Project: Cosmos SKULLTRAIL

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    I know i don't get on here as much as i'd like but i do always try to show my latest mod so my apologies for that :Paranoid:

    Anyway, its that time again to get a commissioned project up and running for the Coolermaster stand at Multiplay i34 which doesn’t leave much time so expect this one to take shape pretty fast once all the background stuff is out the way.

    There are three major sponsors which I’m eternally grateful for and have all supplied some killer hardware so i’ve first of all got to thank those involved for making the mod possible and vow to hopefully do them all justice.

    Sponsors Include:
    Coolermaster
    Intel
    Zotac
    HWLabs

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    System Spec:
    CM Cosmos S
    CM Ultimate PSU
    Intel Skulltrail Motherboard
    2x Intel QX9775 Quad Core
    2x Zotac 9800GX2’s
    4GM RAM

    Watercooling:
    By me ;)

    So, let the games commence :lol:

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    Guess this is a bit of a give away but hey, i like vents ;)

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    All stripped and ready for anodising :leet:

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    I didn't get anywhere near as much as what i'd planed today but i did get both vents mounted ready to be stuck in place after the panels are flattened and sent for powder coat to give better finish for paint but no real hurry as the painter is on holiday next week :(

    He did drop some of the paint off today which as always is pretty much just like a new car so i'm happy with that.

    I dunno, i seemed to spend more time looking at the damn thing today than getting into my usual attack mode but i seem to have more of a game plan so i guess all was not lost :lol:

    Oh yeah i borrowed a Cosmos 1000 side panel off my mate Tom so i didn't have to deal with the mesh panel in the Cosmos S which was a big help :leet:

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    No laser cutters here...........all done by hand ;)

    OK, there's a few imperfections which you wouldn't get with laser but much more fulfilling to know you did it all yourself with a fret saw.

    Anyway, as you can see the front of the Cosmos S mesh is being replaced with 5.25 aluminium plates which will be anodised black once all the cut-touts have been finished and have chrome hex bolts.

    The top one will hold a 4" TFT - two which are already been cut are for dual reservoirs - middle one will hold fan controllers and the bottom one for both Zotac and Intel logos

    Few shots of the finished Zotac logo with frosted white and orange plexi attached to the back which will be lit up from behind once everything is anodised and installed.

    .........hope they like it :)

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    Time to get a bit work done on the three Coolermaster Aquagate's and the replacement reservoirs ;)

    Got all three res's stuck together using my new found friend Poly Weld with FB barbs fitted all seems fine but will be leak testing before final fitting.

    And a couple of shots of the new look Aquagate in a standard Cosmos S which i did a while back for testing :thumbup:

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    Admittedly not a lot of case modding going on here at present as the Cosmos chassis is at the anodisers so I thought I would get the system up and running on the bench just to make sure everything was working………………i knew that mini Cosmos waterbox would come in handy one day :D

    Anyway got it all up and running like a dream with the CPU’s being cooled by 2 D-Tek FuZion and a GTX480 so everything’s nice and cool there but Zotac are still to decide whether to run two GX2’s or three GTX280’s so pointless putting the GFX under water just yet though I was tempted to fit the monster EK block that weigh in at 1080g each :S

    That’s about it for now until the chassis returns and the side panels get back!

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    Its a bit of a headache choosing which blocks to go for CPU's and NB due to hose routing but after much head scratching it looks like D-Tek FuZions for CPU's and a DD MC-Chipset block with a modded mounting bracket will be best.

    So, decided to make myself a nice little mounting bracket for the MPC-Chipset block.....

    Started by scribing the shape onto a 3mm piece of aluminium then took the original MPC mount to mark hole alignment.

    Not sure if there's time to get it anodised black or whether i'll just have to paint it but either way it looks OK and fits like a glove :thumbup:

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    Got the side panels back from powder coat today which is a great way of flattening down the standard brushed aluminium and a great flat base for primer so its time to start attaching the vents.

    Had to use that 2 part metal stuff to attach a couple of bolts to the back side of the vent to enable it to be screwed down.

    I also got hold of this Terotape and Primer which gives the vent a nice cushion to sit on which hopefully eliminates paint cracking when the side panel flexes.

    So anyway, this is how it looks and now i've got a night of bodging and wet sanding ahead to blend the vent into the panel then get it into primer ready for paint.

    Just did a test fit with the chrome bits on to see what the whole thing looks like in black :leet:

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    A long day of filler - sanding - wet sanding - more filler - more wet sanding and not much more tbh but all ready for primer, paint and clear coat so see what tomorrow brings ;)

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    Good and bad news today :Paranoid:

    Got the panels back from paint today and one turned out fine while the other had a few little reactions which the painter put down to water caught in the vent from wet sanding so its got to be re-done which is a bit of a pain but these things happen i guess.

    Here some pictures of the good one.........the other is already being re-sanded.

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    Wish i had more to report tbh but its just been a case of redoing the panel which is in primer again waiting for paint and clear coat then waiting for the chassis to get back from the anodises.

    I also ordered a Mips Ram Freezer 4 Block for the RAM which should be here in a couple of days.

    Sorry, that's about it :(

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    Again, my apologies for all waiting for the wet stuff to start taking shape but there's not much i can do until the chassis gets back other than to make the black bits blacker and the shiny bits shinier :lol:

    So, in keeping with the black / chrome of the vents.........


