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    Project: Rage

    I'm entering my newest and current mod Project: Rage into the competition for some sweet hardware . Copying my current updates from TBCS.

    So its time for a new PC. This will be a dream build + some very basic modding. So I'll be buying a nice big case, new hardware, water cooling it and making some sweet ascetic changes.

    Case: Cooler Master HAF-X 942
    Mobo: ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0)
    CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost)
    PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W
    GPU: XFX GTX260 Black Edition (OLD)
    Drive: LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    HDD: 2 x 1TB WD 6Gb/s and 1 x 320GB WD SATA 6Gb/s

    Water Cooling
    Pump: DD-CPX-PRO
    Radiator: Black Ice GTX Xtreme 280
    Rad Fans: 2 x Yate Loon's
    Reservoir: DD XSPC Single bay
    CPU Water Block: Swiftech Apogee XT (R2) revision 2 or the XSPC Rasa CPU Black
    Barbs: Bitspower Matte Black G1/4" Barb Fitting - 1/2" ID
    Tubing: 7/16" PrimoFlex PRO LRT
    Liquid: Distilled water + PT Nuke
    Fill/Drain Port: Swiftech 1/2" Brass Remote Fill Port
    Temp Sensor: 2 x Phobya Temperature Sensor Outer Thread G1/4 with Display
    Temp Sensor Bracket: Phobya Front Bracket
    Ball valve: For drain

    Misc Parts
    Replacement Rear Fan: Phobya 120mm
    Replacement Top Fans: 2x Cooler Master 200mm Megaflow
    Black Sleeving and Shrink Tubing
    Red Sleeving and Shrink Tubing
    Lighting Kit: NZXT
    Fan Controller: Lamptron 20W
    PCI Slot vents:
    Fill Cap Adapter: attach the fill cable to directly to the res.

    I'm still trying to find some good case paint. I ordered an air compressor so I will be able to use some spray paint.

    I should be ordering the PC components in the next day or so and the WC parts in the very near future.

    Cheers till then.

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    Here is a shot of all of the parts.

    I'm uploading all of the pics now and they should be done by morning. Expect a nice big post!

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    This will be 1/2 of my update being that it takes like 12 hours to upload about 6 pictures

    Here are some of the parts I got.
    Corsair HX 750W

    Came in some fancy bags

    Case badge

    NZXT Sleeved LED Kit (One Red and one White)

    I messed this one up. I bought 1 meter lengths when I should have got 2 meter lengths... oh well... I'll keep these 1 meter ones for a rainy day.

    Lamptron FC6 Fan Controller

    G.Skill DDR3 1600 PC3-12800 4GBx2

    Core i7 2600k

    BluRay Burner

    2x 1TB 6Gb/s and 1x 320GB 6Gb/s SATA HDDs

    2x Cooler Master 200mm Mega Flow Case Fans

    They are insanely quiet.

    The case. HAF-X 942

    Lots of front connections

    Sleeving and Shrink Tubing

    ATX power remover tool. Very handy.

    So that's most of the parts. More to come in the next update. Now for some Fun!

    Fan test

    All good!! You can't understand how quiet this system is. Its quieter than my Antec 900 was and my wife's PC with custom fans. I guess it has to do with all the fans being HUGE.

    Mobo fitting

    I can easily remove the top mesh to paint it red by bending these little tabs.

    Its the same for the one on the front but I'm not sure I will paint that one too.
    Its also the same way for the mesh on the bay covers. I will paint all of the mesh on them red as well. And I'll be painting the expansion bay covers, possibly the mesh that covers the rear 140mm fan. Its not removable but with some tape and a tarp I can do it.

    Another thing I might paint is the mobo "thermal armor" I saw someone else used the same one and painted it white and it looked sick. But I'm not sure if that would be too much red in the case. I'm using the red as accents. The sleeving and WC tubing is all red and so are the LEDs.

    Basically my posts will be a day behind because of how long it takes me to upload the pictures. I did alot of sleeving tonight but I didn't order enough... :facepalm:

    I ordered more accessories today and all of the watercooling parts. I changed the rad to a Phobya one and the CPU block to the XSPC Rasa to cut down the cost. Also I can paint the Rasa

    Well that's it for tonight.

    Cheers till next time.

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    Here are the pics I promised about the sleeving.

    What a mess!

    Much better

    Here is what the cables look like againist the black case.

    Nice contrast.

    As I said before I didn't order enough sleeving... so the rest of the fans and cables will have to wait till I get my next FrozenCPU order next week. No biggie.

    Now here is where I need to cut. It will be a 1"x1" square which is for passing the fan and temp probe cables through to the Lamptron FC6. I'm trying to make this build as clean as possible.

    Cheers till next time.

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    Here is some more pics of the parts that I got.

    ASUS Sabertooth P67

    I wonder how the Thermal Armor would look red... Would that be too much red inside?

    Microsoft Sidewinder X6 keyboard

    A second XFX GTX 260 Black Edition

    Now its time for the hardware test.

    All put together.

