Hey Philip, can you stick the featured build at the very top, followed by the build guides then the most recent completed builds? Right now the featured kinda feels underwhelming, especially on mobile. Also, I’m sure it’s been brought up but improving the resolution on thumbnail for the completed builds. Thanks, appreciate all you guys do!
I agree, not a fan.
Very clean, great build especially it being your first!! shudders at the thought of my first build
Well done, congrats.
I like it, good stuff man.
Well done! +1
Thank you man! I appreciate it :) Great fun building it.
Looks great! I'd grab some cable extensions, solid black :) Well done.
Sorry for the late reply. Thanks a lot for the compliments! It was a lot of fun building this...
Anyway, yeah the case can support a 280mm rad in the front and the top actually. Honestly I'm not 100% sure but I think I remember going with the 240 because the plugs lined up better with the way my loop was laid out. With that said, I probably could have made the 280 work somehow haha.
Thank you my man! I appreciate it :)
I hate to say it but I don't really have lengths for you. I went with extensions on the 24 pin and CPU cables and I'd probably route the PCIE/GPU cables differently if I were doing it again. If you've got your case already I'd say take some wire or string and try to measure out the distances. Sorry I'm not much help!
Good luck on the build, I really enjoyed working in this case! It was a lot of fun :)
Thank you! Had a lot of fun building it!
Bah sorry for the late reply, but I purchased the acetal res w/o the pump because I already had a good alphacool D5 pump. I bought mine through performance-pcs.com and they sell a version with the pump or without.
Thank you buddy, I appreciate the kind words. Sorry for the late reply but good luck with your custom loop, it's definitely a fun and rewarding project!
Thank you! Sorry for the late reply, anyway to answer your questions, no, originally I was installed a bitspower 240 slim radiator but saw that I had more room than I thought and opted for a thicker EK rad. The EK rad that I'm using is medium thickness but their thickest (60 mm) actually fits as well. I would imagine you could use just about any brand radiator in either the front or top of this case. Secondly, nope, the fans are not low profile, just about any brand fan should work for you! The two 120 mm are in a push configuration and draw the cool air outside of the case over the radiator. The one thing I will say is the front panel probably restricts air flow more than it should but still gets the job done.
Yeah I thought about this and that would probably be the best but unfortunately the 90 degree fitting I have doesn't fit between the graphics card and the PSU shroud. I'd probably have to turn the rad upside down and completely redo my bends to get some kind of drain port...
Thank you man. Well to answer your question, I might be able to push it up to 4.6 or 4.7 but the temperatures just get a little too high for my liking. I don't think I exactly won the silicon lottery with this particular chip so I'm okay with 4.5. I think if I tossed in a 120 or 140 rad in the back I might feel better about upping to voltage and sticking with 4.6 or possibly even 4.7.
Thank you! I highly recommend this case, really enjoyed working in it. Lot's of features and room for custom parts.
Wonderful build my friend. I've researched this and if you're playing games like CSGO, DOTA 2 (+1 for VS figurine) LoL and such, there is absolutely ZERO bottle necking with an i3 and a 1060. In fact, games like BF4 and Witcher 3 show no bottle necking on max settings with an i3 vs an i5, which most people consider the sweet spot for gaming. And as a few posters have already pointed out, yeah the Kraken is overkill but hey it looks nice, works great and you've got yourself a slick cooler for years to come. To me, aesthetics are as important to the build as anything else. Congrats again, and enjoy. That's a sweet setup!
Man a stable 4.8 GHz on the 6600 is pretty impressive but like you said you gotta be comfortable with your temps. The most I was able to get out of my 6600 was 4.6 but the voltage was just a little too high for me.
I think you've got a good plan! The 7700k with that motherboard is going to be an amazing combo with some serious OC'ing potential. Couple that with two 1070's in SLI and you're going to be set for years!
Let me know how it goes!
Thank you, I appreciate that! You know on those games that support SLI two 1070s is just beastly! I've gotta say I've really enjoyed my 6600k, it's been a great CPU. I really only game on my rig so the i5 is the sweet spot for me. The 7700k is a nice jump up for sure but it just depends on what you're doing with you computer as far as if it makes sense or not. Personally, I'm going to squeeze a few more years out of my 6600k if possible!
