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Old July 22, 2013, 03:17 PM
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Yep.... 'tis that time of the year again. :)

Got a new case inbound (hopefully be in before the end of the week) and a few different (mostly inspired by lowfat) ideas of how I want to do this build. The case is slightly different from a standard tower and I suspect that'll throw a wrench or two into how the build actually goes together as opposed to what I'm initially planning.

It's going to be pretty much the same hardware as I threw into the bitfenix ghost for my last build but with a few twists.

As always, it'll be pretty standard fare mostly directed towards convincing folks who are sitting on the fence WRT doing a custom WC build that it isn't really all that complicated.

And again... as per my previous builds I'll update this initial post with links to the pics.

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Old July 22, 2013, 03:35 PM
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Not much going on yet so just a quick teaser pic of some hardware pre - plasti-dip (well... as you can see from the pic, it's not plasti-dip it's rust-oleum's version but it's essentially the same treatment).


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I've been looking for some kind of treatment / paint that could recondition the chrome bits I've got kicking around the house.... I hate to throw them out, but I'm mostly shooting for a much more subdued look these days. Seeing plasti-dip being used on another build reminded me that this stuff is available in spray format so it sounded to me like the perfect thing to remove those flashy chrome bits once and for all.

The block is the same one I bought from a member here with the official braineater manufactured hold down plate. That silver has to go, so while I'm at it I might as well do all of the block as well as all of the shiny bits that hold it down. Hopefully the springs won't be affected by the rubber coating.

Everything is currently drying so I'll update with finished product pics in the AM.
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Old July 22, 2013, 03:41 PM
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Do you know who manufacturers the block? I thought I knew of pretty much everyone out there but it doesn't look familiar. Is this going to be used on the 980x in your profile?
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Old July 22, 2013, 04:38 PM
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Since it's rectangular in shape I would be under the impression that it would be for is PhII X4 965
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Old July 22, 2013, 04:59 PM
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I honestly don't know the make of the block, which is where the ? in my rig sig comes from. :) and yeah, it's going to be the AMD build.

Note to self.... just because the cap looks black, and there are no other types of black to compare it to, doesn't mean that it's the same colour as the last can you had.... ProGrip comes in both black and smoke..... ;(
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Old July 23, 2013, 09:55 AM
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2 cans later (well, three if you count the can of "smoke" coloured progrip I bought) and we're well on our way.... ;)


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I have to say, I love the texture of this stuff both for looks, and the actual feel. The case I've got coming in actually has a space for a couple of 80mm fans so I'll finally get a chance to use the guards (first pic) and fans I salvaged from my old li li case. Never throw any cool bits away!!!! ;)


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First snag, but hopefully it won't be too hard to overcome. I had a fair bit of clearance between the ID of the hold-down plate and the OD of the block, but apparently not enough. I'll either have to figure out the best way to remove the coating from the ID of the plate or possibly remove it all and redo it. This stuff peels so it's not as easy to remove just a selected portion as you'd think. (I'm leaning towards sanding it once it's cured for a few days.

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And finally, here's the knurled knobs and the springs. They turned out reasonably well, but because of the way this stuff peels I shouldn't have threaded the knobs onto a long screw to paint them.... these two are OK, but the rest needed to be touched up because portions peeled off while attempting to remove them from the screw threads.

On a positive note, I love how the knurled knobs still retain their notched grips.
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Old July 23, 2013, 02:25 PM
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I love the texture of that coating.
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use a sharp razor to cut away the nuts from the bolts. They should come off cleaner... also you may need to trim the paint off the openings to the water block so the rubber seal on the fittings seats correctly.
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use a sharp razor to cut away the nuts from the bolts. They should come off cleaner... also you may need to trim the paint off the openings to the water block so the rubber seal on the fittings seats correctly.
Yeah, I tried using my box cutter, but guess I need a better exacto style knife. Next time I'll probably just fill the holes with something and paint them individually. I noticed the overlap on the coating for the block, but again didn't want to use the box cutter so I'll wait until it cures completely and get at it with a better edge (a straight razor would probably be best).

No more pics tonight, but I got a lot of fan heatshrinking done, as well as a few coats of ProGrip on the silver replacement cover for the XSPC res (as opposed to the black brushed aluminum that's currently on it).
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scalpel or small small box cutter. Bolt supply sells decent ones.
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