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Case Mod - In Progress Project: H2Orange

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by davido_labido, 25 Mar 2014.

  1. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    Project: [​IMG]

    Well, its time to rebuild my computer, its getting on a bit, and although the componants have stood the test of time well, im just getting bored with the overall build. So, time to do a rebuild!!!!

    First and foremost though, i need to thank these awesome people/companies for either sponsoring me, discounting stuff for me (as i am on a really tight budget) or just generally been there when ive needed help with things!

    To start with: (more will be said about these awesome folk as the build progresses!!)

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    So, what have i got so far?


    Some of this gear has been kindly donated by the ever so awesome coolmiester At XSPC some of it ive bought recently and some of it i already have!

    here is the water cooling that is going into the build: Hence the name, its going to be h20 heavy, in H2 case, with a lot of orange!!!



    1 x XSPC H2 Enthusiast Tower Case - Black
    1 x XSPC Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 WaterBlock
    1 x XSPC EX480 120mm Radiator - Black
    2 x XSPC EX360 Crossflow Radiator
    1 x XSPC RayStorm CPU WaterBlock (Intel)
    1 x XSPC Memory WaterBlock + Side Plate Set
    2 x XSPC Photon 170 Tube Reservoir
    1 x XSPC Universal Memory Side Plate (Twin Set)
    1 x XSPC 5.25” Bay Temperature Sensor Frame
    1 x XSPC 120mm Universal Radiator Stand
    2 x XSPC Razor SLI Flow Bridge (2 Slot)
    1 x XSPC LCD Temperature Sensor (White) V2 + G1/4" Inline Sensor
    1 x XSPC LCD Temperature Sensor (Orange) V2 + G1/4" Plug Sensor
    3 x XSPC Razor GTX 680 GPU Waterblocks

    Pics coming soon!!!!

    so... can you guess what a bodystocking manufacturer is sponsoring a computer build for?!
     
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  2. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    Well, i started to type a bit of an update, then i realised.... my brand new (had it about a month) keyboard was way too black for this build.

    So, i changed it to fit with H2Orange!

    i thought i would try plastidip just in case i messed it up, and im glad i did!!!

    i bought, i bet you can guess? yup, white and orange.

    First, i took it apart... sorry warranty, i never liked you anyway.

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    Then, a couple of coats of white to cover the black as much as possible, this is the first coat, i think i did 2 more after this

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    then, cracked on with the "blaze orange" I love that colour!!!

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    the finish isnt bad at all, the only problem was my impatience, i should have given it at least another coat as it seems i consentrated on the sides you see the most (from the front view) and only did 1 coat on the 2 sides, you cant tell unless you look closely, but the black is certainly still there.

    if i get some time, il probably just give it another coat, but its certainly fine for now:

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    hmmmmm.... hang on, those keys look rather black to me =(

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    ooou, its ok!! ive got just what the doctor ordered!

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    Thats better!

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    and just some with the lights off to show, i did have this in mind before i bought the keyboard ;)

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    So, not really an update with the build, but at least im getting in the mood ;)

    Thanks folks!
     
  3. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    Right, so lets get some pictures uploaded hey?

    A massive thanks to

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    particularly coolmiester, who without his support, i wouldn't have even thought about rebuilding my computer, certainly not into a case as large as this one!!!
    he has helped me, not only with equipment, but also with encouragement when i met him at a few events! THANKYOU!

    so, this update, is just some XSPC component porn really, just a little taster as to what im thinking!

    so....

    Here is the case.... im not going to do much here, other than say.... ITS MASSIVE!!!! apologies about the messy backdrop, i literally grabbed it out of the box and took a picture in excitement, then took it apart, to see what i wanted to do with it. when i rebuild it il take better pictures!!

