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Old 16-03-2015, 10:46 AM   #16
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While I wait for some free time to get the custom acrylic cut, here are the Water cooling items.





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Old 16-03-2015, 10:55 AM   #17
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How are the fans??? Tempted to try but no reviews so far.
somewhat of an psuedo review
he didn't do any thermal testing

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Old 21-03-2015, 08:35 PM   #18
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Day Two: Mounting the Water Blocks


1) Mounting the EK Full Cover Water Blocks for my MSI GTX 970 TF5

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2) Mounting the EK Supremacy EVO Full Nickel Water Block

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Old 22-03-2015, 11:11 AM   #19
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Introduction

Project Stormborn is my first Build Log and venture into the world of PC Water-Cooling.

Contents
PC Component List
Water Cooling Parts List
Case Mod

Thanks
Gaoxing84 - for embarking on the journey to WC our PCs while on a midnight flight back to SG
xColdstarx - for all the guidance in picking out the WC parts
Linus Tech Tips Forums - for all the awesome members and answering my questions
Jayz2cents - the build is inspired by Skunkworks
Finally had the time to read your thread.
Hahaha we are just talking in the plane while coming back
Talk for the entire leg from HK to SG
Finally comes the consensus to do it tgt lol. You poison me and made a big hole in my wallet.
But still let's do it together man!
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Old 26-03-2015, 08:09 AM   #20
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Finally had the time to read your thread.
Hahaha we are just talking in the plane while coming back
Talk for the entire leg from HK to SG
Finally comes the consensus to do it tgt lol. You poison me and made a big hole in my wallet.
But still let's do it together man!
start building already, slowly
every week 1-2 hours.

later sure got missing components, changes etc

I do mine damn tiring, one component missing delay 2-3 weeks each time
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Old 26-03-2015, 10:56 AM   #21
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Day Three: Case Modding


1) Removing the 5.25" DVD Bay Cage



The 900D without the 5.25" DVD Bay Cage



2) Mounted the Mid Plate, Alphacool ST30 480MM Radiator and EK Vardar F3 - 1850RPM Fans



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Old 26-03-2015, 10:57 AM   #22
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3) Mounted the XSPC Photon 270 Reservoir and XSPC Thermal Probe Display

Here's a overview of the Case Mod and Back Plates




--- The custom acrylic cover I made for the HDD/DVD Bays had the cut out for the SSD too high, so I've made the changes and sent them in to be laser cut.
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Old 26-03-2015, 11:51 AM   #23
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Nice working with the 900D.

Welcome to the club 900D lol.

Ups for you.
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Old 26-03-2015, 01:55 PM   #24
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why suddenly change to vardar?
not using corsair sp120?

i hope my smaller 750D don't have so many custom mod to do. lazy sia. hahaha
wait till you all finish then i commence mine. haha

you do push config on your bottom rad?
pushing air out ah?
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Old 26-03-2015, 06:35 PM   #25
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why suddenly change to vardar?
not using corsair sp120?

i hope my smaller 750D don't have so many custom mod to do. lazy sia. hahaha
wait till you all finish then i commence mine. haha

you do push config on your bottom rad?
pushing air out ah?
haha i got them when we bought the backplates
the gentle typhoon enthusiast in me couldn't resist the Vardars

lol 750D got a lot of mods, up to you only how much you to do
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Old 27-03-2015, 02:32 PM   #26
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1) Spray Painting the Silver PCIe Bracket Slot covers

As mentioned earlier, the stock Corsair covers had too many holes for my liking.


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Bought some spare covers from Amazon and spray painting them Matt Black.



3 Spray Painted Matt Black covers to the left vs 3 Unpainted Silver Brackets to the right for comparison
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Old 19-04-2015, 06:55 PM   #27
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Day Five: Case Modding Continued

1) Mounted the Alphacool UT60 480MM Top Radiator and EK Vardars



2) Hooked up the fans to Swiftech PWM Fan Controller

Was deciding between this and the NZXT Grid fan hub but decided on this after I saw Linus and team using this.

Really a cheap an effective solution, especially if you have a decent motherboard from brands like Asus which have extensive Fan Control UEFI.



3) Fixed the newly laser cut Acrylic Backplate.
The SSD mount area is now lower and in line with the XSPC Photon Reservoir and motherboard tray.



4) Started messing with the wires and hooked up the custom sleeved case cables.

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Old 25-05-2015, 09:17 PM   #28
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Just a quick update on some minor progress.

Tried doing cable lacing, but failed spectacularly at it after watching some guides on YouTube.
Perhaps LTT's upcoming video will reignite my interest in pursuing it again.

Here's a sneak peek at my custom sleeved cables using cable combs instead.



Realized I needed more cable combs to keep it tidy and have since placed order for a second batch of cable combs.

Ordered some White LED Strips and a Right Angle Sata converter for my SSDs mounted on the case itself as well.



Purchased an overpriced piece of Step Drill Bit from a local store to create holes on the acrylic mid-plate for the pass through fittings. I would say this is the most expensive piece of single use equipment I have bought for this build so far.

I would have absolutely no use for this after I finish my build, but hey some things have to be purchased...



Really worried that I might break the 3mm thick acrylic mid-plate at this stage.

Planning to drill a 1-2mm pilot hole, followed by a 6mm one before using the Step Drill Bit to drill 14mm.
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Old 27-05-2015, 05:56 PM   #29
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FINISH IT! then my turn to build
need your guidance by then.
can't wait to unload everything from my NZXT 410 and into my 750D

First order of business is to hoot more hard tubes and fittings.

HOOT AH!
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Old 28-05-2015, 02:53 PM   #30
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So the sata angled adaptors came and....
Silly me got the wrong ones.




Ordered the Right, RIGHT Angled ones this time which have the connectors facing the right way.



Bought some extra cables combs, but they sent me bat combed versions instead this time.

Supposed to replace Gaoxing's combs I got from him

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