATIVE
Get it moving then...3 pages and not a driver spun in anger yet.....

Nice pile of bits,now make the leap Dubs.Quote

15-06-2012, 12:32:51

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by B NEGATIVE View Post

Get it moving then...3 pages and not a driver spun in anger yet.....

Nice pile of bits,now make the leap Dubs.
All in good time my friend, all in good time.

These things can't be rushed.

I'm actually busy reviewing the XSPC WC kit at present which of course has to be done before it can go into the project. And as it's going into the project there's a very good chance that some of it will also get modded to some extent.Quote

16-06-2012, 07:14:22

giannakos23
Wow really looking forward to see this project finished!!! Good luck with the rest of your work !! http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...cons/smile.pngQuote

16-06-2012, 08:50:25

ZZAC
Dubs, i love your projects, and hope for you to make of this what you did of all your other cases, that all turned out amazing, I am though rather disappointed that MoDzart is not going to be your main rig, as it was possibly for me one of the best project logs on ocuk forums for a long time http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ns/biggrin.png.

I also know what you meant when you siad you have been given the opertunity to do some reviewing http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...cons/smile.png, glad it has turned out well http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...cons/smile.png

Know you, something is going to be dremeled...... or everything is going to be dremeled. Only time will tell http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ons/tongue.png

will keep an eye on this, Good luck http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...cons/smile.pngQuote

27-06-2012, 11:20:40

G-Dubs
Ok Guys we're back with an update. thanks to all for being so patient, and hopefully enjoying all the other builds that we have going on in this fantastic forum of ours.

As like the rest of you I have a four image limit the next update will be posted over a series of post. I know how much you guys like pics so didn't want to deprive you.

Ok down to business. First thing thing on the list is stripping the case down. The ease with which a case comes apart often plays a large part in the extent of a mod, but always plays a very large part in how easy that mod is to accomplish. Little things like using screws instead of rivets and plastic clips instead of screws can make the task so much easier. I'm pleased to say that the phantom 410 strips very easily. A few tugs on the plastic cowling and both the front and roof sections lift away easily.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20down/137.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20down/134.jpg

Unlike with some cases the front I/O ports aren't and integral part of the outer trim so there's no need hear to fiddle the wires through as you remove the trim.

Removing the Front I/Os is a doddle, the right hand one is held on with 2 screws and the left simply unclips.


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20down/139.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20down/141.jpg

Turning our attention to the front of the case we can see that should you wish to dismantle further, the main roof assembly is attached by means of screws rather than rivets. On this occasion we aren't taking the case any further apart than this so they can stay firmly in place. We also get a better view of the fans supplied with the case, how these are mounted and other mounting options open to us. With this mod I shall be removing the single 120mm fan at the front and replacing it with 2 Scythe gentle typhoon 1850 RPM fans. That's not all we're going to be doing at the front of course, but we'll talk more about the other plans later.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20down/132.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20down/133.jpg


The roof of the case is dominated by the 2 large apertures provided to allow free airflow to the roof mounted fans. The case comes with a single 140mm fan in this location but is able to accept 2x120mm fans. As with the front case fan this will be getting removed and will also be replaced with a pair of GT1850s. As part of the planning process It was noticed that although the apertures on the roof of the case had rebates cut into them to allow for the ports on the end of the radiators, these rebates did not actually line up well with the XSCP radiators we've chosen to use. It was initially thought that enlarging these with the dremel would be sufficient but in fact the issue became a mute one when we looked more closely at roof mounting the rad.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20down/144.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20down/142.jpg


As you know, the aim of this build is to watercool both the i5 2500K CPU and NVidia GTX 570 GPU, and to do this using a bay reservoir and not one but two of the rather fantastic XSPC EX-240 radiators. We know the case will take one of these in the roof, and we'd hoped it would be a relatively easy task to fit the other in the front of the case.

So with the case stripped down it's time to take a closer look at what we have to modify to accomplish our aims. As hinted at above we envisaged that we would have to file out a section of the rebate in the roof to allow for the filling ports on the end tank of the radiator to protrude through. This in fact wasn't necessary in the end as a test fit of the plastic roof section with the radiator in place revealed that even at a rather slim 35mm the EX-240 was just a fraction too thick to fit under the roof.

Not a disaster as it's exactly this sort of issue that the planning stage is designed to find out and resolve. So we can't fit a radiator above the roof panel, but that doesn't mean we can't fit one under the roof panel and have the fans in the roof section. Of course, this means that we no longer need to undertake any modifications to the roof of the case so we can put the dremel down (for the time being at least). You'll also notice that we're now out in the workshop, or what Mr's Dubs calls my "man cave"

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20res/001.jpg

Next up is to look at how we're going to mount the front radiator. It's quite clear from the images below that even after removing the upper section of the 3.5" drive bays, the lower drive bay section will still have to be removed to create enough space.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...utting/091.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ting/081-1.jpg

This lower section is held in place by 4 rivets to the floor and another 4 to the front of the case. Drilling these out should be a simple enough task.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...utting/076.jpg

That however is the leastt of our worries as the 175mm long rad just isn't going to fit into the 272mm of space available, even with the drive bay removed.


As we're planning on getting the dremel out we might as well have a look at that god awful window/mesh section on the side of the case. Ok, you might like it, and it was no doubt designed specifically tocater for both those who like windows and those who like vents, but it just doesn't do it for me i'm afraid.

The plan is to simply extend the line of the exicting window to encompass all of the mesh area. I had toyed with the idea of a full window but then you end up swhoing off the side of your 5.25" bays and they're not exactly the sexiest thing in the case are they.

I've used low tack masking tape all over the panel to protect it while cutting and also to provide an easy surface to measure and mark out on.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/016.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/018.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/024.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/027.jpg

As alluded to earlier I will be replacing the NZXT fans that come with the case with Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850s. Like many I love these fans, but hate their looks. I've never once used them without changing their appearance through painting. As they're a thick bladed fan as it is there's really no concerns about a layer of paint upsetting any sort of balance.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...e/fans/007.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...e/fans/006.jpg

Prepping the fans for painting is an easy enough job but a little fiddly. Simply pull off the sticker at the rear and remove the tiny (absolutely blooming miniscule) circlip that retains the spindle and then slip the blades away from the cowling, being careful not to lose the circlip or the 2 manets which have a habbi of sliding out and rolling away.

Once you split the fan blades from the cowling it's neccessary to protect the windings etc. This can be done with the careful application of low tack masking tape. Likewise it's neccessary to protect the spindle on the rear of the blade assembly. A simple acardboard disk cut to the same diameter as the rear of the hub does the job nicely.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...le/fans/13.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...e/fans/014.jpg


Well we've got a good idea now of what we want to do and how we're going to do it. Be sure to keep an eye on the forums for updates of this and of course all the other great projects that are going on at present.Quote

27-06-2012, 13:21:07

The Orange One
Lovely Progress So far. This looks like one to watch!Quote

27-06-2012, 22:54:10

XNine
Oh, you say you're shipping me all those fans? What a great guy! :b

Can't wait for more updates. Kepp it up!Quote

28-06-2012, 04:40:07

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by XNine View Post
Oh, you say you're shipping me all those fans? What a great guy! :b

Can't wait for more updates. Keep it up!
I'll just pop round with them...Oh hang on DENVER....Dang that's a long way to walk.

They are cracking fans though, and will no doubt find a home in another buildQuote

28-06-2012, 09:58:38

XNine
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
I'll just pop round with them...Oh hang on DENVER....Dang that's a long way to walk.

They are cracking fans though, and will no doubt find a home in another build
PFT, I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more.... :b

Are you cutting the vented side panel to make way for a side window?Quote

28-06-2012, 10:45:30

sharps_87
Looking good, can't wait to see more.

I've read on another forum that painting Scythe GT's can unbalance them, your saying that's not the case due to them being thick bladed? You not had any problems painting them in the past I assume?Quote

28-06-2012, 12:59:20

CPMFW
looking good so far!!!
looking forward to see this project finished!!!Quote

28-06-2012, 15:18:08

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by XNine View Post
PFT, I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more.... :b

Are you cutting the vented side panel to make way for a side window?
Ah the proclaimers, an oldy and a goody. still never quite worked out what "havering" was. Sounds like it ought it be in Essex somewhere.

Window wise yeh the window will esssentially replace the area of the vented panel. I had thought about making a much larger window, but then all you do is end up showing the side of your 5.25" drives and to be honest they're not that interresting or attractive.

Annoyingly, the Phantom 410 window already clips the back edge of these at the top right hand corner but it's not a disaster.

Hang on, you're a chap from Denver who's heard of the proclaimers near 1 hit wonder. How come, did they really make it that BIG?Quote

29-06-2012, 04:59:14

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharps_87 View Post
Looking good, can't wait to see more.

I've read on another forum that painting Scythe GT's can unbalance them, your saying that's not the case due to them being thick bladed? You not had any problems painting them in the past I assume?
I'd also read that somewhere, but put it this way, over the years i've painted and used countless sets of the Gentle typhoon fans and never ever had a problem. The Skeleton rig i'm currently running has 3 of them on the 360 rad with the fan blades pained in a nice thick lusterous coat of bright yellow. It runs on average 5 hours each evening and all day at the weekends and has done for nearly 2 years with no problems.

So basically, despite what you might read, it's not a problem.Quote

29-06-2012, 05:10:08

Josh Weston
Off topic, I know, but i'd just like to put it out there that Havering has no relation to Essex - it's a borough to itself, and we want nothing to do with it!
We have enough on our hands with Basildon Quote

30-06-2012, 14:14:56

G-Dubs
Water cooling fitings and tubing have arrived!!!

