It's uncanny! Looking closer I see you have the exact m.2 drive I've been eyeing and I love that you added a second GPU bumper. Did you have to drill a hole for it? I can't recall if there was a second bumper mount pre-drilled...
Such a cool project! I hope to do this one day with my kid.
From what I can tell they seem pretty spot on: http://www.owlpages.com/owls/species/images/little_owl_jan_piecha_og.jpg
I was guessing you were across the pond after I saw how you spelled colour. Cheers mate! thanks!
Check out what this guy did. Whoa!
I appreciate it all the same! Thank you
Thanks! I totally get why they get the flack they do. Not so much ugly, just hard to pair.
Thank you! The work you guys pull off is next level!
So awesome you feel that way. Thank you!
The mermaid of the Wild West!
I have a special place in my heart for historic visions of the future. It's certainly what drew me so immediately to those fans. I really need to find a great mechanical keyboard in beige. I'm pretty sure there's one or two peripheral makers out there that could help send me back to 1986...
I mean, the general silhouette of the case from the front is essentially the same as the fan! It would be so awesome to have more of them out there.
Talk about a dream match-up! Nvidia + Noctua = N2it
LOL. I understand how it can be polarizing. I mostly grabbed it for scale purposes, but LaCroix is my other love. La Croix themed build? It would obviously be water cooled. :P
Thanks for the 999,999!
There's always your next build though right? I'd love to see some more Noctua-themed stuff on here.
Thank you! I knew there was something that could be done about it. :P
Thank you. :)
It was my Unicorn.
That's some great advice. I definitely did all of it. I didn't want to go to overboard on pictures on here.
I sanded the original paint twice. Did three layers of self-etching primer, sanding in between in coat. Three layers of paint, sanding between each coat. And three of Clear Coat, sanding between each coat. Each time increasing the grit of sandpaper and double checking for complete coverage and adhesion. Typically at least 24 hours between each coat. Except on the clear coat, which you're not supposed to exceed 24 hours on; i typically did 20 there. Tack cloths, mineral spirits, the works...
It's the finer details of using a sprayer and compressor that one really doesn't get without practice. And I certainly need more of that. I can't imagine the 90 degree weather we were having while I was trying to get that clear coat dry in my back shed helped with that final finish either. I'm thinking that's a pretty big culprit as well, at least according to some forum-digging I did.
I've peeled the onion pretty far but I haven't gotten so far as modifying internal components just yet.
Who knows though. Maybe next time? Thank you!
Thanks man! Yea, I know it's not for everyone, but it's definitely -all mine-. Your build looks sick too!!
I honestly have no idea how I'll ever work with another case after them either... It almost makes me sad.
If our PCs were pets, they would totally have a play date.
Dude! We're twins! I was thinking that a 1080 might not fit in the BH2. Holy cow. So glad you commented. Very slick.
So there's a really long-winded answer for why all the fans are set up how they are. (Pun!) Most of it is about the size of the case and the mounts on offer.
The rear panel actually has an 80mm and a 60mm back there with a spot available for another 60mm down below. That fan just arrived last night, I'll be installing it later today. I was going to run an additional 80mm up top but the lighting brackets diminished the interior mounting space on that side so I had to downsize to that 60 you see there.
The only 120s are in the front of the case. And the CPU Cooler has two 90s on it. It's a smorgasbord of fans!
I wanna see what one of those looks like completed. Totally do it! Would you go for water cooling?
~Dream reaction achieved~ :D
Thank you :D
We are the Noctua ;)
Thank you!! What a great surprise to come back to!
I know what you mean but it still feels like a victory to me. It was my first time doing any kind of process like this myself, and I knew immediately after each step, how I would revise to improve it next time. You can read up as much as you can, but nothing like doing it yourself to really learn the ropes.
I think the problem ultimately was twofold. Partly with how the clear coat was applied and allowed to rest, and partly with the sanding of the pieces. The case was factory powder coated which has a natural texture to it. While I tried to sand as much as possible, and with varying degrees of grain between coats, I really was using my best judgement most of the time and had to follow through to see how it resulted. Some pieces like the mobo mount, SSD, and PCi covers ended up perfectly car finish flat in the final product.
Next time I'll know soooo much more going in though. Thanks for the feedback!
Schucks! Thank you :)
Hmmm... That's an interesting suggestion. Maybe I'll pick up a white extension and play with some color samples... Thanks for the advice!
Nice and clean. Good work!
Thanks! With all this great feedback I'm hoping that may be the case :)
Thank you!! Briefly researching all of this, I'm pretty sure Noctua pulled their colors to match the actual Athene Noctua or "Little Owl" native to Austria and similar regions in Europe. I love how nerdy that detail is.
Thank you :)
That would put a huge smile on my face.
Thank you! Airflow has beyond exceeded my expectations with the case. I was worried about teetering into overkill and just creating more noise with the extra fans, but everything has buttoned up soooo nicely.
I'm still pretty thunderstruck about how near-silent she's been so far. This is by far the quietest computer I've been around. Under a heavy load, with the 1070's fans at full power, it does get ramped up. But nowhere near what my Tower gets to, which itself is was pretty quiet until this came along.
Thank you. All done it was well worth the time an effort that went into it. I'm glad the details are being appreciated :)
Thank you! I know the manufacturer is back ordered for weeks but I was lucky enough to find the case through a reseller on Amazon. I hope you share the results so we can see what you do with it too. CaseLabs are so worth the investment.
I'm so pleased this is feeling the love right now. Thanks man.
As I told reaperfang, I don't think there's much of a good option RAM-wise for the build without doing more custom work. There's a red tone in both the Noctua beige and brown Pantones that I thought the metal-red of the Mushkin kind of gelled with.
Opinion may be swaying otherwise, but I tried some other options and they didn't fit the piece as well as these darker red ones. At least according to my eye...
I totally agree on the water cooling front if it was a pure aesthetic thing, but you can't make a Noctua-themed case and put a water-cooler in there. That's blasphemy!
Again, Thank you!
They are for me too. I originally got the Asus Z170 Plus for the mobo. Seen here:
It would have been perfect with the gold shrouds BUT it turns out my board, like about a third of them out there it seems, suffered serious power issues and it wouldn't post. I returned it and this is what was available locally. I'd have preferred the MSI Mortar as runner up, but it wasn't available. I'll switch the whole thing out if another mATX comes along that's better suited. The Z170mx also appears to have the most fan ports of the bunch though, and with such better placement--particularly useful on my build.
As for the memory... to each their own. The red at least tonally matches the natural red hues in both the beige and browns of the Noctuas. It's visible in their Pantone profile as well. I swapped in some gray Viper Patriots and they looked worse, probably for that very reason. I'm not sure there's anything out there that wouldn't require some modifications to make fit "perfect."
Kudos for both your points though. Those are really the two things that are holding me up as well.
Oh wow. Thank you. That would be so awesome.
I looked for Noctua-themed builds while throwing this idea around and there really weren't that many out there to pull inspiration from. Hopefully some other people will be inspired to take a crack at it.
I'm considering some cable mods though that will probably be an addition I'll add down the line. You can get cream and tan custom sleeves. I'd probably do some combo of the two. A touch of black maybe.
I do actually have hue+ running underneath the black lighting bridges along the top of the case. I've got them pushing out an orange-tinted white that pops the natural hues of the fan colors a bit more. It's subtle. I turned off the LEDs on the 1070 entirely. It made things too busy.