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White Widower

by bmccarthy8989

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136 Comments

Details

Date Published

June 29, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.18GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

Description

Hey all,

I finally finished my PC upgrade! Knowing about the 1080s coming out, I wanted a new build that could support more radiator space and run a little quieter. So I had this vision of a hardline build, and this is how it turned out. It has been about 4 months in the making. On and off weekends.

All the mods in the build I did myself. And at times during the build I just wanted to kick it to the curb. But I pushed through and have settled on a pretty good result. Had to redo a few mods a couple of times, doh! Cost of learning I guess. A lot of trial and error, blood, sweat, and definitely some tears. The custom RBG lighting alone took 3 or 4 nights of soldering and wire joining. Getting the pinouts on the aquaero matched up with the connectors and RGB strips was "fun".

1080's are currently to hyped up right now, so I'm going to wait for things to cool down so I can get standard pricing. I'll update this build most likely at that time.

Most of the parts in this build are taken from my White Widow build. If you would like to see a review of these parts, please check that post out.

Here is a short list of the mods I did to this PC:

  • PSU Cover
  • Mobo mid plate Front
  • Mobo mid plate Back
  • Rear panel cover
  • Modified top of case to fit 25mm thick fans
  • Custom RGB lighting: Rear Left, top center, front left and right, rear compartment left top and right, Behind front panel, and above I/O shield
  • Custom Mount for Aquaero Controller, HDD, and Farbwerk RGB controller
  • Custom paint - internal
  • Bulk head pass-throughs
  • Custom hardline tubing
  • Custom drainage system
  • Fill port x2
  • Custom sleeving: Main power cables, fans, lights, usb, front I/O
  • Hand tapped screw holes for misc mods

Hope you all enjoy!

Edits and Additions:

Links to responses:

  1. General Cable Management Process

  2. Why I chose to place the GPU in the bottom slot

  3. What radiators are you using

  4. How is the air flow with the top fans?

  5. What type of tubing did you use?

  6. Question, how much forward planning did you put into it before deciding this was the case you could do mods with?

  7. Why did you change your tube routing on the graphics card?

Mod Talk:

Top Case Fan Mods

The goal of this mod was to conceal the fans. When playing around with component orientation, specifically the front radiator, I just loved the look of just the radiator with the fans concealed by the front panel. So naturally I wanted to match this aesthetic with the top radiator.

So I measured the gap between the removable radiator mount tray and the top of the frame. Turns out it was 26mm. Bingo! Had my solution. I had to deal with the following issues:

  1. The metal cut outs in both the frame and radiator trays had extruded edges. I believe these edges help the structural integrity of each piece, but not by much. With them there, the fans would not fit. So these had to go. I first used a Dremel to side cut as far down on the extruded openings as I could. Then I used a grinder and file to get them flush. This didn't effect the radiator tray at all in terms of structure. The top of the frame was a little less, meaning the metal pieces spanning across the top of the frame were a little more flimsy, but still did their job well. I definitely wouldn't recommend cutting them off completely. (which would be easier) Pictured Here

  2. The radiator tray is designed to be removable. With the fans in the voided space, you will not be able to remove the tray. In fact, in order to assemble the radiator and fans, you have to remove the screws on the front and back of the top section of the frame that holds the rails in place. But this is a good thing because you can sandwich the radiator tray in between the fans and radiator, bolt it together, then place the top of the frame over the config, then place the rails back on top of their locations and screw them back on from the sides. Pictured Here

  3. Needed to trim some extra metal to allow for easier installation of wires and water cooling lines. Pictured Here

After all that is assembled, it was just a matter of fitting the entire top assembly back on top of the rest of the frame and screwing it down in the corners. All this is possible because Phanteks rocks when it comes to case design, using screws instead of rivets.

Want to know more about another mod? Specify in the comments and I'll add it here.

Tools Used

I used a variety of tools during this build, some are necessary, some make it easier, some I made myself! Below you will find a table of the tools used and the mods they were used on.

