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This thread has been renamed to be my Build Log (originally "Christmas came a bit earlier this year" thread) rather than starting a new thread. I've always resisted doing Build Logs because I didn't want the writing aspect of the logs to detract me from my actual builds but I've really enjoyed reading other people's Build Logs so this is my way of contributing to the OCN community. With that said, the hardest part for me is getting any project started. Just like writing a paper for school or a journal entry or those flippin' Materials Science & Engineering Lab Reports back in college... I always look for some sort of an "inspiration" to get me started which is what I've decided to name this project.

I have an un-opened Corsair Air 540 case with all of the components ready to go but I just couldn't get enough motivation and inspiration to watercool my i5-2500K and GTX 690. Right after getting the case, the whole acrylic tubing phenomenon exploded which further detracted me from that build and I just never got back to it. Fast forward to today and here I am with my 3rd mini-ITX with my Corsair 540 build collecting dust. This mini-ITX build will focus on aesthetics over performance using EK components with Bitspower fittings. I really like the mini-ITX builds as you really have to think about placement of components, wire management, and tube routing. Kind of like solving a really expensive jigsaw puzzle which is satisfyingly rewarding at the end of that journey.

Aaaaand.... I can't do my first Build Log post without any pictures and since I really haven't started assembling my build yet, here are some pictures from my Prodigy which was my very first acrylic tubing build.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)








OK... Enough with the blabbing as I'm sure I've bored you guys to death already.
Now, let's get this Build Log started!


Build Log Updates:
Update 1: Inventory Assessment
Update 2-1: Layout Planning
Update 2-2: Layout Planning Cont'd
Update 3: Mock Up Installation
Update 4: Special Delivery
Update 5: Inventory Complete
Update 6: Installation
Update 7: Acrylic Tubing Installation
Update 8: Filling the loop leak testing
Update 9: A slight road block
Update 10: Drain, Disassemble, & Cable Management
Update 11: Power Up, Leak Test, and Final Pictures
Update 12: Performance Numbers coming soon...


Look what just got dropped off at my front door.


LOVE that this is Made in USA!
More pics to follow...
Edited by kimoswabi - 12/11/13 at 1:06pm
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That is a nice sized box right there...
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Based on the prodigy in the background I am going to guess caselabs s3?
 
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You can never go wrong with cardboard made right here in the USA. thumb.gif
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Based on the prodigy in the background I am going to guess caselabs s3?
Nice guess! wheee.gif
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You can never go wrong with cardboard made right here in the USA. thumb.gif
Haha. Good one! thumb.gif

So, I've decided to treat myself to an early Christmas this year. My previous mini-ITX build was in a Prodigy with PrimoChill acrylic tubing and I've decided to go with the S3 after having looked and considered a number of various cases (Fractal Node 304, Prodigy M, Evga Hadron Hydro, Parvum). The goal for this mini-ITX build is to focus on aesthetics over performance with mild OC on the GPU & CPU while using EK components including EK acrylic tubing and Bitspower fittings.

I'm sure many of you have already seen tons of unboxing pictures of the S3 so I'm not going to bore you with posting a lot of the same pics.

The attention to detail even on the packaging is awesome.




All bare and nekkid.


Look at all that space in there!


Windowed top and XL side windows.





... and the money shot!


Needless to say, I'm giddy as a little kid on Christmas.
I MAY consider even doing a build log...
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Looks nice! thumb.gif
 
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PLEASE do a build log... whats happening to the prodigy build?
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PLEASE do a build log... whats happening to the prodigy build?
The Prodigy has now been retired and has been converted to my kid's computer as it was due for an upgrade.
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You can never go wrong with cardboard made right here in the USA. thumb.gif

Oh yes, Cuba has their cigars, France has their chocolate, Columbia has their coffee , but there is nothing like USA cardboard smile.gif

I keep looking at those cases and saying "someday" lol, congrats man.
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The Prodigy has now been retired and has been converted to my kid's computer as it was due for an upgrade.
Awesome. Can't wait to see pics of the build (hoping for a log... link here if you do...)
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