So 2020 has been something of a forgettable year in terms of projects but I can finally bring a little update on Q. Given the time I have had on my hands to think about the aesthetics of this, I have decided on a little change in direction in terms of the mods.
After consideration, I am moving away from a 3D printed Aston Martin logo on the PSU shroud, to a completely new Alcantara covered shroud with an embroidered Aston Martin logo. This has now all been designed, the fabric is here and I am just waiting to have it embroidered. I think it is the right thing to do and will give the build a classier feel. There’s more on that coming in a later update but for today let’s take a look at a couple of parts that have arrived.
be quiet! were kind enough to send over an all-new Dark Power Pro 12 1200W and a Dark Rock Pro 4 to complete their input alongside the Pure base 500 DX. This will be an all air-cooled build, something that weirdly taking time to adjust to after my previous all water-cooled efforts.
I recently covered the Dark Power Pro 12 in an unboxing video and it’s a fantastic piece of kit. It’s suitably Aston Martin, sleek, elegant, and powerful, but maybe after all, and now seeing it in person, too much for this build. We shall see, I have options here granted but it just feels a shame to hide away all that perfection.
The Dark Rock Pro 4 will get its own unboxing coverage, again, sleek, elegant, and powerful. It’s a cooler I have wanted to use for a while but never had the build to hand to do it justice.
I’m still waiting on some more hardware to arrive so it’s not time quite to start building quite yet but, every build needs that final piece of the jigsaw, and given this is Aston Martin, it has to be just the right piece too.
Now, since Aston Martin is proud to label each and every single vehicle, I thought I would do the same. This has been a long time coming, I posted the design in the first part of this build log, and it’s finally a reality,. I have had the design ready for months but was struggling to get it lasered or CNC`ed. Michael at Mayhems was able to do it on his fiber laser, well that was until it broke and so Alex Banks came to the rescue. Bit-Techs main man was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule and came up with, well, perfection. This plaque will adorn the front of the Dark Rock Pro 4 for that extra little touch.
I’m hoping to have this done before Christmas, the CPU was supposed to ship 16th of October but AMD has now confirmed it will be the start of December. For the motherboard, ASUS are kindly sending over something that’s very Bond, a Dark Hero VIII and I am not sure what to go with GPU wise, I think maybe a 2080 Super may be well suited to this one. I can get the drives finally stripped of paint and brushed up with the new logos applied and then it will be a case of getting everything fitted.