This is my first work log and first post here on Modders-Inc! My Cosmos SE build placed 3rd at the Quakecon U.S. Case Modding Championship this year, so I wanted to share the build progress as I documented it.
Design and Inspiration:
- I call the case "Cosmos Tribute" because I wanted to incorporate part of my last case, the Cosmos S Black edition into this build. I decided the front face panel is what needed "modification" the most on the Cosmos SE as the stock front end is seriously ugly.
- The Cosmos SE is a mid tower, even if it is on the larger side of mid towers, but I wanted to fit as much hardware as possible into a mid tower chassis.
- I planned on gutting the chassis to allow for an "open canvas" for me to design my custom paneling around the components selected for the build.
- I decided on blue and white, mainly because I had recently seen a restored muscle car with a similar paint theme, and I loved it.
- Case - Cooler Master Cosmos SE
- Motherboard - ASRock X99 WS/E (Extended ATX)
- CPU - Intel Core i7-5930k
- GPU - 3 x NVIDIA GTX 980 (Reference Design)
- Memory - 32 GB of GSkill Ripjaws 4 Series DDR4 3000
- PSU - Seasonic Snow Silent 1050w
- SATA SSD - 4 x Intel 730 Series 480 GB (4 drives in RAID 0 array)
- M.2. SSD - Samsung SM951 256 GB
- Radiators - Aphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 360 and 240
- Fans - 11 x EK Vardar F1-120 (1150RPM)
- GPU Water Blocks - 3 x EK-FC980 GTX w/ Blue EK backing plates
- CPU Water Block - EK-Supremacy Nickel
- Rigid Tubing - PrimoChill 1/2" PETG
- Rigid Fittings - PrimoChill Rigid Revolver White
- Flexible Tubing - EK ZMT Tubing
- Compression Fittings - Bitspower Silver
- Pump/Res - EK-DDC 3.2 PWM XRES 100
- Aqua Computer Aquaero 5LT
- Aqua Computer Farbwerk
- Aqua Computer (2 x) Power Adjust 3
- Supernight RGB LED (water proof)
- MDPC Sleeving w/ 16 AGW wire
Modding the Chassis
I started out the mod by inverting the chassis so that the motherboard tray was flipped upside down without changing the orientation of the top/bottom of the case. I don't have a lot of pics of the required cuts for this process, here are some pics of the post re-assembly. I also used this as an opportunity to temporarily mount the motherboard and post test my CPU, motherboard, and memory.
I then moved on with doing the rest of the required cuts for the chassis, including cutting the bottom out to allow for a 240mm undermount radiator and cutting the top of the chassis open so I can drop in a PSU from the top without h aving to remove any of my GPU or water cooling components. This really came in handy during final assembly and installation.
Once all of the last cuts were made, I disassembled the chassis again and gathered all parts that required media blasting to remove the factory coating in order to prepare for powder coating.
Once the parts were blasted, they were then powder coated with two coats. First coat was a super mirror white and then second coat was a clear coat with blue metallic sparkle/flake. It is very difficult to see in pictures, but has a beautiful shimmer under LED lighting. This same coating was applied to all of the MNPC Tech fan rings as well. The two coats was an experiment and it turned out very nice, though some parts had some drip during the clear coat and had to be blasted and coated again.
Here is the final product of the chassis. I essentially removed ALL of the drive bays and most of the support structure. Once the front radiator was mounted, along with the bars on the top and bottom of the Cosmos case were added, the case re-gained structural integrity.