Tool Mod Cost Extra
Drill Everything $30 - $120 Corded or Cordless
Screw Drivers Disassembly & Assembly $$ A phillips screw driver was all I needed
Metal Files - Various sizes I used files to work down any metal that I cut. $10 - $40 -
Drill Bits Used various sizes to make holes for the pass-throughs, screw tapping, wire holes, etc $10 - $20 -
Step Bit I used a step bit to enlarge holes to the proper diameter in both the frame and acrylic $8 step bit
Sand Paper Used to sand down metal and acrylic for pieces that needed to be painted. $$ -
Heat Gun Used to bend acrylic PSU cover and PETG tubing $20 - $30 the one I have
Dremel Used to make metal and plastic cuts for all needed applications $60 - $120 I have this one
Dremel Metal Cutting Wheel A good blade that does wear down is a must $12 Link
Jig Saw Used this to cut various pieces of metal and plastic $70 Mine
Grinder Used this to grind down pesky metal, you could use a dremel for this $50 Mine
Speed square used to aid in making 90 degree bends in hardline $5 home depot
Metal Break I build this for cheap with materials from home depot, used to bend sheet metal $35 picture here
Screw Tap Set Used to create threads to secure various mods to the case, this particular thread is used by phanteks and other cases, so it allowed me to keep it all the same. Thread: 6 -32 $9 Link

Comments Sorted by:

Mucky_Pup 2 Builds 14 points 10 months ago

Anytime I see a lot of pictures, I know that I will probably close out about half way through, either from being bored or repetitive photos...Not this time. I looked at and enjoyed each and every photo.

Great work.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 5 points 10 months ago

Wow great complement. Thank you. I tried to not be repetitive as much as possible and guide the viewer through the general process I took. I'm glad you enjoyed them!

chris.3488 1 Build 6 points 10 months ago

Featured! Very clean!

+1

AION-MC EKWB 18 Builds 5 points 10 months ago

Killed it man!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 3 points 10 months ago

Thanks man! Every time I look at one of your builds, I'm like this mother*. hahaha. Always seen quality work from you, so that comment means a lot to me. I hope to see you guys at Quakecon again this year.

AION-MC EKWB 18 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

No problem man it's well deserved! The mods make this perfect. Lol I appreciate that man. We will have a booth there mainly selling things as the demand was insane for it last year. Bring this with you, would love to see it in person!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Haha, like I would leave it at home. Will EK be joining your booth again?

TheGamingSlime 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

You guys have some of the best looking builds op this site and I'm wondering were your both is because I would love to see it in person

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

I'm in Dallas/Fort Worth. I won the case mod competition at Quakecon, so you'll also see it in PC Magazine coming out soon as well.

nukemaster999 4 points 10 months ago

RIP warranty xD

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

LOL! You can say that again.

relco 6 Builds 3 points 10 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous custom Evolv ATX. This build motivates me to cable manage the living hell out of my system. +1 and hopefully a feature for this build.

relco 6 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Okay I've seen all of the photos. FEATURE THIS FREAKING BUILD DEAR GOD IT IS GORGEOUS.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Haha thanks mate! Just beware, it is a time suck. Luckily I have an amazing fiancee that "says" she understands lol.

ctmuck 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

This is an incredible work of art! Inspires me. I just completed my first build and my wife of 8 months also "says" she understands. haha. You can check out my build. Nothing compared to this beauty though.

berd0 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Lost for words...

cbalmaceda 2 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

This is totally going to be featured. Amazing build, I'm glad you kept your efforts up and delivered us this amazing build. +1

jesswainwright 2 points 10 months ago

This is definitely going to get featured. Great job man, looks like it was a lot of work, but the final product looks great. Good job man

jesswainwright 1 point 10 months ago

AND FEATURED!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

You called it! Again, I'm glad you all are able to appreciate the work. It's been fun. I've gain a lot of inspiration from this community. Glad to give back a little.

