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PC Build Specs:

Height up to 600mm.
Width: up to 400mm.
Case Shape: cylinder. One base, One top, 3 Pillars, 3 clear windows. Being build ATM.
Case Colour: Grayish/white, with some black & red.
MoBo: Asus H97I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard That will mounted to the bottom and the case.
GPU: ASUS TURBO GEFORCE GTX 960 OC Edition 2GB-GDDR5. Staying air cooled, This will be mounted to one of the 3 case pillars.
Running on a PCIe cable. The TURBO GTX 960 with the exhaust out the bottom of the case,
And the intake for the TURBO GTX 960 will come from the pillar it is mounted to.
CPU: Still needed.
RAM: Still needed.
PSU: Still needed, Will be mounted in the base.
Water Cooling, One custom 60mm x 400mm res. (2x 120 slim rads, CPU block, 1x Pump, fittings, still needed.) ( 6x90mm W 20x20mm H,D clear blocks running 9x5mm Round 500mm L tubing.
that will be on the out side of the case as part of the loop. being built ATM)
Lighting: Black Light, and some white LED's.
Fluid: Neon Green, Still needed.
Loop fittings: Still needed.




Even though this is only my second Case Mod, I have been using ASUS Motherboards for many many years. I have always found them to be well priced and having lots of great features.
And today is no exception. ASUS continue to add all the goods to there Motherboards and GPU's, Even for there low to mid range hardware you still feel you are getting more for less.
As you will see below "Small" can still make a big impact and still play hard. And "Colour" is not Black or White its a shade of what your Imagination can do with it.

Below are two of ASUS products that I will be using for this build from ASUS who I thank for helping me with my second case mod.

The Asus H97I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard and the ASUS TURBO GEFORCE GTX 960 OC Edition





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The Asus H97I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard
This will be the first time using a board of this size. I find it hard to believe that something so small can still deliver so much. Just thinking of the doors for case modding this Motherboard has opened up for the different kinds of build that can now be done, that would have been imposable before. :)




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Unbeknown to me was this White TURBO GTX 960 OC Edition. The staff at ASUS could see what my new build was all about. And this White Knight is the perfect look for this build.



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I would love to go deep into the specs of this GPU. But I will leave that to the pro's at ASUS.
here is where you will find all you need to know about the ASUS TURBO GTX 960 OC Edition.


http://rog.asus.com/428182015/gaming-graphics-cards-2/unboxing-asus-gtx-960-turbo-special-edition/

 

 

You can also find my first ever PC case mod here, Fallout 4 case mod.

http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=1149976

To start off with im doing the out side water blocks/res there will be 6 in all three at the top and three at the bottom. All 6 will be part of the cooling loop.

They will be fitted to the out side of the case, The three on top will be linked the one's on the bottom. So one top one will link to one bottom one, with 3x 5mm clear tubes and so on. on the back of each block will be one fitting that go's to a stand 1/2 mantel bent loop. back to one of the other blocks and keeps going. Lets just call the outer blocks (Loop rails.)

So below I have started a quick step by step.
for the blocks, after ill be adding the 3x 5mm tubes to the 2x blocks to make one (Loop Rail.) and this will be done 3 times.

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Will add more soon for the Loop rails. Still working hard on the Vector files for the case parts as well. And still working my full time job. Sleep! what is that I ask.:) But I have 10 days off after next week. For more Modding.

Thanks for stopping by.
Cheers, Ken.

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So what I have been going is working on the Motherboard armor and the back plate IO shield that will lock onto the Motherboard armor, Still need to make a hole for the CPU. but still not sure what CPU block will be used.

Hope you can see where I'm going with what I have done so far.

Thanks for stopping by. :)

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Starting to get ready to order some of the parts that will be going into the case.

Below is the Ai layout for the CNC.

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I have started working on the center res mount. So far I have made the casing, added some blue LED's, put some steel mesh around it. Still need to add a small electric motor to turn the black cover at the bottom. to create a rotation of light in side the case. Once that is done i will starting working on the rest of the res mount. And then add the rest of the trimmings.



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Thanks again for stopping by. :)

Lots more still to come. :)

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"Proudly Sponsored" by Asus? Watermarked photos everywhere? Top-spec fucking everything?

