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MSI Aegis - GAMING HAWK

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Hukkel, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. Hukkel

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 27, 2012

    Posts: 578

    Location: Netherlands

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    Allrighty. After modding a MSI Nightblade for MSI Europe:

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    And a MSI Nightblade for MSI HQ:

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    I have been honoured to be asked by MSI HQ again to do a mod with an All-in-one gaming system. This time with the....MSI Aegis. Or the Aegis X3 as they are now called. The small one that doesn't do SLI.

    I received a bit of help from MSI themselves and a bit of help from Thermaltake to add some small things to it. Other than that I just went apeshit on the Aegis itself. Not too much hardware modding, but loads of chassis modding this time.

    To start it all off I took quite a bit of photos of the chassis and during me taking it apart. The reason for this, is that I was quite intrigued how smart such a system has been put together and how much time they spent trying to make all CMs count and used. I think they did an even better job than with the Nightblade this time. Also design wise.

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    The rear handle is actually meant for easy carying to LAN parties etc. It supports the weight of the entire system.

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    There is a piece of mesh on this side to let the GTX970 in the system have some fresh air for cooling purposes.

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    The PSU is in the bottom and the GPU is placed in front of the motherboard.

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    On both sides of the custom motherboard sits a DDR4 laptop memory stick and on the rear is also a M.2 slot for an SSD.

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    The rear end of the top fits another 2,5 inch HDD/SDD next to the slim loading DVD player.

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    If you remove the DVD player you can insert up to 2 3,5 inch HDDs.

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    The bracket that holds the rear of the GPU in place actually doubles as a bracket for the box-type fan that you also see on reference design gfx cards.

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    Once the fan is removed you can see the laptop style heatsink.

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    This is the hard pcb PCIE extender for the gfx card.

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    And there we finally have the motherboard itself.

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    I carefully removed the HDD rack as well to create some room for modding purposes.

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    And lastly we see that this is the non overclockable version of the Aegis. There is also a version with pre-made OC function, that one runs a mini AIO watercooler. This packs the i7-6700 which is great for gaming anyway.

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    From what I have seen so far and what I have been thinking so far I know that the GPU will have to move. I want the motherboard visible and another cpu cooler to be fitted. How and what I will show in the next updates.
     
  2. OJ46

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 22, 2015

    Posts: 805

    Location: Wales

    After seeing how good the last 2 builds turned out I'll definitely be following this one closely. Look forward to seeing your skills in action again :D
     
  3. LePhuronn

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 26, 2010

    Posts: 1,177

    Location: Stoke-on-Trent

    I just saw "Hukkel" and subbed, didn't even look at the pictures!

    Gonna love to see that Aegis torn apart :D
     
  4. Vargas

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 15, 2012

    Posts: 1,473

    Location: Rannoch

    That's excellent.
     
  5. Hukkel

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 27, 2012

    Posts: 578

    Location: Netherlands

    Thank you very very much. :)

    Thank you that really means a lot!

    Thanks man :)


    I will update tonight.
     
  6. Hukkel

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 27, 2012

    Posts: 578

    Location: Netherlands

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    First work on the Aegis.
    I decided that the GPU in front of the motherboard was not how I wanted it.
    It needed to go to another spot.
    And that spot was on the left side of the case.
    On the outside of the chassis.
    So I needed to run a PCIE extender through a small hole.
    And that I needed to make myself haha.
    Step one of many.

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    This silver needs to be black to not stand out so much.

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    And it is done. One perfectly placed hole for the PCIE extender.
    This will make it possible to fit another cooler on the cpu.

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    I need to do some cablesleeving as well so first I need to get some out of the way.

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  7. Hukkel

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 27, 2012

    Posts: 578

    Location: Netherlands

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    Thankfully MSI donated a different gfx cards for the casemod: MSI GTX 1070 8GB Sea Hawk using an AIO watercooling solution.

    I was thinking about doing a full custom watercooling loop at first, bit because MSI wanted to use the AIO Sea Hawk I decided to also put an AIO watercooler on the CPU. To me it feels like balance to use it for both then.

    Thanks again MSI :)

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    Since the Sea Hawk is is colleboration between MSI and Corsair I asked Corsair if they then also wanted to donate the AIO WC and a few fans. But they said HELL NAW! So I turned to a trusted parter in Thermaltake instead. They were happy to donate me a couple of Red RIING 120mm fans and an AIO to my liking. Awesome Thermaltake! :thumb:

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    Here is a quick look at the boxed goodies.

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  8. Hukkel

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 27, 2012

    Posts: 578

    Location: Netherlands

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    I am planning on making the inside look nice and clean with covers over all kinds of wiring and uneven metal pieces and io silver boxes. But there will always be a couple of wires visible. Plus I always like some nice sleeved cables in sight. Since I want only red accents to be there I will make the inside cables all sleeved black.

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    I am making a new top panel and sidepanels because of the silly ideas I am having. But I want to keep the slimload DVD player since the front of it actually is an important part of the looks and characteristics of the original case. But to mount a new top means that I have a very uneven top panel. Solution; just make the top panel even :) I cut a 10mm thick piece of aluminium to do the job. It will be attached to the chassis and the wing to this. Using multiple m3 screws. This should be strong enough. And plenty of happy drilling and tapping time for Hukky.

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    There we go. Flush and ready to fit the next part.

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