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update 1/13/2018: Decided to finally let this machine live up to its name and go full custom loop water cooling and max out the capabilities of the much vaunted NZXT Manta.

Going with the EKWB DDC pump with the 250mm reservoir, dual 280mm radiators and the Gigabyte 1080 TI waterforce waterblock version.

This has been pretty much the most punishing build I have done so far for someone with my gigantic hands, the front intake radiator is EKWB's own SE 280mm radiator (I opted for standard thickness as the space allowance for the reservoir was really to the edge) which fit fine. HOWEVER, the EKWB radiator ports DO NOT fit the top radiator cutouts hence I would recommend that people just get the 240mm version, luckily I had on hand a 3rd party OEM 280mm radiator which ports fit so snugly that I had to tap it in from the side to even go in.

I could not do a direct connection across the two radiators on the right side of the case due the way how things were aligned so I had to flip it around and run it from the tail end of the case. Given that I wanted to keep my 120mm RGB fan, I had to give up on that cool Multiport top that EKWB has and go with a slimmer top cap with a fillport which luckily gave me enough space to comfortably replenish the reservoir with a 90 degree pump bottle.

I wanted the main emphasis to be the reservoir in the middle but they did not sell tubes in black for 10/12mm but I think the routing worked out okay in the end with some minor 'abit too long' here and there.

The reservoir actually hits the RAM sticks and the CPU block connectors using the default mounting hardware but if you look at the pictures of the pump mount, you will realise that I built an offset mounting plate out of ice cream sticks sprayed matte black. Yup, to lessen the stress of the weight of such a large reservoir, I used one piece of the 6cm tube bracket and slotted it with a measured and cut piece of acrylic hard tube to rest on the gpu. All it takes is imagination to solve an issue.

Please feel free to ask me about fitting issues (I've hit alot of them during this build) if you are looking to build a water loop for this beast of a case (NZXT curved glass please? yes?)

Glad to finally let this machine live up to its namesake as the Deepsea Challenger and finally breath fully in water.

update 8/6/17: got the nzxt puck online since they dont sell it where im from. couldnt get the purple one but im happy to report that the puck has no problems holding gear on the Manta's curves. pics above

Sold my old mATX GTX 970/i7 4770 system and used the money to build a new system for a new year.

Construction took a while to source between local retail and amazon with price savings being a top priority for all decisions. It didn't help that the NZXT x62 was delayed for about 3 months from where I come from.

I know that its not a fully custom water cooled setup despite the name but hey, it's something for the mark II to look forward towards.

Using bitfenix's sleeved cables and hand stitched them with multi-coloured thread.

If you do not recognise the ASUS z170i itx motherboard, I had all red accents on the board repainted into a flat black using heat resistant spray paint. I had also installed a painted copper pipe piece to hold up the graphic card at the end to straighten up the sag.

I also have led connectors coming out of the case via the bottom to link up the desk lights to take advantage of the CAM integration hence all the major lighting sources are controlled via software on the desktop.

Designed a label and logo and printed them on clear vinyl and slapped them onto the front and interior of the case as in the pictures.

All in all, including the money offset from selling the old system, spent around USD 1000.

Problems: The x62 pump header DOES NOT fit well with RAM that have heat spreaders on a itx board. The inlet and outlet joints are pushing hard against the RAM displacing them about 2-3mm to the right. Just pushing in the ram itself requires a substantial amount of force using both hands which thankfully still works so far.

x62 + 2 x NZXT Hue+ units on an itx board with only 1 x 9 pin usb header took abit of work to figure out with the splitters.

The thing weighs in the ballpark of 15kgs, even though I put everything in myself, I still wonder where the weight comes from.

Be warned, Corsair link and NZXT CAM software controllers are still super dodgy right now so it takes some wrangling to keep everything under control.

Please drop me any questions below and I'll try to answer them if I am able to. Thanks for the view.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. I just know that X62's tube is so thick, its like Corsair H110's one. Is that new to X62 or i just late into this thing? Beauty build btw

  • 32 months ago
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the tube has the protective weaving that makes it stiffer than normal. Not sure on the H110

  • 32 months ago
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A E S T H E T I C + 1

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice color combination.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. Can we get more photos? Especially under brighter, natural light so we can see all the parts and connections? +1!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

sure, thanks for the interest

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

That deep sea challenger looks so dope, nice build +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

This think looks sweet! I always really like these blue LED builds, as long as they're not overpowering. This is really, really nice! Cool custom case parts btw.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering, what software do you use to control the LEDs on those fans? I'm looking to buy them, but since it'll be my first experience with RGB fans, I'm not sure how they're controlled.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

you can look up on the nzxt cam

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect, thanks!

