PROJECT ISOLATION (modded Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Maker)

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    Hi guys,

    Been a while since I've been active on the forums :)

    I've been super busy with a new job, move to a different city and pretty much a whole new life!

    Glad to say that I'm back and with a very exciting project!

    As the banner suggests it will be based on the Dead Space games and it's my entry for this year's Cooler Master Case Mod World Series as well as the ANZ Edition of the "World Series".

    I am going all out with for this project and trying some modding techniques I haven't done before so stay tuned and enjoy the build log! I'm gonna give a little hint and say that this will NOT be a clean build :)

    I would like to say a huge thanks to Cooler Master Australia for giving me this opportunity as well as ASUS Australia, Kingston HyperX, Avexir, Bitspower, Primochill, CableMod, PLE Computers and a new addition from a friend of mine, Kristian from MercoMods!

    SPECS

    Case - Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Maker
    Motherboard - ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Assembly
    CPU - Intel i7 6700K
    Memory - 4 x 4GB Avexir ROG Certified Red Tesla 2400Mhz DDR4
    GPU - 2 x ASUS STRIX GTX 980
    SSD - 2 x Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB SSDs
    PSU - Cooler Master V1000

    Cables - CableMod Fully Custom Individually Sleeved Cables + MercoMods Custom Braided Extensions
    LEDs - CableMod Magnetic RGB LED Strip

    Radiators - Bitspower Leviathan Slim 240 Radiator, Bitspower Leviathan Xtreme 360 Radiator
    Fans - CoolerMaster JetFlo 120mm Red and White LED fans
    Pump - Laing D5 with Black Bitspower MOD Package - Pump Top + Casing
    Reservoir - Bitspower D5 Top Upgrade Kit 150 with Cascade Tube Effect
    Fittings - PrimoChill Revolver SX Matte Black + Various Bitspower Carbon Black angle fittings and extensions
    Tubing - PrimoChill Copper Tubing
    CPU Block - Bitspower Summit EF
    GPU Block - 2 x Bitspower VG-NGTX980ADIIS

    For now I'll start with the packages received from Cooler Master

    A mysterious box (though the thread title might hint at what's inside)

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    JetFlo fans and a V1000 power supply

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    Stay tuned for more guys!

    Cheers,

    Alex
     
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    Hi guys,

    Here's a look at the glorious CoolerMaster Master Case 5 Maker! A good improvement from the 5 Pro :)

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    New integrated fan controller and LED controller with one red LED bar included.

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    The front section is easily removable with clips at the bottom and magnets at the top, revealing the front intake mesh and 5.25" bays. The front panel is also padded with sound dampening material.

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    Sound dampening cover for the top as well with air still being able to be exhausted through the back or front sections of the top panel.

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    The top sound dampening cover can be removed, with clips towards the front and magnets in the back.

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    The top slide on cover now has integrated magnets as well, towards the front for a better grip.

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    The included magnet LED bar. This one is red and not sure if case will come included with different colours.

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    Thanks for checking it out and stay tuned for more guys!

    Cheers,

    Alex

     
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    Hi guys,

    I'm prepping the case for painting but doing some mods first :)

    Ignore the smaller scratches, I was just trying something. The paint will cover all that and might even stick better now :p

    The large scratch looking cuts were done with the dremel! The melted plastic is exactly the effect I wanted. Once it's all painted you will see :D

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    Let me know what you guys think so far and stay tuned for more!

    Cheers,

    Alex

     
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    Hi guys,

    I have another update for you!

    This time showcasing the Cooler Master V1000 power supply as well as the JetFlo fans!

    The fans are red and white LED, I got more than I needed as I'm not sure how I'm gonna combine the colours in the build.

    Also, the banner has been update with PLE Computers joining as a sponsor! PLE Computers is one of the best online computer store in Australia with lots of variety for water cooling on top of all the normal components. They even stock Linus' special edition Noctua fans as well as the LTT hoodies. If you're an aussie, check them out if you haven't already :D https://www.ple.com.au/

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    Some pretty powerful fans but they also come with voltage reducers for lower RPM and noise :D

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    As we as proprietary screws for the anti-vibration soft corners on the fans which are removable.

