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#26
Thank you guys :toast:

For the life of my I cant figure out why they have a PCB to power all of the extras in that case just to leave you swapping out AA batteries to play with some LEDs that are widely already available in 12V systems. Sorry that just seems slightly retarded to do in a case.

The modding is pretty sweet though!
Think it's a nice gadget, internal is always dark even with the lights on. So never have to use a torch. Also on the back there's a light for the IO and GPU's...also very handy.
Btw. batteries are NiMH and rechargeable
 
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#27
looks awesome man, sub'd!
 

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#28
I remember constantly bitching about alienware being overpriced. Seeing this reminded me of why i still want one xD

EDIT: I'd still never buy one, just checked, the option of adding a 1TB HDD would cost £160 on alienware, vs buying a 2tb seagate for £67 from ebuyer...
 
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Nice build :toast:
 
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#30






Update!!!

Received a beautiful package today. This time GLS did a good job ;)



Early christmas





EKWB your the best :)



Unpacking can begin

First some EK-PSC Fitting 10mm - G1/4 Black





No build without EK-PSC Adapter 90° G1/4 Black





And offcourse the EK-PSC Adapter 45° G1/4 Black





Two beautiful EK-CoolStream RAD XT (360)











And for the great Nvidia GTX680 GPUs 2x EK-FC680 GTX - Acetal + Nickel CSQ





















Linked with a EK-FC Bridge DUAL Serial CSQ











And don't forget the EK-FC680 GTX Backplate - Black CSQ (QClass2)







This time I will use the new EK-BAY DCP 2.2 Combo Reservoir - Acetal















With this the EK-DCP 2.2 (12V DC Pump)













Filled with EK-Ekoolant CLEAR (premix 1000mL)





Thanks Gregor and everyone from EKWB who made ​​this possible.

Don't forget to look at the great new site from EKWB CooledPC and show your system to win great prizes
 
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#31
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http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/Banner/EKWB.jpg

Update!!!

Received a beautiful package today. This time GLS did a good job ;)

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09691.jpg

Early christmas

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http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/Banner/EKWB.jpg

EKWB your the best :)

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09700.jpg

Unpacking can begin

First some EK-PSC Fitting 10mm - G1/4 Black

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09708.jpg

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09710.jpg

No build without EK-PSC Adapter 90° G1/4 Black

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09713.jpg

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09714.jpg

And offcourse the EK-PSC Adapter 45° G1/4 Black

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http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09720.jpg

Two beautiful EK-CoolStream RAD XT (360)

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http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09735.jpg

And for the great Nvidia GTX680 GPUs 2x EK-FC680 GTX - Acetal + Nickel CSQ

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http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09761.jpg

Linked with a EK-FC Bridge DUAL Serial CSQ

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http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09733.jpg

And don't forget the EK-FC680 GTX Backplate - Black CSQ (QClass2)

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http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09723.jpg

This time I will use the new EK-BAY DCP 2.2 Combo Reservoir - Acetal

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09772.jpg

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With this the EK-DCP 2.2 (12V DC Pump)

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http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09744.jpg

Filled with EK-Ekoolant CLEAR (premix 1000mL)

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09767.jpg

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx233/kier1976/NEW/Alienware/A3/EKWB/DSC09770.jpg

Thanks Gregor and everyone from EKWB who made ​​this possible.

Don't forget to look at the great new site from EKWB CooledPC and show your system to win great prizes
EK Christmas! Can't wait to see all this installed.
 
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#32
The thing i really like about the case is that the HDD trays are made of metal and not cheap plastic,also the hotswap is pretty nice.
 
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#33
Alienware Aurora ALX-XL is sponsored by:







Update!!!

To start with I have placed the EK bayres to see how it looks







Installing the pump onto the bayres





Small tutorial about this

Installing pump/ Bayres tutorial







Time for the Nvidia GTX680







Also made a tut for placing the EK-FC680 onto the Nvidia GTX680

GPU/ Waterblock tutorial

Don't wanna see the vid!!! Thank god we still have pictures ;)

Removed the plastic









Also removed the block





Dismantled the bracket





The EK block





First cleaning up the GPU



Placed pads and compound



Mounted the EK block



Also installed the EK-FC link













And backplate





Second GPU finished















Connected all together with the EK-FC Bridge Dual Serial







And offcourse....placed it right away











Made a minor adjustment into the CPU cooler. Placed LEDs for a nice effect, bright Alien eyes









I was still searching regards the radiator recesses on both sides. Here's the first idea.
Playing with some mesh and air outlets









But no...didn't like this.
So cut an aluminium strip, bended a lot of vents and assembled

















Made it black







Next ..... The Nvidia Logo should come back. Therefore I made ​​a little cover where the Nvidia logo is displayed.



