July 28, 2017 // 4:30 p.m.
Our 'Meet the Modder' feature is quite simple; basically, I travel around to modders' homes and spend a day being nosey and figuring out how they work. We want a candid look into their modding lives; it isn't as glamorous as some people may think! We also take a look at some of their other hobbies if they have them.
After the success of meeting Maki Role and Megadeblow, we decided to get in the mod-mobile (okay, it was a train) and meet Joe 'JR23' Robey.
I have known Joe for a number of years, and his work is fantastic. He has worked with Nvidia as well as helping to create the amazing 8Pack systems for Overclockers UK. Now, he is focusing on his work with Parvum, helping to create new cases and pushing the designs to the limit. I am sure Joe will agree that he is as much of a pain in the backside as he is a genius, and I do enjoy a good LAN event or meal with him when we get a chance to meet up.
Speaking of meeting up, let's get this show on the road.
Who are you, and where do you come from?
Hey, I am Joe Robey, more commonly know as JR23, and I hail from the Midlands, UK.
How long have you been modding?
I started with my first long-term project just over 3 years ago. I’d cut up a few things before that but just little tweaks to my first system which I built in 2011. I heard about Pexon through the Corsair forums and paid him a visit; he opened my eyes to so many new things: water-cooling, X79, Parvum, MDPC, Insomnia! By the second or third time I went to see him I took over a fully water-cooled, heavily modified 750D to be furnished with cables.
Aah, nice. Pexon is a decent guy; I love how his family all help him with his business, it's great to see. So, what started your career in modding? Things seem to have moved forward quickly.
As my 750D build was coming to a close I decided that I needed a simple air-cooled build before my semester started, just on the off chance the whole water thing didn’t go to plan. So I bought a Parvum S2.0 and as luck would have it finished both in time. I photographed them side by side, which got some attention. Shortly after, I received a message from Parvum asking if I’d like a prototype ITX case. That X1.0 became Chocolate Box, and I’ve been working alongside Parvum ever since.
What three tools do you use that you could not live without?
Digital Vernier – I need to be so precise, and everything is so critical, I need everything down to the hundredth of a millimetre, especially when I am designing the water blocks and cases.
Allen keys– I use Allen keys for everything, as Philips and flathead screws suck donkey phallus and usually round off or don’t work. I always use hex screws, so I need Allen keys for them.
Countersink bits – I hate seeing a screw head, and it is something that really can help finish a build off. It also creates a stronger interface when using acrylic, and it makes sure everything actually sticks together.
Which of your mods is your favourite, and why? From my perspective, it seems you love Lightning; I have been at a few LANs with you where that has been featured.
Where do you find inspiration for your builds?
Do you have a ‘signature look’ for your mods?