Project: Beast 2.5

Stevennoland

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I was in Barnes and Noble (a book store) and was scanning the computer mags and happened upon one that had a 'Crysis' preview. I read the article and I knew at that very moment I couldn't wait for Beast III to be finished.

This build will be the interlude. No, I haven't given up on Beast III, I'm still cranking on her. But that project is far (I mean really far) from being finished. I need a system now that will handle 'Crysis'.

So I set my sights on a system that will handle the task.

This project is just that! On with the build.

I knew I wanted to water cool (duh), and I wanted to a system that could cool rather well. I believe this system is a little over the top, but I'm famous for that (Beast III anyone).

The first thing in line was the case. So without further ado:

Newegg was the first stop and a couple days later .....
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I'm not going to need a lot of bays, but I really need depth (24 inches of goodness)
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Everthing looks good so far
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Unpacked!
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If it isn't obvious, I'm a really big fan of Lian-Li. Their cases are the bomb!
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The views
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There is a lot of extra junk (er stuff) in there
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Drive bays
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PSU bay (I'm going to steal the PCP&C 1KW from Beast III for this build)
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That divider has got to go
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Gutted (well almost, the front panel connects needed a torx wrench for removal)
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Next was the selection of the radiators. Since this case is fairly large, I'm going with three rads.

Delivery, mmmmm
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One two three boxes
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Packing slip (so I dont have to tell you all what I ordered)
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Single 120 (Ferrari red)
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Triple 120
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The lot
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Close-ups
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I was really hoping to get the EVGA Black Pearl edition of the 680i board, but I got sick of waiting. So I jimmied over to Fry’s elec. and picked up the 122-NF68-A1 board
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I have been a really huge fan of Corsair memory, but I figured it was time for a change, so I got this (water cooled to boot)
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This is a bay res I was going to use in Beast III until I decided to make my own. I added the third set of in and out holes (yes, I’m going to be using three pumps)
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I’m also going to be swiping three ddc12v (with the plexi tops) pumps from Beast III so I ordered a few fittings
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Fittings installed
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Here are the fans I’m going to use on the rads
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The 3 for the 360 120 rad
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In this shot is the general location for the handles, fillport, and 360 rad
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I printed out some full sheet labels for the locations
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I started out with the painters trim tape (it was all I had laying around)
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I then cut and trimmed the labels. Stick it to the case!
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Close-ups
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In this shot, I have all the clearance holes drilled
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This is the set up I’m using for cutting the top section out (God bless the rotozip)
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Holiness!
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The flubs
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Here is the hardware for the handles
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Installed
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The fan holes (all twelve) lined up! Yea!
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Fillport (also stolen from Beast III)
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The 360 rad
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Close-ups
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That’s all I have done now. If it was a little earlier, I’d have an update for Beast III. I’ll save it for tomorrow.

This project is going to go quick. I want to be ready when Crysis hits! Frag on!

Stay tuned.
 

l0cke

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So after Beast III finishes you can give this one to me! Genius!


Also, 3 pumps :eek:
 

Dark Prodigy

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I'm using the Lian-Li V1200 for my current build and as an owner you know the pics (even with a fantastic camera) doesn't completely do it justice. Are you keeping the watercooling all internal?
 

reins

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I don't care what you are working on it as long as you post pics. Looking forward to what appears to be another epic build.
 

NickS

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Holy crap dude, nice job! Can't wait to see this beast finished.
 

WipeoutFTW

Limp Gawd
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looking pretty awesome so far. I also just recently build a new comp for Crysis.
 

Tale Gunner

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Nice start to this build. Have you ever used that reservior before? I have and the results were not what I expected. The top and sides cracked (not from too much pressure of the screws either). The plexiglas clouded up and I was using the recommended mix for water and coolant additive. I hope you dont have the same results. I had to remove mine and build another reservoir to keep the system running.
 

digital_exhaust

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Dammit... your killing me here;)

This looks awesome.. can't wait to see what you have in store over the next few days (or weeks)... I'll be watching this... but don't use it as an excuse to "back burner" Beast 3... that would just be mean...
 

