Project: PEXON’s Parvum LAN Start Date: Monday 10th June 2012 Target Date: Insomnia LAN (i49) www.fb.com/pexonpcs www.twitter.com/pexonpcs to find more updates and pictures of the build. This project will be my 2nd major mod. I look forward to taking on board what I have learnt and what I can improve on from my previous build, Project Evo http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=219887 This build will be done in time for the Insomnia Lan in August in Telford. My last rig took nearly 18 months to finish, this one will be a fraction of that, barely 2! There will be a little mid of modding, however not as much as Evo, it will mostly be a case of popping the watercooling gear in the case, wrestling with the tubing etc. however, who knows what will pop up. I have stopped working for my father and started up on my own, hence the lack of money for this build, so it wont be as extravagant as the last, I will be watching the pennies with this one and wont be spending money on crap I don’t need, however, I endeavour this to be every bit as nice as my last project. Parts List: CPU: Intel i5 2500K Motherboard: Gigabyte G1 Sniper M3 GPU: ATi 7970 (Asus reference edition) RAM: 8GB (4x2GB) of Corsair Dominator GT 1866Mhz HDD: Samsung F3 1TB SSD: OCZ Agility 3 PSU: Silverstone Strider Gold Plus 750W Case: Parvum Systems S1.0 Rotated µATX in green and black acrylic Watercooling Parts: Fans: Nanoxia Deep Silence 120mm for rads and 80mm for exhaust Rads: Alphacool 240m (1x 30mm and 1x 45mm) CPU block: Dimastech Nethens GPU block: Alphacool v.1 7970 (copper) Fittings: Aplhacool black 11mm/ 7/16" barbs and 45/90 angled fittings Tubing: 11/16mm Masterkleer Res: Alphacool Cape Corp 150mm Acetel black Fluid: Mayhems Oil Black Pump: Laing D5 and Acool top (DEAD! ) Now using a DDC w/ EK top Righty ho, thanks the parts list accounted for, next up, the people and companies that made this build possible. As always a massive thanks to all those who are associated, this build is on a shoe string budget and the help provided is massive. Thanks to Shaun and Justin at the marvellous Parvum Systems. I helped out their build, Onwards and Upwards with a custom sleeved Silverstone PSU in MDPC, so they helped me out with the superb S1.0 case. Thanks to Pascal at Aquatuning, for yet again coming on board and helping my builds. This time Pascal has provided a lovely Alphacool RAM block and tube res. Thanks to Chris at OverclockersTech for his continued support, advice, friendship and supplying a tube of IC Diamond TIM Thanks to Dimastech for the CPU block. I actually won this on the EastCoastMods facebook page, so shout out to them too! Thanks to the guys at Nanoxia for the truly beautifully engineered Deep Silence fans, they really are nice. Everything from the packaging to the accessories and the product itself is German (read world class lol). Cheers dudes! Right, that is all the regular stuff sorted, lets get into it and show some pics, thats what you have all come to see, isn’t it?! First off is the case.... WOW! What a piece of art, I don’t get this excited about stuff really, apart from new headphones or some new tools, but this case really is awesome. I LOVED my old Lian Li case, and having worked in mechanical engineering with my father, I can appreciate a nice array of riveted and anodized aluminium. I was a little dubious of how well the acrylic would piece together, but upon delivery and popping the panels together, my initial thoughts were quelled. The case can hold a fully blocked up µATX board and GPU, which, is some serious hunks of copper, 2x rads and fans, fully laden res without any issues. All the panels fit flush and the little touches such as tube and wire routing cut through-s are a god-send. I watched the dudes at Parvum’s video on how to piece the bad-boy together, but being impatient and loving tinkering, I jumped straight in and got to grips by learning on the job. I took the top and front panels of numerous (at least 10 times each) and there was 0 damage, bowing, chipping of any panel and all the machined, bevelled screw holes stood up to multiple tightens and removal with no issues whatsoever, really, really good stuff. The initial assembly took a few hours and this entailed me faffing a fair amount, getting to grips with how to tube up and where to route the wires and so on. I am confident I could piece up this case and get a system installed pretty quickly now. First off, the case came flat pack, very well packed and everything came in one piece with no damage to any piece, always a risk involved with couriers and acrylic! Everything was well bubble wrapped and it all unravelled like a pass- the-parcel gift. All the fasteners on show are Japanned, so they match the finish well, the fastener blocks are steel, the mobo and accessory fasteners are also standard plated steel finish. Everything was marked to keep them separate and there is a small allen key for the panel fasteners, if you have not already got one. There is even a power switch.... Mine did not come with the cables as they are on back order, no issues, will be with me soon. Little letter, very nice touch.... All the parts, ready for assembly, really enjoyed this part! Mounting the front radiator. A very nice touch here was the way of hiding the fasteners under the green panel. The black front panel will cover all the fasteners and the Japanned fasteners will blend in nicely... Managed to fit a nice 45mm thick 2x 120mm rad in there.... should be fine for the 2500K and 7970 in conjunction with the other 30mm 2x 120. The hand bent mid panel adds a lot of rigidity to the overall structure. Mobo and blocks are in.... Blocks are all in.... (yes shout at me for having carbon on there, but you wont see it as the top rad is snug against it, it was MEANT to be matt black vinyl but it came as carbon so YOLOL) Looking goooood, even if I say so myself! Top rad in, with little copper touches... 1st attempt (of many) at tubing up, my own fault for being stupid. I have had a lot on my mind at the moment and some crap going on in my personal life, yadda yadda but tubing up was a nightmare, which is my own fault! All was going swimmingly, until a leaky, dead pump reared its ugly head I have a VERY generous friend who is donating a DDC to the project to get the ball rolling again, it should be here tomorrow so we can get cracking! Next on the agenda is to create some LED strips, good job I had some spare and can solder! Lovely and neat! dem suckers be bright yo! Laying the first set in the bottom panel to illuminate the front green accent panel, fingers crossed will create a lovely gradient. I needed to make a dinky little one in order to get some light on the left hand side of the case. This is the smallest length I could make, unfortunately these LED strips cannot be cut shorter. My solder and crimp work is all good, illumination on plug in, no issues there! Little bit of green paracord to keep everything neat Lovellyyyyyy Right, now to make a dinky PSU to Molex cable.... Testing it all before sleeving.... All is good! Cider time 2 individual GRND wire and 1, split yellow/ 5v, the adhesive shrink is all that would grip, hence the massive girth :O Now to ensure there is no undue pressure on the sticky back, we dont want those LED strips lifting off. Skip forward an hour, at this point I had been making cables for customers and had been working for 12 hours, so some food was in order. After some munchies, I got some tubing in... In order to save spam etc, I will post the rest of the photos tomorrow, even though there is plenty more work that needs to be shown. I know what it is like scrolling through a ton of photos and it is not fun. Thanks so much for looking dudes and dudettes, till the ‘morrow!