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    Reservoirs!!! 2 of them? well, it can only mean 1 thing...> DUAL LOOPS :D

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    for 2 loops id need 2 pumps though...right? aaah, sweet, i already ordered them :D

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    But XSPC have these too!!! dual looks that can be seen from the front? hmmm.... 3 reservoirs then? aaaah, why not!

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    im going to need a lot of fittings.... i know, i know i already have a box full.... but what about these sexy things!!!

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    they really do look lovely!!

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    a temp sensor holder... oh, and some temp sensors too (which i already have connected so, there are no pictures of

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    a 480 Rad? MUCH COOLING!

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    just to give you an idea of the hight of the case....

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    that window looks small though... doesnt it? Yeh, il have to do something about that i think ;)
     
  4. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    So....

    that window. for a case so big, it did surprise me how small the window was tbh, it showed everything most people would want to show off though, just not quite big enough for what i wanted to do (or what i think i want to do!)

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    So, i think this can be the first job.

    Look!!! i even measured it properly! its rare i do that, usually i just jump in with both feet, cut away then fix things after :D

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    a new toy to get the job done

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    AND GOOOOOOOO!

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    Progress was very slow indeed.
    after a hour, id got this far, i didnt want to give up though!

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    i decided to do it a diffrent way, draw the lines on both sides and dremel half way through on each side and hope that my measurements were correct!!!!!

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    a hour or two later!!!

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    Some of the edges do need a little filing down where there are some sharp edges etc, but over all, considering i could have got it done by friends using a laser or something, im really glad i did it myself, it was a lot more rewarding and looks good!
     
  5. Hukkel

    Hukkel James' minion

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    Nice Davido!

    The world needs more orange, we agree on that already ;)

    Good luck with your build. It looks to be quite a big project!
     
  6. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    You know me buddy, if it aint orange and white it doesnt get built ;)
     
  7. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    So today i woke up early, and thought i would have a crack at this rapping thing.... so WORD TO YO MOTHER!

    yeah.... maybe im not the next Dr Dre.

    I started off with these lovely XSPC RAM blocks. they really do look the bees knees, but they are urm... black =(

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    well, my first attempt didnt look too bad, in fact, im quite impressed with it. I think i would have got a better result if i used spray paint, but i wanted something a little less
    permanent.

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    all of them done :D

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    and for a massive one (oooh er)

    http://i.imgur.com/JGEBLW6.jpg

    ive still got a lot of the wrap to play with, and i am in the process of doing a little bit more... but ive got distracted by geeky things :D
     
  8. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    First of all appologies for the rubbish photo's ive lent my camera out to a friend, so im using my phone at the moment, i will be getting better photos soon though!! Just as soon as i can borrow one, or convince someone we need a night of drinking, playing bored games and taking pictures of tech...

    so... first of all i got quite a few XSPC waterblocks.

    i had a XSPC raystorm CPU waterblock
    A XSPC Memory WaterBlock (4 Slot)
    And a XSPC Z77X-UP7 waterblock ready to go... but again, they are all black!!!

    sooooo its time for some spray painting!

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    Here is what i ended up with! I did do them in wrap at first, but i just wasn't feeling it tbh, i prefer the finish of the paint!

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    The XSPC motherboard block

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    The XSPC Raystorm CPU block

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    The Ram block top

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    Ive got 2 more updates that i can do now.... Should i blow my load all in one go though, or trickle it to you slowly <--- if you see that as anything other than an innocent sentence, shame on you ;)
     
  9. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    sigh... as per usual, i never last long...

    Ok, So... the case.

    First of all, im going to thank [​IMG] again for this!!!

    This case is the XSPC H2 Enthusiast

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    And what a case tbh. Easy to assemble/ disassemble (although you do need some good screwdriver skills, or like me, grab your electric one!

    There are 2 main problems with the case.

    1) there's not actually that much you can mod, there's just no need. usual id mod for radiator space, or somewhere to stick an extra fan or two etc etc, but i just dont need to with this! It means its really hard for a modder to play with! For someone who just wants a case to work straight out the box though, yup, its fine!!

