This is the second project I worked on. Maximus White was inspired by my previous build named MiTiS, a 760t build with entry gaming specs. Once I had the chance to sell the previous H60 cooler, I was introduced to custom liquid cooling. From there, I started experimenting and found out that custom liquid cooling is exciting both aesthetically and in performance. I spent the majority of my leisure time researching on the efficient thermal dissipation of my particular slim 240mm Radiator. The radiator was able to dissipate 403W efficiently. Stock TDP was at about 365W. So that's one of my worries down, what about the coolant? I've been using distilled water for awhile, and I wanted to see what was in the market. Soon enough, I stumbled upon Ice Dragon coolant-- a nano fluid coolant containing Zinc Oxide and other chemicals. I was sold; I got it and surprisingly my temperatures (you could see them on the right chart) left me speechless. Those numbers were peculiarly very exciting. Everything else fell into place for custom liquid cooling-- the gpu block, the tubing quality, fittings, reservoir, pump. Overall, I was very pleased with the final result, but I am still exploring for more efficient ways to reduce those temps to ridiculous levels.
As for the modding, I disassembled the corsair 380t, sanded the frame, and spray painted it glossy white. After all, my theme was black red and white (and yes a bit of brown...you gotta love Noctua). To be able to satisfy this goal, I had to disassemble the Sea sonic 860W wires and sleeve them blood red. Furthermore, I had to dremel the Hard Drive cage so that I can conveniently organize the cables to provide more room for the pump and reservoir. If you want to do what I did, Google SpiderBox Corsair 380t.
So yeah...that's about it. Any questions? Let me know! I'll be glad to answer
UPDATE 2/25/15: The second monitor finally came in and it looks really nice! Now I'm starting to contemplate whether or not I should get a third one of those. Realistically, I wouldn't need one, but it would look amazing. I would be able to play some games with three monitors. Any opinion on this guys? Also, our sponsored event will take place on Saturday March 7, 2015, so I will post high quality pictures on what changed. I might add some LEDs (red ones) since the bistpower GPU block specifically added 2 openings for optional LED installs. I might also add an arduino, so that the LEDs inside will react to sound, and integrate a xbox 360 receiver INSIDE of my case.
UPDATE 3/2/15: It's 2:03am and I've been working on something interesting you guys may like! A little hint, it has to do with wiring, sleeving, and soldering. I will be posting pictures once that's done, which should be completed this afternoon! Also, I would like to personally thank Ice Dragon Cooling for sharing my post on their facebook page. I've never received recognition before, and I am truly grateful to have these guys spend some time to review my build. Not only do they manufacture high quality coolant, the team also personally thanks you for using their product. Amazing...:D I'm so happy.
UPDATE 3/3/15: It's midnight and I've finally completed the wiring. I could of easily bought atx psu pins and crimped them to the cables, but I didn't have any available and couldn't wait a few more days so I decided to solder them together! Every wire was soldered at 30cm length. Once that was done, I learned a cool heatshrink trick from my friend. When you apply heatshrink, you burn it with a lighter until it darkens. Shortly after, you remove the heat shrink using scissors and voila, your sleeves are glued on to there and the heat shrink that makes them ugly is gone! After that, I decided that the PCB needed some work. Corsair had done a very unattractive job designing the case. The cables are unnecessarily long! So I decided to take out some add ons that I never use for the sake of keeping the case as clean as possible. USB header? HD audio header? bye bye! In will go the xbox 360 receiver. Stay tuned! (pics have been added)
UPDATE 3/12/15: I know I haven't posted any pictures in awhile..I've been waiting for the package of goodies to arrive. I have ordered a couple of high quality sleeves to replace the previous blood red MaxCords. Though I really liked the quality of those sleeves, I wanted to try Lutro0's sleeves. The quality of his product looks extremely more promising than the ones I already have. Not only is it harder to work with "shoe lace" sleeves, it also becomes a challenge to expand these cables while heat-shrinking them to prevent weird forms (bumps) when it's all been finalized. I will be working with 3 different colours for the cables: red, white and black! this time it'll look more aesthetically pleasing I hope :D will post progress soon.
UPDATE 3/17/15: I've finally received the package yesterday and decided to work on sleeving again, but this time with a little funk. I wanted my sleeves to have different color, so I worked with red, white, and black! Check out my progress I posted some pictures. Tomorrow's project will be to paint the Noctua fans red and white so stay tuned guys! Oh and I have finally gotten a new camera, so things should get interesting real quick.
UPDATE 3/19/15: Well things got interesting already... Okay so I did promise I would paint those mocha coloured fans of mine but before I did that, I had this wild idea. Why is the radiator sideways? Why couldn't it be somewhere else so I (and other people) can actually SEE what's inside of the case? Well now they can :D I posted some pictures of this new mod I was working on. I'm still not done, some things will have to be tweaked before I put those fans on the bottom after I paint them. What do you guys think of that new mod?
UPDATE 3/25/15: it's 3am and I'm glad to announce that I finally finished cutting and connecting everything together.. well for the most part. I've decided to cut back on the fan painting reason being nf-f12 series will be near to impossible to disassemble safely. I just wish they would make other colors but I can't complain they have great performance. I've posted some pictures of my progress at the end of the gallery. I quite like the new set up. I did install the rad on top, and put the pump onto the spiderbox.