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Hi, to start off I completely reworked this nzxt source 220 case with a new front housing 3 fans and removed the drive cages and made an acrylic battery cover backlit with an led strip.

I added water cooling and this is my first attempt to bend rigid tubing, I think it turned out pretty nice.

I have also picked up a laser cutter and have created the video card backplate.

As far as compnents go I picked up stuff here and there when they were on sale and slowly pieced it together. I am running widows 10 from the ssd and storage is on the HDD.

hope everyone likes it, I know that I have had fun making the new tubing and the backplate!

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  • 50 months ago
  • 6 points

Damm, this should be featured.

  • 50 months ago
  • 5 points

The aesthetics of the water cooling make it look at least 3 times as expensive.

Great budget build. Also, nice case modding.

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks alot!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome.

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

This build is really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, cool.

+1

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol really

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice work, the custom loop looks good.

Very nice idea on the LED base, gives a nice even glow all over. I hope this gets featured, nice way to show a build not with the typical 980Ti / i5 / i7 pay alot of attention to aesthetics still.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I am actually working on an i5 with an evga mobo and this will be my first intel.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

First, nice build!! I love the custom acrylic work. Can you comment on going with the GTX 950? I'm just curious.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I have yet to play anything on it, my daughter has been playing minecraft and well you know that works well for that game lol

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

WOW the front panel looks amazing!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Very cool, love the white and black builds and the water cooling with the hard tube pipes really sets it off, am hoping to do something very similar to my own build in the not so distant future.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

beautiful budget mods! this is refreshing then those usual 2k+ exotic water cooling builds. mad props

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Your right! I have more into the build if you include the water loop and mods to case but still wouldn't think it would top 1k total. Thanks

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

NEXT LEVEL

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Right on!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I can make a pc look pretty damn clean, but it will be a while until I can forge something like this!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

DAMN!!!! That looks amazing great job!!!! +1000

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude I'm in awe! I thought I did some nice mods but this .... I need to step up my game now!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats great! I say mod something out of your comfort zone and I bet the end product wll rock!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'm already planning some upgrades and more mods! Waiting for Thermaltake to respond to my email so I can order a new front mesh! I'll repost in a few weeks once I've completed my upgrades/mods.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet I will be looking for it.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

A e s t h e t i c

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Hate to see a running total of how much time you put into this build ....

Thanks for Sharing !!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Too much time , and my wife yelling at me cause I haven't folded the/any laundry lol but she supports my projects most of the time. Well I did build her one too...

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! I love seeing rigs that are beautiful and perfectly powerful while also not having 69 Titans in SLI and costing more than a college education.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I think I wouldn't have much pride on a build that I just bought the most expensive components money can buy and throw it together and say look what I did so I make the most of what I can get my hands on on my budget and mod everything ....

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

This is so cool! I almost hate you for how cool this is.

I have a few questions, if you don't mind. Did you make the plate in picture 24 with the laser cutter? Did you learn this yourself or did you have some experience with stuff from school (like are you a mechanical engineering major)? What laser cutter do you have and what program did you use to make the designs for the cutouts (if you used one)?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Pic 24 was done today when I just made the backplate, the laser cutter is the 366.00 dollar china laser you can get off ebay and I used photoshop to create the template and imported that file into laserDRW which is the program that came with the laser, no school or trade on th8s stuff just a desire to learn the skills on my own. Thanks

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Funny to see the budget parts with such beautiful cooling.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, and even the water loop is budget except the 240mm rad ohh and the 4 primochill rigid fittings are the only name brand cooling parts.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Build looked familiar so I did some searching, looks way better with rigid tubes. Also nice to see that the Bykski cpu block held up over time, I wasn't willing to try them before but if I ever need a cheap block I know what to do.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Good catch on the build, I reused the case from mu last build but changed all the components and added the rigid tubing and the gpu plate. I built that last pc with the intentions of selling it but no one wanted to spend the amount I had into it with all the case mods and water loop so I gutted that last build and put its contents in an unmodded case and sold that, I ended up with this case empty and figure I was stuck with it so its now my third pc in home , I use my corsair 450D build and my wife uses her pink nzxt build and my 3 1/2 yo daughter is now using this build to play minecraft on and I may play the minecraft when she isn't looking but don't tell her lol.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Your secret is safe :p