Also a few other bits and bobs, including a 7th Gentle typhoon so we can go push pull on the front rad.

My god am I excited. I feel like a kid on christmas morning

Big thanks you to the guys at Special tech for sorting my order out for me.

So what fittings have I opted for???

Pictures coming soon.Quote

07-07-2012, 06:36:22

wotevajjjj
long time no update ?Quote

07-07-2012, 07:28:40

PBaines
This is an exciting build indeed!!

wanna be Phantom 410 modding buddies? haha Quote

07-07-2012, 09:25:01

OcSurfer
Quote:
Originally Posted by Josh Weston View Post
Off topic, I know, but i'd just like to put it out there that Havering has no relation to Essex - it's a borough to itself, and we want nothing to do with it!
We have enough on our hands with Basildon
depends what viewpoint mate, from my policing PoV its firmly in essex, but still a dive along with basvegas and romfordQuote

07-07-2012, 17:15:24

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by PBaines View Post
This is an exciting build indeed!!

wanna be Phantom 410 modding buddies? haha
been watching yours develop also matey. Must make us "Phantom 410 modders club founder members" then?

Not too many updates but doesn't mean no work going on. recently received my fittings. Bought with my own hard earned cash from the great guys at Specialtech. Not just a great range of kit but fantastic customer service, something that in my opinion counts for a great deal these days

So after a bit of a false start with some Alphacool fittings I went with Bitspower "shining silver" as I've never had the chance to use these before. I can honstly say I am as impressed as I hoped I would be.

A few sneak peak pictures ahead of the next round of updates.


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/062.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/068.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/080.jpgQuote

07-07-2012, 17:41:15

kilobravo
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
been watching yours develop also matey. Must make us "Phantom 410 modders club founder members" then?

Not too many updates but doesn't mean no work going on. recently received my fittings. Bought with my own hard earned cash from the great guys at Specialtech. Not just a great range of kit but fantastic customer service, something that in my opinion counts for a great deal these days

So after a bit of a false start with some Alphacool fittings I went with Bitspower "shining silver" as I've never had the chance to use these before. I can honstly say I am as impressed as I hoped I would be.

A few sneak peak pictures ahead of the next round of updates.


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/062.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/068.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/080.jpg
Got a few spare?!
Little to expensive,but dang..... they look lovely.Quote

07-07-2012, 19:00:03

The Orange One
Those Fittings look Beast!Quote

07-07-2012, 19:40:44

TheOneHalf
looking forward to seeing more of this project, really enjoying it so far Quote

08-07-2012, 03:06:45

PBaines
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
been watching yours develop also matey. Must make us "Phantom 410 modders club founder members" then?
As I have been watching yours!!
Yes, "Phantom 410 modders club founder members" is certainly the title for us!Quote

08-07-2012, 11:30:52

XNine
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
Ah the proclaimers, an oldy and a goody. still never quite worked out what "havering" was. Sounds like it ought it be in Essex somewhere.

Window wise yeh the window will esssentially replace the area of the vented panel. I had thought about making a much larger window, but then all you do is end up showing the side of your 5.25" drives and to be honest they're not that interresting or attractive.

Annoyingly, the Phantom 410 window already clips the back edge of these at the top right hand corner but it's not a disaster.

Hang on, you're a chap from Denver who's heard of the proclaimers near 1 hit wonder. How come, did they really make it that BIG?

LOL, dude, that Proclaimers song was huge over here too. Just cos we're on the other side of the pond, doesn't mean we're kept completely in the dark.

In fact, I grew up listening to a lot of 77 and 82 UK Punk, like the Exploited, Sham 69, 999, the Vibrators, Peter and the Test Tube Babies, etc.... I used to have a leather jacket with band logos and a mohawk when I was a kid.

Looking forward to more pics on this build. WC is awesome.

Also, PBaines is a Phantom modding pimp!Quote

08-07-2012, 14:39:28

G-Dubs
Think we might have a new name for the group then, with a bit of a punk twist to it.

How abouts "The Phantom Pimps"

back on topic, the modding is just about done, I've spent some time today midifying the top of the case to allow filling without the need to remove the bay reservoir. That way I can have a nice tidy loop without the need for slack in the tubing.

edit: Some pics of the work on the fill port.

Measuring and marking. I'm going to lose one of the top panel location holes but that's not a real biggy.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20port/007.jpg


Decided it would be easiest to cut with the roof removed. takes about 10-12 screws and it's off nice and easy.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20port/010.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20port/009.jpg


This little tab is also going to have to have a visit from Mr Dremel

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20port/012.jpg


Just need to clean up all the edges and give them a lick of paint to match the case and all should be grand.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20port/013.jpg


Looks like my guess work, ahem, sorry, measurements were pretty lucky, sorry, I mean accurate.

I've allowed enough space not just to get the plug out, but to be able to get two fingers in and lift the plug away from the res top.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20port/060.jpgQuote

11-07-2012, 15:22:35

G-Dubs
Ok chaps time for some updates.

I've got quite a bit done of late as you'll see from the update on the home page artilces section. As there's not enough room there to go into much detail this is where we'll fill in the gaps.

i'm going to be putting up a fair few updates over the coming days so keep em peeled as they say.

First up is the lower drive bay section. Basically it's getting in the way of the plans for the front rad so it'll have to go.


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...utting/090.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ting/081-1.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...utting/091.jpg



It's held in by a total of 8 rivets, 4 in the bottom and 4 on the front.


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...utting/080.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...utting/076.jpg


Ot it comes!

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...utting/096.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...utting/092.jpg




http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...utting/097.jpg


There was just 3mm in it, and the rad would have fitted into this area. However 3mm is 3mm and it aint gonna fit.

To be honest, even if it had just fitted the mounting holes would not have lined up correctly, which although not insurmountable as new ones could have been drilled it would also have menat a further modification to the front of the case to allow the fans to be fitted and lined up with the rad.

As it is, the floor of the lower5.25 bays is to get a visit from Mr Dremel.Quote

11-07-2012, 16:38:49

OcSurfer
cant wait to see how this goes budQuote

12-07-2012, 07:38:33

tinytomlogan
Dude you can get a replacement cap for the res that allows you to fit a barb etc should you want to fit a fill port.....Quote

13-07-2012, 17:12:56

G-Dubs
With the lower drive bay section removed it's now time to create a little clearance into the 5.25" bay area. It's estimated that by the time the holes in the front rad are lined up with the holes in the cases front panel the end tank will protrude up into the drive bay area by about 15mm or so. A visit from Mr Dremel is all it takes to remove some steel from this area. I've started small, as at present this all I anticipate having to remove. If I need to remove more I can always do so later. It is however a lot harder to put steel back if i've taken away more than I need to!


A picture of the drive bay floor pre cutting (the lower section is also still in when this was taken)

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0floor/090.jpg



A few pics post cutting. The edges will be cleaned up once I am happy I have the right sized hole cut.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0floor/078.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0floor/075.jpg


With the floor cut away we can finally get a rad into the front of the case and see how things fit together. There will of course be fans attached to this rad when it is fitted properly but for now just mounting it to get an idea of fit and clearance will suffice.


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20res/005.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20res/006.jpg


The ports on the end tank lay pretty much exactly level with the mid plane of the old floor. It may be that if I don't get a nice curve on the tubing and barbs i'll be using that I need to remove the rest of this floor area.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20res/011.jpg


It might look on pictures such as this that they actually come out above the level of the floor, but if you look towards the cut away floor just to the left of the yellow stopper you'll see that they're smack on level with it.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20res/124.jpg


Still plenty of room for the quite wonderful 750 bay res though


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20res/014.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20res/128.jpg


At the bottom of the case there's about 5mm of clearance between the bottom of the rad and the floor of the case.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20res/129.jpg


Ok that about wraps it up for now. Over the next few days i'll be putting up some of the work on case window cutting, Fan painting and HDD mounting (have you noticed that all the HDD racks have gone!!!)

Thanks for looking Quote

13-07-2012, 17:15:39

The Orange One
Great work There G-Dubs! Can't wait for the next bunch of Updates!Quote

13-07-2012, 17:16:47

OcSurfer
looking good bud keep it upQuote

14-07-2012, 10:01:36

G-Dubs
Thanks for the feedback guys. A few more updates for you all

Cutting the case window. Decided to go with a simple extension of the lines of the existing window, essentially removing the meshed area. Took quite a few pictues of this so you can see the process.

As you can see the meshed area stands proud of the rest of the panel. This line will serve as our cut line.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/016.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/018.jpg



First job is to remove the existing window. In this case NZXT have used little metal tabs to secure it. Just a matter of bending these out to enable the acrylic to be lifted out (we will of course be cutting them off later)

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/021.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/022.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/023.jpg


Masking off the entire side panel even to the extent of overlapping the tape over the area of the removed window. This masking is to prevent any damage to the panel when it moves into the workshop.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/024.jpg


Line marked on the masking tape where we intend to cut.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/027.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/028.jpg



About 15 mins with the dremel and the section is removed.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/031.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/033.jpg



Hardest part is always the radius curves. I use older worn down dremel bits to enable the tight curves to be cut. If you're cutting a flat virgin panel it's easier to drill the corners so as the circumfrence of the drill gives the desired radius of the curve, then connect up the holes with the dremel or jigsaw.

