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MODZERO ASHEN - PARVUM SYSTEMS X3.0 CUSTOM

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Posted · Original PosterOP

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Wow, the last year has flown by! I finished the MODZERO JUICE build logs back in December 2017 and then went dark...

 I'm still running my S4 Mini daily, I love it! and it's been great at LAN events. Though I'll be retiring it when ASHEN is complete, fear not, it won't be boxed and stored. JUICE will be back later in the year as a fully (internal only) water-cooled S4 Mini (MODZERO JUICED).

MODZERO JABBA was meant to be next, and it will be, after this one. ASHEN came about whilst talking to the Parvum Systems guys over the JABBA design (Custom X2.0). I'd recently bought a Filco TKL (MX Blacks) and bought these keycaps, SA ASHEN FROM MAXKEY (here). They look awesome! but didn't really suit the aesthetic of my S4 mini... so... yeah.. I'm building my keyboard a matching computer.


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Shaun at Parvum talked me into it when he showed me just how close their acrylics (stone grey, dark grey) would match. JABBA is an X2.0 but I knew Parvum had been working on the X3.0 (see JR23 Chocolate box)! I'm a huge fan of JRs work and thought this a good little project to work with a design of his (mostly).

So Shaun did his Parvum magic, pulled up the X3.0 design and went about making the changes I'd need and even adapted the custom pump mount/res you'll be seeing again in JABBA.

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As the build progresses you'll get a clearer picture of how the X3.0 differs to the X2.0 (If you're into it). But, in a nutshell, the HDD mount panel is gone, the SFX PSU is now up at the top (2x 2.5" drive mounts on the bottom panel), new front panel design (I opted for a three-panel variant), New top panel design (grill over the rear chamber, window over the GPU) and possibly a new GPU mount (it's certainly different from my old Veer but that's old old).

So the plan is simple enough, I had a custom mid-wall panel designed for a really clean finish. the integrated DDC mount/res is stunning! and frees up so much room! so I'll put a CPU loop in that takes the loop into the rear chamber and hooks up with the RAD. I'm hoping to archive some really clean lines.

I went with MDPC-X sleeve this time around, props to my man James at PexonPCs check him out for all your MDPC-X cable supply needs.

This is my first build with support from EKWB! I'm super excited to have these guys on board! they have always been my number one choice for blocks and with the great looking EKWB - Velocity D RGB AMD going in this build, I can't wait to do them proud.

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I've plenty of product shots up on my Instagram and will post more in the logs are things progress. It's an absolute pleasure after years of building to have support from some of the biggest players. This isn't a carrier path for me and has always been a labour of love. I'll maybe build one PC a year (if I'm lucky), I'm a hobbyist at best. But when I had confirmation that AMD would support ASHEN, I lost my s**t!.

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The first custom PC I built for myself out of my own pocket ran an AMD Athlon XP1500+. I was maybe 18 years old, I had a buddy in Florida that was able to pick the chips from a stock bin and we'd get the ones known for their stepping. Overclock the life out of them and they'd post as an XP2100+. AMD made a product I could afford, which enabled me to build a PC and become a part of the PCMR, the quest for higher performance from my purchase led to aftermarket coolers, better fans, case designs, water-cooling and thus ultimately it had its part in MODZERO. I'll try and find a photo of that machine... I'm sure I have one, for the time it was badass!  

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Gigabyte UK has had my back since MODZERO OCTO, I got in touch about this project and they showed me the love. RTX ON. Really enjoying how the mobo, ram and GPU all share the same design elements.

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Free time is hard to find at the moment and this build is taking it all and then some. I really wanna get this one turned around fast. It's taken a long time to put all the pieces on the table.  I'll be posting build log updates weekly (fewer studio shots and more process ones) until it's finished.

I can't wait to show you more. Thanks for checking this out.

J.


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I love the retro legend on the keeb and can't wait to see this all done!


