Case Mod - Complete ⭐ My New Project (No Name)

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  1. AML_customs_pc

    AML_customs_pc Member

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    Hey Guy's

    I am new to this forum my name is Richard.

    I have started a new project (no name) in the x71 case. I am going to be modding the front of the case and adding temper glass. It will have a dual loop and two 360 rads, I am looking at replacing the motherboard tray and add my own plus a few little surprise a long the way.

    Components.

    CPU: i7 4770K overclock to 4.6
    RAM: Corsair vengeance Ram 16gb
    GPU: Zotec 980ti
    PSU: Corsair ax 860
    WATERBLOCKS: EK
    2x Pump: EK d5
    2x RAD: EK 360
    FANS: 7x 120 Riing 12 thermaltake RGB
    FANS: 3x 140 Riing 14 thermaltake RGB
    FITTINGS : Thermaltake pacific petg 16mm compression.
    FITTINGS : 6x EK pass through
    HARD TUBE: Thermaltake Petg 16mm


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    More to come.
     
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  2. AML_customs_pc

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    Hey,

    Sorry for the lack of updates but here is the update.

    I have had to cut these little tabs so I can add my custom fan intake grills.

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    Custom fan grills.

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    I have also drilled out the rivets to make my own custom motherboard.

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    I have mark out the new motherboard and add the Res.
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    I have added the pass through fittings and a few bits of tubing I had spare to see what it would look like.
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    I have cut down the PCIE covers to fit the new motherboard tray.
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    I want to have both pumps, res and drains in the bassment part of the case so I have test fitted a pump and res I am using a old pump and old res.

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    Like I said at the start of this post I have been really busy I am fitting the temper glass front panel this weekend and I need to pick a colour theme I am thinking pink and blue or purple and green the basement cover and motherboard tray are going to be white.

    if you have any question or feedback please leave below but here is one last photo of the front temper glass panel.

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  3. AML_customs_pc

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    Update

    Here is a little update I have been really busy with work so found it hard to work on the build

    You can see where the weld is on the front grill, I have painted it but need to sand it down and paint again.

    I have had a lot of issues with the tempered glass, I need longer screws. The build is really take shape not long left to do.

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    I really like the look of the front grill with tempered.

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    I really like how good the perplex look after I have painted it white.

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    I have added the pass through on to the mid plate I am looking at adding a custom res where the mid plate is but if I can not get this to work I will stick with this I have also painted this white

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    Going to get my fluid from Mayhem thinking of getting the dyes and mixing the colours myself.

    Thanks for taken the time to read my post any feedback would be great.
     
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  4. AML_customs_pc

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    Hi Guy's,

    I have a big update on the build.

    I have the colour theme all sorted.

    Outside of the case - Matt grey

    inside of the case - White

    Loop one - Purple

    Loop two - Green.

    I am also updating the System specs.

    CPU - unknown

    Motherboard - ASUS Strix Z270F Gaming

    Ram - 16gb Corairs vengeance RGB

    GPU - GTX 980Ti

    SSD - Kingston 240gb

    HDD - 1tb WD blue

    FANS - 6 x 120 thermaltake Riing plus, 4x 140 thermaltake Riing plus (all fans could be changed)

    PSU - Corsair 860 platinum



    Full Custom Cables from To the wire - custom sleeving


    We now have Alphacool onboard as a sponsor they are supply all of the watercooling.

    CPU Block - Eisblock XPX cpu mat black

    GPU Block - Nexxos 980ti

    RadS - 2x 360 Nexxos ST30 full copper

    Pumps - 2x Alphacool VPP655 D5

    Pump top - 2x Esidecke D5 - Plexi V.3

    Reservoirs - Alphacool Eisbecher 250mm acetal and Eisbecher 150mm acetal

    Fittings - Alphacool Eiszapfen 16mm hard tube compression black

    Alphacool HF 13/a0 compression fittings deep black

    Alphacool bulkhead connector deep black

    Alphacool Eiszapfen L - connector black

    Alphacool Eiszapfen extension 20mm black

    Alphacool Eiszapfen 2 way ball valve black

    Alphacool Eiszapfen double nippel deep black

    Tubing - AlphaTube HF 13/10

    Alphacool Eisrohr 16/13 PETG hardtube

    Extra - Alphacool Eisbaer logo kit.



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    Hope you enjoy the update.

    Next update I am sleeving the pumps and adding my new switch to the case.

    If you have any question or feedback post below.
     
  5. AML_customs_pc

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    Hi Guy's here is a small update.

    I have added a hidden power button under my case near the front left leg. Its dead simple to do I just drilled the hole and drop it in I had some older power switch from a corsair build I did before xmas and just cut it down to size and sleeved it black. I have added some photos below.

    I have turned the pump tops around so all the cables go out to the back of my case and sleeve them black I have a few photos below but once I am happy and made the partition I will make sure I take more photos so you can see where everything is placed and why.

