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[United Kingdom] Richi Bowzeruk
Posted April 14 2015 - 09:42 AM
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PC 1 - (Gaming Rig) Intel core i5 4670k @ 4.7ghz / Powercolor 280x x 3 in Tri-fire / Asrock Extreme6 z87 / G.SKILL ARES 2133MHz 16GB
PC 2 - (Retired Mining Rig) - AMD Phenom II 965 BE @ 4.2ghz / 5 x Sapphire Tri-X 290 / Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 / Corsair Dominator 8GB 1600MHz
Posted April 15 2015 - 04:14 PM
Welcome to another project I am doing at the moment (other build is F1 themed) for the Thermaltake Invitational 2015 Mod completion, my theme for this build is Illusionist, I am either going to go big or go home and try to create an illusion with the innards, it might not even work, but that’s my risk.
First let me start out by saying a big thank you to my sponsors for this build, first up we have the main sponsor of course.
First off let me start off with a big thanks to the sponsors that jumped on board.
Thermaltake obviously who are organising the competition and for supplying X9 case and a whole range of products from the Case, cooler, tubes and rads as well as the fans.
A Big thank you goes out to Gigabyte who is supplying the motherboard for this project.
A big thank you to XFX for supplying the 290x for this Project
Not forgetting OCZ who supplied the 2 x 240GB OCZ Vector 150 SSDS for the build.
Massive thanks to AVEXIR for supplying the memory kit for the build
Big thanks to V1 Tech for the custom grills and GPU backplate
Thanks to Dremel who seem to step up on every build and supply me with accessories and tools.
First up the case, we have all seen it – the Thermaltake X9.
It’s completely insane size wise, but has all the room you need for multiple loops, with extra-large radiators.
So be prepared to laugh at my demise or join in the fun as I try to make an illusion happen inside and enjoy the roller coaster ride we have of creating a build within one month.
· Case - Thermaltake Core X9
· CPU - Intel i5 4690
· Motherboard – Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5
· Graphics – XFX R290X
· Memory - 4 x 4Gb Avexir Blitz 1.1 – 1600mhz
· Hard Drives - 2 x 240 Gb OCZ Vector 150 SSD’s
So let me give you some idea of what I am about to create, my plan is to make themed case, with not much done to the outside (unless of course you class a custom candy red paint job as custom).
Most of my work is going to be done to the insides really creating separate compartments for Motherboard and GPU and thus making it a bit of an illusion depending which side you are looking from, one thing I should point out is I will be trying things with reflections too, Just to see if I can achieve a certain effect. This will either work or fail but hey you don’t do anything in modding without trying.
Enjoy the build all.
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Posted April 16 2015 - 09:06 PM
First thing I had to do was completely strip out the case, simply because I had to prep it and get it ready for paint.
First priority for me is to strip out the case itself, this is quite a simple task and made very easy thanks to the way the case was designed.
Now that was done I only had to do the one outer modification that was needed and that was to cut a window in the other side panel so both have a window, however I only wanted a top window in this side so it was time to get out the trusty Dremel.
For those of you that are thinking about cutting a panel my best advice is to mark it up with tape and then use the Dremel at a slight angle for best results, also let the tool do the work and don’t force it.
Once that was cut, it was just a simple case of removing the grill to be left with this
Nice a simple, obviously before getting ready for paint I will have to file the edges down of the cut a bit, but first here is what the new cut panel looks like on the case.
New window done and ready, next time I will post a teaser of paint work, but without the candy just to give you an idea of imagery… and why building I will blur it out just to keep you waiting until final shots. So get ready for the ride and enjoy the Illusionist.
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Posted April 23 2015 - 03:04 PM
As you can probably see I have enough parts for the build including 2x RL480 radiator, also included is some hardline, a Pacific P1 pump (which is a good old trusty D5 with a silent kit and variable speed control) also a T11 res to go with it. Also I have a Pacific PT20 which is a res pump combo for the cheaper budget and probably ideal for a smaller cooling loop. I also opted for the Pacific W2 waterblock which was designed by Swiftech for Tt and to be honest it was I know brainer as it is one of my favourite blocks (I’ll show you why later on today).
Now as my build is red and black mainly you will probably think that the choice of water being blue is a bit strange, well the simple reason is I wanted to be different due to the fact every one that has red and black normally goes down that route inside. I have done it myself on a previous build so I wanted to be different this time round and went with blue coolant and blue fans.. It might not even work but we will have to see.
I have to say a big Kudos goes out to Gigabyte who supplied me with this motherboard for the build the Z97MX-Gaming 5. Yes I chose a Micro ATX for this build would you believe it in a case this big, there is a reason for that as you will see later in the build, read the specs of the motherboard here..
Many thanks to and a shout out to OCZ who supplied 2x 240gb Vector 150 SSD’s for the build, full specs of these drives can be seen here.
Not forget Avexir as well who supplied me with 4 sticks of 4GB DDR3 blitz 1.1, the details of which can be found here.
Massive thanks goes out to XFX for supplying the R9 290X Double Dissipation model for the build, for more info on this card click here.
Last but not least is Scan international who not only stepped up with the CPU, they also supplied the various other parts for the build, including gpu block, as well as the lighting and some small bits and bobs. Take a look at their website here, they are not called Scan international for nothing.
Lastly and not least I am going to leave you guys with a sneak peak of the paintwork on the case.
I am in love with the paint job, were most of my budget has gone, red candy paint and flakes are not cheap at all.. so the case with paint job is the most expensive part of the build. Stay tuned (or website checking) as more posts will be going up.
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