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Mini but Mighty - [Sponsored Parvum ITX Build!]
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Default Mini but Mighty - [Sponsored Parvum ITX Build!] - 07-28-2014, 22:38 | posts: 10,712 | Location: Woking




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Thanks to Parvum I'm back again for another build. 2 Projects in one year cant be a bad thing

Parvum saw my ROTM winning build based on a custom S2.0 they produced for me and asked if I'd be interesting in testing out their unreleased, but forthcoming mini ITX case... how could I refuse!

Thanks to Parvum for the support. For those of you who dont know them, they are a small UK based company (2 people!) specialising in acrylic cases that are extremely mod-able and based on community feedback. Their current case, the mATX S2.0 can be bought here in the UK via OCUK. Those outside the UK would do well to contact them directly via their website:

http://www.parvumsystems.com/

For those interested, my previous builds can be found below:

Micro but Mighty:

http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages...il-2014,1.html

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread....t=micro+mighty

Obsidian Red

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread....t=Obsidian+red

TJ07 Dual Loop:

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread....TJ07+dual+loop

On to this build!

Hardware so Far:

Case: Parvum Systems mini ITX
Motherboard: MSi Z97I
CPU: Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition
PSU: Silverstone SFX Series 450W Modular.

I'm really looking forward to giving the little pentium a run - it reminds me of the CPU's I used to buy when I first started out - cheap, but v.overclockable!

Hardware will be mid range as you can tell, but well balanced.

I'm intending to use this build to test out a couple of new techniques/ideas for me that I may transfer to my main rig if they work out ok:

1) Heatshrinkless cable braiding using paracord:


2) Rigid tubing!

The system will be watercooled of course!

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Default 07-28-2014, 22:39 | posts: 10,712 | Location: Woking

As Usual with Parvum Systems, their cases come flat packed, and you have to construct them yourself. Pretty novel, but they are incredibly solid once build & the finish is fantastic.

Now, rather than post loads of photos on how it goes together, I did a little video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdDB...ature=youtu.be

A couple of shots of the case:








The case really is tiny, even compared to my mATX, but parvum assure me there is enough room for a full size GPU + think 120mm rad

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Default The Hardware: - 07-28-2014, 22:42 | posts: 10,712 | Location: Woking

CPU & Motherboard came last week:






Cant quite get my head around how small the board is considering how much stuff is actually on it!



The PSU:



Small, but 37amps on the 12v rail means it can supply virtually all that power down the 12v line!

And to give some context for size... this is it vs. my Enermax 1250watt revo!


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Default 07-28-2014, 23:24 | posts: 1,026 | Location: Surrey, UK

This looks promising. I'm still to be convinced it will all fit.. bet the cabling will be fun!
   
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Default 07-29-2014, 01:15 | posts: 4,267 | Location: MI, USA

Bring it on Mike! I always like your builds.

@cpc, that pic made me lose my stuff for a second
   
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Default 07-29-2014, 01:30 | posts: 5,862 | Location: Wolverhampton/United Kingdom

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Bring it on Mike! I always like your builds.

@cpc, that pic made me lose my stuff for a second
glad I could be of service... (that is NOT me in the pic by the way lol)

I love MikeMK's builds, always a great read and the pic's he puts up are excellent quality!

Is that Pentium CPU just a dual core or does it have HT?

Also excellent choice on PSU, those Silverstones are of exceptional quality. My 1200W Silverstone is the best I have ever owned in over 12 years of building PC's.
   
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Default 07-29-2014, 08:43 | posts: 10,712 | Location: Woking

Thanks guys. More updates through the week as I get all the hardware together.

@ CPC unfortunately the Pentium is dual core only. Guess you can't complain too much as 45 for an unlocked CPU is pretty good. They overclock very well from what I have seen. It does remind me of my old processors from 10 years ago when I could only afford 50 on a CPU and had to o/c to get the performance I needed at the time.

The PSU looks great. Silverstone are pretty much the only choice right now if you need a decent SFX PSU - the choice is very limited. Having said that I'm impressed with it. Can't believe they got a full modular PSU to such a small size!
   
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Default 07-30-2014, 22:35 | posts: 10,712 | Location: Woking

Annoyingly I missed the delivery guy today, so rather than testing all the components I thought id test fit the mobo and measure up ready to start thinking about how to Watercool in such a tight space.

The case design has clearly been well thought through:

Plenty of clearence for the thickest 120mm rads + fan, maybe even push pull too. Just about 110mm between the midwall edge and front of the case here:



GPU clearence is also pretty reasonable for such a small case. The case measures 290mm wide, so most high end GPU's should fit (for reference an R9 290x is 278mm long):



Cable management options look good. I was slightly concerned about the positioning of some of the connectors on the board, but the cable holes in the midwall align almost perfectly with the ATX connecter & SATA ports at the bottom. The top hole should help with PCI-E power. The only one that remains a pain is the placement of the 8 pin CPU power connector, but thats more down to MSI's board design. I should also say, that motherboard will be made to match the overall system colours... the red heatsinks look rather out of place!



