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Bohrman November 7, 2011 02:30 PM

Project: Aozora
 
Hi Guys, this is my first modding project and my second computer to have built since 2007. I must say there's been a lot of anxiety and :doh: moments these past two months as I've forayed into the mystical world of case modding. But things are coming along and i hope the wonderful HWC community will share their ideas with me. :biggrin:

Aozora (あおぞら) is a strange name, but the more i think about it the more appropriate it seems. Its a japanese word meaning Blue sky, I picked it since i started working on the case around the same time i started my japanese classes, but i digress :whistle:. The build is comprised of two parts, first being the light modding and painting, second being the actual assemble of the computer. It will be a liquid cooled computer with two loops, one for the processor and chipset and the other for the pair of gpus.

Heres a parts list (tentative):

Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D Full ATX
* Power Supply: Seasonic Platinum 1000watt
* Motherbord: Gigabyte Panther point
* CPU: Ivy Bridge
* RAM: 8Gb G.Skill Ripjaws X @ 1600MHz (2)
* GPU: 1 AMD HD7000
* GPU: 2 AMD HD7000
* Sound Card:Omega HT Claro Halo
* Hard Drive 1: Crucial M4 128GB (Operating System & Programs)
* Hard Drive 2: WD Black Caviar 1TB HDD (storage/games)
* Optical Drive: LG Blu-Ray / DVD+R
* Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Master Pro 5.25" 6 Channel Fan Controller / Temp Display

Loop 01
* Tubing: PrimoFlex Pro LRT White Tubing -3/8in. ID X 5/8in. OD (10)
* Coolant: Primochill Ice Clear
Reservoir: XSPC Acrylic Dual 5.25in. Reservoir
* Pump: Swiftech MCP350 12 VDC Pump
* Radiator:XSPC RX 360 rad
CPU Block: EK Supreme HF full nickel
* MoBo Block: EK Full board (Whichever board is chosen)
* Fittings: Bitspower Compression Fitting-ID 3/8" OD 5/8" (x2)
* Fittings: Bitspower Barb Fitting-ID 3/8" (x2)
* Fittings: Bitspower G1/4 Dual Rotary 45-Degree Compression Fitting-ID 3/8" OD 5/8" (x4)
* Misc Parts: Bitspower Metal T-Block, Bitspower Temp Sensor, Bitspower Male to Male G 1/4 Fitting
* Bitspower Quick Disconnects (x2)
Fans: Noiseblocker Blacksilent Pro 120mm 1400rpm (x3)
Coils: Primochill anti-kink coils- Black

Loop 02
* Tubing: PrimoFlex Pro LRT White Tubing -3/8in. ID X 5/8in. OD (10ft)
* Coolant: Primochill Ice clear
Reservoir: XSPC Acrylic Dual 5.25in. Reservoir
* Pump: Swiftech MCP350 12 VDC Pump
* Radiator: XSPC RX 240 rad
GPU Blocks: Swiftech Full Blocks or suitable EK full blocks
* Fittings: Bitspower Matte Black Rotary 90 Degree Compression Fitting-ID 3/8" OD 5/8" (x2)
* Fittings: Bitspower Compression Fitting-ID 3/8" OD 5/8" (x4)
* Fittings: Bitspower Barb Fitting-ID 3/8" (x2)
* Fittings: Bitspower G1/4 Dual Rotary 45-Degree Compression Fitting-ID 3/8" OD 5/8" (x2)
* Misc Parts: Bitspower metal T-Block, Bitspower Temp Sensor, Bitspower Male to Male G 1/4 Fitting
* Bitspower Quick Disconnects (x2)
Fans: Noiseblocker Blacksilent Pro 120mm 1400rpm (x2)


Miscellaneous case and hardware parts:
*mnpctech u-channel molding, rivets, 240mm black slotted acrylic grill, 360mm black aluminum rotating grill, 140mm black aluminum rotating grill (2), 140mm black wire grill, fan grommets
*mdpc sleeving and screws
*Arctic cooling RC Pro memory heatsinks and turbo module
*Enzotech Mosfet Heatsinks

Here's an idea of what the loops will look like, take note although its not shown the chipset is in the cpu loop:

http://i.imgur.com/Z8kzy.jpg

So actually the name of the case came last as i had a lot of trouble picking color and design, many trips to part source were the result of being indecisive :sad:. But then one day on campus i saw something sweet like this drive by:
http://i.imgur.com/CvUMb.jpg


Man I'd love to drive that :bananafunky:

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...BJRU5ErkJggg==

Pabz0r545 November 7, 2011 02:51 PM

I can't wait to see this all come together :) Looks like a fun project.

CoolHandL November 7, 2011 02:56 PM

what type of mods are you doing to the 800D?

