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Old 4th January 2015, 1:57 AM   #1
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Default [Project Log] GREEN MOLECULE (modded Fractal Design ACR Mini R2)


Case: Modded Fractal Design ARC Mini R2
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus V Gene
CPU: Intel i7 3770K
GPU: EVGA GTX 970 SLI (still need to acquire)
RAM: 4 x 4GB Corsair Dominator GTs 2133Mhz
SSD: undecided
HDD: undecided
PSU: Corsair AX860

Cables: Icemodz custom sleeved white and green cables

Radiators: Alphacool NexXxoS Full Copper Monsta 240mm, Alphacool NexXxoS Full Copper ST30 360mm
Fans: 7 x Gelid Wing Green
Pump: Swiftech MCP35X with Koolance casing and heatsink
Reservoir: Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 150 Full Acrylic
Fittings: Primochill Rigid Ghost Green fittings, various Bitspower matte black extensions and angle fittings
Tubing: Primochill Rigid Clear
CPU Block: EK-Supremacy CSQ Polished Nickel Plexi
GPU Block: 2 x EK-FC670 CSQ Nickel Acetal (reusing old blocks that will fit on some GTX 970 reference cards)
RAM Block: EK-RAM Monarch X4 CSQ Polished Nickel Plexi
Motherboard Block: EK-MOSFET ASUS M5G Acetal
SLI Bridge: EK-FC Bridge CSQ Polished Dual Parallel
Coolant: Mayhems UV Emerald Green

Lighting: DarkSide UV LED strips

Other: nVidia Claw SLI Bridge, Aquaero 5LT USB fan controller

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Hey guys! My name is Alex, I'm from the Gold Coast and I just joined the forum.

I would like to welcome you to my new build log and what will be my second mod project.

You can check out my first mod project, the Vault Boy here.

Hope you guys enjoy the project and pop by and say hi

This build is more of an upgrade of my system in a Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 in which I will be keeping most of the components as well as adding new ones and a lot of modding work to the case and other bits

Here is the build before disassembly and before a pretty major event happened ...







Now back to the pretty major event that went down with the build. One Saturday morning a few weeks back now, while I was still enjoying my sleep my partner wakes me up telling me there is a burning smell coming from the system, me thinking she's just making fun of me as she sometimes does, I choose to ignore her. However as she kept insisting and telling me that it's no joke I got up and went to the other room where the system was just to be greeted by this awful smell of burnt plastic and a couple of seconds later realising that the DDC pump had burned out.

The CPU was rocking 105C according to Real Temp but was still running fine. Not sure how long it's been like that, it was running the whole night as we stream movies to our bedroom from it and before I went to sleep it was fine. I immediately turned it off by just a normal shut down and there went my day as I decided to just dismantle the thing there and then.

The aftermath is shown in the following pics as I went ahead and took everything apart, cleaned it and installed the system on my desk to test everything. Fortunately everything was fine minus a burned out DDC pump . The little guy has been pumping my liquid pretty much 24 hours straight for the past two years and a bit and it decided it's had enough of the Queensland heat. Just when I was about to mount a heat sink on it along with the upgrade of the system.

And let's start straight with the dirty stuff







As you can see the little guys burned out pretty good, I doubt I can salvage it with a new PCB from that DIYINHK site that still sell them







If I'm guessing right the fluid must have been boiling around the CPU area that caused the tube to fog up as well as deform a little bit to the touch. My partner may have woken me up just in time to save it. Not sure if the system would have shut itself off after a while or if the acrylic tube would of just melted but I think I'm lucky nothing further happened.







Here's the empty case and by the looks of things something funny happened to the label on that Corsair Force GT SSD.









And everything out on the table to be cleaned and inspected

You may also spot the new side panel that I have been working on the few days prior, finished it the night before.

Here's a better look at the side panel



The plan was to have more molecules but I managed to mess up the left side of it so decided to just make the window bigger. Still think it came out pretty good in the end, minus a few painting mess ups due to an unexpected storm that occurred as the paint was drying.



