[Project Log] GREEN MOLECULE (modded Fractal Design ACR Mini R2)

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  1. alexciobanu

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    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 ...

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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

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    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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    I then got the case ready for painting

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    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.

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

    Cheers,

    Alex
     
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  2. PhantomAU

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    Bad luck on the burning out.

    Looks great in white thou.
     
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    Thanks :D. Yea luckily nothing else happened to the system :p
     
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    Holy Cow that looks AWESOME :thumbup:

    I would just get a new pump and I always use new 'o' rings on them :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks :D. 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 :p
     
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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 :D

    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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    Cheers,

    Alex
     
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    Looks good, great work so far! :thumbup:

    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!:shock:
    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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    Thank you kind sir :D

    Thanks :D. 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 :).

    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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    Subbed. Look forward to more :thumbup:
     
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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

    Thanks :D

    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

    Thanks a lot mate :D
     
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    im really diggin the green and white, nice work mate cant wait to see the final pics
     
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    Fantastic work mate, looking forwards to more.
    And welcome to OCAU. :thumbup:
     
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    Looks good. 2 questions.

    Firstly, why did you pull the whole thing apart to paint the chassis? You didn't seem to modify anything, so why not just paint it "as-is"?

    Second, in http://i.imgur.com/MuMpxYr.jpg did you really paint the dust filter (on the right side)? Surely that won't work very well with paint clogging up the mesh?
     
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    Thanks a lot mate :D

    Thanks mate :D. Gald to be here :D

    Hi. I took it apart as it was pretty easy to do and in order to get a better finish with the paint. It would of been very hard to do the inside of the case properly without taking it apart. Also, in my opinion in some parts where the panels overlap, it would of just looked sloppy if I didn't take it apart in order to paint everything. I'll always rather just take the whole thing apart :). And the dust filter will be fine, only gave it a light coat to make it look nicer and blend in, the mesh is not clogged up at all :)
     
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    Hey guys. I've been getting quite a few things done to the case in the past few days.

    Firstly here's the case with the top and front panels finished. Pretty happy with the way they turned out.

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    I ended up fully stripping both side panels, including the windowed one as I was not happy with the finish. I will be painting them in the next couple of days :)

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    I also did some work on the acrylic panels that will be covering up the inside of the case in some places. It is a nice glossy white acrylic so hopefully it will show some cool reflections once the build is complete.

    Here's the front bit

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    This will be the shroud for the bottom of the case. Hiding the PSU and also I will mount the Aquaero to the inside of it.

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    Cut and ready for bending, though it was getting quite late that night so I haven't bent it yet. Finger crossed it will turn out good. It will be the first time I'm bending an acrylic panel.

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    This is the panel for the back

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    Here it is cut and in place inside the case. The top right corner bit will be covered by the radiator and fans.

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    I decided to make two small windows to show off the SSDs on the back of the motherboard tray.

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    Haven't filled the cuts as again, it was getting quite late that night

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    Here it is on the case though

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    That's all for now guys.

    Stay tuned for the next update.


    Cheers,

    Alex


     

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