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  • Project Dynasty - Oriental Red/Gold

    Hi everyone, It has been a while since I posted a build log.

    Dynasty is a project which I started back in the beginning of January 2018 and completed in early February 2018. It was initiated when I wanted to share the passion, and joy of PC gaming to my friends, families and wider relatives, and as it was coming closer to 2018 Chinese New Year during the time, I wanted to create an oriental red/gold themed build that will be passed around from friend, to neighbor, to family, in order to enjoy playing games on the big TV, to their desires, during the festive period.

    I haven't gotten around to writing up a build log of the project until today, March 2018, due to Chinese New Year holiday trip, but it's never too late right?

    Anyways onto the build log.




    Components Used

    The parts chosen for this build were mostly sourced from my old personal rig which has been parted out for a big upgrade coming soon. Others were gifted by relatives over at Taiwan.

    Case: In Win X-Frame 2.0 Red/Black
    Powersupply: In Win SI-1065W Anodised Red PSU
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus VIII Hero Z170 ATX motherboard
    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K
    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 980Ti Superclocked (Nvidia Reference Model)
    Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB
    Cooling: EKWB/Primochill
    Others: CableMod ModMesh Red Full Replacement Cable Set

    *SPOILERS*

    For those who are just interested in seeing the final completed build photos/showcase I have provided the links below. Otherwise, feel free to continue reading the build log for the full rundown of the progress/final photos.
    PCPartPicker Final Build Photos - https://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/Vn9J7P
    Short Build Showcase Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSSandneKI4&t=0s

    Thanks for checking out my build log, next update will be up shortly

    Cheers!

    Mack (DeeBeeCustom)

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    Quick Overview of Case & Power Supply

    The case for this build is the open frame In Win X-Frame 2.0 chassis in Red/Black. The case consists of a 360 degrees rotatable design and can be mounted vertically or horizontally. It comes bundled with In Win's Signature SI-1065W power supply in a nice anodized red finish.

    Here are some shots of the power supply & case.

    In the original velcro bag.



    Tempered Glass Side with etched In Win & 1065W Logo.


    Mounting Side with a gorgeous red anodized finish.


    Top side with black mesh, 165mm fan & a spoiler for aerodynamic properties.



    Amber Illumination of the interior when powered on.

    Mounted onto the chassis.




    Thanks for checking out this post, stay tuned for more.

    Mack (DeeBeeCustom)

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    • #3


      Keeping cables organised, tidy and hidden in an open frame chassis was an extreme challenge for me when starting this build. Acrylic pieces were constructed in hopes of covering the cable mess present in the rear of the chassis, along with aesthetical designs to the front of the chassis.

      Acrylic pieces for front and rear of chassis cut.


      Front Acrylic Pieces

      The front acrylic pieces were required to add more red contrast towards the build, along with include some oriental bordering elements/designs.

      Front acrylic pieces further cut for cable routing.


      Test mounting the front acrylic piece using CableMod Anodized Gold Thumbscrews to screw it onto the case.


      Front acrylic pieces painted in a light metallic red colour.



      Rear PCI-E brackets painted in the same metallic red colour.


      Front acrylic piece and pci-e brackets mounted all using CableMod Anodized Gold Thumbscrews.



      Rear Acrylic Pieces

      The rear acrylic pieces was designed as a way of hiding the cable mess in the back of the chassis. The pre-installed 3.5/5.25 bays were all removed on the chassis as to allow a flat surface for all the cables.

      Rear acrylic pieces painted and test mounted, a swinging door design is chosen.


      Oriental styled handles added to the rear doors to allow it to open and close.




      Chinese calligraphy letters are cut and glued to the rear doors along with oriental border designs.



      Overview Shot

      Quick overview shot of the acrylic pieces mounted onto the chassis.



      Thanks for checking out this post, stay tuned for more.

      Mack (DeeBeeCustom)

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      • #4


        The next stage was to begin painting and modifying the components to match the oriental red/gold theme planned. The aim was to keep the gold subtle to only the screws & fittings whilst having the majority of the parts in a red/black scheme. Amber lighting will also be used.

        Front IO Module

        Originally, the Front IO module of the X-Frame is mounted on the back of the chassis. However, due to the use of a swinging door, the module had to be relocated to the front part of the chassis. This meant the cables coming out of the module would be visible, hence the use of a all black acrylic shroud to cover the cable runs into the top most 2.5 inch slot opening.

        Front IO module


        Corsair Dominator Platinum Memory

        Next up was to change the original metallic silver heat spreaders of the Corsair Dominator Platinums into a dark metallic red colour. The plastic light bar module is also painted using a transparent stained glass ink to an amber/gold tinge. This should allow the memory to produce an amber coloured glow rather than the stock white.