We will of course be filing all the cut edges and then sanding them before finally givng them a touch up with a paint to match the gunmetal of the case. Can't have bare metal glinting away at us can we.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...window/034.jpg

Thanks for looking.Quote

14-07-2012, 11:07:39

The Orange One
Lovely Work There G-Dubs. This is one of my Favourite Logs Here.Quote

14-07-2012, 18:38:50

Saltire35
Liking the progress... good work man.Quote

15-07-2012, 19:03:26

Mrboxfacetramp
More!!! ;]Quote

15-07-2012, 23:06:38

XNine
Goodness gracious! That's looking killer so far! You're putting quite a bit of effort into this one

Keep it up!Quote

16-07-2012, 13:56:32

G-Dubs
Thanks again for all your comments, It's always nice to know work is appreciated.

Ok, on with the thread. Next up is the fan painting. A particular favourite of mine, second only to cable braiding. Seriously, I'm not being sarcastic here. i love painting fans, and I love braiding cables, but in all other ways i'm a pretty normal chap.

The Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850 rpm is my "Fan de jour". A firm favourite, but ugly as sin. you'd think by now Scythe would have started getting them produced in a range of colours, or at least A colour as opposed to wheelie bin grey and black.

Anyways, rant over and back to the plot. Lots of pics as promised.

pre painting

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...onents/006.jpg

The blades are removed from the cowling by peeling of the sticker at the rear of the fan, then carefully, and i mean carefully removing the small metal cir clip from the centre pin of the fan. Keep this safe in a jar with a lid. Do not just "put it somewhere safe" as you'll never find it again. We then cover over the windings with low tack tape and the rear of the blades spindle and magnets with a disk of cardboard. All set for spraying....Nope, got to sand and prep first and remember to keep things clean and grease free of course

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...le/fans/13.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...e/fans/014.jpg

Prep done then it's time to lay down the first coat. I'm using Halfords grey primer. It flows nicely even in cooler weather and can always be encouraged by warming the can. I've built myself a little booth in the rear section of the shed lining as much as I can with plastic sheeting to cut down on dust. And of course always remember to wear protective equipment when spraying.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/085.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/071.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/070.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/069.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/068.jpg


A few days and a few coats later and it's top coat time. As were using two colours it's necessary to isolate the pats to prevent contamination. For the most part these pictures show the two parts together after spraying as they are drying. I've used halfords Matte black and an auto paint that is a pretty good match for the Gunmetal of the case. A little more metallic perhaps but then the small contrast will help make the fans pop.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/001.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/002.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/003.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/004.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/005.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0fans/0072.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/007.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/007.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/012.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/013.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20fans/015.jpg

With a little care and attention it's possible to get some really quite decent paint jobs. As a general rule of thumb I think I spend 10 times longer prepping than I do actually painting so if your prep only takes a few minutes then the job you end up with will look awful.


The finished fans next to the case (cables have yet to be braided, They won't actually be seen but the thought of having them in there unbraided just makes sick come into my mouth.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...nstall/033.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...nstall/032.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...nstall/030.jpg


And finally on the case for a test fit.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...nstall/037.jpg

Thanks for looking. and thanks again for all the feedback.

Do feel free to comment or ask questionsQuote

16-07-2012, 16:46:10

wotevajjjj
looking good there can't wait for the next updateQuote

17-07-2012, 11:39:12

The Orange One
Great Work on the Fans!Quote

18-07-2012, 06:39:54

wassupdoc
Wow, they look epicQuote

18-07-2012, 14:18:14

G-Dubs
Many thanks for the comments about the fans. For the most part they won't be seen as they'll be behind grills etc, but for me it's making sure the detail is there. If they were just left normal it wouldn't feel right never mind look right. Same with the braiding. None of the braiding on the fans will ever be seen as it will all be routed round the back, but I just can't bear the thought of there being coloured unbraided wires back there.Quote

18-07-2012, 14:20:13

potatis
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
Many thaks for the comments about the fans. For the most part they won't be seen as they'll be hehind grills etc, but for me it's making sure the detail is there. If they were just left normal it wouldn't feel right never mind look right. Same with the braiding. None of the braiding on the fans will ever be seen as it will all be routed rouind the back, but I just can't bear the thought of there being coloured unbraided wires back there.
I like your style man, real fresh.Quote

18-07-2012, 19:05:02

Bullmecha
Going great G.. keep up the mod work!!Quote

18-07-2012, 20:46:15

CPMFW
nice work on the fans...
waiting for the next update Quote

19-07-2012, 02:47:53

The Orange One
Quote:
Originally Posted by CPMFW View Post
nice work on the fans...
waiting for the next update
+ 1
(Message Too Short)Quote

20-07-2012, 16:36:50

G-Dubs
Well if you've seen the latest article on the home page by now you'll have already worked out that it's time to add in a bit of the detail and share with you guys what's been keeping me out of Mrs Dubs Hair for a while.

The MSI Z77A GD55 is a cracking motherboard sharing many of the attributes of it's bigger brother, which was the main reason it was chosen for this project. What didn't fit with the theme of the project was the heavy dose of electric blue on all the heatsinks etc.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...onents/040.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...onents/035.jpg


We decided that nice though the blue was it would have to go. If you want to change the colour of the heatsinks you've got quite a few options, aside from actually swapping them for other heat sinks of course. option 1 is to remove them and paint them, here you do of course run the risk of damage to the motherboard + all the hassle of getting them of (assuming everything you want to change the colour of will actually come off). Option 2 is to mask off and to spray items in situ. i gave this serious consideration, but as my paint shop is essentially a shed with some polythene lining and the weather has been far from clement I chose not to risk it. I was also a little concerned about static build up and discharge harming components. Finally option 3 which is the option of choice. It's the most lengthy and time consuming and does require a great deal of patience and a degree of skill perhaps. If you haven't guessed by now it's all been painstakingly hand painted. Took a good couple of days and 3 coats per item but I'm really quite pleased with the result. I think it really transforms the MSI board. Who knows MSI might even bring out a "G-Dubs Black edition" board.

A few pictures of the board after the first coat and then fully painted and installed. You'll notice the odd bit of blue peeking out on some images, in particular the PCI slots as obviously the inside of these where the connectors live can't be pained. All the other little bits were picked up on the 2nd and 3rd coats.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0board/092.jpg




http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0board/095.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0board/099.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0board/005.jpg

These also used to be blue.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0board/100.jpg


I spent a good deal of time deciding which fittings to go for, eventually deciding I would spend my hard earned wedge with the great guys at Specialtech, and splash out on some Bitspower fittings. I've always lusted after these and thought I'd treat myself. They didn't disappoint, oh good god no. You had a bit of a sneak peek a few pages back, but here they are in all their naked glory.

Behold watercooling porn (queue 70s wakka wakka music)


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/053.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/062.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/063.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/064.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/080.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/076.jpg


thanks you all for taking the time to look. next up will be fitting the excellent razor and raystorm blocks.

See you soon and Mod on Guys.Quote

20-07-2012, 16:41:39

Yeren
the hand paint job looks good, TBH unless you know you would of thought it came blackQuote

20-07-2012, 17:51:24

MadMarc
The mainboard looks really nice in black, good job dude!Quote

20-07-2012, 17:58:48

drunkenvalley
What sort of paint and tools did you use for the painting of the board? Quote

21-07-2012, 02:00:36

PBaines
Quote:
Originally Posted by drunkenvalley View Post
What sort of paint and tools did you use for the painting of the board?
As above !! really really top notch job on the motherboard!
From this, Maybe I will do this to another blue board but change it to orange Quote

21-07-2012, 02:36:57

epeets
that board! Holy , that was a good hand job. *insert "that's what she said"* lolQuote

21-07-2012, 05:17:33

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by drunkenvalley View Post
What sort of paint and tools did you use for the painting of the board?
Quote:
Originally Posted by PBaines View Post
As above !! really really top notch job on the motherboard!
From this, Maybe I will do this to another blue board but change it to orange
I gave a great deal of thought to choice of paint. Original thought was to use acrylic as it's quite easy to work with and easy enough to remove any mistakes.

However as I wasn't too sure how well it would stand up to even small amounts of heat (is is going on a heatsink after all), I decided to use a product called Humbrol enamel paint. Matt Black 33 thinned by 25% as it's pretty gloopy stuff even when mixed well. A selection of brush sizes with some very small ones to get into all the little nooks and crannies and an awful lot of patience. if you fancy having a go, you can get all this stuff from the sort of places that sell models etc.

I have to say I'm rather pleased with the result and nice to see the work appreciated, thanks Guys Quote

21-07-2012, 05:39:15

Ru5ty_t00l
great paint-job for the mobo mr.dubs.
do u think an airbrush could do the job?Quote

21-07-2012, 07:57:41

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ru5ty_t00l View Post
great paint-job for the mobo mr.dubs.
do u think an airbrush could do the job?
If you were to mask off then yes, but again I'd be worried about static build up. Might not be an issue but if there's another way i'd rather not take the chance. Also, not sure an air brush would give you same level of fine control that an actual brush does.Quote

21-07-2012, 14:43:47

giannakos23
WOW !!! Fantastic !!! I have no words to describe my feelings !!! Really amazing job !! Keep it up dude !! :-)Quote

21-07-2012, 14:56:50

XNine
Awesome work on those fans! Look very well done!Quote

21-07-2012, 17:06:09

G-Dubs
Wow, what a reaction to the black Mobo. It was originally going to be kept a bit of a surprise, see how many of you guys noticed what had been done. Glad you all like it. Have a sneaking suspicion we might be seeing a few more painted mobos around in the near future. Do remember that it almost certainly voids your warranty, but then if you're into warranties, then modding aint for you

having got the fittings and the blocks it's time to bring the two together. First though lets get that Razor fitted to the 570. As Tom has done a simply fantastic guide to fitting a GPU block we're simply going to show you the various stages along with a brief description.