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  PCs and other things:

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Current PC

CPU: AMD A8-6600k (@4.2Ghz)

GPU: GTX 1070Ti 8gb FTW2 iCX

Motherboard: GA-F2A78M-HD2 

RAM: 8gb Patriot DDR3-1600mhz

Storage: Samsung 830 EVO 120gb, WD Blue 1tb 7200RPM 

PSU: SeaSonicM12II 620w (I wish I didn't buy this)

 Peripherals: Logitech G305//Corsair K55 RGB 

Displays: Asus MG248QR//Dell 1905FP

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New PC (getting parts)

CPU: i7-8086k [✓]

Cooling: EVGA CLC 280 RGB [✓]

GPU: EVGA GTX 1070Ti 8gb FTW2 iCX [✓]

Mobo: GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS PRO [✓]

RAM: XPG SPEXTRIX X41 2666mhz (Grey) [✓]

 Storage: T-Force Delta 250gb, WD Blue 1tb 7200RPM [✓]

PSU: 650w+ and ranked well

Case: Fractal Design Meshify C White

Peripherals: Logitech G305//Corsair K55 RGB [✓]

Displays: Asus MG248QR//Dell 1905FP [✓]

Extra: Sky blue front panel, sky blue cable extensions [✓]

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Other

Phone: Huawei Mate 10 Lite (China steal my data???)

Dog: Irish Water Spaniel, Lucy, 9 years old (I didn't know what to write)

School Laptop: Acer Chromebook R11 ((less RAM than my phone)

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
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UPDATE 2.0
 
I've been hacking away at this with every spare 15-20mins I get (and with a 16 months old boy... that ain't often). It's coming along nicely. So I wanna bring you up to speed. Cables and distro plate are up first.
 
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I went with MDPCX sleeve with this one, if you're in the UK go check out Pexon PCs they sell the full MDPCX lineup. I pulled the colours from the ashen keycaps.
 
MDPC-X Haze Grey
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MDPC-X Diamond Red Small
 
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I approached the wiring differently this time around. With all my previous builds I'd take a length of wire, rough measure, cut, crimp both ends and repeat for all wires.. THEN sleeve. This time I listened to a master and did as instructed. Check out p0pes guide to perfect cables.. it's the only video you'll ever need. 
 
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I've gone off combs tbh but these are really low profile and seeing as the mid-wall panel is cut for each wire they made sense at least for the GPU.
 
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When you only have 10 minutes here and a half hour there, wiring takes an age! haha, slowly I got them all done.
 
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Next up (well, before I guess) I tackled my distro-plate/ ddc pump mount/res. I'm not too great with a soldering iron and replacing the factory wires on the DDC pump is the best way if you after a super clean look.
 
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Instead, I stripped it back, put some tight shrink wrap on each cable, fitted the new EK housing and sleeved the wires directly into a 6-pin on the PSU. 
 
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This scared the shit out of me. It's taken a while to get all the parts together for this project and I couldn't help thinking if I made a mess of the plate I'd be in for another delay. It came pretty rough cut from the Parvum boys and after a quick chat with MADS.ONE I knew I was in for some arm ache! 
 
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All by hand, it's far from perfect.. annoyingly I just couldn't get into some of the spaces with my fat fingers but overall, it's not too shabby. 
 
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I ordered some 18mm M4 bolts for the pump mount as the supplied ones are designed for a pump top and would have cracked the plate (too long). rigged up a quick bend and leak tested. I made a mistake here.. I left it running for a while... and lets just say, it got a bit hot! oops.
 
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I'm so excited to be back on an AMD CPU. It's been too long. Must admit, a part of me wants THREADRIPPER! 
 
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That EK VELOCITY block looks great! Normally I've planned the loop out well in advance... but with the build, once I'd decided to pass-through the mid panel I thought the rest would just fall in place. 
 
I was wrong...
 
Next update will be the loop (version 1).
 
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It's gonna be goooooood, thanks for checking this out. 
 
J.

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On 2/9/2019 at 12:02 PM, MODZERO said:
 
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I normally stop myself to 2000 + plastic restore cream. Man this is true dedication, keep up. The build is coming along nicely. 

 

 

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UPDATE 3.0
 
The loop, take one! yup... It's a taken a few weeks to get another update posted and at the end of it, I drained the loop and started over... kinda...
 
so where to begin.
 