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    With these fans the LEDs are in the middle with the light shining towards the edges creating a nice effect.

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    All black and sleeved cable

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    Thanks for checking it out guys and stay tuned for more!

    Cheers,

    Alex

     
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    Hi guys,

    I've got an exciting update for you today :D

    Since this is a Dead Space theme I'm looking at a different painting technique for the entire case!

    So I'm testing out this rust paint to see if it's the effect I'd like to go for in this build as well as learning how to apply it. Luckily I have quite a few spare case panels laying around.

    The idea with this is that it can be applied to anything, even plastic and rust that too. It's a metal based paint which you apply with a brush and leave it to dry for about 1 hour. Once dry you apply the oxidising patina which is a form of activator that speeds up the rusting process. Leave it for a few good hours and you should have a nice, real rust effect.

    So tonight I've applied it to a spare case panel. I did a few different areas where I applied it on straight as well as in a random pattern to see if it gives a different effect or if it even matters how you apply it. I've then applied the activator and leaving it overnight. I've also applied the activator to a part of the panel with no metal base paint as technically this should rust metal by itself too, however it might not go through the powder coating on the panel.

    This is the stuff and how it looks after about 30 min since the activator was applied. I'll show you guys the effect tomorrow once it fully dries.

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    This is the rust base applied.

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    This is once dried.

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    And this is the Oxidising Patina applied.

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    Applied some more as the more you have on and the longer it stays wet for, the more intense the effect will be.

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    You can already see it starting to rust here.

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    This is after about 30 mins with the activator applied.

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    We'll see the full effect tomorrow once it dries.

    Hope you guys have enjoyed this update! I'm definitely really excited for this entire project!

    Thanks for checking it out.

    Cheers,

    Alex
     
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    Hi guys,

    So here is the effect after about 24 hours once fully dried!

    I gotta say I wasn't expecting this but it's the perfect effect I wanted for this build :D

    It seems like applying in a straight even motion looks a bit better than the random pattern I did in the corner of the panel. Also the oxidising patina by itself didn't do much to the poweder-coating. I wonder how it would affect bare metal :)

    Anyways, here are the result. Next up will be applying it to the case!

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    Thanks for checking it out!

    Cheers,

    Alex
     
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    Awesome!! Maybe a noob question. But what would you need to do to prevent the oxidization from spreading to other components?
     
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    further to this how do you stop it from rubbing off every time you touched it? do you plan on clear coating it or something similar?
     
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    No noob questions here, these are perfectly reasonable questions and yes the answer is clear coat :)

    Once everything is done I will clear coat with a satin/matte clear.
     
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    Okay, here we go :D

    Rust application applied to first parts of the case! I firstly scuffed everything with red scotch brite from MNPCTECH and on all plastic parts a clear plastic primer was applied.

    I applied a much thicker coat than before and even let it run in some parts to get a better effect :)

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    Thanks for checking it out, stay tuned for the results :D

    Cheers,

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    Hi guys,

    Here are the results! Overall really happy with the way it's turning out.

    I added some more patches of the rust paint in some areas I felt it didn't cover the panels too well.

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    Here I started to add more rust paint.

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    Let me know what you guys think of the results.

    Thanks for checking it out!

    Cheers,

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    Hi guys,

    Before I do any more rusting effects on the rest of the case I needed to do some pass-through holes for fittings as well as add some acrylic cover panels.

    What I'm doing with the pass-through fittings going over the top of the case is trying to mimic the back of the Dead Space character with the tube and making this part of the loop.

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    I'm also tapping some holes on the back panel as this will mimic one of the arms of the character. You can see what I mean from the banner image.

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    Just to screw down acrylic panels that I will add.

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    I've also added some effect to the acrylic panels just with the Dremel disk

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    I'll be rusting everything now.

    Stay tuned for more!

    Cheers,

    Alex
     
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    While the rest of the case is being rusted. The Bitspower watercooling hardware has arrived :D

    This is together with hardware for my AZUL Bitfenix Aegis build as well :)

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    Hi guys,

    Here are most of the panels from the case rusted, clear coated and I also added some effects with some white paint smudges that I think turned out pretty nice and bringing the whole theme together for this build!

