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Hello OCN!

Well this is my first attempt at a real build log. I had one started for my last rig, but I never really did a good job taking pictures and writing about it on here, so this is another attempt to do it the right way.

I am going to do this day by day and attempt to date the days I work on it. This will probably be a slow build, so I am going to take my time on picking out parts and all that.

Anyway, without further ado, here I go!

Day 1: The Concept and Introduction

DATE: JUN 06, 2013

So one day, I was cleaning out the garage and I found an Silverstone RV03 computer case lying around in my garage. It seems I have gotten to the point where I have collected enough computer cases and computer parts that I am starting to forget what I even had -- although honestly, I can't say I am upset about it in anyway. Finding the Silverstone RV03 was quite a pleasant surprise.

For those of you who don't know what the Silverstone RV03 case is, its Silverstone's third iteration of their RAVEN case line, that attempts to use physics and a 90 degree motherboard rotation to facilitate a more optimized cooling solution. When I first saw the RAVEN series of cases, I was immediately interested. (You can Google it for more information, there were lots of reviews) Somewhere down the line, I bought one -- probably on sale somewhere -- but I guess i never ended up using it. I figured, now was as good of a time as any to start a new computer project, and I've already decided on the theme and a name: the Flight of NVIDIA.

As you can imagine, I plan on doing some modding of this case, and of course some thorough cable sleeving along side. Some other project ideas is to change those strange champagne accents to bright green NVIDIA ones, and maybe logo-ify the side panels. Either way, I'm excited to see what I can do with this case.

At this point, I still have no idea if I am going to go full air or full liquid, or a combination of both, but God knows it'll be cheaper and easier to go with air. We'll have to see, but first off is to prep the case and do some research on components.

The Component Wish List
  • Case: Silverstone Raven RV03
    This is the base and a major part of the build. It can already accommodate two 240 Rads, kinda, and maybe more if i play my cards right, so I don't anticipate any hole cutting or fan modding to fit the potential cooling parts later on. I plan on keeping the Silverstone fans for now, since the case came with plenty of them stock, although if I find some fans I like that can cater to my needs of color coordination and performance, I might replace them. There are some scratches and stickers attached right onto the case, which tells me I bought this case as openbox from Fry's. I may have to do some cleaning.
  • Processor: Some kind of Intel Processor
    I haven't decided what kind of processor I want, but I have more or less settled on that decision. Seeing as Haswell was literally just released, I'll probably go that direction. Maybe an i5-4570K or the i7-4770K if my budget allows it. Depending on when I get around to actually buying some of this stuff, things may change.
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87 Sniper 5 G1 Extended ATX Motherboard
    Since this build will be green, I really have very few choices in motherboard color if I am going to stick with the color scheme. I know its dumb to go on color instead of performance and features, but I am going to attempt to do both. That is, pick components that look right and have the right features. Realistically speaking, I'd have to go with a 90% black motherboard, and nothing with any gold, red or blue on it, which throws out most of MSI's and Asus' boards. That leaves ASRock, Gigabyte and EVGA. EVGA doesn't have a board I like for the Z87 chipset, but luckily for me Gigabyte had the perfect board. The Gigabyte Z77 Sniper 5 Extended ATX board not only fits my needs in terms of performance and features, but its also GREEN! We'll see how hard it is to fit that in the case though. There should be plenty of room but I want to be extra sure before I get too deep, especially if I decide to watercool later on.
  • Graphics Cards: Nvidia GTX TITAN SLI
    Well, for graphics, I might go for the latest and greatest. My dream is to get two NVIDIA GTX TITANS in SLI on water in this build, but lets be realistic. That is just silly. $2k on graphics cards is hard to justify even if you can afford it, but this is a component wishlist, so whatever. Luckily, I can back this up at little expense to me with 2 GTX670s on water with XSPC Blocks (or reference coolers if I go air) from an older build, so we'll satisfy the NVIDIA theme either way.
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast
    Honestly, for this component I haven't done much digging, but I saw a press release on Tech Power Up about Kingston releasing black PCB versions of their HyperX Beast line and they look slick. They shouldn't run too high, so I anticipate spending under $200 to get the 16 GB+ of memory at 1866 MHz or higher. We'll see how sales go! Maybe the memory cost increase will catch up and I'll have to recycle some memory, but lets hope it doesn't come to that.
  • Boot Drive: Samsung 240 GB 840 PRO
    This was a no brainer for me. For SSDs, most of them offer phenomenal performance, but at price per gig, the Samsung 840 series does the best hands down. I've used a Vertex 3, Vertex 4, Patriot Wildfire, and Crucial M4 in previous builds, but right now they aren't to easy to find at a price and performance point that is as agreeable as the Samsung drive, so Samsung it is.
  • Storage Drives: 2x Seagate Barracuda 3 TB Drives
    Mass storage. Need I say more? This selection may change, but we'll see.
  • Power Supply: Undecided
    I haven't decided on a power supply yet, but I'll shop around. Obviously, if I want to run an NVIDIA GTX Titan, I'm gonna need a big honking powersupply of 1000W+, especially if I want to plan for the overhead for two of them. That doesn't leave many options, but I am looking at the new EVGA Powersupplies, some Silverstones, or maybe a Corsair. Seasonic is also on the table but at that wattage they usually don't have much to say for value. I'm open to suggestions, but we'll see.


