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    Cooler Master Cosmos SE


    Cooler Master: COSMOS SE

    I am a huge fan of the design styling of the Cosmos cases, and while all of the models have their pros and cons, I decided that I would start off with a smaller size case. The Cosmos II is probably the best case out on the market, in my opinion, but it is just WAY too big. I prefer the challenge of cramming a ton of hardware into a little space.

    Cooling

    Radiators: Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 360 and Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Fukk Copper 240
    Fans: EK Vardar 1150 RPM - EK-Vardar F1-120 (1150rpm) High Performance Liquid Cooling Fan by EK Waterblocks (Black color)
    Water Blocks (GPU): EK-FC980 GTX x3 - EK-FC980 GTX - Nickel (Original CSQ) - GeForce GTX 9x0 Series - Full Cover for Nvidia GeForce - VGA Blocks - Blocks
    Water Block (CPU): EK-Supremacy Nickel (EK-Supremacy - Nickel - Supremacy - CPU Blocks - Blocks)
    GPU Backing Plates: EK-FC980 GTX Blue x3 - EK-FC980 GTX Backplate - Blue

    Hardware Components

    Motherboard: ASRock X99 WS-E LGA 2011-V3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-538-_-Product
    CPU: Intel Core i7-5930K Haswell-E - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-403-_-Product
    GPU: GTX 980 (Reference Design) x 3 (3 way SLI)
    Memory: 32 GB of G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series DDR4 3000 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-822-_-Product
    Power Supply: Seasonic Snow Silent 1050w Platinum - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-145-_-Product
    SATA SSD:
    3 x 480 GB Intel 730 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-192-_-Product
    M.2 via PCI-E: Samsung XP941 256 GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-366-_-Product

    Design

    My goal is to keep the basic design of the Cosmos SE intact, while adding a custom twist, along with borrowing elements (and physical components) from earlier Cosmos cases. I plan on "reversing" the chassis to allow for the bottom "pretty" side of the GPUs to be exposed. This means that the normal front side of the case will now become the back side, the power supply will be top mounted vs bottom, and one of my radiators will now be mounted to the bottom instead of the top like in a normal case layout.

    The case is already stripped down to the bare frame. I will be posting some pics probably over the weekend as I am going to start cutting and I want to make sure I keep a photo log of the progress.

    Stay tuned...
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    I took everything apart down to the bare frame. Next step is to drill out the rivets and then send it off for bead blasting to remove the original powder coating. After I have everything down to the bare metal, I will need to spend some time drafting up some concepts. I want to make sure I am considering everything making a single cut.

    I have a really slick idea for how I am going to mod the front of the case, but I am not giving it away any time soon.

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    Don't make it too sexy, I might sneak off for some alone time with it at QC if you do...

    Seriously though, can't wait to see it. You gonna do the acrylic tubing on this one?


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    Quote Originally Posted by salty99 View Post
    Don't make it too sexy, I might sneak off for some alone time with it at QC if you do...

    Seriously though, can't wait to see it. You gonna do the acrylic tubing on this one?
    Yes, it will have acrylic tubing and two separate water cooling loops. This time I will have a lot more time to do my build. My last green rig took me about 2.5 weeks to build between tear down, stripping, painting/powder coating, and it turned out great. The extra time is going to help for sure.

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    I've seen Heavy's work. This is gonna get cool.

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    I am in need of an airbrush painter for my case. Any experience with that kind of thing heavy where you could recommend anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumble View Post
    I am in need of an airbrush painter for my case. Any experience with that kind of thing heavy where you could recommend anyone?
    Actually, no. I can do simple airbrush work (camo/patterns) myself with my little badger compressor and air brush. On my case, I wanted an auto-grade paint job, so I had a friend that owns a body shop for motorcycles paint my case and clear coat it. Even having a friend paint it, the total job between powder coating all of the individual small parts (18, if I remember correctly) and painting (10), I paid over $500, which was outrageous. Some of parts were difficult to paint as they couldn't be hung.

    The hardest part on my last Cosmos case was removing the paint from the plastic parts. The case came from the factory with a grey paint that had to be stripped off of pretty much everything.

    What are you trying to airbrush?

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    The first parts have been ordered. Before I can even begin my mock up drawings and fab design, I needed to get the radiators so I can mount them to the chassis to see what I am working around.

    Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper Slim Profile Dual 140mm Radiator - FrozenCPU.com

    Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper Slim Profile Triple 120mm Radiator - FrozenCPU.com

    I went with both Alphacool radiators, 360x120mm (front) and 280x140mm (top). Since I am using a mid tower case, I needed slim radiators. These are only 30mm thick, so I should be able to mount with push/pull setup with just enough clearance for the motherboard on the top on the 280 and save some space with the 360 on the front.

    More to come later this week.

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    Are you going to do any acrylic tubing or is it going to be all rubber tubing

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    Quote Originally Posted by SourceSkills View Post
    Are you going to do any acrylic tubing or is it going to be all rubber tubing
    Mostly automotive radiator hoses. All black vulcanized rubber with stainless pipe clamps. Heavy is going for that industrial look with this one. It's important that everything visible, looks like shit.
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