  • 32 months ago
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You will also need a Hue+, they use one of the two channels for the CAM software to interface.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

You can buy them in a Bundle with the fans but I think it lacks a cable that you need for the LED strips, so it is probably best to buy the Hue+ with the four LED strips and buy the fans separate, unless you are for certain you do not want to use the LED strips for the Hue+ in the future.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks really ******* cool. I do prefer the look of EVGA cards(mainly because of how they show off which GPU it is :P), but even without, it looks amazing.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

i agree but unfortunately evga does not have a distributor where i live

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

this looks great! 1+! wow! i love itx build because they often are so challenging and this is a great job! i love it!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

overactions!? you need to cut off your chocolate and hand it over in 7 minutes

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

okay :(

give it to you

i sniff hope you are happy now.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

maniacal laughs not only have I taken your chocolate

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

looks pretty sick

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I love your wallpaper! Link?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

SO EXTREME I... I Just... Just... LOVE the NZXT Manta, and your build makes me love it even MORE :D I'm already saving money for my next build. Manta awaits.

+1 for the copper pipe and your own logo. Just. So. Amazing.

eXtreme build in a little format :D :D :D :D :D :D

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Return the 1080 and get the 1080ti for 100 more bucks.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW! Much RGB! MANY NZXT FANS! 6gb OF STORAGE +1 MANY FUN!!!!!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Spectacular build! Love to see all that NZXT and the lighting is really well done. Congrats on your new system!

  • 32 months ago
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Beautiful build!

If I may, what is the purpose of 2 hue+'s?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

3 Channels for the case, 1 channel for the desk

  • 32 months ago
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ahhhhh ok gotcha :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

This PC made my ... rock hard xD Absolutely love it :D +rep

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks furious as hell! Expensive Fans though i like your build the case hmmmmm kinda fat lol check my builds sir when you can https://pcpartpicker.com/b/7bjypg

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

People will begin to cry their construction a decline in prices is coming have already announced the Titanx has $ 1000 Canadian instead of $ 1,800 and the INTEL range will also thanks AMD thanks :-) (http://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-unleash-699-usd/) (http://wccftech.com/intel-amd-price-war-ryzen-processors/)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you think that it was fairly easy to paint the motherboard heatsinks? Thinking of doing the same on my MSI Z170i Gaming Pro AC.

  • 32 months ago
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i cant speak for the msi but for the asus, the heatsink for the power delivery was easy to remove but the heatsink for the chipset was hard. i even had to reapply thermal paste for the chipset

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Throw that **** on setup wars holy damn

  • 32 months ago
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If you don't mind me asking but what website did you use to customize your logo? Btw beautiful RGB build +1

  • 32 months ago
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oh, i just contacted a local print shop from where I lived and got them to make something i made up as a vector.

  • 32 months ago
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Oh ok thanks for replying though

  • 32 months ago
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Have you experienced any coil whine with the gigabyte 1080 g1?

  • 32 months ago
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nope, ive had coil whine on my old gtx970 when it was new but this 1080 has been working without any issues so far.

  • 32 months ago
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As i see the gigabyte 1080 g1 totally worth!! Your previous gtx 970 was also gigabyte g1? Also what games do you usually play (ultra graphic settings ofcourse). Have you ever tried to play on a 144hz monitor with your current rig?

Sorry but i didnt understand what you said in the description....did you have any problems with your NZXT cam software or only the mounting of the cooler to your mobo?

And something last, i have the Asus z170 pro gaming and i think that we are using the same gaming programmes for that motherboard..., your GameFirst programm is working fine? Because i had downloaded the latest GameFirst version (and also the previous beta versions) and it won't open after the installation. Whats your GameFirst version mate? Thank you

  • 32 months ago
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my previous card was the strix 970, asus over time has really dropped the ball on their designs due to the largely ugly ROG mindset. I play most stuff on my 4k monitor and things are largely without any issues.

both, the cooler has an extremely tight fit due to the ram spacing on an itx board. However, if you use generic green pcb ram, it should be ok. NZXT CAM itself is also super buggy with detection but every patch is slowly getting better.

Sorry but i dont use or know what this gamefirst thing is. I only use AISuite 3 to set my fan curves and thats about it.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

hmmm i see. Yes Asus graphic cards are very large-bulky but most of the people prefer them.

About the NZXT cooler, i will think about it if i want to buy it. I am not sure yet. I have corsair vengeance lpx (2 sticks) and i dont wont to cause any damage to them.

