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XI - EKWB DDC Heatsink Mod


Yesterday I took all of the parts which were unboxed in the previous update over to Pexons so he could finish off the sleeving and I could be relatively sure everything would actually fit together. While most things went extremely well a rather significant problem was unearthed in the process. It was actually the first time the radiator had been united with the other components all of which were chosen and positioned based on a quite detailed CAD model I had made of the case, some parts were measured and some taken from manufacturers drawings. I had realised earlier in the process that the fitting(s) between the pump inlet and the radiator would present a challenge and thought the Bitspower mini-snake would just manage to bridge the gap. Unfortunately when all of the pieces came together they didn't quite line up.



But i'm pleased to say I devised an exceptionally cunning plan. Moving the radiator wasn't an option, i'd already changed the fittings to the closest possible option, the pump top has already been modded to mitigate the problem... but if it just moved down a little bit, it might just fit!



If it could drop by 3mm then things would be looking up. As it turned out EK put some 'extra' metal into the anti-vibration feet assembly which amounted to about 3mm...





After facing off the heatsink bolts in the lathe I cleaned out the ends of the threads so they still screwed on nicely.





Naturally this meant that the feet wouldn't fit any more now the thread was much shorter. I figured 4x 5mmxM4 threads were probably overkill at aiding gravity to hold the res down, out with the saw and finished up with the lathe biggrin.gif I had to employ the help of an M4 nut to hold the foot while I faced the end.





Ok back to my desk! And i've got distracted by the lights subtly illuminating the delicate contours of the iPPC...



What were we doing? Oh yeah DDC heatsink mod... here you can see a modded bolt and foot alongside an original.





Now you can see the anti-vibration mounts fit flush up to the heatsink, saving precious space.



The bolts secure the heatsink, which replaces the stock DDC body to the pump top which in the process secures the pump in the middle sealing it against the top. In order for the heatsink to work effectively a 1mm thermal pad is applied to the PCB.







And there's the little chap all put together, now how am I going to fit this in the case rolleyes.gif





Both halves about to be joined. I don't think working such fine tolerances would be possible without the modularity of the Parvum. The freedom to remove any side is essential when things are this tight.



Wooo! The radiator it fits! The loop is complete, well it's not because the vertical pipe is 3mm too short now but I can address that tomorrow. I couldn't resist seeing how all of the parts would fit, this is basically everything aside the 24-pin. There's even room for two HyperX's!!!!









Things are taking shape around the front side too. Look at dat ram as well, I bet you didn't even see it in there.



So that's all for today, expect to see plenty more updates over the next few days and i'll sneak some more flattering pics of Pexons fine craftsmanship in too. Tomorrow I will be tearing it down so I can drill the floor to mount the SSD's and pump.

JR

Edited by JR23 - 1/22/15 at 9:28am
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Wow, that was quite a project. Having those tools at your disposal really makes a difference in the quality of work you can do on something like that. I would have had to "ghetto-rig" something to make that work at my house. I remember building Aquastein and having to do a bunch of crazy mods with my primitive tools.

You should be wrapping this up pretty soon then? Just out of curiosity, what do you do with these sponsored rigs after they're built?
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Wow, that was quite a project. Having those tools at your disposal really makes a difference in the quality of work you can do on something like that. I would have had to "ghetto-rig" something to make that work at my house. I remember building Aquastein and having to do a bunch of crazy mods with my primitive tools.

You should be wrapping this up pretty soon then? Just out of curiosity, what do you do with these sponsored rigs after they're built?

Yeah it helps to be able to just do something quickly and neatly, come back in try it out and change it accordingly. It takes a lot of the waiting out of either getting someone else to do it or finding another part, i'm starting to really appreciate having it for this little mm critical build. I'm waiting on a couple of parts now which may hold it up but i'm hoping to get the floor finished today and completely assemble what I have tomorrow to check everything works out. Maybe I can get on to final assembly and filling the loop this week but there are a few bridges to cross before that.

This is my first part sponsored build so I honestly don't know smile.gif I think i'll be taking it back to University with me for my final semester and it's highly likely i'll set up two rigs in my room and play GTA with my friends and use it for work o.O The gaming society at Uni are planning their first LAN at the moment and i'm booked in at spring Insomnia so it will definitely go along to those being so tiny. As for when I've finished Uni I really don't know but it certainly won't get stripped down any time soon.

