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  1. Thank you! Hello everyone! So I finally finished Cold Winter, the third version. I went back and checked when I started the first project log for this case, 2011-01-04, a while ago. However, this mod has meant a lot to me, this was the second serious project I made and the first one I was really satisfied with. Since then I made a second version and then started planning a third version that I promised myself was going to be the last, and here it is! The sad part is the scratches on the acrylic, this was made when I built this case at my school, someone there thought it was funny to start etching stuff on it, the same happened at Dreamhack. So sad, I tried as good as possible to polish it but not with a really good result. The good part is that isnt really easy to see if you dont put a light right on the scratches. I want to say thank you for all the nice comments and feedback of Cold Winter and I also want to give a big shoutout to the sponsors for helping me with the hardware! EKWB! Thank you for helping me. Be Quiet sponsored me with a Shadow Rock 2. Gigabyte sponsored me with a GA-F2A88XN-WIFI. MNPCTech sponsored me with this fan grill to have in the front, should look awesome! Clear Acrylic 120mm Overkill "Nautilus" PC Fan Grill from Mnpctech.com Well do you want to see the final pictures? Here you go! Ill be back here with more updates on other projects. Until then, I would be happy if you would like to check out my facebook-page where I post all my projects, updates and giveaways. Check it out and like it. Thank you everyone! With kind regards Johan Nyman Minimalistic PC's
  2. Thank you! Thanks! The loop is filled with Mayhems, its leaktested and the computer boots up! This project is now finished. I took some pictures of the result, the final pictures will be taken tomorrow though, but here are some sneakpeaks. What do you think? With kind regards Johan Nyman Minimalistic PC's
  3. I want to start by announcing a new sponsor and thank them for all their help, EKWB! Thank you for helping me and sending me: 120mm XT Radiator Supremacy Clean CSQ Nickel-Acrylic RES X3 150mm Fittings I started out installing the loop to see how I wanted everything, the RES is installed in the top like this. The 120mm XT rad goes in the front of course together with the DCP 2.2 pump on the bottom. The entire loop from behind, whats missing here is the cover over the PSU and the pump, working on that right now aswell as fixing all the cables to perfect lenght. I cant get a good photo from the side because of the tinted plexiglass, although, as soon as I have some lights inside the case there will be good pictures. Last picture of the day! What do you think so far? I have dissassembled everything now to finish the last small details. Complete the coverplate for the PSU and pump. Fix all the cables to perfect lenght. Install a SSD. Leaktest. OS Install and config. Hopefully Ill have a new update this weekend, until then, have a good day! With kind regards Johan Nyman Minimalistic PC's
  4. Thank you all! Sorry for no updates here, but I have been waiting for the release of AMD A10-7850K, now it is here and I cant wait to start. Im still waiting for watercooling gear from EKWB though, after I got that I can start the casemodding for real.
  5. I rushed to finish a aircooled version for Dreamhack that was this weekend thursday, for a Gigabyte contest there. After that I will start the real project with custom loop and other goodies. To start off: Be Quiet sponsored me with a Shadow Rock 2. Gigabyte sponsored me with a GA-F2A88XN-WIFI. What I started doing was to fix the 120mm hole in the front and also make the 92mm hole in the back to 120mm. Then I started working on a shroud that would cover the powersupply. Used acrylic that I painted black on one side. Then I painted the inside of the acrylic black too so it would hide the powersupply and everything else. Then I added the fan grill I got from Bill. Looks awesome! I got the motherboard and cpu down at J
