Description

Hey Hey, My first full loop watercooling build!

This is purely a gaming rig really focusing on DirectX 12, Vulkan games and taking advantage of Freesync. Was hoping to keep costs relatively low even for a watercooled pc. I spent a lot of time figuring out how to fit everything into the Phanteks chassis. Things didn't fit the way I had planned, but in the end it all worked out. Very quite, temps are amazing even with the aggressive OC.

I did a bit of bargain shopping for some of the components. I bought a very nice looking Fury X on eBay for $280. EK had specials on the Fury X water block and back plate. EVGA had a B-Stock sale on the Motherboard. I had the SSD from another build.

I felt a bit better installing my first GPU Water Block on a used card rather then tearing apart say a new 1080... I used EKWB- Starter kit, comes with a sweet mini pump/res and the black tubing. Nothing fancy, clear coolant but man the temps are terrific! I only had to buy an extra radiator/fan and some fittings to complete the loop.

The CPU is a pre-binned chip and is delidded. I got a solid 4.8GHz at 1.39v. For the entry level Skylake chip it is very impressive. Might be a bit much, but man it fly's

I have not OC the Fury X yet but plan to flash the bios and geek out hard on tweaking it. Regardless, this system beat out my other PC's in Timespy....

I hope you guys like it, the tubes look a bit crazy in the SFF case but so far I really dig it! Feedback, Questions please! Hard tubing next?...lol

Thanks!

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent chip! Might be the perfect gaming chip for price/performance. Overclocks well

Motherboard

Good looking board, performance has been super so far. Neutral Color scheme is always nice. Not a ton of features. USB and Sata connections are in bad spots for good cable management and looks.

Memory

Great speed, great timings. Low Profile for them mITX builds. Good price.

Storage

Expensive. Lighting fast and stable

Video Card

I put this on a custom block, just tears up 1440p w/ Freesync. Temps are awesome, draws a lot of power. Complicated to Overclock well. Nice sized card for most builds. Cool LED's

Case

Very nice looking. Good custom options. Watercooling was a bit more difficult then you would think. Top slide out bracket is in theory a nice touch but is very tight, hard to get in and out. Cable management is excellent. More room then you would think.

Power Supply

Great stable power. Great packaging. Great cables. Should run most systems with ease and built to last.

Case Fan

Impressive radiator cooling AND exhaust for my mITX build. Quite, slim. Bit expensive, but might just be the best slim fan if you need it.

Case Fan

Excellent Radiator fan. Works just as described. Looks good, quite and keeps things cool.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the way the tubing looks in the itx case...this might be the only non-hard tubing custom water cooled build i like so much...absolutely amazing job!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I really like the way the black tubing worked out

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Always love cooling loop builds, +1 :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks boss

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

5 ghz or get out ! jk nice build +1 !

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

!!! It will hit 4.9 but 1.44v. Figured I should be happy with 4.8ghz. Thanks man

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

no problem bro that thing is a beast

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build. What monitor do you use for Freesync? I've been thinking bout going that route too

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Acer XF270HU 27" 144hz IPS Bit Pricey but it looks damn good Thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the rubber tubing, gives the whole build an awesome industrial look! The loop looks really nice too, very efficient from the looks of those temps! +1 from me brother!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you man!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

yassss great first water loop, congratulations !! loving the ek tubing, imo the only really sexy soft tubing out there

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Great tubing for sure. Easy to use and strong

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Now THIS build is pretty darn cool. Custom loop in a mitx, looks great and I bet it performs quite well! +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Performance has been terrific at 1440p

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Could it push 4K 60 fps? (with some settings turned down)

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Certain titles defiantly with some setting tweaks. Most DX12 games and Vulkan API run extremely well and should have a solid 4K experience. The sweet spot for this setup has been 1440p. Can run anything really on ultra with high frame rates

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I love it, especially those Prolimatech fans --plus 4k for that find, I've been looking for some fans exactly that dimension for my build (I have the same case and want to water cool, but all the other fans are WAY to think for a build like this).

I was wondering, though, what if you swapped out those radiators for the SE versions, put the 240 on top, the 120 at front on top, put an exhaust fan at the rear, an intake at the front on the bottom and moved the reservoir to either the bottom (space in front of the PSU), or above on the guard - or, whatever it is - that wraps around the end of the GPU (you know what I mean, LOL)?

Your thoughts?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you man! Those Prolimatech fans are still rocking it...great buy. If you had some slimmer Rads it would be much easier for sure. I had some leftover stuff and wanted to make it work. I will say that with fans, mounting a rad up top is very tight if you want the pump and the shroud in the build. I really wanted that red shroud in the build but just couldn't make it happen with what I had. Other options would be to mount the pump on the bottom and you would have much more room.

I also picked up the double ssd mount from Phanteks which does fit on the back so I have 2 ssd's which is sweet. No room for drives if you fill up the case. Keep me posted!

Thanks

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome. And thanks for turning me on to those fans.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I paid $280 for a used one on eBay. It arrived with all original packaging and looked brand new so I am pretty pleased with it.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Flows good, been running a few days now. Before the overclock cpu would idle at 14c. GPU never even hits 40c after gaming. without cutting the case there really is no room for fans up top if you mount a radiator and sit this pump upright. Other options I had were 1 Rad or mounting the pump below. But didn't look as good imo. Tight space for sure

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  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Was just going by what the Mobo said, I assume my ambient temp played a factor there. Appreciate the feedback.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks boss!

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, for now though Doom and Hitman run maxed out at 1440p. Should keep me busy this year at least

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, didn't pay close to retail. Which made it easier to tear it down and put the Waterblock on. I tested it for a few days after I got it. Runs great