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Old 27-04-17, 11:14 PM
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PARVUM i1.0 Prototype

Thank you to EK Water Blocks, ASUS ROG UK, Silverstone Technology, Samsung, Nvidia, Bitspower and of course JR23 for collaborating on this project.

For a long time we had been planning a new ITX build, getting parts ready and running through new case ideas, but the daily pressures of keeping Parvum moving forwards stood in the way of devoting any serious work hours to a project. However that very rapidly had to change when one of our work rigs started showing serious signs of old age. With a sketchy RAID0 array and everything bordering 5 or so years old the best way forwards was to quickly round up all the fresh parts and get a rig together. That being said, our office rigs have some serious standards to live up to!

So JR23 was summoned to Parvum HQ at the soonest available opportunity and instructed to bring some new case designs along with him. We had already discussed this build a while back, pencilled to use an old Maximus VI Impact with EK monoblock and even drafted some layout concepts. Rather than waste this fresh thinking we picked it back up, threw in some fresh hardware and reworked it all into an elegant build that wouldn't be too time consuming.

Case - Parvum i1.0 Prototype
CPU - Intel i7-6700k
Motherboard - ASUS ROG Strix Z270i
RAM - Corsair Dominator Platinum 2x8GB 3866C16
GPU - EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti
SSD - Samsung 960 Pro 1TB x2 RAID1
PSU - Silverstone SX800-LTI SFX 800W Titanium

Fans - EK Vardar F1-120 x6
CPU Block - EK Supremacy-MX
GPU Block - EK FC Titan X Pascal - Acetal
Radiator - EK PE240 x2
Pump/Res - EK XRES 100 SPC-60 MX x2
Tubing - EK HD 10/12mm - Acrylic
Fittings - Bitspower Deluxe White (C47)

Most unusually this time we start with the case rather than hardware. Everything had been measured and modelled ready for the build so the case could be cut straight off with no pass through's to add in or mounts required.

Ice cream!

May have noticed by the odd M.2 placement that this isn't an old V Impact and that's the main reason it got swapped for this one. A 1TB 960 Pro in the back...

...and another 1TB 960 Pro in the front of this awesome little Strix Z270i.

While everything theortically should of just fitted together obviously, mistakes were made, and the radiators didn't match up exactly with the drawings for the case. But thankfully enough rotaries can quite literally solve any problem. So rather than joining the rads in the middle we dropped below and joined the bottom port on each, sneaking around the other port.

Quickly checked the midwall fitted properly with our new fitting fix, crisis avoided, new side panel not necessary.

Fans! Very slow ones, and lots of them.

Without wanting to add a fan controller we didn't have or overload the board with loads of fans and pumps joining all 6 fans together was the neatest option, first they were all cut to the same length.

Then the unsightly wires on the front fans heatshrinked black. Vardar's now have all black wires, that's how long we've been planning this for!

All the PWM and Tach wires were removed as they will be used on a fixed voltage directly in a PSU peripheral connector.

A + and GND wire soldered on to all the fans ready for sleeve and heatshrink.

Quick check that the pumps fitted neatly, no problems here.

Small tube between the inlet and outlet of the two pumps, configured in series for ultimate work rig redundancy.

And the little board prepared earlier screwed down to the midwall.

With the board screwed down we finally had the chance to see it on it's feet having built from the side panel upwards.

CPU of choice being a 6700k, all the threads ready for occasional nesting and rendering duties.

So that wraps up our first day on this incredibly high speed build, already looking very different from any other Parvum, the first triple white and an eerily simple midwall with very little need for cable routing. Let us know your thoughts on this little guy so far! J.

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Old 27-04-17, 11:42 PM
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Wow this is very very impressive. I should expect that though from JR23 by now
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Old 28-04-17, 04:06 AM
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It's been a while since we've seen any Parvum stuff, I'm glad to see something new and different.
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Old 28-04-17, 09:19 AM
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Got some pretty cool stuff on this one. First Parvum with PSU in the front / visible.
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Old 28-04-17, 09:51 AM
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Certainly looks like an interesting design boys
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Old 28-04-17, 10:25 AM
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Old 28-04-17, 12:09 PM
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This is looking very interesting, I'm a big fan of compact builds and I love what you are doing with the rads.
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Old 29-04-17, 01:24 PM
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Thanks for all the comments guys

Once again it was another very sunny spring day in Essex and with the prospect of new hardware arriving in the post we made a very early return to the warehouse.

Nothing like the morning light on a new Ti.

But before JR23 spent the entire morning on glamour shots of the card, creeping slowly back to the usual studio style we were interrupted by DPD with many fresh toys!

A much needed CPU block, the only part missing from our watercooling stash as we anticipated using the old Impact and monoblock and a very mighty 800W Titanium SFX PSU.

Which didn't quite fit in as planned. It was evident from the product photos that the fan grill protruded every so slightly so we cut a hole for that to sit in, which it did, however the screw heads holding it in place also stood proud. Didn't need it anyway

Fans tested with the PSU and new shiny RAM installed.

And that seemed like a great opportunity to tidy the ever growing pile of boxes from our work area ready for tubing and sleeving tools and go get some lunch! J.
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Old 04-05-17, 07:26 PM
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No time was wasted fitting the card along with the 24-pin. After JR23 changed PSU in his R1.0 build we had a huge amount of wires to pick through, re-pin and make up a new set. All sleeved in MDPC-X shade 19.

Unlike in the back this time around fittings and routing were going exactly according to plan

So very quickly bending commenced.

The first was a very straight forward 90°.

...and the second could of easily been the same however we decided to switch it up and take a slightly more direct path.

The first attempt was good, however, we felt it looked too parallel, almost as if it was unintentionally off.

So next time we exaggerated the angle a little more, paying slightly more attention to lengths each side of the bend.


Tubing to the CPU block was next up, we tried a few different combinations of fittings, contemplated slight bends and even tried something different on each side.

But the obvious option prevailed. Continuing the loose angles while mirroring the pair of DIMMs, pumps, fans...

All starting to piece together now. J.
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Old 04-05-17, 08:12 PM
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looks amazing so far, looking forward to the updates
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