A while back I had great talk with the guys from Fractal Design and we agreed to start a mod together! They sent over the Define R2 XL, which for it's low-price is an absolutely fantastic case, even without modding!
First of all I'd like to thank the sponsors of this project, before we move on to the modding.
Fractal Design, Noiseblocker and Primochill were kind enough to come on board for the build and I can't thank them enough! Without them, this project wouldn't be the same! Fractal supplied the chassis, Noiseblocker sent over an army of E-Loop fans, because why run anything other than the most gorgeous fan in production? And Primochill are going to be supplying the watercooling goodies that will keep this beast cool!
Here's the final concept for the build (The Primochill D5 CTR Phase II reservoir will be on the back wall)
- Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme - x79
- Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Processor
- (12M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
- Graphics card(s): KFA2 GTX770 LTD OC "White Edition"
- Memory: GSkill Ripjaws Z, 32GB @2133MHz
- Power Supply: EVGA NEX 1500W Supernova (got a great deal, don't judge me, plus planning additional GPUs at some point. )
- SSD: Samsung 250GB 2.5-inch 840 EVO SSD
- Storage drives: Seagate Barracuda, 2TB @7200PM, 64MB Cache
- Sound card: ASUS ROG Xonar Phoebus Solo
Cooling will be done via:
- CPU Block: EK Supremacy, LGA 2011
- Radiators: EK Coolstream PE-360 (x2)
- Pumps: 2xD5, still undecided on brand, probably EK
- Fittings: Primochill Revolver Rigid Compression fittings
- Tubes: Primochill PETG 1/2'' OD Hard-tubing
- Reservoir: Primochill D5 enable CTR "Phase II" (more info later)
- GPU Block: More info later
Here are some of the glory shots of the products they sent me:
Fractal Design Define R2 XL:
Noiseblocker E-Loop 120mm fans:
Here's my small army of E-Loops!
The package from Primochill will arrive at a later date, but expect some juicy photos of the goodies as well!
So, without any further delays, lets move on to the mod of the case!
The entire chassis is gutted out, and replaced with a fresh, new, 2mm thick Aluminium inner-frame which I whipped up a while-back. Dual 360 radiators (can safely fit push-pull with thicker rads) go in the bottom, HDD's will be mounted in the back in a special sheet-metal bracket. Motherboard is rotated 90 degrees to face the top of the chassis, where I've offset it by 60mm to allow ample room to route the cables behind the custom made I/O cover-slash-PSU mount.
The front bezel and feet will be replaced with a sheetmetal version of the first and a new plate that will act as a base for the chassis. Both made from 2mm aluminium. (Still not ordered since money, sadly, doesn't grow on trees...)
So, after I finalized my plan, I went and gutted the case.
The white material inside is actually a 5mm thick PVC sheet which I had in mind to use before I decided to go all out with aluminium.
And here is the actual aluminium frame itself:
(more on the cubes in a bit)
Sorry for the phone pics but my DSLR wasn't with me when I needed it... I'll retake the photos when I get a chance!
Now, the cubes are something I got from a buddy of mine, Jim Weist from Clockwerk CaseMods. He is such an inspiration and has been very helpful through the entire process. Big shout out goes to him!
Here are the cubes he shipped to me from the US, he actually sells these and they are rock solid! The frame doesn't budge at all! 3/8'' cubes (9.525mm) tapped at all sides for M3!
He'll also be hooking me up with a nice custom reservoir (which you might have spotted at the very top of the chassis, over the CPU)
I hope you guys liked the way this is starting off. I'll try to keep the updates coming as fast possible and you guys can expect one by the end of this week the new frame will go inside the chassis!