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Bring on the mods

welshy46
Level 7
What started as a full tower build has now been shoe horned into a Coolmaster HAF XB. Now the modding can begin, tecnically I have already. I have fitted a 280mm full length of 313mm radiator with 4 140mm fans in push/pull where coolermaster say a 240mm is the max. I already had the power tools charged and waiting after buying the case then reading it can only accommadate a 240mm rad.

On arrival I stripped the top sides and front off which turns it into test bench mode to see what space this little box has got, and it's got quite a lot. More now I have removed the 2 hot swap bays from the front and fitted a 120mm fan to blow some air under the board and soon to be retired HDD. Along with the SSD bay from the left hand side to accomodate the pumps and reservoirs for the next phase of operation sod the pension, have fun when your young(ish). The plan for the new year is to fit an XSPC 420mm rad with 6 140mm fans in the front to cool the cpu and chipset and a 240mm with 4 120mm fans in the rear, probably out the back of the case or possibly in a custom roof mount to temper the gpu/ gpu's ? .

As it's going to be a desktop instead of the usual leg warmer I'm used to I have been looking into external cooling to keep the fan noise down. The Aquacomputer Aquaduct 720 XT Mark V Ceramic External Watercooling System looks like an idea but more research needs to be done. also as it's going to be in sight I thought a tasteful design to the outside might be in order, early favourite is to paint it as one of the cubes from the terrorhawks or if i go with the external solution then some wooden and brass steampunk arrangement. any suggestions are welcome.
Board: MVIF
CPU: intel core i7 4770k@4.8GHz
GPU: R9 290x
RAM: 16gb Corsair Vengence 2133MHz
SSD: ROG RAIDR 240gb PCI-e SSD
Case: Coolermaster HAF xb
Cooling: custom water loop
Monitor: Asus PB278Q

My build log photo dump
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welshy46
Level 7
Finally had a chance to go at the case with some power tools, if only briefly. Removed the double hot swap bay at the front and SSD bay. which has opened up a vista of prime real estate to build up the liquid cooling gubbons. I've temporarily istalled a 120mm fan in replacement of the hot swap bays, with the modders friend. Blue tak. in the final build this will be replaced by a 5.25 reservoir and pump, so more cutting away of the structure.
The plan of a 420mm rad up front looks like it's going to be more fun than I first thought. actual length of the radis 460mm and the case is 432mm. By the time i've cut away enough to case to mount the rad, there isn't going to be enough case to mount it too. Hopefully a suitably sturdy external rad box will shore up the case and deal with the cosmetics of the rad stuck out each side.

as this is my first real water cooling build, I don't think a corsair H110 counts as proper water cooling. it's a good stepping stone and more effective than a huge air cooler blocking airflow around the case and i would recommend them. the safest and easiest thing would be to just cool the cpu, but to save time and possible heartache on building and stripping and rebuilding the loop once it's in place, i'm going to cool the cpu chipset and southbridge through the 420mm rad and the gpu/gpu's, if budget allows and it probably will. Then the two 290x's will be on a seperate loop with the res and pump where the SSD bay was. i'll leave you with some pics of the absent drive bays and some rather lovely and well made Alchemy braided 24 pin and PCIe cables. not very well routed, but as there's a lot more work to go. cable routing is a long way off yet.

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Board: MVIF
CPU: intel core i7 4770k@4.8GHz
GPU: R9 290x
RAM: 16gb Corsair Vengence 2133MHz
SSD: ROG RAIDR 240gb PCI-e SSD
Case: Coolermaster HAF xb
Cooling: custom water loop
Monitor: Asus PB278Q

My build log photo dump

welshy46
Level 7
over the last couple of months i have been extensively modding my XB case. I decided to break away from the red and black theme of the typical ROG build and do a Half life themed build. So that'll be orange and black instead. now being new to modding pc's, I've been on a steep learning curve. so my build has gone through some changes.

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Obvs it's not finished yet. there's still a lot of fancying work to do now i have completed the acrylic walls of the case. what's left of the original case is to be covered in carbon wrap. The back plate and the armour are being sent off to wicked coatings to be aqua dipped. I originally tried using the carbon vinyl wrap, the same stuff they use to wrap cars but it didn't look right. So I'll let the professionals have a go instead.
Board: MVIF
CPU: intel core i7 4770k@4.8GHz
GPU: R9 290x
RAM: 16gb Corsair Vengence 2133MHz
SSD: ROG RAIDR 240gb PCI-e SSD
Case: Coolermaster HAF xb
Cooling: custom water loop
Monitor: Asus PB278Q

My build log photo dump