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Thread: The Gunslinger - CM MasterCase5 casemod [Nov 21, 2016]

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    The Gunslinger - CM MasterCase5 casemod [Jan 23, 2017]

    “The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.”

    The opening line from The Gunslinger, the first book in Stephen Kings epic that follows the quest of Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger, for the Dark Tower. The Dark Tower series has to be my favorite, mixing western, sci-fi, apocalypse, magic, the current world, and quite a few characters from King's other books, and even King himself, into one big stew of a story. It's amazing. *Except for the lobster things. Da-da-chum. I hated Stephen King for a few days after that. If you've read the stories, you'll know. But with the new Dark Tower movie slated to come out next year and the stars of that movie tweeting things like:

    And even King telling us that this is the next time around...

    I haven't been this excited for a movie for a while. And with so much story to take from, I thought, this might be a great idea for a mod. Or even two...

    So let's get started on The Gunslinger.

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    "Suppose that all worlds, all universes, met at a single nexus, a single pylon, a Tower. And within it, a stairway, perhaps rising to the Godhead itself. Would you dare climb to the top, gunslinger? Could it be that somewhere above all of endless reality, there exists a room?..."- Walter O'Dim, The Gunslinger

    The plan for The Gunslinger is to rework some of the internals more to my liking, add a custom cooling loop to the cpu and gpu, and to bring in some themes from the movie, mostly in relation to the Gunslinger, while the outside will get a brick look to mimic the walls of the Dark Tower.

    Let's start with the case, a Cooler Master MasterCase5 Maker.

    I really like this case. The styling isn't exactly my cup of tea, but for an all around case to build in, it's got a lot of neat little tricks up it's sleeve. And you can take it down pretty far with just a screwdriver.

    Which nets you a pretty good pile of parts.

    After tearing it down, out came the drill to get rid of some rivets. Why do my cases always seem to start out looking like this?

    In order to move things around, the back panel needs to be....adjusted. I hate the standard way cases lay out, there just seems to be a lot of room that you really can't do anything with. To fix this, I plan on sitting the psu on it's side and move the mb tray to the center of the case, dividing it in two. The psu side will house, obviously, the psu, and also the drives and pump and any incidentals that I need to mount somewhere. The other side will get the motherboard, the gpu flipped pretty side out on a riser and some "decorations". So to make the back panel work, I've cut everything out except for the edges.

    Once that was cleaned up, I fit a piece of .080" aluminum to give me a nice clean panel to work with. That way I can mount hardware wherever I choose.

    Additionally, I've cut a piece of .040" aluminum to give me a nice clean floor.

    Next up, motherboard tray.
    Last edited by InsolentGnome; Yesterday at 10:46 PM.

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    "The World has moved on. Bad times are on horseback." The Gunslinger

    Wow, has it been crazy lately? But I managed to finally find time to get back to my pet project and get a few things done or figured out.
    First up I got my back panel mounted up so I could start working out my component placement.

    With that nailed down, or rather screwed, I can start figuring out my tray. The plan is to flip the PSU and GPU on their sides so that I can drop the motherboard to the bottom of the case. It's a more efficient use of space and gives me some extra room for fun bits.

    Laying out the components. That's not the final orientation of the PSU, just an easy way to set it for measuring.

    And from the side. The case is laying on it's back right now, so the whole deal will be rotated 90 degrees clockwise.

    Now I've got a handy road map for making my mb tray once some aluminum gets here.

    Also started laying out for the res, rad and fan setup. In my original idea, I wanted the res showing through the front panel. Now it's just a matter of figuring out how to make that work.

    Using an extra tube to figure out the angle and spacing for the front panel. If I nuzzle the bottom of the res up to the fans, it should just poke out of the front panel. Enough to see it from the side view, but not hanging out in mid air. And with a little bit of work on the mounting bracket for the res, I should be able to get the angle just right.

    Next is to get some nice pretty pictures to show off my sponsors products while I wait for the fab materials to get here.

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    " We deal in lead." - Roland, Wolves of the Calla

    Is it bad when you have to read your own log to figure out where you're at? I've been so busy, but now I can buckle down on this baby and get going on it.

    So let's start off by getting our motherboard tray bent and in place, and then riveted in.

    Then I had to start figuring out my back panel cut-outs. First for the mb on 18mm standoffs so that I can run the wiring behind it.

    And then the cut-out for the PSU.

    Speaking of hardware, I probably out to drag out what I'm using in this build, and give some shout-outs to my sponsors.

    First up, the Asus Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura. I'm not really concerned about the LED lighting on this board, but it's the white variant of the Pro Gaming mb I've got for this builds twin so it's perfect.

    Memory is 16 GB of G.SKILL TridentZ 3200 DDR4 RAM. In white as well of course, because the Gunslinger represents The White, or the force of good.

    Power is supplied by a Cooler Master V1000 PSU.

    Reservoir duties will be handled by a Primochill 240mm CTR res.

    And the rad is a Bitspower 360mm Leviathan Slim radiator. I chose it because of it's slim size and the port options. It lets me get the tubing to the other side of the rad without having to pipe it around.

    Next up we have the GPU, a NVIDIA GTX980Ti, provided by GeForce Garage.

    And to help with the cooling everything, Swiftech has left me in charge of some gorgeous cooling products.

    Firstly, a Komodo NV TITAN X ECO full cover waterblock for the GTX980Ti.

    And one of their Apogee XL2 CPU blocks with the Iris LED controller for the CPU.

    Also in the mix from Swiftech is a D5 pump setup with this beautiful acrylic top. I freaking love clear tops.

    There are a few little odds and ends that I've picked up for fun to add to the theme. Some iron of course! Though it does need some work to get the look right.

    And since the Horn of Eld is very important, especially this time around, I hunted down my own battle horn! Well a good starting point at least. It does make some terrific noise!

    Also, keep an eye out on that piece of leather. It's going to figure in as well.

    And HUGE props to my sponsors, GeForce Garage and Swiftech. They work so nicely together!

    Last edited by InsolentGnome; Today at 06:52 AM.

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