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  • Gigabyte 30th Anniversary Mod Challenge -- ÁPEIRO --

    When I first saw the posting for the Gigabyte 30th Anniversary Liquid Cooling Mod Challenge I didn't know if I would have the requisite skills to compete effectively. After careful consideration and hours of thinking through many possible themes, I have decided to throw my hat into the arena and give this a shot.

    After looking throughout the Gigabyte site for theme inspiration, I saw the 30th anniversary logo and an idea was born.

    My project will be called "ÁPEIRO", which is Greek for 'Infinity'. The sponsors of this contest manufacture hardware that allows anyone to build an infinite array of PC designs. The designs are limited only by the imagination of the builder. So what better way to express this concept than one with a theme of 'Infinity'. I used Google Translate to look at all the possible translations for this word and the Greek version sounded simple and yet elegant.

    The case I will be using for this build will be the Corsair Obsidian 900D Super Tower. I did a previous mod build with this case and absolutely loved the versatility and craftsmanship provided. Unlike the previous mod, this one will be quite different. The interior will be gutted with the drive and 5.25" bays removed. I will fabricate a custom backplate with an integrated liquid reservoir and a custom midplate with RGB lighting. The video cards will be mounted vertically to the midplate.

    The whole front panel assembly will be removed and replaced with a custom infinity mirror assembly to match the theme. The top panel assembly and lower side panels will also be replaced with custom vent covers with the 30th Anniversary logo.

    The liquid cooling will be accomplished with vinyl tubing.

    The color scheme is looking to be Blue and Black. All wiring will be sleeved with Telios material to match the theme colors.

    Many of the concepts in this build will be a first for me and I look forward to the challenges that they will present.

    I am still working on making illustrations that will show my design, but in the meantime, here is an unmodified 900D.

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  • #2
    I have not been able to figure out how to use any type of modeling software, but here are some basic concepts utilizing Photoshop.

    Angled shot of case showing basic color scheme of blue/black.

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    The front panel assembly will be replaced with an infinity mirror with blue LED lights. Can't draw that but the concept is easy enough.

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    The right side panel will be replaced with a smoked acrylic panel.

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    The interior will have a custom reservoir integrated into the backplate with blue LED lights and liquid. The video card will be mounted vertically onto a custom midplate. The water cooling loops will be using hardline tubing and encompass the video card and CPU.

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    • #3
      Don't forget to submit your pictures by today to be eligible to win the build kit!!!

      Sign in to your GIGABYTE Mod2Win Profile.
      Go to ABOUT MY MOD tab.
      Click on the EDIT MY MOD button to add or change your Build Concept.
      Give your Mod a name and clearly describe what you are building.
      Upload hand drawn or CAD rendered files to visually describe your concept.
      Click UPDATE to save and submit.


      • #4
        Thanks for the heads-up GIGA-MattH.

        The Gigabyte Mod2Win profile has been completed and submitted!


        • #5
          It's cool to see that you threw your hat in the ring. I was going to do this but, I figured I should wait till I move into the new shop before contest builds. I'm not the master of all but, if you need any advice or have questions I'm always available. Also, great choice on the GPU. I have the two of em in Dark Matter and I absolutely love em.


          • #6
            Thanks. I was nervous about entering this contest but I thought it would help to increase my skillset. I always try and incorporate new techniques with each build. Looking forward to giving this a shot.

            Thanks for the offer of guidance or advise during this build. Your Dark Matter build was an incredible build and I hope to someday reach that level of expertise.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Envious Mods View Post
              It's cool to see that you threw your hat in the ring. I was going to do this but, I figured I should wait till I move into the new shop before contest builds. I'm not the master of all but, if you need any advice or have questions I'm always available. Also, great choice on the GPU. I have the two of em in Dark Matter and I absolutely love em.
              Thank god! That means some of us will actually have a shot I loved the DM build, you should do a concept just so we can see what build would've won 1st place. Congrats on your new shop also.
              Modders Unite!
              Main Rig CPU:A10-5800k|Mobo:FM2-A75MA-E35|RAM:ADATA 2GB&PNY 8GB|HDD:Corsair force120|PSU:Corsair TX650W|GPU:EVGA GeForce GTX670|Corsair H60|Case:Thermaltake Shark|Win10
              File Server CPU:Phenom II X4 945 3.0Ghz|Mobo:Asus M5A88-V EVO|RAM:ADATA 6GB|HDD: WD3200&WD800&Hitachi Desktar160GB|PSU:Raidmax530W|Xigmatek Loki|Case:XCLIOA380BK|Ubuntu
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              • #8
                On Monday I received my build kit from Gigabyte.