DKG 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Such a masterful build, cant upvote this enough

Twally 2 points 10 months ago

Nice. Really clean and nice build. Congratulations on the feature :D! +1

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks! My first feature. Just glad you all are able to appreciate and enjoy it with me!

slaplante 2 points 10 months ago

All you need is a jetpack on the back of the case and you are set!

adillhoff 2 points 10 months ago

Very well done. This build looks amazing! This one is definitely an eye catcher.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Oh youuuuu :)

denisrpriebe 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Your attention to detail is superb. +1

xolot1 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Amazing work, it paid off with a clean looking build! Question: why did you change your tube routing on the graphics card? When it is bone dry it shows that both 90 degree fittings are on the top but on your finished product you placed one under and the other over.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

You're the first to notice!!! Hahaha. While EK says the block can be used either way, I found that the way it is configured now is more efficient. It wasn't until I took the block apart to clean it that I realized this. The left port flows over the GPU area in the center of the fins and then out to the sides. Much like a Jet plate. While yes it would work in reverse, my temperature deferences were better by 5 degrees doing the way I have it now.

powellbm86 8 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

That looks so much cleaner than the stock case. Nice job.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate it! This case was so much fun to work with. I have to hand it to Phanteks for building such an incredible case. It is definitely a industry favorite right now.

The_Boom_Boy 2 points 10 months ago

Am i the only who hates seeing cards in the bottom pci slot???????????????? it 's such a nice build, such a nice build, but why????

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

It was an aesthetic choice. I wanted the lines to match between the pump and the GPU from the PSU cover. Also this was designed with the goal of getting two 1080s in a few months time. Plus there isn't any performance loss from having it in the bottom slot.

OCFEIND 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I agree completely, after all that work to use the bottom slot is werid. I'm wondering if you lose the 16x by not going with the top slot which is made for the best gpu interfacing.

GoodGamingPC 22 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Such a great build log \o/ and an epic rig as well +1

SomeJoker 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Impeccable work. Flawless build. Great job and congrats on featured build!

Eltech 14 Builds 2 points 9 months ago
What a transformation of your White Widow. I'm very impressed! I very much appreciate your detailed description and the process from your lovely photos.
Thank you so much for the Tools you listed as well. I been wondering if there were other Metal Cutter Wheels to use for any future modifications on my builds. I also have some of these Reinforced Cut-off Wheels but if you have any other suggestions, I'm all ears.
The main point is, your "White Widower" is a work of art. You very much deserved the spotlight. You have my support and one.
bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks Eltech! You have always been way more detailed than I, so I'll take that as a complement!

As for the cuttings wheels, since you have them don't be afraid to use them. After using the wheel I listed in the tools, I won't use anything else. As that wheel doesn't break a part or shrink. And lasts a really really long time.

Thanks again for your support and praise!

Tooth 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Probably the most creative build from beginning to end at this forum. I like :)

NooboFortune 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks for sharing such a sexy rig with the rest of us. That is an amazing piece of work and so very clean! +1

BigCerg 1 point 10 months ago

such a clean build, next featured build. what are the fitting you used in the front mount to get the tubing to go through it

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks!. Those particular fittings are from Bitspower and they call them "Top Water fill/Through Hole" fittings on performance-pcs. Also known as a bulk head fitting or pass-through fitting.

auldae 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

75 pics, so one for each mod I'm guessing. Insane work. It's already featured ... in my heart. +1

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 3 points 10 months ago

haha I apologize for a ton of photos, just thought that someone might benefit from them if they are going to be working in the same case. And thanks!

auldae 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

No apologies necessary. You did so much, every picture seemed needed.

