This will be my second water-cooled computer and my first attempt at modding it from the stock case design.
The inspiration for the build is an annual gaming convention held in Dallas around the beginning of August. QuakeCon is North America's largest LAN party, the largest free LAN party in the world, and usually runs over a period of four days.
My first QuakeCon was in 2009 and I have been a regular attendee ever since. Every year they have several case mod contests segregated into 2 main categories: scratch-built and classic case mod. The scratch-built category is one built with no pre-existing structure, while the classic case mod is one where an off-the-shelf case is modified to some extent.
I thought that it would be fun to try my hand at entering the classic case mod contest.
I decided to show my love for this annual event by using the QuakeCon logo as my central build theme.
I will be using the Corsair Obsidian 800D for the case since the size and shape are conducive to a clean, organized build layout. The case is constructed of steel and aluminum throughout, which make it durable and ideal for powder-coating.
This will be my second build using the Corsair Obsidian 800D case and I am looking forward to getting away from the normal black color scheme and trying something more creative.
Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D
CPU: Intel i7 3930K
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance 1866Mhz DDR3 (8x4GB)
SSD1: 240GB Corsair Force GT SATA III
SSD2: 120GB Corsair Force GT SATA III
HDD1: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
HDD2: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
GPU: (2) EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked Signature 2 in SLI
PSU: Corsair AX1200 Modular
Optical Drive: ASUS Internal Blu-Ray Burner
Audio Controller: Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty
CPU Block: XSPC Raystorm
Motherboard Block: EK-FB Kit RE4
GPU Block: (2) EVGA Hydro Copper for GTX 680
GPU Backplate: (2) EVGA GTX 680 Backplate
Reservoir: Koolance RP-452X2 Rev 2.0
Pumps: (2) Koolance PMP-450S
Radiator 1: XSPC EX480 Quad 120mm
Radiator 2: XSPC EX240 Dual 120mm
Radiator Grill 1: MNPC Tech Pro-Line 4x120mm '360' Slotted
Radiator Grill 2/3: MNPC Tech Pro-Line 1x120mm '360' Slotted
Fan Controller: Lamptron FC-5V2
Fans: (12) Cougar CF-V12H Vortex 120mm, (2) Cougar CF-V14H Vortex 140mm
Tubing: XSPC High Flex (UV Orange) (3/8" ID x 5/8" OD)
Fittings: Bitspower G1/4 Black Compression, 3/8" ID x 5/8" OD
Sleeving: MDPC Orange and Black
LED Controller: Bitspower X-Station LED Power Hub