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    MIPs Ram Freezer 4 turned up first thing this morning so i set about getting it fitted but ran into problems right off the bat :mad:

    Basically once i got the stock heat spreaders off the Hynix HYMP512F72CP8D2-C4/Y5 Ram it soon became apparent that the centre processor was 1.2mm higher than the memory chips either side.

    Hmmmm........after much head scratching i decided to shim the memory and as luck would have it i had some cheap aluminium heat spreaders which just so happened were 1.2mm thick and already had thermal pads on them.

    So i set about cutting eight of them in total (two for each stick of memory) down to 50mm x 15mm which fit perfect.

    Just a case of adding them and a little AS5 to the reverse side of the memory and and assemble as normal.

    Leaving the actual RAM hex bolts loose so the four individual memory stick could move from side to side in the slots, the whole unit then fitted straight into the board with no problem at all then the hex bolts tightened up.

    All in all a bit fiddly but well worth it as it's one of the best machined blocks i've laid eyes on in a long while.

    I'll let MIPs know of the issue with this particular RAM so they could maybe machining some heat spreaders for this memory which would be easy for them to do and make life much easier for anyone else in this situation.

    Still not linked hose up yet but its been running fine for the last few hours so all is well but looking forward to see if it actually works.

    Also today, my good mate Tom also picked the 2 chassis up this morning and it should be back here Tuesday so i can start getting it re-assembled(mines the black one)

    Anyway, a few pictures as usual..........

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    Should just point out that the red chassis has nothing to do with this mod (last pic)

    Not sure if this is in the shops yet but the nice people at Coolermaster sent me a couple of their new Ultimate UCP 1100W PSU's to play with so got one hooked up to the Skulltrail already and is working a charm............very very quiet :thumbup:

    Also Zotac contacted me this morning and have another GX2 being shipped for tomorrow so i can eventually get this HUGE chunk of copper strapped to them (weighing in at 2180g i think they will need some kind of support made) ;)

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    Got the case back from the anodisers this morning in Ikea flat pack form courtesy of Tom so set about re-assembling it which was a lot easier than i first thought looking at all the bits.

    So glad i went with anodising rather than paint or powder coat which i did consider at one point as it looks great.

    Once that was riveted back together i had to keep going and added the painted surrounds and chrome rails just to see how it was looking.

    All in all a pretty productive time as its the first time i've seen it starting to come together and i think i'm liking it already.

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    Nothing too special but greatly appreciated of HWLabs for getting me them over - 1x GTX240 (black) and 1x GTX360 (chrome)

    Anyway, decided to mod a couple of EK 775 mounting brackets for the back of the motherboard and as there was some hot looking stuff on there thought it best to drill some air holes in just to be on the safe side :thumb:

    Once that was done added the mounting hardware and blocks to see how things were looking and looks like the NB block fits a treat though not sure what colour it should be?? - i'm thinking brushed alu might be better in keeping with the RAM Freezer though i'm not counting out black just yet.

    Mounted the Board in the case for a test fit with a couple of standard CM Aquagate Max'x and it looks like hose routing is going to be just about perfect though i'm bound to come across some hitches along the way but doesn't look too bad at all as it is.

    I had my doubts about all the cables on the PSU but CM have certainly put a lot of thought into it, especially for the Cosmos S as it fits a lot better than i originally thought.

    BTW this is all just test fitting for now and a total strip down is imminent but i'm a happy chappy and can go for a pint feeling pretty good with how things are coming together :thumbup:

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    Here we go, this is a bit more colour coordinated;)

    Dropped the tops off at powder coaters mid morning and had them back at tea time and am i glad i did tbh as they look real nice.

    Also got Eddy to express me a couple of EK-FC9800 GX2 SLI - Nickel-Plated over which are more in keeping with the overall scheme :leet:

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    In keeping with the black / chrome theme and thanks to Eddy i got a couple of Nickel-Plated EK-FC9800 GX2 SLI Blocks expressed over and set about getting them fitted.

    Took about 2 hours in total but time flies when your enjoying yourself - they do look a bit naked without the covers on so after a little trimming i re-used the covers though i'll have to find some way of fixing them properly because there nothing to actually fix them to but i'm sure i'll find a way.

    Also had the front bezels anodised (cheers Tom) but they were to dull so had them painted and clear coated which looks much better and got the Aquagate ones fitted though the it was starting to get dark out and the pictures aren't the best but you get the idea.

    Oh yeah, the board with all blocks added now weighs in at a staggering 6670g :eek:

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    Taken all of the above on board about the SB being covered by the cards i had to make some serious decisions.

    The dilemma has always been that in order to run Skulltrail with two GX2's in a Cosmos they have to use the top two PCi slots due to the PSU location directly below. (see here)

    The good news was the reply from Intel that its fine to use the top two PCi slots - the bad news is that in order to do so i would have to remove the card covers so as not to obscure the SB fan too much.

    There was no way around it so not much point in dwelling on the "what ifs" so took the covers back off the cards and got them mounted and tbh i'm quite liking being able to see all of the blocks and running the hose through the cards is looking a strong possibility and should look pretty cool if i can pull it off.

    Just did a quick bit of hose routing to show how this would look...

    Anyone see anything i don't because you start to become blind to the obvious but i think im good to go with that.

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    Right, i think i can move on now and finally put the GFX card issue to bed :lol:

    Well, one last thing........just made some nice little spacers to replace the plastic ones that kept popping out and now keep the cards much more stable and parallel :thumbup:

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