After many builds in the last 2 years I tought I would take a break after my last build (Hurrikaine) so it would ease my wallet a bit.
But things don't always happen like you think they will...
When I started doing watercooling builds I always told myself that each build would have a theme based on whatever comes to my mind. But from day one I always had one special theme that I had in mind but since I didn't have all the ideas and inspirations to do it I always ditched it so I would not ruin it with a bad result.
Since I first saw the 1979 Alien movie, I've been amazed by the creature created by H.R. Giger. In may of this year we were celebrating the 35th year of the release of the movie. So in march, I told to myself that I should push myself to do the themed build to celebrate this but I was already in the process of the Hurrikaine build so the pace of this possible build did come to almost a stop. In fact at this time I was only looking at THE case that could host this build.
Then on may 12th, H.R. Giger passed away.....That striked me so hard that at this moment I knew I had to do it....not to honor the Alien franchise but to Honor the man behind the creature.
In life, things mostly happen for a reason. Just 10 days before, I had started communicating with a possible case manufacturer for the build. I wanted something different...and since I was following James Walt "TitanFall" build, i fell in love with the small British company known as Parvum. The idea of a multi-layered acrylic case with some edgy lines is awesome and it inspired me with new ideas.
During our many communications, I explain to Justin from Parvum my theme idea in the first place to be able to figure the right acrylic colors...I had a few ideas and he helped my to figure things out. When everything got "almost" setup, I asked him if it would be possible to have a custom backpanel since I wanted something different there. He agreed on the customization and then told me something I didn't expect. Since he did like the theme of the build by being a fan of the movies, he told me that he would work something else on the case to match the theme. I was stunned by is offer and agreed right away.
And recently I had the surprise to see it appear on their Facebook page....my jaw dropped. It was superb!
This build is called Xenomorph in rememberance of the Alien creature. I will not spoil anything here about the concept since there's still small parts that could change but one thing I can say is that I want to use the inside of the case as a diorama in some ways...some 3D printing will be implied and maybe some acrylic or aluminum modding too.
The color scheme is not entirely set up but the case contains black, green and blue parts...I want to create a dark gloomy ambience...you might see some other colors pop I don't know but it should be subtle.
As always, I hope some will jump on my crazy bandwagon for yet another build!
Build setup/parts listing :
Case and accessories
- Parvum S2.0 mATX case (Black and green color combo)
- Swiftech PWM Splitter plugged to one motherboard CPU fan header
- MSI Z87M Gaming Motherboard
- Intel i7 4790K CPU
- G.SKILL TridentX 16GB DDR3-2400 RAM
- EVGA SuperNOVA G2 Series 850W 80PLUS Gold PSU
- MSI GTX 780 Lightning
- Samsung EVO 500Gb SSD
- Enermax Twister Pressure 120mm PWM Fans (4x)
- EK-CoolStream PE 240 (2x)
- EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ - Acetal+Nickel
- EK-RAM Monarch X4 Clean CSQ - Acetal+Nickel
- EK-RAM Monarch Module - Black (2pcs) (2x)
- EK-FC780 GTX Lightning - Acetal+Nickel
- EK-DDC 3.2 PWM X-RES 140
- EK-DDC Heatsink Housing - Black
- EK-HDC Fitting 12mm - Black Nickel (12x)
- EK-CSQ Adapter 90° - Black Nickel (10x)
- EK-CSQ Adapter 45° - Black Nickel (2x)
- EK-HD Tube 10/12mm
- EK-CSQ Plug - Black Nickel (2x)
- EK-CSQ Extender 8mm - Black Nickel
- EK-Ekoolant EVO CLEAR Coolant with Mayhems Blue Dye
Sleeving and Lighting
- Sleeving job done by Ensourced.net with Paracord 550
- GPU cover from ColdZero
- LED lighting will be provided by Darkside with there amazing RGB LED strips