These are the molecule shapes I used as I am not good at drawing things







A better look at the finished side panel as well as the very last pic of the system running

The side panel was fully crafted by me using a Dremel rotary tool, a jig saw and lots of filing

I was also playing around with this new Aquaero 5LT controller the night before. Installed the optional heatsink but didn't get to test it out.









The modding begins !!!

First I cut a small hole in the floor which I will use as a drain from the bottom outlet of the Alphacool Monsta 240mm rad that will be going in the front of the case.



Did a cut on the MB tray as well. I will be making a shroud for the bottom so I cut the bottom right corner of the MB tray as to better help with cable management at the back.





I made a small mistake here and started cutting higher that I wanted to. However it doesn't make a difference as I will be putting some white acrylic around the MB that will cover everything.









I then got the case ready for painting

































In this last pic you can see how the brushed aluminum aspect of the front panel looks after painting.

Some parts will be going green while other will stay white.

The plan is to have the inside of the case white and the outside shell green like the side panel. Hopefully it will look good like I'm imagining it.

Here is the frame of the case assembled once the paint dried.














That's it for now. Stay tuned for more.

Cheers,

Alex

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Old 4th January 2015, 10:57 AM   #2
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Bad luck on the burning out.

Looks great in white thou.
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Old 4th January 2015, 11:13 AM   #3
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Bad luck on the burning out.

Looks great in white thou.

Thanks . Yea luckily nothing else happened to the system
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Old 4th January 2015, 11:54 AM   #4
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Holy Cow that looks AWESOME

I would just get a new pump and I always use new 'o' rings on them
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Holy Cow that looks AWESOME

I would just get a new pump and I always use new 'o' rings on them

Thanks . Yup I have a new pump, Swiftech MCP35X. I will be enjoying the PWM control, always found the other pump a bit loud. It was the only noise you could hear from the system. Should be dead quiet with this once I turn the RPM down
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Hey guys. Here's a small update of what I've been working on for the front and top panel grills of the case

I previously painted them white, I then cut some molecule shapes out of white vinyl, though any colour could have worked. I then painted green over them and after drying I took off the vinyl stickers. Very simple do to and I'm very happy with the result.





















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Old 4th January 2015, 10:47 PM   #7
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Looks good, great work so far!

Love the theme also, looking forward to your next update.
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Welcome to the forums! Those pics of the burnt pump were extreme!
I've been thinking about watercooling for a while now, but this tells me that i'll really have to do my research.
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Good to see some fresh ideas, the green fluid reminds me of Euro trip
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Looks good, great work so far!

Love the theme also, looking forward to your next update.
Thank you kind sir

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Welcome to the forums! Those pics of the burnt pump were extreme!
I've been thinking about watercooling for a while now, but this tells me that i'll really have to do my research.
Thanks . Yup pretty extreme. You do have to do quite a lot of research if you've never watercooled before, there are just so many options out there at the moment for watercooling. As for the pump, DDCs are known to get pretty hot and if you run them 24/7 on max RPM pretty much like I did and my room does get pretty hot in the summer here in Queensland, over 37C sometimes. The little pump is bound to get pretty hot. I will be installing a heatsink on the new one I will be using and this one also has PWM control so I will be able to reduce the speed as needed .

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Thanks . I remember seeing that movie a long time ago but unfortunately I must not be remembering that scene haha :P
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drinking the absinth
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What did you use to paint the case?
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I came in just to compliment you, this looks great! Really love your sense of design.
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I might have to see that one again :P

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I used Rust-Oleum spray paint. Their white Primer and 2X Ultra Cover Paint, as well as a clear coat from White Knights in the end . I don't have the perfect painting set up as I don't have the room for it at the moment and I can't really say the paint is perfect either, not for my small OCD at least. I'm still debating if I should take it in for powder coating to get a perfect finish . Still quite a lot to be done on the build

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