Calen Saddler

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  1. The Concept: Addition To The Design: How It Came To be I came up with this idea a while back but didn't know how or when I would implement it. As time passed the idea went into my book along with all my other crazy ideas. After looking at some Be Quiet products on their site I came across the Silent Base 800. The bottom “skids” or feet were perfect! Exactly what I had been looking for. After exploring the idea further and taking some more looks at the Cooler Master MasterCase 5t; I realized it was the perfect candidate. My idea was to make it look like the MasterCase 5t and the Cosmos had a love child and named it, “SyNAPSE.” it couldn't have come together any better. Combining those designs cues with the ones found on the hardware and I have a complete build that is something I would want to own but doesn't exist. It will be an uphill challenge as mounting brackets will have to be custom made and more than likely 3D printed. Less than a week ago I saw the Cosmos 700 prototype and they ventured from the round skids or feet for ones that were more like the ones I will be using. This made the SyNAPSE build even better. Behind SyNAPSE: I've named this build SyNAPSE as it will bridge the gap between organic and mechanical. Sharing a lot of design styling from Gundam and other off shoots. The SyNAPSE case mod will be heavily inspired by Gundam. All of the popular movies and games we see on a daily basis were born from the original, "Mobile Suit Gundam." This dates back to the early 70s and has been a mainstay in Asia ever since. Gundam consists of the futuristic mech robots that have been adapted into a lot of different platforms. It has evolved into an extremely popular line of games, tv shows and movies. I want to go back to the roots of Gundam and adapt it to current day perspectives while focusing on the designs found throughout the hardware being used in the build. The combination will make this build one of the most cohesive builds I've ever done. Every detail from the hardware will be carried over into the rest of the build. CPU: Intel Kaby Lake i7 7700k Motherboard: Aorus Z270X-Gaming 9 GPUs: SLI Aorus GTX 1070 X 2 SLI Bridge: Aorus RGB Memory: HyperX Savage DDR4 16gb Storage: HyperX Predator M.2 - HyperX Savage SSD PSU: Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 11 (1,000 watt) Cables: Modular custom sleeved CableMod cables (red, black & silver) Fans: Be Quiet Silent Wings 3 (high speed) 3 X 120mm Alphacool Watercooling From ModMyMods: CPU Block: Alphacool Eisblock XPX (clear) w/custom red mount kit Pump: Alphacool VP755 v2 Radiator: Alphacool Eisbrecher Pro XT45 360mm Reservoir: Alphacools New Helix 250mm tube reservoir Tubing: Alphacool 13mm Satin Hardtube Coolant: Mayhems Opaque w/custom die Fittings: Alphacool chrome fittings Flow Meter: Eisflugal Acetal flow meter PWM Cables: Alphacool 4pin LEDs: Phoybia white leds Top & Bottom Feet: Be Quiet Silent Base 800 Other Cables: CableMod sleeved PSU cable, ethernet cable, SATA cables and others Thumbscrews: CableMod anodized (red) LED Strips: CableMod RGB/W dual wide angle LEDs that work with Gigabytes RGB Fusion controllers.
  2. (COMPLETED) SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Some More Final Photos of SyNAPSE:
  3. (COMPLETED) SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    SyNAPSE is Completed: As many of you noticed, I had to take a break from the SyNAPSE Case Mod due to getting it and another build ready for CES 2018. This included doing the finish work, swapping out some of the hardware and prepping it to be shipped. Now that it's complete I can share the new specs and final pictures of the project. This build was a massive success at CES and I can't think Gigabyte and Aorus enough for proudly displaying it during the show. The feedback from the community and enthusiasts was better than I ever could have hoped for. Thank all of you for your constructive criticism, comments, and support! I would also like to give a massive thanks the sponsors who make these builds possible: Gigabyte - ModMyMods - Alphacool - HyperX - Cooler Master - CableMod - Aorus - Be Quiet Now let's get to the new specs! SyNAPSE Specs: • CPU: Intel Coffee Lake i7 8700k • Motherboard: Aorus Z370-Gaming 7 • GPUs: 2 X Aorus GTX1070s in SLI • PSU: Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 11 (1,000 watts) • Other: CableMod sleeved PSU cables and CableMod Fusion leds • Ram DDR4: HyperX Savage 4 sticks 16GB • Storage: HyperX Predator (240gb) M.2 SSD and HyperX Savage (240gb) SSD • Fans: Be Quiet Silent Wings 3 • Watercooling: Alphacool & ModMyMods 360mm Pro radiator, Eisblock XPX CPU block, Helix reservoir, VPP755 pump, ram waterblocks, chrome fittings
  4. (COMPLETED) SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Custom Vinyl Design & Install: Now that the side shrouds are perfect I went I had with finishing the design for the vinyl graphics that will go on those shrouds. On the top there's a white accent that matches the one on the bottom and then there's a couple grey gunmetal accents it just give it a lot more depth. He's were fairly simple to design and cut but due to them being larger there are always tricky to install. I was very fortunate that these came out looking excellent. New Alphacool Cap Covers: I am fortunate to get the new cap covers for my fittings that are now available from alphacool. They come in several different colors including red black blue and gray as well as some other finishes. I decided to order the gray ones for the synapse build. I really like them because the gray is just enough for people to see something's different but not enough to draw a ton of attention. For me details like this have the biggest payout overall.