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I use 12/10mm acrylic tubing, always have. PETG is for, er, those who prefer it I guess... I'm an acrylic guy. When I put together the case, I knew these bends were gonna be tight.. and tbh I'd no idea which way I'd do it. all I knew was the top and bottom with the in-out from the pump/res. with the middle two feeding the CPU and I had to get it through the rad between em. 
 
I did a test bend and got pretty close.. it was gonna be tough.
 
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If at first, you don't succeed, bitch and moan, swear, sack it off and come back to the next day... hahaha after a *couple attempts I got the two tight bends I needed without any warping or misshaped tube. glory! so that got the CPU out to the RAD and the RAD to the RES return.
 
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Couple more short throw 90's for the RES in, to the CPU in. 
 
 
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It's just not a Parvum build until it's tasted your blood!
 
 
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Yeah, happy with that... (the loop at is). The wiring is okay. the EPS was a little too short and I just didn't want to redo it.. (MDPC sleeve isn't cheap and I was running low) but it'll serve. and between us, since this photo was taken, I pulled em out replaced a few wires that were either too short and clipped a few more that were too long. it's looking nicer.
 
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The front! This is where I began to fall out with my loop. In my mind, it was simple. The passthrough lined up with the pump/res, so top and bottom were sorted. two runs with clean simple, single 90's.
 
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It was the cpu that did me in. The EK Velocity  is such a nioce block.. no way were I rotating it. lit up it's a true thing of beauty! But I needed to retain that spacing from the four pass-through points. I'd put those outer two runs in and they looked huge! So I decided to bring the centre two out as far as the edge of the rad, then bend inwards. But the problem was turning them inward to the correct in/out on the Velocity block.
 
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So the penny dropped..(granted it's really not that hard to work out... but please remember, I'm living on feck all sleep, stealing 20-30mins when I can, children.. such a blessing, ha!) bring the CPU out to meet the centre two runs. simple right? yeah.. only the bottom third run is just a few mm off being inline with that third hole. So both CPU tubes that came out to the centre two runs had to have an angle. 
 
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So I flush and think, yeah, I like that...
 
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Until two days later when I decided I didn't. Next update I'll try and bang out tomorrow. Loop 'Take Two'! The shit sequel! (yeah, it's not good.. hahaha).
 
But don't worry, 'Take Three' is epic! and now it looks the balls! But before I go, a couple thoughts on RGB. the wiring is horrid! thick splitters are all you can buy, you can't custom cut length and as I found out... it's important to read the warnings.. I blew both my EK RGB strips plugging them into the 12v header on the board.. not the 5v header the packaging, insert instructions, product page, website page ALL tried to warn me about. haha
 
Thanks for checking it out. 
 
J.

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6 hours ago, MODZERO said:
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Wow! Amazing. I can't wait to see more!!


PSU Tier List

 

  PCs and other things:

Spoiler

Current PC

CPU: AMD A8-6600k (@4.2Ghz)

GPU: GTX 1070Ti 8gb FTW2 iCX

Motherboard: GA-F2A78M-HD2 

RAM: 8gb Patriot DDR3-1600mhz

Storage: Samsung 830 EVO 120gb, WD Blue 1tb 7200RPM 

PSU: SeaSonicM12II 620w (I wish I didn't buy this)

 Peripherals: Logitech G305//Corsair K55 RGB 

Displays: Asus MG248QR//Dell 1905FP

Spoiler

New PC (getting parts)

CPU: i7-8086k [✓]

Cooling: EVGA CLC 280 RGB [✓]

GPU: EVGA GTX 1070Ti 8gb FTW2 iCX [✓]

Mobo: GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS PRO [✓]

RAM: XPG SPEXTRIX X41 2666mhz (Grey) [✓]

 Storage: T-Force Delta 250gb, WD Blue 1tb 7200RPM [✓]

PSU: 650w+ and ranked well

Case: Fractal Design Meshify C White

Peripherals: Logitech G305//Corsair K55 RGB [✓]

Displays: Asus MG248QR//Dell 1905FP [✓]

Extra: Sky blue front panel, sky blue cable extensions [✓]

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Other

Phone: Huawei Mate 10 Lite (China steal my data???)