        Heatspreaders and light bar painted


        Corsair Dominator Platinums Re-assembled


        Radiator


        The radiator chosen is the EK Coolstream Slim SE 360mm Radiator which will be cooled using 3x EK Vardar 2200RPM ER Black 120mm fans. Originally, this combo meant that the bottom portion would be completely devoid of red or gold, hence, the decision to take off the metal sides of the radiator, and apply the same metallic red paint as on the memory.

        Radiator metal sides disassembled


        Metal sides painted in dark metallic red


        Radiator re-assembled

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          CPU Monoblock


          The block chosen to cool the i7-6700K is the EK ASUS M8G Monoblock in black acetal style. This is a full coverage block that directly cools both the CPU and VRM/Mosfets on the motherboard. As the motherboard is mostly black in colour, I decided to paint the acetal portion of the monoblock whilst keeping the screws in stock black for a better red/black contrast.

          The EK ASUS M8G Monoblock


          Paint waiting to be dried



          Acetal portion re-assembled onto the block


          Motherboard stock VRM heatsink and armour removed for installation


          Monoblock successfully installed, looking good!


          Motherboard armour reattached and memory installed


          Motherboard installed onto the case


          SSD Modification

          The way in which I wanted the Samsung 850 EVO SSD & SATA data/power cables to mount, meant that the logo would be facing upside down. Now this was an annoyance, so I decided to paint the entire surface matte black in colour and attached a painted gold dragon emblem (which was originally silver in colour).

          SSD painted all matte black


          SSD with gold dragon emblem mounted


          Watercooling Reservoir

          The reservoir used in this build for the water cooling loop is the Primochill CRT D5 Enabled Reservoir/Pump unit with a D5 Pump attached. Originally, the compression rings come in a metallic silver colour. These are painted in a combination of dark metallic red and gold to suit the colour scheme of the build. A Primochill smoke flow indicator will also be added to the loop.

          Primochill reservoir painted


          Primochill flow indicator


          Reservoir mounted to case

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          • #6
            Graphics Card

            The graphics card used is none other than the EVGA GTX 980Ti Superclocked Nvidia Reference Design with an EK FC Titan X/980Ti Acetal waterblock attached. This waterblock is the same RGB modded block used in my previous D-Frame 2.0 build, however the front portion, backplate screws and rear IO bracket has now been painted metallic red.

            Front portion of GPU


            Backplate with painted screws


            GPU mounted onto motherboard supported by ASUS TUF Fortifier anti-GPU sag bracket




            Thanks for checking out this post, stay tuned for more.

            Mack (DeeBeeCustom)

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            • #7
              Great build!

              Look forward to seeing more!

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              • #8
                Want... more... updates!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by nickbaldwin86 View Post
                  Great build!

                  Look forward to seeing more!
                  Thanks Nick! will have more up hopefully by tommorow.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Administrator Johnny Gomez View Post
                    Want... more... updates!
                    Soon! they are coming =)

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                    • #11


                      Once the main components were installed, it was time to add in the finishing touches, water cooling loop and cables. Achieving a perfect level of cable management at the rear was going to be extremely challenging and time consuming, and since a door is already installed to cover most of the cables, I decided to just focus on managing cables in areas that are clearly visible and stash the rest in the rear.

                      Cable Installation

                      For the cables, CableMod offers full replacement cables for In Win Signature series power supplies. For those who are curious, all of In Win Signature power supplies are designed using identical internals/connectors, with the only differences being purely aesthetical in the power supply shell design. Therefore, a set of CableMod ModMesh Red SIII-1065W cables were ordered for the In Win SI-1065W power supply which, in my opinion, looks and feels extremely well made. This was purchased before CableMod released their Pro-Cables.

                      Cablemod ModMesh Red cables


                      CableMod standard cable combs painted in gold


                      24 pin ATX cable installed with one cable comb


                      CPU & GPU cables installed


                      I did not like the way the GPU cables turned out, so I decided to re-position them. Also an extra 24pin cable comb is added to the 24pin ATX cable to help straighten the cables more.

                      New GPU cable routing


                      24 pin ATX cable with 2 cable combs


                      Watercooling Loop


                      For the loop, 12mm Acrylic tubing with 12mm EK HDC Gold fittings were chosen. To my bad luck, I ordered 2 fittings short of what was required. Luckily I had 2 spare black EK HDC 12mm fittings which I took some time painting to colour match the gold. I also decided on using a parallel loop configuration rather than serial as it made the loop aesthetically more pleasing. Originally, the coolant that was suppose to be used was the Primochill Vue Powder Red, however, it never went into stock in Australia. Alternatively, I ended up using EK's Cryofuel Blood Red coolant which still looked extremely good. Final touches include adding in the flow indicator, XSPC temperature sensor and underglow LED.

                      Filling the loop



                      Primochill flow indicator & XSPC temperature sensor




                      Thanks for checking out this post, stay tuned for the final build photos.

