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[Build Log] "GAMMA" NZXT H440 - Asus Maximus VI Formula - I7 4770K - 2x Asus GTX780 Poseidon
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GAMMA


This is our first Mod as a Team. A customer wanted to have a powerhouse, a sleek red-black design and a silent PC.

So here we are. We picked some very good component, made a prototype and tested some fans.

We are also big fans of acrylic tubing, so we used them in this mod. A 780's SLI with Asus Poseidon graphic cards was also chosen. PS: Sorry for my english, I speak french and german...
 PS2: If you want to follow our other mods, go to the link for our Facebook Page in our signature, and don't forget to like The build of this mod will be updated every 2 days.

New pictures will be put in the Spoiler links and a description will be written with all updates

Here is a list of the materials and some other stuff we used to complete this Mod

GAMMA Infrastructure:

NZXT H440 Black-Red Owned

Intel I7 4770K Owned

ASUS Maximus VI Formula Owned

2x ASUS GTX780 Poseidon Owned

EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 Owned

Corsair Vengeance Pro Red 2x8 GB 2400MHz Owned

Corsair ForceGT Series 240GB Owned

Toshiba 2000GB Owned
Windows 8.1 Owned

Cooling:


XSPC Raystorm Owned


XSPC Photon 170 D5 Owned

16x EKWB EK-Clear Acrylic Fittings 16/13mm Owned

7x Alphacool 90° Owned

EKWB EK-Clear Acrylic Tubes 16/13mm 500mm Owned

Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 360 Owned

Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 240 Owned

3x Phobya G-Silent 12 Slim Edition Owned


3x Phobya Nano-G 12 Silent Owned


Phobya Nano-G 14 Silent Owned


Phobya Flexlight LED White 30cm Owned

Red Glossy Paint Owned

Vernis Glossy Paint Owned

Black Paint Owned

24-Pin ATX 70cm Owned

8-Pin ESP12V 70cm Owned

8-Pin PCIe 50cm Owned

6-Pin PCIe 50cm Owned

Thermometer + LCD Owned

EVGA Pro SLI Bridge Owned

Other devices:

Logitech Z323 Owned

All custom sleeved cables come from Ensourced.net

Mods: 1: Modified air Intake and Outake, for a better airflow


2: Painted motherboard


3: Modified CPU Waterblock XSPC Raystorm with Black-Red theme


4: Modded NZXT. bottom LED panel, will show "ΩΛΚΣ"


5: Painted the back of the case with the greek letter "γάμμα", Gamma, "γ"


6: Paint on the right side of the window this sentence: "Strip the flesh and salt the wound"


7: Paint of the ΩΛΚΣ Logo on the case, somewhere (Logo = Omega greek letter with inside the greek letter Ksi)


8: Modded Logitech Z323


9: EVGA Pro SLI Bridge modded to match the theme color

10: Small pieces of the case painted too

Bonus Mod: Acrylic Tubes bending tool

So that's our program

We hope that you enjoy this mod


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Hello and welcome on ocaholic!

I have fixed your post, since you are using HTML please next time tick the box "enable html"


Posted on: 2014/6/25 20:45
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Thank you very much!

I was just editing it

Here are some pictures of the materials:

I was immediately attired by this case when I first saw it in the internet. But when I received it and touched, just... WOW! THIS IS A NEAT CASE!!! It's really good looking. Let's do a little unboxing:

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CPU-Cooler

Now, the GPU. What can I say about the Asus GTX780 Poseidon? Well, a good card, that can even compete with Titan's power They're really sweet and look really badass!!! A SLI of those will be appreciated!
Pictures!!! Warning!!! Droll can severely damage your keyboard...

GPU

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GPU

A good PSU, first I wanted to buy the 1000W one, but they didn't have it in stock

PSU

PSU

PSU

240 and 360 Rads

Rad

Fans

Fans

Res

Fittings


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Let's do some modding!

Mod 1: Modified air Intake and Outake, for a better airflow

If you remove the mesh, the area is 1.8x bigger, so it has a better airflow.

The mesh is fixed by 3 screws, so I took it off.

Sorry didn't took pictures of it

But you can hardly tell the difference

 

Mod 2: Painted motherboard

Well, it was more difficult than expected. First, I wanted to paint only the MOSFET cover, but then, I realized that if I painted the small lines, it would be far better!!! Well, anyway, it took me ages to cover all this thing, and the first results were, well, really bad...

First, going to pick up some red paint, and test it


Search paint     Test paint

Separating the motherboard pieces


Separate   Separate

And putting some paint tape on it


Paint Tape   Paint Tape   Paint Tape   Paint Tape   Paint Tape


Painting!

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After removing the tape, a bad surprise was waiting me... That's why I won't buy cheap paint tape again!!!

Bad Paint   Bad Paint

Someone can find it very artistic and beautiful, but I am a bit fussy, so I took Acetone and removed the paint who was unwanted

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Finally done!

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Mounting it back on the motherboard

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End Comparison between before and after:

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Voilà, so don't forget to share your thoughts about it!!!

