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White Fusion - Lian Li PC-05S Watercooled HTPC build

by Radox-0

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Date Published

Feb. 11, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

500 MHz

Description

Before I start, I actually posted this build a few weeks back, but my old account (Radox) was accidently deleted while removing bots, not me being naughty I promise :D. Needless to say there have been plenty with the MSI competition, but the fantastic as usual staff have worked hard to keep on top of things. Alas love the community so much, I rebuilt my profile and just reposting this completed build, if only to keep track of what builds I have done :)

White Fusion

White Fusion my second personal build build that has been in progress for a number of months really. As odd as its sounds I have had no urge as such to complete it, but recently after upgrading my Aurora build to X99, I felt high time to get this build complete. I initially expected to move the 4790k into the build, but held on to 4790k in my main build for longer than planned so grabbed the 4690k, a good chip in its own right for use in this build and an eventual swap which I did not do in the end.

White Fusion primary use is as a HTPC / Console replacement in the living room and as such will not be the main gaming PC, thus in some areas there may seem to be compromises. The build itself is planned around the case itself, the Lian-Li PC-05S with other plans having to fit in place around this.

The custom loop part dropped into place after I got rid of my Fury X and opted for a custom loop. The custom loop works out very well for a HTPC because at idle and for low intensive tasks, the PC is absolutely silent, more so combined with the SFX PSU which does not spin its fan. This makes it really ideal for a living room HTPC when watching movies and what not, combined with the lighting which will dim automatically in the case for such uses.

Anyway on to the longggggggggggggggggggggggg part selection


CPU - 4690k

The 4690k is a solid 4 core offering. In reality it leans slightly towards overkill, but in all I have not had any issues to date. I was contemplating putting my 4790k into the build after moving Aurora to X99, but I seem to have got reasonably lucky with this chip and it can maintain a nice 4.7 Ghz at a reasonable temperature under load and could not simply be bothered to perform the chip and got a good price for my 4690k.

While the power draw and TDP for this chip would not make it ideal for most HTPC builds, the addition of a custom loop does work wonders and at idle it maintains a nice 26-30 degrees and under load for an hour, about 50 degrees max.


Motherboard - ASUS ROG Maximus Impact / Memory - Kingston HyperX Fury

The Maximus Impact, a lovely and feature rich motherboard with plenty of features and function that's you won’t miss anything as such from a larger ATX board. Asus put a lot of effort in and created multiple daughterboards which explains the add on-cards and various power phases and VRM’s near the top. Essentially where they lost space horizontally, they added vertically.

The primary reason for actually choosing it was two fold, I wanted to purchase a full cover motherboard block. In the Mini ITX area, this is the only board for which Bitspower and EK produce full cover motherboard blocks. This works great as it actively watercools the motherboard components but more generally looks awesome i think.

Second the Motherboard seems to be very solid and to date has had no issue with ram running at 2400 Mhz or the CPU overclocking to 4.7 Ghz. no issue.

The ram sticks were picked for their nice clean look. They were actually reasonably priced and although their frequency is not massive, they seem to do the job fine. For this build I went ahead and purchased a pair of 8 GB sticks and for most purposes 16Gb is overkill for the use of this build, but means I should not need to worry about anything going forward.


Storage - Samsung 850 Evo

For storage it was kept pretty straightforward, a pair of 500 GB Samsung 850 Evo drives. The primary reason for purchasing all SSD’s is a lack of space in the case in general, more so with the addition of the custom loop which took over the HDD area, and secondly to keep the build as silent as possible.

In terms of performance both are lightning quick as expected. Although capacity is somewhat on the low side, it's not a major issue as this build and Aurora will eventually be supplemented by a NAS from which media can be streamed if needed.


Case - Lian Li PC-O5S

Probably one of my most favourite parts about this builds. Made of all aluminium and finished off with a thick sheet of tempered glass the case looks pretty awesome. It screams quality and although pricey for a small case is quite unique. Of course the layout does double as a unique aspect but looking at the case on your desk lit up is an awesome sight. The finish is extremely smooth and well polished and you can see the faint aluminium lines which in person look great.

There are some quirks and sacrifices. First of all it's quite tall for a mini ITX case, it's not small as typical of most ITX cases, but that's expected given the layout not being the most space effective. Additionally there are some limitations in radiator support and power supply choice, but the radiator support aspect can be forgiven and the case works fine with most 240mm AIO’s. Finally the material is very soft, you need to really treat it carefully as it can be scratched. Thankfully I only scratched it on inside rear cable management side, but something to be wary off.