Dog: Irish Water Spaniel, Lucy, 9 years old (I didn't know what to write)

School Laptop: Acer Chromebook R11 ((less RAM than my phone)

 

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UPDATE 4.0
 
'LOOP 2 - LOOP HARDER' I'd admit it, this second loop was a mistake. The first loop was fine, but it wasn't quite ticking all the boxes for me. It looked to me like the loop had elbows! haha, the top and bottom runs were further forward than the centre CPU ones and so from every angle other than square on... it looked off.
 
so out it came..
 
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That lower length of pipe continues to be the hardest to get right. 
 
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So while it was drained I thought I'd have another crack at some of the cables. A few of the 24pin wires were either slightly too long or just too short which pinched at the others or were too long and thus looked too baggy. I pulled those few out and redid them. 
 
I also took this chance to repair the damage I'd done to the RGB lighting. I had to replace both EK RGB LED strips due to my own stupidity. Doing so meant I'd now be using two headers on the board rather than just the one (one is 5 pin RGB goodness, the other is 5v dLED). That meant more cables, two extensions (one from each board header), each with a two-way splitter (had been using a single 4x splitter), then hook up to the LEDs. 
 
RBG connectors don't click and hold in place, I'm not a big fan.. and, as you really can't shorten or make your own cables, it meant a lot cable length needed to be strapped up and tidied away (psst, don't look behind the SSD).
 
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So there is it, it looked much better in my head. The idea was simple, lose the elbows... bend the runs back in line with the CPU runs and add another pair of double female EK 90s. Have all four of those fitting inline and have the four runs parallel and sitting pretty.
 
Only, there isn't the clearance from the in/outlet on the res/mount to get a bend in and still keep the level with the CPU runs. So I ran with it and dropped the outer two runs deeper into the case, which looked okay. But those four fittings inline did not. it blocked the view of the velocity blocked and made the loop look necessarily busy. 
 
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Looked alright from some angles.. plus, I liked this shot for the pump/res. Which by the way, will fit any Parvum X2.0. Get in touch with the parvum boys if you want one. 
 
 
So a couple of days go by...
 
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LOOP 3 - RETURN OF THE LOOP
 
The perfect loop was obvious, it was simply the original loop intention... just take all four runs from the pass-through, bring them out inline with the RES in/outlets take four matching clean bends and cut in for the CPU. 
 
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Four runs, four matching lengths, four matching bends. 
 
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Cut  the CPU lengths and added their slight bends to rotate the in/out on the CPU block inline with the other two runs. 
 
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Flushed and filled with this wonderful stuff. 
 
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Bleed the loop and let the bubbles do what they do.
 
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Immediately looks better! (can you spot it) I'm pretty happy with that, yeah... looks good (hmmm, but you've...) cool, I'll leave it and smash out a build log update (er, you not gonna fix tha...).
 
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Nope, gonna have to redo that. 
 
J. 
 
 
ps - the bend in the downward CPU tube is a couple of degrees too far, which is pulling that third run down. It's not parallel and thus is dead to me. haha. So, I've not done that yet... but I will, then it'll be time to get the big camera out and do some final shots. Thanks for checking it out guys. 

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On 2/13/2019 at 3:13 AM, HuguesP said:

I normally stop myself to 2000 + plastic restore cream. Man this is true dedication, keep up. The build is coming along nicely. 

 

 

Thanks buddy! 

On 2/13/2019 at 5:23 AM, Cola said:

sff custom loop is so satisfying to watch, looking forward to your next update!

I wanna do a HUGE loop next.. I've never worked in anything larger than a midi (Hex Gear R40).. but to be honest it's looking like I'll be doing a Lian Li 011 D Razer build.

 

On 2/14/2019 at 10:08 AM, BeardRex said:

This is gonna be sweet.

 

sweeeeet

 

On 2/27/2019 at 4:05 AM, mxk. said:

Wow! Amazing. I can't wait to see more!!

There you go. 

 

hopefully, I'll replace the CPU tube this weekend and maybe even pull out the photography gear. I'm just having too much fun rocking maxed out PUBG @ 1440p with 90+fps.

 

J. 


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UPDATE 5.0 - IT'S FINISHED!
 
