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[MNPCTech] Project: Rebel Alliance CMII

Hello everybody!

As some of you may know, I have been working closely with Bill Owen at MNPCTech over the past year learning and soaking up as much as I can as his intern. We have done several case reviews and mod guides together, and it is time for me to step it up a notch and take on a big themed build.



- Theme -



This is going to be influenced by oldschool Star Wars, and specifically Rebel Alliance equipment. I love the look of their gear, machinery, technology, and spacecraft, so this will take many ideas from that. We're starting with the Cosmos II, and will end up with something that looks dramatically different in the end.


I first must thank CoolerMaster for the sponsorship of the Cosmos II and Silent Pro Hybrid 1300w powersupply, EK for sponsoring the watercooling components, Lutro0 for sponsoring their beautiful sleeving work, Mayhems for supplying their world class coolants and dyes, Cheapskate for dedicating his time into designing custom waterblocks for the 680s, Brian Garrity for his time as the camera man for the upcoming video of this project, and of course Bill and MNPCTech for everything he has taught me and given me during my time working with him.












- Components -

Asus Rampage IV Extreme
Intel 3930k
Quad SLI GTX 680 Classified's
32gb of Corsair Dominator 2133mhz
CoolerMaster Silent Pro Hybrid 1300w
512gb Vertex 4 SSD
3x 3tb Seagate 7,200rpm storage drives
Cosmos II
Full dual loop EK watercooling setup with custom GPU waterblocks designed by our very own Cheapskate
  • Supremacy Elite socket 2011 Nickel CPU block
  • R4E Nickel CSQ mobo block
  • 2x Ram Dominator X4 blocks
  • 2x 480 XT radiators
  • 2x DDC-3.2TP pumps
  • 2x X3 150mm res
  • Black Nickel fittings
  • Custom Classified blocks by munkeybutt
Time for the pics to do the talking!


The Cosmos II



It's a bird. It's a plane...



Cosmos II opened up - I hate that mess of useless crap dangling there.



The build will feature MNPCTech's new Cosmos II Full Acrylic window side panel! Available soon for order. This is a serious chunk of acrylic!



A few components going into the system



Classified unboxing



These cards are bigger than 690's...



Shiny!



Why is quad sli not overkill? 6000x1080-across-three-monitors-gaming is why. Even the Rebel Alliance has to game from time to time!


Stripping down the CMII for some modding.



Taping off the top to cut room for a 480mm rad.



Lining up the top rad



Cages removed to make room for a 480mm rad in the front



Creating the mounting system for the 480 in the front bezel



Rad mounted into front bezel. I will be doing more in between the rad and the edges to make it more connected.



Front rad mounted in the case



I wanted to do something special with the edge frame work, so I decided on cutting out slots and putting some modders mesh behind it



Clamping down the mesh for some epoxying



This stuff is the best for all kinds of modding. Epoxy of the gods I say!



Removing the stock top panel mesh



Mounting a hinge on the top panel for some flap movement



Watercooling time! Supremacy 2011 block and black nickel fittings



I love the frosty tops on these blocks!



DDC's and tops



An army of black nickel fittings! So prettttttty!



Measuring out pieces to make dual res holder from 1/4" thick Black Opaque acrylic sheet



Custom Dual Res tube holder for the EK Res X3s



EK Res X3s, ready for mounting



What remains of the factory front I/O, this was part of the CM II's top panel. This will flip open.



Modified "Laurey" style cabinet hinge, this spring loaded, and found at WoodCraft, http://www.woodcraft....ount-Pair.aspx



Spacer for hinge made from 1/8" acrylic, this will be painted later



Dual EK Res X3s mounted. This location will be ideal when it's time to fill the two loops.



The flip cover, creates easy access for inspecting the loops, if ever needed in the future.



The rear cover flips open now too!



I wanted to use an ipod touch for monitoring and fan control. This will be mounted in the front top panel and running through the Bitfenix Recon phone app.



Making the front phone mount



Initial looks of the front phone fan control module. Think Luke Skywalker's targeting computer />



Custom shroud for the reservoirs

I'm very dedicated to making this a very clean build internally, which is why shrouding everything is a must. I also want to keep the interior of the case very open and uncluttered, so there will be next to nothing inside the main compartment other than the mobo and what's attached to it. No drives, pumps, anything located here. It's all about the aesthetics!