Upgrade 5 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Beautiful

YuhsienLin 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Very Clean, absolutely amazing. There are no word to describe how much I appreciate the custom job that is done to it. +100

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! Very happy to to see others appreciate it! Giving back to this community makes it that much better.

rosswalker 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Holy balls. +1

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

def needs to be featured, I love the work you put into everything about this build. you did not cut corners at all. Even your cable management in the back is perfect . seriously, one of the most deserving +1 in awhile.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

You wouldn't believe the number of times while working on this where I was at the point of just settling with a particular mod. But realizing I could do it right, so crapped the mod and did over again.... Seems to have been worth it. Thanks!

angelohh17 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Man, this is pretty epic--an absolutely heroic effort. It's a damn shame the new tempered glass panels aren't compatible with this version of the case. Then you could really showcase all the mods, albeit at the cost of some noise. Would really love to see this in the silver tempered glass version.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Oh dude, don't even get me started lol! When I saw they came out with the tempered glass case I almost cried. I even intended to get the rear panel laser cut and add an acrylic window mod. But now I think I'll just wait till after Quakecon this year and buy the new case. I should be able to use all the mods. I'll just have to make a few mods to the frame. Everything else is still the same.

angelohh17 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Sounds like a plan! I'll look forward to the update.

KeenDreams 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

d–(^ ‿ ^ )z awesome work

kwwu1 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Love the work put into it! Must have been a lot of hours on the bench. Cable management is superb. And I like how you've said "no" to the factory mounting points, and just place parts whereever's best. No compromises, and great vision. I think when it comes to PC case building vision is very important. Very. Otherwise your build will only look, feel and work just like anyone else's. Most cases come out of a factory after all.

Question, how much forward planning did you put into it before deciding this was the case you could do mods with?

Did you do custom wires or just used proprietary sleeved extensions?

If so, did cable length determine where you placed your drives and components at all?

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Wow, thank you for that. I definitely wanted something unique in a world of hundreds of Phanteks Evolv builds. Which is only a true testament to Phanteks for building such a fantastic case.

QA: I fell in love with this case almost immediately. I saw its potential for modding with its excellent construction. It wasn't until I had the case in my hand that I had figured out the plan I wanted to do. And even then, the further I got into the build the more things changed. In a way I just let the build process take me through it, and things changed along the way.

I did all the custom sleeving. As I was very limited with the space in the basement due to the custom aquaero/HDD/Farbwerk mount. I didn't have any room at all for excess cable.

So to answer your last question, I place the elements where I wanted them and then cabled and sleeved accordingly. Between the custom cables and RGB lighting, this was definitely one of the more time consuming areas of the build. But definitely worth it.

kwwu1 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Respect man! Ever since I got into custom wires, I never want to go back to OEM wires.

Keep buildin'

MinhTungMT 1 point 10 months ago

where was you buy these pipes?

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I bought hardline tubing from Performance-pcs.com and then bent it into the shapes I needed. It is Bitspower 12mm PETG.

MinhTungMT 1 point 10 months ago

How did you bent it, I am currently planning form my first custom water loop build

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Very carefully! You need to buy a silicon insert that is the same OD as the ID of your tube. So when you go to bend the tube you insert the silicon into the tube to keep it from collapsing in on itself. Then you slowly heat up the area of the bend, but not to hot, and form your bends. I can leave more detailed tips in the description area.

zhivotnoya 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Beautiful build man! All these custom builds are inspiring me to do a custom rig in the near future. Thanks for sharing it! +1

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks! Can't wait to see what you come up with. Just be careful.... its addictive.

mtrapuzz 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

That is a lot of work. It all seems cleanly done and looks like it was made this way. No weird crap like moving the I/O to the top of the case.

angeloabary 1 point 10 months ago

why the card is mounted at the bottom pcie?

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

This was an aesthetic choice. It just looked unbalanced to me with the card in the top slot.

Yes the bottom slot is only an 8X slot, but that does not effect the performance of the card as I'm not using any of the other PCIe lanes. It may affect it by a few FPS. But that is within the margin of error.

KeeweeComp 1 point 10 months ago

This, this is my dream.