 

Pretty sure this is spam.

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Hi SquallStrife

 

This is only my second ever PC case mod. ASUS are not sponsoring me for all of this build. I asked ASUS If they could help me out with a MOBO & GPU. And I showed them my first PC build, And I showed them what I was thinking of for my next build and asked if they could help with the next one. and the answer was yes. I won the 2015 NVIDIA PC case modding comp in AUS with my fist ever PC case Mod can be found here. http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=1149976

 

Yes ASUS is helping me with some of this one. But the rest of the Case and all the other parts for this build. area payed for by me with the winnings from the NVIDIA Comp . I am a Big fan of ASUS. And I'm more then happy to let the world know it.

 

Hope that helps,

 

Cheers, Ken.

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Hi All

The CNC parts are now done, And are now being put together.

Along with some of the hardware that will now be test fitted to the case.

Then all the side pillars cut to size and will be added for the height, The Pillars will be box like to hide all the things you gust don't want to be seen running from the top of the case to the bottom. MOBO tray has been made as well but still needs to be vented on the back.


Hope you like it so far, Would love to know what you think. :)


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Hi All

 

Still hard at work .

 

Rad's & all 6 fans are fitted as well as the Res, It's now hanging from the top as well.

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Here are some progress pic's of the top cooling disk.

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Again thanks for stopping by.

Cheers, Ken.

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"Proudly Sponsored" by Asus? Watermarked photos everywhere? Top-spec fucking everything?

 

Pretty sure this is spam.

 

Typically a sponsored build log will have sponsorship info in whichever post the sponsorship commenced, but it's arguable that a million pics of the ASUS products is grossly excessive, even without the "G1-Zen" Logos plastered over the other photos in the log.

 

The speed at which things are accomplished is also suspicious, probably because it's a huge cut and paste dump of another thread on OverClockers Australia that references usernames not found here, and it's made it to the LinusTechTips forums too (found via Googling the thread title):

 

http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/448368-the-power-cell-scratch-build-cylinder-pc/

 

The OP username seems the same, so I guess they are legit and just wanted to get more people to see it. I'd certainly have liked a custom introduction from ZenModz so we could understand that this infodump is for a project that is already months underway.

 

OP, you're putting a lot of effort into the build, perhaps a bit more effort to introduce yourself to the community would go a long way. After all, it's not like we're getting custom posts :P

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Hi TheFrunj

 

Thank you for leaving your feed back, I'm more then happy to try and answer all of your questions, I have replied below within the body of your post.

 

Typically a sponsored build log will have sponsorship info in whichever post the sponsorship commenced, but it's arguable that a million pics of the ASUS products is grossly excessive, even without the "G1-Zen" Logos plastered over the other photos in the log.

 

This is my first ever sponsored PC build, And as a request from ASUS in terms of them sponsoring me parts, I am obliged to take photos and show what products are being used from ASUS. As to how many photos was not specified and I took it upon my self to add what i think should be shown of what is being used in the build. If it was to many or to few I'm unsure, till now it has never been a issue.

 

The speed at which things are accomplished is also suspicious, I would say the speed of what I have done so far is the normal for me, I work 8hrs a day 5 days a week and weekends are when I get most of my time to work on the case, I CNC'ed the case parts out at work last week and started putting it together over the weekend, So I'm not sure as to why you think it's suspicious ?

 

probably because it's a huge cut and paste dump of another thread on OverClockers Australia that references usernames not found here, and it's made it to the LinusTechTips forums too (found via Googling the thread title):

Yes I do cut and past what I can, It takes a long time to address every forum, And I think what ever forum I choose, should have the same info. I do what I can to address all and any feed back I get which will of course change from forum to forum. like what I'm doing now.

With my first build Fallout 4 I had the same photos on 8 different forums, And that could not be all done on the same day. I'm happy to here Google still works well.:)

 

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The OP username seems the same, Yes that's me, :) so I guess they are legit and just wanted to get more people to see it. I'd certainly have liked a custom introduction from ZenModz so we could understand that this info dump is for a project that is already months underway. I started working the this build 4 weeks ago. or was it 5 weeks, So far this forum was the 4th forum I have posted in out of 6 all up at this time.