Cutting 1/4" thick cast acrylic to use as a shroud for the lower portion of the chassis



1/4" acrylic over lower portion which will be easily removable with thumbscrews, 1/8" acrylic shroud on back wall will hide liquid tubing



The mid section has 1/2" thick acrylic floor so it's flush with the outter edge of the chassis



Using weld-on to attach lip to the tubing shroud for the back wall of the chassis, this will be painted later to match the exterior of the case.



Temporarily installing Mnpctech's CM II clear panel to determine the two 120mm fan hole openings in the removable lower chassis shroud






The two 120mm fan hole openings are aligned with opening in the clear panel



The epoxy on the side bezels has dried and I really like how they look with the mesh



Now it's time to do the same thing with the non-window'ed side panel. Cutting the double layered panel was a bit of a challenge, but it's cleaned up and time for more epoxy. I plan to mount an acrylic Rebel Alliance logo on the mesh and illuminate it.


As far as the custom classified waterblocks are concerned, Cheapskate has made great progress (though he has reminded me how complex these little buggers are going to be This is current design phase with an "X Wing" style backplate that will have the Rebel Alliance logo in the red circle. The layers in the pic are backplate, full copper block, acrylic top, and stainless top cover.








More to come soon! We'll have a video worklog as well, so make sure you subscribe to MNPCTech's Youtube Channel!

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Ello chaps! I really appreciate all the feedback. It's nice to finally be on forums where the worklog section isn't completely dead or consumed by a million posts of people that painted their case and called it a mod.

And yes, Bill managed to assist in get Cheaps involved. I think he's having a (insert adjective here) time working on them I was thinking about having some guy in germany do custom blocks (he has nice looking stuff), but I didn't particularly trust sending a classified over to him... I know I'd steal one of these given the chance :P

Anywho, time for more updates!



Taping off a section of the side panel to cut an opening that will be backed with mesh and a Rebel Alliance logo



Mmmmmm hot plastic spray



Cleaning up the back side of the opening - not an easy task with the over engineered cosmos II side panels



The triple layer madness has been dominated.



Time to clean up the cut with a hand file



The side panels just feel really bland from the factory, so a few more additions will help to add some character to the Starwars tech feel



To mount two of the three 3.5" drives, I'll be using 1/8" cast acrylic for a mounting plate



The drives will be hidden behind the PSU and attached with thumb screws



The stock support was removed and a custom beam was created with 1" thick acrylic which the hard drive mounting plate attaches to



For the rear case fan, the stock grill was removed with a jigsaw and 18 TPI bi-metal cutting blade



I'll be using a combination of a custom one-off grill and Mnpctech 120mm Overkill ring. I have yet to decide on exactly what combination, as a few options look good.











Dropping in the EK waterblocks for a preliminary test fitting.



Spacing things out in the case. Subsequently Bill finds out I'm OCD about watercooling tubing and fittings :P/>



Getting up close and personal with the preliminary fitting



Everything is coming together nicely. The front will be covered by a huge 480mm machined grill and shrouding around the edges up to the fans. Materials TBD



Cable management will be super clean as we have created a custom acrylic plate that the mobo is mounting on, and this allows for slots to be cut behind the mobo instead of next to it avoiding a visual mess.


More coming soon! Thanks for watching.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm just waiting for my next update post with pics to be "approved"
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Might be... still working out the kinks. Everything is at our painter's so hopefully I'll get it back shortly and will be able to start putting things together. Brad is mixing a custom House of Kolor metallic gray for the interior and exterior, and will be doing some airbrushing all over the case to add some taste.
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Moar Moar Moar!

Making some serious progress on the internals now! In addition to the iphone control up front, I also wanted something to make the inside shrouding a bit more interesting... so I went with an Aquaero. This will be used for some fan control, flow senors, inline water temp readings, etc. I like their graphs.





A few of the LED strips I'll be using around the case to give a little glow.


I made a Rebel Alliance logo by hand which will likely be used on the side panel, and I may need to bust out a few more for placement among the build. A little time consuming, but worth it.


The interior is just about ready to head in for paint. The acrylic will all be painted the same color as the exterior (a metallic gray). The side shroud with fan holes is removable via thumb screws if I should ever need to access the lower compartment which will house the pumps.


Here you can see the placement of the Aquaero. The acrylic will be cut to fit it in perfectly and will be used for reading water temps, flow, and controlling some fans.


Holes are in place for tubing pass through to the quad GPU setup. The acrylic is flush with the case.


A sneaky view of the lower compartment that will house the PSU and pumps. The custom support brackets are made from 1" acrylic and also support the hidden hard drive mounting bracket behind the PSU.
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Tell me about it. The paint process needs to speed up!