    WORKS! Installing Windows 7 64-bit.

    With 2nd GTX 260 installed.

    I am actually really upset with the Thermal Armor on this system. Its built for SLI but the 2nd card does not fit. I had to cut away a corrner of the Armor in order to get the GPU to fit. I'll post pics later once I clean it up.

    Now for what I'm going to paint. I'm going to pull the grills off the top and front of the case and paint them a nice red.

    I'm also going to paint the PSU cover red... I think. I really can't decide if it will be too much red inside the case. I want it to be acents.

    Still waiting for sleeving and paint to come in. Once its here I can get moving on this. Today or tomorrow I will cut the case some to make the cable magement better for the Fan Controller. I also need to decide where to put the fill port for the res. I'm thinking under the top cover. It will be pretty easy to get to and it will be hidden.

    Cheers till then.

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    Since I can't do any painting yet I figured I would try to figure out how to get the hidden drive working.

    Took the face plate off.

    Here is one of the bay covers without the mesh on it.

    Now these covers kindof clip on. So I have to keep the frame in good condition so that it will stay in place.

    Cut out the center.

    Shaved down the stubs a bit more. Need to file them now.

    What it looks like without the mesh on it.

    And finally what it will look like eventually.

    Now what I need to figure out is how to get the mesh to stick to the drive tray. Maybe a black foam type substance? That will totally hide what you see behind the mesh, which I like. Ideas?

    Cheers till next time.

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    I was able to clean up the bay cover.

    I'm looking into that double sided foam now. Need to find something I like.

    So I made the first cuts into the case.

    Here is the proposed spot. This cutout will be for passing the fan controller cables through so they are not visible.

    After the cutting and about an hour of filing.

    Looks ok. Its in the back so no one will see it. Hopefully I'll get some things in the mail tomorrow or Wednesday.

    Cheers till then.

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    2 boxes came in the mail yesterday

    Inside one of them was my parts organizer. This will be great for keeping things seperated and organized. Wasn't expensive at all either.

    The FrozenCPU box was a Reese's box.... not sure why...

    Here is what I got!
    Phobya 140mm fan for the back of the case.

    2x Yate Loon 140mm fans for the rad.

    2 meter NZXT LED lighting strip

    Very bright!

    The anchors it came with suck... they don't stick at all. But I can fix that.

    XSPC single bay res

    DD Pump

    Silver strip for the res

    1/2" barbs

    Fill port adapter for the res

    Single bay temp display

    2x Swiftech fill ports

    Phobya G-Changer 280 rad

    Its massive... It is taller than 1/2 of the HAF X... which is a HUGE case. I had no idea it would be this big.

    Fans installed

    Now... how to mount it? I heard it was pre drilled for a 140mm fan as well as a 120mm but its a lie. I'm going to have to figure out how to mount this beast.

    Thats it untill the rest of my pics upload. Hopefully I'll get some more mail this week and be able to do a leak test on the system.

    Cheers till then.

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    Finally got the rad mounted. There was a bit of drama though in the process. I measured 3 times and drilled once.... but I didn't measure with the mobo in. The Thermal Armor comes up quite a bit so it didn't fit at first. Once I moved the rad over about 1" I was able to get it all to fit.

    First holes I drilled. I also drilled out the 120mm fan holes because they were recessed and the rad wouldn't go flush with the top of the case.

    Looked good mounted

    So since that went baddly here is what it looked like after I moved it.

    Few extra holes but thats what the plasic cover is for.

    Really tight fit. There is probably a few mm between the mobo and the fan to the rad.

    The rad really makes this case feel tiny... even though its a monster.

    Since that went well, I decided to mount the pump. Was alot easier than the rad.

    Maybe I'll get the rest of the WC parts and some more sleeving.

    Cheers till then.

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    I got some of the last parts needed. I still have a few small orders out there.

    Looks so promising

    20ft Red Primochill tubing

    2m White NZXT LED Lighting

    XPSC Rasa CPU Block

    Ball Valve for my drain port

    Phobya Temp Probe (this will go on the outlet of the rad)

    Windows 7 Pro Upgrade 32-Bit. Still waiting for the 64-Bit DVD to get here.

    Lets get started!

    Opening up the CPU block. It has fitting for 3 different CPU Sockets.

    I plan on painting some of it if my paint ever gets here.

    I was originally going to put the temp probe in a prefabricated 5.25" bay cover.....

    but that would be too easy... lets put it in one of the stock bay covers.


    Rough cut

    Cut the bracket so the display fits and filed the grill down to a nice edge

    Looks good

    I'll put foam in it so you cant see behind the grill... I think.

    Now to make sure my WC stuff works.

    All installed

    No leaks!!!!

    And I emptied it out until I was ready to install it for good.

    Tonight I have been installing the parts into the case. The case is done but there are just outside ascetics things to do. Installed the lights and most of the fans. Still need the sleeving to get here... hopefully tomorrow then I will be totally done inside. Only a week or 2 left and this mod is done! Then we start the next...

    Cheers till then.

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