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Hi all! So 2016 is off to a great start thus far. The world series is a great time of the year for me, as I get to share my passion with all of you around the world and to also see the inspiring mods that all of you are creating! :grin:

 

So to start things off for my mod, it will be a tower mod this year.

 

The case is a Cooler Master Cosmos SE, I decided on this chassis, as I believe that it encapsulates the main visual aspects of the Cosmos S or SII without being as large and cumbersome.

 

The hardware for this build:

Case: Cooler Master Cosmos SE

Motherboard: Asus ROG Maximus IV Gene-Z

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770 3.4GHz

GPU: Gainward Phantom 3 GTX 580 3GB DDR5

RAM: Kingston Hyper X Genesis 2x4GB DDR3 16000MHz

PSU: Raidmax 1200W

HDD: 2x Western Digital Green 2TB

Mouse: Cooler Master CM Storm Reaper (Proudly Provided to me by Cooler Master South Africa)

Keyboard: SteelSeries Apex [RAW]

Monitor: Philips 27"

 

The theme that I will be using for this mod, is inspired by the awesome Steam Punk! :grin:

 

*Note I will be using a custom water loop for this mod.

 

Below are the standard images of the chassis:

 

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As you can see, clean case out of the box! :grin:

 

Now some of the hardware... 8)

 

PSU: (I love the box that it was sent in)

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GPU: I know that it is an old model, but I am happy with its performance!

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Water cooling parts:

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The CPU Block:

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Motherboard with the new CPU waterblock on:

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So let's get started... I installed everything into the chassis so that I can check spacing, clearances, etc. as part of my planning process.

 

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Installed the water loop and did the usual paper towel leak tests! :happy2:

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Some closeup goodness...

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I positioned the triple 120mm XSPC radiator within the chassis for two reasons, the primary one being that it was the easiest as I wanted to use the existing 3.5" hard drive mountings at the bottom-front of the case, which also ended up doubling as a radiator stand. The second reason was that I did not want to externally mount the radiator.

 

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Below you can see how the system looked as standard.

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Now time to get modding...

 

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Sorry for the gap in the updates! But here we go:

 

The theme I have decided to go with, is a steam punk and rusted brass appearance.

 

This is my reference for the textures that I am going to hand paint for this system:

 

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And here I have started painting the surface of the machine:

 

On the Cosmos SE it has a great looking grill at the top of the chassis, I decided that this will add a unique look, especially with the mesh over it :toothy8:

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(I started to work with the top of the case).

 

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I then decided that with the above references (to rust), I wanted the machine to resemble something of the ocean that had years and years of water running down from it.

 

More to come!

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Some more modding goodness from Sphinx Mods!

 

Alright, so I decided that the texture that I have applied to the surface of the Cosmos SE is perfect for this theme, as it is physically different, and in turn literally feels different to the touch.

 

Here is a detailed shot of the top fan cover of the Cosmos SE:

 

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This is what the machine looked like before I added the gold detail to the chassis:

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A (not so) clear close-up of the gold detail:

 

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A shot where I added the final amount of detail to front side:

 

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A closer look at the front I/O panel:

 

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Here is a front shot of Envy in all her glory:

 

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More to come...

 

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Hi all!

 

I have finished the Envy mod! This project has been a real pleasure to work on, and it needs to be said... a Tower Mod always looks better when it's in a Cosmos chassis!

 

Please see the final images of the system  in all its glory! Enjoy.

 

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And the final banner of Envy:

 

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