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Hi All,

Just posting up my upgrade from my last build, ended up going a full custom loop in the NZXT s340 Elite very nice sleek case, very small though but needed something small cause I'm tight on space in my living room. not upgraded any of my parts from my last build apart from the ram, kind of gutted I didn't wait till now corsair have just released their new LED DIMM's that could of went nicely with this build. As for the water cooling... this was a challenge, went with Acrylic tubing here should have probably used PETG or even easier soft tubing it might of been cheaper and easier to use, but to be honest I didn't find much trouble using the Acrylic as supposed to PETG. I pretty much did the full loop first time only using 3x of the 500mm EK Tubes, I only used more to redo some bends I thought could of been better. But the one part of the loop that seemed to stress me out so much was the tubing going from the CPU water block to the 120mm rad at the back, I used 3 tubes alone trying to get this right, and ended up using the tube I first made that isn't as straight as I would like it to be. I might redo this with some 90DEG angle fittings as suppose to trying to do two 90DEG bends. apart from that there was one more part of the loop that caused a bit of a problem, I ended up getting a leak when I was first ran a leak test, it wasn't apparent at first but started to notice a wet spot around the fitting attached to the multiport top of the Res. I did have it routed differently as to what you see in the pics now. It was coming out of the 280mm rad and then straight into one the inlets through the top, just using fittings (no tubing). I think it was because these inlets at the top are countersunk and using normal fittings just don't seem create a good seal cause they are hitting of the plastic before tightening down.

But as for overall performance from upgrading to a custom loop I don't see much difference, I still get the same temps I get when I had my CPU and GPU using AIO's, I do get better cooling for my GPU now though with having full coverage and able to get really stable overclocks on my gpu memory, had the frequency up by 600Mhz with 200Mhz boost on the Core Clock, witch I wasn't able to achieve before so really happy with that.

apart from that another thing I need to say is don't put a 60mm rad right next to your cpu lol, this thing seems to build up a lot of heat overtime and having that in your system especially one that is so small is just making my temps creep up quite high, even with my fan speed here set quite high. going to try and maybe add a slim fan on the top of the case to help get some of that hot air out, or even bigger attempts to replace the rad with a thinner one and have this set up in push pull.

But in conclusion I have to say I love my PC lol, even though it has its kinks and room for improvement but that's why I do this, I think once I get the time to iron out these kinks I am happy with my build so far, and I don't think I am going to change these until the next time I upgrade my GPU, so Until then I am totally more than happy with my Aquatic Garden :)

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice build. My dream build would be like yours, black and white components and fluoro green for the coolant. The NZXT S340 Elite isn't really designed for custom loops, but when someone pulls it off, it never disappoints :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man, loved doing a white and black build, really get to play about and experiment with different colours in terms of lighting and hopefully mess about with different coloured fluids. And yeah your right about the S340, it's a challenge to work with when it comes to water cooling, had to be very careful when it came to buying parts and making sure they fit.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

It's actually quite beautiful and I love the custom work plus the atmosphere you set up for it ("Aquatic Garden") and color scheme you chose, it looks especially great when lit up. Great job +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for that man, really glad you like it so much and is in your taste, nice to know you appreciate the theme the same way I do :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Shpongle ✌️

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Aha! Nice to know there is a fellow shpogle fan here!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

the coolant doesn't really look nice in my opinion, but good build otherwise

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I call it mountain due green lol, or shrek p**s. It was my attempt at trying to get the coolant to match the colour of lighting on the motherboard.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a... um... -interesting- color scheme.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, appreciate it :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

the coolant looks like engine coolant nothing so fancy here i love the simplicity i have the most fanciest build ever check my anubis gold and black custom loop...even worse i have rgb custom loop :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Really glad you like the build and colour of the fluid. Simplicity was probably key in such a small build was just wanting to get the tubing around the loop as easy as possible without having to over complicate in such a tight space. Checked your build by the way, it was sweet would love to go I. That direction but space in my living room wouldn't handle it lol.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

did you have the 16mm? i have 14mm and i think the 16 is really fat lol but yeah was that fluid diluted or something? or it just the way it is? i see some strong green colors and uv reactive. which build did you checked? did you see my anubis custom loop build and the video? i have star wars theme custom loop as well if you check my facebook page i have some couple pictures in there https://www.facebook.com/ivannooztech/ for the custom black and gold https://youtu.be/z__wPjOxaSU

