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Case Mod - In Progress Project- "The White Knight Z9" Finished-05/23/13

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by dombak1608, 1 Aug 2012.

  1. dombak1608

    dombak1608 What's a Dremel?

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    Hi, this is my first post on bit-tech forum.
    At first, I'd like to introduce myself. :rolleyes:
    16 year old schoolboy from Slatina in Croatia. My name doesn't matter.
    I'm really interested in modding, and that other stuff. :dremel:
    I apologize for my bad english in advance.

    List of components:
    MBO: Msi Z77A-G43
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance blue 1600MHz
    GPU: Sapphire 7850 2gb- DUAL-X cooler
    HDD: WD Black 500gb
    SSD: OCZ Agility 3 60gb
    PSU: XFX PRO 550w


    Now, let me introduce my project.
    16th of October 2011 I bought a Zalman Z9 case.
    And shortly after that I already started with various modding.
    1. I painted front panel, top, and mesh on the left panel.
    2. Bought Silverstone Aero Slots, and paint it in white.
    3. Bought SMD LED strip on eBay and mounted it up above my keyboard.
    4. Made some cheap water cooling
    5. Bought a new sound card(Asus Xonar DG)
    6. Painted i/o shield in white.
    7. Cuted 5.25" bay into 3.5" that I can put 2 3.5" fan controlers.
    8. Put the new switch, because original one died.
    9. Got the fans from eBay.
    10. Got the thermometers from eBay, and mounted it on 5.25" bay.
    11. My friend professionaly painted front and top panel.
    12. Got the LED strips for case.
    13. Made some small reservoir so I can push the air bubbles out.
    14. Bought SSD(OCZ Agility 3 60gb)
    15. Bought the real radiator(250mm*150mm)
    16. Painted pci slots of graphics and sound card, in white of course.
    17. Made better reservoir and bought tubing.
    18. Made psu shroud, and cover for radiator of plexiglass.
    19. Got some blue sleeve while I wait MDPC-X sleeve, and sleeved 8 pin cable.
    20. Got Corsair SSD adapter, paint it.
    21. Painted coolant.

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    switch for LED's
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    mounted it on back side
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    3m 1$ :thumb:
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    filling
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    everything cutted
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    like it?
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    painted blades
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    after sanding, corsair logo is missing.
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    white matte
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    now pictures with camera
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    Here's the video of painting coolant. Noise is made by graphics card.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thLQrvOqq8c&hd=1
     
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  2. VALVe

    VALVe What's a Dremel?

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    Nice work dude :thumb: , hope u 'll find the sponsor soon! Good luck!
     
  3. Shurika

    Shurika Minimodder

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    Interesting idea! I also have Zalman Z9, but it still black. Why you use so huge power button? Are you dislike the stock button?
     
  4. dombak1608

    dombak1608 What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks mate, I hope so. :rolleyes:

    I use that button because my original one died(too much on/off). I'm looking for blue ring buttons 16mm. ;)
     
  5. Squigly

    Squigly MODfiend.. ~twitch~

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    think this is what your lookin for :D
     
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  6. dombak1608

    dombak1608 What's a Dremel?

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    Yes, that's what I looking for. Thanks.


    I have a great news.
    I sold my MBO, CPU, RAM.
    Time to get new one.
    MSI Z77A-G43
    i5-3570K
    Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 8gb(2*4gb)
     
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  7. Njuso

    Njuso What's a Dremel?

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    fino si ti to odradio
    svaka cast
     
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  8. VALVe

    VALVe What's a Dremel?

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    Hurry up post some pictures of new configuration, I can't wait for see how it fit in case.
     
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  9. Pranja

    Pranja Blackwolf

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    Nice to see your project log on Bit-tech. :D
     
  10. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Lover of bit-tech

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    i've admired the Z9 for a long time and almost got one a while back. Seeing this almost makes me wish i had. really nice work mate. i LOVE the ghetto reservoirs:thumb:
     
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  11. dombak1608

    dombak1608 What's a Dremel?

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    New hardware, 24pin extension.

    Thank you all for your comments.