                      Mack (DeeBeeCustom)

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                      • #12


                        Once the main components were installed, it was time to add in the finishing touches, water cooling loop and cables. Achieving a perfect level of cable management at the rear was going to be extremely challenging and time consuming, and since a door is already installed to cover most of the cables, I decided to just focus on managing cables in areas that are clearly visible and stash the rest in the rear.

                        Cable Installation

                        For the cables, CableMod offers full replacement cables for In Win Signature series power supplies. For those who are curious, all of In Win Signature power supplies are designed using identical internals/connectors, with the only differences being purely aesthetical in the power supply shell design. Therefore, a set of CableMod ModMesh Red SIII-1065W cables were ordered for the In Win SI-1065W power supply which, in my opinion, looks and feels extremely well made. This was purchased before CableMod released their Pro-Cables.

                        Cablemod ModMesh Red cables


                        CableMod standard cable combs painted in gold


                        24 pin ATX cable installed with one cable comb


                        CPU & GPU cables installed


                        I did not like the way the GPU cables turned out, so I decided to re-position them. Also an extra 24pin cable comb is added to the 24pin ATX cable to help straighten the cables more.

                        New GPU cable routing


                        24 pin ATX cable with 2 cable combs


                        Watercooling Loop


                        For the loop, 12mm Acrylic tubing with 12mm EK HDC Gold fittings were chosen. To my bad luck, I ordered 2 fittings short of what was required. Luckily I had 2 spare black EK HDC 12mm fittings which I took some time painting to colour match the gold. I also decided on using a parallel loop configuration rather than serial as it made the loop aesthetically more pleasing. Originally, the coolant that was suppose to be used was the Primochill Vue Powder Red, however, it never went into stock in Australia. Alternatively, I ended up using EK's Cryofuel Blood Red coolant which still looked extremely good. Final touches include adding in the flow indicator, XSPC temperature sensor and underglow LED.

                        Filling the loop



                        Primochill flow indicator & XSPC temperature sensor




                        Thanks for checking out this post, stay tuned for the final build photos.

                        Mack (DeeBeeCustom)

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                        • #13


                          Once the main components were installed, it was time to add in the finishing touches, water cooling loop and cables. Achieving a perfect level of cable management at the rear was going to be extremely challenging and time consuming, and since a door is already installed to cover most of the cables, I decided to just focus on managing cables in areas that are clearly visible and stash the rest in the rear.

                          Cable Installation

                          For the cables, CableMod offers full replacement cables for In Win Signature series power supplies. For those who are curious, all of In Win Signature power supplies are designed using identical internals/connectors, with the only differences being purely aesthetical in the power supply shell design. Therefore, a set of CableMod ModMesh Red SIII-1065W cables were ordered for the In Win SI-1065W power supply which, in my opinion, looks and feels extremely well made. This was purchased before CableMod released their Pro-Cables.

                          Cablemod ModMesh Red cables



                          CableMod standard cable combs painted in gold


                          24 pin ATX cable installed with one cable comb


                          CPU & GPU cables installed


                          I did not like the way the GPU cables turned out, so I decided to re-position them. Also an extra 24pin cable comb is added to the 24pin ATX cable to help straighten the cables more.

                          New GPU cable routing



                          24 pin ATX cable with 2 cable combs


                          Watercooling Loop


                          For the loop, 12mm Acrylic tubing with 12mm EK HDC Gold fittings were chosen. To my bad luck, I ordered 2 fittings short of what was required. Luckily I had 2 spare black EK HDC 12mm fittings which I took some time painting to colour match the gold. I also decided on using a parallel loop configuration rather than serial as it made the loop aesthetically more pleasing. Originally, the coolant that was suppose to be used was the Primochill Vue Powder Red, however, it never went into stock in Australia. Alternatively, I ended up using EK's Cryofuel Blood Red coolant which still looked extremely good. Final touches include adding in the flow indicator, XSPC temperature sensor and underglow LED.

                          Filling the loop




                          Primochill flow indicator & XSPC temperature sensor



                          Thanks for checking out this post, stay tuned for the final build photos.

                          Mack (DeeBeeCustom)

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                          • #14


                            Final Completed Photos

                            After the loop had been filled, it was time to take some final shots, so here they are!











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                            • #15









                              Link to showcase video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSSandneKI4&t=0s

                              Summary

                              Overall, this build was definitely fun and interesting to work with. Building in a completely open frame chassis posed many challenges when it comes to component selection, loop orientation and cable management as every inch of the build would be visible. I am satisfied with the end result, however, would have liked to try the Primochill Powder Red Vue Fluid and maybe rework the cable management on the rear to make it truly unique.

                              Thanks again for checking out this build log, and hope to have another one coming up soon.

                              Mack (DeeBeeCustom)

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