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Maximus White

by vgtherainman



Date Published

Feb. 21, 2015

Date Built

Feb. 2, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

46.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.4 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

33.0° C


This is the second project I worked on. Maximus White was inspired by my previous build named MiTiS, a 760t build with entry gaming specs. Once I had the chance to sell the previous H60 cooler, I was introduced to custom liquid cooling. From there, I started experimenting and found out that custom liquid cooling is exciting both aesthetically and in performance. I spent the majority of my leisure time researching on the efficient thermal dissipation of my particular slim 240mm Radiator. The radiator was able to dissipate 403W efficiently. Stock TDP was at about 365W. So that's one of my worries down, what about the coolant? I've been using distilled water for awhile, and I wanted to see what was in the market. Soon enough, I stumbled upon Ice Dragon coolant-- a nano fluid coolant containing Zinc Oxide and other chemicals. I was sold; I got it and surprisingly my temperatures (you could see them on the right chart) left me speechless. Those numbers were peculiarly very exciting. Everything else fell into place for custom liquid cooling-- the gpu block, the tubing quality, fittings, reservoir, pump. Overall, I was very pleased with the final result, but I am still exploring for more efficient ways to reduce those temps to ridiculous levels.

As for the modding, I disassembled the corsair 380t, sanded the frame, and spray painted it glossy white. After all, my theme was black red and white (and yes a bit of brown...you gotta love Noctua). To be able to satisfy this goal, I had to disassemble the Sea sonic 860W wires and sleeve them blood red. Furthermore, I had to dremel the Hard Drive cage so that I can conveniently organize the cables to provide more room for the pump and reservoir. If you want to do what I did, Google SpiderBox Corsair 380t.

So yeah...that's about it. Any questions? Let me know! I'll be glad to answer

UPDATE 2/25/15: The second monitor finally came in and it looks really nice! Now I'm starting to contemplate whether or not I should get a third one of those. Realistically, I wouldn't need one, but it would look amazing. I would be able to play some games with three monitors. Any opinion on this guys? Also, our sponsored event will take place on Saturday March 7, 2015, so I will post high quality pictures on what changed. I might add some LEDs (red ones) since the bistpower GPU block specifically added 2 openings for optional LED installs. I might also add an arduino, so that the LEDs inside will react to sound, and integrate a xbox 360 receiver INSIDE of my case.

UPDATE 3/2/15: It's 2:03am and I've been working on something interesting you guys may like! A little hint, it has to do with wiring, sleeving, and soldering. I will be posting pictures once that's done, which should be completed this afternoon! Also, I would like to personally thank Ice Dragon Cooling for sharing my post on their facebook page. I've never received recognition before, and I am truly grateful to have these guys spend some time to review my build. Not only do they manufacture high quality coolant, the team also personally thanks you for using their product. Amazing...:D I'm so happy.

UPDATE 3/3/15: It's midnight and I've finally completed the wiring. I could of easily bought atx psu pins and crimped them to the cables, but I didn't have any available and couldn't wait a few more days so I decided to solder them together! Every wire was soldered at 30cm length. Once that was done, I learned a cool heatshrink trick from my friend. When you apply heatshrink, you burn it with a lighter until it darkens. Shortly after, you remove the heat shrink using scissors and voila, your sleeves are glued on to there and the heat shrink that makes them ugly is gone! After that, I decided that the PCB needed some work. Corsair had done a very unattractive job designing the case. The cables are unnecessarily long! So I decided to take out some add ons that I never use for the sake of keeping the case as clean as possible. USB header? HD audio header? bye bye! In will go the xbox 360 receiver. Stay tuned! (pics have been added)

UPDATE 3/12/15: I know I haven't posted any pictures in awhile..I've been waiting for the package of goodies to arrive. I have ordered a couple of high quality sleeves to replace the previous blood red MaxCords. Though I really liked the quality of those sleeves, I wanted to try Lutro0's sleeves. The quality of his product looks extremely more promising than the ones I already have. Not only is it harder to work with "shoe lace" sleeves, it also becomes a challenge to expand these cables while heat-shrinking them to prevent weird forms (bumps) when it's all been finalized. I will be working with 3 different colours for the cables: red, white and black! this time it'll look more aesthetically pleasing I hope :D will post progress soon.

UPDATE 3/17/15: I've finally received the package yesterday and decided to work on sleeving again, but this time with a little funk. I wanted my sleeves to have different color, so I worked with red, white, and black! Check out my progress I posted some pictures. Tomorrow's project will be to paint the Noctua fans red and white so stay tuned guys! Oh and I have finally gotten a new camera, so things should get interesting real quick.

