[Staff Project] NZXSPC, Strip down and Planning

Stage 2: Strip down and Planning

[Staff Project] NZXSPC Stage 2

 

Strip down

Those of you who frequent the Forum area of the OC3D site will already know what a thriving modding community we have, if you have not why not?! There are pages and page of forum members sharing their builds and looking for advice from fellow modder's, its an awesome place to not only lean but share your knowledge. 

So moving on to the NZXPC project we opened up the batting by showing off the kit we have it's now time to get down to business and get started with the serious art of modding.  As there's far to much going on to cram into this article, do make sure you head over to the Project logs section for the more detail and of course more pictures.

Breaking the case down into it's component parts is a very simple job with the Phantom 410.  A few tugs on plastic clips and you're down to the bare chassis

[Staff Project] NZXSPC Stage 2     [Staff Project] NZXSPC Stage 2

 

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. 

Heading over to the top/front of the case we can now see in more detail that the switch and front I/O units are easily removed. The power and reset switch unit simply unclips, whilst the I/O unit is secured by a couple of screws. It's then just a matter of pulling the cabling through the central hole. It really couldn't be easier.

[Staff Project] NZXSPC Stage 2     [Staff Project] NZXSPC Stage 2


 

Planning and test fitting

The aim of this build is to watercool both the i5 2500K CPU and NVidia GTX570 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.

On test fitting the roof rad above the roof panel as intended we discovered that even at just 35mm thick it's still a fraction too big to go under the plastic roof section.  Not a problem, just a simple matter of relocating the rad under the metal roof section and locating the fans above, as per the image blow left.  Finding a home for the front rad was going to prove more troublesome however as measurements revealed that the 275mm long rad was not going to fit into the 272mm gap between the floor of the case and the bottom of the 5.25" drive bays (below right).  Not only that, but the lower section of the 3.5" drive bays was going to need to come out.

[Staff Project] NZXSPC, Strip down and Planning     [Staff Project] NZXSPC, Strip down and Planning

 

The Fans

Although the Phantom 410 comes with some very able fans we're going to be removing them all and replacing with Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850s.  2 will be exterior to the front rad, 2 will be external to the top rad, 1 will be at the rear on extract duty.  The fans will be having a visit to the spray shop though so they'll look less like they're made from recycled wheelie bins.  If we can rustle up another 1850 we might even go push/pull on the front rad.

 

The window.

Having established that the mesh grill area on the side had to go we chose to go with extending the simple lines of the existing window.  As the mesh area is also slightly raised, removing it will give us a much smoother side panel.  The image below right shows the window masked off ready for cutting.  Please note that the line of the tape does not determine the line of the cut.

[Staff Project] NZXSPC, Strip down and Planning     [Staff Project] NZXSPC, Strip down and Planning

 

So guys, you now know the grand plan for the case.  If you want to see more of how this project and others are progressing, head on over to the thread here or just take a look through all of the builds in the Project Logs section of the forums.  

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26-05-2012, 14:31:56

SavageCupcake
hi guys http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...cons/smile.png going to be getting a muskin chronos 120 gb soon for windows, programs and a couple of games (BF3) to go on http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ns/biggrin.png i currently have a single wd caviar blue 500gb. how should i go about transferring stuff? ive got windows 7 OEM so i should be able to re install it due to having the same mobo etc?? will i have to reinstall all my programs? will my steam games be affected? any help would be great http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ns/biggrin.pngQuote

26-05-2012, 15:08:05

jamesriley94
I always do a clean install. Write down the programs and just download and reinstall them. Gets rid of all the junk on the pc.

As for steam, yes it will be affected. You need to go onto in steam, right click a game and click back up game files i think it is, then back up all games so some folder of your choice.

After reinstalling steam after getting the new SSD, you can restore all the games straight from the saved backup folder. Beware though, you cant choose individual directory locations for each individual game. So, if your steam games amount to more than 120gb, or around 90gb after windows installs, it wont fit on the SSD, so you may have to put them all on the old hard drive. To do this, while installing steam after getting the new SSD, create a folder on the old hard drive called Programs, or Steam or something, then choose the directory as that to install the Steam program to. Either that or just choose not to restore some of the games as I take it you dont play all your steam games every day.Quote

26-05-2012, 15:12:37

SavageCupcake
i wanted to leave the steam games on my hard drive mate http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ons/tongue.png ill do a clean imnstall then, my music and photos wont be affected on my old hdd wil they?Quote

26-05-2012, 15:16:48

jamesriley94
No they wont, but to get to them you'd have to go like, users - (username) - music which is kind of awkward. It'd be better if you'd move my music and everything out into the root of the drive, then delete the windows folders as you dont really need them, and it'll just make things awkwardQuote

27-05-2012, 07:13:38

jamesriley94
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After reinstalling steam after getting the new SSD, you can restore all the games straight from the saved backup folder. Beware though, you cant choose individual directory locations for each individual game.http://www.demama.info/g.gif
Seriously?! This has happened 3 times to me now, people just copying and pasting parts of my posts, all it is is just spammers trying to get their post count up! Maybe if you research things yourself you'd actually have a valuable input into the thread instead of just being a worthless aubergine.Quote

27-05-2012, 13:22:14

Master&Puppet
Make sure you download the latest firmware for your ssd. The sandforce controller has had some issues in the past but each revision of the firmware has made things much better.Quote

27-05-2012, 14:01:02

SavageCupcake
is the muskin chronos a reliable drive? or should i save up a bit more and get a corsair force 3 or crucial m4? http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...cons/smile.png dont want to have it dying on me http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...ons/tongue.pngQuote

27-05-2012, 14:15:55

jamesriley94
I'd play it safe and get the crucial, even if it was double the price of the mushkin.Quote

27-05-2012, 14:21:33

SavageCupcake
well the mushkin and crucial are both 90 quid at aria http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/...cons/smile.png crucial it is thenQuote

27-06-2012, 14:50:50

gionascm2
It'd be better if you'd move my music and everything out into the root of the drive, then delete the windows folders as you dont really need them, and it'll just make things awkwardhttp://www.lzxin.info/g.phpQuote

27-06-2012, 15:16:25

Josh Weston
I've had no issues with the two of my Chronos' - very fast and so far reliable drives.
When you put Windows on the SSD, the 'My Music', 'My Documents' etc. are going to be on your SSD - not what you want.
Instead, right click those folders, click properties, and change the file location to the appropriate folders on your HDD.Quote

27-06-2012, 17:44:57

Jadarite
I would suggest that you give ssd caching ago and keep the trim command as this would make for a more stable system and still give you the speed you need for gaming and every day computing also as you are going to be gaming i would say use the 64 bit version of windows 7, hope this is of some help to youQuote

05-08-2012, 05:10:07

TheCrazySquirell
I'm really curious to see how they painted the board so well, it's something I was thinking of doing to my MSI-GD45 when I get it depending on how hard it is to do it.Quote

06-08-2012, 17:45:55

Terrifictez85
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Originally Posted by gionascm2 View Post
It'd be better if you'd move my music and everything out into the root of the drive, then delete the windows folders as you dont really need them, and it'll just make things awkwardhttp://www.lzxin.info/g.php
Well done you can copy and paste a persons comment.
You sir get no cookieQuote

06-08-2012, 17:47:27

Terrifictez85
I have the kingston 64gb v100+ as my boot drive and use my hdd as storgae for games and stuuf. No issues so far palQuote

07-08-2012, 04:05:06

yassarikhan786
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Originally Posted by Terrifictez85 View Post
Well done you can copy and paste a persons comment.
You sir get no cookie
I don't think it was a "Sir"

Just a bot me thinksQuote
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