  6. Thanks! Go work on that thing! Thank you I dont know, should it?
  7. I just ordered this fan grill to have in the front, should look awesome! Clear Acrylic 120mm Overkill "Nautilus" PC Fan Grill from Mnpctech.com
  8. Here you have the final pictures. Hope you liked this log as much as I did. Dont have so much to say. Now I can go on with my other build Cold Winter and finish that. Thanks to LCDModkit and Aquatuning for helping me with some parts. Some nightshots Comparison with a Coke On top of my receiver, hifi-style Thank you for all the nice comments and feedback. Ill be back with another project for sure! With kind regards Johan Nyman
  9. Hello! Its time for a update, probably one of the last. This all started out as a sideproject but turned out to be my priority. So I have been putting time into every small detail and now its 100% finished. Last thing to do is to take some time to get some really nice final pictures (again). Anyway, I read on another forum that a fabric called "Sarita" from Ikea works perfect as dustfilter. So I bought 1sqm = 5$. I havent found any fanfilter for 100mm fans so had to make my own. Made a frame in acrylic, painted it white and glued the fabric on it. The installed it over the fan under the case. Another little detail I wanted to do was a little shroud for the back of the LCD. Just made it simple with acrylic again. Took out everything, cleaned everything and assembled everything again. I think Ill go with the sleeved look. Gives it a little extra. So thats it. Been a fun project and Ive got really good feedback on it. If I have time tomorrow Ill get the final pictures up. Going out in the sun/snow to take some pictures tomorrow. Thanks Johan Nyman
  10. Hiya there! My new motherboard is here! Finally, without the i/o shield though so I had to get a new one from ebay. However, I installed the new mobo and this time I need to use a picopsu so some sleeving was done. Now you can see my harddrivebay in action! Whats in here??? Open it up and tada! Goodlooking cooler! Im pretty satisfied with this harddrivebay. I cant decide if Im going to go like this, with sleeved cables, or hide them all under the harddrivebay and motherboard so only the sata cables is showing. What do you think? Cheers! Johan Nyman
  11. Its starting to be a habit of mine to create harddrive-bays every night. Anyways... Made new cutouts of the second design, this time for three harddrives. Sanded down the edges and ofcourse painted it white. I think Ill go with this design actually, I asked around what people thinks and its 50/50. But when the case has this round, smooth design it feels better with a similar harddrive bay instead of something with raw edges. Second design rev 2: In the case It kinda looks like a smaller version of the case. Ill go with this one! Hope you like it! Johan Nyman
  12. I sold the harddrives I was using in this build, got a 1TB 2.5" instead and a Corsair Force SSD. Also a Asus E45M1-I Deluxe is coming. So some hardware upgrades is going on here. When changing to only 2.5" disks I wanted to make a harddrive bay. Here it is! I drew up some different designs but I went with this one, measured out and cut with a jigsaw. What about some white paint on these? And this is how it looks in the case: What do you think? Johan Nyman
  13. Hello! I bought a Canon 400D from a friend a couple of weeks ago so now I got some better pictures, the final pictures. The last thing I did was to install a fan filter over the 100mm fan under the motherboard. I have been using this build as my main computer for a while because Im working on another project. The temps are pretty good, uses it for movies, music and internet. No problemo! Enought with that, here are the final pictures. Hope you enjoy them! Left side Right side Backpanel Frontpanel Thank you and Ill see you soon again!
  14. I sanded down the edges and polished it. Looks a little bit better. Also made a 100mm hole under the motherboard, will put a slim 100mm fan there on low rpm too. With a little dustfilter. The edges 100mm hole I also did a little "mediabenchtest". Put on 10x 1080p movies in a playlist and the CPU and GPU never got over 65c. So Im satisfied. Now with a intake it will get even better. Heres the 100mm fan, a slim version from Scythe. I wasnt going to make an air intake even though everyone wanted me too, I just want to clarify, I didnt really needed it and I had no idea how to install a fan without hiding it. But then I found this fan, its 12mm thick, and the acrylic is 8mm thick, so I made a 100mm hole and installed the fan with help of some glue. So it extends 4mm over the acrylic. Just waiting for a dustfilter to go over the fan.
  15. Here is some pictures of how I managed all the cables. I took some small Fractal Design fans and soldered together and put on the side of the harddrives to cool them down a little. Thats about it. After this I cleaned everything and took some final pictures of the build. Im soon gonna buy a better camera so I can take some better pictures and I will post them here later. But here is the final pictures Ive got right now. So thats about it. I know many might wonder why I dont have any intake for air. But Ive tried the computer for a while like this and the temps doesnt get to high, they are higher than an normal computer but not to far. Its a HTPC and doesnt get that much stressed anyways. And air always get in there in some kind of way.