Stevennoland

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Hey all! I haven’t forgotten about you in my building quests.

I have been really busy with work, so I’m only spending a max of 20 minutes per day to work on things. I have been working on Beast 2.5 (hence this post), and hear that Crysis is going to be out sometime in November. Yea! This means I’m under the gun to get Beast 2.5 done.

On with the post:

Here is the front 120mm fan intake where one of the rads is going
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This is the plate that attaches the fan
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Here is a shot of the screw I’m using to bolt the fan to the rad (it comes really close to the rad fins)
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Here is the fan installed on the rad (notice the gap)
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Close up
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So what can I use to minimize the gap? Aha!
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Fan with gasket installed (the gap is a little narrower)
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Close up
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With plate attached
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Installed (mind you this is not permanent installation, the fan still needs to be sleeved)
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Other side
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Here is the assembly that installs near the CPU
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You can see there is not a lot of room (the first slot might not be useable)
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Shot of the back plate area (no clearance problems there)
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The side panel just touches the rad
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Since I’m watercooling, and using three pumps (pump #1 for the GPU, #2 for the CPU and #3 for the support chipsets and HDD). I wanted to split the line from pump #3 and have it go to the support chipset and the HDD at the same time, so I made these
(Material is delrin)
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One is for the feed and the other for the return
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Here is the north bridge block (Thanks Danger Den)
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The TDX for the CPU
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Close up
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I ordered the brass top for the TDX and here is what they sent (there is no pic listed on their site. Hmmmm wonder why)
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Bottom
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Attachment (made of plexi! ARGH! I wanted the whole top made of brass)
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So I decided to ditch the plexi top and make my own out of aluminum
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Here is the HDD cage that comes with the case. Since I was originally planning on using one Raptor, the extra space isn’t needed. Time for some modification.
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After the mod
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Also, the original location of the cage was a bit too close to the PSU, so I moved it (here are two of the new holes. I used the 2 back holes from the front cage as the front holes for the back cage)
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New HDD home
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I knew I was going to use a Raptor in this build, but then Best Buy put them on sale and suddenly a RAID set up seemed sweeter. So…. (The X model even)
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Sensitive (better not touch at all)
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LOL! The bag everyone talks about. Nice.
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I think that film is supposed to come off (anyone know for sure?)
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Close up’s
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The circuit board
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Connectors
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Since I‘m now using two raptors (I modified my cage to only hold one HDD, I needed a way to hold the other HDD) viola! Thanks Koolance!
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Here is the little disc that hold the HDD’s after you have slid them on
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Hardware
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Close up’s
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I decided to rob the PCP&C 1KW Turbo cool from Beast III for the PSU. I forgot how big this mother is
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You can see the opening for wires is blocked (I want that opening! What to do?) I know, move the PSU back….
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2 inches should do
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No more blockage
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Now, how to attach the PSU with it sticking out two inches, bring on the extension posts (I was originally going to make these, but it’s much easier to buy them. About $6.00 each, thanks for the bend over Mcmaster)
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The tapped ends (M3 threads, same as the thumb screws)
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Since these are metric, they were a little longer than 2 inches in length. No prob.
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Here are the M3 set screws to attach the posts to the case
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Set screw installed
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The nice thing about precision machined parts; all the tapped holes are the same depth
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Here is the location of the holes for the PSU plate mount
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2 pins
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The rest
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Time for a test fit
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This PSU weighs nine plus pounds. You can see that thing sag. What to do?
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I know. I’ll just turn up some posts (sorry, I don’t have any pics of the posts doing their job, but you can imagine right?)
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Since I am building this to play Crysis, the GPU has to be good…. Delivery day
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I sure hope it’s in there
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Yea!
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Unpacked
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The card
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Close up’s
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Top row of memory, I don’t like the looks of that contact
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I’m water cooling right? So what does a GPU like this need……
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Anticipation… It’s making me wait
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Yea baby!
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Close up’s
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I picked up the last pieces for this project yesterday. The only way to get DX10 is…
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A little office software never hurt (check that price!!!)
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Now I just have to find the time to finish the south bridge block and drill a couple holes in the case for some wiring. I’m hoping to have the block done by Labor Day weekend. I hope I’ll have some time to get here up and going.