JR
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XII - The last piece of the loop


After the adjustments made to the heatsink yesterday it meant that the vertical pipe in the back of the case was just a little too short. As I have more time on my hands now than when I cut the first lot of tubing I thought I would document the process.

Firstly I wrapped a single layer of electrical tape around the end of the tubing where the cut would be and another slightly further back. This allowed me to securely hold the part in the lathe without marking the plating.



The old pipe was measured and the new one marked accordingly to be 3mm longer. Last time around I measured the acrylic tube which was used to mock the loop purely because I had some left from a previous project and it was far cheaper than wasting the Alphacool tubing.



To avoid damaging the off cut it was sawn off while in the lathe, it was much easier to hold in the chuck rather than a vice.



The end of the pipe was then faced to the required length, while perfectly concentric this obviously left the edges very sharp.



As the pipe must be fitted through two o-rings in the fitting I chamfered the outside so it will slide in nicely.



...and similarly cleaned up the inside edge.



After giving it a good scrub on the inside to be sure there were no contaminants or fine pieces of brass left behind the last part is finished.





It fitted perfectly into place and i'm very relieved to have the loop completely finished.



Now that's all together I will start work on the floor.

JR

Edited by JR23 - 1/22/15 at 9:27am
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This color is like Nutella - fantastic work thumb.gif
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Nice ITX build, it's amazing how much you can cram into such a small footprint.
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XIII - Fitting the SSD's and Pump


Late last night I marked out and drilled the floor, to mount the pump and SSD's, I would of taken a pic of the process but it started snowing while I was outside. So straight in with the finished article and a test fit.





Both the HyperX 3K's ready! They are so pretty they just steal your eye and beg for pic's, probably the vainest SSD's on the market.





It's always nice to see the holes line up.



With the pump to hold the floor on it's side mounting the SSD's was easy.



While everything was mm critical the tightest spot was right in the back corner where the SSD's sit right next to the screw which secures the floor. I spaced them back just enough to let me remove the cube with the drive's in place.



The bottom was even tighter though as the SSD screw sit's right against the cube, but it missed perfectly of course. Any further away and i'd be wasting valuable space ^_^



I didn't know whether to use countersunk screws but in the end went with cap heads to match what Parvum do on the underside.



The especially short SATA power cable Pexon made me fitted on perfectly, the drives are spaced 20mm apart, just enough to fit a pair of right angle SATA's in.







I'm very happy with the floor so i'll probably tear it down and test the motherboard/CPU/RAM/PSU/SSD's, maybe install the OS and prepare for the final assembly.

JR

Edited by JR23 - 1/22/15 at 9:29am
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XIV - All Components


All of the components have now been tested and seem to be functioning correctly after persuading the motherboard to get along with the fans. Everything is apart and cleaned ready for final assembly now. Hopefully it will all fit together, it's going to be tight smile.gif

Case - Custom Parvum X1.0
CPU - Intel i5-4440
Motherboard - EVGA Z97 Stinger
RAM - HyperX 1600C9 2x4GB
GPU - Powercolor R9-290X
SSD - HyperX 3K 120GB
SSD - HyperX 3K 240GB
PSU - Silverstone SX600-G

Fans - Noctua IndustrialPPC NF-F12 2000PWM x2
CPU Cooler - Noctua NH-L12
RAM Spreaders - XSPC Universal Memory Side Plate
GPU Block - EK FC290X Nickel/Acetal w. Backplate
Radiator - XSPC AX120
Pump - Laing DDC 1T-Plus
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















Special thanks to Pexon PC's for all of the magnificent cables, this would be a lot harder without having everything the perfect length. I can't wait to get this all put together and leak tested to find out how the GPU loop performs.

JR
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This color is like Nutella - fantastic work thumb.gif

I haven't checked it against nutella, I must figure out which chocolate it's closest too, I guess I should buy lots and then eat them, nom. It look different in every light but it certainly tastes good.
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Nice ITX build, it's amazing how much you can cram into such a small footprint.

Looking at everything outside of the rig, it is bigeyedsmiley.png, thanks.

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