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Case Mod - In Progress ICE Dragon _Parvum S2.5 custom mod featuring Borosilicate Glass Dragon tubes

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by SpikeV, 13 Aug 2018 at 00:24.

  1. SpikeV

    SpikeV New Member

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    . . . the ICE Dragon journey


    Well, technically this project is not “Complete” as this log is being started, here today - I am still working through some finishing items and a few technical issues . . . but, it is very close…

    So, while this project has lasted way (way) longer than expected – thanks to tremendous and continuous ‘scope creep’ . . . yeah, OK… and some Real Life distractions, as well ! – the focus of THIS build log will be mostly on the thought process in it’s life cycle and some of the technical issues & solutions – most of which have worked out!!!

    What I have learned over more than a year with this project has been remarkable – especially by my standards (which may not be saying much) !!! Yeah, I love doing the research and gathering as much insight as possible – internet, events, retailers, etc., . . . but, the REAL knowledge sharing has come directly from the great support of so many smart and talented people I have encountered in this space . . . and to all of those, I am tremendously grateful.

    So here is my story . . .

    The reason for the current project is directly due to my first build, completed Christmas 2016 (late in the evening on the 23rd December) as a totally unexpected – but, unbelievably appreciated gift for my 10 year old (Gamer) son.

    But after that first project was over I had two major issues:

    1. I just missed being involved with all those activities – the research, the sourcing, the vision, the problem solving … and, most of all- the creating ( particularly- creating stuff that worked ! ), and

    2. I soon stumbled upon a photo of a Parvum case while web surfing my favorite new topic, and I knew then . . . I just had to have one of these

    So the decision was taken in late March of last year to start up a new project . . . to push my personal boundaries a bit now that I was becoming aware of the many possibilities and began to follow some of the major players and what they were doing. I contacted Sean at Parvum Systems to discuss some case ideas, and a few weeks later placed my order.

    I soon realized that . . . your project needs to have a name and a theme – so after a little thought, a little inspiration . . . and, a little messin’ about with some logo concepts . . . it was settled …


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  2. SpikeV

    SpikeV New Member

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    . . . a couple of things to get straight - right from the start

    • I am not an engineer . . . my greatest abilities are sarcasm and a death-grip on common sense (in that order)
    • I thrive on 'different' (and usually not 'stupid different'). . . and definitely NOT a fan of the same ol' - same ol' (but, again ... not beyond 'borrowing with pride')
    • you will hear me whine A LOT about trying to get product here to Denmark (25% tax on everything and customs charges which just about eliminate sourcing anything from the US and China . . . at least through the usual manner ! )
    • and, I am about - the detail (likely related to some form of OCD)

    And, speaking about detail . . . one of the great things about building with a Parvum case is that you can get as creative as you like . . . but, in my case (!), I started with a standard S2.5 mATX case with a few changes I saw on their Facebook site . . . then, 'borrowed' a few concepts from some of my favorite Parvum builds (figuring that they retained the original vector files - so the render work would be fairly straight forward)

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    . . . taking a web photo and creating a template on which to describe each of the panels for the new build with the Parvum Guys - this worked out extremely well . . . the first renders were dead-on

    and this is what we got ...
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    side note: now over time ... the photography got a bit better (along with a number of other skills) !!!


    . . . spoiler alert - to give you a sense of where we will end up . . . here's a bit of a teaser ...

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    Cheers :thumb:
     
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    Hey Prom - thanks for your interest

    . . . it may get a bit strange along the way - but hopefully never boring !!!
     
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    Well to do, I like such projects.
     
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    . . . This is the place where you would usually get a nice picture of a pile of cool boxes all jammed full of the latest swell PC stuff . . . well, at least as much as you could afford ... (or might admit to your wife !)


    But - come on ... after you have seen a thousand of those pictures . . . who really cares about the boxes ???
    . . . and as they say - 'no matter how BIG your Pile ... somebody, somewhere has a BIGGER Pile' (it's just the way life is)


    So lets get to the more interesting stuff - like - 'Why the heck did you choose that lame motherboard over the ASUS Circus Maximus XXXIV ZX999 Stress Gripper with RGB(W) BushGard protection (and 7.1 v2 bios)'

    [ ... of course I took 'Pile' photos . . . and if you really feel a void in your day without them - then, just send me a message and I'll be happy to send you some . . . of mine, I mean !!! ]

    So, anyway ... there we were, all excited about the Parvum custom case (order) and the new ICE Dragon build project ... and all decided that we were stepping up from Junior's 6600K and GTX 1070 Cheesecake (you know - the spontaneous combustible EVGA edition) . . . hard at putting the list together and chasing the Deals . . . but hold on a minute ... this was April 2017 ... likely the worst time in recent history for taking on this exercise ... it was about to become Marketing Tsunami time for the CPU industry . . . and how do you filter through the crap storm of BS in order to make the right choice ???

    . . . well, just had to fall back on one in my quiver of 'rules to live by' . . . "Go - with What you Know" (GWK)

    so, at that point in time my best choice (and I'm still good with it - will explain later...) -


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    . . . one issue that became apparent early-on was the scope of the original build plan kept on expanding as the vision and confidence grew

    then it was decided that this experience would become a stage gate project where I could arrive at a working 1st stage - quite basic ... then upgrade to the next stage, then the next and so forth until the final goal was reached . . . that would allow two things to happen -
    1. I could run a series of Benchmarks at each stage gate - then take a look at the performance impact of each upgrade effort, and
    2. this would allow time for the budget to cover the upgrades toward the final goal
    the reason this plan worked for me was because this project was as much about the Journey as it was about the end goal

    . . . time for another Teaser ...
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    So, the starting point was basically a 7700K (that I could push a bit) with a GTX 1080 (about the time of the Ti releases and just prior to the mining impact in the EU ... and the Vega let down) . . . of course the CPU would start off water cooled (begin with an AIO) - but the GPU might start on air (?) :eyebrow:

    The End would definitely be full water cooled custom loops for CPU and GPU, including blocks... likely HeatKiller, XSPC or EK, upgraded Rads ... likely HW Labs or XSPC ... needing White, of course -AND- definitely full borosilicate tubes (lovin' the Glass !!! )


    BUT (as promised) starting with just another AIO CLC was NOT part of the plan . . . we were going to do a little custom work on this cooler straight-away . . . and, it was going to go something like this -

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    'What the heck is that' you might ask (???) . . . well, stand-by - cuz it's about to get interesting !!!


    In the meantime - it's about time to go Shopping . . . and even though I said I wasn't going to show the boxes stuff - I just remembered I was also learning to do some video stuff - so you're gunna get boxes anyway !!!

     

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