Finally, the advantage of the SFX PSU is it leaves a decent amount of space around the back for cable management. I may even consider placing the pump here.



I'm now looking into paracord for the sleeving so I can get started on that rather long job! Any tips welcome regarding heatshrinkless sleeving methods etc!

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Default 07-30-2014, 23:07 | posts: 10,472 | Location: United kingdom

Nice pictures Mike, Subbed!
   
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Default 08-01-2014, 23:14 | posts: 10,712 | Location: Woking

More hardware arrived yesterday, thanks to a couple of good bargains on ebay:



Got a great deal on the memory, its like new, and while not top of the line, the GTX 670 is still a very capable 1080p gaming card, especially as this isnt going to be my primary rig!



Finally got around to installing it tonight. Hardware testing tomorrow before taking it back down again ready for watercooling, cable braiding etc.

   
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Default 08-02-2014, 03:19 | posts: 1,495 | Location: Pennsylvania

Interesting build. I like the colors of the case and build around the 20th anniversary Pentium Chip. While that particular 670 makes me kind of nervous with the reference style cooler but maybe it will work well for this particular build considering where it is facing inside of the case.
   
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Default 08-02-2014, 06:38 | posts: 10,712 | Location: Woking

Thanks mate. The GPU will be watercooled so that reference cooler will be going soon. So will the horrible Intel stock CPU cooler! LOL!
   
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Default 08-09-2014, 00:47 | posts: 33 | Location: Manila

Awesome build out there man!
   
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Default 08-09-2014, 11:24 | posts: 10,712 | Location: Woking

Thanks MOAB.


No updates the last few days as I've been away. Hoping to make some more progress early next week!
   
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Default 08-09-2014, 14:07 | posts: 1,309 | Location: Portugal

These mini builds are always sexy and nice. Ive been a atx guy for a decade now but goddamn if i wont build a sext mini itx in the near future. Keep it up!
   
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Default 08-11-2014, 21:03 | posts: 10,712 | Location: Woking

Not much to report, still awaiting for a few things to arrive before I can progress... however this little package did arrive direct from Corsair...



Much appreciated Corsair!
   
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Default 08-21-2014, 22:44 | posts: 10,712 | Location: Woking

Ok, started work on this build again today. The cable braiding stuff arrived so started on the cables... here's the first one!



Lots more to do! Starting to get the hang of the paracord now, although I think im going to have very sore fingers by the time I finish!

Watercooling gear should start arriving soon I hope
   
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Default 09-01-2014, 21:15 | posts: 10,712 | Location: Woking

Ok, getting things ready for the final push to complete the build. Here are some designs to choose from for the build logo.

This will be sprayed on the side of the 120mm rad (which will be white) and possibly somewhere else on the case if I can find a paint that I am confident will adhere to the acrylic without being too easy to scratch off!

Can't take credit for these Alec** (my brother in-law) knocked a whole load of them up and these 3 are the ones I liked the best. Thoughts please!










I think I like the first one best, as it incorporates the parvum symbol around but.
   
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Default 09-01-2014, 21:56 | posts: 1,535 | Location: Temeswar,Romania

In the future i'll definitely go mITX/mATX. I like these small cases more and more every time i see someone making a build around them.

Pics look great btw,its shaping out nicely. Its like the blower cooler is made specially for small cases like this.
   
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Default 09-01-2014, 22:36 | posts: 4,267 | Location: MI, USA

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I think I like the first one best, as it incorporates the parvum symbol around but.
I agree. I think the first is the best. Second choice would be the last one.
   
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wow keep it up mike
   
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Default 09-06-2014, 10:12 | posts: 10,712 | Location: Woking

This just arrived



Watercooling begins today!

Thanks to parvum & their contacts for supplying the rad & pump/res combo
   
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Default 09-07-2014, 09:40 | posts: 10,712 | Location: Woking

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I love the white AX rads. wish they were a bit cheaper
My rather nice white bits power fittings arrived to match the AX120 rad:



Quick Update: DHL are useless! They sent my EK waterblocks to Austria instead of the UK by mistake so they didnt arrive as expected. Apparently they are now in Brussels! Gonna have to try and claim back my priority 1 day shipping grrr.

Anyway, in the mean time I have been painting!



I couldnt leave the motherboard heat sinks red, in a blue case so I did something about it:



And while the paint was drying, I continued my cable braiding marathon! ATX connecter now done, along with a few others (pump cable, power/reset cables etc):

   
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Default 09-07-2014, 15:35 | posts: 10,712 | Location: Woking

Here is some of this mornings work!

Fans all painted and back together:



Fitted to rad:



Mounted the pump to the floor of the case:



and the motherboard is back together - nice & blue!

   
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