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    Fractal Design Define S ASUS ROG Gaming PC Case Mod



    Fractal Design's Define S chassis allows you to mount three 120mm or two 140mm cooling fans directly behind the bezel. This feature allows more interior space for larger radiators or push-pull fan configurations. The bezel's ventilated sides provide sufficient airflow for the factory default fan locations configurations. Opening the front of the bezel will improve airflow even more.

    This Fractal Design Define S PC build is for Farctal Design's event at 2015 Computex. The Define S Mid Tower Case is aimed at DIY liquid cooled PC enthusiasts looking for optimal space and value for their money. The Mod Zoo Staffers, Mosquito and Captain Curry Sauce give us a tour of the Define S and it’s variety of options for liquid loop layouts. $79.99 Retail for Non-Window version. $89.99 Retail for Window version, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtaB29ulk_A
    Mnpctech is modifying the Define S from the video review for Fractal Design's Party Event at 2015 Computex. Mnpctech will be installing a custom liquid cooled gaming system for Fractal Design to give away after their event. All of the stages of this project will be documented on this webpage, so Bookmark it and check back often for updates! We're starting out with a Do-It-Yourself guide to modifying Fractal-Design Define S case bezel for additional airflow

    Supplies & Tools Needed for this Case Mod:

    1. 3M Scotch 233+ Green Professional Masking Tape, http://mnpctech.com/case-mods-gaming...tape-roll.html



    2. 12" Measuring Square and Pen or Pencil

    3. Dremel or Rotary Tool with Reinforced Cutting Wheels, http://mnpctech.com/pc-mod-tools/cutting-wheels.html



    4. Jigsaw with 18 TPI or higher Bi-Metal cutting blade

    5. Hand File

    6. Medium Grit Sandpaper or 3M Red Scotchbrite pads, http://mnpctech.com/case-mods-gaming...e-pads-en.html



    7. One sheet of Mnpctech 24" x 12" Round Modder's Mesh Sheet, http://mnpctech.com/case-mods-gaming...mond-round-hex



    8. 3M ScotchWeld DP-190 Two Part Epoxy with Applicator Tip

    9. Wire Clip or Tin Snip (Optional)



    10. PETG Tube for PC Liquid Cooling. $.99 per 12" long tube, 1/2" OD x 3/8" ID PETG clear tube for Custom PC liquid cooling loops offers the same clear quality as standard Acrylic with an excellent impact strength and easy bend-ability.

    PETG Clear Tube works with these 1/2" hard line compression fittings that include,
    Alphacool HT 13mm OD hard tube
    Monsoon Free Center Hardline Fitting - 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD
    Monsoon Chain Gun Hardline Fitting - 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD
    Primochill Ghost Hardline Fitting - 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD
    Primochill Revolver Hardline Fitting - 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD



    The Define S bezel is factory molded from ABS plastic, which is very durable and resilient to cracking. Removing a majority of the face plate didn't effect overall rigidity.


    The backside of the bezel shows it's simplicity in design.



    The first step is to cover the bezel with 3M Scotch 233+ Masking tape. This allows you to write measurements onto the bezel and protects it from being scratched by the Jigsaw.



    Measure and mark off the portion of material you wish to remove. This cut-out will have 1" bordered frame of material remaining. Put on your Safety Glasses and use Rotary Tool with cutting wheel to make incision cuts in each corner. This will allow you to use a Jigsaw to make the long straight cuts efficiently.



    Use Jigsaw with 18 TPI or higher Bi-Metal cutting blade to make the long cuts as straight as possible.



    After finishing all of the cuts with the jigsaw, use a hand file and medium grit sand paper to clean and fix all of the edges.



    Inspecting progress before moving onto the next stage.

