Thank you to Parvum Systems, XSPC, Aquatuning and HyperX for your support on this project.
Hello OCN and welcome to my first sponsored project log 'Chocolate Box'. After the success of my previous project JR2.0 Parvum very kindly offered to put together an ITX case for me. Having seen one at i52 I knew it was an offer I couldn't refuse, they are so cute it would be like turning down a puppy. So from then onwards I started thinking what could be done with the available space. I decided that I wanted to use a full length graphics card and so water cooling both the CPU and GPU was not an option. Rather than the more traditional route of using an AIO or custom loop just for the CPU I decided to do the opposite. From that unconventional decision the choice of components slowly fell into place, in turn informing the rather... brown... theme.
Weirdly that suited me perfectly, the three builds I had completed prior to this were all black and red so brown or chocolate made for a welcome change. Plus I like Chocolate =) I also took it as an opportunity to diversify my hardware collection by avoiding nVidia, Corsair and Asus. Not for any particular reason, just i've done a lot of that lately. So I hope that's enough background, let us start unboxing and explaining each piece.
Case - Custom Parvum X1.0
CPU - Intel i5-4690k
Motherboard - EVGA Z97 Stinger
RAM - HyperX Fury 1600C9 2x8GB
GPU - Powercolor R9-290X
SSD - HyperX 3K 120GB
SSD - HyperX 3K 240GB
PSU - Silverstone SX600-G
Fans - Noctua IndustrialPPC NF-F12 ip67 2000PWM x2
CPU Cooler - Noctua NH-L12
GPU Block - EK FC290X Nickel/Acetal w. Backplate
Radiator - XSPC AX120
Pump - EK-DDC 3.2 PWM
Pump/Res - EK DDC X-RES 100
Fittings - Alphacool HT 10/13 Chrome
Tubing - Alphacool HT 10/13 Chrome
Rotaries - EK PSC and Bitspower mini-snake
Monitor - Dell Ultrasharp U2515H
Keyboard - Keyboard Paradise V60 Mini Cherry MX Green
Keyboard Case - Vortex 60% Machined Aluminium
Keyboard Caps - Signature Plastics DSA PBT
Mouse - Mad Catz M.O.U.S.9
Surface - OverclockersUK Mega XXL Tactical Elite
I - Unboxing: Fans, Cooler, Motherboard and GPU
II - GPU waterblock unboxing and fitting
III - Unboxing: Reservoir and PSU
IV - Unboxing: Fittings and Tubing
V - Case assembly and initial test fit
VI - Mocking the loop
VII - Fitting the Chrome Tubing
VIII - Fitting the Snake
IX - Chocolate Board I
X - Unboxing: Rad, Pump, SSD and Memory.
XI - EKWB DDC Heatsink Mod
XII - The last piece of the loop
XIII - Fitting the SSD's and Pump
XIV - All Components
XV - Securing the Parvum logo inlay
XVI - Final Assembly
XVII - Chocolate Board II
XVIII - Final Photographs I
XIX - Review
XX - Upgrade time!
XXI - ...
Edited by JR23 - 8/20/15 at 5:35am