Like this









Frosted the piece





Just to see how it will look I cut out the name by hand.
This is NOT the final logo, soon there will be a better one (with Nvidia claw)



To give this a bright shine, I have used a piece of glowpad







Placed a small piece







For the cables, I cut out a recess





This will no longer be seen through the cover



And another recess for the remaining connections mobo



And a recess for the GPU power. Bottom PCI-e power is tight, but possible







And last... Busy again with acrylic tube





After some measuring, Made 2 holes ​​for the fill ports













That's it for this weekend ;) To be continued!
 
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#34
Alienware Aurora ALX-XL is sponsored by:







Update!!!

It took a while but here is a new update of the Alienware Aurora. After some doubt what I would do, paint or powder coating I decided to do it myself.
purchased a number of cans primer and Black.

Put the primer on







Let it dry for a night and then applied several layers of black
And again, hung to dry. Looks good i think :)









Internal also used some black for the heatsink and other small stuff ... still need to exchange the connectors





Always fun to play with Alien eyes;)



I also gave the midplate a black layer. This to get a illuminated green border using a CCFL. I first made the top ​​white, after that a black layer



Placed the CCFL







Time to place the PCB for the lighting etc. For this I have cut a aluminum plate



Placed like this









After extending some cables







Power on for testing





And it's working again





Always good to know before the cable management begins











Searched and found my sleeve stuff again :) for sleeving the big bundle







I discovered that the pins of the big block are not so easily to remove. 've Tried al kind of tools, but it isnt possible without demolishing. I just miss the slots for the pin remover.



So change of plans ... going to use sleeved extenions now. Sorry no sleeve update this time ;)

I also did the lower back. Because I made ​​the Aurora a bit higher, I also need to extend the back.
For this cut, bent and drilled an aluminum plate



Cut and bent another aluminum plate





First plate mounted on the existing PSU cover



And made the other plate black and mounted it. Must still bend it a bit and still make some openings with mesh in it..I think, but this is how it fits.

















Finally the choice of the fans for the rads. The Scythe SY1212SL12H ... pretty thin fans but very noisy.
definitely need some adjusments ;)









More coming up!!!
 
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#35
I want mooooreeeeeeeeeeee
 
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#37
Alienware Aurora ALX-XL is sponsored by:







Update!!!

The end is almost in sight. Recent weeks i've done a lot on the Alienware Aurora R4
Because the sleeving didnt go easy with the large connector I used extensions. It is certainly not MDPC sleeve, but it's not too bad

Lower GPU power connected





And another





One more



And the last one





Some straightening and pulling



Looks nice



24 pins also some shapening







You've probably saw some pictures pass by with the the tubes, but here everything is connected. This time with 12/10mm tubing
Finally I found them with the perfect size (thanks E22 Nate). Only thing to do is to file a little edge off the tubes just like the crystal links.











Was a lot of work, but here one pic of the other side finished lol



Time to fill her up and leak testing. Optical drive removed and fill the bayres.



After some noise...it became quit ;)















And then it was dark ...
Lights on please!!!

Oww almost forgot, the midplate: I've got the whole plate illuminated using a green ccfl bar for one half.
And the other half (left) I've used a glowpad. The PSU cage would otherwise cause a dark spot ... not now :)





And power on!!!. Because the side panel is off, 3 white LEDs are shining at the top, which shows the internal





Leds off



Default color is green, but all original color options are possible



Front is looking very nice



And lights back on. Some pictures with daylight and the panels installed









































Still some minor work to be done, such as the Nvidia GPU sticker on the cover, acrylic window and so on. Next time;) Cheers!
 

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#38
Looks amazing:toast:
 

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#39
Wow, that's some impressive work there! The bottom half of the case(the part you made from scratch) looks like it came that way from the factory.
Definitely a big 10/10 from me so far!:toast:
 
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#40
Alienware Aurora ALX-XL is sponsored by:







Update!!!

This is it ... he's finished.
Last work is done and now only the final photo shoot. Then he (temporarily) returns to Alienware.
For the demo room and events ... so maybe you'll see it again live somewhere

Window was one of the last things that must be done, so I have adjusted the original cover a bit more unnecessary plastic removed





Cut a piece of acrylic.



And installed















The vinyl stickers were in and looks very nice. They gave my some more pieces to try it out. Letterop Advertising thank you very much for this.









Applied and tested the light













And the Alienware Aurora ALX-XL connected



Crysis 3 installed ;)





Last update will be the final photo shoot and maybe a nice vid ... until then!
 

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#41
Another awesome build sir :toast:
 
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#42
Wicked :rockout: