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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, â€œthats it, 45 degree anglesâ€ 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, â€œDark Matterâ€ 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: â€¢ Quad vertical PCI-e slots added â€¢ Modded the stock 80mm rear fan into a 120mm â€¢ Tons of custom metal fabrication found throughout the build â€¢ Almost every piece is hand fabricated (freestyle modding) â€¢ Aluminum triple SSD rack â€¢ Custom built PSU mount w/acrylic center plate (backlit) â€¢ Hand made aluminum grill (top of the case) â€¢ Modded an Xbox 360 power ring to fit the front of the case and added individually addressable LEDs â€¢ Hand built acrylic dual voltmeter mount â€¢ 12mm thick acrylic honeycomb floor â€¢ Acrylic 240 fan grill (custom made) â€¢ Cable shroud door mounted next to the motherboard â€¢ Hand built aluminum brackets for Lexan water-path & EK 480 radiator â€¢ 90 degree brackets for the frame of the case â€¢ Snap in color matched rings for the 120mm PureWings 2 PWM fans â€¢ Designed and printed a front switch panel â€¢ Gskill logo badge with backlit letters â€¢ EK logo with plate on the top grill insert â€¢ Extensive cable management setup and cable combs â€¢ Case for Arduino Mega and mini TFT touch screen for the animated case badge â€¢ Hinges for all side panels â€¢ Mounts for the aluminum grill (top of the case) â€¢ Custom countersunk washers â€¢ SSD mount extension â€¢ GPU cable combs â€¢ Cable passthrough bezel â€¢ Switch panel for Xbox 360 power ring and 2 Vandal switches â€¢ Supermicro C7 Z170â€“OCE motherboard â€¢ Gigabyte GTX 960 Extreme SLI GPUs (4-gig each) â€¢ Intel i7 6700k Skylake CPU â€¢ Gskill Trident DDR 4 (16 Gb of ram) â€¢ 1,200 watt DarkPower 11 Pro BeQuiet Modular PSU â€¢ 3 X OCZ Vector 180 SSDs â€¢ Full custom sleeved Ensourced cable set â€¢ RantoPad MXX mechanical gaming keyboard w/backlit LEDs â€¢ RantoPad Optical Gaming mouse â€¢ RantoPad aluminum mousepad â€¢ 7 X 120mm PWM PureWings 2 case fans â€¢ 16mm angel eye Vandal switch (blue) + 16mm power Vandal switch (blue) â€¢ 5050 RGB LED strips with wireless remote â€¢ Automotive true RGB LED modular pods â€¢ Arduino Mega with mini TFT touch screen (animated case badge) â€¢ Printrbot various filaments (3D printed plastics) â€¢ 4 X Gas struts for gullwing doors â€¢ Large custom lexan water-path behind the motherboard tray â€¢ Combination of nickel plated and PETG hardline tubing â€¢ Custom built acrylic & nickel reservoir mount w/custom smart LEDs â€¢ Water-cooling passthrough for motherboard tray â€¢ EKWB X3 250 reservoir â€¢ EKWB Supremacy Evo CPU block â€¢ EKWB Coolstream XE480mm radiator (quad BeQuiet 120mm fans) â€¢ EKWB Revo pump with acrylic top â€¢ 12mm HDC hardline fittings, 90 degree adapters (black nickel), 50mm extenders, passthroughs, coolant and hardline bend kit Main Sponsors: Gigabyte: (SLI GPUs) â€¢ 2 x Gigabyte GTX 960 Extreme 4 gig SLI GPUs (8â€“gig total) Supermicro: (Motherboard) â€¢ Supermicro C7â€“Z170â€“OCE motherboard G.Skill: (DDR4 Ram) â€¢ Gskill Trident DDR4 black & white edition (4 sticks of DDR4) OCZ: (Solid State Drives) â€¢ 3 X OCZ Vector 180 SSDs (almost a terabyte Total) BeQuiet: (Power Supply & Fans) â€¢ 1,200 watt DarkPower 11 Pro BeQuiet Modular PSU â€¢ 7 X 120mm PWM PureWings 2 case fans Ensourced: (Custom Sleeved PSU Extensions) â€¢ Custom length cables, sleeving design and cable combs Printrbot: (Filament & Hotend) â€¢ 7 rolls of filament and an experimental hotend with a 1mm nozzle EMI Design (lasercut work) â€¢ Honeycomb floor panel, 240 grill and bottom door EKWB: (Water-Cooling) â€¢ EKWB X3 250 reservoir â€¢ EKWB Supremacy Evo CPU block â€¢ 480mm radiator (quad BeQuiet 120mm fans) â€¢ EKWB Revo pump w/plexi top â€¢ 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