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B NEGATIVE
05-10-2013, 06:24 PM
This build has been running a while but only recently got the ASUS z77 board in it,as this was up in the air i didnt want to start it here to have the board be something different.

This is the second Z77 Sabertooth i have used for customer builds......I does like themz! :D

Another month and another build,this time for an OC3D member,Omega Stalker.
This build is based around the massive CosmosII from Coolermaster,a very well appointed beast of a case!

The theme running thru this is a white/black/copper colour scheme with some icy touches...

http://i.imgur.com/oqhYh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/PMKaQ.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/41THl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/8jAnR.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/UZeTo.jpg

These are coming out for 2 240 Koolance rads...

http://i.imgur.com/gd3Yj.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/7I0Xi.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/AWpIB.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/j1afY.jpg

Looks about right for 2 large bays....

http://i.imgur.com/gd3Yj.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/2Fdae.jpg

Magoo approves this post!

http://i.imgur.com/kwFUM.jpg

And the mandatory Cosmos 'bird of prey' pose.

http://i.imgur.com/27cq8.jpg

B NEGATIVE
05-10-2013, 06:24 PM
Lets make a start on the cooling..

Omega got a great deal on some Koolance rads and decided he wants to go with those,these 240 rads have a neat party trick!

http://i.imgur.com/6Ei0O.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/sLLZP.jpg

Prep and primered.

http://i.imgur.com/NUkXi.jpg

These will be white. Thanks Koolance for making my life easier.

Now,you cant leave the 360 on its own,it need some love too!

http://i.imgur.com/a9aa9.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/WorYN.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/pvzwj.jpg

Just waiting for Paints 4 u to get the white paint then i can do the rads,finish them off and turn my attention to the outside of the case.

Large window cutouts to do,lots of interior paneling out and more tasty things....

B NEGATIVE
05-10-2013, 06:25 PM
Today i get on with the paint triage and the dis-assembly.
Not hard to do but you must be careful,the tab plastics are thin and wont take abuse..

Lets start by getting those doors off,nicely made and with the best hinges i have seen on a case.

http://i.imgur.com/u3aM8.jpg

Clear out the endless drive bays from the now rad bay.

http://i.imgur.com/b0FJJ.jpg

Magoo surveys the scrap for potential morsels...

http://i.imgur.com/jTGgI.jpg

Greedy boy....

Top panel.

http://i.imgur.com/lrDwr.jpg

Separated for painting..

The usual sharp edges from the fold tabs made me a few choice expletives a few times

http://i.imgur.com/d3Lju.jpg

And the now exposed 360 rad mounts.

http://i.imgur.com/qlVpr.jpg

Surgery performed and parts stacked up for prep.

Magoo is making pointed reminders about dinner in the background....

http://i.imgur.com/jSmpA.jpg

Oooge fan!

http://i.imgur.com/gQHCC.jpg

So now its paint prep time,the more effort i put in now,the better the result!

I wont bore you with all the prep photo's when im done,you must of seen that kind of thing endlessly now....

B NEGATIVE
05-10-2013, 06:26 PM
OmegaStalker sent down the pump top he is using,a dual loop EK D5 top.


http://i.imgur.com/lhuXk.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/QsdCI.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/lrIRF.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/EWN4o.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ej2dw.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/TCLCg.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/n8ONl.jpg

As you can see,this one is crop circle free....and better for it...

B NEGATIVE
05-10-2013, 06:27 PM
What is this? 3mm Copper? Shiny copper? Luuuurvely copper....

http://i.imgur.com/5HW41.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/SYbzC.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/le2Ys.jpg

This is going to be for the front panel and pump tops,plus any detailing that i want to pick out...

Take one plain looking EK dual top..

http://i.imgur.com/xjlCs.jpg

Add copper and a whole lot of manual metal working...

http://i.imgur.com/VQ7Fe.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/KwwT6.jpg

This piece needs to be hit with a bench buffer before it goes on,i have seen one at a good price so that will be my next purchase for the 'lab'
There will be a matching piece for the pump side too,should look good when its done.

B NEGATIVE
05-10-2013, 06:28 PM
Its been a bit busy recently but today I made a start on the back plate for the pumps.
Its roughed out,I need to take some fine files to it to finish it off.

http://i.imgur.com/nvXbX.jpg

Round the corners and finalize the shape then off to the buffer!

