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    Lightbulb ★★★ Project: Icebreaker ★★★



    Hey guys,

    today, it's once not time for another review, but for a worklog!

    It all started with my Corsair Obsidian case, that started to look too big and too black for me after some time, so I wanted to start something new!

    As there aren't too many white cases, that look pretty good, I finally decided for a Fractal Design Define R3 in the color Arctic White.

    In this worklog, I want to inform you about planned and finished mods and also hope for constructive posts.

    The current plans included - of course - watercooling for CPU, VGA card and mainboard, maybe also the RAM for optical reasons. The color scheme will include white, light blue (water) and maybe purple (2nd loop!?).
    Of course, spontaneous changes could happen in response to new ideas or good proposals that I prefer.

    As I already had a few engravings in the past and I really liked them, this is likely to happen again in this log.

    Also, I'll of course cover the basics: lighting, sleeved cables and whatever might come to my freaky mind!

    An airbrushed design would probably also be great, but just as (and too) expensive on a large surface, if I don't find a cheaper alternative.

    The other side panel will maybe get a window in the style of an iceberg or just a plain, simple window.


    Let's get to the planned



    Case: Fractal Design Define R3 - Arctic White

    http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=...gory=2&prod=53




    Mainboard: EVGA X58 SLI LE
    CPU: Intel Core i7 920
    Watercooling: Mips set with white tops, Fullcover Block + Mosfet cooling
    CPU waterblock: Watercool Heatkiller Special Edition with Plexy top
    VGA card: Sapphire 5850 with EK Fullcover Waterblock
    RAM: 6GB Kit by Corsair
    PSU: Enermax 620W, white painted and sleeved
    opt. drive: Samsung DVD LW
    SSD: Kingston V100 128GB







    Storage: 1TB HDD

    other watercooling components: 5/8" tubing + barbed fittings, Laing DDC-1T pump, XSPC Laing acryl top,
    and one or two reservoirs.





















    - 09/20/10: begin of this worklog!


    Update 09/21/10:

    ice crystals on a HK 3.0 LT - maybe useful somewhere else as a nice effect




    First tests with engraving:





    Misc. hardware and moddingparts from Aquatuning & Caseking & some other places:




    Update 09/25/10:

    Side Panel shipped to a guy which is able to make the windowcut for me with a Waterjet



    (Yep, the very old phone is rare and may would get a high collectors price @ebay )

    Colors (half transparent) from Molotow arrived:




    Update 09/30/10:

    Windowcut in Sidepanel is ready - thanks goes to Ace.KIA@forumdeluxx.de



    Special Version from the wanted RAM Waterblock with white Top arrived - Thx to Mips-Computer.de & Sixtron




    Update 10/08/10:

    - more Parts arrived from new Sponsors EK Waterblocks, Magicool and Bitspower !
    - little Paintjob Test



    Update 10/14/10:

    - Koolance Waterblock changed to EK Block, because imo it fits better with the white top in the Ice/Winter Theme
    - Slotbrackets painted white
    - Black Screws from the Slotbrackets changed to clear/iced looking screws
    - one of the Rads painted white
    - Fanmount dissasembled from the Casebottom
    - BeQuiet PSU was changed to Enermax Liberty 620W - white painted and cables sleeved white
    - Sketch for Plexiglass engraving done by Beer design

    Update 10/19/10:

    - White paint for the Screws, Backplate and Bracket from the 5850 Card & Waterblock


    Update 10/28/10:


    Laser Engraving is ready, thanks goes to www.martmamod.de







    and thanks for the Sketch to www.beer-design.com


    Update 10/31/10:

    Some color tests










    Update 11/14/10:















    (anything must go out, which pays no rent )



    (nope..can´t find the tripod while making these pics





    Radiator fits good



    White Screws for the Boardblocks:




    Update 11/18/10:

    Different Tops for the CPU Waterblock / Rad & CoolCover Mounting Screws Paintjob







    Paintjob



    Update 11/20/10:

    CPU Waterblock now with Plexy Top, Mounting-& Logo Plate painted white and a light test:






    Update 12/02/10:














    Little Update today after a longer Break - Ram Waterblock changed and Cool Cover Mounting Kit painted and installed











    Imagine white Leds and Screws in the EK Ram Waterblock and HK 3.0 !


