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Our good friends at Antec have issued us a challenge. Prove that you can fit a powerhouse system in a small footprint, and then fit a sizable all in one liquid cooler in it. Antec presented us with the ISK600M, a microATX cube style case, taking up a mere cubic foot of space. As the build goes along, and we start to work on the case, we’ll provide more insight into the functionality of the case and our opinion on it. Our first impression however, is quite good for a case that fits in the sub $100 range. I see a ton of modding potential ahead.
The main idea behind this build is going to be to incorporate a large amount of color into the internal structure, using red and orange acrylics and LED’s. Then we’ll drop some windows in the top and side. The brushed aluminum front provides us a great opportunity to etch a unique design. When a black anodized surface is etched by a laser, it will expose the bright, bare aluminum underneath, which can be a very unique effect. We’ll be going with a honeycomb/hex theme that matches our brand and website. Lastly, we’ll be dropping in a dual 120mm AIO Antec cooler to keep that Intel CPU cool while still being able to overclock it to a significant degree.
Now lets get to hardware. I’d like to thank all of our amazing sponsors here, as they’ve been a great help altogether.
- CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K
- GPU: nVidia GTX970
- Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97MX Gaming 5 mATX Board
- RAM: Patriot Viper 3 32GB 2133mhz
- SSD: 1x Intel Solid –State Drive 730 Series 240gb
- PSU: 750W Antec Edge Silence
- Fans: Antec 120mm White UFO
- Antec H20 Kuhler 1200
On to the build!
The first thing I did with the case was add a UV orange sub floor underneath the motherboard. The edges extend about a 1/4″ beyond the motherboard in all directions to add a highlighting element to the board.
Time to test fit the board, and it looks good. Once the UV LED’s are turned on, this should look excellent. Next, time to test fit the Antec AIO cooler. Pretty straightforward to mount, a little cramped to work with, but that mostly due to the radiator needing to be mounted in close proximity. All the fittings on the kit have a rotary action to them, which is excellent for being able to route the tubes in such a small space.
The original plan was to actually cut some windows into the metal covering of the case, however, I decided we could be more precise if we actually replaced that with matte black acrylic panels in place of the metal covering. This way, our windows can be much cleaner as well.
Getting the power supply ready for the case. The Antec Edge Silence is quite nice. I’ve had it running for some time now, and so far no issues at all with it running very cool and silent. The rubber mounting grommets are a nice touch and once installed look pretty good. The fan inside is also a white LED fan. Unfortunately this case doesn’t really allow for you to see the PSU, but from the back of the case, it’s certainly very bright. In a case where the fan for the PSU can be seen internally, this might be a pretty cool aesthetic feature.
First panels laser cut and attached to the case. Was as simple as marking the holes onto the metal frame with a silver sharpie, drilling and tapping them to 6-32 spec.
View from the other side and the top window installed.
Side window with all our sponsor logos.
Getting the RGB color changing LED strips ready.
Here you can the special window I made to showcase the SSD. The SSD is mounting to a simple acrylic L bracket that is made to be easily removable to access the inside of the case. To the right you can see the front panel, which does have quite a few connectors. You have the normal audio headers, power, reset, power LED, Molex for the blue LED accent bar below, the fan cable, and two USB headers. So I sleeved all of the power switch connectors UV orange and bound them together with some cable combs I cut, but the remainder of the cables will remain black since those will be hidden for the most part.
Here’s the front panel fresh off the laser. Special thanks to Dan Q for throwing together the design for me. To the right, we finally have a finished case!
Enjoy the final pictures! We’re going to get this set up and do some bench marking on it and see how everything performs. We’re really interested to see how this case performs from a thermal standpoint. It’s a lot of power in such a small space. This rig will be out on the road with us. Expect to see it at select LAN parties across the US starting in August.
Lets face it, every now and again you’re in the mood for change. You may be tired of the same blue themed system and want to go a different route. With our new flagship Cold Fusion water block, change is easy. Featuring 17 different colored inserts and 15 different colored mounting brackets, the possibilities are endless. Make it fit your theme exactly how you want it.