  5. (COMPLETED) SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Custom Painted Be Quiet Silent Wings 3 Fan: I wanted to use a 120mm Be Quiet fan for the rear main because they run very quiet and look clean. However I also wanted to dress it up a bit. I've found you can paint the blades by popping them out using even pressure from the back side. You have to be real careful not to put too much pressure on one blade or you could break it. I also tape off the insert and ring magnet so that it doesn't affect the balance. I went with a darker gray on the 1st fan and a lighter grey on the 2nd one. The lighter color definitely fits in the best. Since I had to remove the Be Quiet badge to paint I decided to make a new one using a black chrome backing and white lettering. Prepping for CES 2018: The SyNAPSE case mod will get a few changes in preparation for CES 2018. It will be displayed in Gigabyte and Aorus’s booth. I've already swapped in the new Aorus Z370-Gaming 7 motherboard. Timing for this fit very well. I will continue to update the build log but, some parts of the build will be saved until it's unveiling at CES. I will also have another build displayed with two other manufacturers. You will have to wait until CES to see any progress on it though. Aorus Z370-Gaming 7: The design styling of this motherboard is dead on with my natural building style. I've actually been asked a few times if I helped design it. I love all the new features as well as the look and feel of the new Aorus motherboard. Here are a few shots of the new motherboard as well as some with it mounted. I had to redo part of the loop to accommodate the new motherboard. However I wanted to keep the long thought out run design of the hardline. I made sure that it was almost exactly the same as the previous design. The new motherboard will also use the new i7 chip from Intel.
  6. (COMPLETED) SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Adding the Alphacool Flow Gauge & Modding it: Usually installing a flow gauge is pretty quick and simple but on this build it took a lot more effort. I didn't want to interrupt the flow of the hardline layout or block anything in the build with the flow gauge. So I ended up finding a spot that would exactly fit the flow gauge between the two Aorus graphics cards. I tried to see what it looks like with and without the gauge to determine which way looked best. I have to say that after the mods it definitely fit in perfectly with the theme. I changed the spinner on the inside to read and added some custom vinyl work on the outside of the gauge. Making an Acrylic Hardline Support: I decided to make this piece because I really wanted to make something that was different and new. This cool little system I created helps perfectly to support the hard-line tubing and it fits the bill exact. It took quite a bit of time to hand sand and file each one of these pieces to be an exact copy of the next. It was well worth it and came out even better than I could have hoped.
  7. (COMPLETED) SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Cutting Acrylic For The Top Details: Before I even started on this I knew it would be rather tedious hand cutting, filing and sanding all of the acrylic needed to make this top piece. It has all come together really well though and is definitely worth the time spent. Once I had all the major pieces cut sanded and prep for paint I could start gluing them to the base piece that I had bent to match the top of the Cooler Master MasterCase 5t. To correctly place each piece of acrylic I had to draw lines on the base piece and then take detailed measurements as I glued them together. Once I had all that complete I had to paint the entire piece black. When the paint cured it was time to add The white strip to the top to complete the piece. This piece is a major part of the overall look so I wanted it to be exact. Custom GPU Backplates: I wanted to make some custom GPU backplates for this build. However I didn't want to make the typical backplate that you usually see on builds. I decided to design one that wrapped around to the front of each graphics card and followed the Contours of the front plate. This was extremely tricky to do because of all the angles they use on this graphics cards coolers. Using hard stock I managed to refine a template that perfectly fit. Now I couldn't make it out of acrylic because of the thickness would be too much for my design so I decided to make it out of metal. Bending it was rather tricky due to the thickness of the metal but I managed to get a good solid clean Bend all the way across. Once I had all that done I used several different kinds of vinyl to cover the GPU backplate and added a SyNAPSE logo to the front and in Aorus logo down the middle. These came out even better than I could have hoped.