    2) the colour. BLACK!!? ARGH!!!!!

    So heres what i did..... TO THE POWDER COATERS!!!

    i did have a powder coater that was going to do this for me as a sponsor, but unfortunately he didnt have time to do it for me, and i didn't have time to wait. So i sourced someone local, who did a fantastic job and in all honesty, cost peanuts!

    With this case, there is actually a double beds worth of metal :eek:!!!

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    The base, this has 4 wheels on the bottom, i did put my cat on it and try and convince it to have a go like a skateboard. it didnt work. =(

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    Getting there:

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    done!

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    i will be getting better pictures of this as i literally only finished putting this together around a hour or so ago. I do love it in white. its beautiful. it doesnt seem so dauntingly big either which is a bonus!

    Tomorrows update will be a bit more.... daring.
     
  10. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    Sooooo after my last build using one of these, i really liked it. So after breaking one of the PCI slots on it after a bit of a mishap with a GPU i bought another one, and my old one can be used for something with less than 3GPU's in haha.

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    Om not going to go through what's in the box as i did it in the last build, and now its a bit of an old mobo, but heres a pic of all the goodies you get!

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    And of course, heres the motherboard in all its black and orange glory.

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    WAIT!?!! BLACK and orange?!?

    Something will need to be done about this.

    soooooo, Masking tape... yup.

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    Putting a new motherboard outside on a table? Why not?!

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    Hang on... usually after masking tape there comes....? Thats right, lets get the rattle can out!!

    first light coat to just break me in

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    This is what it looked like after around 3-4 coats. I didnt want to do too many more as i dont want have too many issues with heat.

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    After taking the masking tape off:

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    and just some pictures of the overall finish!

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    and what it will look like with the blocks installed (they are just resting on at the moment)

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    This is probably the scariest mod ive done, i did check it posts after, and i dont seem to be having any problems.I will of course be keeping an eye on the temps once i kick it all in!
     
  11. megamale

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    Very nice. Painting over the MoBo is indeed scary. How do you know the paint is non-conducive?
     
  12. mansueto

    mansueto Too broke to mod

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    You sir, are a ballsy fellow. I do like the dedication to the colour scheme though. Hope it all works out and look forward to seeing more progress!
     
  13. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    Its plastidip, so its definitly non-conductive :)

    Thanks buddy :D next progress will be in a few days i think, i need to buy some more bits and bobs!
     
  14. hairyknacker

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    oooh, I had that case a while back and you're right, not the most mod friendly out there but looking forward to seeing what you do with this
     
  15. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    Cheers buddy,

    I've just picked up some sheet metal to do my next bit with. So that will be done soon hopefully!

    Im actually struggling to find fittings though! Its seems Xspc 90 degree fittings have all gone out of stock! Noooo

    As soon as I find some I can actually start on the loop!
     
  16. bundymania

    bundymania Bastelorakel Industries Worldwide

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    Nice worklog & project ! *Subbed* :)
     
  17. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    Looks good, but one idea: Take off the socket retention bracket and paint it closer to the CPU socket. That way you won't see any black PCB. :)
     
  18. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    Thanks matey!

    I did want to do this Tbh, I couldn't find a torx driver big enough in my set though.
    I know I have one somewhere though! If I notice it when the blocks installed properly i will certainly follow your advice! Thanks bud!
     
  19. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    You can use a flat head screw driver if you have one that is just about the right size. That works too. :)

    Are you planning to delid the CPU at all? Is it a good overclocker or are you not yet sure of its abilities? I'm all about overclocking. Not sure if you are. :D
     
  20. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    Its already delided wit the lid popped back on with some liquid metal.

    I'd love to say iI'll be overclocking it, but unless 8pack wants to do it for me like he offered previously i doubt iI bother. My oc'n abilities aren't great aand I'm happy with it how it is...

    ... For now ;)
     

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