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Case Mod - In Progress GN7-I596K-WC - MoonGazer

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by ThunderMan, 12 Aug 2020.

  1. ThunderMan

    ThunderMan New Member

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    Good morning all. Let me introduce myself, my name is Steeve and I am French.

    I present to you the GNZXT-N7-I596k-WC - MoonGazer.

    This will be my first MOD. My budget is not infinite, so it will not be a "harcore-gamer".

    It is based on the GSX-40100 Lunagazer Gundam, which will be in the center (or almost) of the case, the case acting as a "hangar". https://gundam.fandom.com/wiki/GSX-40100_Lunagazer_Gundam
    I am going to make in 3d printing some parts for the Gundam, and others for the case. And maybe a shield for the graphics card.

    The colors will mainly be black, white / gray and gold.

    The list of components :

    - Motherboard: NZXT N7 Z390 I was absolutely looking for a motherboard with a shield cover, and this is one of the newer ones. https://www.nzxt.com/products/n7-z390-matte-white
    - CPU: Intel I5-9600K https://ark.intel.com/content/www/f...ntel-core-i5-9600k-processor-9m-cache-up-to-4 -60-ghz.html
    - GPU: Currently a Gainward 780 PHANTOM GLH. I am looking for a used 980 Ti or 1080 Ti. https://www.gainward.com/main/edm/GTX780_Phantom_GLH/gw_edm_GTX780_phantom_GLH.php
    - RAM: Patriot Memory Viper RGB DDR4 3200 16GB (2x8GB) C16 - PVR416G320C6KW https://assets.website-files.com/5c...d5c268ccc708e8c951582e_PVR416Mdf_H3200WKitKit
    - SSD: M2 PCIE 128 or 256 GB SSD for the system, and another 1TB for games
    - POWER SUPPLY: I don't have a defined model yet, but a 600 or 700 watts ...
    - CASE: Thermaltake Core P3 Bought used a few years ago https://fr.thermaltake.com/core-p3.html
    - WATERCOOLING: It will be a custom, and also my first. Majority of parts are from Aliexpress.

    I'm going to take the pictures of what I've already had for several hours ...
     
  2. ThunderMan

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    None of the pictures are working for me.
     
  4. ThunderMan

    ThunderMan New Member

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    Pics are hosted on google photos...
     
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    Can't see them either.
     
  6. ThunderMan

    ThunderMan New Member

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    and now ? the album is shared publicly.
     
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  7. ThunderMan

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    Hello

    A little fresh news.

    Sunday afternoon I prepared the case to receive the components:
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    And this morning I received a nice package :D :D :D:

    The motherboard, the four RAM sticks and the processor.
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    Small equipment unpacking:

    - Motherboard: NZXT N7 Z390 I was absolutely looking for a motherboard with a shield cover, and this is one of the newer ones. https://www.nzxt.com/products/n7-z390-matte-white

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    Bundle:
    4 SATA cable
    3 LED cables 4 pins
    2 wireless antennas
    hardware bag

    - CPU: Intel I5-9600K https://ark.intel.com/content/www/f...ntel-core-i5-9600k-processor-9m-cache-up-to-4 -60-ghz.html

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    I was surprised not to have a cooler with the processor ... normal?
    My last I7-4790k had one ..

    - RAM: Patriot Memory Viper RGB DDR4 3200 16GB (2x8GB) C16 - PVR416G320C6KW https://assets.website-files.com/5c...d5c268ccc708e8c951582e_PVR416Mdf_H3200WKitKit

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    2 small stickers ... not very pretty (4 in all)


    Tomorrow morning I will start assembling the components.
     
  8. ThunderMan

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    Hello people.

    A bit of component assembly to start.

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    An some news ...
    Reception of part of the fans (4 of 6 received)
    They are Coolmoon 12cm A-RGB.

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    The remote control (which will not be of use to me, because it will be controlled by the motherboard) and the specific controller.

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    Rear / front.

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    The controller:
    - 10 A-RGB fans
    - 2 A-RGB LED outputs
    - 1 power input (on SATA socket)
    - 1 A-RGB input
    - 1 microphone input (guided by the music)

    The specific catch.

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    The flowmeter, a Bykski 3-way A-RGB, with a plug that I installed.

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    All full of Bykski watercooling connectors, which arrives in these little bags:

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    - 16 connectors 10 / 16mm

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    - 4 caps (one on the flowmeter)

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    - 1 set of plug / valve / male-male connector / 45 ° connector, which will be used for draining the circuit

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    - 6 90 ° elbows

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    A 4-way A-RGB cable

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    Here is now my system made in 3d printing to install the 2 radiators of 360mm which will cool the CPU and GPU:
    The prototype is currently in PLA, but the final system may be in ABS.

