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XVI - Final Assembly


The update has landed, in this single post I will attempt to show the entire assembly from start to finish. As you know every piece has already been designed, modded, test fitted and adjusted to fit precisely in position however this is the first time everything can come together.

Normally one might expect to start with an assembled case, or even with a Parvum build at least put it together at the start. Chocolate Box however is a little different, the case, components, loop and cables must all be put together simultaneously.



These are all of the parts which go into making the case, quite a lot for how big it is.





As with most Parvums I started with the floor, securing all six cubes and the pair of HyperX's





Next in was the motherboard tray, a custom part which I designed around all of the components.









Although I knew the front, like the floor, would have to come off again I installed it to support the motherboard tray while fitting the motherboard and graphics card.





The motherboard, CPU and RAM were left together just because it's the safest way to store them. Also the IO plate which I earlier modded by removing the bottom end to clear GPU backplates is now permanently glued in place. That made fitting the motherboard just a little less fiddly.





Assembling the back end of the case is done alongside the graphics card installation, this is the same for all X1.0's. The inner part of the back holds the card vertically while the outer keeps it securely in the PCI slot. By temporarily securing the inner part the GPU can be installed easily with one pair of hands.





With little else in the way this was also a great time to install the fittings used to pass through the motherboard tray.



Next up the card itself and the IO plate, which I forgot derp.





Above you can see the card in place being supported by the inner part of back panel. The single screw at the top is removed carefully, the outer panel put in position and then all of the screws tightened up. That's all which is involved in installing the graphics card. If you started with the case full assembled you simply remove the outer panel, position the card and put it back together.



Front half of the loop complete smile.gif



Remember me saying the floor would have to come off? well this is why. Rather humorously the case has to be un-inverted to fit all of the cables along the bottom. SATA's, 8-pin and LED's must be plugged in before fitting the heatsink.









Once everything has been plugged in the floor can be replaced.



With the case back on it's feet a little cable management is in order.





Next another part which i've probably made unnecessarily complicated, the radiator and pump must be installed simultaneously to ensure the fitting that links them is tight. Also because there isn't enough room to tighten the fan screws when it's inside the case that goes in at this stage too.





And the only way to get all that lot inside is to pull the front off.





Then the pump could be easily bolted down and the front of the case re-assembled. Everything aligned nicely.





Leaving just one piece to complete the loop.





One big component left to go, the rather small PSU! and of course all of the cables.









A little cable management later...





All that was left to do was fit the sides and roof.









Leak testing is now in progress and the DDC is purring away, everything looks good so far. Fingers crossed for the first ever boot.

JR
post #72 of 134
Awesome update, I really like what you did. Kudos my friend!
post #73 of 134
Great update, looking awesome! Cable management is a pain when the cables are so short. You should put on some combs maybe? Loving the loop, very creative. Will/can you fit an 80mm exhaust?

J.
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Very nice! Neat , just the way I like it. thumb.gif
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Sensational.
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I really love this build, I've been following it from the start I'm sure, and I don't know if I've said it before, but I feel it is very under appreciated. It is not the most out there but it is very very neat. Something that is much easier said than done. The straight cuts and well matching colours really show a great pride in your workmanship and I feel you deserve more than one sentence of praise. Well done and I hope you are satisfied with you build. I know for a fact when you put more than a few hours into something that you appreciate it most the in fleeting glances many months after it is done. Congratulations mate.
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Excellent work mister! very impressive attention to detail.cheers.gif
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Great update, looking awesome! Cable management is a pain when the cables are so short. You should put on some combs maybe? Loving the loop, very creative. Will/can you fit an 80mm exhaust?

J.

Thanks J, yeah the cable management is difficult but there's nothing to lose and nowhere to hide it. I don't personally like combs and there actually isn't room to use them because they make the cables substantially bigger, I mean not much but mm's are a problem here biggrin.gif. I've used them in the past where they are hidden but I won't be using them here. Ideally the PSU would be reversed making the 24-pin just a straight curve but every single pin has to swap over. Pexon did an awesome job on them all and everything is just the right length. I have two rear pieces for it and I could fit an 80mm fan however I will not be doing. I greatly prefer the clean back and it's just not needed for airflow. The air finds it's way nicely out of the top, air flow/loop wise it's performing flawlessly so far, i've even been running the CPU passively. The pump is my greatest concern at this moment.

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I really love this build, I've been following it from the start I'm sure, and I don't know if I've said it before, but I feel it is very under appreciated. It is not the most out there but it is very very neat. Something that is much easier said than done. The straight cuts and well matching colours really show a great pride in your workmanship and I feel you deserve more than one sentence of praise. Well done and I hope you are satisfied with you build. I know for a fact when you put more than a few hours into something that you appreciate it most the in fleeting glances many months after it is done. Congratulations mate.

I would feel uncomfortable doing anything less, at every stage in the build I like to kick back and enjoy how it's going, from the tiny details to the overall build. It's great to work with Parvum and Pexon and having the opportunity to show off their craftsmanship. I'm glad that you enjoyed it so far, thanks for your support it's really appreciated.

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Awesome update, I really like what you did. Kudos my friend!

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Very nice! Neat , just the way I like it. thumb.gif

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Sensational.

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Excellent work mister! very impressive attention to detail.cheers.gif

Thanks everyone, I very much enjoyed the final assembly and writing the build log. Taking each photograph really helped me decide what parts to add next and how to go about it getting it together, I think that shines through and I appreciate all of your kind comments. Chocolate Box is very much alive and i'm just waiting for a couple of little things now.




Expect the final pics to come along in the next week or two in addition to some information on how it performs and quite possibly a Chocolate Board II update.

JR
post #80 of 134
nice build looks yummy


one thing though is that it feels off with all that water cooling just for the GPU while the CPU is on air, what is the reason behind it?
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