GPU - AMD R9 Nano

For the GPU I went for the AMD R9 Nano. Amusingly I actually bought the AMD R9 Fury x first, but got rid of this for the normal R9 Fury when I elected to go for a watercooled build. About 3 weeks after I got my second Fury (first one made a lot of coil whine) the Nano was released so sent the Fury back for the Nano. Amusingly this has allowed me to note and compare the performance of all 3 members of the family.

The Fury and Nano cards are great in that the PCB is very short on them, more so on the Nano which is why I opted for it. The nano itself comes armed with the Full Fiji core, binned cores at that so the best samples go into the Nano thanks to the better thermal and voltage. The reason for this is because the stock cooler is put to work very hard, infact the card with the stock fan profile will actually thermal throttle very slightly reducing its performance to GTX980 sort of levels. However notch up the fans from the stock profile and the Nano will outperform the normal Fury card. Sadly most reviews don’t do this and what they do not make clean is that 99% of the time, during testing their card will be thermal throttling. Infact I went as far as pushing my Fury to the max it can go and the Nano to the max in terms of overclock and even with a 60Mhz lead the Fury was beaten by the Nano, thanks to said full Fiji core vs stripped down core.

Under water however it's a whole different beast. Not only can it maintain its 1000 Mhz clock constantly but mine (gone through 2) can overclock to 1125 Mhz on the core and 550 on the Memory, at these speeds it surpasses both the stock Fury X, and gets close to lowly clocked 980Ti’s in terms of performance let alone a normal Fury. In part this is thanks to less power being required to drive the fan on the Nano which is already somewhat power starved.

It's not all roses with the R9 Fury lineup of the 5 cards I have used from the family only 1 did not coil severely (the Second Fury) and only this Nano is at acceptable levels.


PSU - Silverstone SFX-L 500G

PSU was a fairly easy choice. The Silverstone SFX-L 500G was chosen a SFX PSU is only compatible and secondly this slightly longer SFX format PSU uses a larger 120mm fan vs other smaller SFX PSU’s which means it runs cooler and quiet no issue. In fact the fan turns off at low loads which is a nice feature. The 500 Watt capacity is more than sufficient really to power this PC so not having an issue as such.


Cooling - Custom Loop

The Custom loop was a fun, if not daunting experience in this case. While it looks like there is not a lot of loop, some parts were brought and then sold on soon after, in part thanks to me being a fool and buying parts really early and leaving them laying around for a while.

In all however aesthetic and temperature wise I love it. The Full cover waterblock on the motherboard looks pretty awesome I think and the waterblock on the nano thanks to the riser card looks pretty great when looking at the build from a normal angle. The tubing itself is 14/12 mm tube with Black Barrow compression fittings which are exactly the same as Bitspower, for ½ the price. A nice saving when 1 rotary fitting in my aurora build for example cost £20 each!

The radiator is the EK SE 240mm radiator. Admittedly not my first choice as I went for the slightly thicker XSPC rad but with fans on came to 61.5 cm thick while this case has a 60cm limitation (and that's a real limitation!) so swapped to this slimmer EK 25 mm rad.

For fans there is a pair of EK Vardar F4-120ER fans with a RPM range of 350 - 2200 RPM which ensures at low loads the PC is silent as, and if needed heat can be exhausted out at a very rapid rate. Finally on the rear is a BeQuiet 140 mm fan that draws cold air in. The location is perfect as it actually draws this air in and blasts it over the read of the motherboard which acts to cool the CPU / motherboard rea from behind.

So in terms of temperatures at idle, the GPU idles at around 28 degrees, the CPU at about 26-30 degrees, the motherboard at 28 degrees and the VRM at 33 degrees. Under stress testing and load for a couple of hours and fans at 60% the CPU hovers around 55 degrees while the GPU reaches about 40-45 degrees with both overclocked.

To finish the loop off I opted for a white pastel coloured coolant which contrasts nicely with the black fittings and case. This also works well with the next lighting section where I can choose any color without clashing with a set theme.


Lighting

The lighting system in this build is actually quite extensive. After opting for a custom loop, I installed the Aquacomputer Farbwerk lighting kit which will change based on the temperature of the water. For this there are 4 individually controlled channels with one under the frosted base Acrylic, 1 on each side and one in the roof. In addition to this there is 4 additional Darkside White LED strips in the same area.

