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Old 26th Jan 2014, 02:16   #1
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[COMPLETE] Project: ORANGE DRAGON - Fractal Design Core 1000 mod (2nd Feb, 2014)



ORANGE DRAGON


Hi all!

This is my fist mod, and my first time posting. My project started a few months ago, with the intention of creating a watercooled, dragon themed, mini ITX build.

I would like to get involved here as I've been a reader of Custom PC for a long time, and the builds on bit-tech have been a great source of inspiration for this build. As the project is well under way now, I thought I'd share my progress.

Hope you enjoy this mod! All feedback is very much appreciated


SPECS:
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 (Orange Dragon mod)
CPU: i5-3570K
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe
RAM: 8GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer
GPU: GTX 670
Storage: 256gb Samsung 840 SSD
PSU: Seasonic X-series 750w
Cooling: Watercooled - EK water blocks - Alphacool fittings


Update! ORANGE DRAGON is now complete! Hope you enjoy the final Shots









































Thanks very much for viewing

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Old 26th Jan 2014, 02:17   #2
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Drawing and cutting.

Fractal Design Core 1000


I started of by drawing my window designs onto the panels.




Fan holes for a 280mm rad at the bottom of the case.


Had to use a spoon to prop up the loose bits while dremeling the top window :P





Used a dremel and hand file to get the fan holes to this stage. I then used sand paper to properly smooth out the edges.


Top prevent the bottom of the case from sagging I made two little centre supports out of aluminium "L" channel. They're stuck on using a glue gun ...it looks pretty tacky, but hopefully nobody is going to be looking down there :P

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Old 27th Jan 2014, 01:04   #3
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Rust


Yes, that's a computer case in a bath of vinegar

After sanding the case, I washed it down with water to get rid of the paint dust. But as I didn't dry it properly the case began to rust .

I left the case in a bath of brown vinegar (23p per bottle from Aldi!) over night. The next day the rust came off nicely when scrubbed with wire wool.

I quickly primed the case to prevent further rusting.


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Took three coats to get a deep orange.
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Old 27th Jan 2014, 01:11   #5
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2x140mm fans for the bottom rad + smoked black acrylic for the top window.


Dremeled out the stock power switch to make way for an orange LED one.
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Old 27th Jan 2014, 01:20   #6
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Watercooling loop



Just in case...


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Mayhems orange dye works wonders!
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Old 27th Jan 2014, 02:27   #7
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Totally like the orange colour of this one.

I'm concerned about your temps there tho, seeing that both rads blow the heated air into the case only having a 92mm and the PSU as exhaust.
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Totally like the orange colour of this one.

I'm concerned about your temps there tho, seeing that both rads blow the heated air into the case only having a 92mm and the PSU as exhaust.

Thanks very much! I had the same worry, but the CPU averages 27C idle so hopefully it should be ok.
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All done! ...for now at least
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That looks very nice indeed m8, well done!
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Finishing touches!




Orange LEDs for the CPU block and res
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