  16. Here are the LCD from LCDModkit.com I will be using in this mod, really nice little thing! What Ive done today is to change the feets to some smaller ones, installed the LCD, power/reset switches, some small fans for the harddrives and sleeved everything. Ive cleaned everything and put it all together. So Ill start with some pictures then. This is how the new feet looks like. Looks a little bit cleaner than the other big ones. I also got a nice powerswitch with a white LED ring. So I installed the LCD and the powerswitch on the frontpanel and soldered the cables and sleeved everything white. So this is how the front and backpanel looks like.
  17. Hello! This build started as a side project while I was working on my other scratch build, Cold Winter. But somewhere on the way I stopped, but now Im going to finish it. This is a HTPC/NAS build. The hardware in this has been upgraded along the way but I started with this: Asus AT3IonT-I Deluxe Intel X-25-V G2 40gb 4gb Corsair DDR3 Western Digital Green 2TB & 3TB And ended up with switching motherboard to this: Asus E45M1-I Deluxe I got the idea for this build when I was looking at some of the acrylic I had left from Cold Winter. Saw some nice shape coming. So I started cutting, and got these two acrylic pieces: The next thing I did was to put some feet on it, havent decided yet if I should get some smaller ones. Then I put the two pieces together with two small hinges. Glued the motherboard stand off screws into the acrylic. And sleeve the power cables for the drives. Some overview pictures. Next up is the front and backplate: Should I go for a powerswitch on the frontplate or hide it in the back? The cross is where Im thinking of putting it. Put some paint on those! (Sorry for Instagram picture) So this is how far Ive come. Dont have that much left to do. Install some small fans for the HDD's Sleeve everything possible to sleeve Drill holes and install a power and reset switch Grind down all the edges so everything fits Clean everything up and polish the acrylic With kind regards Johan Nyman Minimalistic PC's
  18. Well as of right now, I say this mod is finished. It has been a lot of fun to make a real casemod, I have of course built PC's in cases before, but not modded them that much, mostly been making scratchbuilds. But I learned a lot and I think there will be more casemods from me in the future. I was not really satisfied with my pictures so I took some more this morning from different sides and angles. Im going to talk to some friends who maybe could work on the pictures in Photoshop to make them better. I also want to say a big thanks to all my sponsors who helped me with all this. Wouldnt be possible without them! Support me and them by clicking on this links and checking them out. I want to thank Cubitek for providing me with the Cubitek Mini Cube. In my opinion the best mini-itx case there is! I also want to thank MSI for providing me with the motherboard for this build, the MSI Z77IA-S01. A nice looking black motherboard, perfect for this build. Im grateful for CDON.com. They helped me with the ram, a 2x4gb kit of Corsair Dominator Platinum. Be-Quiet! also helped me with the power supply, the Dark Power Pro P10 550W. Icemodz.com gave me a really awesome led-stripe to use, thank you Mundi! With kind regards Johan Nyman Minimalistic PC's
  19. Hello! I want to start by announcing another sponsor. Icemodz.com sponsored me with a white led-stripe to use to spread some light inside the case. Thank you Mundi! Nice sleeving on the cable too. Combined it with the pump cable. So I installed this leds today, would you like to see some final pictures? I HOPE SO. I feel like Im 98% finished, so here they are! I dont have any photoskills at all, so maybe you could give me some tips about that? Cause I would like to learn so I could take some better final photos. Advice? Other than that? What do you think about this mod? Im pretty satisfied with it, my first official casemod, I learned a lot and thats what I love the most. With kind regards Johan Nyman Minimalistic PC's
  20. Its been too long since I updated, so here it is. I have finished the loop, shroud and installed OS and so on. The last two things left to do is to fix some scratches and install some lights. I dont want to use a u-channel around the window edges and I dont really know if I want to have it like now either, maybe a frame in the same finish as the radiator grill? However, here are some pictures on how the case looks like 95% finished. I will probably get the lights next week so I will install that as fast as possible and then start working on the final pictures. MSI provided me with the motherboard for this mod, a MSI Z77IA-S01 and I got some sweet news regarding to this. Dreamhack Winter is now in the end of november and they have a pretty nice Expo there with a lot of big companies. I got the privilege to show this casemod at MSI's booth there. Its going to be awesome, I hope I meet some of you there. I hope that next update includes the final pictures! This is my first "official" casemod and Im really satisfied with it, I learned a lot. I still prefer scratchbuilds though. :rock: Ill be back! With kind regards Johan Nyman Minimalistic PC's