A simple micro channel design in a pure copper base plate provides for efficient performance in any water cooling system. As always, aesthetics play a big factor in our design process here at FrozenQPCMods, and we are proud to bring our design elements to a new facet of water cooling. The water block features a solid black acetal or cast acrylic CNC machined core housing with a laser cut inset acrylic piece. Dark Red, Dark Blue, Matte Black, White, and UV Green Inserts are included, and others are available separately. These can be changed out to match the color scheme of your case. Also features a simple laser cut acrylic hold down plate, available in a variety of different colors and finishes. Water block comes standard with two G1/4″ ports, barbs are not included with the waterblock.
Expected Arrival: 3/9/2015 **Prepurchase now to receive free domestic shipping (US only)**
Mounting Kit for both Intel (1050, 1055, 1051, 1366, 2011) and AMD sockets (AM2/AM3)
Dark Red, Dark Blue, Matte Black, White, and UV Green Inserts
Hello, my name is Steve and I have an addiction that has taken my time, money, and the last five years of my life. It’s hard to admit to you, a complete stranger. But I have an addiction … to cases. Every year I have to build another case, normally larger and prettier than the last. It’s a problem, but I hope my confession here will help me get the help I need. The last case I built is the case I am most proud of. It is called the Archon, and it is a case I designed specifically for people who like an extravagant case. Nothing about it is subtle, or streamlined, or toned down.
You can plainly see that subtlety is thrown out the window when you look at what you can fit in it. It’s capable of holding:
- One motherboard: ATX, Micro-ATX, and E-ATX
- Seven hard drives (3.5”) and an optional Hot Swap Bay (3.5” or 2.5” drives) in the top section.
- Two SSD’s, 2.5” or smaller in the center compartment.
- Two 5.25” bays
- Two triple radiators up to two inches thick plus a row of fans on each.
- Three 80 mm fans, one up top with the HDD’s and two in the center compartment.
- Two 250 mm FrozenQ reservoirs.
- Two Pumps (I’m using DDC’s)
Plus all of the customizable features. It has a faceplate on the front that can have text or an image etched into it. I really wanted this case to be customizable for any person who used it, and this faceplate made that possible. I etched my game name from Steam onto it. It also has a triangular front plate with a themed image that matches the fan grills, which are both interchangeable. I used a biohazard pattern to match its UV reactive green theme. I have a whole series of grill patterns designed for this case and matching faceplates that can be swapped out whenever a user wants to switch things up.
I have designed a few cases to get my fix of case addiction, and almost all of them have ended with me, at midnight, elbows deep in acrylic and bleeding from my hands and arms as I take a power drill to my latest creation to fix some unforeseen issue. The Archon was, for the first time ever, power drill free. It’s also incredibly stable; it’s held together by four frame pieces made of 3/8” acrylic, one center piece of 3/8” acrylic, and a top panel that is also made of 3/8” acrylic. I was not taking any chances with transport.
During construction, the most difficult part had absolutely nothing to do with building the case. I sleeved the modular power supply I put in with green UV-reactive sleeving, which took upwards of ten hours. Sleeving a power supply is definitely the worst. But it looks awesome, so I am resigned to my fate.
Right? I did have some problems during construction that required creative solutions. For example, I have two EVGA 470’s with waterblocks on them. But what I didn’t have is any form of bracket adapter for two waterblocks that were close together. So, I used two barbs that I shortened to fit in between the two blocks, but they slumped down after they were connected and hung from the board, supported only by the flimsy plastic levers on the PCI ports. So I cut a plate on the laser cutter we had in the shop (the one that caught fire and was destroyed) that would support the cards. But I couldn’t just leave it bare. So, I etched “Archon” into and made it awesome and also a standard feature of the case.
Now that I’ve shown off a little, here are some more shots of the finished product.
This case will be available for pre-order on our site shortly, but you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you just can’t wait. Also, look forward to the assembly video that will be posted on our YouTube channel. I promise, there will be no sleeving.
Customer Service Manager/Resident Modding Junkie
Welcome to the new home of FrozenQPCMods; a site dedicated to unique products, services, and information for modders of all skill sets. Throughout the next few weeks we will be working hard to add content, including more detailed descriptions and information about our products, as well as some tutorials and FAQ’s for common modding topics.