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah man, it's 16mm tubing I'm using and your right it is fat as hell, at first I thought I was just gonna be able to just use bends on the tubing and not use any rotary fittings, but the 16's are so fat I couldn't get the bends tight enough in some parts and had to use rotary fittings and extensions to complete the build. The fluid is actually just distilled water with biocide and uv laser green dye, and emerald green dye by mayhem. I checked out the anubis build, that is sick man. I really it, it's nice to see a pc in black and gold it very unique colour scheme.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

dude the first time i saw your build i was like that is fat af lol i think it would be awesome if you redo your build change to hardtubing 14mm PETG or Acrylic. how's the temperature though? do you have some sort of video or youtube? yeah thanks it's one of my best builds ever but you haven't seen my star wars yet see my youtube channel i have it in the background :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah man you are probably right, it would be a bit better to have smaller diameter tubing. I was thinking of going down to 12 OD 10 ID. But my temps are good, I get about 25- 30 degrees on idle and and 40-55 on maximum load, depending on the ambient temperature it varies but been having some hot weather where I live and this was normal temps for my pc when it was cooled with aio's. Just hit up your YouTube channel, I have to ask "piño ka ba?" Lol :), because I am lol.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like it. the green in the tubes looks kind of strange though, doesn't really fit with the rest of the build

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, your probably right when the system is powered of the green isn't to great with rest of the build, but come night time with the LED'S on and I use it I'm really happy with the colour, I might add some more dye to it at some point try and get a better shade.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

kk

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks beautiful.

+1 :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not connect the graphics card directly to the heatsink and return to the processor to dissipate heat from the processor

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

That is actually a really good idea lol, it's good to know these things in hindsight I might do that next time I drain the system, I still have a couple packs of tubing left for it. I was planning on buying a new rad or even worse mount it on the outside of the case. But I will definitely give that a go when I get the chance. Cheers man :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Sometimes it is of small detail that make the difference combined with other small detail make a big difference :-)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing. Feature coming up!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats the difference between the S340 and H440? Putting together a list now for a build and just curious. Thanks :D

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

No worries man. I'm not to sure but I think the h440 is the model up from the s340, I think it's got better water cooling support and extra support for more drive cages and that, but I could be wrong I've not seen the full specs for the h440.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

you think h440 has the capability of being water cooled? I bought the hyper beast a while back and i really want to do a water cooled build. ( Fist time builder)

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

That's sweet man, really like that case :). I just had a look there on the NZXT site and looks like it's got more than enough support for a good water cooling rig, you wouldn't really need to make any compromise like you would with the s340. If you decide to build a custom loop in your hyper beast would love to see it :).

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

AMAZING!!!

This build looks great! wow! 1+! "The Aquatic Garden Of Extra Celestial Delights" is a great name too! i think there arent enough builds in the s340(elite)! i love this case but sadly they didnt add a plate you can remove for 360 radiator support wich means you have to take the back exhaust as a radiator place to.... nice build tho!!! WOW

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, thanks buddy, I'm really glad you like the name, its actually a song by a musician called "shpongle". I thought the name really suited the whole theme of the build as well as its genre. But your hella right about the s340, if they made the drive cage removable I bet you would see a lot more water cooled builds on this case.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

they are :D you just have to get the right screwdriver http://imgur.com/Ls9j2pe this is a pretty nice mod

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

That does look sweet :), it looks like it involves doing some work with a dermal as well though, I always thought if it's riveted they are a nightmare to get out but if there is a special tool for that it would be handy even if it was just to get rid of the drive cages for more room to route cables or space for a pump. It would be something to look into, but if I was to get a 360 in the front I would probably look into getting another case lol.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

well yeah i bought the s340 elite because i didnt think i would ever have enough money for custom watercooling.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah man I was on the same boat as you aye, I got the s340 elite cause it was the best looking case I could afford. But got the impulse to go full custom loop and just went for it, I'm just luck my wife doesn't really know how much all the stuff cost lol.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I saw those speakers and the apollo twin if I am not mistaken, are you a music producer? If so can you link some of your music? ;)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah you got me there :) I do like to play a bit of music now and again. It's a set of M-audio bx5's and M-audio M-track 2x2 you mistaken for the Apollo twin. https://m.soundcloud.com/anomalouscadence/sounds-from-friday-afternoon

There's a link to my music, hope you enjoy it man :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow dude it sounds pretty cool! And oh well the mixers do look alike :D

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers man :D, glad you liked it. Yeah I had to Google it and have a look for myself they do look a lot similar lol.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

IKR

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

*might have, could have etc

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I LOVE builds in the NZXT s340 ELITE cases

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

THIS NEEDS TO BE FEATURED!!! :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man :), would be well sweet if it could lol.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Man, very nice build.

I was just wondering how the temps and noise were? I have been told that only a 240mm and 120mm radiator is not enough for cpu and gpu cooling. I have the same case so I can only fit minimal radiators.

Just wanted to hear what your thoughts are if you would use a different case if you had the chance to?

Thanks and again awesome build :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on doing a custom loop inside this case as well, any tips on mounting the pump/res?(Sorry I am a little late).