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    [LL A05] Simplicity

    So I finally felt that there had been enough progress to post this on here.

    It all started by me building the V1000, and when the parts for it became more and more exotic the waiting time grew and grew.
    The problem was that I was ready to start building, mentally.
    This project is separate from Crystal Clear, and it will NOT affect it in any way.


    I managed to keep my cool for a good 6 months but around now I snapped.
    Since time was the only issue for not completing the V1000 right now and parts are getting more and more rare and exotic, and my old computer started dying I went and ordered some parts.
    It started with a couple of sticks of Corsair Dominator 1600mhz ddr3's and a Corsair X32 SSD.
    Before I knew it I had a complete i5 setup lying on the shelves, and no CPU cooler that would fit.
    I did what any normal person would do, I took my LT and tested if it'd fit, and it did perfectly, this was the step in to LC yet again.

    Anyway, this is my story about the (split) first time doing LC, and I try to keep it as serious as possible so I hope you'll enjoy the ride.
    And as it goes with names, because I like names, this one is called Simplicity.

    Some specs on the system:
    - Intel i5 750
    - MSI P55M-GD45
    - Corsair Dominator 1600mhz
    - ATi 5770 (GTX260 borrowed from Crystal Clear)
    - Corsair X32 SSD
    - OCZ modXstream 500w w/ white connectors, sleeved with MDPC-X white, and a touch of Grande Bleu.

    LC:
    - EK Supreme LT
    - EK FC 5770 (EK FC GTX 280 w/ EK-FC280 GTX RAM Backplate)
    - EK Multioption RES 150 Rev.2
    - EK ANTI-Cyclone
    - EK DDC X-Top Laing DDC V.2
    - Feser Xchanger 120.2
    - Laing DDC-Pump 12V DDC-1Plus (18w/620lph)
    - Masterkleer tubing with Feser compression fittings.


    Ideas and help, as well as anything else you'd like to say, is greatly appreciated.
    If there's anything you like or dislike, don't hesitate to inform me.

    Thanks,
    Laine.
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    Revision 1 on air.


    Revision 2 on air.


    The air went out and the water came tumbling in.





    Some pics of the mighty fine EK Supreme LT Nickel.









    And here's how I plan on mounting the HDD's, of course inside of the frame.






    Not much room to play with, no?
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    Now on with the GPU, I planned on running it on air at first, but I still wanted it to be special.
    The was game is on!








    Did a little touching up on the GPU fan too.





    This is how it turned out, I absolutly love the new color, though it doesn't seem to be that high quality when photographed.






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    This is the content of the first package to arrive.













    I was test fitting the loop when I relised that only 6 points of mounting wasn't enough for me to route a neat loop.
    So I ordered a EK-FC280 GTX waterblock with the EK-FC-280GTX RAM backplate, a single slot cover and two 45 degree adapters.
    I know that I can't get Feser One from the same place that I got the rest, so I decided to go with Feser compression fittings instead of the Fatboys when (if?) I get this thing up and running and order the rest of the parts.




    Chipped paint, I'm considering painting the outer shell in glossy white.










    That's all for now, please stay tuned for more.
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    Oh, nice!

    Will check for updates.
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    Wow! The lighting on your shots is amazing!!

    Looking forward to this project!

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    Wowza.

    Laine:

    I love your work. Your photography is incredible, and I love how neat that you keep everything. My only wish would be for you to make your pictures just a tad larger because they look so good. Subbed.
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    Beautifull .. you do many projects .. are they all yours?

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    I love A05 builds. Getting everything to fit in that tiny thing is awesome enough. And that build looks very promising

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    Wow. I love it! You're really packing the hardware into the case, but it looks excellent! Keep up the great work.

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    wow, im very impressed, bot in picture quality and the build itself.
    From my experience, the a05 isnt easy to do a clean build in, and looking at the air cooled revisions, I cant wait to see the watercooled build finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dc3R View Post
    Oh, nice!

    Will check for updates.
    Please do!

    Quote Originally Posted by HazChem View Post
    Wow! The lighting on your shots is amazing!!