  8. (COMPLETED) SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Rearranging the Basement: I could have left the basement as is in the Cooler Master MasterCase 5t because it's very functional. This build is one I didn't want to have any restraint while building and modding so I decided to make custom hand cut acrylic panels. I made templates to make sure everything cleared the inside. Once I had the templates finished it was time to figure out my passthroughs. I needed one pass through to go from the reservoir to the pump in the basement and from the pump back through another pass through to the radiator. This worked out great using the inlet and Outlet on the side of the pump. I highly recommend using a step drill to make holes big enough for pass through fittings as they don't tend to chew up metal or acrylics like most real bits will. I also decided to run the reservoir drain out the bottom far side. Later I'll be making a partial shroud which I can mount a passthrough fitting on for the drain. Running a Test Loop: I wanted to start with the most difficult part of the watercooling loop. This would be the pass through to the pumps. Due to the tight space I had to use several different fittings to connect to the pass-through. Once I have these all marked out I could drill the holes using a step drill bit. I then started planning my loop and bending tubing. I decided to freestyle bend all of the parts of this loop. I now have the vast majority of it completed but it still needs a little fine-tuning. I'm very particular with angles and length of tubing so I will go back and take a few millimeters off or add a few millimeters of tubing where it's needed in order to make it exactly what I want.
  9. (COMPLETED) SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Installing Some of the Alphacool Water-cooling: I decided to start out by putting the Eisblock XPX CPU Cooler together. I ordered the red color change kit from ModMyMods which will match the build perfectly. I also decided to try something different with the HyperX Savage DDR4 RAM and fully watercool it. One of the main reasons I decided to go this route was the built in water block that comes on the Aorus Z270X-Gaming 9 motherboard. The combination of the ram, CPU and motherboard blocks looks really sweet with a good layout. I still have one more HyperX ram stick to mount but I took a picture so you can get an idea of what it'll look like. Defcon 1: Radiator & Reservoir Don't Fit After the excitement of unboxing the water cooling for this build I decided to put in the radiator fans and Reservoir. As you can tell I'm using the new Helix reservoir from alphacool. Once I went to put everything in I quickly realized that the reservoir was about 14 mm to wide. This wouldn't be a problem for most people but I decided to mount the reservoir on the radiator as well as using dual SLI Aorus gpus which are beefy in their own right. I didn't want to give up my reservoir location or anything else so I was left stuck with wondering what to do. Really my only option was to get a smaller radiator or try to figure it out. After taking a handful of measurements I realize that I can start cutting on The Cooler Master 5T and make room to move the radiator or the fans were. I had to remove all of the front grills as well as cut out part of the bezel and the metal lip across the front lower portion of the case. Once I had this cut out I was able to slide the radiator in with only a little bit of space to spare. I then mounted the fans and the reservoir and to my amazement I now had about 15 mm worth of space between the graphics card and the reservoir. Being a case modder is essentially being really good at problem solving. We tend to want our cake and eat it too.
  10. (COMPLETED) SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Custom GPU Cable Combs: I wanted both of the power cables coming from the graphics cards to go in between both of them. Usually people have each set go under the power supply it's connected to. I thought I would look even better to have them both go in between each other so the top one would go down and the bottom ones would go up. The problem with doing this is the cables don't want to naturally go this direction without deflecting to the side. After talking with a few friends of mine Jake and I came up with a rough concept for a comb that could be applied without de-pining the cables. Since I don't have a CNC in order to mill these intricate pieces, my friend Jim is going to mill some prototypes for me to see how they work. Below is the basic design of what they will look like put together by Jake. Installing OS, Drivers & Software: I usually wait til the build is finished but I wanted to fine tune every aspect of this build so I decided to install everything and further configure it. This also gives me a chance to show you all the cool stuff the Aorus software can do on the Z270X-Gaming 9 motherboard, Aorus GPUS, sli bridge and Thermaltake Ring Plus fans. Alphacool Gear Arrives From ModMyMods: The SyNAPSE case mod has been on hold until the last few parts arrived which consists of all the awesome watercooling. I was lucky enough to snag one of the brand new Helix reservoirs that just came out as well as a bunch of other new things. Alphacool came out with some new fittings that are essentially adaptors and fittings combined. I really enjoy this because it keeps you from having to use a bunch of different parts which looks much cleaner. I've taken some pics of the main stuff supplied and the rest will be pictured as it's used.
