Current progress shot
- CPU: Intel i5 4670k
- Motherboard: MSI Gaming 7 Z97
- GPU: MSI 270X 2GB
- RAM: Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz 8GB
- HDD: 2x Kingston HyperX 3K240GB
- PSU: CoolerMaster V850 Fully Modular
- Case: Custom Scratch Built
- Radiator- XPSC AX 360mm
- Fans- Cooler Master Jetflo
- Pump - EK DC12-400
- Blocks- [CPU]XPSC RayStorm XSPC / [RAM]Universal Memory Copper Waterblock
- Fittings - Bitspower Multi-Link adapter 90 degrees/ Bitspower Multi-Link Adapter/ [Many!]
- Tubing- ShakMods 10/12 Clear Rigid Acrylic
- Sleeving- Telios [Lutro0/E22]
Sponsors and special Mentions
MSI Gaming 7 Z97 Motherboard & MSI 270X 2GB GPU
8GB Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz
2x 240GB HyperX 3K SSD's
Cooler Master V850 Fully Modular PSU
8x JetFlo 120mm White LED Fans
For going the extra mile to source the Bitspower Fittings and Hairibos!
For super fast shipping and service
For providing the Liquid - Mayhems Aurora 2 Red
Introduction & Planning/Concept
I've been sat on some ideas for a good while since I did my last Project Time Filler back late last year. It was never going to be something I'd use the clue was in the name. it was more nothing more than something to take my mind of my bad health at that time.
My health is little better now, I spent some time recently using what I’d learnt on the last build, blending it with a pretty random idea I had, and aimed to turn it into something practical. Rather than use MSpaint which I've used the past...I know!
I decided to delve into 3D drawing applications and Sketchup was a logic choice. Now I have to be honest getting the grips with the software was tougher than I expected, Sure the tutorials are on YT but I wanted to just jump in and see what I could do...or not, needless the say the first drawing didn’t the hit mark…and wasn’t as I'd hoped. The overall shape is there, maybe if you squint your eyes or roll your head?
Nope. Afraid not. So yeah not great!, but working in 3D I could see this random idea I have working. I took the easy route and spent a few hours watching tutorials and getting the grips with Sketchup. Using some premade models from the online warehouse, Next attempt was a step in right direction.
Left [second attempt] Right First [ first attempt]
I've never used anything like this but I can’t recommended it enough for planning, being able to change things on the fly is extremely helpful
After laying the tubing route into place, I moved onto rendering, again much time was spent looking at tutorials and downloading free plugins and such. I’m still very much at the low end of learning curve, it’s been hit and miss but I’m happy at this point. I used many different render plugins and the images speak for themselves, some are poor others a little better.
Now the top chamber is set to act as point for all external cables, USB,Power, everything like that, I want to channel them and have they all coming out at the same point. I’m avoiding all clutter when possible. The render doesn’t show everything I have planned, like I said I’m learning as I go,
The case is split into 3 chambers. 2, large [left and right] 1 small [centre] and can they all can viewed internally from multiple angles... I'll be using short but neat cables for the PSU wires and such.
I’m not going for a more traditional route, hiding all cables around the back approach. The opposite I suppose, I want something that looks good no matter where you look. Now the design as is, does have some pretty obvious flaws and I’ve addressed most of them. Since I took the screenshots posted here, I’m meeting my brother in a few days to have the main frame fabricated.
I've rounded up athe most common PM's, Tweets,Emails and grouped them here
Q- Dust! Whats the plan?
A - Filters will be added in due course
Q- Why is the GPU aircooled?
A- It's a non reference mid ranged card, no block exists. Options are the new alphacool ones or a GPU change, More likely the latter in time.
Q-What is the liquid
A- Mayhems Aurora 2 Red
Q-The I/O port is restricted, isn't that stupid?
A- Not at all the base had a large cutout for access, also how often do you really need access? I have extensions from the USB 3.0 ports for any additional devices I may add in the future.
Q-What's the paint type, rattle can?
Q-What tubing did you use?
A- I was given some PETG from a friend a while a go. The OD is to large for the Bitspower fittings, even with filing/sanding. I used ShakMods 10/12