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(tower mod)PCs4VETS Medals Of Valor "SCREAMING EAGLE"


PCs4Vets is a IRS registered 501 © (3) charitable organization and a registered SDVOB that refurbishes computers and then donates them to veterans and their family members, along with FREE educational training and software.


Service Disabled Veteran Run 501c3 foundation hiring Service Disabled Veterans to refurbish computers for Service Disabled Veterans.

Being a Charitable foundation and this a auction build, most of the products used are sponsored in this project.

Inspiration for this creation is VALOR in battle honoring the courage, merit and gallantry of our soldiers.


CASE: Cooler Master Cosmos II

MOTHERBOARD: ECS Golden Board Z77H2-A2X Black Extreme

CPU: INTEL I5-3550 LGA1155

RAM: Kingston 16GB Quad Channel DDR3 - 1866Mhz Memory

GPU: ECS Black Series GTX 680 (the only one in the world, they decided not to market the card)

PSU: ECOMASTER ENERMAX sponsored a LEPA G1000 Power Supply

SSD: Intel SSD 320 Series 160Gb, Corsair Force GT 240Gb

DVD: Compaq Presario CQ50 SATA Laptop CD-RW DVD-RW DL Lightscibe Multi Burner Drive AD-7561S

USB ADD-ON: NZXT IU01 Internal USB Expansion Board


CPU: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme Closed Loop

GPU: Dual fans on Card Shroud

MEMORY: Kingston HyperX KHX-FAN-B Cooling Fans

FANS: 4x Ecomaster LEPA Blue Chopper fans, 4x Prolima Tech Blue LED 140mm and 120mm 1x Coolermaster 200mm case fan

FANS: Scythe SY1212SL12H Slip Stream Slim (Under radiator push side fans fix)

CABLES: Corsair Professional Series Black Sleeved extension cables (I may sleeve some of the cables)

CUSTOM: Blue Hexis Di-Noc

CUSTOM: 3M 3D Effect Carbon Fiber Di-Noc

CUSTOM DECAL: Lethal Threat Rip and Tear Eagle with Flag see thru

CUSTOM EMBLEM: Replica U.S. Army Medal Of Honor

CUSTOM EMBLEM: Silver Star Tribute Coin

CUSTOM TRIM: Gold Automotive molding

LIGHTING: NZXT LED Light Cable, 2x LOGISYS 12" Blue Cathodes, 2x LOGISYS 4" Blue Cathodes

KEYBOARD: AZIO Levetron Mech 5 Mechanical

MOUSE: AZIO Levetron GM533U Gaming Mouse

SOUND: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Computer Speaker system

Our concept design is to enhance the beauty of the Cosmos II by adding some color, a grill, improve the vent look and HONOR our Wounded Warriors.


This Custom creation will be auctioned and will pay to refurbish 30 to 50 laptops

The primary scheme is the Medal Of Honor. The GOLD and the Blue will be seen throughout but Bronze and Silver Stars will also be represented.


This project will be a team project and I will be adding to the following member list as they commit.

Reno Vatio - design partner and artist, from concept ideas, colors, design and most of all graphics, Reno is a graphics wizard. His logo will be added to jpg's soon.


Products so far include:

COSMOS II - Sponsored by Cooler Master


ECS Golden Board Z77H2-A2X Black Extreme




Sponsored: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme, Ecomaster LEPA Chopper fans.

I contributed and HUE for lighting


Sponsored: Kingston 16GB Quad Channel DDR3 - 1866Mhz Memory and a SSDNOW 200 128gb drive




Sponsored: AZIO Mech 5 Mechanical Keyboard


INTEL Sponsored: INTEL I5-3550 LGA1155 and a 160GB SSD



Sponsored: Prolima Tech Fans


Prolima Tech Blue LED 140mm and 120mm Tech Fans for the build


Prolima Tech PK-5 Thermal Compound

ECOMASTER ENERMAX sponsored a LEPA G1000 Power Supply


You paying attention?


The Build/MOD begins:


What do you mean I wasn't supposed to start the build???

I did a test layout and found a problem:


Now this is debatable, to do apush pull set up 3 or 4 fans here's the problem, what do you think?

Using a ECS Z77 Golden


and Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme

The only place to put a closed loop Extreme is upper inside case because the hoses will not reach the cpu from the bay underneath

nor will the 240 radiator fit on the back and the top cover does not allow enough clearance for push pull like I want here.

It wont fit above the frame and will only allow fans on top of the radiator due to memory clearence.

I think I can solve this problem with this slim scythe SL12H fan, I'll update when I know.


I was playing with a concept idea of the Screaming Eagle Shredding out of the front case behind the drop down slide panel.

so when you slide it down the eagle and talons actually come out at you with a sound effect of a eagle scream with it.

Well when I showed a few friends they joked: "does it come out every hour?"

I never thought of that imagery and decided not to do this, so go ahead and laugh, it's on me and my ideas:


Tear down:

I Plan to enhance the WING Image of the doors so the vents need to be on the upper not lower half of the doors.

I call this the LEETOOL, Lee Hancock inspired me to experiment with the doors and I had to create this to work the tabs in the doors.



The hinges and latches do not line up if you switch doors so I swapped the door backing and IT WORKS!!!