  11. (COMPLETED) SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Installing the i7 7700k CPU & Be Quiet 240mm AIO: Installing the i7 7700k is pretty straight forward. As mentioned I'm using the Be Quiet 240mm AIO so that I can test and configure the hardware. Z270X-Gaming 9 RGB Sneak Peek: I haven't got the RGB Fusion software setup yet but, I have played with it before. The options for this motherboards RGB LEDs is awesome. Not only can you control each section of the motherboards LEDs individually but you can set them to do different functions. You can have them flash, pulse or cycle different colors. It also let's you select what colors you want them to cycle as well as how long each color shows. Another cool feature is to set the LEDs in real time to tell you CPU Temps or CPU loads as well as other features like fan speed. Once I'm able to install the rest of the software I will post some pics and explain RGB Fusion in more detail. I will also be using CableMod RGB Fusion leds that are RGBW. These cable strips include a set of RGB LEDs and next to them a strip of white LEDs so that you get a true white and not a off-white.
  12. (COMPLETED) SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Painting New Panels: Painting panels is pretty straightforward for the most part. Everybody seems to have their own way of doing things that works best for them. For these pieces I first started by lightly sanding or roughing them up so that the primer will stick to it better. With the acrylic primer is very important. The reason it is so important is the LED lighting inside the case will show through the clear panels even after they're painted, without the use of primer. So it's important to get a good thick base of primer before your color coat goes on. Doing so will help ensure that you get no bleed through from the LED lighting. For right now I will just leave them in primer which will allow me to wait until I'm done with the rough work. Mocking Up & Testing Hardware: I recently got a Be Quiet 240mm AIO so that I can test all the hardware and configure everything at the start of the build vs when it's finished. This had dome big advantages. It allows me to make sure there's no issues with the hardware and design the build with the configurable leds in mind. I had to also install an OS so that I can configure the fans as well. I will be using a combination of ring plus and Silent Wings 3 fans. The Ring Fans will give me some of the aesthetic look I'm going for while the Silent Wings 3s will do the intake and exhaust work. The Aorus motherboard, graphics cards and SLI Bridge are all configurable and offer multi-zone lighting. This allows me to controller everything through the motherboard and set different leds up in different ways. The ring fans have their own app and can be controlled by my cell phone.
  13. (COMPLETED) SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Mocking up Skids (bottom): Now that I have the top all mocked up I can do the bottom set. I used the measurements from the top to locate where I should mount the bottom set which assures they will match up. I had to remove both of the stock feet from the MasterCase 5t. They come out really easily after removing a couple bolts and unlock by sliding them. I've been debating on modifying the stock feet so that they can be remounted with the new skids. I will probably wait until I have the skids exactly how I want them before playing around with them. As you can see the bottom skids fit perfectly. There's a decent amount of work into getting them in but it's already paying off. Top Aorus Logo: I knew pretty early on that one wanted to put the Aorus logo in a couple spots on the outside of the case. The one I knew for sure was on the flap towards the back of the case. A buddy of mine was already laser cutting some stuff and offered to cut me a couple Aorus logos if I did the design for it. They turned out perfect. I will more than likely paint it white before mounting it so that it matches the concept art design. Here's what the Aorus Eagle looked like after being cut and mocked up. I also got a chance to paint them white. Below I show the progress of making the acrylic mount for it as well Turning Templates Into Parts: The next task on the agenda is taking all of the templates made and turning them into actual parts for the build. Getting to this stage takes a little bit of work but once you're there goes along pretty easily. I use the templates to trace out cut paths in either acrylics or different metals depending on the use. For this side pieces I will use a combination of both for different reasons. These panels will all be at different angles and mounted in different positions. Typically I'm out most the stuff in one plain we're on this build they will be mounted in all different planes and positions. This will give it a lot more depth as it will be three dimensional versus flat surfaces.
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    Cutting & Mocking Up Skids (top): It took a lot of measurements and head scratching to figure out how I would mount the top and bottom ones. I decided to take the most challenging one 1st which was the top set. Luckily the two pieces where the skids would mount are at the same angle which made the task a but easier. Now that I have them mocked up, I can fine tune the angle that they come out of the case at. I haven't decided if I want them perfectly flat facing upwards or at a slight angle. I will more than likely wait until the bottom set is on so that I can see it both ways.