Stage one. The card in it's original form.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0razor/001.jpg



Stage 2. A great many screw to be taken from the rear, requiring a torx6 driver. Full instructions are provided by XSPC.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0razor/002.jpg


Stage 3. The two halves split. this came away really easily without the need for any warming. be careful not to use too much force though and be wary of wiggling as you don't want to go knocking anything important off the board.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0razor/003.jpg


Stage 4. Applying TIM pads and TIM to the chip. again XSPC give great instructions with it being really clear what goes where. At this point it's easy to see where the 570 has been cut down from the 580.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0razor/004.jpg


Stage 5. Different screws are provided to attach the block back onto the board. get them all in loosely before beginning to tighten each a little in turn so as not to flex or stress the board.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0razor/005.jpg


Stage 6. plug whichever ports you're not planning to use then sit back and wonder at the beauty of the the Razor waterblock.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0razor/006.jpg


With that done and the fittings attached to the raystorm and the Razor it's time to get them into the case and onto the motherboard.

I'm going for a very tight loop (in fact I don't want any loops at all in my tubing route). Hence the use of quite a few 45 degree rotaries. Straight lines where possible with no slack anywhere, which is one of the reasons I cut the hole for the fillport as the tightness of the loop will prevent it from being slid out of the case for filling.

Raystorm and fittings in place.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/006.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/014.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...tings/0192.jpg




Razor and fittings in place

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/017.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/018.jpg


And a few arty shots


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/037.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/036.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/031.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/026.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...tings/0262.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/022.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...tings/0222.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/015.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/013.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/011.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ttings/009.jpg



http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...tings/0092.jpg


Well hopefully that should keep those who scream for "Moar" pictures satisfied.

Next up is tubing so be sure to visit the forum regularly for updates on this and other projects.

Mod OnQuote

22-07-2012, 01:13:52

WinkieDink
This is awesome i have been looking at paint my mobo for a while but i never knew if the paint would affect the heatsinks as to the point of no return (overheating).Quote

22-07-2012, 02:44:27

reeper250
Looking fantastic! What is the colour of the tubing/coolant going to be (may have missed that part)

Are there any tutorials of how to paint a motherboard because that board looks so damn good!?Quote

22-07-2012, 05:30:31

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by reeper250 View Post
Looking fantastic! What is the colour of the tubing/coolant going to be (may have missed that part)

Are there any tutorials of how to paint a motherboard because that board looks so damn good!?

Head over to the articles section on the home page and you'll get a bit of a clue. Otherwise, I'll be getting some images up of the tubing etc later today.

Coolant wise, you've not missed it. Keep em peelel and you'll see.

Tutorials wise on painting mobo, i've not seen any, but when I get a spare afternoon (and anothermotherboard), i'll get one done. I can't stress enough though how delicate the work is.Quote

22-07-2012, 05:37:46

Ru5ty_t00l
great shots m8. what kind of light do u use for this quality pictures?Quote

22-07-2012, 05:43:00

reeper250
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
Head over to the articles section on the home page and you'll get a bit of a clue. Otherwise, I'll be getting some images up of the tubing etc later today.

Coolant wise, you've not missed it. Keep em peelel and you'll see.

Tutorials wise on painting mobo, i've not seen any, but when I get a spare afternoon (and anothermotherboard), i'll get one done. I can't stress enough though how delicate the work is.
Awesome, thanks. Looking forward to progress on the build!Quote

22-07-2012, 07:01:52

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ru5ty_t00l View Post
great shots m8. what kind of light do u use for this quality pictures?
Depends where I am. The garage shots just use ambient sunlight (very little) and strip light (very dim) so not the best. When i'm indoors If i can I let the sun do it's job in the afternoon (nice and difuse). Otherwise i've got a small lighting set up, which is what I tend to use most of the time.Quote

22-07-2012, 10:19:03

wassupdoc
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
I gave a great deal of thought to choice of paint. Original thought was to use acrylic as it's quite easy to work with and easy enough to remove any mistakes.

However as I wasn't too sure how well it would stand up to even small amounts of heat (is is going on a heatsink after all), I decided to use a product called Humbrol enamel paint. Matt Black 33 thinned by 25% as it's pretty gloopy stuff even when mixed well. A selection of brush sizes with some very small ones to get into all the little nooks and crannies and an awful lot of patience. if you fancy having a go, you can get all this stuff from the sort of places that sell models etc.

I have to say I'm rather pleased with the result and nice to see the work appreciated, thanks Guys
You can tell you've spent too long playing with airfix models when you can tell which number and finish of enamel paint it is just by looking :PQuote

22-07-2012, 10:30:31

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by wassupdoc View Post
You can tell you've spent too long playing with airfix models when you can tell which number and finish of enamel paint it is just by looking :P
Impressed and a little concerned that you can tell from looking.Quote

22-07-2012, 11:28:00

Lollipop
I've got to say... your black MSI board looks ING AMAZING! I wish i had the skill to do something like that.Quote

22-07-2012, 11:34:29

wassupdoc
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
Impressed and a little concerned that you can tell from looking.
haha me too, me too...
The key with enamel paints is patience, get tempted to rush in before it's completely dry and you can ruin the entire thing, and i'm sure you discovered they are a right royal pain in the arse to get off :P even with thinners Quote

22-07-2012, 11:47:48

PetrolHead247
Oh wow, that mobo looks epic in all black! You did an amazing job man painting the mobo, and those fittings and blocks look boss too. Awesome jobQuote

22-07-2012, 14:35:52

tinytomlogan
Seeing as youve painted the mobo matey that GPU block needs doing MNR stylee too imho

Get the paint back out son!!!Quote

22-07-2012, 15:34:57

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Seeing as youve painted the mobo matey that GPU block needs doing MNR stylee too imho

Get the paint back out son!!!
It's far too Puuuuuurty to paint

Quote

22-07-2012, 15:38:58

tinytomlogan
I think it looks massively bland and almost out of place in there nowQuote

22-07-2012, 15:59:01

MadMarc
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
I think it looks massively bland and almost out of place in there now
I agree with tom, after going through all the trouble of painting your mb and fans, you should paint that block as well, would imo make the rig look much cleanerQuote

22-07-2012, 16:00:07

yassarikhan786
I love what you did with the motherboard, looks absolutely amazing in all black.Quote

22-07-2012, 16:38:12

wotevajjjj
I think sofar all you did was great, but the gpu block just isn't right tbh but than again, the only wc block I like are the komodo's, no point in a full cover if it doesn't fully cover imo.. Maybe just spray the block and leave the letters nzxspc in the brushed allyQuote

22-07-2012, 16:59:16

G-Dubs
Personally I actually like the bit of copper in there as it breaks things up a bit. But perhaps will look better black.

Only one way to find out I guess

Guess what i'm going to be doing next week?Quote

22-07-2012, 19:51:34

Lollipop
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
Personally I actually like the bit of copper in there as it breaks things up a bit. But perhaps will look better black.

Only one way to find out I guess

Guess what i'm going to be doing next week?
Make a detailed video guide as to how you painted your mobo. Quote

23-07-2012, 15:24:06

ExplosiveToaster
How did you get your mechanical drive fixed to the back side of your drive bays? I think It's genius and would never thought about doing that...Quote

23-07-2012, 17:19:13

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by ExplosiveToaster View Post
How did you get your mechanical drive fixed to the back side of your drive bays? I think It's genius and would never thought about doing that...
Cheers

I'll b putting a bit of detail up in thenext few days.Quote

23-07-2012, 17:28:33

ExplosiveToaster
It would be more apt if I said the entire build was genius! I love what you've done with it! My only comment, and this is an entirely personal thing but from the pictures I saw from the build article (the one that went up recently) I see touches of copper in the rig and it looks like copper accents on the motherboard, but that could Just be the lighting. So I was thinking, if it is the case, then copper barbs would've looked the dogs danglers. But I know you did what you thought was best

But again, great work Mr Dubs!Quote

24-07-2012, 06:32:32

The Orange One
That Mobo.....

.....IS Beastly!!!!!Quote

24-07-2012, 08:26:00

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by ExplosiveToaster View Post
It would be more apt if I said the entire build was genius! I love what you've done with it! My only comment, and this is an entirely personal thing but from the pictures I saw from the build article (the one that went up recently) I see touches of copper in the rig and it looks like copper accents on the motherboard, but that could Just be the lighting. So I was thinking, if it is the case, then copper barbs would've looked the dogs danglers. But I know you did what you thought was best

But again, great work Mr Dubs!
Many thanks for the comments. There's no copper on the mobo what-so-ever, however there is copper visible on the GPU waterblock. This we've decided has to go as although it's not a great deal, it does detract from the overall effect. Facing surface is going to be black, with the underside painted gunmetal.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ExplosiveToaster View Post
How did you get your mechanical drive fixed to the back side of your drive bays? I think It's genius and would never thought about doing that...
As promised matey

I wanted to stealth mount all the drives behind the mobo area so they couldn't be seen. The SSD was easy enough, as it can just be attached in a convenient area with some decent double sided tape.

The HDD being thicker than the SSD required a little more thought. I eventually worked out that there was just enough room behind the 5.25" bay area but I would have to find a more substantial way of attaching it, and one that would enable it to be removed easily should I need to.

I took one of the 3.5" drive holders out of the now no longer required bays and cut it down to remove any plastic that was not required (the two big fins that stick out the front.

