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Old 25th Jul 2012, 00:15   #1
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*** PHINIX AURORA *** - 12/10/14 - Grand Finale !!! It is done...




Aurora - (plural: aurorae or auroras) is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). The charged particles originate in the magnetosphere and solar wind and, on Earth, are directed by the Earth's magnetic field into the atmosphere.


Hello everyone and welcome to my new project log!

This time I would like to show you something different. It won’t be a scratch build, like all my previous projects. This time I’m going to mod a case!

I hope you liked my Cube and Nano Tower and now I’m hoping you are going to like what I’m about to start. So let’s see what’s brewing shall we?


PHINIX AURORA

It will be a case mod, based on Lian Li A04, a micro ATX case. Reason I picked this case is that it is one of the smallest mATX cases on market – it doesn’t have any particular feature that I was after. It is simple and easy to mod - this is why you can do basically anything with it

I haven’t done any case mods before, so it is going to be a challenge for me, but also a good fun.
I have some ideas what I’m going to do to this little case and would like to share them with you guys... again!


Main ideas:

• Color scheme: white and blue, pure aurora
• Shape and size: very close to the size of the case itself:
(W) 188mm x (H) 386mm x (D) 460mm
• White powder coating and painting
• Blue and white acrylic elements
• Customised side panels and front panel
• Watercooled CPU and GPU
• Internal “power chamber” including PSU and all wires and power junction
• Custom made drive cage
• Custom Interior lighting


Hardware (may change during the project):

• i5 2500K OCed to the limits
• mATX motherboard
• 8GB of RAM
• GTX670 graphics card
• modular PSU
• 2x SSD and 2.5” HDD for storage


Watercooling:

• CPU block/pump
• GPU block
• Double radiator
• Reservoir
• Blue tubing
• Compression fittings
• Temperature sensor + lcd display
• Blue coolant



First phase has started - I'm gathering all hardware and items. It will take a while, but couldn't keep this project hidden any much longer

So again... JOIN ME IN THIS NEW CRAZY MODDING RIDE !!! :



My Phinix Aurora Project is sponsored by:


MAYHEMS



Mayhems kindly supported me with the following items:

COOLER MASTER



Cooler Master kindly supported me with the following items:
ENERMAX



Enermax kindly supported me with the following items:

MNPCTECH



Well known to all of us, professional modder Bill from MNPCTECH kindly supported my project again, by sending me these items:

HINDLEYS



Hindleys is a huge design and technology supplies shop, where you can buy all the kind of materials, tools, electronics, hardware and consumables and all the craft and design products.
They kindly supported me with the following items:
GIGABYTE



GIGABYTE kindly supported my Aurora project with their Z77 mATX motherboard - GA-Z77M-D3H.

EKWB



EKWB kindly supported my project with their nickel/acetal water block for GTX670 with a nice backplate and fantastic white reservoir!



SCYTHE



Scythe kindly supported my project with their newly announced Scythe Kaze Station II fan controller!




MONSOON COOLING



Monsoon Cooling kindly supported my project with their compression fittings and adapters.


CHILLEDPC




Tom From ChilledPC is helping me out with his CNC cutting and powder coating services.
I've been using Tom's services since 2008 - always pleasure working with him.
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Old 25th Jul 2012, 00:15   #2
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LAST STAGE PHOTO


OCTOBER 2014

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Old 25th Jul 2012, 00:31   #4
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After your last project, I can't help but watch this with great interest. Looking forward to it.


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Thank you guys!
I'm happy to see all you guys are going to watch it, all "usual suspects" are here, I can start then!

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Cheers Antony - I'm not sure about that calibre, but if you say so, I trust your judgement


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After your last project, I can't help but watch this with great interest...
Thanks - NOW I feel the pressure!
I hope you will like this one too

Thank you all again, I will be back with first photos this weekend.
The main "victim" is here, I will introduce "her" this saturday
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Old 26th Jul 2012, 14:17   #12
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Old 27th Jul 2012, 00:17   #14
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Phinix modding Lian Li case? Quick! Where's popcorn!
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Old 29th Jul 2012, 20:51   #15
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phinix, I loved nano tower so much. It was such an inspirational and top-notch project. I can't wait to see more work from you!
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Not seen your previous work, but judging from everyone's comments I'll sub and enjoy, might give me some ideas for a new build.
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Thank you all for a warm "welcome back"
I'm so happy you are going to watch this one too, hopefully it will bring you all as much fun as Nano Tower and Cube!


OK. As promised, here are the first photos.

The victim....












Victim's insides...;P








Internal drive cages must go, I won't be using them at all.




Those tool-less screws are pretty handy...




These needed a bit help with screw driver...



..aaaand they are out!



This support bit is going out as well, but I will use those holes for mounting power chamber cover...




On this photo you can see how deep the radiator will go. 60mm thick one of course, will be mounted verticaly.




Here you can see how high those 120mm fans go. As you can see top dvd bay bracket will also have to go. Radiator will take up a bit of that space later on. Rest of that are will be reveiled later




Those top switches are mounted to the dvd bay so I left the bay inside, till I'll be ready to rip those buttons out....



That is it for now.
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I can't believe they actually build cases with top mount connections, with no dust cover in sight, have to think the unused ones would get full of dust in no time.
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Old 31st Jul 2012, 15:06   #20
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Well for once im not late to the mod party. This looks like it's going to be an interesting mod. Subbed and waiting for surgery.
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