    Like I said just a small update will have more for you at the weekend.

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  6. AML_customs_pc

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    Here is this weeks update,

    I want to welcome a new sponsor to this project Nanoxia, They are going to supply the fluids to this build I am getting Opaque Green UV and the have mix me a custom Opaque purple these and going to pop.

    Last weekend I added the fans to rads to check spacing, cable route and watercooling loop for the basement and added my drain port to the pump(photos below).

    I redone the front fan intakes made them 10mm wider because I was having issues with the way the tempered glass was sitting on the old ones. I ran out of perplex to finish the front off but you can see how far I have got(photos below).

    With me doing a custom res in the mid plate, I have had to re do the motherboard tray as I added holes for the pass throughs which are not going to line up with the new res. I have drawing a loop on the back of the motherboard tray to make sure I had room for the fitting and to check that I can run my cables.

    I have place the motherboard and res on to the perplex to mark out all the holes and where I need to run the cables. I also added the motherboard stand off.

    All photos below.

    Once I get the fluid I will post some photos of the colours.

    I do need some help I am not sure if I should go hard tube in the basement or stick to soft, feel free to leave a comment below.

    I am hoping to get the custom res back this week and I will do a test fit, I also need to add a pass through from the basement to the back of motherboard tray. Once this is done the case will be off to paint then the fun starts with all the componets and doing the loop.

    Thanks for checking out the post.


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  7. AML_customs_pc

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    Hey guy’s,

    This weeks update.

    I have got the fluid from Nanoxia it looks great, I got the UV green and they did me a custom purple colour I have some photos below.

    I had some bad news this week having a issues with the custom res so I have made a new simple design this weekend and hopefully it will be cut in the next few days I have found this hard as I am using a friends CNC. I am looking at getting one myself which will help for future builds.

    I have took the ek waterblock off the 980ti and put the Alphacool Nexxos 980ti block on, this was so simple to do (one of the easiest installs ever)and the instruction are very simple to follow and all the thermal pads already cut to size I have added some photos below.

    I went and got the ram on friday 16gb corsair RGB, these are going to really suit the build they are matt black. I test these at the weekend photos below

    I ended the day putting window 10 on the system.

    Next update I am hoping for a big one, have a few more bits of perplex to cut and paint then one more pass through hole from the basement to the top rad then it’s off to paint.

    Thanks for checking out my build log any question or feedback leave below.

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  8. AML_customs_pc

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    Update,

    Sorry for lack of updates it has taken a lot longer to do the custom res, than first planned.

    I will start this update with the custom res, the amount of time I have sat and taken measurements to designed the res then for us (paul a friend with a CNC) to produce it has been crazy. I have attached the finish res below, end up with a basic design one input, one output and a fill port, I have also included two passthroughs. I have done the base of the res in white perplex 20mm thick. The lid of the perplex is made out of 5mm perplex this should be fine as it is lying flat. I have also tap the threads for each hole, I need to make sure I did this right as I didn’t want to mess this up as I would need to start again. To seal the lid to the base I used clear silicon around the passthroughs as I don’t want purple running into the green and a product call fusion 500. I am leaving this to dry for the next few days then I will leak test.

    I have got my hands on a used i5 7600k for a great price which I could not turn down. I have also added the Eisblock XPX cpu block to the motherboard, I have attached photos below.

    I have fitted the custom air intake on to the front of the case with the tempered glass I really like how much this has changed the look of the case. I have attached photos below.

    I have drilled all of the holes for the passthrough on the custom motherboard tray, I do need to try and make some spacers as it is going to be tight fit on the back side panel, I have a few ideas. I have attached the photos below.

    Do do list.

    Leak test,
    Do loop,
    Send case off to paint,
    Finished custom motherboard tray need to added holes for 8 pin 24pin.
    Meet up with to the wire custom sleeves and get the rest of the cables sleeved.

    Hope you have enjoyed the update, any questions or feedback leave below.

    Richard.

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  9. AML_customs_pc

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    Hi Guy's,

    Just a quick update the case is off to paint should hopefully get this back in 10 days. I will not be able to do much while this is getting done.

    I will post some photos at the weekend of me leak testing the custom res. I have been thinking about painting the brackets green for the CPU block, let me know your thoughts.

    Richard.
     
  10. AML_customs_pc

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    Hey guy’s


    Here is this weeks update,


    The case is back from the paint shop (one week late) it’s turn out great, I have added a few photos below but I don’t want to show too much just yet.


    I have done a top cover for the custom res I cut the perplex to size add the holes, I want to put alphacool logo on this, so you can see the nanoxia fluid coming through the logo. I my friends at gorilla game to cut the logo out onto vinyl, I place this in the centre of back of the perplex then sprayed the back with a high gloss white. Once this was dry I peeled back the vinyl and you can see in the photos below it turned out great.