Stay tuned!
 

Nick_Leo

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i plan on picking up that case soon, when ever i get my money refunded back to my paypal from my canceled new egg order. i cancled it cuz i got a wrong item and didnt know it would take this long to go back to my pp. but im glad it is as i just saw the v1200b is 200 bucks at the egg with like 65 bucks off. just hope it stays on sale in the time it takes to get my refund back to pp.
 

digital_exhaust

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Thanks for the update!

I really like what you've done so far, and am anxious to see what's to come.

Keep up the great work!
 

l3ender

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I just happened upon this thread, and this looks awesome. Definitely look forward to what you'll be doing in the future with this...beast. :)
 

M.D.K.

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I dare you to open up that DangerDen block. You don't think they went with an opaque cover just for fun, do you? I nearly vomited when I took the top off mine...


Impressive build as always.
 

LostStorm

Gawd
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dare you to open up that DangerDen block. You don't think they went with an opaque cover just for fun, do you? I nearly vomited when I took the top off mine...
Damn now you got me curious, what is underneath
 

Stevennoland

Limp Gawd
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Hey all!

Back with a little update.

In my haste to provide the last update, I forgot a few things.

My new CPU
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The FP01 fan controller from Aero Cool
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I would really have liked it if the display was motorized
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Back ports
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Bag-o-connectors
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Since I’m watercooling, I knew I wanted to use H2O on the north and southbridge blocks. I really couldn’t find one for the southbridge, so I decided to make one.
I had this 3” diameter ½” thick piece of copper laying around so…. First I installed the o-ring groove
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Close-up
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Then the pattern (note: this block will only work on the evga 680i mobo)
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Close-ups
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I then added the flow area with a couple risers (the southbridge doesn’t get too hot)
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Close-up
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o-ring
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I then ground the contact side flat to within +- .0001 inches (that’s FLAT!!)
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Close-up (it’s really hard to see how smooth it really is)
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Here is the acrylic top with the requisite mounting holes and 3/8” G1/4 fitting holes
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This is a ¼” diameter tooling ball to aid in the installation of the double-angle holes
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Close-up
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Here are the double-angled holes
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Thru shot
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Close-ups
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I then sanded the contact side first with 1500 grit and then 2000 grit
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Here is a shot of the gap between the copper and the plexi with the o-ring installed before screw tightening
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After tightening
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More views
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With fittings
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This is a shot of the mounting hole for the Koolance hydra pack HDD cooler on the Raptor 150X
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This is the capture piece to lock the pack to the HDD
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Installed (I tried to tighten the piece firmly to the HDD, but I couldn’t install the hydra pack. So, I opted to read the install instructions and they stated that the piece doesn’t need to be completely tight for proper function. DOH!)
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First HDD installed
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Not a lot of room for connectors and hose, SHEESE!
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Second HDD installed
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This is certainly going to be a busy end
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And lastly, here are the risers for the PSU installed
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I have some more stuff done, but no pics yet. Sorry.

Stay tuned!
 

digital_exhaust

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I have some more stuff done, but no pics yet. Sorry.

Your killing me here man...... you can't say things like that........

:)

More pics..... now.

please

Seriously... amazing again. I love your work. You are one of the most creative and skilled modders I have ever seen.... I am truly in awe of your builds and I can't wait for more.
 

jwadd

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fuck dude, rolling your own water cooling blocks? that would give me a migraine.
 
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Beautiful build,question ? Given that you bought the windowed Raptor(s),have you any plans for a window mod for it(them) ? So it can be seen and shown off ? :cool:

I plan to do something like it with my own (raptor X) once my Li Li gets here.
 

LostStorm

Gawd
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To: Stevennoland

You are really starting to piss me off.
Just joking , really nice job on everything
Keep up nice work
 

jwadd

n00b
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how hard is it to post pics?

apparently a little harder than crushing MY HOPES AND DREAMS>
 
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