  15. (COMPLETED) SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Making Templates: The concept art shows the basic path I will be taking with this build. I've since added a few features that will really take this build to the next level. I started out by taking some of the designs done in the concept art CAD design and made a full scale mock up templates. This helps assure everything will fit as intended. Usually I use hard stock paper as many of you may know. This time I wanted something a little more rigid so I bought some trifold boards from the dollar store. It's a type of cardboard but different then the type of cardboard you may be used to. It works great for mocking up shrouds. I decided to make the full shroud in 3 separate pieces. Breaking the shroud up helps with installation and future maintenance. The top horizontal piece will be mounted a lot closer to the side of the case which will give it a lot more depth.
  16. Who Am I? A bit about me; a few years ago I suffered a traumatic brain injury that caused my brain to hemorrhage. After spending a long time in intensive care I kept thinking about case modding. Before long, its all I could think about. After recovering from my injury I was left with epilepsy and brain that no longer functioned like before. I started to look at things differently. Inspiration for mods began to pop up in the oddest places. I eventually became overthrown with modding ideas and designs. Soon I decided it was time to start. Theres nothing quite like being in the grocery store and yelling, “thats it, 45 degree angles†and then running out of the store like a mad man. No matter what I was doing, it all kept coming back to case modding. Today case modding is my life and it allows me to be truly happy. For some case modding is a hobby but, for me its a lifestyle. And So It Begins: Why: I decided to do this scratch build, “Dark Matter†for several reasons. I was tired of limiting my mods to the confines of a typical sized case. There are a ton of great cases out there but, I wanted to do something my style from the ground up. The design phase began once I started getting close to completing the StarCraft Day Zero case. However, a lot of the main features for this build have been floating around my head over the last year. During the scratch build I will be using new modding techniques as well as using materials that aren't always associated with case modding. I will also implement 3D printing and some new tech in that feild. If you like seeing original creations and have a love for the truest form of modding; you're in the right place. Design Screen Shots: • Quad vertical PCI-e slots added • Modded the stock 80mm rear fan into a 120mm • Tons of custom metal fabrication found throughout the build • Almost every piece is hand fabricated (freestyle modding) • Aluminum triple SSD rack • Custom built PSU mount w/acrylic center plate (backlit) • Hand made aluminum grill (top of the case) • Modded an Xbox 360 power ring to fit the front of the case and added individually addressable LEDs • Hand built acrylic dual voltmeter mount • 12mm thick acrylic honeycomb floor • Acrylic 240 fan grill (custom made) • Cable shroud door mounted next to the motherboard • Hand built aluminum brackets for Lexan water-path & EK 480 radiator • 90 degree brackets for the frame of the case • Snap in color matched rings for the 120mm PureWings 2 PWM fans • Designed and printed a front switch panel • Gskill logo badge with backlit letters • EK logo with plate on the top grill insert • Extensive cable management setup and cable combs • Case for Arduino Mega and mini TFT touch screen for the animated case badge • Hinges for all side panels • Mounts for the aluminum grill (top of the case) • Custom countersunk washers • SSD mount extension • GPU cable combs • Cable passthrough bezel • Switch panel for Xbox 360 power ring and 2 Vandal switches • Supermicro C7 Z170–OCE motherboard • Gigabyte GTX 960 Extreme SLI