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Me neither! But looking at IT Diva's many computers, mods, monitors and peripherals, it is apparent she does.e
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Originally Posted by socketus View Post

Ok, so the fumes are finally reaching my antenna tower ... ! You're talking about 2 builds... right ? double the madness ? Ohh, my head, its aching, like it used to after too many spliffs and shots stun.gif


Probably not double the madness, lol . . . the second one is pretty pedestrian compared to the stretch build.

To tie them together,

I had a nice idea for a pair of builds about a month ago, http://www.overclock.net/t/1319549/official-nzxt-phantom-820-case-club/17#post_18486081

I was still working on the stretch build idea at that time.

The 820 didn't seem to be creating a lot of following. Guys got really spoiled by the bang for the buck that the 810 offered, even if it was really plain looking.

I thought the 820 deserved a better reception, and I thought that dressing it up a bit with some factory available options, could make it more popular, if it could be done at minimal cost to NZXT, and guys could order online with the custom parts in place right out of the box. (or at least close to it)

I was looking at a pair of P820's, one white and one gunmetal and mixing the trim plastics and sides and so on, to get a perkier looking semi custom that might appeal to guys wanting to step up to something less plain and boxxy than the 810.

The flipside to that idea, was that I don't really need any more "normal" computers around here.

TBH, the only things that truely interest me at this point are things of an epic scale or that near as I can tell, have not been done yet. (or at least much like I'd like to see them done)

A pair of "Mix 'n Match" builds didn't fit that criteria too well.

Ultimately, I went for the stretched build plan that I had by then fleshed out to a reasonable point, using 2 cases to get 560 rad capability, and ordered 2 white P820's.


Well, the stretch plan has grown and matured considerably more, and if 560 capability is possible, how about one step beyond to 840, which has several nice benefits.

Among them:
Being able to use pairs of the copper finned AMS rads, having enough internal rad space for quad overclocked GPU cooling is another, and the third, which I haven't touched on yet, is having enough PSU space for the kind of PSU power you need for hi-end quad GPU set ups.

At the point of needing a third P820 to see if 840 capability is possible, I figured I might as well get another one in Gunmetal at the same time, and see if the "mix 'n match" plan I had originally thought of would look as nice as I had thought.

Method to the madness here, is . . .

It also helps to have one case that's not disassembled or cut up when you're working on 2 or 3 that are.


So yes there are two builds planned, the 'Mix 'n Match" build will get it's own log, once the next P820's get here, as I think it's going to appeal to a different group of forum members.


Darlene
Edited by IT Diva - 11/25/12 at 3:35pm
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We Have Stuff . . . . thumb.gifthumb.gif

Kudos to the NZXT guys for going above and beyond to ship here, and the USPS guys for treating it kindly the whole way.

And you gotta love the McMaster folks who told me about $25 for shippping when I placed the order, that turns out triple that on the invoice mad.gif

But at least I have plenty of clear PETG tubing.

It's like acrylic tubing, but has tighter dimensional tolerances, and forms better at a little lower temp.

Is it the weekend yet! wheee.gif

OOOhhhhh, And I just got the next pair on the way, another white one and a gunmetal one.

Darlene



Just getting these biggin's out of the boxes made my 810 seem like a SFF / HTPC




Edited by IT Diva - 11/26/12 at 5:22pm
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Let the fun begin drool.gif
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I'm drooling... those look awesome.
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Now things get interesting! I estimate 3-5 days before she blows our minds.
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Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Now things get interesting! I estimate 3-5 days before she blows our minds.


I need a bit more time than that biggrin.gif

I get to work this morning, and have a resignation with 1 week notice, and someone out on fmla leave a month ahead of plan.

Looks like my vacation time gets put on hold for a while . . .again.

Darlene
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Well,

I just couldn't leave well enough alone, even for one night . .


About 5 or 10 minutes with a drill and the big ugly HDD cage comes out . . Rivetted, . . . shoulda been screws

and a drilled out rivet is a nastier carpet mine than a lego, I just found out.


With a bit of mix 'n match, a smaller, more compact 810 drive cage goes in its place.

Would be really nice, if it had been made to accept the smaller 2 drive lower cage in place of the big one right under the optical drive bay cage as an option.

But it doesn't.


Anyway,

I'll be using SSD's, but the secondary PSU will use the HDD cage mounting rails to mount up under the optical drive cage, so it's nice to see that the ones from the 810 fit right on.


Darlene




Edited by IT Diva - 11/26/12 at 6:46pm
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do the two Switch 810 cages line up with one 820 cage?
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