    Of course, if you're reading this and you want to help out, I am taking donations! :-P

    Joking aside, I am excited to get started on this case.

Edited by lynnperformance - 7/24/13 at 4:31pm
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Day 2: Prepping the Case
DATE: JUN 09,2013

So its been a few days, but I finally got the case into the living room for some prep. Being open box (which I am certain of at this point) the case wasn't all there. Some front bezel covers were missing and one of the side panels were all scratched up. All the necessary hardware was there, so i am not too worried. I called up Silverstone the other day and reordered the side panel and some of the front bezels, although I don't anticipate needing it.

In case you are wondering, you can pretty much order any part in existence if Silverstone still makes it. In this particular case, I ended up getting the following.

* Front Bezel
* Three 5.25 inch Bay Covers
* Two Dust Covers (it comes in two parts)
* New Windowed Side Panel

That came out to be about $45 bucks plus shipping, which isn't bad, but unfortunately I am pretty much rebuying the case at that point.

Anyway, here is a picture of the case while I was cleaning it. You can tell some parts are missing...

Heres a pic of the interior if some of you are curious...


I'll also prepare to do some prep for painting, but that will require some rattle can malarkey and sand paper. Question is, can I do it right? It may get a bit tricky...especially since this is the first time I'm going to give it a try...

EDIT: Posted the wrong date. :-P
Edited by lynnperformance - 6/10/13 at 4:11pm
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Day 3: Painting the Case
DATE: JUN 10, 2013
Sticking with the NVIDIA Theme, the Silverstone RV03 doesn't exactly match colorwise. I figured that I would need to paint it, but I didn't want to do anything too crazy, since I can't do complex paint jobs with a rattle can and I suck with an airbrush. Luckily while cleaning the case, I found that the little champagne trip pieces are removable! So I decided to paint them up a bit. Specifically, paint them NVIDIA Green...kinda. And I apologize before hand for some of the poor pictures. I got a nice camera but that doesn't matter if the dude behind it has no skill. :-P

The paint I used was a Rustoleum brand Meadow Green paint from Home Depot. It includes Primer and Paint as is designed to an extent for plastics, so I figured, why not? Here we go...

This is a pic of the first coat of paint. ACK! Peeling!


After some cycles of painting, sanding, making mistakes, sanding, and painting again, the parts turned out as above. Not too bad! I like the matte color, so I coated the paint with some basic matte clearcoat. Here's a close up of the basic finish. Excuse the dust! Don't worry, its not stuck on the paint! I had hard time taking a picture of the piece without some specs floating on...must be the apartment. Time for a vacuum.


After giving it additional time to harden, I put some of the trim back on the case. Here is the top/front USB panel with the new green trim installed.