Beautiful build sir, well done. +1

Questions:

  1. How is the flow through the top exhaust does it suffer too much from the mod?

  2. How did that top mod for the fans happen, like how does it work?

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks! I really appreciate that.

  1. I actually have the top radiator set as intake fans. The only exhaust fan is the fan at the rear of the case, which runs at 20% higher RPM along the fan curve than the rest of the intake fans to ensure heat is being expelled from the case. They do not suffer at all as there is plenty of air coming in from the vents on either side as well as the almost unobstructed vent on the top rear of the case.

  2. So basically. This case was designed to mount the radiator and fans as a single assembly on the tray that slides in from the side. I really didn't want to see the fans as they effect the aesthetic. So I figured out that the fans could actually fit in the void between the radiator tray and the top of the case if I grinded down the extruded metal from both the tray and the top of the case. And this case is great because even where I put the fans there is still 20mm of space from the top of the case to the top of the top cover.

So with that and all of the vents there is plenty of air volume to be pushed through the fans. And the vents on the side of the top of the case act as a dust filter. So I will need to clean those from time to time. But it is very easy to take the top of the case off. I even planned for this with the RGB lighting by adding RGB connectors that are easy to plug in.

AddisonKwong 1 point 10 months ago

May i know what the sizes of the radiators are? I'm hoping to build a custom loop in the evolv atx tg with dual 30mm thick 360 rads on the top and front.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I'm using the EK PE 240 up front and EK PE 360 up top. If you do the fan mod like I did, then you could easily go with their 38mm x 360mm rads. You will however have to have the ports at the bottom if you want to fit the fans. If you have the end tank at the top, there will not be enough room to mount the 3 120mm fans in their designed mounting positions. I opted out of the front 360 so that I could fit the aquaero and another 3.5 hard drive in the basement.

AddisonKwong 1 point 10 months ago

Could you share with us how u did the fan mod? I'm interested to know.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Sure I'll write a little something, and put it in the description.

AddisonKwong 1 point 10 months ago

TY!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Posted in description

AddisonKwong 1 point 10 months ago

Also may ik if I am going to be able to fit a 280 up front?

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Yes you can fit a 280mm up front. And up top if you do the fan mod.

couchjohn 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

This is a beautiful looking build, well done. I have been hooked on PCPP for about 4 few months now planning my first build. Your cable management is the best i have seen so far i believe. Any quick (or long) tips on how to get it so damn good looking??

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Thank you kind sir.

Cable management is sort of an art. And it varies from case to case. And a lot of it is trial and error. So don't get discouraged if you don't get the desired look the first time. It takes time to plan out the best route for each cable. And it definitely helps to be able to make custom length cables, so you aren't having to route them in weird ways to prevent from having to bunch up excess cables in a single area.

When working with longer cables, or non-custom cables (can't do custom in every build, I'd never get them done), I like to see what I have to work with.

  • So I'll first start out by making the most logical connections of the cables. IE routing cables through corresponding holes in the mid plate to their most practical area. CPU power up through the top, Mobo power through the closest hole to the power header on the mobo, usb and front I/O through the holes under the mobo, etc. The goal is to have the least amount of cable showing in the main compartment.

  • Once all the excess is on the other side of the mobo, I like to see everything that I'm working with. And I try to make it so that cables don't unnecessarily have to cross under or over each other. Sometimes this means having to unplug something from the front, pull it out, untangle it from another cable, and passing it back through again.

  • After I have the cables as least obstructed from each other and untangled as I can. I start to grab cables, going from larger bundles to smaller ones, and pull them around the back side of the case along tie down areas. A lot of the time I'll use twisty ties to temporarily secure a section of wires so that I can see if the path Im taking is working and if I need to change it or add another wire to that tie down point, I can do so without having to cut and and another zip tie. I particularly like velcro straps for this reason.

  • I also try to route cables along the sides of the case where possible. The more cables you have out of the way of the main cables, the cleaner it is going to look. But due to lengths, this is not always possible, and that is fine. Just work with what you have.