  21. Hello! It is time for another little update. I have been working on the loop a little bit, right now Im just waiting for the last three fittings then its time to fill it up! I also finished the shroud/psu cover. Got some time today to work on the window too, just need to file and sand the edges. Installed two fillports to the shroud and painted it black. This is how the full shroud looks like, I like it! This is how Im going to run the loop. Only thing left is from the CPU to the RES and down to the rad. I also started working on a window, this is the layout Im going for. Just need to trim the edges a little bit. What do you think? The only things left to do is to fix the paintjob, finish the loop and fix those edges for the window. Almost done with this project, feels great! With kind regards Johan Nyman Minimalistic PC's
  22. Time for a little update. I received the last hardware this week. Some Noiseblocker fans and a EK X-Res 100 DDC. Really love these fans. 2x 120mm and 1x 92mm PWM versions of Noiseblockers Blacksilent. Really fits this mod, still looks very clean though. This res pump combo is really nice too. I modified a DDC plexi mount from XSPC to install it in the case. This is how I will run the loop. Im going to finish the shroud and add some fittings to it to get the tubes through it and down to the radiator. Really love these Noiseblocker fans! This is also how the cable management will look on the inside. And here is the finished cablemanagement in the back. Im pretty satisfied with it now. The molex is for the 18W DDC pump. Dont have much left to do before this project is finished. Clean the case. Repaint. Finish the shroud. Finish the loop. Window? What do you think about a window mod? Do it or dont do it? Full window or a smaller one? I will be visiting Dreamhack Winter in november to show this project and my earlier build CURV3D at the Expo they have there for a sponsor. So Ill hope I see some of you there. I also want to thank Bit-Tech for nominating me to Mod of the Month August. Go and vote for your favorites! I am also hosting a modding contest for those who live in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland at my website. Check it out, got prizes from Bitfenix, Cubitek and others. With kind regards Johan Nyman Minimalistic PC's
  23. Today I was nervous while modding, why? Because I was soldering cables to the pcb of my GTX 460. Now why did I do that? Well this is a small case, the GPU is 210mm long and the PSU 170mm, so from the powerconnector on the GPU to the PSU isnt long, why route the cables around the back of the motherboard tray and to the GPU when I can go straight to it. But soldering on computer hardware isnt my every day thing, but, I started it up and it was no problemo! Here you see how close it is between the two. I also added some p-clips to support the cable management on the back and made a ssd cover out of the spare material from the fan holes in the frontpanel. Well what do you think of this casemod this far? Give me some criticism! With kind regards Johan Nyman Minimalistic PC's
  24. Hello! Im back for a little update. This is what I have done so far. Painted the case Fixed the cutout for the radiator Changed to MDPC black M3 screws Done some sleeving and shrouds Primer Add some black to that! This is how it looks. What do you think? All black and empty. Shiny! Although I have some sad news, I have to drop the chromed copper tubing. I cant manage to get it working with the loop in this case, its too small for me. I having problems even with regular tubing. I still think it will look good, I will use regular transparent tubes with regular water to keep it clean. Keep checking in! With kind regards Johan Nyman Minimalistic PC's
  25. Oi! Update is here! Today I made the cutout for the front fans and radiator, just some filing to do left. I really love this radiator grill! I also made a shroud that will cover the power supply and pump. Thats all for tonight, Ill be back for more in a few days. I have a lot of fun stuff to share. I have many new ideas! Stay tuned! Johan Nyman
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