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Case Mod - In Progress [COMPLETE] Project: ORANGE DRAGON - Fractal Design Core 1000 mod (2nd Feb, 2014)

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  1. Shank8

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    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 :) :dremel:


    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 :)

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    Thanks very much for viewing :)
     
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    Drawing and cutting.

    Fractal Design Core 1000
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    I started of by drawing my window designs onto the panels.
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    Fan holes for a 280mm rad at the bottom of the case.
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    Had to use a spoon to prop up the loose bits while dremeling the top window :p
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    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.
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    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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    Rust

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    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 :wallbash:.

    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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    Painting time

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    Took three coats to get a deep orange.
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    Assembly

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    2x140mm fans for the bottom rad + smoked black acrylic for the top window.

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    Dremeled out the stock power switch to make way for an orange LED one. :dremel:
     
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    Watercooling loop

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    Just in case...
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    No leaks; happy days :D
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    Mayhems orange dye works wonders!
     
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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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    Thanks very much! I had the same worry, but the CPU averages 27°C 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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    Le fap, fap, fap...
     
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    Finishing touches!

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    Orange LEDs for the CPU block and res :D
     

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