Using the holes that were already in it I drilled corresponding holes in the side of the 5.25" bay and attached it with screws.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0mount/001.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0mount/005.jpg


It was then just a matter of slipping the HDD into it and checking all was secure. There's not much clearance, but there's enough. As this is an Eco drive and not for boot etc then it's not going to be getting too hot anyway.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0mount/006.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0mount/009.jpg

I'm currently working on repainting the GPU water block, and possibly working on a custom back plate. depends whether it looks any good when it's done.Quote

24-07-2012, 08:38:31

Yeren
its looking good dude. going to be awesome when finishedQuote

24-07-2012, 17:42:38

Lollipop
I've considered doing something similar with the HDD's with my new rig... Quote

25-07-2012, 12:15:48

G-Dubs
Having decided to change the colour of the GPU waterblock it was of course necessary to remove it from the case and the GPU itself.

Draining down was easy enough, with the blanks on the underside of the GPU acting as near perfect drain ports.


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20GPU/003.jpg



With the coolant removed its time to severe the arteries so the card can be removed from the case

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20GPU/001.jpg



Time to split the card and block

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20GPU/005.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20GPU/006.jpg


As we don't need to colour the whole of the copper part, and especially don't want to paint the parts where the heatsinks make contact some careful masking is required. First to get the treatment are the ports. they have actually got planking plugs in them for extra protection from paint.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20GPU/009.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20GPU/010.jpg


Then the rest of the copper surface. a small margin is left around the outside rim as much as possible as the card does not actually make complete contact with most of the card and we don't want any copper peeking out do we.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20GPU/011.jpg

In case you're wondering, this is what the set up looks like right now. Reminds me a bit of an engine bay after you've taken the engine out, but have all the cooling pipes still pointing towards their old connections.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20GPU/013.jpg



back to the backplate then and a bit of a key to the metal with 1200 grit paper. Something like scotchbrite pad would also do the trick. It looks like I've really given it the good news here, but to be honest it's just the camera picking it up. To the eye the key is hardly noticeable.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20GPU/017.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20GPU/018.jpg


As we're painting bare metal here we're using an etch primer, just to make sure we get that extra bit of grip before we put the top coat on. 2 coats front and back with a rub down of any imperfections in between.


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20GPU/002.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20GPU/0012.jpg


After a day and a bit drying it's time for the top coats to go on.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20GPU/014.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20GPU/0182.jpg


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...20GPU/0172.jpgQuote

25-07-2012, 14:28:11

wotevajjjj
looking good Quote

25-07-2012, 15:08:21

yassarikhan786
Paint looks awesome on the blocks Quote

25-07-2012, 16:41:10

maniac
Keep up the brilliant work m8 Quote

25-07-2012, 17:59:51

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by wotevajjjj View Post
looking good
Cheers matey

Quote:
Originally Posted by yassarikhan786 View Post
Paint looks awesome on the blocks
Does look good doesn't it, looks better than the copper IMHO

Quote:
Originally Posted by maniac View Post
Keep up the brilliant work m8
Cheers

Paint should be dry enough tomorrow to fit back onto the GPU. Mean time I've got the lighting into the rig, so I haven't been resting on my laurels.

I went with a NZXT braided 200mm length of white LEDs for the light. clean and crisp and simple. The kit comes with plenty of little self adhesive clips, but as I wanted mine very well hidden I only really used them in the corners and the roof, supplementing with double sided tape for the section in between. I chose this kit as it's exactly the right length to go round the inside of most midi tower cases, and because you can vary the intensity of the light and actually turn it off should you so desire. If you've go a light hard wired into the molex then you're kinda stuck with it unless you add a switch in yourself.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ghting/004.jpg


the light switching is enabled via a small PCB which attaches to a PCI bracket. The position i've chosen will have it under the GPU so it won't be seen.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ghting/022.jpg

The only real shortcoming in this kit is that the lead that connects off to the power (4 pin molex) is only about 4 inches long, which is no where near long enough. No problemo though as a cables easy enough to change and re braid.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ghting/010.jpg


Still waiting for a few bits to come through the post and we move closer to completion and some serious benchmark fun.Quote

25-07-2012, 19:33:24

BCMods
Nice work Quote

25-07-2012, 23:26:25

TheG33kWorldTech
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
Oh my GOD that motherboard looks awesome. Makes me want to paint my R4E now. What kind of paint did you use and how did you paint the PCIe slots?Quote

26-07-2012, 04:51:34

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheG33kWorldTech View Post
Oh my GOD that motherboard looks awesome. Makes me want to paint my R4E now. What kind of paint did you use and how did you paint the PCIe slots?
Thanks, I cover the type of paint used etc a few pages back. with regards to how I painted the PCI slots, exactly the same way as I painted the rest, Bloody carefully Quote

26-07-2012, 08:18:07

drunkenvalley
While this is really cool stuff, I rather feel saddened that you've gone ahead and removed virtually all color by what I can tell.Quote

26-07-2012, 09:10:43

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by drunkenvalley View Post
While this is really cool stuff, I rather feel saddened that you've gone ahead and removed virtually all color by what I can tell.
Pretty much all my previous work has been "high contrast high colour". With this I wanted to do something different and go low key. Hence the reason for all the colour being removed.Quote

26-07-2012, 09:16:42

tinytomlogan
I like the fact its subtle, theres actually more going on with this rig but it just needs looking for.

Its a grown up mod IMHO.Quote

26-07-2012, 09:48:11

wassupdoc
The Water block looks the bomb now My next build is definitely going to be a stealthy one thanks to this It's looks very proffesionalQuote

26-07-2012, 10:13:48

drunkenvalley
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
Pretty much all my previous work has been "high contrast high colour". With this I wanted to do something different and go low key. Hence the reason for all the colour being removed.
It's really well done, and I can certainly understand where you're coming from; I have a strong preference to slightly desaturated colors for one.Quote

26-07-2012, 11:52:21

G-Dubs
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
I like the fact its subtle, theres actually more going on with this rig but it just needs looking for.

Its a grown up mod IMHO.
Cheers Tom, that means the world to me coming from you.

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Originally Posted by wassupdoc View Post
The Water block looks the bomb now My next build is definitely going to be a stealthy one thanks to this It's looks very proffesional
I'm hoping "the bomb" = good yeah?
If so, many thanks

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Originally Posted by drunkenvalley View Post
It's really well done, and I can certainly understand where you're coming from; I have a strong preference to slightly desaturated colors for one.
Thank you. I think we all go through phases with our modding, sometimes following a fashion, and sometimes wanting to try something we've not seen done before (boy is that getting hard).Quote

26-07-2012, 18:03:58

drunkenvalley
Hehe. Well, what I'm basically saying is that I'd probably have added something ala a sort of lime-like color, or a color much similar to the masking tape as it appears in the picture. Though probably less sharp tones. But you sort of get the idea, I think. Maybe you'll get the color effect out of LEDs combined with white lighting alone, what do I know.

But I don't presently have the skill for the stuff. Never once had the opportunity to do a lick of paint on computer case or anything. Anywhere you'd suggest to get me started on that perhaps? :B Think I have a decently good case for a paint job with the 600T here, if I so desire.Quote

27-07-2012, 05:52:18

G-Dubs
The paint is dry and the masking is off the GPU so time to get it back into the case, plumbed up and leak tested.


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0GPU/001-1.jpg



Masking removed, Not the best masking job i've ever done, but it was functional rather than aesthetic anyway.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0GPU/002-1.jpg



All cleaned up and ready to re join the GPU.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...0GPU/003-1.jpg



A sneak peak of the black back plate in situ.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...PU/018-1-1.jpgQuote

27-07-2012, 05:58:25

PBaines
If only I could find the words to describe this.. hopefully these two sum it up...

"F*cking Beautiful"Quote

27-07-2012, 06:08:07

tinytomlogan
Now tell me it wasnt worth it dubs!


Say thank you to uncle TTL for being picky............Quote

27-07-2012, 06:20:01

dipzy
Awesome build Quote

27-07-2012, 06:33:01

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by PBaines View Post
If only I could find the words to describe this.. hopefully these two sum it up...

"F*cking Beautiful"
I quite like it too

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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Now tell me it wasnt worth it dubs!


Say thank you to uncle TTL for being picky............
Oh yes, it was worth it and yes, thanks for gently nudging me in that direction.


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Originally Posted by dipzy View Post
Awesome build
Cheers matey, and we're not done yet


Mod On Quote

27-07-2012, 06:34:33

dipzy
Can't wait to see more updates Quote

27-07-2012, 06:45:56

yassarikhan786
Looks stunning, can't wait to see more Quote

27-07-2012, 07:05:14

wassupdoc
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Now tell me it wasnt worth it dubs!


Say thank you to uncle TTL for being picky............
haha
Looks awesome, do you have a backplate for it?Quote

27-07-2012, 11:11:44

G-Dubs
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Originally Posted by wassupdoc View Post
haha
Looks awesome, do you have a backplate for it?
Currently working on a custom backplate but it might end up in the bin if i'm not pleased with it.Quote

28-07-2012, 10:14:40

G-Dubs
Small update today.

The XSPZ Raystorm CPU black comes with a lighting kit which has 2 Blue LEDs which fit into recesses in the block allowing you to have a rather nice ambient glow to the acrylic area of the block. Now there's nothing wrong with it at all, in fact the blue is quite a nice colour, but as we've gone to such efforts to remove the blue then it wouldn't really be in keeping with the theme. Basically it's got to go.

A quick visit to the bay saw me with a good slack handful of white 3mm LEDs so out with Mr Soldering iron.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ghting/011.jpg



A quick bit of braiding (God I love braiding) and we've now got some white LEDs which will match the white NZXT kit we used a treat.


http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...ghting/012.jpgQuote

29-07-2012, 12:19:29

G-Dubs
Following on from the lighting mod we're also going to be changing the colour of the XSPC reservoir cover. The black it comes in is pretty sweet, along with the silver, but we need something that's going to better match in with the black and gunmetal we're using.