Thanks! I got lucky with the layout and things lined up nicely. Pretty simple bends but works out to a clean look.
Congratulations on a job well done! It feels good right? Great work on the bends, I can tell you put a lot of planning into the layout. I'm a fan of straight lines, simple bends and symmetry so I appreciate the 2x45 angled adapter, extender and other various fittings you used in your build. Enjoy it!
I have to say this case was a joy to work with. Because it's a little larger than most ITX cases it is a great case for water cooling. I went with a pump/res combo but because of the removable drive bay, there is a ton of room to mount your pump at the bottom of the case. If you did this you could probably go with a 240 rad on top and the front! Although a single, high quality 240 or 280 rad in front works amazingly well!
I really can't say anything bad about this case, it offers great flexibility in terms of water cooling. I'd say go for it! The only other ITX case I might consider is the Fractal Nano S but ultimately the EVO ITX is the way to go.
I hear ya. You may think about setting the top radiator fans as pull/exhaust and not even worry about the rear fan. I bet you still get amazing temps. You're doing some great stuff with your build and it already looks great! Just throwing some ideas out there.
Congratulations on a solid build. I hear ya about wanting the bends to be perfect. I swear I go through so much tubing when I do a hardline build. Anyway, I have a few suggestions for you. You might consider turning your top rad around and running the tube from your graphics card to the top rad, then from the top rad to the cpu and out to the front rad. I think this will give you the cleaner look you are going for and have the added benefit of cooling the liquid before it hits your CPU after passing through the GPU. Here is a quick sketch of what I'm talking about. You would need a number of 90 degree fittings, 2x45, 45 and maybe an extension. I really like where you are headed with this build! Looks wonderful.
Thank you! I agree, I didn't end up using the Mayhem's red pastel that I had ordered...just didn't look right. The distilled water enhances the existing colors, plus I just feel better about running crisp, clean, clear distilled water through my loop.
Work of art. Well done.
I was laughing reading your description about the kids being way too interested and only being able to work a few hours at night. I just finished my custom loop and I also have a one year old...there was ZERO percent chance I was doing ANYTHING related to the build with him awake haha. Soooo curious.
Good work on the OC, how's it treating you? I was just reading how Intel has come out and said they don't recommend people OC their 7700K (LOL) because of so many complaints about high temps.
Anyway congrats on the build, it's beautiful!!! +1
Excellent build. Even better father and husband.
It's called a PSU shroud. You see modders making their own a lot, but many cases are starting to include them. Really helps tidy things up, gives you some mounting options for custom cooling also.
They told me to use distilled water, I used Gypsy Tears.
Gotta build in comfort man!
Thank you Square! Definitely wanted something clean, somewhat subtle but with a little style!
I really really like this build. Feels damn good right?
Thank you my man, I appreciate that a lot! Looking forward to seeing that build someday! I wanted neat runs, with simple enough bends all the while maintaining nice straight lines and symmetry. Definitely took a little thought and a fair amount of 90, 45, and 2x45 degree fittings.
I'm always down for a little jipster lovin'...
Thanks man! That's the look I was going for.
Thank you my man!
I cheated and just did an extension for the 24 pin because I would have had to solder like you. The CPU and VGA cables are full. Honestly it will be a little while before I'm sleeving cables again haha, they look great but damn is it time consuming!
Oh and your Lian-Li ITX build, now that's stunning.
Thank you! That Phanteks micro atx TG case is a thing of beauty. I'd be really tempted to go that route. Phanteks' build quality is really quite nice. Fractal also makes a nice micro atx case in the Define Mini C. Could put together a pretty sweet build in that one as well!
Thank you! Can't deny the quality of EK products that's for sure.
On a 1080p monitor no less! Haha :) Thanks!
Thank you! And they hurt...
Thank you! I agree, the larger tubes add so much to these small builds. Just seemed right haha :)
Pay no attention to young Dante, for he is a friend of mine, and knows not the ways of the custom loop. For the custom loop, is an ancient art and it's ways are not beholden to the faithless. Pouring liters of gushing fluid into a box full of electronic components, all the while pumping volt after volt of electricity through hand made power cables. What could go wrong you ask? Nothing, absolutely nothing...
Thank you :)