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Indeed I'm loving that motherboard too thumb.gif
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XXIII - DDR4 prep and new tubing

I've had an extremely busy few weeks of work and lets just say I wasn't sure I wanted to see any PC's for several days! However I couldn't stand to see my X1.0 sit dismantled in a cardboard box any longer, so it was time to get a little progress in and continue with the rebuild!

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With the move from Haswell to Skylake it not only meant that I needed a new board but of course some DDR4 to go with it.

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While this may appear to be Vengeance LPX, it really isn't, just yeah confused.gif

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So to remove one element of confusion and to add another I decided to remove the 'stock' LPX not LPX spreaders and fit watercooling kit spreaders just like the old DDR3 that came out.

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So thats the last of the main hardware upgrades taken care of!

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Next I will be addressing the tiny aesthetic details. Chocolate Box had always been a huge mix of watercooling parts with an EK pump and block, XSPC radiator, Alphacool tubing and the occasional Bitspower fitting. Purely because at the time that was the most effective solution performance wise and aesthetically. However to alleviate the huge mixture of fittings I will be switching them all to Bitspower along with the relatively recent 12mm OD chrome tubing.

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Today i've just been working on the back of the case and as before using a lathe to accurately face the pipework to length. Not exactly a requirement but just because I can.

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The one new tube fitted perfectly into place!

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I also swapped in Bitspower pass through, rotary and extender fittings to keep things extra clean and consistent. I went for 'enhance' style compression fittings as although I prefer push-in style for rigid tubing these just looked incredibly slender and discrete. Each length of tubing stems from a rotary hence it made sense to just use the one fitting rather than conventional rotary and C47.

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So the back side of the loop is looking on point once more, I just need to pick up two more 90° enhance rotaries and then I will progress with the front half.

JR

Edited by JR23 - 3/11/17 at 1:39pm
post #113 of 134
Loving the new Bitspower chrome tubing.
Ill be using that on my next build.
post #114 of 134
Fantastic as always! Loving that CPU cooler. I'm thinking of doing something similar in my Caselabs BH2 when I get it. Parvum is next on the list thumb.gif
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Just lovely upsidedwnsmiley.gif Still my favourite build of yours JR.
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XXIV - Assembling tubing and fittings

Over the weekend I cut the four remaining tubes for Chocolate Box using the lathe just as before.

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I'm using Bitspower enhance style fittings which incorporate a traditional compression ring into almost any imaginable fitting, in this case a 90° rotary.

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There are also 90° links with a compression ring on both sides allowing relatively slender and simple bends without attempting to form the pipe.

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So a quick test fit was in order to ensure my measurements were accurate, everything came together neatly.

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When it's possible I like to keep a consistent knurling pattern and diameter throughout the build hence I found some matching stop plugs.

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I'm really happy with the results and the consistency now all of the tubing and fittings are Silver Shining. It's actually much lighter than the previous 10/13mm components and the rotaries are much tighter too so hopefully it will sit just as true in the build when coolant is added

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Next up I just need to give everything a clean off and then reassemble, very excited to see how it looks and performs with all the little changes now.

JR

Edited by JR23 - 3/11/17 at 1:38pm
post #117 of 134
Absolutely beautiful, those shots are incredible. Can't get over this build!
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XXV - Cleaning heatsink and fans

With the tubing completed in the previous update, there really was not much left to do besides add the cables and fit the CPU cooler but after many months of service the L12 deserved a thorough cleaning.

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So I decided to give him a shower!

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...and of course the IP67 F12 wanted to be involved too.

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Left to dry out in the afternoon sun, I wanted to be sure the fan would not throw out some water when it was powered on in the build.

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While the original vibration mounts were still in perfect order I had 120 or so original brown parts left over from LIGHTNING, hence I just picked out some fresh new ones.

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Just like new again.

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Always the tricky part of this build is connecting the CPU fan, but it can be done with some patience.

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Second round of final pics to come very soon smile.gif

JR

Edited by JR23 - 3/11/17 at 1:37pm
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So its had a good wash and new shoes biggrin.gif

Nice pictures
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XXVI - Final Photographs

Each little detail has manifested into the latest revision of Chocolate Box and while none of these changes were radical together they make quite a difference. So for the second and i'm sure not the last time here are the 'final' photographs!

Case - Custom Parvum X1.0
CPU - Intel i7-6700k
Motherboard - EVGA Z170 Stinger
RAM - Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB 4000C12
GPU - XFX R9-390X DD Black Edition
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 - Bitspower Enhance Silver Shining
Tubing - Bitspower 10/12mm Silver Shining

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I suspect another installment of photographs will come, these just stood out from the 250 or more that I took this afternoon. Thanks for checking it out, catch you all soon!

JR

Edited by JR23 - 3/11/17 at 1:36pm
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