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Old 14th Sep 2014, 13:21   #1
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Project Orange Horizon (Parvum Systems S2 with Custom Loop)


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A few years ago, I was in another country and couldn't play any games (for 3 years)... When I came back to Canada (Quebec), I decided it was time to upgrade my gaming computer. I had a Q6600 with a NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT. The first thing I did was to upgrade the GPU with a R9 270X but I was still unhappy. I could still play my favorite game (TF2), but it was a little bit laggy with others like CoD Ghost (which we know is the most optimized game ever).
 
After seeing a few amazing custom builds, I decided to start my own project. At first, I wanted to go with a mITX with a Caselabs S3. I loved Snef's Purple Chimera and really wanted to go with that case. After a few researches, I found it was quite hard and expensive to get a Caselabs in QC... The project that really pushed me to build my own computer was the Titanfall project by Jameswalt1. Then, one day, I found an amazing deal on a UK website for the Parvum Systems S2 case and decided to jump in the water.
 
Long story short, I have almost completed my build and wanted to show you what I had done. This was my first build so I made a few mistakes... Overall, I'm still happy with the end-result but I'm interested to know what you think!
 
Table of contentsMain parts
  • CPU: i5-4690K
  • Motherboard: Asus Gryphon Z97
  • Memory: 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum CL9
  • Video card: evga GTX 780TI 3GB Superclocked
  • Storage: Samsung Evo 500GB
  • PSU: Corsair AX860i
  • Cooling: Custom Loop (Acrylic)

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Old 15th Sep 2014, 12:35   #2
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The memory

 
The process
This is how I "painted" my light bar for the Corsair Dominator Platinum.
  • Take the crystal light bar;
  • Use a marker and "paint" the bars; and
  • Voilà!

 
The recommendation
I would recommend to put the light bar into some kind of DYE solution instead of using a marker for a better result.
 
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Old 16th Sep 2014, 16:49   #3
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The CPU water block

 
The process
I didn't pick the CPU water block for its performance, I really bought them for the look. I considered painting the mounting plate in orange but changed my mind while assembling the parts together.
 
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Old 17th Sep 2014, 12:30   #4
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The motherboard
I decided to go with the Asus Gryphon motherboard because I could use the armor/thermal kit to cover the motherboard.

Some people asked me if both pieces were compatible since I was mixing a Z87 component with a Z97. I read on a few forums they would be working together but had never seen the final result so I still decided to move ahead and try it. They clip perfectly. You don't even have to mod the armor kit!
 
The process
Painting the armor kit was easy but I made a big mistake... For some reasons, I thought I had bought a glossy white but realized, after I added the coats, that it was a clear coat instead. That's why the armor kit doesn't shy like it should. It's basically the white from the primer...
 
This is what I did:
  • Prime; and
  • 4 coats of clear coat.
 
But I should have done this:
  • Prime;
  • 2 coats of white; and
  • 3 coats of clear coat.
 
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Old 17th Sep 2014, 19:40   #5
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Old 18th Sep 2014, 12:57   #6
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The pump & reservoir combo
 
The process
I initially bought the Tank Z Multi 150 but it was a little bit too high when combined with the pump so I ordered the Tank Z Multi 80 and switched some of the part to make it nicer.
 
Other than that, I sleeved my cables (for my first time). I didn't bought any heatshrink so I used white-electrical tape to seal the sleeving around the cable.
 
I will sell the spare reservoir really soon, so stay tuned if you are interested to buy it
 
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Old 18th Sep 2014, 23:47   #8
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The video card and its water block
The process
I was really stressed for this part of the build. I had spend a fair amount of money on the video card and I knew that installing the water block would void the warranty. I followed carefully the instruction provided with the EK Block and installed the water block. I think it took me like an hour to do that.
 
I painted the backplate at the same time that I painted the motherboard armor kit. Trust me, the video card is quite heavy once assembled!
 
I added too much thermal paste so I'm probably going to loose a few degrees... I'll fix that when I clean my loop in a few months.
  
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Old 19th Sep 2014, 16:33   #9
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The case
I selected the Parvum Systems S2 case because I found it quite original compared to other cases. In addition, I had the option to take my favorite color which saved me some paint work... I ordered the case from, the UK when it was on sale...
 
The process
I found interesting that Parvum doesn't provide build instruction in a paper format to assemble the case. Instead, they refer you to a video on youtube so you just have to watch & stop to assemble the case. 
 
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Old 22nd Sep 2014, 12:38   #10
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The radiators

 
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Old 22nd Sep 2014, 19:17   #11
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The tubing & the fittings

 
The process
I built a rotative drain system in order to save so space in the case. It also helps to actually drain the system since it is at the same level as the tubing going to the GPU water block. I had a lot of issues with the tubing alignment. It's harder that what I thought. Each mm counts and if you miss by 1, the design looks flawed... I must admit that it's not perfectly align, but I'm still happy with the end-result.
 
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Old 23rd Sep 2014, 17:51   #12
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The fluid

The Process
As you know, bleeding the system is the "critical" part of a water cooled build. For me, it's not only the step of removing the air and the bubbles from the system, but also the first leak test that you do for hours. You are crossing your fingers that everything will work, that you have properly fix the tubes to the fittings. Oddly, I had a small leak from the reservoir itself but was quite easy to fix by twisting the top and the bottom part of the reservoir.
 
At this point, the build is almost done. You just need to connect all cables and voilà!
 
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 01:43   #13
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I have 1,000+ views and I've not seen any post from you guys. Is my rig boring? What can I do to get some inputs from you guys?
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 02:32   #14
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The LED (single strip)
 
The Process
Installing the RGB strip is quite simple. It only requires enough space and double-side tape. Since I'm only using a single video card, I could use one of the slot at the back for the wires and the input power. 
  
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The LED (2 strips)
I decided to buy another Darkside RGB LED Strip and fix it on the top panel.

Here are two shots with some accessories and the 2 RGB LED strips.
 
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Lighting looking great mate!
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 15:00   #17
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love the build mate. great work
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 15:06   #18
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Love the very clean look with the block colour (good choice on the white and orange )
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Old 26th Sep 2014, 04:20   #19
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New shots made with a Canon EOS REBEL T2i

Which photo do you prefer?
 
Photo #1

 
Photo #2

 
Photo #3

 
Photo #4

 
Photo #5

 
Photo #6

 
Photo #7

 
Photo #8

 
Photo #9

 
Photo #10

 
Photo #11

 
Photo #12
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Nice setup. Very clean.

Photo 8 is IMO the best.
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