The reason for going for quite an over the top lighting kit is the fact the PC will be a HTPC. Having software automatically adjust the lighting based on temperatures works well with the use. For example at low loads when the water in the loop is cool, only the basement light will be on and producing a soft white glow at that, basically not-distracting for HTPC use. As I start to game on the machine and the water gets warmer, the side lighting will come on then finally the top lighting will come on last. At the same time the lighting will go through the spectrum of colors or white, blue, green, yellow and finally red after some intensive tasks.


Cables

It seems so simple on the surface! The cable part actually worked out far more expensive than I expected. The material costs and numerous changes all added up. I actually planned to go for red and black theme, so sleeved cables were produced for this. After changing my mind however to a white and black theme, the cables had to be redone, each time costing a pretty penny. Sadly extensions were out of the question as you can see the PSU itself in this build and it would drive me nuts seeing the stock cable leaving the PSU.

To top it off all of the other cables in the build such as fan headers, USB 2.0, Front IO shield, Sata cables and what not were brought in sleeved white texture.


Issues

My one issue I did have with this build was the fan extension card on the motherboard set on fire :O. Essentially one of the naked LED strips touched the metal case while on and sent a shock to the fan daughterboard setting it on fire. Extremely worrying and scary, but thankfully on the Maximus impact, the fan card is removable. It did burn out and stopped working but thankfully the rest of the motherboard was fine and a replacement solved the issue.


Summery

In all pretty happy with the build. It actually performs a bit better than I expected given the use case I will be using it for but happy none the less. It will be hooked up to my 1080p OLED TV so for that reason when i do choose the game, the combination of parts should have no issue maxing things out in pretty much everything while staying cool and quiet.

There are few things I would have maybe done different such as the custom loop’s route but given the case constraints and limitations it's turned out okay.

If you got this far, thanks for reading!

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bigjerry987 1 Build 8 points 38 months ago

Truly a beautiful build! I wish I could afford to build a computer this magnificent, for an HTPC none the less! Must steal the show in the living room, no point at looking at the tv with this near by!

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Thanks for the kind works buddy :)

Most people are curious admittedly as to what it is. Thankfully as the lights can be dimmed and the glass is tinted its not quiet always in your face!

dilgenfritz 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

This should be in an art museum. I agree with big jerry. Who needs a tv?

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Hahaha, thanks buddy.

Flintfall 2 points 38 months ago

Looks amazing! I love seeing clean builds like this pop on the feed every now and then!

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Cheers buddy. Was hoping for that outcome so glad to see other people agree. Thanks!

Bornhelm 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

This is truly visually stunning! Love it!

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Thank you kind sir!

Glad you liked it!

auldae 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Bra-f-in-vo. +1 Featured build recommendation x10.

Slow clap

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Cheers kind sir, glad you liked it :)

Proward 2 points 38 months ago

Why watercool am i5? Looks badass though?

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Not really about the power in this PC, but to keep things very quiet as its a HTPC. Initally I was planning to move my 4790k to this build, but could not be bothered to undo all the watercooling loop. As it will only be used for streaming movies and light gaming the 4690k and Nano do a fairly good job.

rosswalker 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

streaming movies and light gaming the 4690k and Nano do a fairly good job.

fairly

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Heh, slight under exaggeration :/

maddog62 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Absolutely beautiful build, plumbing and color scheme! The white pics look Star-Wars like. I'm curious how long it took you to build this beast and what, if anything, would you have done differently.

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks mate :)

I was not in too much of a hurry to finish this project but in all it actually took a few months waiting for parts. Some bits like the motherboard waterblock had to be shipped from the USA to the UK for example and sleeving the cables took some time.

Iqwan 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Looks awesome Radox! Even my eyes are drooling :P

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Niceee, glad to hear that buddy. Thanks for the kind words!

E7 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

I was actually looking for this build yesterday... I scrolled through every build back 53 pages before I gave up! Very inspiring, glad to see it back.

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

:O

That's dedication there buddy, now I feel all the more better I posted it! Thanks for the kind comments!

ankousmachine 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

were you the guy on setup addicts asking if you could run all this on a 500 watt psu? anyways 1+, did a remarkable job on the entire thing.

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Cheers buddy, glad you liked it.

Nope, Just looked now at what set-up addicts is. Actually had the PSU for a few months initially with a Fury and Fury X. 500 Watts works just perfect however. Max pull is about 420 Watts with both OC's quiet abit.

ankousmachine 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

you should join and post your build, we love it haha

TREVOR5858 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Awesome build man, I love seeing these loops in The Lian Li sick cases like this

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks buddy. Gotta admit was on the edge on getting it squeezed in this Lian Li case, thankfully turned out okay!

johngerges582 2 points 38 months ago

I was about to say... I know a Radox... IMPOSTER!

Great build. +1 Excellent lighting work too.

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

LOOOL. Yeah Radox got hit by the Ban hammer accidentally. But Radox 2.0 is back wayyyyy

Thanks for the kind words bud!

johngerges582 1 point 38 months ago

Keep me updated on the pastel. I hear some interesting things about it.

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Yep definitely will do. I have seen some people having separation issues, but thankfully seems all good so far. I expect it will be slightly hard for me to tell as the white mixes in very well.

johngerges582 1 point 38 months ago

It seems to be with the Neon colors.

InvaderGir 2 points 38 months ago

One of the best builds I've seen in a long time! Great job :)

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Nice, Thanks buddy, glad you liked it :)

Sentinel3.14 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Absolutely beautiful build and pictures! And a great description!

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks buddy! I will +1000000 you if you read that whole description :D

Faizan 2 points 38 months ago

Oh yeah, I was beginning to sense some deja vu. I remember commenting on this build when it was last up...

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

HAHAHA, yeah, first comment. My old account was accidently deleted so just adding my old build and my new one more recently finished shortly.

Mischief-Minion 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Great to see you again remmy boiiii! +1 again to this chunk of heaven.

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Cheers minion! New account felt empty without my builds!

Mischief-Minion 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Hell yes, keep 'em coming!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Amazing

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks goober :D

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

You are welcome. That build and the pictures are beautiful.

Ahsen 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

soo sick

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Cheers buddy!

jnanof 32 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

killer

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks :)

Jackson_Tyler96 3 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Went from half-chub to full wood in less than 2 seconds. +1

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Looool, cheers once again buddy!

Wolfemane 7 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Very nice build. +1 I am a huge fan of acrylic tubing. It looks clean, and keeps the guts of the system seem orderly. What brand white did you use for coloring and how did you go about bending the acrylic? I've got a few different setups going (mainly with different sized pvc piping) but I'm not happy with any of them.

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks kind sir.

The colouring I used for the build was mayhems pastel white concentrate. 250ml to 750ml of distilled water was enough.

For the acrylic screwed down a set of mandreals. Had a 90, 180 and 360 degree one nailed down to some spare wood. Use a silicon insert to prevent the walls from collapsing and after 30 or so seconds of heating wrap around the mandreals as needed.

iron_overcast 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Amazing build! There should be more builds like this one! Nice job! +1

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks for the kind words mate, glad you like it.

Fwesh 2 points 38 months ago

Beautiful build!

This is just so clean, and that cable management is on point.

Love the colour scheme, love the custom loop! A marvelous job! +1

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks buddy! really appreciate the kind words,Especially cable management, was such a pain in this case so your comments mean a lot!

dax_olesa 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

gorgeous build you made there, i wish i could afford this case bc it's absolutely a stunning piece of gear

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks for the kind words bud. You yourself have an awesome setup. I know I commented prior on it and +1'd but both have gone when my original account has gone, so +1 again!

manirelli staff 8 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

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Thanks for being a good sport about everything.

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

No problem at all! Thanks for the explanation via e-mail also.

Keep up the good fight against the bots!

Jaybone909 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Super clean build and a very sleek case my friend! Awesome work! Congrats!

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks buddy. Much appreciated!

SoonToBe 2 points 38 months ago

First water cooling, now milk cooling! What is next?

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

LOL, orange juice.... wait that's already been done :/

partpicker3484 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Very clean and tidy setup. Looks amazing.

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Thanks buddy, appreciated :)

As commented on yours, really love yours!

bmccarthy8989 10 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Build looks great! What type of light kit is that?

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thank you!

Ah lighting is a bit of a long one for something so simple.

The clean white lighting is 4 strips of Darkside 12" LED strips, 1 up top, on each side and up above. All connected to a fan header.

The RGB lighting is managed by another 4 separate strips (next to the dark side ones) through Aquacomputers Farbwerk lighting system. Small module that has the added bonus of connecting to my water loop from which it takes measurements and adjusts the lighting automatically based on flow or temperature.

