Build Log - Virtual Cosmos
Hello everyone! I've recently started a new build and thought I would share the progress as I go. I spent a lot of time debating which chassis I wanted and ended up going with the Cosmos II. There are many cases out there that fit more in them with little to no modification but I couldn't get over the sleek look. With this particular build, I'm leaning more towards the design and sacrificing a bit in potential crazy overclocking performance. Ultimately, this build is intended to be my plunge into VR gaming. Let's get started.
(rolling parts list)
Case: Cosmos II
PSU: EVGA SuperNova 1000 T2
Cooling Control: Aquacomputer Aquaero 6 XT
- EK-CoolStream SE 360 | 6x EK-Furious Vardar FF5-120
- EK-CoolStream XE 240 | 4x EK-Furious Vardar FF5-120
- EK-CoolStream CE 140 | 2x EK-Vardar F3-140ER
- EK-CoolStream WE 180 | 2x EK-FAN 180 PWM
The Cosmos II is an awesome case but there's a lot of stuff in there I have no use for. Basically, if it was inside and could be removed, I did.
And then I got out the drill and took out rivets. I removed everything to try and keep it from getting scratched up.
So much more room to work with!
I gutted everything out except the front ports. I removed the main "brain" and JB Welded the top sliding cover shut. I have no use for the built in control system and I can put power and reset somewhere else.
UPS held my radiators and fans hostage for 2 weeks but they finally came! I'm attempting to do push-pull on everything.
EK-CoolStream SE 360 for the top
EK-CoolStream XE 240 for the bottom
EK-CoolStream CE 140 for the back
EK-CoolStream WE 180 for the front (because why not?)
The holes didn't like up 100% so had to make some new ones. Not pretty but they'll be hidden. Had to scoot it forward ever so slightly to fit the rear 140 push-pull in too.
So apparently the original fan had strange spacing so I just cut the whole thing out.
Turned out well.
Fits! Might end up doing something different in the end if those gaps bother me enough. We'll see how it looks when it's lit.
Three fans holding the radiator up through the top.
Still looks the same on the outside so far! Not sure if I want to paint anything yet.
With all the drive cages removed and nothing in the front, there's the very large hole in the top of the case. I spent a lot of time debating what I wanted to put there. At first, I thought maybe a touch screen. Maybe I would do just the fan controller and cover up the rest. But then I thought, why put anything there at all?
The Cosmos II doesn't have a side window, but that hole is big enough, I'm going to make it a front window.
And there you have it. More to come