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Rossi - Moto GP Build

I've been a fan of Moto GP for as long as I can remember, the racing is close and fast, and I have witnessed some incredible highs and lows over the years. I have watched Valentino Rossi go from rookie to a multiple world champion, he's one of the all-time greats and t's been fantastic to watch over the years.

One stand-out moment was probably Valencia, 2009. It was Rossi Vs Lorenzo and it came down to the final lap, arguably the best final lap we have ever seen in Moto GP., in case you missed it:



So there's a passion of mine and then there's Antec, well they do make a bike-style case don't they? Yes, people, this will be a Torque build, they have obviously been done before but now, it's my turn!

A massive thank you to Antec, this has been so delayed it's beyond stupid, my apologies to them for that but now, finally, we can start!

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One of the first things I have cracked on with is getting the GPU sorted out. MSI kindly sent over one of their RTX 2080 Super Gaming Trio X cards for use on this and a couple of other projects I have lined up. Once again I partner with Alphacool for the cooling and so it was straight on to getting the backplate painted.

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Time for another update, and time to get this project coming along. The first order of the day is a huge thank you to Alphacool for their continued support. We already have the GPU mounted but for the rest of the main cooling parts we have got 2x 360mm ST30s, XPX Aurora Plexi CPU block, VPP655 pump, and tube reservoir. Il be going with their chrome fittings for this build I think as they seem to fit it well.

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The motherboard, RAM, CPU, and GPU are installed for testing the final layout, I am not 100% if I will be going vertical or horizontal on this one. Our tube reservoir "exhaust" is also mounted for a test fit, I will be changing out the mount I think for either a metal clamp or a 3D printed alternative.

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The radiators are also in, so it's now time to figure out the loop and a few other details. Our PSU and fans are on their way too so that's going to be for the next update. I'm also deep into sorting out the livery design, still a few bits to figure out but I am debating having the whole black part of the chassis hydro dipped in a nice carbon effect.

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Not so much progress today, still figuring out the loop and other ideas but here's some more shots of the build so far.

The 10920X is installed and I will be using the CPU block from my Pastel DX build, the trim will be getting a new coat of paint. I'm toying with a vertical GPU mount, mainly to show off the lovely details of the MSI 2080 Super, it looks fantastic on the Alphacool block!.

The X299-Deluxe II looks amazing in the Antec Torque, I am really tempted to custom paint the shrouds but if I end up using it for another build down the line, it's going to need another coat at some point to match a future design, we will sleep on this idea.

Our RAM has been de-stickered, just to keep it nice and clean. With that installed and the CPU block, it's looking a lot brighter inside the case. You may notice I have also dropped the GPU down a slot to open it up, there is still so much room and with it all being black there's potential to paint the interior motherboard tray and a couple of other details too. Again, I won't be rushing into this, really want to make sure this turns out perfect!

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With some test fitting of components done to give me an idea of the layout, it's time for a small update.

My friends over at Seagate were kind enough to send over 2 FireCuda 510 NVME SSDs for the build. These are M.2 2280 double-sided, PCIe Gen3 ×4, NVMe 1.3 with reads of up to 3,450 MB/s and writes of up to 3,200 MB/s. They have also sent over their largest capacities, both at 2TB!

Given the open design of the Torque, fewer cables are certainly going to help me with a clean aesthetic come the finish line, and going with full on board for storage means there are no extra power or data cables that I will have to deal with.
 

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Next, it's time to strip everything right down for paint, this is going to take a little while to complete!

I won't share my draft layout for the build, I don't want to give it all away at this point but, as you can see from the images below, and, if you know your Moto GP, then you should know the model year of the M1 I am basing this build on!

For those who are not that familiar with Moto GP, here's the actual bike I am basing this on.

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The plan will be to get the main parts of the chassis painted and then stenciled up for painting the decals. Now, I am no paint expert so forgive me, I don't even own an airbrush so this might not be up to some of the talented artists out there but I am fairly confident that it's going to turn out quite well.

More coming soon, the power supply and fans just dropped. There will also be a change to the cooling, swapping out chrome for black fittings and as for the radiators, the 30mms just don't cut it so Alphacool is kindly sending over some of their NeXXos 60mm monsters...in white 

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Since our motherboard for this build is here, I decided to give it a little unboxing. The build is coming along, with a few setbacks in terms of the paint but overall its coming together. I have decided to swap out the Alphacool CPU block for their black version and I am hoping to get a project log video up soon.

 
 
 
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A quick video , bringing the build up to date

 

 

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Well, the rads arrived!
 
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Part of this build has featured in Aprils edition of Maximum PC, my first article for them so super excited to see this!

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