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Let me begin by saying - I am never doing a water cooling build this intensive again... This project was slowly put together using parts deals I would randomly find. I initially had a Titan X Pascal and 8700k for this build, but the Titan died half way through the build and I found a 9600k for next to nothing locally on Craigslist.

Some clarification on parts listings since PCPP doesn't have the exact components I used in the build. 1. Power Supply is actually a Silverstone SX700, Titanium rating. It is actually SFX not SFX-L. I believe this was a pretty newly released product. 2. I run one Hard Drive by itself as a MAC OS boot disk. The PNY drive I have is the dedicated MAC HDD, no partitions.

I just wanted to share this build because ive never seen an M1 don't this way specifically with the rear mounted FrozenQ Res/80mm Rad. I used motherboard standoffs to set is about a 1/4 of an inch off of the case so the 80mm rad and Noctua have room to intake adequate amounts of air. I literally threw in the 80MM rad just to see if I could do it. You're able to mount both on the back at the same time using the standoffs, while the Res uses 92mm fan mounting holes, 80mm rad obviously uses the smaller mounting holes. In order to fit the 80mm Rad, and still have room for the in and out tubes for the Res to clear underneath I had to drill two mounting holes about 1/8 inch above the original mounting holes. Because I had to move the Rad up, I had to remove the stock position of the PSU extension plug, so I moved it to spot where the removable backplate for installing the GPU used to be. (see pictures).

Any questions, leave a comment, ill try and help as best as I can. im not done benchmarking/OCing yet so ill post those once I have a nice stable OC.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Always nice to know that I am not the only one willing to cram a water loop in an NCASE. The best part it is, now you are done!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank god I don't have to touch this loop ever again... for now

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Can confirm. Tough to build a water cooling loop in this Ncase. Even harder to hide cables and expensive to get them custom lengths. Good job overall building this mini powerhouse. Be sure to raise the Ncase an inch or two off it's flat surface, the feet are low to ground and not much airflow going on underneath. Use some 2x4 or a couple of coasters on each foot to raise this up a little. Will knock a few degrees off of peak temps.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Ill head that advice, appreciate it. This thing can put off some serious heat.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How loud is it?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesn't get picked up by a headset, which is my determining factor. once its cooking for a little while and my pump is at 100% its noticeable but not annoying imo.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Beauty build! Happy i stayed away from water cooling my build after reading your experience. Lol.

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

this thing is awesome, lemme say that but. that has gotta be the ugliest tubing ive ever seen, its awesome

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, the tubing is horrendous, but it is the best soft tubing I've ever used. I picked it specifically because it keeps its integrity even with sharp angled turns. I actually attempted to do hard tubing on this build first. Clearly didn't go well (even more respect to the people that have done it w/ hard tubing) I certainly do not have the patience to complete something as strenuous. The look has grown on me, honestly.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

to be honest it is ugly but it doesn't look bad, kinda like modern art in a sense. Ive been thinking about it and really it has a certain beauty because everything else is always super perfect and this is different.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah i went for performance over aesthetics, clearly. I highly recommend that black EKWB tubing if you’re Doing a SFF build like this because it keeps its shape and no maintenance afterwords. Still nodding the case though. I’m adding higher legs for air flow and I plan on missing the side fan mount bracket to fit up top as an exhaust. Thanks for the feedback

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

im too scared to do a watercooled build, but if i ever get around to it then i probably will use that EKWB stuff it sounds nice.