  • When trying to get a clean aesthetic, I try to create 3 main channels for the wires. Left side, middle and right, with as little cross over in-between the channels as possible. IE, take the CPU power up along the right side of the case, around the CPU cut out.

  • BUY FAN CABLE EXTENSIONS! haha they are so cheap and really help to clean up the cable management as almost all the cables management jobs I see have super short fan cables that cut across the back of the case, or even in the front compartment, yuk.

  • Hide smaller cables behind larger cables.

  • Try to plan the route of your main 24 pin power first as this guy takes up the most space in almost every case. If it is too long, try taking it up the back of the case and then back down to is spot. Or let it run strait down from its spot on the mobo and single loop the excess down the bottom of either side of the "middle channnel" I described earlier.

That is the general approach I take to it. Hope that helps some!

couchjohn 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Wow.. Thank you so much for responding with so much detail and encouragement. I am so hooked on the planning stage of this build and it's interesting to talk to such a like minded person. My wife is "sick" to death of hearing me talk/research/youtubing videos about tech. And my "tech" savvy friend is telling me to just buy a pre-built computer from a store. They just don't get it, i want to build this with my own two hands and make something beautiful almost art like.

I will tell me you build plan here, you may not care to read it all but ill type it anyway, it might remind you of what you felt like when you first started building.

I'm thinking of calling the build "The Mandalorian" but it may not be called that if i cannot achieve the mods i ultimately have planned for it. If you have any suggestions about part changes i'm all ears.

Specs:- NZXT H440 Case - White I7-6700k X61 Kraken Cpu Cooler Asus Z170-AR Mobo Corsair Vengance LPX (2x8gb) Samsung EVO 850 - 500GB SSD WD - 1TB EVGA 750W Fully Modular PSU NZXT Hue+ Lighting Cablemod Modmesh Full Length Replacement Set - White R9 290X 8GB Reference Card with reference cooler removed and a Kraken G10/X31 Cooler installed. This card was a second hand one sold to me by a friend in UK upgrading his card, i only payed$140USd/200AUD for it. I really want to get a 3440x1440p Ultrawide Montior, but i know the R9 290X wont cut it with that kind of pixels, so i am contemplating maybe getting another R9 290x or R9 390 to use in crossfire, but i'm still trying to learn about it and ascertain if it's a feasible/practical option. I bought the card off my friend before i decided on that kind of monitor.

My modding plan is quite ambitious and i don't know if i will have the guts to attempt it, as failure will mean i have just destroyed the front of my case. The h440 is very nice looking and functional but can have poor air flow according to forums/reviews. So as to increase airflow and incorporate some cool aesthetics i wanted to try cut a "Mandalorian Skull" into the front panel, then back it with some kind of cloth or mesh and then have lighting that would shine through thus lighting up the mandalorian skull design. It would help with airflow and look cool if i could pull it off.

At first i thought i might be able to get it laser cut so it was clean as, i have emailed a few companies but they are just too big and don't want to do a little job like this and i think the laser cutting may damage the rest of the paintwork also, not sure if i could find a paint to repaint it that would match the case colour. I then thought about trying to cut the design myself with a dremel and file it clean. But after watching a few videos this looks extremely difficult and fraught with danger.

Water cooling looks like a hell of a fun challenge too, and the idea of bending and customizing loops looks like a very rewarding venture but and expensive one at that. Just building a functional beautiful Desktop is the goal for now.

Anyway if you got this far cheers for reading, thanks again for the tips i really appreciate any first hand experience i can gain.

Cheers

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I'm at the lake right now so its hard for me to respond in detail. Do me a favor and build a part list. That way I can more easily lend my two cents! I'll be back on Monday.