    Screws and EK Logo painted white







    Now with lighting - i like it !










    For supporting me with this project, I'd like to thank Aquatuning , www.highflow.nl , www.frozencpu.com , www.sidewindercomputers.com , www.a-c-shop.de ,www.aquacomputer.de , www.phobya.com , www.kingston.com , www.magicool.biz , www.ekwaterblocks.com , www.martmamod.de , www.bitspower.com , Caseking , Tecnofront , MIPS Computer , www.beer-design.com , Noiseblocker , XSPC and the user "delicious_cake" for helping me with the translation of this

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    I saw your Worklog here: http://www.hardmodding.org/showthread.php?t=1084

    And I was thinking when were you going to put it on Xtreme Systems ^^

    I love the White colour scheme. And the window cut it's just amazing, perfect work.

    ¿ Did you think about getting a CM 690 II White before purchasing the Fractar Design R3 ?

    http://www.caseking.de/shop/catalog/...te::14725.html

    I think it looks fantastic and it's more watercooling friendly. Anyway the Fractal it's amazing and I'm sure you will do an awesome work there.

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    Put the pictures bigger Bundy ! =D

    Just host your pictures at facebook , it´s free and fast and you can upload as many pictures as you want , i use it now in my team acount ;D

    I already worked in a case like that , i loved it , im waiting to see more progress on this , i had already seen it in other forum ..
    Last edited by Raiden; 10-05-2010 at 04:33 PM.

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    Bundy you need a pics server for yourself. Take a few bucks and have a small server in which you can host pics or something. I hate these thumbnails that lead to these damn awful sites. It does you no justice! BTW, nice build!

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    Looks nice. I love fractal's cases and I'm sure you'll do an excellent job with it.

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    Damn I love those Be Quiet PSUs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadasius View Post
    I hate these thumbnails that lead to these damn awful sites. It does you no justice! BTW, nice build!
    Yeah this is true. I clicked because i've seen some of your work and i like it quite a lot, but when i see thumbnails i usually just press "BACK" on the browser

    This project surely deserves better, and it's looking gorgeous already, keep it up
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    i have a project coming up with a WC loop in the same case!
    i'm glad i picked it up... will try to get the same awesome result for the window, but i'll probably do it myself with a dremel ?!

    do you know when you'll fill it up?


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    EVGA P55 FTW | i5 650 @ 4GHz | 4Gb Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 XMS3 | XFX 4870 1Gb | Corsair X32 | Samsung SpinPoint F1 - 320Go | Fractal Design Newton R2 650W | Samsung P2450H | Microsoft Laser Desktop 7000 | JBL Spyro Black
    AirCooling: Prolimatech Mega Shadow | Xigmatek Bifrost | Fractal Design SATA Cluster Box | Fractal Design 2x120mm, 2x140mm and 1x92mm

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    Foxconn BloodRage Rev1.1 Bios P07 | i7 920 D0 @ 4,629GHz max & 4,3GHz stable | 6Gb Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 | XFX 5870 | Sonar X-Fi | Intel X25-M 80 Go PostVille | Samsung SpinPoint F1 - 1To | Corsair HX620W | CoolerMaster Cosmos S | Samsung T240 | Logitech MX-5500 & Z-2300
    Watercooling: Laing DDC + plexi top and tank | CPU - HK 1366 rev 3.0 LT | GPU - EK Water Blocks EK FC5870 V2 - Acétal Nickel | MB - Foxconn's original | HDD - HK SilentStar HD-Single rev 2.0 | radiator - 3x120mm | tubing - High Flex 10/16mm | red PrimoChill ICE coolant