UPDATE 3/19/15: Well things got interesting already... Okay so I did promise I would paint those mocha coloured fans of mine but before I did that, I had this wild idea. Why is the radiator sideways? Why couldn't it be somewhere else so I (and other people) can actually SEE what's inside of the case? Well now they can :D I posted some pictures of this new mod I was working on. I'm still not done, some things will have to be tweaked before I put those fans on the bottom after I paint them. What do you guys think of that new mod?

UPDATE 3/25/15: it's 3am and I'm glad to announce that I finally finished cutting and connecting everything together.. well for the most part. I've decided to cut back on the fan painting reason being nf-f12 series will be near to impossible to disassemble safely. I just wish they would make other colors but I can't complain they have great performance. I've posted some pictures of my progress at the end of the gallery. I quite like the new set up. I did install the rad on top, and put the pump onto the spiderbox.

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Pivotto 4 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

Killer job on fitting a custom loop into this case, it looks great! +1

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

Thank you so much! It was tricky putting everything together but I knew it had to be done.

rikku 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Second this!

Meithen 2 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Awesome mods! Really great looking build, and those temps!!

Gabbe99n 2 points 50 months ago

Daym :o

IceDragonCooling 2 points 50 months ago

I put a link to this on our Ice Dragon Cooling facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/IceDragonCooling

As soon as I get around to updating our webpage I will link it on there.


vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I did not expect this to happen...Thank you so much for everything! :) Cheers to your awesome product!

twoheadedlamb 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

That liquid cooling paired with your Noctua fans are definitely gorgeous. I'm pretty jealous of that milky coolant. One day I hope to be as cool as you, haha.

Also, I read in one of your replies that your GPU went from 85 all the way down to 33. NICE JOB!

ADFX_Pixy 1 point 50 months ago

These are some nice temps you're getting. Must be them Noctua's... :)

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Partially! You should definitely have a look at the Cool-laboratory Ultra they're not only inexpensive thermal paste they're just amazing!

Vexzarium 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Looks outstanding, too bad Noctua doesn't make a white blade fan... or do they? I wonder if you could risk loosing some CFM in order to paint them white.

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I wish!!! I was considering painting those as well, then I thought maybe that would ruin the entire aerodynamics of the Noctua (the quiet and beautiful CFM fans we've all heard about).

TheBored 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

if you can change the coolant in aio liquid coolers, I wouldn't be this jealous ;(, my temps are 65c @4.7GHZ under load(P95) i7 4790k + neptune 280L, good job +1

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Thank you so much TheBored!! :) and those are great temps, I wouldn't use p95 on a devil's canyon Haswell CPU. I've heard lots of bad stories :O

TheBored 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

your welcome, do you know another stress test, actually I ran p95 and load tester 100% load(i don't remember its name, got it from anandtech) at the same time got temp 73C and crashed on me multiple times, got frustrated and never done it again

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

The reason why it crashes multiple times is due to the fact that Prime 95 isn't as optimized as it should've been with Haswell series, especially the Devil's Canyon.

In this build I started with Intel Extreme Tuning Utility the CPU stress is great for testing stability, for burn tests I like to run aida64 Extreme. Sometimes I like to run both at the same time, be careful though! you don't want to have them running for more than an hour together. For GPU testing, I'd highly recommend Furmark! it's wonderful!!

TheBored 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

thank you very much you were a great help, I'll post my build after a case swap

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

any time mann! I'll pop by your profile every so and then to check up on your progress

rikku 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Love it!

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Thank you rikku for the +!! Really means a lot to see the light after being isolated for many days in the man cave

rikku 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago


ncarter13 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Immaculate build my friend.

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

Thank you fine sir! The red bull did most of the work

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Beautiful build!! Love custom loop coolers.

Just curious, how's your mx279H monitors? My MX239H came with 1 dead pixel.

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I love it! I would suggest you calibrate it using Lagom. Its a cool little website you can Google it.

As for the dead pixel that's a bummer... A lot of resellers provide limited in store warrantee for dead pixels. Long story short, most would brush you off and say too bad, its just one dead pixel which is frustrating. Perhaps you should contact Asus their service center is close if you live in Canada (They're in Markham) so you should expect quick RMAs. I would give it a try even though monitors aren't defined as defective with a dead pixel, more than with many.

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Thx for the help. But fortunately the dead pixel isn't even noticeable.