EdInk 10 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I've got to give my +1 here. Never gone through 75 photos but just did. Amazing modification. Green with envy, wish I had access to tools like you do.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Much appreciated! I do home media and office cabling on the side for supplemental income, which is why I have a bunch of tools. But you could do almost all these mods with a smaller set of tools. I made the metal break you can see in picture 17/75 to do the metal bending. And it only cost me $35 to make. I use it to make PSU covers for various redditors. It is what allowed me to get the tight clean bends for the mid plate covers. Other than that, besides sleeving tools, all you would need are:

  • Drill with drill bits
  • Step bit (to make smaller holes larger
  • dremel or angle grinder (with a good metal cutting disk)
  • metal file (get rid of those sharp edges)

I'm going to write up a full list of tools used in this project up in the description.

EdInk 10 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

A tool list will always be welcome at your own time, no pressure...plan to do a re-mod when the new phanteks enthoo luxe goes on sale.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Listed in description.

Wolklung 1 point 10 months ago

I just need to go and lie down for a while and reconsider why I ever thought I could build nice computers...

Just incredible!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! And its all a matter of perspective. With a few tools and a little time you can do everything I did.

Hamzah007 1 point 10 months ago

This is insane

huangtu 1 point 10 months ago

Top notch cable and hose management. Definitely top tier work. Congrats!

jnanof 32 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

well this is really phenomenal!

torrin1234 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

This is a real beauty. Great job with custom water cooling AND keeping prices reasonable. I love seeing these amazing builds be done at under $4,000. It's possible for "normal" people to custom water cool their machines :)

+1

Cubular_ 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

FIrst, I would like to tell you how amazing your build is! it looks AMAZING! But, I would like to ask why you didnt get the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Tempered Glass edition. It would of looked better, and is only 10$ extra. Just giving a suggestion.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! This project has been 4 months in the making so it was not available at the time I started.

Cubular_ 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Oh Ok that makes sense. Thanks for clearing up!

jordanthebuyer13 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

nice build!

damcrac 1 point 10 months ago

Perfection... Seriously... Attention to detail and amazing photo's.

5k3l3t0r 1 point 9 months ago

I like the pics, but I thought the last pci-e lane was only x8.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks, it is, but that doesn't impact its performance.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

You have to get a Window panel for the back to show off that cable management, this is one of the very few builds that could pull it off.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Right, too bad the glass version was out when I started. Might still move it into that case. In a way I'm just happy to be done with it haha.

fluidd 1 point 9 months ago

SO GOOD.

TheGoldenMagikarp 1 point 9 months ago

Giving you your 200th up vote bud. You've clearly earned it with this.

GumbyTech 1 point 9 months ago

what fittings and tubing etc have you used? Also what did you do to pass the tubing through the psu cover and up to the gpu? I'm trying to replicate the build but there isn't a lot of detailed info on here. thanks love the build so clean.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Hey sorry for getting back to you so late, they are bitspower bulk head fittings. Also known as pass-through or fill port fittings. Just go look on performance-pcs.com, you'll find them.

yoorie016 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

*Speechless

+1 to infinity for you man! you totally nailed it! You should slap this with 2 1080s and you're goo to go! haha.

I also love your cable management at the back and Led background!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks man! And don't you worry, they are on THE way! haha

paskowitz 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Your mods are ingenious. The fill and drain ports especially. Phanteks should really integrate that into their next Evolv (doesn't look too hard). I am building a custom loop in an Evolv TG and I have the same "issue". I also really like the LED integration, especially making the front bar LED match the rest... wish the HUE+ supported single LEDs. The side paneling is something I want to do... but my cables aren't all custom so I don't think the effect will be worth it. Maybe on the interior of the case.

This isn't really an issue since there are easy solutions (lower RPMs or with the top off), but one thing to keep in mind is air turbulence/recirculation with the top mounted fans. Since there isn't much space at the top of the case between the roof and the fans, at higher RPMs the volume/flow rate of air will exceed the case's ability to exhaust it (through vents). The air will have to go somewhere... and that somewhere is back into your case cavity. As I have discovered, EVEN if you completely seal the radiator bracket from the case cavity air can actually reverberate back through the fans themselves. This creates a very inefficient cooling scenario.