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

If this is not featured...there will be a RIOTTTTT! Best looking $600 range build I've ever seen :)

+1

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

You built a fabulous case. Great job +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks , much appreciated!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

What water cooling kit did you use? +1 also

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

cpu cooler http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Bykski-CPU-water-cooling-block-mico-water-way-liquid-block-shining-LED-A-MD-version-BYCY04/32334854525.html

Reservoir and pump http://www.aliexpress.com/item/189mm-cylinder-water-tank-SC600-pump-all-in-one-set-Maximum-flow-600L-H-computer-water/32225238339.html

Radiator http://www.amazon.com/XSPC-EX240-Profile-Copper-Radiator/dp/B0067LW8RY

and the tubing and fittings ect thanks

Just a note that these components have been very solid and work perfectly, i am just saying this because ppl have looked down on the cpu waterblock and pump/res for being china made but they are very good .

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm doing a build and the custom loop looks amazing. Love it :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude that is just bad ***, love the purple/pink and white combo, really pops.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Could I pay you to make me a backplate?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I love to but would need to know the cards pcb dimension or you could tell me the card and i will see if I can get the info from the net

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, my card is the EVGA GTX 970 ACX 2.0+, note the "+" as it is a different version with a longer PCB, I believe EVGA makes a backplate for it, but it has been out of stock for a while.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the evga gtx 970 ssc on my main rig I wonder if its the same layout

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it is slightly different.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Let me look into it and get back to you.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

try v1tech.com they make backplates for all the popular models.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, too expensive though.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah like $40

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I had just made a 970 backplate and had taken these measurements from my GTX970 acx 2.0 ssc 250MM x 107MM can you see if these measurements match up with your acx2.0+ card if you are still interested in a custom plate. thx

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

My card is slightly different, I linked the page.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

for me MSI R9 390 as I'm about to upgrade my 380 so I can go 1440p

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How much did your laser cutter cost you? Also what is the top of the back-plate made of ? It looks like metal

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build! All the custom details you added...dope!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Question for ya, I have the same Mobo, does the heat sync directly below the CPU get noticeably hotter than the one to the left of the CPU? Also, very nice build, quite pleasing to look at.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the south bridge does get warm and I have no idea why, I have an asus mobo one of my other builds is noce and cool but this msi... wish I could tell you why.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

where'd you get the side panel window. i wan to get this case and show off my work, that is when i get the money

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't remember where I bought the case but it came with the window, I do remember searching specifically for the 220 windowed case though , must have been either amazon or newegg.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

thx, i found the windowed version a few minutes after i asked where you found it

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

this build is so beautiful, +1 man.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it rly water coled or decoration ?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it is really water cooled and solid, we use it daily and is a great pc.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How many fan headers on the mobo?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe that there is 5 fan headers, I have 6 fans and the cpu water pump. The vpu wster block is on the cpu header and the front 3 fans are all connected together with splitter and the other 3 are connected to fan mobo headers .

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like how you used the case badge that came with the motherboard. i'm getting the same one and I might do something like that.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Nice Build. I want to mod and make a windowed case to my NZXT Source 220 maybe in the future.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

question your CPU its compatible with your motherboard or did you have to change something in your bios

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I did nothing and it worked right out the box so to speak without issues!

  • 50 months ago
  • 0 points

Your liquid cooling looks nice but the money you spent on it should really have been used on better parts, GPU, PSU and probably CPU

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I hear ya,the actual money I spent, 119.00 on that gpu, 25.00 on the ram and 20.00 bucks on the psu, My intentions were NOT to build a budget busting pc, but to put a nice one together with decent parts , personally the only thing in this rig I would even consider changing would be a 4gb gpu down the road. I think it's been proven that memory has little effect on game performance and I have used evga psu's 5 times now and have had great results. why would I put Corsair Dominator Platinum memory, 980ti gpu, and a fully modular flower psu in a 40 dollar case...

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  • 50 months ago
  • -2 points

And the picture of the final build is where?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The first 10 or so pics is of the finished build then pics of the construction of the build. I haven't taken a picture with the side panel on or the front grill filter yet but will get them uploaded. Thanks

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I am no where close to manually overclocking anything at this point but maybe in the future I will learn to do it.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not have to do an update, i did however check that the bios version was the current one and it was.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the comments! I haven't tried overclocking it yet but plan on trying to at some point.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!