Hello Bit-tech members! To start I would like to say hi to everyone here.. My names Justin, 21 years of age and from the UK. I have followed this forum for half a year or more now and have been amazed at what I’ve seen. It has kept me busy reading project logs for hours... lots of my working days are well spent reading things here.. (I hope they don't run an internet report on me... that's a lot of bandwidth from large images!) But to the point! I have always built my machines, recently had a few water cooled desktops, single loop, double loop but they have always been really messy. If it was in some form of metal frame and didn’t fall apart, and turned on just fine then I was happy. I have since then been spending far too much time releasing how crap my machine actually looks, even if filled with nice hardware. I will say this, I lack any decent tools or a place to work, its all bedroom floor or parents front room’/kitchen, to their delight. This build will be completed with a Dremel 300, a really poor drill/jigsaw combo and basic hand tools. The main reason I am posting this is too gain help, work out what the hell I am going to do about some of the dilemmas I will find and any improvements I can squeeze out of you! The Project is called - I choose this name as the tower is simply pretty tall and thinner than most large cases... ish. It's also a really cool song that happened to be on at the time. (By Julian Plenti)! worth checking out! _____________________________________________ I started buying the parts about 3 months ago every pay day pushed as much cash into it as I could. I've been working on it as I went along so I’m a nice way into the build. This should catch you all up! Big sorry for no design. I can’t used any of the software packages I could sketch something up by hand but I have been more winging it and changing things as they go. I know this isn't the best way but is working out.. ish. To start here is some of the hardware: Some of the items photographed: Lian Li PC-X2000 EVGA X58 3X SLI CLASSIFIED Akasa PowerXtreme 1200W Monsta Extreme Radiator 420/360 XSPC 360 Radiator x 2 Xigmatek 140mm Black Fan x 4 EK-Supreme CPU Block EK EK100RES2 RES 100 Rev2 Koolance Complete Cooler Kit for EVGA X58 SLI Classified Went all out with the case and went for a PC-X2000... I had first seen this case in Trubitar's YouTube channel and decided I would give it ago. The idea of cutting anything into it, or even changing it was a daunting task due to its HIGH price tag! I managed to find one in stock from I think Ebuyer it was around £330. I have added some photos taken from Lian LI's website as I didn't think to take one before I started pulling it apart... The thing was so well made for some reason I drilled out rivets and removed the sooo beautifully anodized front & side panels Really love the front panel! For the build I have in mind I just can’t keep it due to an extension at the top of the case. I NEED to use it; it looked so nice, so I've made a plan for that later! So back to removing more of this really well made case: There are two of these in the bottom section of the case. They are really neat for resolving the sata drive messy wire problem and give you a plug & play ish aspect to the case. I’m not sure how good they will be with vibration they seem pretty plasticy. For now I am keeping one. The other has to be removed to allow space for the 'Monsta' As you can see, no rubber on the plastic tracks. 4 Simple screws fit in the side of the drive and slide into the plastic, acoustics may suck, but only time will tell! For anyone who may want to see how this Lian Li drive bay works, here's a couple of images: First real project was getting the Monsta too fit. What a task that was! It really is a monster! I loved this radiator, If you have been looking at it, thinking do I really need it? The answer is yes. Its f**king sooo big.. everyone needs it! I recall people at my workplace thinking it was for a car.. that alone means its a must have! Even the packaging is really sweet! You also a free bottle of feser base corrosion blocker AND two shiny fesser fittings! But the best extra is the little hand numbered SN number thingy! But anyway, enough fesser loving... it is that good thoughh! _____________________________________________ I had to remove both dividing pannels by popping out the rivets. I'm new to this and didn't take an image at the time but I have marked them here for you: With these panels removed I had to take a small part out with a jigsaw on each. I then did something stupid.. that worked out just fine... I like it when things work how you want them too. I was aware the case had 3 x 140mm fans at the front, with what looked like correct spacing for the Monsta... but no measuring here folks... The panels had been cut before I had test fitted this radiator, very wise! Too my joy.. it DID fit. It took some small tweaking, but does fit perfect! (I think if it didn't fit I would have scrapped the built! I will measure in future!) OK so the cuts.. not perfect, managed to get them done with a cheap jigsaw and the aluminium blade that came with it. Thats okay though, I had already planned to cover the aluminium dividers with black glass or acrylic panels (cut by someone with better equipment), to then under light them. As seen quite a lot these days! I was surprised it actually fits in an off the shelf case.. but it does this one! Excuse the cutting dust with finger marks in the bottom! I imagine I had to rescue a lost screw! The boring fans on the front just had to go, cooling wepon of choice was the Xigmatek 140mm Black Fan. In fairness finding a decent looking 140mm fan was a nightmare.. I had seen this same fan in an orangey red.. and really didn't look so nice. When I stumbled across the black version, I was much happier! Working really nice with the build.. and fit the case/monsta just fine: So next I fitted the reservoirs! Went for the little ones as I wanted to fill the spot above the PSU and they seemed the perfect size. After all.. they only hold some fluid... Sitting all nice and in line! And for the over all look so far: A little boring for now I know! More interesting things to come.. alas at 3am I am too tired to upload more... write more.. and such. So for now, that's a start!