    I bought a new hardware.
    MBO: MSI Z77A-G43
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance blue 1600MHz 8gb(2x4gb)
    And placed it to case.
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    CPU and beast of cooler
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    24pin extension

    Plans for the future:
    1. Wait for the MDPC-X black sleeve, and heatshrink
    2. Wait for the ATX remover tool
    3. Sleeve the cables
    4. Extend the cables of fans on the top
    5. Buy the switch
    6. Save some money

    And plans for the far future(next year):
    1. Buy new PSU
    2. Buy a new graphics card
    3. Buy the blocks for graphics card, and CPU.

    I hope that I will make a new update soon. :D
    Cya :rock:
     
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  12. TeenGeek

    TeenGeek Worst touch typing ever.

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    Looks really good, keep up the work!!!
     
  13. dombak1608

    dombak1608 What's a Dremel?

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    New PSU, fans.

    Update my modding friends!
    I bought a new PSU and 2 fans on sale.
    PSU: XFX PRO550W
    Fans: Arctic Cooling F12 TC
    And I also painted the waterblock holder, left side panel, and PCI brackets(again-because first time I wasn't happy with my work :wallbash: ).
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    I don't know what to do with cables. :rolleyes:
    Does somebody knows how can I turn off the temperature sensor on this f12 tc fans?
     
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  14. SpleenBeGone

    SpleenBeGone What's a Dremel?

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    Very nice work you've done. so far. I have to admit, I don't think I would be brave enough to make my own reservoir like you initially did, but I like where the whole thing is going.
     
  15. dombak1608

    dombak1608 What's a Dremel?

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    Thank you, why don't you try?

    BTW. I'm planing to paint the copper parts on radiator and reservoir.
     
  16. SpleenBeGone

    SpleenBeGone What's a Dremel?

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    I just worry a bit about not fully sealed containers of liquid that close to some very expensive parts. Though I'm sure it is perfectly safe, as long as no one is shaking your case around or anything drastic like that.
     
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  17. dombak1608

    dombak1608 What's a Dremel?

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    Painting copper parts

    Hey, ho!
    I painted copper on radiator in matte black.
    Also I figured that I can't put the second fan on left side panel because of psu shroud.
    So now I can put only one fan on it.

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  18. WALKYRIE

    WALKYRIE What's a Dremel?

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    Well done, nice build , I suggest you to consider for your next GPU upgrade the KFA2 graphic cards with white PCB, there are already a few KFA2 graphic cards made with white PCB, for the PSU the PC Power&Cooling is releasing also white painted PSU

    http://www.ninjalane.com/newspost5297.aspx
     
  19. dombak1608

    dombak1608 What's a Dremel?

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    Big update 29-Sept-12

    Hi,
    Time to make a new update!
    I didn't have time to make an update.
    These days I was busy with some small project on brother in law's attic.
    We put white LED strip on edge of the billiard table.
    Here is a video of it (I know that it isn't a case mod):
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    I got my 19mm blue ring switch from ebay
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    Ring looks great
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    Now it's time to use dremel
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    But, there's a problem
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    I can't put front side on case

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    When I finished with the switch I modded my MX518 a little.
    First, take it apart
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    After that I got my new GPU
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    I won't buy water block for GPU(maybe in far future).

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    I'm satisfied! :D

    Now my plans are:
    1. Sleeve the extension (I bought MDPC-X sleeve on Croatian forum from some guy, and He cheated me and few more people, We didn't get our money, and Sleeve- Life lesson :wallbash: )- I have blue sleeve, and I ordered Black heatshrink on ebay.
    2. Order black sleeve, and sleeve some random cables in case. (When I get some money)
    3. Engrave the logo on plexi
    4. Buy better CPU water block (When I get some money)
    5. Maybe make a plexi backplate for GPU

    As You Can see, money is mine biggest problem.
    Thank you for reading all this. :read: :worried:

    See ya in next update! :rock:
     
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  20. patara

    patara life is wonderful

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    my first case was too with automobile ovens but I did to castes and to me it was simpler than them to place


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