Thankfully as you get 2 res covers we can make two versions, one matt black and the other gunmetal.

My intention is to go with the Gunmetal but the black is in there just in case.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20res/014.jpg


one in the new black and one in the gunmetal. Also shown is a 5.25" bay blank in gunmetal to match (I did a black to match but not shown here)

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20res/005.jpg

Now we couldn't really do the res cover and not colour code the hex bolts could we.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20res/020.jpg


Had to find a way of holding them to spray them and this is what I usually do. Also avoids getting paint on the thread.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20res/022.jpg

Undercoat then matt black top coat. The paint has penetrated all the way into the heads, what looks like grey patches is just the light reflecting off the wet paint.

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20res/003.jpg

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20res/002.jpgQuote

29-07-2012, 12:21:37

Lollipop
I NEED MOAR!1one!!

This looks really good so far, i'm looking forward to the finished product!Quote

30-07-2012, 10:15:24

Gigby101
Awesome awesome work!!
I'm planning on getting the same case except in white and going with a white and blue theme... Hope someday to do the same watercooling as you (love the way you hid the ssd and hdd)Quote

30-07-2012, 11:26:47

wassupdoc
Wow, that gun metal bay cover looks ace, should come like that stock Quote

01-08-2012, 05:50:03

The Orange One
Awesome G-Dubs!!! Fantastic WorkQuote

01-08-2012, 16:36:14

yassarikhan786
Love the gun metal colour, nice work once again Quote

02-08-2012, 08:29:15

Lollipop

02-08-2012, 16:06:43

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gigby101 View Post
Awesome awesome work!!
I'm planning on getting the same case except in white and going with a white and blue theme... Hope someday to do the same watercooling as you (love the way you hid the ssd and hdd)
Great to hear, you won't regret it. really a great case to work with and the quality shines through.

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Originally Posted by wassupdoc View Post
Wow, that gun metal bay cover looks ace, should come like that stock
Many thanks. I might not actually use it in the final build, I have a black one prepared also, but agree perhaps a gunmetal could replace the silver coverplate they offer now as silver is getting a bit old now.

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Originally Posted by The Orange One View Post
Awesome G-Dubs!!! Fantastic Work
Cheers matey

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Originally Posted by yassarikhan786 View Post
Love the gun metal colour, nice work once again
Thank you.

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Originally Posted by Lollipop View Post
Well, been working really hard to get things finished and ready for you guys after having to drain down and take apart to re do the GPU waterblock. Also working on a GPU backplate, but that may have to wait till later as keen to show you guys the finished build.

Then it'll be time to clock the twangers off it


The weekend beckons and all being well we should be able to get the rest sorted and some pictures up for you guys.Quote

06-08-2012, 10:44:48

tinytomlogan
Final article has gone live on the front page, only the full blown bench and review to go now!


http://www.overclock3d.net/articles/...nished_build/1Quote

06-08-2012, 10:49:03

yassarikhan786
Wow, it looks absolutely amazing. Love the attention to detail with both the motherboard and GPU block. And you can't forget the awesome cable management (front and back). The cable management at the back would put many a rig to shame Quote

06-08-2012, 10:52:16

AverageNinja
This build has been awesome to follow, and the results are amazing!
Thanks TTL and G-Dubs for posting this log Quote

06-08-2012, 11:01:20

SEBAR
Absolutly amazing looking build. I think I am really starting to lean towards using this case for my next project.Quote

07-08-2012, 10:04:52

brianf1971
How about a drag my Raider Vs your Phantom sounds like a couple of muscle cars lol , but honestly this was a great build and I love the way it's got great setup inside and still remains stock on the outside pays tribute to the original NZXT lines while not being a slouch under the hood just like a custom classic car.

BrianQuote

09-08-2012, 15:48:15

giannakos23
WOW !!! you really make want to sell my car and build a pc like this !!! :P AMAZING job dude !! looks really awesome !!! Quote

11-08-2012, 14:01:48

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by yassarikhan786 View Post
Wow, it looks absolutely amazing. Love the attention to detail with both the motherboard and GPU block. And you can't forget the awesome cable management (front and back). The cable management at the back would put many a rig to shame
Many thanks. The more you look at the project, the more little things you should see. A lot of it is very subtle. As for the braiding, well having the cable extensions in there meant there was much more to manage than normal. it's a testament to the rear side of the mobo on the Phantom, and in particular the 27 cable tie mounts that I wa able to get it as good as I have.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
This build has been awesome to follow, and the results are amazing!
Thanks TTL and G-Dubs for posting this log
It's our pleasure.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SEBAR View Post
Absolutly amazing looking build. I think I am really starting to lean towards using this case for my next project.
You won't be disappointed if you do. Wit it being available in so many colour combo's here's something for everyone.

Quote:
Originally Posted by brianf1971 View Post
How about a drag my Raider Vs your Phantom sounds like a couple of muscle cars lol , but honestly this was a great build and I love the way it's got great setup inside and still remains stock on the outside pays tribute to the original NZXT lines while not being a slouch under the hood just like a custom classic car.


Brian
Or maybe the next Marvel comic film??? raider vs Phantom...Dah Dah Daaaaah


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Originally Posted by giannakos23 View Post
WOW !!! you really make want to sell my car and build a pc like this !!! :P AMAZING job dude !! looks really awesome !!!
Shouldn't need to sell the car mate. All the components used here are quite affordable mid range bits of kit.


Thanks for all the comments, over the next few days i'll be posting up the final images as well as some of the highlights of the build along the way.Quote

11-08-2012, 19:45:44

giannakos23
I know mate !! I was not serious :-P but not being funny mate your rig is epic !!! :-D really amazing job !!! :-)Quote

12-08-2012, 04:16:43

G-Dubs

12-08-2012, 04:33:51

SEBAR
Beautiful work G-DUBS. The work you did on the side panel window is brilliant and your cable management is to die for. This is by far my favorite build to date.Quote

12-08-2012, 05:21:59

PBaines
Your work is exceptional Gary!! Really really happy with how yours turned out, I am just a little anxious to see if my one will be as epic as yours!!

PhilQuote

12-08-2012, 06:14:27

Lollipop
That mobo looks so good! Jesus! ME WANTS! You've done an awesome job, especially on the GPU block and the mobo!Quote

12-08-2012, 06:30:27

Gurt11
Marvelous! Really good job on the cable management in the back, even with an SSD + HDD back there o.0 ?!
Last pic looks EPIC by the way I wouldn't be surprised if it gets to be the background of many pc out there ;-)Quote

12-08-2012, 07:18:56

wassupdoc
It looks stunning :O what happened to your back-plate though? and i spy a perfect place for an OC3D fan badge on the last picture Quote

12-08-2012, 07:25:50

OcSurfer
Nice work bud,
i see what you meant about the blue still comming through on the PCI lanes, the pic above the bottom one you can just see a very slght tinge of blue, doesnt take away from the brilliance or effort though, not everyone would have the metaphorical balls to paint itQuote

19-08-2012, 13:01:29

andrevautour
Love the motherboard. It looks amazing. So does the entire build! When I saw the new Msi Mpower board it immediately reminded me of this (http://www.pcgameware.co.uk/news/sneak-peak-msis-newest-overclocker-inspired-creation/)Quote

20-08-2012, 16:14:00

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrevautour View Post
Love the motherboard. It looks amazing. So does the entire build! When I saw the new Msi Mpower board it immediately reminded me of this (http://www.pcgameware.co.uk/news/sneak-peak-msis-newest-overclocker-inspired-creation/)
Mmmm does look kinda familiar doesn't it.

Guess i'd better check my room for hidden cams just in case MSI are undertaking a little industrial espionage Quote

20-08-2012, 16:24:59

SEBAR
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
Mmmm does look kinda familiar doesn't it.

Guess i'd better check my room for hidden cams just in case MSI are undertaking a little industrial espionage
Damn that is a sexy board.Quote

20-08-2012, 18:55:22

andrevautour
Quote:
Originally Posted by SEBAR View Post
Damn that is a sexy board.
Yeah I'm really liking the MSI video cards and motherboards recently. That mpower board looks great and so does the twin frozer 4 card with the yellow accent that is shown with it. I also like the one with the blue accent that you can get now and the motherboards with the blue. I don't see the mpower boards in stores yet or even on the Msi site yet though.

I also really like that Msi uses black pcbs for their video cards. Im not too keen on the look of the power conditioner thing, but i do like the black plate they use on the top of those cards.Quote

20-08-2012, 19:13:06

Lollipop
NDA for the MPower Z77 gets lifted the 28th.Quote

20-08-2012, 19:28:35

andrevautour
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lollipop View Post
NDA for the MPower Z77 gets lifted the 28th.
Nice. I figured it would be coming out fairly soon now.Quote

21-08-2012, 23:45:36

XNine
Turned out extremely well. Very impressed with the results! Great work GDub!Quote

29-08-2012, 16:29:38

andrevautour
Amazing cable management in the rear panel. I always love when A system is totally next all over like that. I used the NZXT white sleeved led kit in my 650d and I like it a lot. I love being able to keep it turned off alot of the time.Quote

29-08-2012, 17:04:20

NoKz

03-09-2012, 09:54:32

ZZAC

SO MUCH WANT!
good work!
Now onto modzart!?!Quote

09-10-2012, 05:58:17

myrizzle
Hey there! First of all, lovely mod! Came in here by searching for painting of motherboard.

I love your mod, but cant seem to find what paint you have used.

Lookin to do a similar thing for a build i'm doing

Thanks in advance!

Regards from DenmarkQuote

09-10-2012, 06:53:15

B NEGATIVE
Very clean Dubs,I like it.

