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Project: UniKaorn Farts

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by davido_labido, 8 Mar 2018.

  1. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    Well, it has been a while folks! As a few of you know, I left my job at bit-tech and I now work for Alphacool instead as the UK and US rep!

    As such, modding is my hobby again rather than my job so I best start with some build logs :D

    The first build:

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    Yes, that is correct. RGB. I am not a huge fan of RGB, but as everything is RGB at the moment I thought I would embrace it. Afterall, I have done things in the past that included RGB lighting, but I usually just set all the colours to one and leave it at that.

    So, First things first.

    Hardware pron:

    A huge thanks goes out to Cooler Master for this project, seriously, I was just chilling out one day having some food and I got a message asking if I fancied doing a build. Cooler Master sorted out pretty much everything (bar a processor). They offered their cooling too, but obviously, I want to use Alphacool as I am now staff. Once again, a huge thank you guys!

    This is what turned up:

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    So, let's go through some of it... First of all, the ASUS stuff! Now, as some of you may know, ASUS are one of my favourite sponsors, they help me out a lot and I meet the team a few times a year at events and they're always top folks. However, for this build, ASUS Taiwan dealt with the motherboard and one of the 1070s who I have never met! (I was meant to, but I ended up in hospital whilst in Taiwan!!)

    The motherboard is the ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming. This is the first Z370 board I have had and it is rather tasty.

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    As always, the Strix board is quite aggressive and has some nice details, I like the hidden m.2 slot for instance.

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    I was surprised there weren't more USB ports on the back of the board, but I have a 12 port and an 8 port powered USB hub anyway, so that doesn't matter to me! :D

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    mmmmmmmm.... socket.

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    As mentioned, ASUS TW sent me 1 x 1070 Strix for this build.... "but there are 2", I hear you cry. Yes... remember when I said ASUS are babes? they sent me one a while back for another build and as always, I repurpose everything that I can :D

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    I was really struggling to find a processor for this build. Until very recently I would only have a few pounds a month to myself to spend and most of that would go on paint, tools and other items so a new procesor was going to be a big hit for me. I did think about doing the build without a processor, but whilst talking to my guys at ASUS, they mentioned they had an 8700k that I could have! Mental.

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    So, that is the motherboard, GPUs and CPU sorted - I think this is going to be a beast!

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    For the SSD and the RAM, Cooler Master managed to get Apacer on board with me, this is the first time I have used Apacer for a build so a huge thanks for supporting me!
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    As always, I am as honest as possible and I am not sure about the aesthetics of this memory, but, that is why I mod things! I will make them something I like. If everything was perfect, there would be no point in modding it!

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    Once I had popped the ram into the slots, it does look a lot more pleasing to me - What do you folks think?

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    I really do like the SSD however, like, I NEED this pattern somehow. I might have to change the panther to a Unicorn though just to fit in with the theme :D

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    Now, let's get onto the case! I was asked if I wanted a H500P or the Cosmos C700P. Now, I REALLY like the cosmos, but I know a lot of my modding friends are working on them, so I thought I would go for this one instead.

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    ooooh, I made a gif!

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    So, this is the case! when I took these pictures, I had no idea what I was going to do with this, in fact, I still don't really, but I certainly have a theme now!

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    These vents are not going to be black once I have finished with them.

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    In fact, the whole case needs to change colour... and I am not sure about this layout for me either!

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    The PSU cover is great... but... I doubt I will keep the PSU here...

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    A lot of people love this case because of the huuuuuuuuge fans. Well, I don't think I will be keeping them! Sorry!! I am a big fan <- fan... get it? Of 120mm fans so I will be using those.

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    So, I want to RGB all of the things. I don't particularly like RGB, so I thought I would go all in for it and make my PC look like a unicorn farting rainbows.

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    Obviously, I am going to be using Alphacool for the liquid cooling, but I will go through the parts I have chosen for this build at a later date.... but I think I have plenty of fittings!

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    So, the first task? stripping down the case - how far can a case be stripped? well... very.
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    This is where I am going to leave it for now, I have ideas. you can see a rather big clue as to what the idea is here ;)

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    For now though, I am going to leave you with this... Yes, I did buy this costume thing just for this build.
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  2. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Did he really name it that? Yes.. He did. Well, ^ it's not mankini at least. :hehe:
     
  3. Huskybongs

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    God above..
     
  4. davido_labido

    davido_labido Your Alphacool Contact.

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    Whilst the weather was still rubbish, I decided to at least start on the waterblocks.
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    Alphacool NexXxoS GPX blocks this time, for my next build, I will be using the new Alphacool blocks, they're rather sexy!

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    One thing I do like about these blocks is how the bags are colour coded, it makes it so much easier to know which pads go where on the instructions.

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    First thing I did was just a quick test fit of the card. Always worth doing if you're going to mod a block!
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    Fits perfectly! Yay!



    Have some (anti) peel porn ;) :p

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    We're going to be giving these blocks a quick blast with some paint, nothing too crazy, but still I want to make sure that I mask off the areas the

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    Obviously anything that touches the card I want to keep paint free. I won't be spraying the underside of the block, but when it gets sprayed some will inevitably get on it so as a precaution I taped the contact plates.

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    A quick coat of primer and a quick coat of white and I am done! Hopefully, they will dry in this horrible weather... seriously, this year sucks for me so far! I can't do anything outside!!!

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    The next job is to de-rivet the whole case. Quite a few of you are on my facebook (search davido_labido0 so you will have seen the completed article, but here is the process!

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    first I took the lid off, I want to invert the case, so everything needs to be flipped.

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    I still want to floor to be the floor, this does mean I am actually making the case less useful for liquid cooling at the moment. The reason being is that the rad space at the top will be fouled by the PSU now. I might put a rad on the bottom though, I will see how it pans out.

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    So many rivets! This was around 50% of the way through the case...

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    As it had started to rain/snow/sleet/drop hellfire outside again, I had to resort to using sheers to cut the case in places where I needed to remove things.

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    My cutters are rubbish... it wasn't really worth doing, but it allowed me to test fit how the case would be!

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    early in the morning the following day, there was a little bit of sun! Wooooohooooo! time to do some work outside.
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    first things first, clean up that horrible edge that the sheers made.
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    Then rivet the case all back together to make sure inverting it doesn't make it too unusable.

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    Yay! It worked!

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    Hmmmm, I am going to have to make a bracket to hold the PSU I think!

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    Also, some of the edges don't really go together properly, not a problem, I will make some makeshift brackets for now and then if they can be seen when I finish, I will make some nicer ones.

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    It all fits together! Yay. Well, time to drill out all the rivets again.... I want to change the colour of the case!

    That is where I am going to leave it for today! Now a question for you....

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    ... I have 3 blocks which one should I use in this build? The build will be white and multi-coloured basically.

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    clear satin with RGB ring?

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    Clear with RGB ring?

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    Black with a white casing

    Let me know folks!
     
  5. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Eloquent video. All it lacked was some cat hair, or cheeto dust.
    1 vote clear.
     
  6. Vognen

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    I need to follow this vote, because unicorn farts :lol:
     

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