NZXT Phantom 820 * Stretched Limo Edition * [ build log ]
The new Phantom 820 has been released, and that means it's time for this girl to get her butt in gear and create something to push the envelope.
By way of preface;
My first Phantom build was some two years back, in a shiny new, just released, bright red phantom.
The bold styling and bright color really resonated with me, and I have since built several more, including two more phantoms and a phantom 410 for my personal builds.
Then the switch 810 came out, bigger, and with a lot more support for water cooling and multiple GPU setups.
I got one as soon as I could get one shipped down here, and it was a true dream to bring imagination into reality in. . . . . No budget and no time limit, just followed where it took me
It's been my most epic build to date.
Now the 820 is here, and that great team at NZXT is working to get a pair of white ones and some 810 style side panels shipped to me.
I was really trying to control my excitement and not start the build log untill they were here on the workbench, but enthusiasm seems to have hijacked my self control, and my overkill gene seems to have bogarted a massive dose of steroids from somewhere.
A look at my vision;
One of the things that I most liked about the original phantom styling, was the longer than high aspect ratio. It was lost in both the P410, and the switch 810. I liked the way it looked a little like a locomotive and I want to capture that back in this 820's build.
One of the compelling features of the S810 was its support for 420 rads up top, and 240 or 280 rads down below.
The P820, while larger than the S810, still trades 420 rad support for the top mounted USB and fan controller modules.
With most higher end motherboards featuring tri or quad GPU capability, and the new crop of 2560X1440 monitors that can really use that kind of GPU power for Eyefinity or Surround, rad capacity means more and more with each generation of case design for maximum effort sytems. The P820, seems from my perspective, to be a step back in that regard. I would have loved to see it be a bit longer to keep the 420 support, and maybe then a 360 on the bottom.
But all the wishing in the world won't make it anything more than it is already, so I'll have to do more than just wish . . . . .
I'm going to take sections from one P820, and graft them to another P820 to extend it, just like a stretched limo.
I'm not sure just how much stretch will work out well in relatively practical terms, but I'm shooting for room for a 560 up top, and that would easily then allow a 420 on the bottom, with room for the biggest of PSU's.
For now, all I can do is wait on the new P820's to get here.
2 are now here, and waiting on the third for this build.
Stay tuned for the adventure,
Edit to add:
With 820's in hand, and now mostly disassembled, having had the opportunity to study the top layout in more detail, it really looks like the stretch is going to allow for sections of 3 cases to graft together allowing 840 mm rads in the top and bottom.
As you follow along in the log here, you'll see that concept developed in more detail.
It's as good an index as I could have done, better actually, as it comes from the perspective of someone wanting to glean information, as opposed to me trying to guess what's important to others.
FIRST PAIR OF 820s ARRIVE
CUSTOM 810 DOOR on 820 - 810 HD CAGE in 820
820s NEW and OLD HD CAGES COMPARE
HD BASE BRACKET - OLD vs NEW
FINISHING AND TEST-FITTING THE MODDED PSU
HD CAGE SLIDERS
CABLE MGMT FACTORY GOOF
TOP TEARDOWN - HD CAGE ANALYSIS
TEARDOWN AND ANALYSIS OF THE BASE
FRONT PANEL AND PSU ANALYSIS
THE RAD TO BE USED AND PLAN
MODDING THE FRONT PANEL FOR PSU AND FANS
MODDING THE OPTICAL DRIVES CAGE
RE-CHECKING THE FRONT PANEL FILLER PLATE
CUTTING TOP & BOTTOM PANELS TO FIT 280 RAD LENGTH
A LOOK AT THE 560 SIZE CASE
THE MINI ITX PHANTOM 8.20
RADS IN CASE
MORE RADS IN CASE
3RD CASE ARRIVES
RADS IN ANALYSIS
RADS IN CASE WITH PSU
LOWER CHASSIS PANEL WITH RADS
THE WHITE CASE - TOP PANELS WITH RADS - CASE TOPS LINED UP
NEW PCBS FOR PWM & TACH SIGNAL CONTROLLERS
MOAR RADS AND FANS COME IN
MONITORING MODULES & FRONT PANEL
MINI LOOP TESTING WITH ACRYLIC TUBING SECTION
PUMPS CONNECTED TO 12V WITHOUT PWM
PUMPS CONNECTED TO 12v with PWM CONNECTED
400mm BITSPOWER RES WITH LIGHT TUBE
WATERJET RES WITH VID
FLIP WATER JET DIRECTION BACK TO FRONT
LAST CUSTOM ELECTRONICS CONTROL PCB DONE
ACRYLIC TUBING TEST - TOP & BOTTOM CHASSIS PANELS READY FOR THE TIG SHOP
BITSPOWER RESEVOIR; INTERNAL CCFL LIGHT-TUBE MOD - How To
WOO-HOO ! BACK FROM THE WELDING SHOP - THE VISION IS BECOMING CLEARER
STRETCHED CHASSIS MOCKUP WITHOUT THE PLASTIC TOP PANELS
TESTING THE RES MODS WITH AURORA, TARSIS RED . . . w/ VIDEOS
HOW TO DO MY LIGHT TUBE ADDITION MOD IN ANY BITSPOWER RES
HOW TO DO THE "JET TUBE" MOD
TOP PLASTIC PARTS FITTED TO TOP CHASSIS PANEL
Hopefully, I'll have a pair of P820's here by next weekend to tear apart and start my wheels a turnin'.
Definitely Subbing this one!!! Is this build being sponsored by NZXT Darlene? Sorry for being nosey. J/W? I know this will be an epic build as everything you've done so far has been insane.
As in getting everything for free, no.
A big wad of cash is coming from my pockets, but they are definately helping big time too. . . . a very cooperative relationship
I'm a firm believer in putting my money where my mouth is, and I believe in this build.
I do not think I've seen anything along this line done before, it's going to be as challenging as it is exciting.
BTW, Welcome aboard.
No Darlene be sponsored doesn't mean you get everything for free. At least it doesn't to me. I for sure didn't get everything for free. NXZT definitely does like helping modders out with their builds. A lot of people get the misconception that a sponsored build means the person got all the parts for free from different companies. Most builds out there might have a few things given but you always end up paying somewhere down the line for parts. And the actual work and extra materials like paints andacrylic and so one also comes out of pocket.
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