"BABY SHARK". - A casemod by Hotmods.net Shark Gaming have hired me to do another casemod for them. I previously did "Project F.O.B. T.C." for them (http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=217176) - this time the idea is a fully watercooled miniITX system that packs quite a punch. So, without further ado, I present the case for this build. It's the Cubitek Mini-ICE: Yes, this is the box, but I promise that there's a case inside. Plenty of promotion pics of the case online, so no need for me to flood this worklog with those. Now, during the ordering process neither me nor Shark Gaming were sure if we would be able make all pieces of hardware fit in the case - I didn't have the case, but still had to do a little planning before ordering too much. Google SketchUp was my choice of weapon for planning before buying. Since no model of the case existed, I had to create my own without really knowing many of the dimensions. Only the exterior dimensions were known to me, so the rest had to be estimated from promition pics and reviews. So this stuff was ordered: Yes, that a Geforce GTX690 on that last picture. It fits inside the case and is currently the most powerful graphics card we could get. Now, sadly, the EKWB waterblock for the GTX690 is in their new "CSQ" design - certainly not a favourite of mine and hardly of anyone else I've had a chance of talking to about it. But the client said it had to be EKWB, so EKWB it was. Luckily, we managed to get a CPU block of the old design: the EK Supreme LTX. Sadly, it got ordered in the wrong colours (I had asked for Acetal/EN Nickel), but got Acetal/Copper), but I'll live. After all, the CPU block will more or less be hidden behind the PSU. Speaking of the PSU, it's a Silverstone Strider Series 600W and I chose it mainly because it's fully modular (= no need to open it for when sleeving the cables) - the blue connectors is a bonus for the colour scheme of this build: black, blue and white (fits the colours of the Shark Gaming logo). On to the first bit of modding. The HDD rack had to go - don't need it, but need the space: It was riveted to the case - some rivets were in plain sight and some were hidden: These are the case LEDs: They're sitting in the HDD rack and since that one had to go, I moved the LEDs to the front of the case - I simply removed the small pieces of acrylic that sat behind the LED holes in the front and then I enlarged those holes to fit the LED sockets that held the LEDs in the HDD rack: With that first bit of modding out of the way, let me introduce you to the motherboard for this build - it's the ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe. Incredible little motherboard and quite genius how ASUS have mounted the VRM circuit on a vertical PCB: The fans for the project are Promlimatech's Blue Vortex: From pictures found online the colour seemed to match the colours found on the motherboard. Let's check: Not too far from what I had hoped for - the fans are a tad darker than the blue colours of the mobo, but again: nothing I can't live with. And in any case, most of the mobo will be hidden under the PSU, so I just have to make the cooling fluid match the fans as good as possible. Which is why I chose Mayhem's Pastel Blueberry cooling fluid and a small bottle of Mayhem's Deep Blue bombdye - in that way I will be able to create the exact colour needed. The mesh already sitting in the case is going to get painted white. There's mesh in 2 fan holes in the main case and in 1 fan hole on one of the side panels. The patient has been prepped: Some bits of the mesh has been bent inwards to lock the mesh in place, so I'll have to bend it outwards in order to pop up the mesh: There you go: Same treatment for the top and bottom mesh in the case itself: At this point I wanted to take a closer look at the PSU. All cables plugged into the PSU are going to get sleeved - and shortened. There's a very limited amount of space inside a miniITX case (go figure?) and Silverstone's modular cables are nicely long, but, sadly, too long for this project. So they'll be cut, shortened, soldered back together and, finally, sleeved (more about that in one of the next updates). First, I started to remove the existing "sleeving" from the ATX 24-pins cable. Easy-peasy: There you have it: MUCH too long, so I'll take care of that later. First, a general principle before getting too deep into a casemodding project: check the hardware! I can't emphasize enough how important this is - imagine how much extra work you potentially could save, if you spent 15 minutes testing the hardware prior to modding it. Priceless modding advice there, people! So I began by installing the memory modules - these are from Shark Gaming themselves. Rebranded? Installed - not too happy about the green PCB on those modules, but it'll have to do: The small Intel stock cooler looks massive on a miniITX mobo, hehe: Testing time! Look at all thoose cables - what a mess: The Geforce GTX690 requires 2 8-pins cables. Believe me, I've tested with one 8-pin and one 6-pin. When booting up, the computer says "Please connect all cables to this graphics card", so that won't work. However, Silverstone only delivers one PCI-E 6+2 pins cable with this Strider PSU, so I had to connect 2 PCI-E 6-pins cables to this splitter, provided with the GTX690 by Palit: I'll make a secondary PCI-E 6+2 pins cable myself - more on that later.... Testing went fine - even did some mild overclocking: Then I took the system apart again and installed the CPU block: I had to be a bit careful when tigtening the nuts on the CPU block, to prevent the mobo from warping too much. I had a "EKWB LGA-1155 TRUE Backplate" that I tried to mount, but it simply won't fit this mobo. ASUS had placed some small components in the way on the backside of the mobo, so I couldn't tighten down the backplate. I thought I could modify the backplate, but I risked weakening it, so I chose to use the pre-installed one and just be very careful when tigtening the nuts. Installed back in the case: As you can see, there's plenty of room for the GTX690: Finally, as I mentioned earlier, I was going to create an additional PCI-E 6+2 pins cable myself, so I started taking some of the "pre-sleeved" cables apart. Again, as with "Project F.O.B. T.C." I found some additional capacitators soldered to some of the wires. Like I did with "Project F.O.B. T.C." I will also just remove them from these cables before sleeving them: Stay tuned!