Well, it seems that every five years or so, I start to get that itch. Even though I didn't need to, it was time to build a new PC. So, as the frequent visitor of Slickdeals.net that I am, I started gathering build components one by one, looking for any deal that I could. Six months later, I finally get to scratch that itch!
The goals for this PC :
1) Quiet 2) Small form factor 3) Performance
Typically these don't go together. If you increase performance, then things tend to get less quiet. If you remain quiet, you lose performance. If you have small form factor, you have less air flow, leading to less quiet. Things as it were, I started getting the feeling that to have performance and quiet in a small form factor, I should think about water cooling.
Now I've been building my own PCs for quite some time now - but I've never done a custom loop. I've always wanted to try, but the thought was always intimidating, costly and quite honestly, terrifying. I can tell you now that tearing a $400 graphics card apart is nauseating. So I really had to do quite a bit of internet research to educate myself. I actually sat (figuratively) on these components for a few weeks before I felt I had the knowledge required to move forward.
Emboldened with the wisdom of JayzTwoCents and pcpartpicker, I felt ready to tackle the beast. And oh, what a beast it was. Today, I feel proud to share my creation with you.
Cheers to the next five years - hopefully.
Runs great for my needs. Unfortunately I haven't been able to check overclocking capabilities yet - as seen in my MB review below.
Everything on this board is great - except one very major flaw. The MOSFET temps are extremely high, which has absolutely prevented me from doing any overclocking of the CPU. If I knew this beforehand, I don't think I ever would have purchased this MB.
I can't speak to the air cooling on this card - as I've obviously replaced it with a water cooling block. It is performing exactly as I expected, however.
This case was Phantasik (see what I did there?) to work on. Being able to fully remove the top of the case really made working on the custom bends much more feasible. As my first ITX case, I really cannot recommend this enough.
No complaints. Beautiful PSU, totally silent and it works. Good enough for me.
Love these fans. They're great for the static pressure required for radiator use.