SPECS:
 
CASE: PARVUM X3.0 CUSTOM ITX
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
RAM: AORUS RGB DDR4 3200MHZ 16GB
MOBO: GIGABYTE AORUS PRO B450i ITX
GPU: GIGABYTE GAMING OC RTX 2070 8GB
PSU: SILVERSTONE SX650-G SFX 650 WATT
SSD: SAMSUNG 970 EVO 512GB & 860 EVO 500GB

COOLING

EK-Vardar EVO 120ER RGB
EK-Velocity D-RGB - AMD Nickel + Plexi
EK-CoolStream SE 120 (Slim Single)
EK-HDC Fitting 12mm G1/4 - Red
EK-DDC 3.2 PWM (12V PWM pump)
EK-DDC Heatsink Housing - Black
EK-CryoFuel Clear (Premix 1000mL)
 
 
It's finished! yay! and I love it! It's been a while since I've had a WC rig and rocking a Parvum build again feels great (see MODZERO FOUR). Since the last update, I replaced the single length of loop from the CPU out. So glad I did, I'm really happy with the loop now.
 
I pulled out my studio gear and spent the day shooting it, but it wasn't my day, I just couldn't get the shots I wanted.  I tried a white backdrop with the system off, black backdrop with the system running, two different RGB configs and shot again on black with the build turned off. Must have taken hundreds of shots, only to edit them down to about 16.
 
My phone (pixel 2 xl) simply takes better photos than my Sony Alpha 58 (kit lens) and so I'm just not happy when my SLR shots don't look as sharp. Either that or I just suck.. haha.
 
Think it's time for a new camera.
 
These are the Pixel 2 XL efforts I've been posting to social media. Hope you like em. 
 
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I'll post the SLR shots over the next few days. So please come back and check em out. Huge thank you for the support from my sponsors! Gigabyte has taken good care of me and I continue to love their hardware back in the day their huge copper chipset coolers pulled me away from the Asus, ABIT and DFI boards. Having them onboard all these years later is great! AMDs support has meant so much. I'm not going back to Intel now, feels too good over here on the red (cough* GREEN cough*) team again. yeah, green I said it! It used to be AMD green vs Intel Blue right? or am I remembering this wrong? I guess its Red for ATI and the CPU division adopted it after the Geforce raise to dominance. 
 
Having EKWB onboard has been amazing! the first CPU block I bought was the D-Tek Fuzion V2, that also happened to be the last block I bought that wasn't made by EKWB. As they've widened their product range I narrowed my manufacturer choice.. It used to be, EK CPU/GPU, MIPS for the chipset, Bitspower for fittings and res with Thermochill (then Alphacool) for Rads with Scythe for fans. Now it's just EKWB all day long (you wait and see their latest fittings... rip BP).
 
I'll be back with the MODZERO JABBA build in a week or two, then it's perhaps something a little bigger... I'm being sent the LIAN LI PC-O11 DYNAMIC RAZER EDITION. I rather like the idea of going back to basics. I'd like to do a monster spec, super clean build. Few/zero mods, just a great loop with even better cables. focus on pure aesthetic finish but deliver great performance. Threadripper 3 maybe?
 
Thanks for sticking with me, thanks for reading all this, hope you enjoyed it. 
 
Peace. 
 
J.

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System: Corsair Obsidian 250D, Intel 4790K, Watercooled Asus Maximus VII Impact, Watercooled GTX 1080Ti, 2x HyperX Savage Red 8 GB CL9, Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD, Corsair RM650X, Steelseries Apex 350, Steelseries Rival 310, Steelseries Arctis 5, Asus ROG PG279Q

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Posted · Original PosterOP

MODZERO JABBA

 

I've been working on this since I started ASHEN. I've been drip feeding my INSTA and FB with pictures mainly of the EK RTX2080 block (MSI AERO RTX2070!),

But here is a sneak peek. 

 

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I'm gonna post a build log on SFF and Bit-Tech as I did a couple of things differently this time around and I think it's better for it. It's roughly about 40mm longer than ASHEN but it's rocking an EK-CoolStream WE180mm RAD up front. 

J.


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