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BrimStone - By PennyWise


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BrimStone will be based on a molten rock theme.
I think the horizontal board mount is by far my favorite design.
 
The case for this mod will be the new Thermaltake Core X9.
 
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Thermaltake is taking there cases to a whole new level with this line.
 
Hardware list for this build:
MSI Z97 Gaming 9 ACK Motherboard
2 MSI GTX 970 4GD5T OC GPUs
Intel 4790k CPU
Kingston HyperX Savage 8 gig kit
2 Kingston HyperX 3K SSD 128GB
Thermaltake ToughPower 1000W Gold PSU
EK-Supremacy EVO CPU water block
2 EK-FC970 GTX TF5 GPU water blocks
EK-FC Terminal Dual Serial water bridge
EK-Xtop D5 Vario pump
EK-D5 Pump Cover Kit
Ek-HDC 16mm Red Fittings
EK-AF angle adapters, plugs, and extenders.
EK-HD acrylic tubing
EK-CoolStream 480 Radiator
Mainframe Customs Sleeving, Plugs, Pins, and supplies.
 
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Anyone who knows me, knows I absolutely love to design custom case feet for my builds. I came up with a design to make the case feet look like pulsating molten rock. I decided to first make a small vacuum former to help with molds and such. I cut some wood blocks to just larger than I wanted my case feet to be. I crunched up some tin foil and lined the vacuum form with it.
 
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I then sprayed some mold release on the tin foil and poured in the resin.
 
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so I learned somthing about resin today. If there is any gap, even a pin hole, the resin will find it and flow through it. so after it dried and was ready to be removed, I noticed the resin was both on the outside and the inside of the tinfoil mold. So I now had to chip about all the acrylic on the outside of the mold, and pick away all the tin foil from the feet. Even after that, they turned out pretty good.
 
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Now it was time to test how well it tossed the light around.
 
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Now it was time to level it out, drill and tap mounting/led holes. I used a table top belt sander to get the case feet to the desired height. The plan is to use transparent red paint and either airbrush some black, or paint black paint onto the feet.  The desired look would be when the led is lite, the cracks of red would show up. It was now time to set the feet aside and work on a few other things before I could get everything off for painting.
 
The next project was to build 2 custom backplates for the gpus and get them ready for paint.
 
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For the reservoir I  will be building a 3 bay custom reservoir. The idea is to have the front part of the reservoir fill up and overflow into the back area which will be filled with red acrylic crystals. I  drilled and tapped holes for the screws and g 1/4 fittings.  I cut a gasket from black rubber and sealed the front using 10/24 screws.
 
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I sculpted a cracked molten rock wall with the Thermaltake dragon embedded into it and preped it for paint.
 
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All the sleeving from MAINframe customs is 90% complete.  I am just waiting on the psu to come back from being painted to finish with the lengths.  I desoldered the guts of the psu housing so I could work on all the sleeving while the housing was being painted.  I have stitched all the cables and trained them in place.  All the wiring is as fare as I can get it till the painting is done.
 
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I had my airbrush guy, Dan from Splat Designs do the airbrushing on this case and some of the parts.
 
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Along with the paint job being done, all the Liquid cooling from EK came in monday express delivery.  I have to have this build complete and delivered to Thermaltake in Las Vegas for CES by latest the next monday. Tuesday night was the first night I had to work on everything. I started by drilling holes in the case for the feet supports and leds.  I also used some rubber gasket material for any uneven spots between the bottom of the case and the feet.
 
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Then I installed the water blocks, water bridge, and back plates on the gpus.
 
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My buddy Stearns dropped by to give me a hand for a few hours on tuesday night. For the radiator we used the 8/32 stainless screens.  To do this I had to drill and tap the holes larger.  I then mounted the fans (which were pre wired together to fit the radiator) and installed it into the case.
 
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I soldered the power supply back together and assbled it. Then cut the wires to length, pinned, and installed the plugs.
 
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We built a jig for bending the acrylic tubing.  After bending the first bend, there was a small mark on the inside of the pipe where it scraped on the wood jig.  It was small enough to sand and polish back to clear.  After sanding down, Shawn and I decided the frosted looked way better than clear.  I continued for most of the night bending the acrylic tubing.  We also made a custom tray for the ssds and pump. For mounting the reservoir, we had to build custom mounting brackets and tap the reservoir for the screws.  I installed a box for all the splices to keep things neat.
 
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Next comes glueing in the windows on the top and the side.
 
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I didn't have much time to take alot of pictures toward the end of the build. I had to have it done and final pictures done by saturday morning, when Bod and Rod from BSmods would pick it up and deliver for me. Thanks again guys.
 
Another big thank you to Shawn Stearns for the help.
 
Thank you to all the sponsors for all your help.
 
-Thermaltake
-MSI
-EK
-Kingston
-MAINframe Customs
 
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