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Modding EVGA DG7 - Full WC for outdated hardware

Discussion in 'Modding' started by kim, 6 Jun 2021.

  1. kim

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    Hi folks

    I didn’t think about posting when I started to build this computer, first of all because I thought only to have fun on my own during these troubled times and just make slight modifications that wouldn’t be complicated, but the more I was making cutouts and holes, I realised it would need a lot more work than I imagined, :rollingeyes: and it started to look like a mod.
    The hardware will not make anyone drool neither, it’s mainly from 2014, but even outdated I still like it and I wanted to build a fully water-cooled rig as a tribute.

    GPU : XFX R9 290x Hawaii with Aquacomputer Kryographics and backplate
    CPU : I7 4930K cooled by an Heatkiller IV
    RAM: 16GB of Corsair DP 1866 mhz
    MB : Jingsha X79-M DTX
    This Chinese MB is an hybrid, an upgrade of X79 chipset, it offers a M2 port for a bootable NVME SSD with 4 lines and USB3 support.
    Storage: M2 Samsung 970 evo+ 250GB and 3 SSD sata Intel pro series 250GB (because they are cheap and shiny :grin:)
    PSU: EVGA 600BR ... :)rollingeyes: will it be enough power ?? we shall see :eyebrow:)
    WC: Aquacomputer D5,filter,High flow sensor, temp sensors splitters and aquaero 5xt
    Rad Barrow (this might be a leaking crap we shall see too :eyebrow:)
    Fans: Lianli BR digital
    The case is an EVGA DG 72, the cheapest of the range.
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    I found 2 stainless steel plates certainly purposed for kitchen furnishings and it gave me the idea to make a shiny background inside the case, but I realised how tricky it is to work with that material without scratching or damaging it :dremel::wallbash: of course I should have protect it better with tape, not yet on this picture, but I already commited a few scratches during the mounting/dismounting processes that were numerous and it's not over...I hope I will manage to clean and polish it a bit before last mounting, luckilly, most of the scratches will be hidden by other parts.

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    This is where I realised that the top of the case would be much nicer on the front, whereas the front grill, would suit better the top of the case in terms of look, likewise in terms of cooling and it will also bring some light inside the case from the top, so I swapped the pannels without forgetting to relocate the start button and USB ports on the other side...

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    I had to cut out a little excess of plastic but it was an easy thing to do...

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    I really think this case is much more sexy like this :naughty:
    It wasn't hard to invert the pannels, I just removed the push-type latches, drilled new holes and replaced it by screws from the inside ...

    Then I made these 2 parts for the back pannel, the GPU holder is cut out from an old Dell case, and the grill comes from an Acer desktop door and it will replace the PCI brackets as there are no PCI cards, and bring some light, air, and a point of view of the inside.

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    with the GPU in place

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    The GPU is higher than when mounted on the original bracket, but I will need space to route all cables so that's ok..
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    Placing the filter where possible, it starts to lack of room :happy:
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    and the aquaero
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    I used the top part of an old case to make a new plate and I am starting to look about the placement of the cables, I want something as clean as possible...

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    I bought Bitfenix extensions cuz I love those tiny cables but I must adjust them to the case, everything will be plugged under this new plate and under the original plate, and the PSU will breath from underneath...
    Other pics soon, thanks for watching
     
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    Not a lot of progress this week, I just dismounted it all because I had to remove the rounded edge of this plate, to earn 1.5 mm for the drain tube, that will go the way down to the bottom of the case...

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    I am waiting for a parcel from Aquatuning with the last parts of the watercooling including tubes and more fittings, and a step drill, to make the pass-through holes.
     
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    3 Intel SSD will make the storage, it took me hours to clean them and to remove all remnants of glue :geek:
    The left SSD 's bracket was for a hard drive, it has been shorten to match 2 other ones, still some work on it too...

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    little modding on the EVGA 600 BR, nothing shows it's from EVGA from behind, and the logo was painted in black, so I sanded carefully the letters, unfortunately the logo will be upside down, but still...I also changed the original fan by one of the Lianli BR lite RGB...I still have to shorten the cables, and a few other things I'm on...

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    after...
    The EVGA logo on the back is from the original ugly sticker (white and orange) from the other side ...:grin:
     
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