    [img=]ttps://mnpctech.com/images/companies/3/fractal_design_define_s_case_mod_mesh_bezel_grill_ guide_watercool_radiator8.jpg[/img]



    These are two of the multiple mounting pegs on the backside of the bezel. We've chosen to remove the inner facing base support of each peg with a Wire cutter, so the mesh can be cut as rectangular piece. This step isn't required if you cut the Modder's Mesh sheet to fit around each mounting peg.



    Use medium sand paper to smooth over the surface after cutting the one side of each peg base.



    The Define S bezel's new intake grill will be cut from a 24" x 12" sheet, http://mnpctech.com/case-mods-gaming...mond-round-hex

    This material is 22 gauge perforated plain steel. 5/32" holes 3/16" staggered centers. 33 holes per square inch.



    It's great for creating custom fan guards, grills, and cooling vents like this. It does need to be painted or clear coated otherwise it is a bare steel and will oxidize over time.



    The mesh grill will be attached with 3M Scotch Weld DP-190 two part epoxy with mixture applicator attachment.



    Place bezel on it's face. Apply the epoxy with it's applicator over the mesh overlapping the back of the bezel. It will ooze and sink into the individual holes of the mesh.



    Use c-clamps or spring loaded clamps to hold the mesh in position as it cures for 24 hours.



    Place some heavy objects on the mesh. This will prevent the mesh from bowing or warping as the DP-190 epoxy during it's 24 hour cure time.





    The bezel will be ready to handle 24 hours after the epoxied mesh has cured.
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    the front intake grill will be clear coated, I like the Silver look. Next stage modifying the right side panel with window for the SSDs, cnc machined SSD covers




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    this is fun, but Jurassic World or Fury Road theme would be even more FUN... The chassis and exterior was painted House of Kolor Kandy Blue with Matte Clear finish, so it looks anodized. The paint and side panel design was inspired by the Swedish Supercar, Koenigsegg Agera R

















    SSD with LEDS








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    Asus STRIX 970 GTXs with EK waterblocks and back plates.




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    I'm utilizing two Hardware labs 360 GTS Stealth Radiators with XSPC Photon Res, D5 waterpump, EK cpu block




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    Final photos of my Define S build taken by Fractal Design's Office in Taiwan
























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    I want to add that I was really impressed with these new high static pressure fans from Fractal Design. The HP-120s are Quiet with Fluid Dynamic Bearings, rubber mounts to reduce vibration. 31.7 dBA @ 61.4 CFM with long sleeved PWM connectors








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    almost forgot, here is the specs:

    CPU: Core i7, 4790, 3.6Ghz
    Mobo: ASUS ROG Maximus VII HERO ATX Motherboard
    SSD: Intel 520 SSD, 120GB
    RAM: 16GB Corsair Dominator
    GFX: 2x ASUS STRIX 970 GTX Video Cards
    PSU: Fractal Design Tesla Power Supply 800W

    Cooling:
    EK MX CPU Waterblock
    2x Hardware labs 360 GTS radiator
    Laing water pump with Alphacool top
    XSPC 240 Photon Res
    EK 970 GTX Strix Waterblocks
    EK 970 GTX Strix Waterblock Backing Plates
    Monsoon Blue Economy Hardline Fittings
    EK extender fitting
    EK 90 degree fitting
    PETG hard tubing

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    MotherboardASUS Rampage IV Formula
    ProcessorIntel i7 3930K
    Memory (part number)8GB Corsair XMS3 1600
    Graphics Card #1ASUS Radeon 7970 3GD5
    Sound CardROG Xonar Phoebus
    MonitorSamsung SyncMaster SA300
    Storage #1Corsair Neutron 128GB
    Storage #2Seagate 2TB
    CPU CoolerCorsair A50 Pro Air Cooler
    CaseBitFenix Merc Alpha
    Power SupplyThermaltake Litepower 700W
    Keyboard Alienware TactX Keyboard
    Mouse Tesoro Gandiva H1L
    OS Win7 Ultimate x64
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    Beautiful, sleek build. Looks great!

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    Thank you Shadow!

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