Description

This is a rebuild of one of my computers. I've switched out its case and in the process also replaced its AIO CPU cooler with a small custom loop. I also had to replace the GPU because the old one was too long.

I was looking for a budget case that fits a 280mm radiator in the front and the Phanteks P350X promised just that. Sadly it turned out that this was only possible by modding the the power button housing in a quite drastic way. I had to cut off the power button housing's backside and shorten the spacer pins that hold the small circuit board aswell as shorten the "actuating spacer" inside the power button itself. This was needed to compensate the buttons now shorter travel. Apart from that I can recommend that case for anybody who's looking for a budget case with built-in A-RGB and tempered glass side panel.

Maximum GPU length with a 29 mm thick radiator (+fans) and EK-XRES 100 SPC-60 MX Res-Pump combo mounted to the radiator is about 260mm plus a little headroom. The two radiator fans are controlled by an aquaero 6LT fan controller that runs a fan curve based on coolant temperature.

The exhaust fan in the back is a repurposed LL120 (LEDs are dead) fan and the case itself is lit by a Corsair Lightning Node Pro and two RGB strips that were left from my previous build.

*09.02.2019 CPU upgraded from R5 1600 to R7 2700x (running at stock)

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Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

This build has a nice look to it. I like the way the white motherboard makes the RGB interior stand out a bit and look more bright. If i could change one thing, i would use clear tubing rather than black.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

What overclock did you achieve? Voltages and temperatures?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi it is overclocked to 3,9GHz@1,375V. While gaming the max CPU temp is around 63°C. I also ran the blender "BMW27_CPU" render demo twice in a row, right after a gaming session (coolant already warm). The highest reading during the second blender run was close to 73°C.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like the reservoir needs to be topped off, I might be wrong tho, I don't know much about custom loops.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

From a technical point of view it is enough if the end of the pipe mounted in the lid of the reservoir is permanently below the waterline (see picture 13). The different coolant levels in the pictures are due to the fact that I had already refilled a bit in the meantime. Meanwhile I filled it up even further, because the permanently visible but harmless condensation disturbed me.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend hard tubes or tubes for the first custom watercooled build

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

With soft tubes it is definitely easier, but there are also many people who start directly with hard tubes. I myself have never worked with hard tubing, so it's hard for me to give you a clear recommendation.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it is overclocked. It runs at 3.9GHz@1.375V.

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