    As you can see, compared to previous updates, it seems like the clear coat really darkened up the rust look however I think it looks even better this way and more in line with the Dead Space theme.

    I'll be putting it all together very shortly but I wanted to give you guys a close up on all the parts!

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    Let me know what you guys think and stay tuned for more!

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    Hi guys,

    Here's the case all reassembled and looking as awesome as ever! I'm really happy with the result and it goes perfectly with the theme.

    Still some effects to add over the rusted paint for a more Dead Space look and some things to build around the top and front panels.

    Let me know what you guys think.

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    Thanks for checking it out and stay tuned for more!

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    Hi guys,

    Sorry for the lack of updates on this build. I've been quite sick over the last week and haven't had a chance to post more updates.

    The race is now on to finish this build by the 12th of June. That's Sunday this week as that's when the Cooler Master CaseMod World Series ends.

    Here is the work I've done for the top and front panel.

    If you haven't guessed it by now the front panel will have Isaac Clarke's helmet from the original Dead Space game mounted to it. It should look pretty nice if done right!

    Let's have a look at the progress!

    First up the helmet pieces. Started of with a piece of 2mm black acrylic. Measured and drew out the shape by hand.

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    If you can't see it yet, you will be the end of this update.

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    Next up were pieces for the top panel to work around the tube. Just designed a random pattern from scratch that I thought would look good and everything was cut by hand with my Dremel Moto-Saw.

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    Helmet pieces all cut too

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    I went ahead and bent the acrylic pieces to shape and mounted with other straight pieces to form the overall helmet design.

    The way I bent them was with a sheet of thin aluminium that was used to measure the shape of the front panel and then taped up to hold that particular shape. Once done, the acrylic pieces for the helmet were placed in the middle individually and heated up until they took the shape of the aluminium sheet. Unfortunately I was too into it at the time and forgot to take pics.

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    You can see it coming together.

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    More work on the top panel. Mounting the pieces together.

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    And here they are both on the case.

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    More pics from the next day.

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    And lets not forget the finishing touches on the helmet

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    Let me know what you guys think! These will also be rusted which you will see once done.

    Sorry if the quality of these images wasn't too good. They were all from my phone.

    Cheers,

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    Bit more progress! Starting to get hardware in the case!

    Also yesterday I forgot to mention that the full specs have been updated in the first post!

    Here they are:

    Case - Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Maker
    Motherboard - ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Assembly
    CPU - Intel i7 6700K
    Memory - 4 x 4GB Avexir ROG Certified Red Tesla 2400Mhz DDR4
    GPU - 2 x ASUS STRIX GTX 980
    SSD - 2 x Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB SSDs
    PSU - Cooler Master V1000

    Cables - CableMod Fully Custom Individually Sleeved Cables + MercoMods Custom Braided Extensions
    LEDs - CableMod Magnetic RGB LED Strip

    Radiators - Bitspower Leviathan Slim 240 Radiator, Bitspower Leviathan Xtreme 360 Radiator
    Fans - CoolerMaster JetFlo 120mm Red and White LED fans
    Pump - Laing D5 with Black Bitspower MOD Package - Pump Top + Casing
    Reservoir - Bitspower D5 Top Upgrade Kit 150 with Cascade Tube Effect
    Fittings - PrimoChill Revolver SX Matte Black + Various Bitspower Carbon Black angle fittings and extensions
    Tubing - PrimoChill Copper Tubing
    CPU Block - Bitspower Summit EF
    GPU Block - 2 x Bitspower VG-NGTX980ADIIS

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    Thanks for checking it out!

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    Hi guys!

    Here's the helmet nearly finished! Just some more minor details that will be added.

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    The light is only as an example from my phone, it will be better once on the build.

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    Also a quick rusty PSU mod. I didn't want to ruin the PSU so I used vinyl and rusted that. Then simply applied to the sides of the PSU and came out pretty well.

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    Let me know what you guys think.

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