GPUs (4-gig each) • Intel i7 6700k Skylake CPU • Gskill Trident DDR 4 (16 Gb of ram) • 1,200 watt DarkPower 11 Pro BeQuiet Modular PSU • 3 X OCZ Vector 180 SSDs • Full custom sleeved Ensourced cable set • RantoPad MXX mechanical gaming keyboard w/backlit LEDs • RantoPad Optical Gaming mouse • RantoPad aluminum mousepad • 7 X 120mm PWM PureWings 2 case fans • 16mm angel eye Vandal switch (blue) + 16mm power Vandal switch (blue) • 5050 RGB LED strips with wireless remote • Automotive true RGB LED modular pods • Arduino Mega with mini TFT touch screen (animated case badge) • Printrbot various filaments (3D printed plastics) • 4 X Gas struts for gullwing doors • Large custom lexan water-path behind the motherboard tray • Combination of nickel plated and PETG hardline tubing • Custom built acrylic & nickel reservoir mount w/custom smart LEDs • Water-cooling passthrough for motherboard tray • EKWB X3 250 reservoir • EKWB Supremacy Evo CPU block • EKWB Coolstream XE480mm radiator (quad BeQuiet 120mm fans) • EKWB Revo pump with acrylic top • 12mm HDC hardline fittings, 90 degree adapters (black nickel), 50mm extenders, passthroughs, coolant and hardline bend kit Main Sponsors: Gigabyte: (SLI GPUs) • 2 x Gigabyte GTX 960 Extreme 4 gig SLI GPUs (8–gig total) Supermicro: (Motherboard) • Supermicro C7–Z170–OCE motherboard G.Skill: (DDR4 Ram) • Gskill Trident DDR4 black & white edition (4 sticks of DDR4) OCZ: (Solid State Drives) • 3 X OCZ Vector 180 SSDs (almost a terabyte Total) BeQuiet: (Power Supply & Fans) • 1,200 watt DarkPower 11 Pro BeQuiet Modular PSU • 7 X 120mm PWM PureWings 2 case fans Ensourced: (Custom Sleeved PSU Extensions) • Custom length cables, sleeving design and cable combs Printrbot: (Filament & Hotend) • 7 rolls of filament and an experimental hotend with a 1mm nozzle EMI Design (lasercut work) • Honeycomb floor panel, 240 grill and bottom door EKWB: (Water-Cooling) • EKWB X3 250 reservoir • EKWB Supremacy Evo CPU block • 480mm radiator (quad BeQuiet 120mm fans) • EKWB Revo pump w/plexi top • Fittings Including: - 12mm HDC hardline fittings - 90 degree adaptors - 50mm spacers - M to M adaptors - 10 & 12mm hardline bending kit - 12mm tubing - Passthrough fittings My Last Build: StarCraft Day Zero
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    Some More Updated Pics: The amount of response I've gotten for this build is amazing. I really appreciate all of those who have shared this build and been inspired to do your own builds. I'm always available to help up and coming modders or just someone who wants to customize their PC. Happy modding!! Dark Matter:
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    Special Thanks To My Sponsors: I want to take a moment to thank all the sponsors that believed in this build. I have build some wonderful relationships with great reps from these companies which means the world to me. I look forward to working with you all on the next project. Thanks to Gigabyte, OCZ, EKWB, Supermicro, GSkill, Ensourced, EMI Designs, RantoPad USA and Printrbot. Final Specs: • CPU: 6th Gen Skylake 6700k i7 • Motherboard: Supermicro Enthusiast grade C7–Z170–OCE • GPUs: 2 X Gigabyte GTX 960 Xtremj&@@$& • Ram: 4 X G.Skill Trident Z DDR4 16gig total • Storage: 3 X OCZ Vector 180 SSDs • PSU Extensions: Ensourced custom length and hand sleeved full cable set • Power Supply: Bequiet Dark Power Pro 11 (1,200) watt platinum rated • Fans: 7 X BeQuiet PureWings 2 PWM 120mm fans Cooler Master Part: • Rear Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm (blue LEDs) Water-Cooling: • CPU Block: EKWB Supremacy Evo 115x • Radiator: EKWB Coolstream XE 480mm • Pump: EKWB Revo D5 with acrylic top • Reservoir: EKWB X3 250 multiport • Coolant: EKWB Ekoolant EVO (Lime GREEN) concentrate • Tubing: EKWB 12mm Hardline Final Pics Continued: There will be several sets of final pictures that will be posted. There is so much detail and modded parts that a few pics don't do the build any justice.
