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Case Mod - In Progress [Lian Li A05] Laine's Simplicity

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Laine, 14 Dec 2010.

  1. Laine

    Laine This and that

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    Hello Bit-Tech, after ages of being recommended to different forums and always being a bit afraid of coming here I finally took the leap.


    Some might recognize me from other places, for some this might be a new face. For you who haven't met me before, let me introduce myself.

    I stared modding about two years ago making a case mod for my father and the whole modding thing grew more and more addictive.

    After 6 months I stumbled upon Chares Harwoods blue MurderBox and fell in love. This was when I got my Lian Li V1000 and started a build called Crystal Clear, my first real modding experience.

    This was also the first time I stumbled upon MDPC-X, since we ordered straight from murderMod back in the days.

    After a growing friendship with both Charles and Nils I decided to do something I wanted to do for quite some time. As they have been my guidance through this experience, I wanted to "give something back", so this is a dedicated build to my dear friends, Charles Harwood and Nils Papke.

    Some graphical overview of the builds mentioned in the text above.

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    I'll try to make this log as personal as possible given that the majority pictures are already snapped.

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  2. Laine

    Laine This and that

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    Reserved for final pictures.
     
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  3. Laine

    Laine This and that

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    HW;
    - Intel i5 750
    - MSI P55M-GD45
    - Corsair Dominator 1600mhz
    - XFX GTX260
    - Corsair X32 SSD
    - Cougar 550w, sleeved with MDPC-X white, and a touch of Grande Bleu.

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    - EK Supreme LT
    - EK FC GTX 280 w/ EK-FC280 GTX RAM Backplate
    - EK Multioption RES 150 Rev.2
    - EK ANTI-Cyclone
    - EK DDC X-Top Laing DDC V.2
    - Feser Xchanger 120.2
    - Laing DDC-Pump 12V DDC-1Plus (18w/620lph)
    - Masterkleer tubing with Fatboy fittings.


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    Feser X-Changer 240. Got one of these buggers before they were phased out, loving it every bit.

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    1/2" Fatboys.

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    Some early planning of the HDD mounting location.

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    The lovely MSI P55M-GD45, I later removed the mosfet logo and flipped the SB logo.

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    Clearance'r'us. This is the actual space between the mounted radiator and the RAM.

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    The EK

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    GTX260 in the studio.

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    Long nights with coffee and patience.

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    Again some early planning almost one year ago.

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    Now we're getting somewhere!

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    Again, clearance is nothing that should be taken for granted.

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    Used my beloved Dremel to make a hole in the grille.

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    Version one of the pump-mount.

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    The, at the time, newly introduced Cougar PSU.
     
  4. Laine

    Laine This and that

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    Amazing orange colour, too bad it doesn't fit the theme.

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    Snip, snip. Lengths be gone!

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    Let there be sleeving!

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    Since this was a pretty serious build, I decided that every cable should be either customized or made from scratch.

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    Molex to sata pwr.

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    I would like to thank Charles Harwood for these beautiful reservoir holders.

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    Molex to molex and sata pwr for the SSD.

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    The reading cable for the pump.

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    Painted the Cougar PSU white.

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    A bit more rawr then before.

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    The Feser got some paint too!

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  5. Laine

    Laine This and that

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    Some beta-stage of the Himuro mounting. This was later scrapped.

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    They should indeed be inside of the frame.

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    The Noiseblocker had pretty bad soldering and while sleeving one cable came loose and the others not far behind, so I redid them all.

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    Shortened cable for the front fan.

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    Black-box in the making, houses everything fan-related.

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    Molex to 3pin fan header.

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    Nuclear physics one on one.

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    The internal power cable, since the PSU is in the front.

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  6. Laine

    Laine This and that

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    Since I wanted something special and couldn't find a coolant I liked, I mixed my own shade of blue using Feser Blue and Feser Black premixes.

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    After some experimenting, we have a match!

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    Perfect. It was really hard since the tubing and the reservoir itself house different amounts of water, making the colour darker in the res.

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    First idea of sata routing.

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    Front panel cables.

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    Used a drill and some files and got to work making slots for the cables to access the hard drives.

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    Himuros mounted from above. Zip-ties begone!

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    In the workshop at the time. Miss that place.

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    This is a very bad take on how to route sata cables, today they run inside of the beam to the right.

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    Made a slot for the SSD.

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    Notice the flipped SB.

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    Something is missing in this picture, can't really see what though.

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    Painted RAM heatsinks.

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    Gave the case a good semi-glossy polish. since I'm not a big fan of mirror finishes.

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    The Himuros home where they belong.

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    Front panel cables.
     
  7. Laine

    Laine This and that

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    Holy RAMs!

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    Filled up for the first time.

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    Notice the pump/res chaos.

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    I made an adapter that angles the reservoir at 45 degrees towards us.

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    Before this picture was taken I cleaned the dining room for a good 2 hours, since the walls/floor/furniture might not be the proper place to drain Feser fluid. You could tell that to my pump.

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    At least it looks better.

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    Ah yeah, really fixed the bending problem with the pump/res right up. No problems there at all.

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    With the Corsair 800D as inspiration, I made a replica window since I think it suits the case well.

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    Black-box in use, no cable management at this point.

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    Stealthy!
     
  8. Laine

    Laine This and that

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    From this point on I only got 1000x667px pictures, so I'll separate them if it breaks the rules.

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    Known things to be fixed is the legendary untameable angle of tilt on the pump/res combo.
    Also the 5,25" area is very raw, will make something out of it when I make up my mind on what.
    Then there is the cabling of course, and then some more custom cable adapters.
     
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  9. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    Beautiful mod, you must have infinite patience to sleeve all those wires..

    Half the images are showing up broken for me though..
     
  10. Laine

    Laine This and that

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    I had 4 broken when I wrote this log, now I have none.
    Maybe my images are still in the cache, but I think there is a problem with Imageshack today.

    We'll give at a couple of hours and if they are still broken I'll see if I can get them up on dropbox.

    Cheers!
     
  11. Attila

    Attila still thinking....

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    Welcome to bit-tech Laine. Nice clean modding and beautiful photo's. :)

    You have a double post by the way. ;)
     
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    docodine killed a guy once

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    Pics are loading a lot faster but about 1/4 are still broken

    I'm seeing more.. and it looks great!
     
  13. mav2000

    mav2000 In Training

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    Beautiful stuff as usual. Wat tubing do you normally use. t seems to be very clear. I use Masterkleer but it seems to cloud up quite fast.
     
  14. djzic

    djzic Bokehlicious!

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    Ah, another person who knows about MDPC-X... Isn't that rare nowadays, is it?:thumb:



    Awesome, It's builds like these that make me wish I had the skill, time and money to make a MurderMod. This should be on million dollar pc!
     
  15. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    Wow. Just wow.
     
  16. Angel OD

    Angel OD Pump Killer

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    Am I the only one who thinks there is a lack of pictures?? :p

    On a serious note: Really really nice and tidy! :thumb:

    A very nice piece of work! :rock:
     
  17. Cruelinios

    Cruelinios EvE Addict

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    Beautiful work mate. I love Lian-Li's and your work makes them look even better, great attention to detail and colour schemes. Great job :thumb:
     
  18. DeadP1xels

    DeadP1xels Social distancing since 92

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    Wow amazing.....

    Never new you could squeeze a rad in the base like that
     
  19. Dragon7Samurai

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    Excellent camera work and stunning build

    Nice work!
     
  20. bagman

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    very nice and clean
     

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