Maybe black instead of the silver for fittings...silver does add some depth to it tho.

Well executed.Quote

09-10-2012, 12:01:35

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by myrizzle View Post
Hey there! First of all, lovely mod! Came in here by searching for painting of motherboard.

I love your mod, but cant seem to find what paint you have used.

Lookin to do a similar thing for a build i'm doing

Thanks in advance!

Regards from Denmark
I used A Humbrol Matt 33. Full details at the bottom of page 10 mate.


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Originally Posted by B NEGATIVE View Post
Very clean Dubs,I like it.

Maybe black instead of the silver for fittings...silver does add some depth to it tho.

Well executed.
Cheers B NEG
I gave serious consideration to Matt Black fittings and in fact actually got some in to try but they just weren't right. I agree with you that where the silver makes it's mark is by lifting the detail. The Bitspower fittings bought from those great chaps at Speckletech really are the dogs danglies. I'm seriously ruined for going back to others now.Quote

10-10-2012, 10:52:09

myrizzle
Thanks

Very much appreciated!Quote

10-10-2012, 14:12:34

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by myrizzle View Post
Thanks

Very much appreciated!
My pleasure. Be aware you need a very steady hand. It's worth spending a good 10-15 years of your childhood making and painting airfix models to prepare the skills

Seroisly though, if you fancy trying your hand take it very easy and appreciate you're going to need quite a few very thin coats to build up the layers or it will all look rather gloopy. Be very careful not to get paint on any of the contact points or any moving parts (such as the PCI clampsQuote

10-10-2012, 14:22:30

andrevautour
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
My pleasure. Be aware you need a very steady hand. It's worth spending a good 10-15 years of your childhood making and painting airfix models to prepare the skills

Seroisly though, if you fancy trying your hand take it very easy and appreciate you're going to need quite a few very thin coats to build up the layers or it will all look rather gloopy. Be very careful not to get paint on any of the contact points or any moving parts (such as the PCI clamps
Are you still using this system as your daily driver? How are you liking it so far?

Also, have you had any trouble with your NZXT led kit? mine flickers quite a lot and I have heard other people report the same issue.Quote

10-10-2012, 14:26:59

myrizzle
Damn, just dont have a steady hand at all.. Have a spare P8P67 Evo to practice on tho Quote

10-10-2012, 14:29:42

andrevautour
Quote:
Originally Posted by myrizzle View Post
Damn, just dont have a steady hand at all.. Have a spare P8P67 Evo to practice on tho
If you're just looking for an all black board, have you see the new msi mpower board?

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Intel-DDR3...rds=z77+mpower

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...L._AA1171_.jpg

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...L._AA1111_.jpg

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...L._AA1500_.jpgQuote

10-10-2012, 14:34:35

myrizzle
Thats not bad, not bad at all actually!

Now im goin to read reviews all night Quote

10-10-2012, 14:39:44

andrevautour
Quote:
Originally Posted by myrizzle View Post
Thats not bad, not bad at all actually!

Now im goin to read reviews all night
Yeah I like it a lot. When I move to z77 it's going to be a toss up between that board and the z77 sabertooth from asus and maybe something like the MSI GD65.

Also, if you're on X79 there is the msi Xpower http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Big-Bang-XPower-II.html

Personally I've never been big on any time of gun stuff on computer hardware, but it is an all black board.Quote

10-10-2012, 14:45:15

myrizzle
Seems like you have to have a long sli connector when you watercool (want hardware connector)

So i think im going to paint my current motherboard!

And wait for a all black S2011 motherboard, when Ivy-E comes out next year.Quote

10-10-2012, 14:51:32

G-Dubs
MSI brought that board out after i'd changed mine to all black

Just sayin....that's all.....Just sayin..Quote

10-10-2012, 14:59:12

andrevautour
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
MSI brought that board out after i'd changed mine to all black

Just sayin....that's all.....Just sayin..
I know, right!Quote

10-10-2012, 16:04:42

G-Dubs
Actually MSI have missed a trick. their caps are still blue and silver, mine are black

Quote

10-10-2012, 16:12:06

andrevautour
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
Actually MSI have missed a trick. their caps are still blue and silver, mine are black

Wow I didn't even notice that until you said that!

How are you enjoying the build? Are you still using it as a daily driver?

also, how are you finding the nzxt led kit? I like it a lot, i have one, but mine flickers quite a lot. I've heard others reporting the same thing.Quote

10-10-2012, 16:58:04

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrevautour View Post
Wow I didn't even notice that until you said that!

How are you enjoying the build? Are you still using it as a daily driver?

also, how are you finding the nzxt led kit? I like it a lot, i have one, but mine flickers quite a lot. I've heard others reporting the same thing.
Hi Andre, sorry I didn't answer your question earlier

There's lots of little bits in that build that don't immediately jump out at you. no-one has actually noticed the caps, or that the OC genie buttons have also had their colour changed. a few others also IIRK.


Not actually started using it as a daily driver yet as been busy benching with it. will soon be putting up a full system review and apologies it has taken me so long. Might also be making a few upgrades. I'm still stunned by it every time I turn it on, and often forget to turn it off as it's so quiet

Not had a problem with the NZXT kit. I think they're one of the best on the market. Flickering is a bit odd, are you sure you're giving it 12volts through the yellow on the molex and not 5v through the red???? Other than that, perhaps a bad earth as a resut of a tight corner puling some of the copper strands.Quote

19-10-2012, 13:52:59

andrevautour
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
Hi Andre, sorry I didn't answer your question earlier

There's lots of little bits in that build that don't immediately jump out at you. no-one has actually noticed the caps, or that the OC genie buttons have also had their colour changed. a few others also IIRK.


Not actually started using it as a daily driver yet as been busy benching with it. will soon be putting up a full system review and apologies it has taken me so long. Might also be making a few upgrades. I'm still stunned by it every time I turn it on, and often forget to turn it off as it's so quiet

Not had a problem with the NZXT kit. I think they're one of the best on the market. Flickering is a bit odd, are you sure you're giving it 12volts through the yellow on the molex and not 5v through the red???? Other than that, perhaps a bad earth as a resut of a tight corner puling some of the copper strands.
Not sure about the NZXT kit, but others have reported flickering as well--My guess is the controller panel that does the dimming is check quality (it would have to be I suspect as the entire kit is only $15) It is plugged directly into the power supply with the molex that comes with it so I don't know. I think I'm going to give them one more try and grab another kit, as they still are my favorite option so far. I much prefer the long braided cable that you can route around vs the incredibly bright bitfenix strips and other types of strips.


Sometimes it's hard to notice the little things right away, especially if you don't have anything to compare it to, but I still am a bit advocate of doing a really nice job with it and making those little changes here and there. Even if people don't notice, you still feel good about it, you know?Quote

22-10-2012, 09:17:17

wassupdoc
I gave up after my 4th set of NZXT leds Quote

27-10-2012, 16:32:13

andrevautour
Quote:
Originally Posted by wassupdoc View Post
I gave up after my 4th set of NZXT leds
Ive never really been a big fan of LEDs tbh, I actually prefer a more subtle, subdued look. All of my builds in the past have has some LEDs at some point, but I have always ended up running with no LEDs at all for the long term. Same goes for my current setup--I played around with a few different kits of LEDs but no I just have nothing at all, which is what I prefer. The other day I redid all my cables and removed all the LED related crap plus some other stuff and did a really proper cable management job. The less cables the better imo! The thing that attracted me to the NZXT kit initially was the on/off switch, but even when I did have it in my case I had it off 99% anyway, so I figured I might as well just take all the excess out. It is a same that the kit is such spotty quality though because otherwise it's the nicest LED kit Ive seen.

If you're interested, here is my build log post covering what I did a couple nights ago including the updated cables: http://forum.overclock3d.net/showpos...5&postcount=45Quote

29-10-2012, 13:18:44

The Orange One
Wow! Just read through this thread. Well done G-Dubs! This rig is amazing and is an Inspiration to me!
My favorite part though must be the Motherboard. I Absolutely love it!

-The Orange OneQuote

29-10-2012, 16:56:32

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrevautour View Post
Your excellent cable management work here inspired me to do a proper job around the back of the motherboard tray on my system

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8463/8...c562d9b1_h.jpg
Nice wiring job there my friend. Always annoys me that the 12pin CPU is never long enough to take around the putside edge and has to go diagonal.

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Originally Posted by The Orange One View Post
Wow! Just read through this thread. Well done G-Dubs! This rig is amazing and is an Inspiration to me!
My favorite part though must be the Motherboard. I Absolutely love it!

-The Orange One
Glad you like it. I'm currently overclocking and benching it with both the 2500K and the 2700K (hope to get a solid 5GHz) Been a while since it was completed so a shame I haven't been able to bring you guys the numbers before now.Quote

30-10-2012, 23:28:35

andrevautour
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
Nice wiring job there my friend. Always annoys me that the 12pin CPU is never long enough to take around the putside edge and has to go diagonal.

thanks! -- I wasn't totally happy with that job, so I went back at it again today. this is what I ended up with:


In addition to doing cables I also removed some of the bright yellow zip ties I previously used inside the case to give it a darker overall look inside my own case. I like it better this way




Glad you like it. I'm currently overclocking and benching it with both the 2500K and the 2700K (hope to get a solid 5GHz) Been a while since it was completed so a shame I haven't been able to bring you guys the numbers before now.

Nice! I recently benchmarked our 3930K at 5ghz -- definitely a fun chip to play around with.Quote

31-10-2012, 13:54:08

G-Dubs
very nice, I was going to mention the zip ties but I thought I'd not beat you up too much.