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    And so it comes to an end............ Entry For Cooler Master's Case Modding World Series: Dark Matter: I decided to do this scratch build, “Dark Matter†for several reasons. I was tired of limiting my mods to the confines of a typical case. There are a ton of great cases out there but, I wanted to do something my style from the ground up. If you like seeing original creations and have a love for the truest form of modding; you're in the right place. The Journey: This has been quite the journey and so much more, than a scratch build has cone out of it. Inspiring creativity in others is a big part of why I dedicate so much into these projects. I receive email after email from people taking this journey with me through my extensive build logs. For my required Cooler Master part I used one of their SickleFlow 120mm fans and mounted on the back of the case. I system paint matched it as well as replaced the holographic label with Cooler Masters new, “ Make it yours†custom vinyl. This build ended up being one of the most detailed builds I've ever done. Over 750 hours of building, fabricating and modding assured that this would be a one to remember. Making sure I went the extra mile; buildibv as much as I could from scratch including things like brackets, hinges, switches and all sorts of other items that most builders would buy. The vast majority of this build was done using basic tools but, I didn't hesitate to use things like laser cutters and CNC machines to make parts that couldn't be built any other way. I had a lot of fun doing this project and I'm very grateful to all the people and wonderful sponsors who git involved in the Dark Matter Scratch Build. I also appreciate all of you that vote for this build during the, “Peoples Choice†voting. Final 5 Photos: (More Coming Soon)
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    Final Assembly: It Has Begun The time has arrived! I am finally ready for reassembly and wiring of all the parts, hardware and case. When I designed the case I took the fact that I would be taking it apart and putting it back together a bunch of times into consideration. This made it a lot easier to put back together for final adsembly. As mentioned earlier in the build log the entire top portion of the case slides off on a track system. This gives you full range of motion throughout the top of the case to the inside. Mounting Passthrough & Plates: Thanks all my carful measurements the mounting of the pass-through went together rather well. In between the two plates it's about a 30 to 50 mm. Bending Hardline & Custom Loop Install: Now that I have the pass-through all finished and remounted; I can finish bending the hard line for the rest of the system. Going from the acrylic water path to the pass-through was relatively painless due to the use of 90° fittings. After the tubing gets to the motherboard side it starts to get a little bit trickier. I had to do several bends and I ended up free styling the bends instead of using a mandrel set that I 3–D printed / designed myself '. Adding Vinyl: EKWB Coolstream 480mm Radiator I designed and custom cut some vinyl pieces for the radiator. The first piece has the Dark Matter logo in green and the second piece is the EKWB logo. I mounted them on the side of the radiator so that they could be seen when you look in the case. Some carefully placed LEDs really make them pop.
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    Building Passthrough Plates: Currently I'm working on building the pass-through plates that go on the front and backside of the motherboard tray. I started by cutting foam board in order to make a very accurate template. If any of the holes for the past through fittings or even slightly off it will be very very noticeable. Once I have the first play cut out of acrylic I will make an exact duplicate for the other side. That will sure that everything lines up perfectly. Due to my lack of sleep lately it is taken me a bit longer than usual to make this but, its all part of the game. In the picture below I show the foam board and acrylic water path plate so you can get an idea of what I'm doing. Last Cables & GPU Cable Combs Arrive From Ensourced: When the sleep cable were made for dark matter I didn't know exactly which GPUs I would be using. At that time I just had them make a single 8 pin for each GPU. Once the gigabyte GTX 960 Xtreme edition GPUs arrived I realized that I needed another 6 pin to go with the 8 pin. I also requested that Ensourced send their new GPU cable combs due to all the requests to see them. The best part about these GPU cable comes from Ensourced is that you don't need to unpin your cables to install them. They came up with an awesome solution that is a breeze to install. Finishing The Front Panel: Im starting to get very close to being finished with the front of the case. I just need to do a little vinyl work, permanently mount everything and finish up a few small details. I figured I'd give you a sneak peek at what it looks like since it's primarily together. Using a filter on the image lets you still enjoy the surprise during the final pics I am extremely happy with the changes made to the front. Originally I was just going to use a expanded aluminum grille insert to cover the fans. Once I saw mocked up that way I decided it needed more depth so I changed it up and it looks sick. Once the LEDs for the front are on it'll look even better.
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    Gigabyte GTX 960 Xtreme Ed GPU Backplate Changes: The first idea I had for the backplates didn't give me the look I really wanted. Im the type of person that will redo something as many times as it takes to get it perfect. The new idea I have really focuses on the shape and design of the GPU and backplate while carrying on a combination of design elements. I decided to try this concept using acrylic for the backplate sides. I am extremely happy with the way this backplate addition turned out. It leaves enough of the stock Xtreme edition backplate while taking it to another level. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. Cooler Master Front Badge: In honor of the Cooler Master Case Mod World Series that I am participating in. I felt that it was only right to put a cooler master badge on the front of the case. I used the new special vinyl that I ordered. I love this vinyl but, it takes 10 times longer to make anything with.