Knocked the copper back with 1600 W/D ready for some bench polishing (when the bloody thing arrives)

http://i.imgur.com/hAj28.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Q9EMV.jpg

Holding off the final profiling of the corners until i have some pumps in.

Brightens up an otherwise ordinary pump top....wishing for a drill press too i think,would of made the hole drilling much easier than the trusty 18v cordless...

Fans and rads painted and soon to be fitted,got some 240 rad stands coming so i can clear out the bottom bay.
I could of got a pair of 360 rads in the space under there!

http://i.imgur.com/jnf0h.jpg

Top 360 in,this will have a mesh cover over the rad face or may make a rad guard out of copper sheet....Time took get hammer out!

http://i.imgur.com/qUHEa.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/9K14V.jpg

Top panel painted.

http://i.imgur.com/84vHG.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/3wRuN.jpg

B NEGATIVE
05-10-2013, 06:30 PM
Sorry about the wait,I have been waiting for forever for my sheet metal bender.

Thankfully it arrived today so i got on with the shrouds and rad mounts

Lower bay has been cleared of all the excess junk so i can get to work.

http://i.imgur.com/8YrGrq6.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/H7rnT8t.jpg

In the bay.

http://i.imgur.com/WrO9aUO.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/WYXc5xo.jpg

The PSU end of the shroud will be detailed with a plexi window to show off the PSU

You can see the midplate is in,the pump mount is cut and ready to fit and the first of the rad mounts in the lower bay is done.
I will be getting the rad mount on the other side finished and the shroud for the drive bays done.

Once all the metal work has been done then i will move on to finishing the paint work.

And for the other side...

http://i.imgur.com/B4aajfY.jpg

Cant do one side and not the other,this is a double sided case design so it has to look good front and back.

A little teaser....

http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/555884_10151687808048362_1296086122_n.jpg

Omega Stalker has settled on what he wants 'under the bonnet' as it where.

3770k and a Z77 Sabertooth,this is the second one I have used as they just look and perform great!
A good choice all round from what i see!

http://i.imgur.com/0Ne7KG3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/EI32f3y.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/sDufAkG.jpg

Just need to breadboard it all for problems before i mod the armour and ram.

Initially there was a 3570 going in but Omega found a 3770k in his price bracket and jumped on it fast,wise move i think.

First irritant of the day...

Coolermaster make a PSU mounting bracket for this case,shame it doesnt seem to fit without removing the PSU fan grill....

http://i.imgur.com/PhPbb6I.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/q3svC4N.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ftAXABB.jpg

Interesting.....someone wasnt thinking.

B NEGATIVE
05-10-2013, 06:31 PM
So,the bottom rad bay is done on the windowed side and the main components are in for the pre-mod shake down

Forgive the pic quality,using my cam phone.

http://i.imgur.com/wsJgyyt.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/vaofiLd.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/vU40FPR.jpg

There will be thin clear plexi strips across the opening like a grill.

http://i.imgur.com/XzwT4LB.jpg

More Alu coming tomorrow for the interior,im aiming to get the whole lower rad bay finished,pumps mounted and all the plastics back on by weekend (better pictures as well!)

Midplate in and painted

http://i.imgur.com/jayaj1u.jpg

And the pump top is mounted,the copper top is missing as it needs polishing.

http://i.imgur.com/lEx9wrM.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/yzny8Ku.jpg

Front shot showing the copper accents on the drop down panel.

http://i.imgur.com/AJGubKo.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/H0bq7X1.jpg

The res are off to Tom at Chilled PC for the front ports to be drilled and tapped.
I was going to attempt this myself but Tom is great at what he does and charges a very reasonable rate,I would be mad not to get him to do it!

Next stop,getting the hardware in for its shake down before hitting it with teh paint gun.

B NEGATIVE
05-10-2013, 06:32 PM
Sorry its been a bit quiet from me but i have had some heavy work commitments,thankfully im back to normal service!!

Which means i have had time to get Omega Stalkers build moving again!

