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04-17-2016, 01:10 PM
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❚❚ Diginate.com (https://www.diginate.com/) ❚❚
❚❚ bequiet.com (http://www.bequiet.com/en/) ❚❚
❚❚ FrozenQPCMods.com (http://frozenqpcmods.com/) ❚❚
❚❚ Gigabyte.com (http://ca.gigabyte.com/?f=g) ❚❚
❚❚ CableMod.com (https://cablemod.com/) ❚❚
❚❚ Phanteks.com (http://www.phanteks.com/) ❚❚
❚❚ ModMyMods.com (https://modmymods.com/) ❚❚


04-19-2016, 07:45 AM
The whole build log can be found at http://www.overclock.net/t/1596945/sponsored-the-duality-dual-system-godavari-skylake-in-a-phanteks-p400-updated-2016-04-19

05-01-2016, 03:07 AM
Small update. I should be receiving my Phanteks care package early next week :)
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/921/SZH2sK.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/plSZH2sKj)

05-03-2016, 05:56 AM
Quick and dirty test to see if my plan works, and it does, and it does wonderfully, and it shall be so! You'll get an idea what I'll be doing :)


05-03-2016, 04:45 PM
tease :)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/923/A3dim4.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pnA3dim4j)

05-05-2016, 08:21 AM
better tease :)

a lot of work coming this weekend!

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/922/2jvyub.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pm2jvyubj)

05-06-2016, 01:15 AM
Is cabling going to be turquoise when you are done?

05-06-2016, 07:22 AM
Is cabling going to be turquoise when you are done?

Nope, I'm aiming the theme of this picture. It's a Schizophrenic build with personality troubles of Intel and AMD.


05-07-2016, 05:08 AM
Dual System :)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/922/5Pg4wI.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pm5Pg4wIj)

06-06-2016, 10:03 AM
I want to say a really big thank you to CableMod! You have to try out their Configurator (https://store.cablemod.com/configurator/)!


06-14-2016, 12:24 PM
So I just put in a big order at MNPCTech stay tuned! :D

two vandal switches in black along (http://mnpctech.com/bulgin-modmytoys-computer-pc-power-reset-switch-mounting-plates-vandal-anti-resitant-lamptron/vandal-power-switch/)
with 2-pin connectors and one switch plate in black (http://mnpctech.com/bulgin-modmytoys-computer-pc-power-reset-switch-mounting-plates-vandal-anti-resitant-lamptron/2-pin-motherboard-connection/2-pin-motherboard-connector.html)
https://mnpctech.com/images/companies/3/black_anodized_bulgin_lamptron_mod_toy_vandal_pc_c omputer_dell_hp_power_reset_button1.jpghttp://mnpctech.com/images/thumbnails/280/210/detailed/1/2pin.mb.motherboard.connector.power.reset.mnpctech .com.jpg?t=1444221197

12x24 round modders mesh (http://mnpctech.com/case-mods-gaming-pc-liquid-modding-custom-computer-mnpctech-overclock-cooling-fan-grills/modders-mesh-perforated-aluminum-steel-honeycomb-grill-intake-front-fan-slotted-diamond-round-hex/)

Black pop rivets for the case (http://mnpctech.com/pc-mod-tools/pc-pop-rivets/)

PC Chassis pop rivet tool (http://mnpctech.com/pc-mod-tools/pop-rivet-pc-chassis-gun-riveting/)
http://mnpctech.com/images/thumbnails/280/209/detailed/1/install_pc_pop_rivets_gun_tool_size_black_silver_m npctech1.jpg

2* 12x12 red colored acrylic sheets (http://mnpctech.com/acrylic-sheets/)
http://mnpctech.com/images/detailed/2/red_colored_cast_acrylic_3_eplastic_perspex_tap_tr anslucent_window_sheet_9b6o-kt.jpg

6/32 – red anodized screws (http://mnpctech.com/screws-anodized-m3-m4-30mm-35mm-40mm-red-blue-green-gold-ek-alphacool-hardwarelabs-corsair-xspc/)
http://mnpctech.com/images/thumbnails/280/219/detailed/2/xspc_radiator_1_red_anodized_screw_6_32_rc_fastene r_express_swiftech.jpg

2 white 12 inch LED strip and one red 12 inch LED strip (http://mnpctech.com/pc-led-lights/)
http://mnpctech.com/images/detailed/1/red_darkside_dazmode_led_rgb_super_bright_strip_pc _dimmable_sleeved1.jpg

The ATX pin removal tool (http://mnpctech.com/pc-sleeving-psu-power-supply-atx-tool-white-black-pet-red-green-blue/pc-sleeve-tool.html)

06-14-2016, 01:03 PM
Good! MNPCTech are good peoplel. ;)

06-14-2016, 01:25 PM
Indeed! Bill was a great help :)

06-15-2016, 07:33 PM
So this is what a Case Labs XL-ATX motherboard tray looks ready to be mounted to another case and transformed into ITX :) One more of these to come possibly!