 

OP, you're putting a lot of effort into the build, perhaps a bit more effort to introduce yourself to the community would go a long way. After all, it's not like we're getting custom posts :P

 

I quickly forgot that it's not just the PC's I build that people are looking at, but also who the builder is behind it. It's still all very new to me, And I have never been the greatest at talking about my self I have always let my work do the talking for me. So here I go with what i think is the most I have ever said about my self ever.

 

Hi My name Is Ken Byrnes I'm 46, I'm marred and have 2 adult kids, I live in Canberra AUS. I'm only new to the Modding world of custom PC building. I have build 2 or 3 normal PC's over the years, But have only just got into making then stand out from the normal every day PC.

I work as a spray painter 5 days a week for a sign shop. I have always loved any and all kinds of art. I do all my own photo-shop work. I have also been a Pro game Texture artist and have a diploma in game design as well as being Pro Airbrush artist. But I no longer do a lot of that any more just don't have the time. I'm also into building cars well when I say building I'm starting to restore a 1970 VG valiant 2 door hardtop. That would be a 68 or 69 Dodge Dart in the USA.

You can find some of my art work here of what i have done in the past. http://zenator.wix.com/zenator-art

 

Like I was saying I'm new to modding. and would like to make it a full time job. I'm planing to buy a small CNC router to start making custom PC's as well as custom parts. But first I felt I needed to show what kind to PC's I can build.

Why did I start PC modding ? Mostly because I have all ways liked playing games and building PC's and with all my art skills, and now leaning how to use a CNC router at work, I think maybe I have found some way to bring out my art

and have some fun at the same time and turn it into my life.

 

If you have any more questions ask away. :) Oh and yes my spelling Sucks.

 

Cheers, Ken.

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Hey Ken welcome to the forums

I really liked what you did with the last build when i looked at it on ocau a few months back and look forward to seeing this one

This forum is kinda dying with help from spam after a server\forum change a while back so i guess its still a bit of a touchy area but there has been some nice projects here over the years and it will be nice to have a new one

 

As above probably a few to many product picks as im sure they will get plenty of glory in the build process shots anyway but i understand why since you are clearly grateful to asus for there support

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Nice to see some new blood on the forums and seeing more build logs on here.

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Thanks guys It's nice to be here. and I hope you all get to enjoy the out come of my builds.

 

Cheers, Ken.

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I would say the speed of what I have done so far is the normal for me, I work 8hrs a day 5 days a week and weekends are when I get most of my time to work on the case, I CNC'ed the case parts out at work last week and started putting it together over the weekend, So I'm not sure as to why you think it's suspicious ?

 

First post October 7, last post October 11, you did a huge amount of work in (seemingly) four days. Without a personalised introduction that made you seem more human, you could have been a bot that was automated to paste ASUS spam. I know you're not but people online aren't always so trusting :)

 

Yes I do cut and past what I can, It takes a long time to address every forum, And I think what ever forum I choose, should have the same info. I do what I can to address all and any feed back I get which will of course change from forum to forum. like what I'm doing now.

 

I don't mean that cutting and pasting is bad practice, just explaining that the content was original but the timeframe was compressed, it had unfolded in real time on other forums. A "This is a copy of my build log to bring you guys up to date" would have solved any confusion.

 

Hi My name Is Ken Byrnes I'm 46, I'm marred and have 2 adult kids, I live in Canberra AUS. I'm only new to the Modding world of custom PC building. I have build 2 or 3 normal PC's over the years, But have only just got into making then stand out from the normal every day PC.

I work as a spray painter 5 days a week for a sign shop. I have always loved any and all kinds of art. I do all my own photo-shop work. I have also been a Pro game Texture artist and have a diploma in game design as well as being Pro Airbrush artist. But I no longer do a lot of that any more just don't have the time. I'm also into building cars well when I say building I'm starting to restore a 1970 VG valiant 2 door hardtop. That would be a 68 or 69 Dodge Dart in the USA.

You can find some of my art work here of what i have done in the past. http://zenator.wix.com/zenator-art

 

Like I was saying I'm new to modding. and would like to make it a full time job. I'm planing to buy a small CNC router to start making custom PC's as well as custom parts. But first I felt I needed to show what kind to PC's I can build.