So,I cut some 2 mm hole mesh and sprayed it copper for the PSU area of the bottom bay.

http://i.imgur.com/INEBDHB.jpg

And got the res back from Pulse modding with shiny new 1/4 ports on the front.
I can heartily recommend these guys for a pro service and I will be using him again,I can see why Specialtech use him for their TJ07 modwork.

http://i.imgur.com/xYOCM02.jpg

And finally (for today anyway) caustic soda punches EK anodizing in the face...

http://i.imgur.com/HAcpSLH.jpg

White or copper,not decided yet.......

Now im not working stupid hours, i can invest more time into this build and finish this bad boy!!

B NEGATIVE
05-10-2013, 06:33 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/521736_10151836320158362_647641194_n.jpg

And the first backplate is done...

Copper and white,cant lose!

o now i know that this board is a good one,we can start with the paint...

http://i.imgur.com/jWldWp1.jpg

Alphacool block with a painted mount.

http://i.imgur.com/GIQiUtc.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/BJ5zzhg.jpg

Im not normally one for fancy TIM but i just had to try the current best..

http://i.imgur.com/yNO7LEF.jpg

Board in its new home!

http://i.imgur.com/tfKPQoc.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/9leVjU8.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/CHE9Atc.jpg

Little trims as i didnt want to see bare joins or edges.

http://i.imgur.com/2nYeHp7.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/tfKPQoc.jpg

So all need to really do inside is the panel covering the drives and other little details but its coming along now.

Externally,The res cover needs to be drilled out and the doors need doing,cant wait to tackle them!

Unfortunately both the XFX 7970's were DOA and as they were second hand the seller wants nothing to do with it....so Omega Stalker is hunting ref spec cards,if anyone has a pair that they want to sell cheap then please PM me.

B NEGATIVE
05-10-2013, 06:34 PM
The front panel is nearly ready for the buffer,just need to add the chamfers on the edges.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/248187_10151864080138362_1562873155_n.jpg

TO THE BUFFER!!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/p480x480/524660_10151866172263362_354870957_n.jpg

One of the fill ports is slightly out which is annoying as i can really take any more out of the top face of the cover....

SAFETY FIRST!

http://i.imgur.com/UqsH8JY.jpg

Stating with a sisal wheel and brown cutting compound.

http://i.imgur.com/4VMJVrL.jpg

Load her up....

http://i.imgur.com/ddAcYxJ.jpg

And let her rip!

http://i.imgur.com/iom8Q1M.jpg

Looks good right?

This is the first cut,I will have to repeat this process as will become clear....

http://i.imgur.com/FhEUaYJ.jpg

On to the cotton mop with blue compound.

http://i.imgur.com/1LQn4cR.jpg

Getting there....

http://i.imgur.com/S6FK4Gt.jpg

Peek a boo! That copper spray is an amazing match!

http://i.imgur.com/wkTzqAj.jpg

Now that does look good!!

http://i.imgur.com/gdVszUy.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/kXr9RtX.jpg

You can see that the copper still has imperfections so its coming out again and being redone

B NEGATIVE
05-10-2013, 06:35 PM
MOAR! coming soon and thanks for your patience!

Eric127212
05-12-2013, 05:40 AM
Thats coming along really nice! Keep it up!

B NEGATIVE
05-27-2013, 06:30 PM
The cavalry has arrived!

Omega Stalker found the money for 2 new 7970's

Sad face [off]

http://i.imgur.com/cREHg6d.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/6Am3doN.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/DSU3maH.jpg

The pump is going to be plumbed in between the cards to clean it up a little,shiny copper in there will be a looker,you can see why i didnt bother painting the HS,you wont actually see it.

http://i.imgur.com/2RZ2YSZ.jpg

The cards sag quite badly so new brackets will have to be made up,no drama there.

One of the pair of blocks and plates.

http://i.imgur.com/PRE94kH.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/8ismoVP.jpg

The plate looks mint next to that board,I think I will spend some time blocking up tonight! (I love that bit....XD)

339683032
06-02-2013, 05:16 AM
Never seen a build with this color scheme before! Great work!

B NEGATIVE
06-02-2013, 10:15 AM
Hullo Mrs Water,are the twins home?

http://i.imgur.com/V9ARfip.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/YPLdWIW.jpg

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