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/921/hbvYMo.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/plhbvYMoj)

06-16-2016, 12:22 AM
I could use one of those (before you chopped it from a loin roast into loin steaks) as a test station. :D

06-16-2016, 04:26 AM
I could use one of those (before you chopped it from a loin roast into loin steaks) as a test station. :D

They're great to have!

06-19-2016, 04:18 PM
The top has a tab with a spot for two rivets initially, but I had to chop that down. Along with this, I brought the whole bottom of the tray and expansion slots up to the last expansion slots height. This, technically puts me at 214mm. Once I'm done the second one, this case will be dual ITX with both a removable tray. I'm keeping the trays up to the size of the CPU cutout on these trays for cable management. I'm also still debating of the orientation of both of these. I have the choice between both regular, both reverse or one of both and have windowed side panels on both sides.

The trays them selves are done, just a tiny bit of sanding left and the paint will come later on. The turquoise paint was only put on for drawing purposes :)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/922/ecLiNf.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pmecLiNfj)

06-21-2016, 01:07 PM
Alright guys, I need help deciding what layout I'll be using. I have my mind set on one, but I want to know what you guys think!

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06-22-2016, 05:00 AM
With the second ITX tray done, I've decided on this layout!

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/924/XAC15W.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/poXAC15Wj)
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06-23-2016, 08:17 AM
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So I just got a new sponsor on board! I'll let you guess who! (http://frozenqpcmods.com/) ;)

06-24-2016, 03:37 AM

06-24-2016, 04:02 AM
I like the layout!
Congrats on the new sponsor!

Are you going to have a divider panel between the two mobo trays? So when viewing through the window I am assuming each will have we only see the color scheme of that system?

06-24-2016, 12:15 PM
I'm considering it, but I'm not sure because of the amount of cable I'll have.

Anyways, thanks :)

Finished building the rear panel :)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/923/j1nmyk.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pnj1nmykj)

06-24-2016, 07:46 PM
Figured you guys would be interested in a bigger update! 5 hours of work = a new rear I/O panel. Only a small detail left, bonus points to who ever finds it! Also a bonus of my helper, she sunbathes more than anything though.

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06-24-2016, 10:14 PM
Coming along nicely, but our dog doesn't looks rather unhappy with color match. :D

06-25-2016, 03:46 AM
Coming along nicely, but our dog doesn't looks rather unhappy with color match. :D

She has her moments :P

06-27-2016, 09:39 AM
So I started working on the front of the case, behind the P400's front panel. The front of this case will be turned into exhaust. A spot for both 140mm and 120mm fans for the top and bottom of the case. This is part one of the bracket I will be creating for the PSU and power splitter. The PSU mount I'm using is from a Bitfenix Prodigy M. The aluminium sheet came from one of the Case Labs trays I butchered. No sense in wasting that high quality aluminium! :)

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06-29-2016, 02:56 PM
Only fools don't change their minds! Changed the power splitter orientation along with salvaging more Case Labs trays!

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/922/7ZMcx7.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pm7ZMcx7j)

I love this ruler, every modder seriously needs one!

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06-29-2016, 04:48 PM
And done! :) Only the mounting holes for the whole thing to the front panel and a better spacer for between the PSU and Power Splitter mounting plate!

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07-10-2016, 06:32 PM
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So I'm back from a week of vacation visiting my family :)

While home, I was talking to my father about my current mod and he said he found a few years ago, 4 lengths of aluminium square tubing that if I could use them, I could have them. Ends up, I brought around 448"++ of square tubing (Yes, that's almost 40 feet) of thick square tubing. I had to cut them in around 32"+ lenghts to be able to bring them in the car. These should help me quite a bit in my build!