I was just curious if your monitors turned out good because their are a lot of bad reviews on the MX series because of defects.

Ill try lagom, i've been using Calibrize and it's worked pretty good. but it's not the best.

MaskedMonster21 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Awesome job getting a custom loop into that case bro! +1 from me

shab 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Is that the alphacool NexXxos radiator?

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

It isn't a nexXxos 30mm radiator. My clearance was 55mm total, the fans are 25mm. I could of either went with a 30mm and buy 15mm or purchase a Darkside 27mm with higher fpi, and 25mm pwm fans. If I were to pick the nexxxos, which I was close to, My clearance would've been 55mm total, but the fans would of touched the motherboard.

shab 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

what pump did you use? and how did you mount it?

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

The pump is a DCP pump hidden under the hard drive cage. It's tough to install without proper cable management

cantrellcomputer 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Sweet build! the only bad thing is that the pictures didn't keep going hahaha. Great job! I know you are enjoying it.

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Hahahaha that comment just made my day. I will definitely try to get my hands on an awesome camera and post higher quality pictures as well as the final results on an event we're sponsoring! I'll definitely keep updating this page as needed

Zeroxdude0 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Nice custom job! Btw is one radiator even sufficient to handle an i7 + 980?

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I was afraid it wasn't going to be enough, so I kept researching on its efficiency and despite the fact that I only have one rad inside, it does still work marvelously

elvenson 5 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Love the case and cooler you did.

reoper6 1 point 50 months ago

Very pretty! Fiting cooling in that must have been a bit of a pain.

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Funny you mention that LOL! I had to tilt the case, thankfully it 's the size of an ice box.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Wow you could keep beers in that to keep cool! :D. So is it looped to the gpu then CPU before cycling back? Sorry I don't get the concept of custom cooling yet, but I was curious BC of how awesome the gpu temps were.

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

This build is looped from the bottom opening of the radiator, to the reservoir, then the pump, CPU, GPU and back to the rad. The quality of the coolant, thermal paste and size of the reservoir helped me achieve these low temps. The reason why I went CPU first since it is the most important component to cool (in my opinion) than the GPU. I've managed to go from 85 on GPU load to about 33 so I'm really happy with that.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Yeah, I agree with you on that considering a GPU can run reasonably at up to 90c, whereas a CPU loses a lot of it's performance past 80c. I think I was just noticing a much more drastic change on the GPU temps, so I was curious.

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

The drastic change you and I noticed is just so amazing, it was my first time doing a custom loop on a gpu, and boy am I happy.

bigg_critter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago


vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

oh woah :O Thank you so much for the compliment. I just saw your build and yours is as wonderful as well! I really enjoyed reading your adventure/progress. It's all about personalizing your computer to satisfy yourself ;) we're all artists at the end of the day

brandonherbert 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Sweet build! I'm looking into doing a very similar build, including the same case, mobo, CPU, and GPU. I like what you did as far as painting the interior of the case. How hard is it to fit the custom loop into the case? Is there anything else that you needed to do besides dremeling the hard drive cage? Thanks and good job. +1

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Thanks and send me a link to yours when you get it done I'd like to see some picture. Also, it was super tough to incorporate the custom loop. Plan yourself very carefully, and use the front of the case to work on since you'll have no other opening to work with. Good luck!!

MajorDizaster 1 point 50 months ago

So, did you replace the screws on the CPU Power Daughter card heat sinks with longer screws to mount it to the case? Or do you only need to use the two free mounting holes?

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

You mean the vrms? It's already screwed in so I had to unscrew it, mount it, and screw it back.

vortice93 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

This is, without a doubt, an excellent work +1, really beautiful

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Thank you! I will post pics by tonight make sure to follow up!

izz01 1 point 48 months ago

Interesting build you have there!! Question: Did you able to close the case at the reservoir side? The reservoir looks too big there.

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Yes I was! it was the perfect fit

ocd 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Two observations : Totally badass. I thought I was OCD.

ocd 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Did you have to decide cpu ti get such low Temps under load?

vgtherainman submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

sorry I didn't get the question :P what do you mean?

FusionPhoenix 1 point 44 months ago

Lol that tittle sounds racist if you are still around can you provide me with some information on that beautiful case?

sushiman 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

This is pretty stinking awesome! Great job!

PCIntake 1 point 36 months ago

Was passing by random builds, could not help not commenting on this one. Absolutely clean theme, and great job water cooling in such a small space. What did you use to keep the cables together?