P e r s p e c t i v e :
In today's world, alot of us will appreciate the need for calling something ones own, where customization and limited editions(and the degree thereof) are a way to set ourselves apart from the rest of the crowd. Be it psychologically or physically, we have grown to appreciate the need for customizing our habitable space and in doing so we have in some manner or form have helped the tech industry (and other corporations) to provide us with the means to allow us to enjoy a larger, more expansive, space which was once thought to be cramped quarters.
As someone who has an avid fascination towards workmanship and ofc things that can make a space more efficient and
as an architect with a busy life, I couldn't help but take note of how nimble Compact Splash was.
The build log is dubbed Urban Splash
courtesy of dictionary.com
of, pertaining to, or designating a city or town.
living in a city.
characteristic of or accustomed to cities;
He is an urban type.
where the case, is more at home in an urban, more compact, environment and can address a good amount of watercooling hardware...two aspects I'm enthusiastic about.
In essence this will be a build where I hope to showcase my abilities, my setup and my passion towards building systems and their environments as a whole. I thought about keeping this build log as simple as possible but then after a few days of tinkering I wondered,
Where's the joy in doing that?!
Since 2011 I have been investing in the thought of building a micro atx watercooled system to downsize from my already seeming titanic AMS build and when I came across news of Compact Splash, I knew I had to have it!
Oddly enough my direction was swayed when I stumbled upon a MOTM voting page where I was dead set on voting for a Fractal Core (something) build until I took notice of what looked like a cuboidal generator looking thingy among its competitors. I did end up voting for the Fractal case but the latter won the MOTM prize by a good margin. I eventually directed myself to the cubes build log after noticing a copper XSPC Raystorm block peeking from the innards. Being amazed would be an understatement
entirely! Fast forward a couple of months...and here I am with 4 units under my banner where 2 of them are going to find a new home when their owners decide its the right time to make component purchases.
There was a couple of back and forth with the cases production but the brainchild behind the case and project in its entirety came through and to this date holds the smallest case that can hold a powerful system and accepts more than 240mm of radiator space in said brainchilds portfolio. Joshua Sniffen is amazing with air cooled compact systems but watercooling one is a whole new level. Kudos to the designer Special mention:@She loved E
for deciding to batch production runs for the whole world to get a piece of the action! For putting up with my constant dilemma's and ofc for being patient when I had some issues of my own - Thanks buddy!@riah07
for providing an extra pair of hands for meeting the shipment deadlines and ofc for doing a wonderful job assembly and packaging wise.@golfergolfer
for passing on the rites of the Brotherhood thread to me and for being an awesome fella to work with during some of the collaborative design and structural ideas of the thread. If its any indication I borrowed some ideas from your build log in memory of you
You are surely missed mate!@WiSK
for being the second person to be of great help to the thread and the forums in general! He is also the mad scientist in the Brotherhood and the
person to go to for suggestions on SFX sleeving. Good stuff! @Dwood
for helping She Loved E realize his conception of a watercooled SFF unit and the first 20~ units of Splash. Wherever you are, you know you have a good number of followers wishing your good health! I'm one of them.@kennah
for infecting my mind with the drive to go for a Limited Edition Build
promptly after he snagged the Muskoka Night Tubing on Dazmode's site alongside a Limited Editon EK Block with Canadian Insignia. Worth checking out IMO.@Xaero252
for providing support on the packaging front. If it were not for the packing peanuts, paper and extra bubble wrap layer, my case would've been a crumpled beverage can by the time it reached my ports so forget what the final product would look like if it reached my doorstep.@Hanoverfist
for helping me out behind the scenes with the paint department. The guy has an eye for quality painters workmanship. I'd invest some time into his build logs and his paint skillz if I were you. Mark @ FrozenCPU
for holding back one of the EK RH Gold Blocks at my request in spite of living a few hundred miles away. I'd be sure to knock on their doors next time around if there are any Limited Edition stuff to snag.@ everyone else
on the Brotherhood alongside their build logs and the forums for helping out with info, inspirational media and the support that has culminated on this build log!I n i t i a t i v e :
As with all build logs, this one will showcase the growth of a system from its early stages and to add to that, I'm also designing a desk that will complement the case, my room and layout as well as my mindset on work as I don't like a cluttered workspace. I think better in open & efficient areas.
I opted for a pair of unfinished cases since I wanted a custom paint job done 'State-side however when the prices were far beyond my reach I thought I could try my hand at painting the case and include that into my resume
I will also attempt at making this a limited edition
build(log) as that would be fitting for a limited edition
as only 4 of 105 cases are in my country so I think that is something worth bragging about...but I'm not bragging.
So far things are looking good... and without further ado, lets get cracking!
Oh and welcome to Project Urban Splash