                The build kit consists of the following hardware:
                • Gigabyte X99P-SLI motherboard
                • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 video card
                • EKWB EK-FB Kit GA X99 LE motherboard water block
                • EKWB EK-Thermosphere universal GPU water block
                • EKWB EK-Supremacy EVO X99 CPU water block

                Here are shots of the hardware still in their packaging.

                I will be receiving more hardware from Corsair on Monday.


                • #9
                  Received some exciting new items from Corsair this Friday.

                  Several weeks ago I participated in a live modding event, 24hrs of LE Mods at QuakeCon 2016, and had the pleasure of using some of the new Corsair Magnetic Levitation fans. These were some of the quietest fans I have ever had a chance to use! Virtually silent and with a high static pressure/air flow. The light distribution was even and emanates from the center hub, so you don't get that pinwheel effect when lit. These fans come in three colors (white, blue and red).

                  Here are 16 of the Corsair ML120 PRO LED Blue 120mm Premium Magnetic Levitation Fans.

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                  • #10
                    Received the case and some fans from Corsair yesterday.

                    Here is the stock Corsair Obsidian 900D fresh from the factory.

                    Here are two of the new Corsair ML140 PRO LED Blue 140mm Premium Magnetic Levitation Fans.


                    • #11
                      Today I received an RM1000i PSU from Corsair.


                      • #12
                        One phase of building a new case is the tear-down aspect. It feels so good to disassemble a case by removing the components into their respective pieces. It is amazing to see how far it will go with just a screwdriver and a drill.

                        After about 30 minutes, most of the exterior and interior pieces of the Corsair 900D have been stripped out.


                        • #13
                          Completed design of the two side fan grills and the top fan grill.

                          Side fan grill

                          Top fan grill


                          • #14
                            Between work, sickness and personal matters it has been brutal trying to get anything done.

                            When I was notified that I will be getting one of the Gigabyte build kits, a Mr. Jonathan Lin from Gigabyte stated in his email that he challenged me to remove the PCH heatsink from the VRM heatpipe so as to keep the Gigabyte branding that comes on the PCH heatsink.

                            Although it sounded challenging, the process was rather easy.

                            Here is the stock motherboard fresh out of the packaging. You can see the large PCH heatsink in the lower left and the VRM heatsink to the right of the CPU socket.

                            Only about 5 minutes later you can see that the heatsink pipe has been removed from the PCH with no damage at all.

                            Here is a closeup of the underside of the PCH heatsink. When flipped over, there is actually another removable fixture that is holding the pipe in place. Simply unscrewing that fixture allows the pipe to be easily removed without damaging it at all.

                            Here is the bottom of the PCH heatsink fully put back together.

                            Here is a shot of the heatsink pipe opening in the bottom of the PCH heatsink.

                            Now a shot showing the PCH back in place on the motherboard. Don't worry, the fingerprints will be removed before placing into the case.


                            • #15
                              Received the CPU and M.2 memory from Newegg yesterday. Finally able to complete the installation of the motherboard waterblocks and M.2 memory.

                              I selected the Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 memory unit for the speed and capabilities since this will be used as the boot drive.

                              These compact M.2 units are amazing. So small and yet so powerful!

                              The unit fits perfectly into the M.2 slot located between PCIE-2 and PCIE-4 slots, and does not interfere with the PCIE-5 slot.

                              The CPU selected is the Intel i7-5820K processor. This LGA2011v3 unit has a stock speed of 3.3 Ghz with a 15MB cache.

                              The processor is locked and loaded on the motherboard.

                              Last up is to apply the EKWB Waterblocks to the VRM modules and CPU. These are truly some beautiful blocks!

                              The motherboard is now prepped and ready. The CPU and VRM waterblocks are readily identifiable and the PCH area retained the stock Gigabyte branded cover. The only things missing are the memory and video card.