Mod 3: Modified CPU Waterblock XSPC Raystorm with Black-Red theme


The original one was too normal, so we modded it to match the color theme of the build

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Nice one, huh?

Mod 4: Modded NZXT. bottom LED panel, will show "ΩΛΚΣ"

I'm not a big fan of the over-illuminated rigs. It looks like discos.

So, on the windowed side, on the bottom, the case have a NZXT logo illuminated with leds.

I decided to remove it, but keep the red style of the rest of the bottom.

So I just cutted it and removed the led, added some epoxy glue to fill the holes, and then I painted it in red. Here are some pictures:

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Final look:

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Mod 5: Painted the back of the case with the greek letter "γάμμα", Gamma, "γ"

Here we are! After doing this mod, I regret it, It would be better without it...
But anyway, I made it and can't undo it, here are the pictures:

First, going to remove all fingerprints! (fussy fussy, but this mate black is a pain to handle without mark it!!!)

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Then add some BETTER paint tape

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A picture of the greek letter, with lines to draw it better

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Then draw the lines on the tape

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Finally drawing the letter and cut the tape with a cutter

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All the tape removed, how it looks like:

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Mod 6: Paint on the right side of the window this sentence: "Strip the flesh and salt the wound"


I knew from my experience with this paint that painting with a lot of small details won't render really good.
So I thought about other ways to do this small mod.
The best way I found was to put some red and glossy sticker on the part of the case and then cut it with a cutter (obviously) to have good details.

Here are the results:

First, the sentence (was inspired by Borderlands 2 )

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Windowed side and red sticker roll (got it for 5 USD)

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I pasted the printed sentence on the red sticker with some paint tape and began my job

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Finished!

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Removed the extra sticker and took some pictures (sorry for the bad light, it was almost at night)

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Done!!! Share your thoughts about it

Mod 7: Paint of the ΩΛΚΣ Logo on the case, somewhere 

Mod 8: Modded Logitech Z323


Small painting job on the 2 satellite speakers of the Logitech Z323 (didn't touch the subwoofer because it will be out of sight)


Here are some pictures about this small mod (sorry I forgot to take some before the mod :/ )

A picture from the original Logitech Z323 without mod, for comparison:

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Opened the satellite speaker to remove the 2 pieces that will be painted:

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Painted the 2 pieces with the same glossy red paint and put them back in place, here are the results:

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How do you find them? Gorgeous?

Mod 9: EVGA Pro SLI Bridge modded to match the theme color

Really easy to do it: separate the pieces, paint them, reassemble it

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Mod 10: Small pieces of the case painted too

Well, it was no big work, but small details like that can make a big difference, trust me!

So, here are the parts I'll paint

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Paint place

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After several layers, gonna dry the paint in the sun

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Here are the parts on the case, pretty good looking so far

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Bonus mod: acrylic tubes bending tool

Here is my first prototype for a bending tool, to have precise and good looking bends:
It is made of aluminum, but I think that in wood would be also okay, and less expensive

How you use it:
First you have a ruler that indicate each centimeter.
You put your tube on this table, also on the block that is on the bottom, then you bend your tube to the angle you want (each line correspond to 15°, the bend is made around a cone of aluminum of 20mm of diameter
if you want a larger bend, on the left you tan choose between 20, 40 and 60mm of diameter.
There is also a 20mm diameter cone you can translate, to make a "S" form


If you have access to a CNC to work on metals or wood, feel free to PM me to have the Solidworks blueprints!!!

First a little bit of sanding, so the black paint would stick to the aluminium

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Aluminium sanding don't make your hands white or black, but you're grey!!!

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After painting

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I added our logo

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Installation of all the components:

Finally some pics!!!

SSD on bracket

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Rubber on fans and on rads

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HDD in place + rubber feet

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PSU

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Motherboard, CPU and CPU Waterblock

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Flushing the rads with my old Zalmann Pump. Washing liquid was blue after it (copper oxide). Liquid was a self-made acid mixture

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Pump and rad

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Acrylic tubing in the build

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Not much place for the cables

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Coolant and dye in the loop

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Hi Quake and also from my side welcome to ocaholic!

This is going to be a very nice log to follow. So far it looks really promising

Posted on: 2014/6/26 9:47
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Hello, and thank you Just a question, does "spoilers" exist here? I really have a lot of images (100+) and more are coming for the mods and the final build (except 200+)

Posted on: 2014/6/26 11:30
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Quote:

QAKE wrote:
Hello, and thank you

Just a question, does "spoilers" exist here? I really have a lot of images (100+) and more are coming for the mods and the final build (except 200+)


Unfortunately we don't yet have a spoilers feature

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Re: [Build Log] Project GAMMA NZXT H440 - Asus Maximus VI Formula - I7 4770K - 2x Asus GTX780 Poseidon
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Update

Mod 2 DONE


Posted on: 2014/6/28 15:47

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Re: [Build Log] Project GAMMA NZXT H440 - Asus Maximus VI Formula - I7 4770K - 2x Asus GTX780 Poseidon
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I love the paint job you did on the mobo. What was the problem with the paint color? Was it not sticky enough?

Posted on: 2014/6/29 8:52
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