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    Core V1 Mini k|ngp|n Edition...

    So here we go...

    Good day modder’s, PC artists, overclockers and fellow PC enthusiasts.

    I would like introduce to you my build… a day dream come true.

    I call it, the Core V1 Mini k|ngp|n Edition.

    There isn’t that much back story to this build. It goes like this. I haven’t built myself a PC since 2010. It was bonus time at my company and I was like, what the hell… let’s do it. I muddled around trying to be frugal, but decided to invest into this build a bit. The processor choice bounced around from AMD FX to a core i5. I never really built an Intel machine just because of the cost. This time around, I just went HAM as I’ll future proof this build quite a bit. I wasn’t really looking to water cool it nor was I really expecting the modding bug to bite me so hard in the ass… but it did. And did it put me on a mission. I’ll let the following parts like explain the outcome… LOL Enjoy the build, though I wish I had taken more pics and videos because this case has been modified extensively to make everything work… better than I expected might I add. Along with all of the other one-offs I put into this… So in the end this bug, you know that left me in a state of needing to build build build, also led to me creating a brand that I call… killRMODZ.

    One thing that I would like to note about my build ethic is that I’m very fond of small form factor builds. Why might you ask? Well because one, it’s a challenge. Two, I don’t like my system to occupy a lot of space… though to each their own. Three… did I mention they are a challenge? LOL My build ethic also includes taking something factory and modify it into something aesthetically pleasing but not to a point where someone cannot reproduce it themselves or for me to create a custom one-off for them. I do have a brand so I apologize if it seems like a sales pitch as that is not my intention. Though I do think there are some mods here that fellow enthusiasts wouldn’t mind getting their hands on. But let us see what the future holds for me.

    Lastly, I know there are blemishes. You may not see them but I know where they are. I wish I had a CNC Machine and other precision equipment. Also, this is my first time sleeving cable and water cooling. I learn very quickly and thank youtuber’s for their instructional(s)!!! So be gentle with my humble build.

    A very special thanks to Orlando Laser Engraving (Joseph Visser) for my killRMODZ placards.

    A very special thanks to Kevin MacLeod for the use of his beat “Ice Flow” for my promo video.

    And I have to especially give thanks to the merchants and vendors from which I was able to obtain my parts for outstanding prices. Access to the vendor’s stores will be under the designated parts…


    Case: Thermaltake Core V1 Mini

    MB: Gigabyte-Z170N Gaming 5

    CPU: Intel i7 6700K

    MEM: G.Skill TRIDENTZ DDR4-3200 PC4-25600

    GPU: EVGA 980 Ti k|ngp|n… yep, that’s right because I can!! LOL

    PSU: EVGA GQ 750 80+ Gold


    GPUWB: BitsPower

    SSD: PNY 240GB 2.5 CS2211

    PUMP: Swiftech MCP35X

    RAD: AlphaCool NexXxos UT60 140mm

    RES: Phobya Balancer 150 Black Nickel

    Turbine Flow Meter by Nhowe

    FAN: Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM x 1 (PUSH)

    FAN: RAIJNTEK Aeolus PWM 140mm 13mm slim type x 1 (PULL)

    FANS (will be replaced): CoolerMaster 80mm slim fan PWM x 2 (EXHAUST)

    FANS (new): Bgears 80 mm 2 Ball Bearing High Speed High Performance Fan

    Fittings: XSPC Black Chrome

    Tubing: XSPC PETG 14/10mm

    Alphacool 2-way Ball Valve G1/4 - Black Nickel

    Tube Cutting Kit

    Coolant: Distilled H2O
    Publix… LOL


    Thermal Grizzley Kryonaut

    Last edited by Killr M Odz; 04-12-2016 at 08:01 PM.

