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[UK] Adam Braithwaite

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Hello and welcome to Project p5yche by Darwin PC!

Who am I?

My name is Adam Braithwaite, and I mod as "Darwin PC". I have been a computer enthusiast for as long as I can remember - my first computer was an awesome Amiga 600, and I was hooked from that point.

Over the years my passion for technology developed into custom gaming computer building and modding. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to work on projects with the support of major technology brands, and to have my work recognised at shows and within the modding community is a real honour.

I love building, creating and generally fiddling, so for me, modding is the perfect activity. The modding community is a great thing, and the feedback I get encourages me to push the limits with every new project.

Project p5yche

I'm very excited to take part in this competition, thanks to Thermaltake and all the sponsors for making this possible. :)

Project p5yche is named, like my other projects, after mythical gods and goddesses. Psyche was the Greek goddess of the soul.

I have some very special things planned for this mod. The most obvious first of all, is that I'll be using TWO Thermaltake Core P5 cases. These will be joined together, and will allow for some serious hardware to be built into the mod.

The plans, mods and build updates will be posted here, so check for updates!


CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X99 ATX LGA2011-3
Memory: Avexir Blitz 1.1 - 32GB (8x 4GB) DDR4-2400Mhz
Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX
Case: Thermaltake Core P5 (2x)
PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 1250W Titanium
Radiator: Thermaltake Pacific RL480 (3x)

Reservoir: Thermaltake Pacific T33 (2x)
Pump: Thermaltake Pacific P1 Black D5 Pump w/ Silent Kit (2x)
Fittings: Thermaltake Pacific Chrome

Update: Build complete


Hi guys, I would like to thank Thermaltake and all the sponsors for inviting me to this competition and making this project possible. It's been challenging at times, I was hit with many delays, but got there in the end!

The finished build photos are below. I'll also post a loop fill video as soon as I finish editing it!
I hope you like what I created - Project p5yche, a twin Core P5 mod.

Custom gaming computers and mods by Darwin PC

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The Thermaltake Core P5 is an awesome case. What could possibly be better? How about... two of them!






The two cases will be joined together to form a monster double Core P5. First of all I took the cases out and stripped one of them down, since it won't need any power switches etc. It also allowed me to get a good look at the structure of the frame.




Here are all the parts removed:




And here is the stripped down Core P5. It's a simple but elegant and functional design. It should be quite straightforward to work with.



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A little ;) package arrived from Thermaltake... most of the watercooling kit, and the PSU. This thing is going to be a beast!


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The hardware for Project p5yche arrived! Thanks to the sponsors - Thermaltake, Newegg, ASUS, Intel, Samsung and AVEXIR.




ASUS X99 Sabertooth motherboard - great looking motherboard, I look forward to playing with this.










ASUS GeForce GTX 980 STRIX - really nice coolers, it will be a shame to remove them, but this beast must be watercooled!








Intel Core i7-5820K






SAMSUNG 850 PRO 2.5" 512GB - this is a really gorgeous SSD, with a solid finish.






AVEXIR Blitz 1.1 Series Original (White LED) - heaps of RAM, the heatsinks look awesome, can't wait to see the LEDs.







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Trying out some designs and colour schemes. I'm always trying to find a look not done before... how about white and green?



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Mock fit of the radiator using the existing mountings, to determine placement of the other two radiators.




To drill holes for the other radiators, I'll use a jig. This will ensure the correct relative placement of the holes, as well as giving a guide for vertical holes (since I don't have a drill press).


I had originally planned to drill and tap M3x0.5 holes, but on second thought I decided to drill 5mm holes and use a washer on the back. This will allow a little room for better fitting.




Test fitting to check the hole alignment - fits perfectly.




Here is the jig in place, ready to drill.



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I printed some templates to get the radiator positioning exactly correct. Had a slight panic when I measured the distance between holes and it was 100 mm (should be 105 mm), but luckily the calipers were reading wrong! After a quick re-zero, everything measured up perfectly.




Here are the templates all in place and ready for drilling. The circled holes will be drilled, and crossed holes will not (due to obstructions or gaps). There are still plenty of attachment points for each radiator to give a solid mount. Unfortunately it's too late to drill now (neighbours!), so I will drill tomorrow.



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A weekend of drilling!


I finished the mounting holes for the radiators. Then moved on to the points where the two Core P5s would attach to each other.


Here are the pieces marked up:




The holes on the edge will be fixed with rivets. The little screws attach the edge of the case to a corner bracket inside. Since the screw heads would prevent the cases sitting flush together, they will be removed. I originally planned to bolt through the holes on both cases to maintain the strength in the corner, but the holes don't actually line up. So four new holes within the corner bracket area will be drilled and tapped.


Here are the finished case edges:



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Marking up the mounts for the 2x D5 pumps and 2x T33 reservoirs. The pumps are slightly to the right from the reservoirs, as the pump inlet is in the centre, but the ports on the bottom of the reservoir are either side of the centre.




Finished drilling and ready for painting after a cleanup!



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Time to work on the hardware for the project. First up, fitting the i7-5820K and full cover block for the ASUS X99 Sabertooth.


I had to remove the thermal armour from the motherboard to fit the full cover block. Here you can see the exposed southbridge and VRMs:




Installing the CPU:




Here is the full cover waterblock installed:




It would be a shame to waste the thermal armour, so let's have a look at making it fit with the water block. Here you can see the parts that overlap:




Nothing a little Dremeling can't fix...






Here is the rough cut - fits nicely. Now just needs cleaning up and then time for paint:





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Painting the thermal armour for the ASUS X99 Sabertooth motherboard.


First coat of primer:




After sanding, more primer and more sanding:




Final coat of paint:




Now ready for clear coat and fitting back to the motherboard...

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Fitting the water blocks for the 2x ASUS GTX 980 STRIX graphics cards.


With stock air coolers:




Coolers removed - nice looking PCBs!




With the water blocks fitted. I like the black/white combo.



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Cutting the backplate for the ASUS X99 Sabertooth thermal armour so it fits with the full cover water block.


Here is the part that overlaps:




Cutting the backplate to fit:






And the finished motherboard (minus some detailing work that will be added):





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Hi man your build was awesome. I hope you win this competition! Goodluck Have Fun! :)

Thanks, much appreciated! :)

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Got the case powder coated white, riveted / bolted the two parts together, and started fitting the hardware to make the loop.


Here you can see some of the green detailing I've done on the motherboard and will do elsewhere, using vinyl.


Starting to come together...



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With the case assembled and hardware installed, it's time to construct the watercooling loop.




I'm using the cutting tool provided in the kit from Thermaltake. This works really well, very quick and only gives a slight burr on the inner edge of the tube, that is easy to remove.




Started off cutting the straight runs to connect the radiators to each other.




First bend in place - connecting the left radiator to the reservoir. The bending insert and mandrel from Thermaltake made this a breeze.




All the tubing in place, apart from the top run from the motherboard block to the radiator. This run is actually longer than 1m (the length of the tubing pieces), so I will be using the flow indicators from Thermaltake to break up the length.



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24 Thermaltake Riing 120 mm RGB fans fitted!




Also got the top tubing runs sorted now I have the flow meters.




Looking good in green...



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Oh my ####! Those are like engine turbines! imaging if there are Thermal compounds already installed there... I will spit rainbows mate! Good Job! :D

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