Hi guys! Recently I decided to embark on my first "proper" modding project, and I thought that it was about time I finally did my first project log with you guys. A little background: I had been a lurker since, what 2005/6 I think? My sister's fiancé introduced me to this great site, and since then I had always been gripped by the astounding modding projects. At the turn of every New Year I would be salivating over the lineup in the MotY competition, always wondering what would top what was seen the year before. At the same time I wanted to engage in a similar project, but being both an iMac user at the time, and also a teenager, my resources were limited. Fast forward a few years and here I am with a shiny desktop, hoping to intoduce my own mod to the pile. But enough of the waffle, let's get down to business shall we? Brief: My current build consists of a rather cramped dual loop system running in a standard Phantom off of a 240mm rad and a 120mm one. I'd like to change that to a 360, 240 and 120 inside a Phantom 820 for the time being. I could really do with both the added overclocking headroom and reduction of noise (being able to run the fans slower would be much nicer indeed). The slight challenge is that I can't have any meaningful amount of computer downtime and the layout of the case. I'm currently a compsci undergrad here in Bristol, so use my computer frequently for my assignments, so a quick hardware transfer is preferable. The case is interesting as I want to cool the GPUs with the 360 and 120mm rads, which are located in the roof, but the CPU rad is on the floor. I also don't want the insides to look like some Cthulhu relation. Inspired by K.3nny, I've decided to use acrylic tubing to achieve the clean interior finish, along with some creative tubing routes. And of course with that out of the way, let's get on to some actual content eh? Hardware: CPU: Intel i7 3930k Motherboard: Asus P9 X79 Pro RAM: 32GB G-Skill Ripjaws Z 1866MHz GPUs: 2x Asus GTX 590 PSU: Corsair AX1200 HDD: Some 1Tb one SSD: 256Gb Samsung 840 Pro SSD: 240GB OCZ Agility 3 Cooling: CPU: Koolance CPU-370 GPU: EK Nickel/Plexi and EK Nickel/Black Acetal Rads: Alphacool NexXxoS xt45 360mm, 240mm, 120mm Fans: Scythe gentle typhoon 1850RPM Tubing: Acrylic/Masterclear clear Pumps: 2x Laing DDC Reservoirs: 2x EK DDC X_Res 140 CSQ Coolant: Mayhem's Pastel white and UV blue Fittings: Various Alphacool and Bitspower 3/8" Fan Control: NZXT Sentry LX Here are a couple of renders I made for the project, they show what look I'm aiming to achieve at the end of the first part of the project. Sadly they're a tad out of date, I tried to render a new, accurate set but Blender crashed my computer and uninstalled my GPU drivers for me. Took hours to get them to work properly again, so won't be doing that for a while. And now real pics: Seems the case is an immediate success with Tali and Amelie (Tali is the snowy one, Amelie the darker) Rad and SSD arrive! Looking forward to using both. New fans, reservoirs and another rad arrived. Must say I like the CSQ design, I know it garners a lot of antagonism from many who prefer the old design though. Considering I have old design components in this build too, I actually prefer the newer one. Rads are all together now. Most of the fittings going into this build, some have yet to arrive though. This is one of the changes I wasn't able to make in the renders, my previous build used chrome fittings, went with black this time. The case in all it's naked glory, couldn't help but test the top rad placement. Removed the top drive bay to make room for... stuff? Had another layout in mind when I did this, might just put it back. Removed the lower drive cage and rail to make room for the 240 rad. Some rando-fans I had lying around so I could test placement. The gentle typhoons hadn't arrived when I did this. What's this? Two packages from Germany? Ah yes, classic Nils handywork I see. Asked if he could draw a dinosaur for me, was not disappointed. Sata cable sleeve and contrast sleeve, liking the two colours. Never worked with MDPC-X before, seen the results from others though. Must say it truly is amazing stuff, looks phenomenal and is just such a dense weave. The colour really holds up even under scrutiny. There's no such thing as too much sleeving! Really love this shade of blue. Sleeved the fans up, looking much better than the standard ones already. Might spray them later as I'm not a huge fan of the grey. Top and bottom rads and fans fitted. Can't add the 120mm rad yet though as it's currently in use in my PC! 90 degree fittings at the top here will allow me to have a much cleaner tubing profile. And that's all for now folks. I'm expecting the remaining components to arrive on Wednesday, and will probably be installing hardware over the weekend. I need to work out the placement of the bulkhead fitting for the back panel tubes, along with cut out the white acrylic. Then it's time to bend some tubes! Oh and I also need to think of a suitable name, I'll sleep on it.