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    MB Screws (Black)

    Sleeving from MODDIY

    1/8th sleeving for LED wiring

    ATX pins for reducing length of PSU 24pin MB cable

    SilverStone PWM Distribution block

    BitsPower LED Distribution block

    Leds 5mm

    Leds 3mm

    2 Pin headers for Leds

    FADECANDY – This requires a special recognition to Micah aka. ScanLime Scott and ADAFRUIT

    PCB Headers for FadeCandy

    WS2812B Led strip

    12v>5v Buck converter for LED’s/Fadecandy implementation

    Acrylic 3/8 sheet for killRMODZ Case Bezel < Patent will be pending

    Acrylic 3/8 sheet for killRMODZ 120mm>140mm fan adapters < Patent will be pending

    RED Acrylic Cylinder (for water diffuser, pressure reducer, and MB and GPU stands)

    2inch diameter acrylic rod for killRMODZ Case Feet < Patent will be pending

    Anodized m3 bolts

    Noctua Chromax Anti Vibration Pads – Red

    19mm Push Button Momentary Switch

    16mm Push Button Latching Switch

    Stainless Mesh for Vents

    Side Panel windows for Thermaltake Core V1 Mini

    Black Chrome Paint
    By Duplicolor

    Black Satin Paint
    By VHT

    Pictures and Promo Vid in the next post...

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    Promo video release...

    Flow meter... flowing...

    Last edited by Killr M Odz; 04-13-2016 at 09:25 AM.

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    Parts used. I'm sure there are minor things missing... but this is the main parts of the build.

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    Modification to the power and reset button switch. The reset button switch has been rewired to use a latching switch that powers on and off the led's in this build excluding the bezel. The buttons that are actually used are both stainless steel and not black. 19mm and 16mm sizes were used and the 16mm needed the hole diameter increased on the housing. Oh, wrapped in some 3m CF vinyl...

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    The next set of pictures shows the process, sort of, in modifying the BitsPower WB for the k|ngp|n card. Wanted a unique look so I decided to etch in a custom graphic using EVGA's k|ngp|n logo. So none of the graphics are mine originally. So credit to the owners of those graphics. The process I used was an etching process using salted water and a 12v current. I bought a vinyl cutter to create the stencil from the graphic I made. Needless to say, the results for doing this for the first time ever was pretty good if I do say so myself. Hit it with some Duplicolor black chrome paint and 2 hits of clear. After drying and putting the plate back on, I began the progress of disassembling the video card and putting on the water block with some Kryonaut. If anyone has questions of the etching process, let me know and I will go over it in more detail, theory, best practices from my experience. Enjoy...

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    I just now realized that i'm not qualified for the Gigabyte contest. Sorry, I should have read the rules thoroughly. But, I need a place to showcase my build anyways, so please enjoy!
    Last edited by Killr M Odz; 04-13-2016 at 08:37 AM.

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    This post will show the motherboard assembly process of the i7 6700K processor, G.Skill TridentZ 3200MHZ memory, and the XSPC Raystorm Pro RED edition. A little Kryonaut to assure good heat transfer for the WB. Took some glamour shots also, different angles and flashes. Then put back in the static bag until it's ready for install. Enjoy!!

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    The next set of images are the modifications to the side panels. I had ordered two more of the windowed panels. Decided to add passive vents to accomodate positive or negative pressure in the case. The mesh you see currently is gone. I created new screens from 50 micron SS mesh. Great stuff!! I also carbon fiber wrapped the motherboard tray and in that pic you can see where I cut off some of the support to fit the water cooler reservoir and pump assembly.

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    FadeCandy setup and testing with the buck coverter for proper voltage.

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    Here is the test run...

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    The following images will be the sleeving work done for the 24pin MB power cable from the PSU, the custom mounting provisions made from acrylic for 140mm fans that have 120mm mountings, sleeving of the CPU/MB power cable, sleeving of the cable for fadecandy/LED distribution block, swiftech pump sleaving, and the shortening and sleeving of the silverstone PWM distribution block. Woosh... that was a lot!! LOL

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    Custom fan mounts...
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    You can see the custom acrylic housing I made from leftover 3/8 acrylic sheet for FadeCandy. Do that with a dremel was a bitch... but came out looking great also.
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    The next 3 photos addresses an issue that I ran into with having such a large GPU and making it 'work' with the V1 Mini. The power connectors were not flexing enough so that I can put on the top panel and having it bulge out. So crazy ass lopped off part of the connector allowing more freedom to flex and bend towards a certain direction. The results, well were great and there are not issues what so ever with case panel installation now.

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    Custom, magnetically attach, LED lit... case feet??? No, say it ain't so...

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    Testing the LEDS...
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