Always wanted to try watercooling. Posted my previous built which can be found here https://pcpartpicker.com/b/MDWXsY
Anyways, I researched online how to start with watercooling and just went for it. This is the final result. Chose soft tubing over hard tubing because I believe it would be too hard to do inside an ITX case.
Took me at least 1 day to figure out how to set up the tubing, trying to avoid to cross tube. On the day I finalized the built, I realized that I could route the drain port to the back (I'm quite happy that I did that).
Filling the system made me worried. It took quite some time for it to be fully filled with distilled water. I read horror stories of staining, hence i chose to use colored tubing over dyes.
Temperature after intensive gaming for hours: CPU at ~55C, GPU ~43C
Was happy with my MSI z170i pro gaming, but I bent the pin while removing the CPU :( Decided to get the Asus z170i board because it was the only one available at microcenter. So far everything has been good. USB 3.1 does crash my external hard drive though for some weird reason.
These rams look sexy in this build. They are taller than usual because of the LEDs. Would be top good if the LED effects are controllable.
Fast and reliable. Holds my OS while the other is for programs that I often use.
The coil whine drove me crazy, so I decided on a custom loop. Not only did the coil whine stop, but it also looks much better. The tubing of the AIO cooler on the fury X was a pain to work with in this mITX case. Reason I chose this over a 980 TI was because of space. If I would have gotten the 980 TI, I would be unable to fit in my pump/res at the front.
I love the red color interior of this case. Case is full steel construction. The side panels feel little flimsy though. The windowed side panel is also very prone to scratches. Lucky Phanteks support was awesome and sent me a new acrylic window free of charge!.
These things are loud at 2000 rpm. Luckily they are PWM. Moves lots of air.
They look nice and all, but are NON-PWM and are quite loud without a fan-reducer cable. If you want PWM, get the RGB version. I believe those are PWM with a hub.