After about a year out of the mod game, I’ve decided it’s about time to start a new project, so I bring to you: SpeLL7. Let me warn you before you go any further. This worklog is likely going to move at a snail’s pace. I don’t have a ton of free time for modding (having a 20 month old will do that ). Going slow is better than not at all though, right? I previously was running my rig in a Lian Li V2000 but it became a little tight in there with watercooling and 9 hard drives. Also, I’ve had the case for two years and I’m bored. So, what glorious case will I be using this time around? Yep, a Lian Li PC-343B. Sorry I didn’t take any pics before stripping it down to the frame but I’m sure you all know what it looks like by now. Taking all the bezels and metal bits out really didn’t improve the state of my desk (which is usually spotless, I might add). I have crap everywhere, as you can see. My 343B mobo tray tried to run away but was stopped before it was too late. How the hell did that Mac get in my room? In the meantime while I build this 343B, I’ve taken out my current rig and put it in a spare Chieftec Dragon case I had sitting around in the closet. It looks funny to have 8 hard drives sitting there next to the case, it’s so messy that it looks like my PC threw up on my desk. Anyway, I’m planning on taking a couple of things from my existing rig and using them in the new one, namely, the PSU (PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad), RAM (4GB G. Skill F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ), Hard Drives (8x500GB WD & 250GB Seagate), Radiator (Black Ice GTX 360) and CPU (Intel Core 2 Duo E8500). The rest of the stuff is new additions. OK, well I lied a little. I’m going to be using a bunch of fans (Scythes and Papsts) that I already have from my old build in addition to several new ones. The rest of the hardware… Asus Rampage Formula BFG GTX 280 OC Some new racks for the hard drives (Lian Li EX-34s) And now for the watercooling goodness… 3/8 ID / 5/8 OD Primochill Primoflex Pro LRT Tubing EK Supreme CPU block EK X38/X48 NB Block The compression fittings ALMOST didn’t fit on this block. As you can see in the following pic, there’s about 1mm clearance between them. The bases touch, but the tops still tighten. EK FC280GTX Block All bow before the snail! The RAM backplate should be finding its way to me sometime next week too. Swiftech MCP 355 Pump Looks kind of plain and boring, right? Seems like it needs something. Hmm, might be on to something here. MUCH better. Black Ice GTX 360 Radiator All cooled with: A replacement south bridge heatsink: Some miscellaneous bits: And the icing on the cake, a black Delrin/red ring switch… A quick pic of most of what I’ll need for this project… In the top of the case, Lian Li has placed a cutout for a 2x120 radiator or window. I’m going to recycle a window I used on another case of mine a while back and slap that in the top since I think it’ll look nice. You gotta love HR Giger’s work, it’s just sick. I’m planning on turning the motherboard tray horizontally because it will allow my loop and hard drive cages the best fit. I’ve ordered the aluminum sheeting and tubing for the inside of the case and it should be here by next week. Once that arrives, I’ll be cutting and fitting everything, and after that, the frame will make its way to the powdercoaters and get all nice and pretty. Stay tuned... I'll try to update as much as I can.