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    Redemption

    Hello guys

    My name is Hero ( I got by the forum name of hero1) and I am from Ontario, Canada.

    This is my first time posting here and I am currently modifying my Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Grey. I am customising it the way I want it and I am going to be fitting 2 x 360 mm rads in it (top and bottom). The PSU will be mounted using one of the hard drive cages (the big one), in a way that half of it is outside of the case and the other half inside. I have worked on this mod for almost a month now (taking time off here and there) and I am almost done.

    Parts:
    Case: Fractal DD XL R2
    PSU: Silverstone Strider Evolution 1000 Gold (sleeved with MDPC red,white and black)
    CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K
    Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VI Formula
    GPU: EVGA GTX 780 Hydro Copper
    RAM: 16 GB G.Skill Ripjaws Z 1866 MHz
    SSD: 256 GB Samsung 830
    Sound Card: Creative SB Z
    Monitor: Dell U2713HM
    Keyboard: Logitech G710+
    Mouse: Corsair M60
    Headset: Sennheiser PC 350
    Other: Logitech G27 Racing Wheel

    Water Cooling Parts
    Rads: 2 x EKWB XTX 360 mm rads
    Pump: EK-D5 vario with plexi top
    Blocks: EKWB Copper with plexi top
    Reservoir: EKWB X3 150 mL multioption
    Rad Guard: Bitspower Radguard 360 mm (red)
    Rad Shroud: Koolance rad shroud 360 mm (black)
    Fans: 13 x Notcua NF-P12 120 mm fans and 2 x Noctua NF-A14 140 mm

    Tools Used:
    Hitachi Jigsaw
    Mastercraft Maximun Drill/Driver
    Dremel 4000 and tons of bits
    Bosch 5" ROS
    Husky Folding Work Table

    Paint;
    Powder Coating: Rockstar Red!
    Last edited by hero1; 12-16-2013 at 07:24 PM. Reason: changed some of the parts

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    Reserved for final pics and hardware pics.

    So my hardware pics: this is the first one and I will be taking some individual pictures later during the day!

    Last edited by hero1; 10-25-2013 at 07:12 PM.

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    Last Setup Before Modding Begun

    This is how my setup looked like before I decided it was time for change

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    The Design.

    This is how I want the final case to look like. I have decided to leave the front end the way it is to retain some original F DD XL R2 look. This means the front plastic portion will retain the black colour and so will the ODD cage. I will be adding another card once this build is done!
    Last edited by hero1; 09-27-2013 at 08:03 PM.

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    The Cutting

    I measure and taped the areas that were to be cut.

    First up is the top panel



    Then I went after the bottom panel. I didn't like the metal guides that were used to hold the dust filter as they made me do a wider cut than I would have wanted.



    The left side panel was next as this is where the big window will go.



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    Oh my...

    *drools a lil

    your old setup is pretty nice can't wait to see what you come up with for this

    good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawesemo View Post
    Oh my...

    *drools a lil

    your old setup is pretty nice can't wait to see what you come up with for this

    good luck.
    Thanks man. I hope that I don't disappoint!

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    The Bottom Rad Plate

    So then I decided to got and make a bottom rad plate out of the piece of metal that came from the left side panel. I trimmed the piece and drilled holes using a Drill/Driver and a 4" hole saw. I made a mess with the middle hole.






    I even tried on the Bitspower Radguard and it didn't look good.

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    New Rad Plates

    The top cut on the case was slightly long so I didn't like that and I didn't like the bottom mess either. I decide to go and grab 2 12X18 steel sheets and make new radiator plates.






    And I did a mock assembly with the rads to see how it looks.




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    Sanding

    When I saw that everything was good. I wanted to go ahead and paint so I looked at a mock painting of the right side panel and I thought something was missing. I am happy to have support from friends on CMC site who suggested that I should sand the whole thing. And I did just that. These pictures will show the first sanded parts but I have it all sanded and ready to paint

    Mock paint:


    Sanded Parts





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