Pick a color they said. Even though you're colorblind they said.


(going with far right, semi gloss. It has bigger metallic that is hard to see in the small pic)


Paint is a GO!




And Lutro0 is in the process of finishing the sleeving... looks nice!






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The first batch of parts have been painted. I really like how the color and finish turned out!

















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Andrew, is that Bill building your case? Ccccc...

If you knew how many miscellaneous screws were all over in the shop, you'd ask him to find the proper set too :P


@cheaps, I can see blue, red, silver, other silver, and yellow in your photos... or is that green?
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Brad spent time mixing up the custom House of Kolor red to match the liquid. This will be used for the fans and custom airbrushing around and inside the case. More paint pictures should be up tomorrow..

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Just a small update with a few current progress pics from our Midwest Modder's meet up last weekend.

















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Ello chaps! I will attempt to be more active here on the forums now. If there's one thing I've learned over the past 6 months it's that being active on 10+ forums is a lot easier when you're an intern than when you're a project manager for a fortune 17 corporation. I sure do miss the days of being in the shop every day

Things are coming along nicely, and Bill has been very generous in helping out keeping updates going on forums, moving things along with paint and assembly, etc. We hit many roadblocks as you guys well know, but Bill has been on top of making sure things keep moving no matter what we have to do.

As far as the "purplish red" is concerned, as Bill mentioned we like how the shade looks with the feel of the build. If I was going for a "brand new high tech spacecraft" look, I would go with a deep, new looking red. This red just looks more worn, which is the feel I was going for.

Where we stand now, this weekend we'll be installing the power/reset switches (I opted for a red ring and red dot combination for some starwars flavor), mixing a big batch of Mayhems coolant, filling the first loop (CPU/Mobo/Ram), working on some final touches inside the case (I'm thinking a raised, illuminated logo potentially), install the front rad fans and grill, and figure out what GPU's are going in it.

Thanks for being patient and watching/commenting! I must also say... I get tired of other forums and their politics, generally uneducated population, and bad moderators so I'm being selective about my activity now

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She posted yesterday!! ^_^
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You are meant to say ' She is alive' or 'She lives' not 'she posted', its makes it sound dull and believe me this project is not boring a bit slow but definitely not boring
I'll be saying that when we've got every last piece installed, tested, and it's in Brian's studio for the photo shoot
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We were just test fitting to get a feel for what we'd have to do to the custom floor for cabling and such. The plastic came off shortly after and I ran a few brief tests before I had to leave the shop.

The first 780 Classy boosted to 1176mhz out of the box, which is a really good sign.

I combined the two DDC3.2 pumps for the CPU loop and gained another 50% flow, which is helping to keep temps on the CPU and R4E insanely low now. I have no doubts about a 5ghz+ OC on this chip after more testing. So far the mobo hasn't surpassed 34*C, and the CPU is staying under 60*C with 1.35v currently. We are now finishing up minor details and cable management, and waiting for EVGA to drop the Hydro Copper's for these.

I picked up an MCP35x2 for the GPU loop, as well as some backplates from EVGA which will likely be painted. I don't really like to keep things stock

Thanks for following, and there will be more soon
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Oh lawd don't tempt me ^_^

Ps. Part 4 of the video may be surfacing soon. Bill mentioned something about editing out so much swearing was taking a while
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I started that editing when my 8 yr told me...."Dad, I told my friends at school subscribe to your YouTube"

"oh you're the guy my son watches, who mods computers ....and drops the "f-bomb"


Better to be known for something I guess
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We've made some serious progress... in fact I was hoping to be able to bench last weekend, but we ran out of tubing to complete the GPU loop.

Just a few hardware pr0n shots to hold over until we get back at it this weekend.












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Yes... the bridge was a huge pain in the a** to get on due to the tension between the cards installed in the mobo ^_^
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Logos...Everywhere. I'd be tempted to remove the sticker, but it looks like it hides something.
How are you routing this? and is it too late to machine some R2D2 head port caps?
The logos on the side of the blocks are attached to an (estimated) 1/16" thick coverplate screwed on that has an LED behind it. Wouldn't be hard at all to reproduce that.
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Appreciate the feedback guys - whether positive or not as positive. I certainly learned a lot through this whole project, and can't thank Bill enough for everything he's taught me. Definitely the best "job" I've ever had

I'm working on overclocking and benchmarking and will be posting numbers soon.
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