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Over the last 18 months my PC has evolved a few times. Parts upgrades, new cases, more RGB, less RGB, more monitors, less monitors, you name it. I think i've finally got myself settled on a build i'm happy with though, I always wanted a custom loop but I also REALLY liked the idea of an ITX build, so I did both.

Starting with the NZXT H200, the one I bought was black and red but I always had plans for the red. The cable management bar was wrapped in hand stitched chocolate brown leather to match the headband of my AKG K701's and the red fan inlets at the front of the case were painted silver. I was aiming for a really neutral colour scheme, the K701's are white, silver, black and brown and I wanted the case to reflect that.

The CPU and GPU blocks are both EK, the CPU being a Velocity copper block and the GPU being a Thermosphere. The radiators are full copper too, there's a 120mm at the back of the case and a 240mm X-flow at the front, both from Alphacool. I went with an X-flow rad at the front because that allowed a drain valve to be fitted at the base of the case making draining the system easier. The pump is an Alphacool DDC310 with a 150mm reservoir and the fittings are all hard tube Alphacool Eiszapfen chrome fittings and 13mm OD PETG tubing, all bend by hand.

I went with a SFX PSU as this allowed more room in the basement for cable management and to fit a 120mm fan blowing across the passive heatsinks I fitted to the VRM's and RAM on the GPU - unfortunately because the GTX1080 Mini uses a custom PCB there really aren't many water blocks that fit it and those that do have the outlets in the wrong orientation for my build.

The K701's are powered by a Behringer Q802 mixer passing through a Nobsound P10 tube/hybrid amp with a genuine Electro Harmonix 12AU7 tube. Cracking headphones and a cracking little amp, completely changes everything from music to gaming and I couldn't go back to a gaming headset now.

The case has a 5" LCD monitor from Amazon that's designed for a Raspberry Pi but i've repurposed it as a monitoring screen using NZXT CAM, I can see GPU and CPU stats on the fly whilst gaming. I saw the idea on YouTube and for the minimal cost it looks much better than the SSD caddy that normally sits there. It's got USB power and a HDMI cable looped out the back of the case and into the GPU as an extended desktop.

Finally my pride and joy, the Predator X34A monitor. It's honestly just incredible, I bought it second hand for £500 locally thankfully, it's crazy expensive but also so bloody nice to play in 1440p ultrawide with GSync. Love it.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

Gorgeous +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

Amazing. I love it when people manage to cram custom loops into ITX cases.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

This is simply beautiful. Don’t think I’ll be able to liquid cool my rig to begin with but I’d love to have beautiful cable manangement such as this - The Beard

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

The cables are easy, I used BitFenix extensions but i'm looking to sleeve my own in the near future straight into the PSU. Appreciate the kind words though, and good luck with yours!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build, love every bit of it

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done!

Great job on the parts and making the system truly your own. (Awesome to see more custom loops in the H200) If I had the money, I believe I would turn my current setup into something very similar to this. (However its not easy to get parts where I live, especially in terms of liquid cooling.)

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks very much, I love the case and the form factor and i'm considering going properly small form factor for my next one

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I know the feeling........ The LOUQE Ghost S1 in particular has peeked my interest (more so than the Dan and Ncase, although both seemed to be great)

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Also, its hard to tell with the tempered glass but what kind of clearance were you looking at with the GPU and Radiator?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Not sure what you mean.. there's about an inch between the end of the GPU block and the tempered glass?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Apologies..... shouldn't have said gpu but between the radiator and where the top of psu shroud ends? Just wondering as I currently have the MSI 1070 gaming (so not mini) and it extends past the top of the psu shroud.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Judging from the fact the radiator is 30mm thick i'd say about 25-30mm of space. You could squeeze the full length card in I think but you'd need to have the pump in the basement and a smaller reservoir above the GPU

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Wowza. That's awesome!

I just did a Mini-ITX build and yeah... not a lot of space to work with. Kudos for making it work!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks very much, fingers were bloody sore after tightening up all the compression fittings with very little access!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I know the feeling! Any tips on getting everything to fit??