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    Update: Finishing Up The Rigid SLI Bridge Now that I have the side pieces tacked onto the top I can prep it for its first coat of paint. I went with a black backing to match 2 SLI Gigabyte GPUs. I designed some vinyl pieces that are mounted to the top and front of the SLI bridge. Arrival: EKWB's Water-cooling Fittings, Tubing, Coolant & Bend Kit The fittings I got for me EKWB include pass-through, 90 degree, HDC 12 mm hardline fittings and a fill-port. I decided to go with primarily black nickel which looks beyond awesome and I haven't seen any builds that use them. The pass-through fittings are for the connections that pass-through the motherboard tray. EK also included a bend kit which comes with: hobby saw, sandpaper and two sizes of tubing that goes inside of hardline during bends. G.Skill Trident Z Ram Mods: I've started doing a few mods to the G.Skill Trident Z ram modules. Originally I wasn't going to do any mods to these because they are the new black and white edition. Since then I came up with the idea of changing the G.Skill and Trident Z logos to match the build. It amounts to being the best of both worlds.
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    LED Cables & Controllers Routed: The LED system on the build is extremely complicated and requires the use of several controllers to run many of the functions. My LEDs are usually an expression of my mood so I like a wide variety of options. EKWB Revo Pump Mount: Earlier in the build log I showed the stand and mount of the EK Revo pump. Since then I have sleeved the PWM cables and cut a hole to mount a rubber grommet. The hole is so that the wiring can come out of the back of the pump, through the stand and into the floor. I didn't sleeve the two power cables as Im going to put a wrap on them. Update: Honeycomb Floor Pattern I showed the custom cut 12mm thick lexan floor but, I've recently been able to paint the honeycomb inserts. I used 4 different colors to paint the inserts. I will arrange them in patterns. I was inspired by a desktop wallpaper I came across during the Dark Matter build. I added the photo that inspired me to build this below. I'm not 100% finished with the floor but, there's enough done to show you all. Inspiration For The Floor: Scratch Built Rigid SLI Bridge: Due to the crazy mounting locations of my Gigabyte GTX 960 Extreme Ed GPUs I need an SLI bridge that has a 90 degree curve. I can buy a flexible one but, they are insanely ugly. To me the true art of scratch building is building every part possible, thats involved in the build from scratch. I know this isn't possible with everything but, during this build I've attempted to build as much as I can including things like hinges and switches. Once I mocked up the mounting locations for the GPUs I could use my calipers to take measurements for the SLI bridge. I then used hard stock to make a rough template that could be used to get the general shape down. Once I had the general shape it was easy to cut and bend some metal. I went back to the hard stock so that I could make the side pieces. Once I have it painted and re-assembled I will update with pics.
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    Crazy Days Ahead: Over the next three days I will be finishing up almost all of the case and mods. The last bit of parts from EKWB should arrive then. They are sending the coolant, hard line tubing, bending kit and all the fittings required. Once those arrive I will immediately start work on doing the custom loop and prepping it for final photos. I'm also waiting on some custom vinyl I ordered that should arrive in the next few days. I've prepped all of the cutting patterns for when the vinyl arrives. Arrival: Intel i7 Skylake 6700K CPU I was finally able to get the CPU for the Dark Matter scratch build. I could have easily gone with an i5 but, all the hardware is top notch so I felt it deserved an equally awesome CPU. BeQuiet Dark Power Pro 11–1,200 PSU Mods: I have added the last piece that will be part of the dual voltmeter gauge mount. I bent a couple pieces of aluminum in order to taper the front of the panel. I also cut a piece of thick lexan that it edge lit using green LEDs. This will give the completed mount an industrial and futuristic look. The piece of lexan is used to mount some of the pieces so I didn't have to drill holes through the side of the PSU. Painting: Gas Struts I made quick work of the gas struts and mounts. The majority of them are painted black as they were in the design. The end pieces that are next to the green hinges are painted green in order to carry the then. I also have designed some custom vinyl pieces that will be added when my special order vinyl arrives. Cable Management & Water-path Surround: I made a panel that goes around two sides of the water-path. The hardline tubing that comes out of the water-path will pass through this panel; through the motherboard tray and out the other side. This surround will also allow me to keep all the cabling from the PSU organized on its way to the motherboard and other components. Now that it's cut and prepped I will paint it to match the build. Front Grill Insert: Originally I had designed the front fan cutout to just have a grill over the fan cutout. After mocking the front panel up I decided I wanted to try a few different ideas that would give it a bit more dimension. My solution is cutting a combination of acrylic and metal mesh that will go together to make inserts over the fan cutout. I started by drawing out different shapes using angles found throughout the build. I found if I make a bend in the middle of each insert it will give it the dimension I've been looking for. Luckily I just purchased a heat gun which came in handy for bending the acrylic. Now that I have all the pieces cut, filed and prepped I can move forward with bending the pieces for the front.