All software based thankfully so adjusts lighting based on profiles I set up.

bmccarthy8989 10 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Very cool! Thanks for the info, are the connectors for the RGB lights that go into the controller, are they 4pin fan connectors? Or a proprietary connector for Auquacomputer?

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

The RGB strips themselves are actually just your standard 50/50 strips you can buy off of amazon / ebay. The connector is a small 4 pin connector with the LED strip connecting to one end and the other into the Aquacomputer PCB, specifically this: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/aqua-computer-connection-cable-for-rgb-led-strips-70cm-wc-297-aq.html

I can only be certain they work with the Aqua computer PCB, but the 4 prong connector is not unique in itself and I believe motherboards such as the ASUS Formula released use a similar type of connector for the RGB strip. I can only however in this case verify it works for the aquacomputer PCB.

Myst1c 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

A beautiful and inspiring build indeed!

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thank you kind sir!

Anarchoprimitiv 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

amazing build, glad you did something different and went with the nano instead of an nvidia card...I'm not impressed at all when i see a build with a 980ti anymore since they're a dime a dozen now.

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks. The nano is a lovely little card. More so under water with the thermal limits removed from the equation. Did own a pair of furys and fury x so comparing the results between the 3 was highly interesting and seeing the nano in its small for, factor outperform my sapphire tri x fury with a cooler the size of a house always brought a smile to my face.

Indeed. Compared to my Titan x's the performance of the nano is all the more impressive considering the price delta ( and between the 980Ti) with the current prices these have been reduced to recently. Really are an amazing card for the value.

lordfisch 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Truly superb. Fantastic build, and that case...you just singlehandedly changed my mind about case windows.

But you didn't list your most important part: love. It's clear you invested more of that than time or cash.

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thank you kind sir. Glad you like it, means a lot!

Indeed, your absolutely right, took weeks of work and sketching and measuring to get things right and ensure it would all fit. Great learning experience along the way learning how to sleeve cables and what not so well worth it in that regards.

Chadchops 2 points 38 months ago

Fantastic build! Please tell me you remember the lengths of the cables?? I would like to do something similar and that would help out so much!

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks buddy. Cables were sleeved to about 30cm in length.

Chadchops 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks mate!

Level99PcFanboy 2 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

This... This is beautiful.

I am fully erect.

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Lool cheers buddy

madurham84 3 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Still my favorite build

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks kind sir :)

mauguer 2 points 32 months ago

Hey, I want to do a very similar build but with a full length GPU. I was thinking about mounting the GPU on the last two PCIe slots (as close to the glass window as possible) and placing the pump as close as possible to the front panel and all the way back to the panel opposite the glass. This way, if there's any overlap, the tubing and maybe even the pump can fit a bit behind the GPU. Having already built in the case, do you think there's enough clearance for that?

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I believe you should be able to, it will be a tight fit, but if you are smart it will fit. I did it with my combo when playing around with the design when I initially planned to out a Titna X (Maxwell) in. Just ended up being too fiddly with hardline tubing and picked up a nano in the end anyways.

Alternatively you could put in a swiftech h220 for example. Pump is mounted on the radiator along with a small resivior like so https://pcpartpicker.com/b/R9kTwP

mauguer 1 point 32 months ago

Alright! thanks a lot. I'll be building this in the next months. :)

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Awsome, good luck with it. Hope you upload it, will be great to see.

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

BEAUTIFUL!

Faizan 1 point 38 months ago

Ahh, I love builds in the 05, 06, or 07S cases...

Hen_Ree 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

This is so cool, I was looking to do something similar but in the node 202 and without all this fancy watercooling LOL, what is your opinion of the PSU in terms of noise and stability as I have been reading on other builds on this site that the fan makes an annoying clicking noise at certain fan rpms and that would drive me crazy haha.

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks bud.

Sadly yeah there is a click. The click lands about mid way power draw. Basically its staring up from idle, but not hot enough to keep the fan going constantly so you get a click every now and then. Unfortunately most people use this in builds which draw power in that mid range so end up with the click all the time. Fortunately for myself having components that draw high amount of power for once means the fan is either off when browsing or fully on when gaming.

There is a company that has taken the PSU and changed it slightly so the fan runs constantly at low RPM which gets rid of the click: http://www.sharkoon.com/product/1681/SilStorSFXGold#desc may be worth seeing if you can grab that?