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the little screen

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! What are you using to hold your headphones up like that?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

It's just some generic headphone stand from Amazon, mounted to the case using 3M adhesive pads

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

does the 120mm rad fits? or did you do something to make it fit?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

The rad fits yes. Depending on the overall dimensions of the radiator, some might need you to mount the fan in a pull configuration. But from what I could tell most 120mm radiators should fit

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

ok thanks i might change my LP aircooler to an 120mm aio

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you paint the front intake bars? I wanted to paint my h200 a different color but I havent noticed if they come off or not

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

It wasn't easy to be honest. You can remove the panel if you're prepared to drill the rivets but I ended up just masking absolutely everything off and spraying with it attached

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahh, I figured thats what you probably did but wanted to be sure. Thank you the build looks great

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

What kind of plant do you have on top of the case? Real or artificial?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

It's articifial. I got it from Amazon, searched for the term artificial succulents. I wanted a terrarium but it was getting to over £60 for all the parts so I'll do it one day but for now artificial looks good enough

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

woaw !! Great work !! +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

wow. Just. Wow. This is absolutely beautiful. I'd like to get into custom water cooling, but i don't really have the balls to do it lol.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

sex appeal 10/10

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I had the same idea but a normal 240 front and an xflow 120 back +1 from me

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you OC? How are VRM temps?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I only have a 3750MHz all core OC on the 1600 at 1.2V and I haven't OC'd the 1080, just undervolted it. Just mild tweaks, wanted it to run as low power as possible for silent operation, games run the CPU and GPU at around 55-60 degrees after a long gaming session with the loop in equilibrium

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Lovely build man! Would love to try a custom loop like this on mine one day!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you choose to do it in a mini-itx case for your first custom loop? if I was doing this I would go mid atx just to give me that little extra room for it

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I just really liked the form factor of the H200 and I couldn't afford two systems!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW Great build! Question would love to set up a screen to monitor temps and vitals like you have with the LCD pannel and CAM. Could you elaborate more how you do that? Thanks so much!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, the screen is a 5" LCD panel that's marketed as a Raspberry Pi screen but the important part is HDMI input and USB power. For USB power I have a micro USB to USB2.0 header on my motherboard and for video I've a HDMI cable looped out of the case and into the GPU, it's set up just as you normally would for a dual monitor setup.

The software used is CAM because I like the GUI but you can use whatever works best for you

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks so much for the reply a must do mod to my rig!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to punch out holes in the case in order to loop out the HDMI cable for the screen? I am interested in how you did that! :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Dayum that is an amazing build.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks amazing. Good design all around. Color scheme consistent. The custom loop dimensions and liquid tint give me a Portal 2 vibe (conversion gel, anyone?).

Love the slight blue hue tint with the LCD display at the bottom. Perfect use for the visible SSD tray. Well done.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, sorry I haven't logged in here for a while. I'll be transplanting this into a Sharkoon QB One over the next couple of weeks which will be a nice challenge

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Really love the silver. What kind of paint did you use?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it was just an automotive paint aerosol I had lying around from an old project, nothing fancy. You can get similar from any car parts place usually, mine was from Halfords in the UK

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

do u have a link to the lcd screen?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point
  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

thx

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

oh and also how did u manage the cables

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I used this screen as the HDMI/USB on the side meant they could tuck through the existing cable management behind that signature NZXT bar. There's normally an SSD mounted there so there's holes for SATA/power cables to go normally.

From there I've just left a screw on the side panel loose for now and routed the cables out of the back corner

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

hi awsome build I was wondering if maybe I could commision you to do the same thing for Me?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I could do but what do you have in mind?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

ha, I was thinking something exactly like this

  • 9 months ago
  • -2 points

You don’t need to spend that much on cooling and the mad Ryzen 5 1600 gonna bottle neck the Gtx 1080, the Amd Ryzen 5 2600 has the same price but better performance.

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

I don't need to but I wanted to. Noone needs a custom loop. The 1600 doesn't bottleneck the GTX1080 either at 3440x1440 high/ultra settings, i'm GPU limited for most titles. The PC is already built using the base I started with last year, the 2600 isn't a big enough jump in performance to justify the upgrade

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  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, it was stressful having it all apart but I got there eventually. And i'm so glad I saw the monitor on Gumtree locally, was going to buy a Korean ultrawide but the Acer was only £100 more second hand

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