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Case Mod - In Progress Project: Qube³

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by stuartpb, 27 Mar 2009.

  1. stuartpb

    stuartpb Well-Known Member

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    This is my new project built around the monster of a case, the MM U2-UFO. It has been powder coated Candy Purple, with the grilles, motherboard tray and 5 1/4" bays painted gloss white. Here's the full specifications of the build:

    EDITED 24th June,2009 to reflect changes to hardware


    Main Components:
    Mountain Mods U2-UFO
    Asus P6T
    Intel Core i7 920
    OCZ Gold PC3-10666
    2x 500Gb Barracuda's
    CM Silent Pro M 700w PSU
    Asus 20x DVD-RW
    GPU Unconfirmed
    5" LCD Screen fitted in 3x 5.25" Drive Bay

    Watercooling Equipment:
    1/2" tubing
    9x 120mm Fans

    CPU loop:
    ThermoChill PA120.3 - 360 Radiator
    12V Laing DDC-Pro (modded to Ultra) w/XSPC Pump Top/Res
    EK Supreme waterblock

    GPU Loop:
    ThermoChill PA120.2 - 240 Radiator
    12V Laing DDC-Pro (modded to Ultra) w/XSPC Pump Top/Res
    Waterblock Unconfirmed


    As I have still to buy the watercooling equipment, I expect the project to take a month or so to complete. I only took delivery of the case today, and I won't be building in it till I have everything I need. I am tempted to get the fans and run the rig on air cooling though

    Here's some pictures of the empty case:
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    I think the purple and white theme look pretty good, and it will be mirrored in the choice of fans, lighting and tubing. I can't wait to get going on this project, I have been dying to get my hands on a Mountain Mods case for a while now.

    Cheers,

    Stu
     
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  2. Spyrious

    Spyrious Modding all the Time

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    Wow.Nice colors.Don't hurry to finish it.Take your time.
     
  3. stuartpb

    stuartpb Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, and I will be taking my time. It will be worth the wait:thumb:
     
  4. tyrandan

    tyrandan Pink Lemonade.

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    Golly gee willickers, what a swell case! Haha no seriously, I'm curious to see how this turns out. Subscribed!
     
  5. subset7

    subset7 Spanking the Monkey

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    Love the choice of colours,i'll be watching this with interest, subd.
     
  6. Mokey Mokey

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    That candy purple with white accents looks amazing! :eeek:
    I can't wait for you to start.
     
  7. stuartpb

    stuartpb Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys:thumb:

    I have been thinking about a fan controller over the last couple of days, and have decided to go for a Sunbeam Rheobus. I have heard that the LED's used in this controller are blindingly bright, so I am going to kill two birds with one stone and paint the front bezel and dials gloss white. It will make the controller blend in with the case style and should dampen down the leds too.

    I like this controller because it can handle 20w on each channel, and has 4 channels, so I can rig all the fans up on one controller. I have still to decide on the fans I am going to use, but I will definitely be using white bladed ones. As I'm going to be running the finished rig on a modest OC, I could get away with some low CFM fans. I want to be running as quiet as I can with this rig. I have seen some Nexus fans that I may order - any thoughts on these would be appreciated:D
     
  8. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    Take your time. we watch and sometimes reply. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    A very nice case to start with and the colors are right on with me.

    john
     
  9. MikeK

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    That case looks amazing!!

    Good luck with the rest of the case!!
     
  10. B4TM4N

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    Holly crap.
    I LOVE those colours.
    It looks very good.
    I might use them later on ;)
    Looking forward for this.
    sorta looks like a pimp UFO
     
  11. subset7

    subset7 Spanking the Monkey

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    Wow, lovely colorscheme!
     
  14. stuartpb

    stuartpb Well-Known Member

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    Well I have a little bit of progress on the build. I took delivery of 6x Nexus Real Silent white bladed fans the other day, and test fitted them on the rig with some gloss white fan grilles:

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    The fans are currently secured with the rubber anti vibration thingies that were supplied with the fans, except the one that has the HD's attached. I will be using screws in the finished build though. I also have some purple fan grilles that are coated with the same paint as case. I'm not decided which ones to go with yet. I haven't had time to get much else done yet, as I have been busy as hell with work.

    The DVD drive without the bezel is the SATA drive I will be using in the final build. I had sprayed the bezel gloss white, and got a nice shiny finish on it. That was until my daughter came in and put her horse riding magazine on top of the bezel. So it needs doing again. The drive with the bezel is an IDE DVD and it's from an old project. I won't be using this one in the finished build.

    I am going to be getting the watercooling gear over the next week or two, but I still have some cable braiding to do too. I also need to sort all the hardware out for the front panel. I will post back as and when there are any updates.
     
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  15. B4TM4N

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    Yay thanks for the update.
    Later on, when your not busy, could you post a picture of half the fan grills with gloss white and half with the candy purple ?
    I still have to say those colours look sick!
     
  16. rowin4kicks

    rowin4kicks a man walked into a bar ...

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    nice colour scheme, never have thought of it myself.
     
  17. stuartpb

    stuartpb Well-Known Member

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    I have made a change to the fan grilles, and decided to go with the ones that were powder coated with the same purple as the case. I think they give a better look to the case.

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  18. Nolimited

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    the fan grill are better in purple nice start:thumb:
     
  19. stuartpb

    stuartpb Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I agree. The white grilles were too much imo.
     
  20. GrendelPrime

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    It may just be the running vs. static nature of the fans, but I like the look of the white-on-white better, it unifies the fan element but still provides a contrast to the general body color.
     

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