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    that looks great dude (got any more picture of this build )
    but a jigsaw, seriously ???
    what kinda blade did you use ??


    doctor pepper's desk
    EVGA P55 FTW | i5 650 @ 4GHz | 4Gb Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 XMS3 | XFX 4870 1Gb | Corsair X32 | Samsung SpinPoint F1 - 320Go | Fractal Design Newton R2 650W | Samsung P2450H | Microsoft Laser Desktop 7000 | JBL Spyro Black
    AirCooling: Prolimatech Mega Shadow | Xigmatek Bifrost | Fractal Design SATA Cluster Box | Fractal Design 2x120mm, 2x140mm and 1x92mm

    Cosmos-S
    Foxconn BloodRage Rev1.1 Bios P07 | i7 920 D0 @ 4,629GHz max & 4,3GHz stable | 6Gb Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 | XFX 5870 | Sonar X-Fi | Intel X25-M 80 Go PostVille | Samsung SpinPoint F1 - 1To | Corsair HX620W | CoolerMaster Cosmos S | Samsung T240 | Logitech MX-5500 & Z-2300
    Watercooling: Laing DDC + plexi top and tank | CPU - HK 1366 rev 3.0 LT | GPU - EK Water Blocks EK FC5870 V2 - Acétal Nickel | MB - Foxconn's original | HDD - HK SilentStar HD-Single rev 2.0 | radiator - 3x120mm | tubing - High Flex 10/16mm | red PrimoChill ICE coolant


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    LOL It looks like you forgot to cool your CPU.
    Signatures make my posts look huge... but I'm not humble enough to completely remove my signature, so I kept this note explaining it.

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    You're missing a couple fittings... hehe
    Signatures make my posts look huge... but I'm not humble enough to completely remove my signature, so I kept this note explaining it.

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    looking forward to see more from your build mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by bundymania View Post
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    I love Bitspower fittings. 100% eye candy!

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    wow dude, how many build are you planning on doing???


    doctor pepper's desk
    EVGA P55 FTW | i5 650 @ 4GHz | 4Gb Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 XMS3 | XFX 4870 1Gb | Corsair X32 | Samsung SpinPoint F1 - 320Go | Fractal Design Newton R2 650W | Samsung P2450H | Microsoft Laser Desktop 7000 | JBL Spyro Black
    AirCooling: Prolimatech Mega Shadow | Xigmatek Bifrost | Fractal Design SATA Cluster Box | Fractal Design 2x120mm, 2x140mm and 1x92mm

    Cosmos-S
    Foxconn BloodRage Rev1.1 Bios P07 | i7 920 D0 @ 4,629GHz max & 4,3GHz stable | 6Gb Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 | XFX 5870 | Sonar X-Fi | Intel X25-M 80 Go PostVille | Samsung SpinPoint F1 - 1To | Corsair HX620W | CoolerMaster Cosmos S | Samsung T240 | Logitech MX-5500 & Z-2300
    Watercooling: Laing DDC + plexi top and tank | CPU - HK 1366 rev 3.0 LT | GPU - EK Water Blocks EK FC5870 V2 - Acétal Nickel | MB - Foxconn's original | HDD - HK SilentStar HD-Single rev 2.0 | radiator - 3x120mm | tubing - High Flex 10/16mm | red PrimoChill ICE coolant


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    Hey Kids, time for another update

    - Koolance Waterblock changed to EK Block, because imo it fits better to the Ice/Winter Theme

    - Slotbrackets painted

    - Black Screws from the Slotbrackets changed to clear/iced looking screws

    - one of the Rads painted white

    - Fanmount dissasembled from the Casebottom

    - BeQuiet PSU was changed to Enermax Liberty 620W - white painted and cables sleeved white

    - Sketch for Plexiglass engraving done by Beer design















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    Very nice going here bundy...and the fittings just blew me away

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