★★★ Project: Icebreaker ★★★

Discussion in 'Extreme and Water Cooling' started by bundymania, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. bundymania

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    Hey guys,

    today, it's once not time for another review, but for a worklog! :)

    It all started with my Corsair Obsidian case, that started to look too big and too black for me after some time, so I wanted to start something new! :)

    As there aren't too many white cases, that look pretty good, I finally decided for a Fractal Design Define R3 in the color Arctic White. :)

    In this worklog, I want to inform you about planned and finished mods and also hope for constructive posts.

    The current plans included - of course - watercooling for CPU, VGA card and mainboard, maybe also the RAM for optical reasons. The color scheme will include white, light blue (water) and maybe purple (2nd loop!?).
    Of course, spontaneous changes could happen in response to new ideas or good proposals that I prefer.

    As I already had a few engravings in the past and I really liked them, this is likely to happen again in this log.

    Also, I'll of course cover the basics: lighting, sleeved cables and whatever might come to my freaky mind! :D

    An airbrushed design would probably also be great, but just as (and too) expensive on a large surface, if I don't find a cheaper alternative.

    The other side panel will maybe get a window in the style of an iceberg or just a plain, simple window.


    Let's get to the planned

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    Case: Fractal Design Define R3 - Arctic White

    http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&category=2&prod=53

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    Mainboard: EVGA X58 SLI LE
    CPU: Intel Core i7 920
    Watercooling: Mips set with white tops, Fullcover Block + Mosfet cooling
    CPU waterblock: Watercool Heatkiller LT Special Edition with white top
    VGA card: probably a Sapphire 5850 with a matching waterblock
    RAM: 6GB Kit by Corsair, or Mushkin
    PSU: Be Quiet Straight Power PCGH Edition in white
    opt. drive: Samsung DVD LW
    SSD: Kingston V100 128GB

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    Storage: 1TB HDD

    other watercooling components: 5/8" tubing + barbed fittings, Laing DDC-1T pump, XSPC Laing acryl top,
    and one or two reservoirs.



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    - 09/20/10: begin of this worklog! :)


    Update 09/21/10:

    ice crystals on a HK 3.0 LT - maybe useful somewhere else as a nice effect :)


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    First tests with engraving:


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    Misc. hardware and moddingparts from Aquatuning & Caseking & some other places:

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    Update 09/25/10:

    Side Panel shipped to a guy which is able to make the windowcut for me with a Waterjet :)

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    (Yep, the very old phone is rare and may would get a high collectors price @ebay :) )

    Colors (half transparent) from Molotow arrived:

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    Update 09/30/10:

    Windowcut in Sidepanel is ready - thanks goes to Ace.KIA@forumdeluxx.de

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    Special Version from the wanted RAM Waterblock with white Top arrived - Thx to Mips-Computer.de & Sixtron

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    Update 10/08/10:

    - more Parts arrived from new Sponsors EK Waterblocks, Magicool and Bitspower !
    - little Paintjob Test

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    Update 10/14/10:

    - Koolance Waterblock changed to EK Block, because imo it fits better with the white top in the Ice/Winter Theme :)
    - Slotbrackets painted white
    - Black Screws from the Slotbrackets changed to clear/iced looking screws
    - one of the Rads painted white
    - Fanmount dissasembled from the Casebottom
    - BeQuiet PSU was changed to Enermax Liberty 620W - white painted and cables sleeved white
    - Sketch for Plexiglass engraving done by Beer design

    Update 10/19/10:

    - White paint for the Screws, Backplate and Bracket from the 5850 Card & Waterblock


    Update 10/28/10:


    Laser Engraving is ready, thanks goes to www.martmamod.de

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    and thanks for the Sketch to www.beer-design.com


    Update 10/31/10:

    Some color tests

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    Update 11/14/10:


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    (anything must go out, which pays no rent ;) )

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    (nope..can´t find the tripod while making these pics :D

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    Radiator fits good

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    White Screws for the Boardblocks:

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    Update 11/18/10:

    Different Tops for the CPU Waterblock / Rad & CoolCover Mounting Screws Paintjob

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    Paintjob ;)

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    Update 11/20/10:

    CPU Waterblock now with Plexy Top, Mounting-& Logo Plate painted white and a light test:

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    Little Update today after a longer Break - Ram Waterblock changed and Cool Cover Mounting Kit painted and installed

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    Imagine white Leds and Screws in the EK Ram Waterblock and HK 3.0 ! :)


    Screws and EK Logo painted white :)

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    Now with lighting - i like it ! :up:

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    For supporting me with this project, I'd like to thank Aquatuning , www.aquacomputer.de , www.phobya.com , www.kingston.com , www.magicool.biz , www.ekwaterblocks.com , www.martmamod.de , www.bitspower.com , Caseking , Tecnofront , MIPS Computer , www.beer-design.com , Noiseblocker , XSPC and the user "delicious_cake" for helping me with the translation of this :)
     
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    Say Hello to Magicool, Bitspower and EK Waterblocks, they´re kindly sent me some parts for this Project ! I made a little colortest with trafficwhite, it´s a bit darker than the white color from the case, but maybe a nice little contrast.

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    Paintjob ;)

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    ..and some "Icewater" Tests :)

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  4. d1ng0d4n

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    I like it man :thumbup:

    Although I must say, the white screws on the motherboard blocks just don't do it for me. Too obvious :( Just that bit off colour to the block's themselves.
     
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    Freakin impressive though. Keep the posts coming!
     
  6. MorgzMods

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    i love it!

    the white led's in the blocks topped it off for me!

    :D kinda disappointed you can't drag this out with like a million more photo's though. would keep me satisfied for longer :lol:
     
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    Oh, also;
    How'd you go about the radiator going white? Difficult? I mean with the fins and all being a pain in the backend.
     
  8. Liighthead

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    ^ paint them? not 2 sure what you mean. you want to paint the outside not the fins? or done how he done it all white?


    nice work! subed :D
     
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    Excellent. Might do something similar in my next build :)
     
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    Looks awesome! never thought a white case etc would work but you've done it in my opinion!
     
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    Very nice and clean, hehe i liked the ice cubes in there!

    Nice project, i am sure you sepent some serious time on this!
     
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    This case looks HOT! (... or cold?) Love it, cant wait to see mre pics :thumbup:
     
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    Incredibly beautiful build, well done!
     
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    Really clean build. Thanks for sharing
     
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    Nice build, thanks for posting photos. :)

    What radiator are you using there?
    The fins look really closely spaced.
     
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    Those are magicool 240 & 280 slim rads :)
     
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    sick setup dude
     
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    Where are you going to mount the rads?
     
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    In the front - 240mm version and the other 280mm rad in the top...hopefully it fits with the new ram cooler :Paranoid:
     

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