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EVH build

Post by Alathald » Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:08 pm

I'm going to take my time with this one so bare with me but my rad finally came in I decided to go ahead and get started on my build even though all I have so far is my case and rad. The name may not make sense yet but it'll become apparent rather soon (this weekend I hope).

Here's a few pics of the case when I first got it:
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And my rad unboxed (its a Feser triple rad :mrgreen: )
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Sizing up if the rad will fit (looks awfully close...)
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After a bit of surgery on my case, the moment of truth:
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How close was I cutting it? Maybe a bit too close for comfort but meh, it fits:
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Well that's really it for now, hopefully I'll get some more done over the weekend...my cat really seems to be enjoying all the new boxes I've gotten for her though...
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Re: EVH build

Post by Skippman » Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:19 pm

Great, now it's a race to see who can finish thier tripple rad project first!

Nice cut jobs BTW.

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Re: EVH build

Post by Alathald » Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:22 pm

Skippman wrote:Nice cut jobs BTW.
lol I didn't have time to cut the front out yet today, I got class and it was getting late...I'll get to it though don't worry! :axe:
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Re: EVH build

Post by DMB2000uk » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:54 am

How much have you had to cut out so far?

This is going to be one hell of a nice and compact watercooled case :mrgreen:

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Re: EVH build

Post by martini161 » Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:02 pm

hate to be a pessimist but it looks like thats a little close to work out well

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Re: EVH build

Post by Alathald » Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:16 pm

The top fits on and doesn't really rub the bleed-valve or anything so I think it should work OK. I haven't really done much cutting, only that cross-brace you can see in the second picture and the tabs that hold the CD drives and the back of my hand...that last one wasn't really part of the plan though :finga:

I'm hoping to get it properly mounted and get started on a custom faceplate this weekend though so stay tuned!
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Re: EVH build

Post by Skippman » Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:38 pm

More pics please!

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Re: EVH build

Post by w00fd06 » Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:06 am

i get the name!! :P but i had a lil help :roll:

but i love the idea!!

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Re: EVH build

Post by Alathald » Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:27 pm

Well I finally got a chance to do some more work on my case the past couple days, it's still nowhere near complete but I've got the rad in properly and the first color of paint applied...it's starting to look pretty good imo.

Alright, first up we have the marking off initial cuts for the rad placement and the results of those initial cuts:
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After a bit of cleaning up:
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Some more pics of just how tight a fit it is...I just barely fit it behind the tab for that foot, thought I'd have to remove it and the fillport has a VERY tight clearance:
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Alrighty then, onward to paint! (yes I know I haven't finished the face but I can multitask) :finga:

Masking off my design was the most stressful part because I really didn't want to botch it up:
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After that I set up a ghetto paint booth in the garage and hung my panels, here's two of them after the first coat:
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Then came a couple very long hours waiting for the paint to dry...I had one small area where the paint pooled (don't trip while spraying 8-[ ) that I plan on fixing tomorrow. I was pretty anxious removing the tape but it came off pretty clean. Here it is all put back together:
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That's pretty much it for now, stay tuned though cause I've still got to make the faceplate and finish the paint...that doesn't include the actual (re)build with w/c components either (which I still haven't ordered #-o )
Oh and if you haven't figured out the reasoning behind the name yet then you're hopeless :finga:
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Re: EVH build

Post by vbironchef » Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:45 pm

Can you play solos like Eddie?

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Re: EVH build

Post by Alathald » Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:40 pm

lol, if only that case was an Antec Solo, it would really make that punny :roll:

I play but nowhere near Eddy; my favourite guitarist is actually Randy Rhodes but I didn't think polka dots would have worked as well. TBH, I only recently picked my guitar back up (haven't played it in a couple years). Been using this site to relearn the basics and been learning "Little Wing" to get the technical chops back up :supz:
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Re: EVH build

Post by Alathald » Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:53 pm

OK, I've put together a preliminary list of the parts I still need and I am submitting it for review :mrgreen: Aaanyway, just looking for ideas/recommendations, this is my first venture into watercooling afterall... :prayer:

$55 - MCP350 Pump
$20 - XSPC Pumptop
$40 - Swiftech Apogee GT
$35 - Swiftech MCW60 VGA
7x$1.85 - 7/16" Tygon UV-Black
$1 - 1/2" T-Line
4x$5 - Swiftech Hi Flow Barbs 1/2"
$5 - Generic Screw Clamps
$12.50 - VGA RAM Heatsink
Plus my TFC Rad that I already have

I'll also be needing a slim dvd drive so I've decided on this one because its a slotloader.

Comments/suggestions are welcome and encouraged. :)
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Re: EVH build

Post by Skippman » Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:26 am

Dude, that's one tight squeeze. I know the feeling. I just got the raditor last night. Man, this is gonna be close too.

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Re: EVH build

Post by martini161 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:55 am

get a 355 pump with a petras top. from what i hear the XSPC tops suck

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Re: EVH build

Post by Alathald » Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:28 pm

martini161 wrote:get a 355 pump with a petras top.
I've looked at both of those items previously and decided on the 350 with XSPC top because the 350 pump is quieter and should be more than enough with the high flow blocks I picked. As for the top, it's the only true spiral volute design I could find and, according to martinsliquidlab, it also outperforms the Petras top. Not to mention the Petras is IMPOSSIBLE to find in stock...

On a side note, I just got back in from spraying my red coat so expect more pictures tonight :mrgreen:
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Re: EVH build

Post by martini161 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:38 pm

may also want to go wiht a 655, they have the vario ones intock at newegg ATM for 75

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Re: EVH build

Post by Alathald » Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:51 pm

I'd love to but have you seen how little room I have in this case as it is? :finga:

I'm pretty well set on that pump+top atm though, so any better suggestions on the CPU/VGA block or the barbs? I haven't really done as much research on those as I have everything else...only part I'm not at least 70% sure about is the dvd drive but it was all they had at Newegg and I haven't had time to look elsewhere.
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Re: EVH build

Post by martini161 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:13 pm

gtz or a gtx with a copper top :P

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Re: EVH build

Post by Alathald » Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:27 pm

Alright new updates!

I got the run I mentioned above sanded out then got my case masked and painted this morning...then I waited around all day for it to dry :rolleyes:

Anyway, I would have also gotten the faceplate done today but I ran out of dremel wheels so I'll just quietly leave that out of this update...

Now for pictures!

This is the initial masking job, I spent over an hour on this making sure I had everything right...it's really hard to visualize the finished product when you're covering what will be visible and leaving exposed what will be covered:
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I then hung the panels for paint (first pic) sprayed my first coat (second pic) and left them to dry (third pic)
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Now, for the moment of truth, unmasking the case:
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I'm happy with the way it turned out...what do you guys think?
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Re: EVH build

Post by DMB2000uk » Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:35 pm

I think it looks pretty swish! ;)

I wasn't too sure about how this would work out on a case (it being much bigger than a guitar) but you've done a great job and it looks awesome :mrgreen:

I'm impressed with how quickly you've gotten this all done too! It would have taken me weeks!

Can't wait to see it finished.

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