The vent section of the door backing will be cut out and swapped. The door with 4 vents will be cut to match the 8 vents and Lee Harrington has

a door backing section with the 8 vents so I can match up the vent look. The mesh will be taken out and replaced with acrylic with stars cut

out for vent holes, edge lit with golden LEDS for Gold Stars..

Depending on the looks after the vent cutting and experimenting I may or may not FLIP/SWAP/MOD the doors.



Clean the case with 91% Isopropyl Alchohol


I also ran the heat gun on high over the case and wipe down as I did to remove any other MFG. Oils and such

1st coating is a Adhesion promoter called BULLDOG. It's $$$


The Paint is Rust-Oleum Universal Rubbed Copper I call it Titanium Gold Flake

This is my kind of Tree decorations, one friend called it my COSMOS MOBILE:




2 coats, 48hrs, wet sand 200 grit, another coat, 48 hrs, wet sand, thin spray coat, 6 hours and VALSPAR clear coat:




The AZIO MECH 5 Di-Noc'd and minor tweeks....


Assembly Begins, MOBO mods AND THE ONE AND ONLY ECS BLACK SERIES GTX 680 in the world.



That Di-Noc has some really sweet effect, every angle it looks different.

Need some repectable BLING on the front grill: grill2.jpg


Above the grill is the slide down cover with matching Blue DI-Noc.

The star will be in the place of the CM logo.... and Might be a SILVER START (which is really gold)

If I can arrange to get one...


Break in the weather so I decorated the tree:

REPAINT after sanding it all off:


Solved the Radiator/Fan problem where the COSMOS II with a ECS Golden and ThermalTake Water 2.0 wont allow me to Push Pull

with standard fans. I put the normal Fan up top and used these New Scythe SY1212SL12H Slip Stream Slim Sleeve Bearing 120MM:


John Hanlon donated a 500MB Hard Drive and sent a prezzie with it, A Raspberry PI!


Look from down under of the only existing ECS GTX 680 in the world:


Instead of using a Actual Silver Star or Medal of Honor on the front cover door I chose to use this:


Front Door Panel:


Sleeved the Thermal Take Water 2.0 cooler tubes:



Added acrylics, light and a laptop DVD drive:



Needed a 3rd hand with the heat gun when doing the Di-Noc so I did this to my gun:


Decided to take the Blue HEXIS Di-Noc over the top:



Top, front, acrylics and added the gold molding on top..



Improved the "MOD" of the AZIO Mech 5 Keyboard with a few more details:


Next up is lighting, cable management and some MOBO mods...

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Very meaningful case mod that will appeal to loads of people, like the concept & hope the build goes well, it will touch many of those 'who have given the ultimate price'

Thank You Frozensnail, motivating words, In addition to a nice work giving tribute to those you speak of the auction will provide 30 to 50 disabled Veterans and their families with refurbished laptops. That is the real "touch" and mission here.

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I can't resist:



IT"S GORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Medal Of Honor replica will be mounted on the top slide door:

I filled in the space in the "VALOR" part so it stands out.



Testing mods for the MOBO, the ECS MODMEN contest gives extra points for a MOBO MOD:


If you think it's deserved, Please vote daily for it at the ECS MODMEN CONTEST: http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Activity/Modmen/vote.aspx?page=0

Added a VGA tunnel and it's amazing how much it improves air flow thru the GTX 680:



combined picture of front changes:


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DId a baseline/default settings 3DMark11 bench,

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5167975 SCORED P8981

I have no idea what's a good score and since my CPU is locked, all I can to now to play around, is Safely tweek the GPU/Video Card and monitor temps and re-bench, Re-install Windows 7 to the SSD's Raid 0 and Re-bench.

Also that VGA Cooling Tunnel that increases the air flow thru the GTX 680 will be spec'd out how well that works.

I have this extra CHOKE Heat Spreader and it seems to OVERLAY on the GPU just right over critical GPU chip and chokes but don't know if it would really do anything other than look cool, even if it is behind the VGA tunnel I want to know if it helps.





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Wasn't happy with the VGA Tunnel Panel so I worked on it today. It has the potential to add some style and beauty to the build so try to do it good. I still want to add a support for the GPU card, seems the card is fairly heavy and droops a bit from the cable corner, that's next.

I tried using logos from the boxs, I tried printing decals, I tried GOLD LEAF, I tried to cut stencils and paint but not happy.

I found some glossy, photo paper with sticky back sides. Found logos on the web, the Cooler Master GOLD was a tough one to find.

Had to use a photo of the CM GOLD PSU BOX, cut and paste, clean it up, size it and print. ECS logos and coloring were easier.

When I have time later I will add all the other logos for the build to it but didn't want to violate any rules about advertising, just wasn't sure.

Better to be safe


Not done with the MOD/Build but this is probably it until after the CM contest is over so I salute everyone and all builds in the contest.


I've learned a great deal especially with the MOD ZOO discussion and the pro/experts filling us in on things. I'm a real nuub, you can tell by the traffic my logs get and have much to learn but appreciate any guidance, tips, comments and suggestions I've gotten.

Thank You Cooler Master for the opportunity to join in the fun.

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