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Nickname: St.Jimmy's PC Modding
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SaaintJimmy/
Country: Italy

Hi guys! This is my entry to the MSI PRO MOD S5, hoping that all the white that comes from the Unicorn Gundam makes the mod eligible for the "Arctic" subject!

Specs:
Intel Core i5-6500
MSI Z170A Gaming 7
GeiL SuperLuce 16Gb 3000MHz DDR4
MSI GTX 970 Gaming
Kingston UV400 240Gb
Enermax Platimax 750W
NZXT Noctis 450
Enermax Apollish Red 120mm
Watercooling: Full Alphacool

I'm going to realize a mod inspired by the design of the Unicorn Gundam Destroy Mode. The base is an NZXT Noctis 450 but in the end it won't be recognizible at all :D

Special thanks go to my sponsors, Aquatuning and Enermax!





So, let's start with the worklog pictures! :D

First of all, some shots of the case as it comes out of the box.









First of all, I removed the feet of the case because it's going to be rotated 90 degrees!



Then I mounted them on the side that is usually the front of the case... here's how I managed to secure them...



Every cover inside the case is going to be replaced by custom-made parts, so I had to remove everything :D



And this is a placement test of the 360mm radiator. I will be using Apollish Red Fans from Enermax and the radiator will be covered by some plexiglass... this still is 0,001% done, obviously! 

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I wanna thank Enermax who provided me this amazing T.B. Apollish and Platimax 750W!





But I obviously wanted to modify the fans somehow :D



Do you like them white?



The scroll saw arrived so I started to cut the first panels...



This could look weird since as you can see it's going to be the mounting of the 360 radiator on it but you also can see that the panel is much larger than the rad... how do you think this is gonna be mounted? :D

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Drawing Gundam eyes and other details to allow the air to flow properly!



Cutting time...



Effect with fans on!



Drawing the other side of the panel... Gundam shoulder!



Cutting time pt.2 :D



Some other cuts for air flow!



And it's finally done! Some cuts for cable management and stuff like that are still missing, and painting too but I will do those things after some other ones!





This is the second package I got from Aquatuning. All the other stuff are gonna be showed soon! Again thanks to Aquatuning!

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Hooking system for the upper side of the cover: done! I utilized three strips of polycarbonate in different sizes and glued them together with Attak, in this way I'll be able to hook it to the cover without glue or screws anytime I want, and it will secure the cover to the mobo tray panel. Obviously I'm going to drill some holes for screws to have an even more stable mounting!

First piece of polycarbonate cut with scroll saw.



Details...



As you can see I used a shorter strip in the middle to allow the cover to slide into it!



How it looks...





Fit test!

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Finally the PSU cover is done!
I tried to detail it as much as possible with the intention of make it unique. Two separate pieces, different types of cuts like the vents for the PSU, window for the Platimax logo, bends, engravings and tridimensional details... I like it!:D

Drawing the 1st piece...



Cuts done!



Drawing the 2nd piece...



Cuts done!





And now let's add some details :D





Obviously this is waiting for the paintjob to be considered 100% finished, and it will be so much more beautiful, but I think I did a pretty good job with this!
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Finally plexy panels arrived and I did a quick lighting test (the plexy under the red one is designed to make light more homogeneous in the center of the panel too). Then I mounted them on three sides of the case. Obviously it's not done yet: I will put an aluminum layer on them with all the cuts which will show up the lit plexy, just like the Unicorn Gundam's Psycho Frame!
Check it out :D














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In the previous update I told you that I would've used aluminum over the red panel, but I rejected this idea right after I cut the first aluminum panel: due to the 0.5mm thickness, it was getting crumpled just looking at it and it would've been so difficult to work on it compared to the polycarbonate.
So, now we're seeing first cuts on the two top panels and the third layer/panel on the front that has to be bent on both sides and detailed with other pieces. I'm planning to get it done within tomorrow. The look will be fantastic once the red panel will be lit evenly!











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I will show you the motherboard which is an MSI Z170 Gaming M7, some material for sleeved cable extensions Alchemy 2.0 from Bitfenix, and my new Silhouette Curio plotter! Also I continued the work on the front panel and I did a test with leds. Unfornately, since the panel is not painted yet, the light passes through it so the lit cuts aren' that visible but that will be fixed in the final result!
Check it out! :D

















Also the SSD!

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Front panel unwrapped and mounted, Noctis 450's external panels fit test, they're going to be mounted with gas pistons or something like that to simulate Gundam cockpit. I've also made two little lateral panels for the top which will accomodate led strips behind. They're still missing some cuts because I wanted to see them mounted before!
Let me know what you guys think! :D

















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I mounted the two Alphacool reservoirs on the back, did some lighting testing and started the third rear polycarbonate layer.















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I completed the rear panels and did some lighting test, then I started working on the mobo tray and I made one single hole for every single sleeved cable, this way I can keep the cables tidy even without cable combs! I also made a little fit test for the components and also to try to get a cleaner idea of the tubing setup, so I started the tubing job and took the measurements for some bulk-head connectors. There's still so much work to do, tubing's not the last stage! :D























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Some custom painting work done on the components. Some more pieces to finish off and we're ready to install everything for TUBING TIME!!

















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Finally tubing is done! In the next days I'm going to finish off the panels that I still have to do, like the top ones, some details using polycarbonate, the hooking system of the Noctis 450's panels and we're pretty much ready for the giant paint job of every polycarbonate panel I made!

























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Here's some new pics of the external panels! Check it out :)















Extra pic of my cave :D

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Made a top-front panel which is gonna hold two Phobya button, one Power and one Reset. I also decided to put a Unicorn Gundam head (model kit) on this panel, and it will be lit as you can see in the pics. Almost finished the back side too, not very satisfied as it is at the moment but I think it'll do the job! Let me know what you think!













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I pratically almost finished everything and I still have to do the final assembly and a few details. Some photos here! :)























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I'll show you the almost final result. In all this time I built the slide side panels and assembled everything. Check it out! :D







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It's finally done!



MSI Z170 Gaming 7 with watercooled MSI GTX 970 Gaming!























































Thanks for viewing this project!
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Nice!
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