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    I don't have the radiators yet, so a piece of cardboard with the right dimensions will do ...

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    And installed on the case, it makes (almost) good.

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    The next pieces arrive slowly, but surely ;)

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    See you soon for the rest !
     
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  9. ThunderMan

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    All the 3d parts are done, I'm just waiting for the radiators to fix it between them securely.

    I wanted to get myself a new power supply, but my budget is tight, so I repainted an old power supply that I had in the back of a closet.

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    I finally got the Barrow CPU block, and it's bigger than I thought.

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    I installed the fittings.

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    And here is a test of installing the CPU block.

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  10. ThunderMan

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  11. ThunderMan

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    Hello, here are the parts of the Gundam in question:

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    And I finally received my 360mm radiators.

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    A small blank edit to see the rendering.
    The screws are too short to do as I want, but I ordered longer ones ...
    I will also reprint some parts, which are not very nice ...

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  12. Jean R built

    Jean R built Active Member

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    I have a question. Did you chose the theme so you had one more reason to buy and build another gundam?

    I'm joking :hehe:, I like the theme.

    Why did you write that some parts are not very nice? I see some good evolution in your log.
     
  13. Nexxo

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    I AM IRONMAN!

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    Intrigued by what you're going to do with the Gundam kit...
     
  14. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    If he doesn't turn the entire inside of the case into a hangar diorama, I'll be disappointed.
    I think I know why Lego is so expensive now, too. You've been hoarding them. (Lego is a legitimate fiat currency. :worried: )
     
  15. ThunderMan

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    So initially, I wanted to put the box on my desk, and put a nice image on the back panel, like a unicorn gundam, and an HG or RG unicorn inside. But I had to change my printer, and I took one so big, that it did not fit where I wanted to put it, and suddenly, it is on the desk, I no longer have room for it. case, so it will be fixed to the wall.
    Since we will no longer see the back, and switching to a full watercooling configuration, I looked for some nice pieces, and it turns out that the white / gold will be the nicest, and rarely seen.
    So I looked for a gunpla accordingly, so the Lunagazer.
    I change its name to Moongazer, in view of future modifications, and the project has a name of "gunpla".

    For the not very nice parts, a few parts have warping, so I reprinted them.
    Ultimately, I think that PLA is not a good idea to support a radiator that will heat up, I think I would do the parts in PETG or ABS again.

    I would like to make the whole box a diorama, but it will be a bit complicated for me ...
    I wanted to put the gunpla in front of the CG, but it's going to be a bit tight, so I'm going to put it in front of the distroplate instead.
    I'm not going to say everything I'm going to do, so you will be surprised :)

    For the Lego boxes that you see in some photos, they are all empty, the sets are either displayed in the house or in zip bags, awaiting their turns.

    My next post will be on receiving components, especially my new graphics card :)
     
  16. ThunderMan

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    And voila, I went to get my new graphics card, sometimes you have to know how to take charge!

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    A beautiful beast that considerably increases the budget (or not, Christmas present in advance :D)

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    And a little bit of ROM to support all the systems ...

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    Patriot 256GB for windows and programs
    Crucial 1000GB for games and some data.
     
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    I finally received my distro plate, since the time that I wait ...
    in short, here it is in its beautiful damaged box:

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    The pump is already installed, a BYKSKI B-PDM3-COV.

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    I installed the distroplate in its location and put the tips on.

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    I only need the gpu wterblock, the liquid and some cables ...

    I will be able to start thinking about where and how to install the gunpla in the box.
     
  18. ThunderMan

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    HEY !!
    I finally received the graphics card waterblock, happy :)

    In the rush, I forgot to take pictures of the unpacking ... damn ... no big deal ...

    Here it is mounted on the beast, and the size difference (about 25% less length) but much heavier at final.


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    I still have to buy the liquid, but I hesitate about the color ...
    White? Yellow? Transparent?
    The RGB LEDs in the PC will all be yellow / gold.
    What do you think ?


    On the other hand, I am working on custom parts to add to the gunpla, which I will print, either in pla or in resin ...
     
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  19. Jean R built

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    Well having to choose between those three colours, I would avoid yellow unless you are 100% sure that the shade matched the other yellow you have on the cables etc.

    With white or transparent you have more leeway.

    But if you get the right yellow shade for the liquid it could be extremely cool :cooldude:
     
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