After doing that, I set about painting the non-windowed side panel. Here we go with some careful blue taping after drawing out a design for the NVIDIA Claw. This was a draft setting of the claw. It was a bit weird doing it freehand but the internet makes an excellent guide!


After tons of blue tape and some patience....


I'm pretty sure thats all the painting I am going to be doing at this point, but that may change in the future. Now that all that stuff is dry, I decided to put the case back together to see how it turned out. Here is a pic with the side panel painted and on the case. I like it!


As you can see I need to do a bit of refining and cleaning of the panel but for today, thats all I am planning on doing. We'll see how this goes. You can also see some scratches on the case from the open-box ness. I'll see about fixing that pretty soon, if i have some time. Not sure how I'm going to go about it yet, but I may use some black metallic touch up paint I have for my car or something. I may email Silverstone to ask about the paint finish, but it only really needs some touchup.
Edited by lynnperformance - 6/10/13 at 4:27pm
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i'll sub to you man. i got designs for a raven RV01 case on my dead computer at the moment. so i'd like to see what you gonna do with its little brother. good luck with getting those titans
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Thanks! Its been an interesting first few days actually logging everything, including all my mistakes and the open box nature of the case, which means I am learning to fix some stuff, like scratches along the way...
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Day 4: Power Supply Selection and Cable Sleeving
DATE: JUN 12, 2013

Ironically, I've decided to start working on the part of the build that was undecided earlier. I was at Fry's earlier this morning and I found a nice powersupply I liked. The power supply I selected is the SilverStone SST-ST1000-G Strider Gold 1000w Power Supply. It was completely modular, which is a huge plus for me, since last time a sleeved a power supply, it was semi-modular which involved quite a lot of modding. This time, I can just do the cables, which means I should be able to do a much better job. Thanks to Lustr0 at Overclock.net for the videos that got me started sleeving and check out his vids! http://www.overclock.net/a/lutro0s-video-guide-to-sleeving

In addition to being completely modular, the power supply is one of the few 180mm long 1000w power supplies, which means it fits PERFECTLY with the SilverStone Raven RV03 (go figure!) which doesn't seem like much now, but for those familiar with the case and the orientation of the case know, its nice to have that one thing less to worry about.


EDIT: Added some more pics of the power supply, for those interested.





The sleeving I chose to use was 550lb paracord. This is the typical paracord you see most places. I got mine online from a random outdoor vendor and the pattern was termed Monster. Here is what the paracord looks like.



I also took a few pics of the tools and what not I would be using to sleeve. Obviously, the list includes a lighter, some pliers, some really thin tweezers, tape (to wrap the wings so they don't catch on the paracord), some hobby snippers, some scissors, a knife and of course, my leatherman. Its not a trivial amount of gear. I also have a molex pin removal tool and an ATX pin removal tool there.



I'm going to be trying to do this the heatshrinkless way. If you're interested in the technique itself, just google "Heatshrinkless Paracord Sleeving" and you should find a few good tutorials. Lustr0 here on OCN also has a great video tutorial on YouTube or at his store.

So here is the 24pin part way done. Trying not to be sloppy here but I'll admit some paracord went to waste thanks to crummy measurement. rolleyes.gif


Anyway, an hour or so later, I got the 24 pin power connector done.



I don't have time to do the rest today, so I'll have to update this post when I get there.

Also, some new parts from Silverstone came in today! I got a new door and front bezel parts as I mentioned in my second post. Woohoo! Here is a few pics. Ooo...shiny...



Edited by lynnperformance - 6/12/13 at 2:54pm
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ummm. have you heard of colored plexiglass? i think a green window would be sick on this case especially since "Nvidia Green" is what the tint is normally. uhhh. if you just google i'm sure you will find it.
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Yeah thats a good idea, but I do want to show off some lights maybe. I'll look into it! Thanks for the suggestion!
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its completely seethrough, its not opaque its still transparent, but with color. then you can buy white lights instead of green ones and they will look green. smile.gif thus saving money
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Hmm....I'll definitely have to think about it. For now the build is on hold since I moved and my parts are all in different boxes. I hope to update this pretty soon...
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