I think you might be a little bit like me, once you've experienced the joy of acheiving a good wiring job, you can never look back and never EVER tolerate dodgy wiring againQuote

31-10-2012, 14:07:35

andrevautour
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
very nice, I was going to mention the zip ties but I thought I'd not beat you up too much.

I think you might be a little bit like me, once you've experienced the joy of acheiving a good wiring job, you can never look back and never EVER tolerate dodgy wiring again
Yes I definitely love doing a good job with the cables. There's always something you can do a bit better, more direct route, combining more things together to make a single neater cable bundle, etc,etc. It's addicting for sure!

I put my 8 pin through the motherboard cutout and then zipped it to that anchor part way down, so it's more clean looking on the motherboard side, and it with straight at least part of the way down. I replaced 2 1tb drives with a single 2tb and replaced the 4 drive SATA power with a 2 drive and zipped it together with the SATA cables and made a more straight route with them. I also did a bunch of other little things like sorting out the power cables coming out of the PSU so they were more neat and making the bundle of cables along the main set of anchors into one instead of having it break off and go on an angle. Plus of a bunch of other little things including replacing all the white zip ties with black ones. I actually came near the end of my supply of black zip ties and had to dig into the little bag of zip ties that corsair bundles with the PSU's.



*removed - warning issued*Quote

31-10-2012, 16:01:59

Essentian
When I saw the pictures of this with the lights out, one word sprang to mind, magical.

Absolutely astonishing job, so much respect for you hand-painting the mobo!Quote

13-11-2012, 16:36:56

Bowerz
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrevautour View Post
Yes I definitely love doing a good job with the cables. There's always something you can do a bit better, more direct route, combining more things together to make a single neater cable bundle, etc,etc. It's addicting for sure!

I put my 8 pin through the motherboard cutout and then zipped it to that anchor part way down, so it's more clean looking on the motherboard side, and it with straight at least part of the way down. I replaced 2 1tb drives with a single 2tb and replaced the 4 drive SATA power with a 2 drive and zipped it together with the SATA cables and made a more straight route with them. I also did a bunch of other little things like sorting out the power cables coming out of the PSU so they were more neat and making the bundle of cables along the main set of anchors into one instead of having it break off and go on an angle. Plus of a bunch of other little things including replacing all the white zip ties with black ones. I actually came near the end of my supply of black zip ties and had to dig into the little bag of zip ties that corsair bundles with the PSU's.



I found this on ebay the other day as I was looking for a i7-970. I had a laugh.
What fan controller is that you're using, im liking the look of it!Quote

13-11-2012, 17:02:10

rossi94
OMFG this guy shouldn't be allowed to sell that. But you see the diffrence .. perfect cablemanagement of the threadowner.Quote

13-11-2012, 19:28:37

andrevautour
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bowerz View Post
What fan controller is that you're using, im liking the look of it!
which one are you talking about?Quote

14-11-2012, 04:42:12

tinytomlogan
Remember this is GDubs thread STOP hijacking and posting picks to your own rigs.

Come on boys have some respect, make your own threads.Quote

19-12-2012, 06:32:04

Benboy80
Love what you've done with this case and the attention to detail , I wouldnt have even thought to paint a motherboard ! awesome work.

I've got the same case in white and blue, after seeing this its definately inspired me to have a go at doing some modding of my ownQuote

19-12-2012, 15:23:47

xMBliss
Jeez that board is gorgeous! I`m really tempted to try this out, there are only a few mobos that i like aesthetically and they are not the cheap ones. The only thing that worries me is heat dissipation, does it get affected?Quote

02-02-2013, 21:21:04

theDTP
Stunning!Quote

02-02-2013, 21:47:06

EliteCustomPc's
I keep looking through all these project logs and seeing all the amazing work going into these rigs. You can really tell when a person puts passion into what there doing. Like Tom stated earlier in this log it may not be a $5000 build but its what G-dub had to work with. With all the hard work and pure heart and soul put into this build my friend you most def turned into a rig that looks like its worth $5000... Cheers to you bro TOP SHELF build!!!Quote

03-02-2013, 06:30:53

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by Benboy80 View Post
Love what you've done with this case and the attention to detail , I wouldnt have even thought to paint a motherboard ! awesome work.

I've got the same case in white and blue, after seeing this its definately inspired me to have a go at doing some modding of my own
Get those tools out and get modiing mate. You'll love yourself for it when you create something individual to yourself.

Quote:
Originally Posted by xMBliss View Post
Jeez that board is gorgeous! I`m really tempted to try this out, there are only a few mobos that i like aesthetically and they are not the cheap ones. The only thing that worries me is heat dissipation, does it get affected?
Heat dissipation not an issue, and that's with a 5Ghz Overclock


Quote:
Originally Posted by theDTP View Post
Stunning!
Thanks you

Quote:
Originally Posted by EliteCustomPc's View Post
I keep looking through all these project logs and seeing all the amazing work going into these rigs. You can really tell when a person puts passion into what there doing. Like Tom stated earlier in this log it may not be a $5000 build but its what G-dub had to work with. With all the hard work and pure heart and soul put into this build my friend you most def turned into a rig that looks like its worth $5000... Cheers to you bro TOP SHELF build!!!
In these times of austerity it's important for us to show that although it's great to build with really expensive gear, if you put in some time and effort you can also creeate something that looks much better than the sum of its parts.Quote

03-02-2013, 08:03:57

Etlar
I most say mate, your build is alot better then my build is. I like your way to the things. But you have also maked me look on a new case, and then do a very good build. And alot more tridy build, your work is 1st class all the way Quote

11-04-2013, 22:31:20

pcjunkie429
We can has update?

This log was just starting to get to the good bits. (oh who am I kidding the whole thing's been freaking awesome to follow)Quote

17-04-2013, 19:18:31

sprintdmc
your attention to detail is second to none, I love how you ran the tubing by having the 2 rads and res and pump all meeting behind the five and a quarter bay, very clever and last but in no way least the painting and cable management is awe inspiring, kudos to you good sir...Quote

23-01-2014, 07:57:50

ShaunB-91
Just got pointed to this thread by Tom, read through every single page and glad I did. What a great build you have done G-Dubs, have you still got it to this day?

Did you ever get the article out on how to paint your Motherboard by the way? Thats why I was pointed here, I guess its just a case of taking your time and being careful but any little extra tips would be great!Quote

23-01-2014, 17:14:00

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShaunB-91 View Post
Just got pointed to this thread by Tom, read through every single page and glad I did. What a great build you have done G-Dubs, have you still got it to this day?

Did you ever get the article out on how to paint your Motherboard by the way? Thats why I was pointed here, I guess its just a case of taking your time and being careful but any little extra tips would be great!
NZXSPC is still my daily driver and going strong. Time didn't' permit a tutorial on painting the motherboard, but maybe in the spring.

You have however hit the nail on the head with taking your time. My tips would be as follows

take care in selecting the correct colour. I might not be the one that seems most obvious at first. Think about the colour contrasts in your build and remember you want no more than 3 colours and ideally only two as a main theme.

The paint I have used is Humbrol model paint, the stuff used to paint airfix type models. make sure you mix the paint well and do not load your brush too much.

Paint things that can't be seen as well as things that can. You're doing this properly after all.

You will need a selection of brush sizes and a pot of wooden toothpicks as well as some thinners and a roll of toilet paper.

Many light coats will look better than one or two thick coats.

Stay away from electrical contact points especially in and around the RAM sockets and the PCI sockets. Take time to look at where the contacts actually are. Use a magnifying glass if necessary.

A steady hand is essential.

Practice on old hardware if you have any to hand. If not grab some old crap at a car boot sale and practice on that.

It will smell a bit when you first start to use it but this disappears in about a few days.

If you have any specific questions I'm happy to help outQuote

24-01-2014, 03:36:51

ShaunB-91
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
NZXSPC is still my daily driver and going strong. Time didn't' permit a tutorial on painting the motherboard, but maybe in the spring.

You have however hit the nail on the head with taking your time. My tips would be as follows

take care in selecting the correct colour. I might not be the one that seems most obvious at first. Think about the colour contrasts in your build and remember you want no more than 3 colours and ideally only two as a main theme.

The paint I have used is Humbrol model paint, the stuff used to paint airfix type models. make sure you mix the paint well and do not load your brush too much.

Paint things that can't be seen as well as things that can. You're doing this properly after all.

You will need a selection of brush sizes and a pot of wooden toothpicks as well as some thinners and a roll of toilet paper.

Many light coats will look better than one or two thick coats.

Stay away from electrical contact points especially in and around the RAM sockets and the PCI sockets. Take time to look at where the contacts actually are. Use a magnifying glass if necessary.

A steady hand is essential.

Practice on old hardware if you have any to hand. If not grab some old crap at a car boot sale and practice on that.

It will smell a bit when you first start to use it but this disappears in about a few days.

If you have any specific questions I'm happy to help out
Thanks for replying G-Dubs, much appreciated as I'm nervous going into this. I'm looking to paint my Gigabyte G1. Sniper M5's green spots white, the RAM Slots, PCI slots, and the heatsinks, I've only had the board about half a year, the only good thing I've got going into this is I used to paint warhammer models when I was young, and to be honest did a good job if I do say so myself, a steady hand at 11-12 years old, I should have one now at 22!

Will I need to put a base coat onto these first, especially the heatsink as it's glossy, I think it's kind of rough textured as well if I remember right, a grey base coat?

I'll have a look at the paints you've used, I only had a quick look yesterday on games-workshops site at their paints but they are probably twice the price of the same stuff I can buy elsewhere really.Quote

24-01-2014, 09:58:22

Wraith
WOW I do like the simplicity of just black internals with the white LED accents really makes this system pop!Quote
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