Hi all!!!! For those that don’t know me my name is John and I am an ex-modder, ex-overclocker current PC community commentator (Read as smart-ass) from Rural Australia. I have spent the last year or 2 kind of stepping back from the industry and instead concentrating on study and my health. Well First post here so let me sum up the history of this freaking build. Basically I started building in the Caselabs M8 a few years ago (3??) and after a few attempts to fill it up and failing I have decided to make a concerted effort to finally get this thing finished at a level I can be proud of.
Some random photos of how the derelict and unloved the case looks as I type this.
It makes it even worse that the M8 is unused and im currently using a stock standard Antec DF-85 >.<
Just a forewarning about my components. YES I am still on IVY Bridge I cannot afford the upgrade, so If you need flashy latest and greatest this isn’t the build you looking for. For everyone else thanks for reading on.
Motherboard - EVGA Z77 FTW
CPU – Intel 3770k (OCed at 5.1 ghz)
Memory – Corsair Dominator 8gb
GPU – EVGA GTX 970 FTW (PENDING)
PSU - NZXT Hale 90 V2 850w
Storage - Samsung 850, Multiple Seagate Barracudas
I think I got the original case around 3-4 years ago and since then it has had a pedestal added to it as well as housing some pretty thrown together systems over the years. Most people have probably seen this particular case before in a few previous incomplete build logs (Thunderhorse/Bat country) which were permanently abandoned after financial troubles. To say it best this case has been my unicorn, no matter how hard I have tried I just can't seem to get it together all at once.
A lot of the "Big" ideas have continued on from previous plans for the case and will finally get to see completion. With this in mind some work has been previously completed so the photos may look a bit dated.
So now that is said I can go on with the future plans. The build will have a loose theme of “Insanity", I explained my Idea to a good friend as being kind of like "An acid dream scene in an over-lighted hospital". The planned color scheme I am going for is try keep the exterior as stock looking and dark as I can, while the inside will be VERY white with highlights of purple. This however means unsleeving all my previously sleeved Red/Black cables. Grrr. (Just bear with me on this first post lots of half-finished bits and pieces, so a lot of this post will be catch up.)
So with the old stuff removed I started sleeving some of the AquaComputer Aquaero V cables along with the 9x Swiftech Helix 120mm fans which will be used for the Radiator “Push” fans. I still haven’t decided on my case fans or the Exterior facing radiator “Pull” fans.
I managed to get a pump some cables and the Helix fans done before I ran out of Heat Shrink. So will have to add that to my shopping list.
With the sleeving started I decided to also start prepping my Radiators. We have a good range of Mix and match radiators in this build; Alphacool Nexxos UT45 360 and XSPC RS240 for cooling the 3770k, an Alphacool Airplex 360 for the future EVGA GTX 970 and a tiny little XSPC RS120 for the ram/show loop. These are all going to be painted gloss white so I need to knock the shine of them.
A bit of elbow grease and some lazy moments with the mouse sander later and the Rads are ready for a quick wire brush and a wash. All ready for painting once I go grab some more clear and Primer paint.
During giving the Radiators a scrub my already damaged Alphacool Rad decided to pop the rest of its welds so will have to also do some surgery on it. When I first bought it, it had some very weak and damaged welds but I just never bothered to RMA it. (Damn Hindsight).
Speaking of Alphacool I also grabbed the chance to dismount my old D5 acrylic pump top as it has crazy crazing. LOL. This pump will find a new home in an old/new Danger Den Bay reservoir I found on ebay….. For $20…… accidently. Man I really miss danger Den . I will of course add more photos on this after I get the Res painted and D5 mounted.