Why did I start PC modding ? Mostly because I have all ways liked playing games and building PC's and with all my art skills, and now leaning how to use a CNC router at work, I think maybe I have found some way to bring out my art and have some fun at the same time and turn it into my life.

 

Hi Ken! Thanks for the introduction, you are definitely not a bot :) It's nice to have an expression of your creativity that's paired with a hobby you enjoy, game textures are fun but you can't really work with them the same way as something IRL.

 

It's a long road to success, another aussie has gotten relatively successful with custom PC mods and runs a YouTube channel called SingularityComputers:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqChlb8y4cQ0jAFaNFPQLqA

 

Best of luck, I'm curious to see how this project turns out, especially thermal performance. It's hard not to scratch those pieces when you work with them!

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Hello again.

Just a quick update of where I'm up to.

The Power Cell is coming along nicely.

I have been working on the base and the pillars one of the pillars will hold the GPU, The GPU will take air in from the outside of the pillar as well as the inside.

Ive cut out and mounted the GPU and all is good. Still making the Pillars stronger by making them two layers thick in side the two layers will be a 20mm space to run wires and such to the top and back.

MOBO and Pump are new in there places as well, Once all the hardware is fitted, and the case is complete all the hardware will be removed again so I can start painting the case. inside & out.

Here it is so far. Yep its talllllllllll: And might I say Different. (H-700mm )

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As always thanks for stopping by. :)

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Hi here are some more Photo's, Will have some more again in a day or so.

Outer Loop tubing.
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GPU from the out side of the case, will have mesh over the face. and a filter that slides in from the side.
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I have made 3 mounts to hold the center Res Light, And to strengthen up the case a bit more. One of then needed to be change to work with the GPU space.
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My work shop or should I say my Wife's dining table. She loves ME! :)
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The bottom of the case with PSU filter.
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Again thank you for stopping by. more again soon.

Cheers, Ken.

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Hello again.

Today I fitted a flow indicator into one of the back pillars so it cans be seen from the inside of the case, I also added 2 micro switchers to the bottom front of the case, One switch has a green LED, and the other is blue, One switch will be for the power and the other will be the reset, the blue LED will be the HDD drive light, and the green will be the power light.

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Thanks again for stopping by and following the build. :)

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Hi All

The I-beam has been test fitted, here are some photo's of where they are going.

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What do you think ?

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Cheers, Ken.

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Ken, this is really neat build. If I have extra time or for the next build I do for myself I would love to do something different like this. Look forward to the finished build and some benchmarks w temperature loads.

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Hello again everyone, Just a small update I have made a dust filter for the GPU as well, That slides out for the side of the pillar for cleaning. And added the mesh. I have done more to the GPU mount. But will have some updates on the weekend.

I have also change the logo it needed redoing the old one was bugging the crap out of me, and the new logo can now be easily made on a CNC or laser cutter if need be.:)

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Thanks for stopping by. :thumbup:

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Hello Again,

Still progressing on the Power Cell. I have been adding more details to the outer rims of the case, Still a lot more to do there. I have now also added the lower I-beam arms. As well as the outlet for the GPU. I will be doing all the side covers for the top and bottom base over the next week. Getting much closer to having it ready for paint.

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Thanks again for stopping by.

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Hello again.

Starting to add some lighting to parts of the case. before I start looking at the painting things I need to make sure it's all working and fits. And once all the painting is done. I will fit all the light FX to it again.

This bit is for any one that likes playing with electronics. I have not done this for some time my self. But it's time to do some soldering again. The top dish of the case will have a ring around the outside edge. The plastic around the outside is a translucent white. So the light can be seen the rest of the case is made of a solid white, and will be backed with black paint. This part of the case will pulsate with light behind it.

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LED string,
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The POWER CELL has been nominated on Bit-Tech for MOTM. If you have a bit-tech account and like this build, Please vote for me, :)

http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=294473


Thanks again for stopping by.

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Nice, looks like the ARC Reactor from Iron Man :D

 

What LED chips are on those PCBs? Any reason you chose those over LED tape?

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