Hen_Ree 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks for replying,

Do you think I will experience the dreaded ticking noise as I was going to put my old rig in the node 202 to act as a living room gaming pc using a 3570 3.4ghz, 16gb ram and 7950 3gb boost from sapphire where a 500w psu is recommended.

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Its a bit hard to say. Some people get the issue and others do not. I guess if you buy it from somewhere like Amazon, they have a generous returns policy. See if there are any issues and if there is return the PSU may be the best option.

Buddatech 1 point 36 months ago

You really do go all out with the parts and aesthetics on your rigs. Gorgeous!

Vinyl_Scratch_ 1 point 35 months ago

Quickly adds this to favourite builds

How have I not seen this yet? Seriously, I was wanting FOREVER to find a ITX, SFF vertical styled HTPC that has had some watercooling done to it. Very well done

+1

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

hehe, cheers buddy :D

Yeah loved the vertical style format, something different so was quiet happy. Kinda sucked I had to use abit more fittings then I would have liked, but spacing was soooo tight in spots and I went with slightly thicker tube (14/12) which does not have that small of a bend radius

kevincote 1 point 31 months ago

I don't understand the fan of your PSU is facing the back of the motherboard tray... So technically no air can enter?

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Small Cutouts in that location. On the underside of the psu keeping it further away from the surface are rubber grommets. In each corner of the psu. That combined with a case fan which brings in cool air from the rear of the case as that's where the intake is and the psu remains cool enough. In fact 95% of the time the fan remains off as the psu is not getting warm enough keeping system whisper quiet.

kevincote 1 point 31 months ago

Ok thanks!

Saz 1 point 22 months ago

looks amazing, Im also considering building in the pc-o5sx or if it releases the phanteks shift, also was wondering is that glowing pat on the bottom like a piece of frosted acrylic with led strips under it or what? was wondering how you did that, iy looks so cool

Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks buddy. Hah, coincidentally I will be looking at moving to the shift X also from this case.

Spot on, its a 10mm thick piece of frosted acrylic laying over a series of 4 RGB LED strips. Works well as you only see the glow filling up most of the case but do not see the strips or source of light itself, just get a mostly even glow coming from the frosted acrylic.

scot12 1 point 20 months ago

Looks beautiful! I plan on making a build with the white version of this case so it's nice to see that water cooling IS possible. I'll just have to find a compact gtx 1080 to work with.

+1!

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Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

:O

Thanks for the kind comment bud. Appreciated

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Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Nice to see you again :)

Please wii U2 here :O

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Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

That is me LOL. My top comment addressed that hahahah.

My Account was banned accidently lol when the staff were cleaning out the bots for that MSI thing raging on. But there was no easy way to revert my account again so remade my account from scratch :)

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Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

:O :O :O

Mate this is a epic post lol. Thanks for the kind words as always buddy, means a lot.

I will look at getting the 40th pic in hahahahaha.

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Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Its not mounted directly to the case. The lightbox I made on the bottom is firmly stuck down to the base of the case. In turn the Pump/Res has been secured into the lightbox. Works well as its secure and can be moved no issue, but if needed I can remove it from the system with no issue either.

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Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Did not drill it measly clamped it down double sided "permenant" sticky pads. Separately the hardline tubing is all cut and tight enough that it also acts to push the pump on to the base of the case.

What parts have you brought, budget and stuff like that

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Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks buddy. Yeah I'll take a look at the save part list in an hour and let you know what you can do.

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Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I do not have a drain port in this build. Was too hard to properly fill it in. To drain the loop I simply use a large syringe which you can buy off amazon and suck the fluid up. Works easy as my res is at the bottom of the case where all the fluid drains to anyways and the loop itself is small. Takes about 10 mins to drain which is not too bad.

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Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Its up to you as to how your design the loop and drain port really. You could put in a ball valve and drain accordingly if you find that a method you like.

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Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Inside the case. There is mounts on the rear of the motherboard tray. Its good as it helps to actively bring in cool air, I highly recommend it.

A bit of an issue as you only have the single fan header to be honest. May want to buy an identical fan to what you use on your radiator and just run that on the rear as an intake. The RPM will run in lock step that way, while not ideal will work. You could also add a PWM fan Hub if needed.

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Radox-0 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Cheers buddy, glad you liked it. Was somewhat challenging getting the loop and cables squeezed in, but all part the fun!