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After a few ITX builds, (NCASE M1, D-Frame Mini) I was craving something a little bigger. I wanted more RAM slots, more PCI-E slots, etc. I wanted something with presence, but not unnecessarily so. Enter Cerberus X. What a little (big) case! It has a small size foot print, but with the ability to cram an E-ATX motherboard in there I was sold. I do a few LANs a year with friends and I value portability. With the handle option and its relatively small size it will be an excellent fit for my needs.

The biggest reason I went larger was the EVGA X299 Dark. I've lusted over that motherboard since I first laid eyes on it. It's so purposely built and mean looking I just had to build with one at some point. With the recent price cuts in X299 chips now was the time. Say what you will about X299, and I'll likely agree with you that Ryzen and Threadripper offer massively better price to performance ratios, but I didn't select X299 for the processors. I just had to build with the Dark.

As for the plan of attack on this build, cooling the CPU will be handled by a custom loop. This is my second custom loop as I currently run one in my D-Frame Mini. However, that one is used to cool both the CPU and GPU. The reasons I'm only going to cool the CPU via the loop are few. One, I'd like to OC the chip more this time around and I don't want it to share radiator space with the GPU. Two, I usually build every 2 years so I tend to sell my used components on craigslist or reddit. Not having to deal with selling a GPU with a water block just makes this part easier. Not everyone is going to do a loop so my potential sales market shrinks. I could see myself staying in this build longer and just upgrading the GPU down the line and this would simplify things for myself.

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  • 18 days ago
  • 7 points

Wow... My only complaint is that the PSU cables cover the CPU.

That cable management though...

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

Agree, but unfortunately that's life in a Cerberus X.

  • 18 days ago
  • 3 points

Oof I probably should’ve elaborated. I mean the cable management is amazing. It’s so freaking clean and uniform. Now I got a bunch of downvotes lol

  • 18 days ago
  • 3 points

Stunning work, love how the copped stands out on the tube, looks fantastic.

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 11 days ago
  • 3 points

Are you losing anything by having the GPU on the bottom slot? I'm assuming not but just curious with this Mobo.

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

Nope, x16 here.

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I saw the build on the first page and went to check it out and when I saw the card on the bottom slot, I was praying for it to be x16 hahaha Very nice build I love copper builds, whatever the platform (Pc, cars, guns etc)

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

feature?

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

Called it :)

  • 18 days ago
  • 0 points

^

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

^

  • 17 days ago
  • 0 points

^

  • 11 days ago
  • 0 points

Lol someone downvoted us (I boosted us back to 1)

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

That person should be (censored)

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

No reservoir? ... gutsy ... hopefully you have no issues with the development of air bubbles at your pump over time.

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

We shall find out I suppose.

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

Beside that beautiful build +1

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Pretty cool, love the copper. Your dark matter actually exists ;p what are your cpu temps like ?

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm running a 4.5 all core OC and aidia64 after 45 minute stress test it levels off at 91 on the package. Which is high for sure, but within Intel's operating spec. Playing actual video games like PUBG, EFT, Witcher, and some others I don't see it go past 81c. It mostly hangs out in the mid to upper 70s.

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

I love it :D

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Add some bling and get chrome piping.

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely love the copper hard tubing. I would love to do a build like this in the future ;)

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Would suggest a OC on that i9, intel cpus can get to 5ghz usually, with a custom water loop. Would suggest a generous overclock, like 1.25-1.5 v on all cores. Although you might need a bigger rad to dissipate the heat.

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful. More pics please!

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Working on it!

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Another Cerberus sibling! Congrats on the feature!

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Cable management pics? ;)

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

congrats on the feature! You deserve it! +1

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

You could polish the pipes with copper cream, they will look so good!

Do you build this cooler system and sale?

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

so clean

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

I absolutely love the cables. Where did you get them? Do they come in a black/white color scheme? Really clean and awesome build. Really cool!

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I got them from Ensourced. He does an amazing job and you can design your own in practically in color combination.

https://www.ensourced.net/

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

Wow those are expensive... I still might pick them up at some point. Thanks for the link!

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

I love the build. I hope you don't cover it up with that side pannel too often though.

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Haha! A window panel is on order.

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes.

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

i have heard of the 9900 and 9900k but not the 9900x.

anyways great build

  • 9 days ago
  • 2 points

It's Intel's HEDT platform. 10 core.

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

nice build man!

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Great build! How did you get an i9-9900X for $350?

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

A craigslist purchase. Lucky AF basically.

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

where did you get those custom camo-style cables?

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point
  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

Unsure if you already know about it or what type of metal those fittings are, but if they are aluminum you need to be careful. See: Galvanic corrosion.

Nice build though. I want to do some custom loops with chromed steel myself.

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

They're brass, and thank you!

  • 18 days ago
  • -1 points

More pci-e slots you aren’t using? Makes sense. 64gb of RAM? Makes sense. “Craving” a bigger PC? Makes sense. Purposefully choosing a lower price-performance ratio? Makes sense. Oh wait.. 😂😂😂😂

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Haha! I never claimed it was rational or intelligent.

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Ah, dangit, we're on the same page. I would have had so much more fun if you would have defended your not-so-brilliant choices here.

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha! Yeah, I really just wanted to build on the X299 Dark. After thing after that wasn't thought out. :)

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  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, I nearly forgot. I have a sound card on order. That’s why I wanted the extra pcie slot. Hahaha!

  • 17 days ago
  • 0 points

The included 5.1 surround sound that’s built right into your amazing $300 mobo just isn’t good enough, eh? Yeah, that makes sense.

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Not at all! 7.1!

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

While I agree on all the points made here and below @aromachi, I'm not gonna knock the OP for making something with a specific visual appeal in mind and in a case he/she really wanted to build in. True, you could knock 1K off this without losing anything under the hood, but it ain't my money! You can always lean out on the next rebuild.

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