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Old 23-01-15, 04:30 PM
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Snef's Icy Blue Angel II

One of our regular members on the forums who I’m sure everybody has heard of in the modding community by now ‘Snef’ has been sent an early sample of the R40 from Hex Gear and deemed the task of building a system worthy of such a beautiful case.


The Hex Gear R40
Hex Gear’s upcoming R40 Micro-ATX chassis oozes class and perfection, with its perfectly curved edges the R40 is constructed of four extruded aluminium profiles, giving it a very sturdy and clean finish this thing really does look the part.
The R40 comes in a couple of different colour combinations as stock to choose from, black with white inserts on the front of the chassis with subtle areas of the chrome nature or white with black inserts. The inserts are fully customisable so you could go for a green finish if you are building an Nvidia system, or red for an AMD build for example.
The R40 is built with less is more in mind according to Hex Gear, meaning your only paying for what you need and this certainly comes across looking at the images below.

The Build
Snef’s build using the R40 is called the Icy Blue Angel II, and the first place to start is the specs of the build
•CPU – Intel Core i7 4670K
•Motherboard - Asus Gryphon Z87
•RAM – 16GB (4x4) Corsair Dominator Platinum
•GPU - Two Zotac AMP GeForce GTX 780’s – Two ColdZero Custom Backplates
•PSU - Silverstone Stryder Plus 1000W
•SSD – Two Kingston HyperX 3K

Mods
•Four Blue LED’s for feet
•Three Darkside 12” LED Lights – RGB Kits
•Fanblade White LED feet

Cooling
•Case and Radiator Fans – 6 x BitFenix Spectre Blue LED
•Radiator – 1 x Darkside 240 and 1 x Darkside 360
•CPU – Bitspower Summit
•GPU – 2 x Bitspower VG-NGTX780Ti Nickel Plated
•Pump – 1 x DDC 3.1
•Pump Top – DDC Bitspower Pump Top Clear
•Reservoir – Bitspower – Z-Tank 150 Clear Cap
•Tubing – Plexi Tube 12mm/10mm
•Coolant – 2 x Mayhems Aurora V2 Blue
•Fittings – Bitspower Multi-Link Adapter BP-MBWP-C47 – Quantity Unknown
•More Fittings – Bitspower 90, Spacer and Rotary 90 Degree White Fittings

With the monstrous amount of products going into the build out of the way, its time to move on and show you just what Snef has created.
Snef knows which buttons to press in order to get us excited, as you can see from one of his first images he shared his cables look so good, and that GPU backplate, well…we wanted more and we got more!



Snef next took his expertise to the Silverstone PSU, firstly giving it a glossy white finish which looks so fresh and clean, and then adding his own decals and painted the fan grill blue to match the cables and backplates.



Moving on, the motherboard got a touch up and came out looking great, the armour got a lick of paint to match the white build and the RAM got a block and some white vinyl.



Snef’s fans then arrived in a fresh white look with blue LED’s, Snef sure knows how to match components up.




Snef’s fittings arrived, something so simple but look so pretty..



Now rather than continue to drip feed you with the small updates, detailing how great the components look up close we’re going to start showing you the build coming along. Nicely might I add too.




Look how amazing this looks during a leak test, the blue against the white is simply stunning and so inspiring to other modders.



Here is the build with the side panel fitted.



Here we have it people, one of the best looking builds I have ever seen, I’m sure you will all agree. Snef has taken an already classy case and turned this into an absolute enthusiasts dream. It has such a fresh and tidy look to it and the colour of blue just gives it that extra pop.

Thank you for sharing this build with us Snef, and we hope to see many more builds from you in the future.







Snef's Icy Blue Angel II Build Log

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Old 23-01-15, 06:33 PM
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Congrats to Shaun on his first front page OC3D article. well done dude.

http://www.overclock3d.net/articles/...lue_angel_ii/1
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Congratulations fella! Nice write up
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Thanks guys, thanks for showing me Mark.
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Old 23-01-15, 08:10 PM
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I really like these build summary's they make a fantastic read, the density of nerd pr0n is phenomenal even after following the log. I think they could be next level with a little input from the builder/modder. What they like the most about it, what they think is most successful, what was the hardest problem to overcome, how long did it take etc, just like a mini interview Q&A.

Anyway really strong piece of content for the site, well done Shaun and Snef ofc!

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Old 23-01-15, 08:13 PM
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I really like these build summary's they make a fantastic read, the density of nerd pr0n is phenomenal even after following the log. I think they could be next level with a little input from the builder/modder. What they like the most about it, what they think is most successful, what was the hardest problem to overcome, how long did it take etc, just like a mini interview Q&A.

Anyway really strong piece of content for the site, well done Shaun and Snef ofc!

JR
I really like those ideas Joe, I'll see what Tom thinks about it for the future and see if its possible.
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Old 23-01-15, 08:28 PM
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Nice article, i enjoyed it a lot

Thanks a lot for use my build to this article
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Nice article, i enjoyed it a lot

Thanks a lot for use my build to this article
You are welcome, I enjoyed writing on it. Thank you.
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Really nice build with great attention to detail (even the bolts for the side panel window were blue!), the cabling is perfect.

Also very well laid out article
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Shaun, Great write up and Snef what a gorgeous build. The fact that this loop has been so well thought out along with that precise neat cabling makes it the dream aesthetic build
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