I might be able to make more progress this week, I've spent quite a bit drawing out the front panels cuts this afternoon, so that's what you should be seeing next :)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/921/aNXVZs.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/plaNXVZsj)
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07-14-2016, 05:46 PM
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So, this is a huge tease of what's to come, I still have TONS to do, but the layout is visible. So will be everything. This will be the cable management of a life time but I've got a very good idea on how to manage it :)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/923/zH2ERz.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pnzH2ERzj)
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07-15-2016, 12:22 AM
Gotta love the back with everything but I/O openings and PCie slots being venting.
Good to see someone who know exhaust fans are not necessary. We just need good intake fans and exhaust venting. ;)

07-16-2016, 03:59 AM
Gotta love the back with everything but I/O openings and PCie slots being venting.
Good to see someone who know exhaust fans are not necessary. We just need good intake fans and exhaust venting. ;)

:) The thing is, since the PSU is at the front, i'll have to use it as exhaust! :O

07-16-2016, 05:32 AM
Doesn't really matter if it's exhaust or intake as long as other side can flow similar amount of air. :D

07-18-2016, 05:02 AM
Doesn't really matter if it's exhaust or intake as long as other side can flow similar amount of air. :D

From what I'm planning, it should be 4x80mm intake and 2x120/140 exhaust.

07-18-2016, 05:33 AM
If I'm understanding you correctly, you are doing back to front airflow.

80MM fans? That is about the same flow as 1x 140mm fan and probably a lot more noise.

If back is intake you probably don't need any intakes on it, just some good front exhaust fans.

07-18-2016, 06:40 AM
If I'm understanding you correctly, you are doing back to front airflow.

80MM fans? That is about the same flow as 1x 140mm fan and probably a lot more noise.

If back is intake you probably don't need any intakes on it, just some good front exhaust fans.

Both front exhaust might have a radiator, if not, they'll have good exhaust fans!

07-18-2016, 07:13 AM
I would think something like the PH-F120MP on or off a radiator would do a good job in front. Maybe push/pull just to allow lower rpm and sustain airflow, but that would require experimentation.

07-18-2016, 11:28 AM
I would think something like the PH-F120MP on or off a radiator would do a good job in front. Maybe push/pull just to allow lower rpm and sustain airflow, but that would require experimentation.

Chances are F4-120 Vardars will be used if a radiator is used, if not FF4-140's are going in the front.

07-20-2016, 09:27 AM
So, I with the square tubing aluminium, I made myself 12 of these, anyone care to guess what they're for? :)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/922/sDcqdA.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pmsDcqdAj)
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07-21-2016, 07:35 AM
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New sponsor! Welcome to bequiet! who will be supplying me with 4 of their 80mm Pure Wings 2 fans! These fans are gorgeous!

Product Page (http://www.bequiet.com/en/casefans/506)


07-22-2016, 06:47 AM
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Another new sponsor! This time it's Gigabyte with Two ITX motherboards! One for each system!

The motherboards

The Kaveri FM2+, ITX, GA-F2A88XN-WIFI along with the Skylake 1151, ITX, GA-Z170N-Gaming 5

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/924/toO8AS.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/potoO8ASj)http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/922/UODJSr.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pmUODJSrj)

07-23-2016, 12:21 PM
Look like it's coming along nicely.

07-25-2016, 05:25 AM
Look like it's coming along nicely.

Thanks bud ^^

07-27-2016, 11:50 AM
Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of update the last week! I will be however, be on vacation next week so I hope I can make a great big update for you guys!

07-27-2016, 04:24 PM
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I got these much faster than I had expected! :O

Thanks so much Gigabyte ([@]GBT-MatthewH[/@]) for the help! Without you this wouldn't be as good! Without further ado, here they are! :D The Kaveri FM2+, ITX, GA-F2A88XN-WIFI along with the Skylake 1151, ITX, GA-Z170N-Gaming 5!

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08-03-2016, 12:16 PM
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So I want to welcome Diginate.com to the party. They do all sorts of custom decals! Check them out! :)

Also got the BeQuiet! 80mm fans! They're beauts!

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08-05-2016, 08:13 AM
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So, I had a bit of free time this morning, I had the chance to cut both rear panel SSD/2.5" HDD trays! I used my trusty dremel with a small end mill :) These are done 100% by hand.

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08-05-2016, 03:16 PM
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Played around all afternoon with the cables, the red ones you see are the phanteks extensions, they are a bit thicker than the CableMod ones so they're hard to put in, but once they're in, they don't move, it's a bit of a trade off. I like it, but my thumb hates it. This is just a quick and dirty testing and preliminary cable management. I will need to get my Phanteks Power Splitter and PWM hubs back! :) Also two more fans to install eventually when the time comes!

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08-15-2016, 05:57 AM
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So after almost a week of planning, I finally drew out the bracket that will be used to hold both Phanteks PWM splitters, I won't reveal much yet, but I will be, as always, recycling a piece of aluminium salvaged from a Case Labs tray!

Also, I will be attempting to mod the PWM splitters so that they only use power from SATA because currently they're made to draw power from the 4-pin connector and SATA combined.

I had trouble with my last power splitter, but Phanteks came through and is sending me another of their power splitters, which I should be getting shortly, this will help me advance in the project a bit more!

Once all of this is done, I will need to mod one of the Phanteks CPU coolers to fit on the Gigabyte Z170N Gaming 5 because there's a bit of inteference with the WiFi module.

Since I removed the motherboard tray, I will need to make something to keep the case square, this will be made with angled brackets place in the bottom corners. Paired with two full plexi windows, the case will be structurally solid again :)

08-23-2016, 05:00 AM
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/922/2BLYOI.png (https://imageshack.com/i/pm2BLYOIp)

Sorry for the long delay without any updates, after a lot of though, I bought myself a 3D printer, this will help tremendously with my build. Stay tuned for more! :)

08-26-2016, 03:41 AM
3D printer!! I want 3D printer!!

09-12-2016, 09:42 AM
Dear forum followers and viewers,

I am sad to announce that I have to cancel my The Duality build. It’s for a reason that I cannot take blame, that I will explain to you in detail.

Some of you might have noticed the stall in my work. This, entirely, is because of the power splitter and/or PWM hubs from Phanteks. Back in May, the power splitter with the PWM hubs managed to kill 2 storage drives and my MSI Z170A Gaming M5. After 3 months of false promises and a whole lot of empty apologies, I received a reimbursement for these. The problem is that I sent back both the power splitter and PWM hubs so they could test them.

I’ve had false promises of them telling me I would get replacement parts for these items, but never did. They even confirmed to me these had shipped, but never gave me a tracking number and two month has passed since then. I am very doubtful they actually sent anything.

I really hope this does not tarnish my reputation because I have tried, at least once a week since the beginning of May to resolve this issue. I’ve truly used all of my resources and never wanted for this to end this way.

I also will not be selling any parts that I have been sponsored. If I have no use for these parts, they will be given away, for free.

My sincerest apologies,


09-15-2016, 01:05 PM
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/921/reOoJc.png (https://imageshack.com/i/plreOoJcp)

so, after pestering Frozen-Q relentlessly, we finaly concluded a design for a custom case to build in. The case base is the the Frozen-Q Apex mATX (http://www.frozenqshop.com/frozenq-apex-matx-case/).

This case will be modified to take in two ITX rigs, one with a full GPU and the other with just the motherboard AND two full ATX power supplies!


09-19-2016, 05:49 AM
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/921/reOoJc.png (https://imageshack.com/i/plreOoJcp)

One of two radiators done!

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09-19-2016, 09:27 AM
I love this ruler, every modder seriously needs one!

09-19-2016, 11:09 AM
I love this ruler, every modder seriously needs one!

I agree! :)

09-23-2016, 08:20 AM
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1024x768q90/921/reOoJc.png (https://imageshack.com/i/plreOoJcp)

I've been in great discussions with Frozen Q about the custom Apex mATX case. It seems that putting two full ITX systems and a full custom watercooling loop into an mATX chassis isn't the easiest task, who would've thought? ;)

That means,

Two ITX boards (One with a big GPU)
Two ATX Power Supplies
Two 280mm Radiators
Two (actually three) SSDs
etc etc. I think you get where I'm going with this ;)

Stay tuned! :D

09-24-2016, 03:28 PM
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Prototyping some new cable combs :) Expect to see more 3D printing!

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09-24-2016, 10:11 PM
I like these!
Almost as nice as Bill's ;)

09-26-2016, 04:48 AM
I like these!
Almost as nice as Bill's ;)

Wait 'til I put more together for the final build :)

09-27-2016, 04:56 AM
After much tinkering the best I can do with the 6600K is 4.7 GHz @ 1.488v load and 1565/8002 for the GTX 970 on Time Spy benchmark. As far as the 7870K goes, previously my best overclock was 4.5 GHz @ 1.5v with AMD Overdrive, but I can't wait to try it with BIOS overclocking.



09-28-2016, 08:51 AM
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We finally finished the design of the case. My creative mind goes crazy when I get to do customization. Cutting should be starting today! :D This is an as-close-as-you'll-get render of the case :)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/922/gVs0dx.png (https://imageshack.com/i/pmgVs0dxp)

09-28-2016, 12:01 PM
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I'll just leave these here.

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09-30-2016, 05:19 AM
Just to let you all know, I should be getting pictures of the assembled case today :) To not reveal too much the paper backing will remain (it's actually to protect it during shipping, but helps to not reveal too much :P

09-30-2016, 08:27 AM
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10-01-2016, 04:36 AM
I can't tell you exactly what but I've got something big coming. Something Pascal big from Gigabyte.

10-03-2016, 05:53 AM
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10-03-2016, 07:22 AM
Nice, where is mine? :p

10-03-2016, 08:57 AM
Nice, where is mine? :p

You need to make a build for that :P

10-03-2016, 09:35 AM
I have a build for that.
4x Phanteks, 2x Nanoxia, 1x be quiet! or 2x Fractal Design. Which one do you want it in? :D

10-03-2016, 10:08 AM
Primo with tons of water cooling ;)

10-04-2016, 07:48 AM
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Rear panel and bottom motherboard mounting location preview :)

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10-05-2016, 04:49 PM
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Preview of things to come!

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1024x768q90/922/Yd5a2R.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pmYd5a2Rj)

10-07-2016, 05:32 AM
So next week will be big. I'm getting my new video card (Thursday) and my case (Tuesday)!!

10-10-2016, 03:55 PM
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10-11-2016, 11:14 AM
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Big thank you to ModMyMods for the sponsorship. Really is a pleasure working with the guys over there!

I've updated the OP with the list of what they'll be sponsoring.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/923/j6CYOJ.png (https://imageshack.com/i/pnj6CYOJp)

Big thank you to ModMyMods for the sponsorship. Really is a pleasure working with the guys over there!

I've updated the OP with the list of what they'll be sponsoring.

2 * Alphacool NexXxoS XP3 Light - Acetal - Intel/AMD
Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 240mm
Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 280mm
Alphacool NexXxoS GPX - Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 M01
Alphacool VPP755 EisPumpe
Alphacool Eisdecke D5 Top - Plexi G1/4 - V.3
4 * Alphacool G1/4 Passthrough Connector - Black
4 * Alphacool Eiszapfen 3/8" ID x 5/8" OD Compression Fitting - Black 6-pack
10 * Alphacool Eiszapfen 45 Angled Rotatable Adapter Fitting - Black
10 * Alphacool Eiszapfen 90 Angled Rotatable Adapter Fitting - Black
4 * Phobya LEDready Twin 5mm Ultra-bright white 30cm - Black
20 feet of Mayhems 3/8"-5/8" (10/16mm) Ultra Clear Tubing
Mayhems X1 UV Blue Concentrate 250ML

10-12-2016, 07:47 AM
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10-12-2016, 02:25 PM
Build coming along nicely.
Loving that work on the case.
Nice parts and hardware list as well.
The guys from ModMyMods as very active in the enthusiast community. A good bunch.

10-13-2016, 04:55 AM
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This update doesn't need many words.

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10-14-2016, 05:57 AM
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Progress and planning is being made :) I'll try to make more this weekend and do some proper pictures. For now, I leave you with this.

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10-18-2016, 06:49 PM
the wonderful things :)

10-20-2016, 06:56 PM
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Care package from ModMyMods! :D

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10-27-2016, 04:52 AM
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Little update, things are getting done :) Lots of work to do with a two week deadline!! Tube combs galore :D

Also, it kind of hurts modifying a custom made case, but it needs to be done! :)

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10-29-2016, 09:27 AM
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Getting moar done! pump installed and plumbed. Missing a ST30 280 because I realized because of the Z170 board 8-pin location, it simply will not fit with the 45mm thick. Also missing the reservoir from Frozen-Q.

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10-30-2016, 09:24 PM
hi guys, it is terrible. not bad :D

11-06-2016, 08:41 PM
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Last picture update before the final shots! This build has so many cables, it's proving to be quite a challenge, with the help of my 3D printer, it makes it easier!

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11-13-2016, 06:47 PM
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Final update! I hope everyone that followed is excited as I am about this build, I really loved how it turned out! :) Cheers!

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11-21-2016, 08:47 AM
With my entry into the gigabyte 30th anniversary case mod competition, voting is now enabled for the "fan favorite" this enables you to win prizes too! You can select more than one build for your vote and you can vote once a day until the 19th of December!

Vote here! http://event.gigabyte.us/mod2win/vote/

I'd appreciate your vote if you think my build is worth it! :)

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04-19-2017, 10:28 PM
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