Oh you dont have Gamefirst? As i remember it came with the cd of your mobo. Its about smoother gaming (it closes some applications that may affect perfomance while you are gaming, etc..). Yes i also have AISuite 3 but i have not installed the latest version because i have some bugs with it (it does not show me the DIP5 apps)..i have the version 1.01.46 which works for me just fine

  • 32 months ago
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for asus its not just the bulk, i just dont think that theyve made very good engineering choices in the pascal era.

the ram spacing is only for 115x itx boards, everything else including itx x99 should be perfectly fine.

no im usually pretty suspicious of things that come on the provided cds, windows these days provide wireless drivers for all motherboards and i usually pick drivers up manually over the internet. as you can see in the build, no cd-drive haha

  • 32 months ago
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Are you using the fan hub on the back of the Manta?

I can't figure out if I should connect the X62 fans to the AIO_Pump header or to the hub (which would be connected to CPU_FAN

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

the manta's fan hub does not provide enough voltage to power everything i had so my fans are spread out across cpu_fan(manta hub) and cpu_fan1/2. Also, the hub is out of power without even using all the slots it has, the RGB and noctua ippc fans probably use more power than normal hence experiment at your own convenience.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

i really like the decal you made for the case really makes that retro look come together. How did you design it

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

you will have to ask what your print shop accepts but I created a vector with gradients using adobe illustrator

  • 31 months ago
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You have a very nice build... and I'm a beginner who planning to go with an NZXT Manta build also. And I have some question.

Do the radiator at the front warm up your GPU?

In the mainboard you used to have only one CPU Fan connector. Did you control all of those fans speed and how?

  • 31 months ago
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Q1: only slightly, hence me changing the radiator fans to the noctua IPPC fans. they are really so much more efficient than everything else in the market.

Q2: The motherboard actually has 3 controllers, CPU_Fan, CPU_1 and CPU_2. The manta's controller is connected to CPU_Fan

  • 31 months ago
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lol can I ask why you have 2 Hue+ installed?

  • 31 months ago
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2 channels for LED lighting inside the case, 1 channel for the LED Fans 1 channel for lighting the entire desk as a bias light

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I like that idea dude, I have 2 HUE+ as well (one black, one white). Might do the same thing ;)

Shame NZXT does not sell any keyboards or mice, so tricky to align my Razer keyboard/Logitech Mouse to my CAM setup

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

i use the corsair k70 and the logitech g502. the rgb software is pretty robust and well supported by the community. tbh im not really too impressed by razers' design aesthetic in their peripherals anymore

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there! Aesthetically in regards to the Aer RGB fans would it look better to have: 2 x 140mm + 1 x 120mm or 3 x 120mm fans?

just wondering if the smaller radius of the smaller fan is noticable. From what I can tell in the images its not but I would love to hear your personal thoughts :)

  • 30 months ago
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Hey there! Aesthetically in regards to the Aer RGB fans would it look better to have: 2 x 140mm + 1 x 120mm or 3 x 120mm fans?

just wondering if the smaller radius of the smaller fan is noticable. From what I can tell in the images its not but I would love to hear your personal thoughts :)

  • 29 months ago
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my thoughts were that larger fans = less rpm for same amount of flow so i maxed out on every possible slot. i even got noctua ippc fans for the radiator that are not visible from the radiator

  • 29 months ago
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That's a Manta ray, right? I assume it is...Manta ray...NZXT Manta. Because a Stingray killed The Crocodile Hunter. And I've vowed to vanquish every Stingray I see in his name....and also for Valhalla. If that is in fact a Stingray for some reason, then I have no choice but to Negan the hell out of your PC.

Don't take it personally though. You can still have a +1.

  • 29 months ago
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there goes another brave soul, down a foolish path to fight fish

  • 29 months ago
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I may have LOL'd, but that won't distract me from.....wait, is there wi-fi out at sea?

Ah, to hell with it. Who swims with Stingrays, anyway? >___>

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Is your Kraken still working? Fell in love with it and will include it on my build... but the 20% of reviews reporting random pump failure are making me hesitant.

  • 24 months ago
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died in 10 months, im on my second asetek pump. 6 year warranty though

  • 16 months ago
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Are u happy with the price performance ratio of the GTX 1080 from gigabyte?

  • 13 months ago
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Can you give some details about how you instaled led strips. Where and how for example... besides there was any problem or difficulties while doing it.

  • 3 months ago
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B E A UTIFUL!

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I swapped out the stock static fans to the noctua ippc 140s along with a favourable climate.

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  • 32 months ago
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i meant static pressure

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