What's this, a member of staff doing a real project log! I guess getting into mod of the month might be very difficult, or very easy depending on how sneaky I'm feeling! Anyway, I love my water cooling, love my Lian Li V2000 and I love Star Trek so thought I'd try and combine the three. Not the old Star Trek stuff mind you, mainly Picard's lot. I always liked the way the warp core, nacelles and various plasma conduits and cooling thingys looked with the eerie purple or blue glow and bright lights. The water-cooling in my case, while extensive has usually been quite hidden but I've decided to change that and, well pimp things up in general really. LATEST UPDATE - 10th Sept 2011 Page 8 Current Status: Update #1 SketchUp designs and 'warp core' UV reservoir Update #2 Tubing, acrylic, first paint scheme and Dremeling Update #3 Lian Li V2000 roof modding, reservoir + acrylic + lighting Update #4 Reservoir video Update #5 Aquatuning sponsorship Update #6 V2000 bottom section modding + water cooling Update #7 Laing pump failure + more water cooling Update #8 Graphite paint scheme Update #9 UV blue cable braid/tubing Update #10 Illuminated acrylic floor prototype Update #11 Illuminated floor final version Here's some more on what I'm talking about. Update #12 Watercooling bulkhead fittings installed Update #13 Warp factor i7 Update #14 New illuminated panel work and paint job Update #15 Quad 120mm-fan radiator fitted Update #16 Isolinear SSDs First off, unless I have a major change of heart half way through this is going to be simple and clean with little done to the exterior apart from a paint job, lighting and cutting. The concept so far is to use a Primochill Typhoon - 120X- UV Blue reservoir. I've actually already done the work to fit this - I originally bought a UV green one but the novelty soon wore off. Unfortunately the res then became unavailable in the UK so I had to order from Primochill direct in the U.S. Thankfully it only cost £25 inc postage. I’ve also been teaching myself Google Sketchup – a long overdue task but given the skill I’ve seen on show in other project logs, I felt compelled to at least give it a go. Thankfully a kind gent called Apocalyps has made an excellent render of the V2000 which I found in jezmck’s awesome Sketchup components collection http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=46003 and his website at http://scc.jezmckean.com/home Saved me hours I can tell you! With loads of water cooling bits in there too I’ll be away in no time but for now here are some early renders. Finally here is a bit of work I did over the summer when I was still tinkering with designs. Started by the usually ripping out of the hard drive cages to make way for the rads. Initially I sat the hard drives in the top section but then I found that Lian Li sell spare 5.25in hard drive bays. More on that later. Most of the gear fitted: Q9650 @ 4.2GHz Asus Maximus II Formula with the tops of the NB and one of the mosfets removed and a Swiftech NB block and EK mosfet block installed. Beauty of this board is that you don’t have to remove the heatpipes to install motherboard blocks – just remove the removable heatsinks and away you go. MSI GTX 280 with a Watercool Heatkiller GPU block – by far the sexiest block I’ve ever seen. Rads are a Thermochill PA 120.2 and an XSPC RX 360. I could have fitted triple and a quad 120mm rads instead of double and triple but this is what I had at the time – if anyone wants to sponsor me some larger beasties feel free! Still it's insane the amount of gear you can fit in the V2000. Without doubt the best tower case for water cooling. Laing DDC Ultra with an XSPC rev 1 standard top and 1/2in compression fittings all round. A mix of fans too – Scythe GTs and Sharkoon Silent Eagles , just what I had laying around– I never need these at full speed, 1000rpm or less is all that’s needed to keep things in check and very quiet. 4GB of Kingston DDR2 PC8000 @ 1050MHz and that completes the interesting stuff. Here’s that gorgeous res fitted, not lit up yet. Tada! Green was good for a while but I eventually found it a bit tacky. However, this arrived recently and I’ve already started work installing it. Looks sooooo much better already. More soon!