I should note my fans are 2x140mm internally mounted (push)... so your situation MAY be a bit more severe. I noticed this around 1500RPM+ (all depends on your static pressure, air flow, restriction, etc. Obviously, if you are benching and cranking the fans you can just pop the top. With that said, I think it would be worth sealing any remaining holes at the top (looks like you got most of them).

Again, simply stunning build.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for the complements.

The LED I'm using behind the front bar is just a single strip of RGB LED which contains 3 LEDS on it. It isn't a single LED. I have it secured to the back of the plastic housing above the plastic that extrudes through the metal. If you are good with a soldering iron you could easily add it to a hue strip.

I'm actually using the top fans as intake. And even when the system is under full load, I only need to run them at about 50 to 60%. And there is plenty of intake pressure from the sides and the rear or the top of the case.

Thanks again for your comments!

paskowitz 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I'm sitting here yet again thinking... why didn't I think of that. I guess that is another compliment.

harshtopiwala 1 point 9 months ago

Amazing Build. Never thought I would see water cooling in this kind of case! Once again, this is amazing!

gazereths 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Beautiful build man! Hard line runs are so clean so is the cable management. top notch! You thinking of getting the north bridge under water as well? I assume that's what the small fan under the CPU block is.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

No, not with this board. It doesn't get hot enough to justify it on the Z97. And the overclock is stable.

That small fan is to facilitate airflow under the thermal armor for the rest of the misc components and capacitors under the plastic cover.

bodywash 1 point 9 months ago

+1. can't say anything else

ncarter13 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Immaculate

lamb0985 5 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

OUTSTANDING JOB! This is what a custom build should be.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks kind sir!

Dolomats 1 point 7 months ago

Waw 75 picture and a Detail organized like Linux manual you really gotta be in love with your PC.

I wonder if you can say that mush about your GF or Wife :p

Good job by the way

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Hahaha I bet she would like to know the same! Thanks!

Mr.Deadrider 1 point 1 month ago

You should really consider putting the gpu on the top pci-e slot for the maximum performance of the gpu.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I've tested both slots, only a 3 to 5 fps difference on average between all my games. The only area I've seen it really take a hit is the synthetic benchmarks which I could care less about. Gaming doesn't fully saturate the x16 interface.

Soulzaroth 1 point 1 month ago

Hi, may you please give me the specs for your PSU? I would like to know how many amps it pushes on the 12V rail as well as the others. Thank you.

Soulzaroth 1 point 1 month ago

oh lel ty

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

No worries

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bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

This was an aesthetic choice. It just looked unbalanced to me with the card in the top slot.

Yes the bottom slot is only an 8X slot, but that does not effect the performance of the card as I'm not using any of the other PCIe lanes. It may affect it by a few FPS. But that is within the margin of error.

Sorry I had to copy and paste this response. I'm going to make an edit in my description!

Matthewtina2015 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Ok, but I would put it in the top slot. My ocd is going crazy lol

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Lol, I hear you, and you are not alone. Trust me. But once I get my new cards they'll both be populated, and everyone will be happy!

Matthewtina2015 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Yeah, everyone EXCEPT your wallet :P

bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Lol true that.

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bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

No.. THIS IS SPARTA... sorry, couldn't resist!

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bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks man! I feel like I can finally be done with my Widow build. The first one was fun in the S340, but I needed the extra head room for more radiator space. Everything is how I want it.... Well **** I just remembered I wanted to switch it over to the tempered glass version after quakecon. But after that, I'm done! I swear.

Maybe in a year or so I'll build a new Mini-ITX for use in lan parties. We'll see _^. Thanks again.

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bmccarthy8989 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Wow, thank you. Lots of hard work went into it, and I'm glad so many of you appreciate it and enjoy it. This community has been the best I've been apart of.

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