I decided to do this scratch build, “Dark Matter” for several
reasons. I wanted to do something my style from the ground up
and I’ve always been intrigued by the mysteriesof Dark Matter.
I took a lot of inspiration from the large Hadron Super Collider.
I combined that inspiration with a futuristic/industrial design to
create my version that is, “Dark Matter.” If you like seeing original
creations and have a love for the truest form of modding; you’re in
the right place.
This has been quite the journey and so much more, than a scratch
build has cone out of it. Inspiring creativity in others is a big
part of why I dedicate so much into these projects. I receive email
after email from people taking this journey with me through my
extensive build logs.
For my required Cooler Master part I used one of their SickleFlow
120mm fans (blue LED version) and mounted it on the back of the
case (shown in picture 4 & 5.) I paint matched it as well as
replaced the holographic label with Cooler Masters new, “Make It Yours”
custom vinyl. I decided to go with the, “Make it yours” logo because it
really embodies the modding movement.
This build ended up being one of the most detailed builds I’ve ever
done. Over 750 hours of building, fabricating and modding assured
that this would be a one to remember. Making sure I went the extra
mile; building as much as I could from scratch including things like
brackets, hinges, switches and all sorts of other items that most
builders would buy.
The vast majority of this build was done using basic tools but,
I didn’t hesitate to use things like laser cutters and CNC machines
to make parts that couldn’t be built any other way. I had a lot of
fun doing this project and I’m very grateful to all the people
and wonderful sponsors who git involved in the Dark Matter Scratch
Build. I would also like to thank Cooler Master for putting on this
competition as it gives all modders and opportunity to show the
world what we do. I really appreciate all of you that vote for
this build during the, “Peoples Choice” voting.
‧ 6th Gen Intel i7 Skylake 6700k
‧ Supermicro Z170–OCE motherboard
‧ 16–gig G.Skill Trident Z DDR4
‧ 2 X Gigabyte GTX 960 Xtreme Ed (SLI 4gig OC’d version)
‧ 1,200 BeQuiet Dark Power Pro 11 PSU (Platinum rated)
‧ 3 X OCZ Vector 180 SSDs
‧ EKWB Revo D5 pump, X3 250 res, Supremacy EVO CPU block, Coolstream XE
480 rad and hardline tubing
‧ Ensourced custom sleeved PSU modular/extensions
‧ Large custom milled water-path on the back of the motherboard tray