    Looking forward to this project!
    Thanks, it's done with a softbox out of regular paper.

    Quote Originally Posted by Xion X2 View Post
    Laine:

    I love your work. Your photography is incredible, and I love how neat that you keep everything. My only wish would be for you to make your pictures just a tad larger because they look so good. Subbed.
    Yeah the pictures are a bit tiny, but I'll try to include larger ones as well at the various milestones of this project.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raiden View Post
    Beautifull .. you do many projects .. are they all yours?
    The aircooled copper build, CuRREAL, is my fathers.
    The other two rigs are mine.

    Quote Originally Posted by gmat View Post
    I love A05 builds. Getting everything to fit in that tiny thing is awesome enough. And that build looks very promising
    Thanks, yes it's a bit small but I think the matx should to the trick!

    Quote Originally Posted by Antioch View Post
    Wow. I love it! You're really packing the hardware into the case, but it looks excellent! Keep up the great work.
    Yeah I like compact builds, and I think this will be quite the challange.

    Quote Originally Posted by skane View Post
    wow, im very impressed, bot in picture quality and the build itself.
    From my experience, the a05 isnt easy to do a clean build in, and looking at the air cooled revisions, I cant wait to see the watercooled build finished.
    I can't wait either, but building the thing is lots of fun too!

    Anyway, heres a small update.
    Since I have a GPU-block incomming I thought I'd re-route the tubing.
    Not very pleased since I frankly can't see much of the computer itself.











    And a good friend of mine gave me these for my project, thank you DC3R!


    This is all for now, take care.
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    Nice work so far laine, why dont you put the rad in the top?
    It looks like you will have enough space for that.
    I just love the A05, im glad i have one myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earzz View Post
    Nice work so far laine, why dont you put the rad in the top?
    It looks like you will have enough space for that.
    I just love the A05, im glad i have one myself.
    Mostly because I want the case to look as close to stock as possible on the outside, but also because my Scythe Himuros will be hanging from the top of the case so there is no room up there.

    I hope this answers you question.
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    Amazing job Laine! Your Crystal Clear project inspired me to keep modding my V1000Z instead of using a bigger case.

    My previous computer was a watercooled crossfire rig in an A05b. It wasn't even close to looking as nice is yours is going to.

    I fear your mad photography skills! Do you mind sharing your backdrop and lighting setup? I can take close-ups of computer parts using just sunlight, but it is the full computer pictures I have trouble with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laine View Post
    Mostly because I want the case to look as close to stock as possible on the outside, but also because my Scythe Himuros will be hanging from the top of the case so there is no room up there.

    I hope this answers you question.
    I think you still will have some space for your HD enclosures, i used the T-60F top panel and modded the case a bit, i also didnt like the aftermarket top grills.

    Here are a few pics of my PC-05 in the aircooled section (not wanted to post the pics directly in here), there you can see the space left towards my DVD writer and the nice original looking top panel ofc.

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...21#post4155021

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laine View Post
    Yeah the pictures are a bit tiny, but I'll try to include larger ones as well at the various milestones of this project.
    Cool. Just so you know, I wasn't critiquing.. just saying that your photo quality is so good that you could stand to enlarge them a bit.


    Not very pleased [with tubing] since I frankly can't se much of the computer itself.
    What diameter is the tubing? Looks like either 7/16 or 1/2".

    I like how you painted the GPU shroud white.

    Keep up the great work!

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    About not seeing the computer -- I think you will see more once you get rid of the big-ol-fan on the GPU and put a slim waterblock on it. I also think the tube connecting the rad and res gets in the way and makes it feel like you're blocking the computer more than you are. Try re-routing. Maybe something like CPU-RAD-GPU-RES/PUMP-CPU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TadZilla View Post
    Amazing job Laine! Your Crystal Clear project inspired me to keep modding my V1000Z instead of using a bigger case.

    My previous computer was a watercooled crossfire rig in an A05b. It wasn't even close to looking as nice is yours is going to.

    I fear your mad photography skills! Do you mind sharing your backdrop and lighting setup? I can take close-ups of computer parts using just sunlight, but it is the full computer pictures I have trouble with.

    Thanks and subbed,

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    It's an honor to hear that it could inspire someone!
    I'll PM you my "mad super secret light setup of doom" shortly, haha!

    Quote Originally Posted by Earzz View Post
    I think you still will have some space for your HD enclosures, i used the T-60F top panel and modded the case a bit, i also didnt like the aftermarket top grills.

    Here are a few pics of my PC-05 in the aircooled section (not wanted to post the pics directly in here), there you can see the space left towards my DVD writer and the nice original looking top panel ofc.

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...21#post4155021
    It does look nice but I perfer a clean case top, partly because of noise but mainly looks.

    I will have my Himuros hanging from where you have your fans in the top and not in the 5,25" bay, so I can't imagine it being even close to fit.

    Thanks for the feedback though!
    Quote Originally Posted by Xion X2 View Post
    Cool. Just so you know, I wasn't critiquing.. just saying that your photo quality is so good that you could stand to enlarge them a bit.




    What diameter is the tubing? Looks like either 7/16 or 1/2".

    I like how you painted the GPU shroud white.

    Keep up the great work!
    Yes I know but I like the old 640-standard for a project.
    I'll promise you to post some hires once later on, as I said before.

    I think it's 1/2 ID and 5/8 OD but I'm not entirely sure, what I am sure of is that it'll be changed to a thinner, transparent one with Feser Blue Premix running through it, it's well worth the risks imo.
    And thanks!

    I'm sorry if I seem angry or upset, I'm not always able to find the right words to express myself properly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Antioch View Post
    About not seeing the computer -- I think you will see more once you get rid of the big-ol-fan on the GPU and put a slim waterblock on it. I also think the tube connecting the rad and res gets in the way and makes it feel like you're blocking the computer more than you are. Try re-routing. Maybe something like CPU-RAD-GPU-RES/PUMP-CPU.
    That's actually not a bad idea, not a bad idea at all.
    I'll try that in the next update, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laine View Post
    I think it's 1/2 ID and 5/8 OD but I'm not entirely sure, what I am sure of is that it'll be changed to a thinner, transparent one with Feser Blue Premix running through it, it's well worth the risks imo.
    Yeah, I was going to say that you could go with smaller tubing for more visibility as it seemed this is only a medium sized case that you're working with.

    Keep up the great work, mate. I like your style.

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    Pictures are absolutely, stunningly beautiful and sublime

    Keep em coming. And hope you can solve the tubing/seeing the computer dilemma. Lycka till!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laine View Post
    That's actually not a bad idea, not a bad idea at all.
    I'll try that in the next update, thanks!
    Glad I could help - good luck!

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    i love it...

    the pictures are beautiful, very natural

    keep it coming laine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xion X2 View Post
    Yeah, I was going to say that you could go with smaller tubing for more visibility as it seemed this is only a medium sized case that you're working with.

    Keep up the great work, mate. I like your style.
    Yeah I think the smaller tubing solved my problem.
    Thanks mate!

    Quote Originally Posted by Goran_O View Post
    Pictures are absolutely, stunningly beautiful and sublime

    Keep em coming. And hope you can solve the tubing/seeing the computer dilemma. Lycka till!
    Yeah I think it's solved, hard to tell before I get the proper liquid in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antioch View Post
    Glad I could help - good luck!
    Yeah, I tried it out but I didn't like the inverted V-style the tubing got at the GPU, so I went back to the old routing and I think I got it this time.

    Quote Originally Posted by anubis_is_evil View Post
    i love it...

    the pictures are beautiful, very natural

    keep it coming laine...
    Thanks, it means a lot!


    Here are some quick and dirty pics of the progress.

    It's a sad really, putting this away in a box, but hey, what can I do.




    The new nickel block and transparent tubing made it a total makeover, haha!


    The bend will be straightened.




    Cheers, and thanks for following the build!
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    Nice. The waterblock definitely does make the case feel bigger.

    Love the color change - the clear tubing really matches with the "silvery" vibe the case has going on. Will you use water/clear fluid?

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