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Project Vein - 21 September

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Hi everyone,

So I decided to treat myself on custom watercooling and do a little bit of modding. The idea is to "fix" the design issues with my case and after I am done it should still look stock. I have been out of the game too long and thought rather than upgrading to a 2080 I would custom cool my 1080ti.

The case:
So I am using the corsair 500D for a few months now, a nice case, but there are a few things that bothers me that I am going to address in this mod.
1. There are no grommets for the pci-e power cables and 24pin bend it too tight so I want to add a grommet there as well.
2. The top exhaust is ok, but I am going "lift" the back of the cover by 1cm to increase exhaust airflow.
3. The window gaps are a dust magnet, so I will be covering that up
4. Lastly, I want to mod to top fan mount to support 360mm radiators instead of the 240/280. This only require drilling of mounting holes and cut out to increase airflow.

The hardware:
EVGA 1080ti FTW Hybrid
Aorus X299 Gaming 3
Intel i7-7800x
Kingston Savage 3000 4x4Gb
2 x Samsung 960 evo 512Gb
1 x Samsung 950 pro 1tb

The cooling:
EVGA Hydro GPU block
EK-KIT 360 RGB
EK SE360 + vardar evo (yes SE, that all that can fit on top)
HDC 12mm hard tubing

So where does the Vein fit in? Well the idea to to use blood red liquid and then configure the pump RGB to "flash" a heartbeat effect. I then want to see if it is possible to change the effects based on temperature and then increase the "heartrate" based on temperate.

EVGA Hydro block for FTW3


Case top cover "lifted"


Grommets dremeled and installed. Off-The-Chart Off-The-Chart thank you for sponsoring the grommets



First ever test bending PETG
 
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Cables by Beyond Customs

 

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now they can gather dust by someone else :p
 

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EK nvme heatsinks


 

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See Corsair, was that so difficult to fix the side panel gaps?

R15 windows seal tape.

 

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Just some random pics as I go along. The LED strips come from two Phanteks Halos which I stripped and glued into place. What is nice is the strips measure only 2-3mm which makes is thin enough to mount anywhere without being to obvious.

 

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Unfortunately the couriers did not deliver my ek rgb kit, so I will only be able to finish the build next weekend.

Also, I could not find stock of a SE360 radiator, so I decided to go with a SE240 + PE360. I guess it should still be enough.

Vinyl cutting also delayed, so that will done next week. Here are some new pics with my progress.

 

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As for thermal compound I decided to go for kryonaut. Weren't sure between hydronaut and kryonaut, but decided on the latter.
 

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Finally, the goodies arrived. Now I can start building again :)

 

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Just some pics as I progress

 

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