    While I had the white gloss out I did the same process for the motherboard tray, I covered the front of the motherboard try in painters tape and paint the back in high white gloss. The reason why I paint the back of the perplex is because you get a nice finish when you look from the front, you can see this in the photos below.


    I had to buy a new rivet gun, I have some how misplaced it. I order some white 3.2mm rivets from ebay they look great (photo below) but were 4mm not 3.2mm so I didn’t use them, which mean I need to paint all the rivets white.


    I have been speaking to a few people in the forums who suggested not to paint the full bracket on the CPU block, I have follow their advice and I think it’s came out great. Thanks again for your input, I have attached the photos below.


    I have also leak test the custom res left it to run for hours and had no issues.


    The only thing that I need is the fans which I have been told should be here the end of July.


    I will be meeting up with to the wire custom sleeved in the next few weeks to get all the cable sleeved and ran.


    To do list.


    I need to make some custom spacers as the bulk fittings are a little bit to long, I need to think outside the box.


    Run hard tubing (thinking about doing this in the basement to)


    Run soft tubing behind motherboard tray.


    Install fans.


    Hope you all enjoy this update, if you have any questions or feedback leave a message below.

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  11. AML_customs_pc

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    Hey everyone,
    Sorry for the lack of updates, I have been moving in to a new work shop and been having a little dabble at 3d printing. I have bought Anet A8 this will be for my next project.
    I am still awaiting my last product, if I don’t have this in the next two weeks then that sponsor will miss out and I will get the final photos completed.

    Just want to say a big thank you once again to Alphacool for supplying the watercooling component’s and Nanoxia for the fluid and for supporting both brands have given me.
     
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    Hey everyone,

    I would like to say a big thank you to thermaltake for sponsoring this build they have supply all the fans. I am not a big fan of RGB but I like how much flexibility you have to get the right colour for the theme plus the riing plus fans look great. Thanks again for your support.

    I know I said in the last update we are near the end which we still are, but I decided to paint the 360 rads, I have painted these purple and added the alphacool logo in green to match the cables and the theme.

    I need to say a big thank you to To the wire - custom sleeving for doing all the cable, he has done a great job.

    While the case was transported to to the wire - custom sleeving they did say that some fluid had leaked. I was not to worried about this as the build had been drained. When I got the case back I stripped the full case down to trace the leak and to get the build ready for the final loop. I snapped a bit of the custom motherboard tray when I took the custom res out of the case. I was gutted. I have order more perplex which I should get any day now, I will do a new custom motherboard tray this weekend for the build, I could have glue it but I want the build to be near enough to what I have picture it to be it will never be perfect.

    I am really happy on how the front of the case look with the custom front air vents and the tempered glass it really show off the thermaltake riing 140 fans.

    I have added a few photos below. I do need your help I have painted one of the thermaltake fans, purple and green I am thinking of having these on the 360 rad above the motherboard, but I am not 100% feeling it, your input would be great.

    That's it for this week I will make sure the next post is up on monday.

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  13. AML_customs_pc

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    Hey Guy's,


    I am back with a little update, feels like I have been here before.


    I took the case apart and fully strip it down to bear shell to replace the snapped motherboard tray. It felt like it took me days to de-pin all the cables that ran through the motherboard tray to the motherboard. Once I did this I tape up the perplex and mark all the holes for the motherboard standoff once I did this I tap the holes and added the standoffs.


    I put the res in the same place as before but I want to change the hole for the pass through for the intake which I think will look a lot cleaner, I don't like to use a lot of fitting if I don't need to. When it came to do all the holes for my pass through hole I could not find my 20mm drill bit, so I pop on amazon and had it next day, it put me back one day, as I don't like to paint until all holes are made. While I was waiting for the drill bit I replace all the logos on the case fans to AML logo. Once I got the drill bit a few minutes later all the holes were done and it was time to paint. The paint came out great, I fitted motherboard tray back in to the case add the res, motherboard and GPU. I still need to pass all the cables back through and add the the pass through fittings.


    With me taken the full case apart I am going re do the basement and make it look a little bit nicer. The build it self, I would say is nearly done and like I said in my last post that it will never be 100% complete, but I am very happy with the way it looks, just need to make sure the hard tubing is on point.


    I have added photos below as always if you have any feedback or any question please post below.


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    Looking clean, me likey :clap:
     
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    Here are some more photos,



    Just want to say a big thank you to all of my sponsors, Alphacool, Nanoxia, thermaltake and to the wire custom sleeving.



    You can find more photos on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AMLCustomPc/

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  16. AML_customs_pc

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    Hey Guy's

    This build has got a chance to win mod of the month, it would be great if you could give me a vote.
     

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    HandMadeAndroid That's handy.

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    Really nice work, I love the colours.
     
  18. AML_customs_pc

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    Thanks this mod is up for mod of the month it would be great if you could vote
     

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