Bohrman November 7, 2011 04:37 PM

While Iím up for the royal blue color, i can live without the racing stripes. So i was thinking something like this to go on the side panel instead. Its an imperial Aquila for those of you who donít recognize it and yea i admit its a bit of a nerdy choice. Royal blue just doesnít look complete without some white! Plus it sort of goes with the aozora theme:thumb: .If you guys have a better suggestions thatís not to hard to do plz share.

http://i.imgur.com/GkeBS.jpg

Another thought was having "Aozora" painted on the the window panel side. But enough of that, on to the modding! I have this old ryobi jigsaw that really struggled to cut the steel but i managed to get a Mastercraft jigsaw on sale at Canadian tire :canadianwave:.

While I liked the corsair ďsailĒ window, I decided in the end it wouldnít go well with whatever design theme i went with..... certainly not pirate :P. Its hard to see in the pic but my cut is far from straight... that is thanks to a crappy jigsaw and poor skills, fortunately though the U-channel molding hides the mistake. You can also tell i had a blond moment with the camera in the second pic...

http://i.imgur.com/5Gzpi.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/4iRNZ.jpg

Tapping up for the other mods (cutting out the grills and enlarging screw holes):
http://i.imgur.com/V9JL2.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/3HJP5.jpg
Bottom of the case (240 rad)
http://i.imgur.com/Monj7.jpg

Yup that new jigsaw did the trick! These cuts where a breeze... albeit a little shoddy but that's what the u-channel is for :ph34r:

http://i.imgur.com/V8FrQ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/MWrnh.jpg

Argh the steel is really strong and it was a tad to difficult to do the bottom rad hole with the jigsaw, so i wound up burning through a lot of dremel disks... but it looks good
http://i.imgur.com/29uOZ.jpg

Bohrman November 7, 2011 05:07 PM

Unfortunately i don't have any pics of the disassembled case, sorry about that. But it was fairly easy after reading through the custom job done by mnpctech on the 800D http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/case-mods-worklog-gallery/28135-hardware-canucks-custom-case-mnpctech.html

Leave it to me to break the only plastic parts, the cpu cutout and psu divider, in the whole case, hopefully i can get a replacement from corsair.

Now remember that side panel? Heres what it looks like without the powder basecoat. Mncptech werenít kidding when they said its one of the toughest powdercoats theyíve encountered and unlike them i didnít have access to a sand blaster. Worse was for some reason i thought 220 sand paper was enough. Well after trying out 180, 120, 100, 80 and 60grit, I finally settled on 80grit (which i later confirmed was the sweat spot). Man what a fiasco :doh:

http://i.imgur.com/JYrvm.jpg

mmm nothing like bare steel to get you excited :haha:
http://i.imgur.com/B2CvZ.jpg

Hereís the other side panel, after sanding and priming. I primed each piece with 3 coats. One mistake i keep making is that Iím not careful with my fingers when using the rattle can. Add to the fact that you canít really feel paint when your wearing nitrile gloves, any paint that gets on my spray finger just accumulates till its a big enough blob and gets ďfiredĒ by the aerosol onto the panels! Thankfully another coat dealt with the issue.
http://i.imgur.com/NHmmY.jpg

Back panels the first one to get actual paint! Its so shiny and smooth that sometimes i wonder if i should even bother sanding and buffing later on. But i really do want a nice finish so Iíll probably end up doing it anyway.
http://i.imgur.com/UNgj7.jpg

Semi-decent surface pic for you. Again i sorta fubarred myself with the nitrile gloves and another blob hit the panel, after drying it doesnít look to bad so iíll lightly sand and re-coat. MIND YOUR FINGERS!
http://i.imgur.com/5dUh2.jpg

So that's it for now, parts that aren't sanded yet are the front bezel and top panel, I won't be painting the bottom of the case:whistle:. The side panels also aren't painted yet but I'm waiting on some white paint and what you guys think about the designs (Aozora lettering and bird). I'll post pics as stuff gets done and parts come in, might not be months before something of a "finished" build will be visible though:dots:

Thanks for your time!
~Bohr

Bohrman January 18, 2012 07:18 PM

おはよう! Hello everyone,

Its been a while since i've updated this work log... lets just say complications arose, ensued and were swept under the carpet for the most part. But i'm not to worried, since i would imagine not many people are following this log. So it works out i guess? Well not really since i've misplaced my camera's charger and can't upload any new pics, but as soon as i find it i'll put them up.

So whats new? Well the painting is mostly done with the exception of the front and top panel. The front just needs its lovely blue coat and the top to be stripped of the original powder coat, which of course wont happen for a while with these -40 temperatures outside :blarg:. BUT, after much trial and error i got the side panel stenciled with the birds like i mentioned earlier, and while not perfect it does look pretty good.

I also had time to review (more like obsess over) the parts for the build, i'm now looking at the Raystorm instead of an Ek block. As well i'll be picking up 2 Kaze Aces instead of the single Master pro. Finally, if i can get NCIX to lower it's prices i'll be grabbing gentle typhoons instead of the noiseblockers.

Now I did get some luck, NCIX had the burner version of the blu ray drive i wanted on sale for $85. Ah karma, finally you grace me!:biggrin:. I also managed to get my hands on the XSPC reservoir so i can do any last minute mods if i need too. Aside from that this build is just crawling along, my goal is to finish in june (fingers crossed).

more to come!
~Bohr


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