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Sci-fi solarium

by thenzfarmer


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Date Published

Oct. 22, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.48 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.01 GHz


I wanted to fit a beastly PC into a small case with cool lighting and tubing. I picked the Nano S over the Phanteks Enthoo due to the latter's seemingly inexistent exhaust capability at the top of the case from a top rad (probably a misconception but I ran with that...). The title for the build is based on purple/blue combo, it reminds me of Guardians of the Galaxy - and I swear I've tanned considerably since completing this build...

This is my first build with acrylic tubing and I went out of my way to get UV reactive tubing and dye as well as black fittings to complement the black case. Tubing was a bit of a pain, especially since I swapped PSUs halfway through the build and had to re-loop the front rad to GPU tubing. I limited bends because... they are difficult and frustrating and angled fittings exist for a reason... right?

Lighting is supplemented by four Casemod hybrid UV/RGB strips that are operated by remote control (no UV connector on the mobo RGB connectors yet). There are two dyes in the distilled water - Primochill blue for the blue colouring when the UV lights are off and Mayhem UV dye for when they are on. The UV blue and black power cables were the last touch and definitely prefer them to the standard shiny, unbraided Seasonic cables.

The 1080Ti barely fits between the front 140mm fans (in pull configuration) and the rear of the case. I wanted to use the front fan filter and therefore didn't install the res outside the case.

The CPU block is the ASUS block specific to the Z270i mobo which has built in RGB lighting. The RAM is RGB as well and so is the Mobo. The top and rear fans (Thermaltake) are RGB lit as well but there is no way (to date) to link them to ASUS Aura which controls the Mobo/RAM/CPU lighting. Fingers crossed Thermaltake releases an update to link the lighting to Aura. Meanwhile, the RGB/UV strips are independent and that's unlikely to change but that's cool - it's not like I constantly want new build colours.

Performance wise, it took me a long time to figure out the ASUS suite was causing performance issues that you would assume are related to faulty RAM/GPU/CPU/PSU... Hence why this build took me 3 months to complete. Advice to anyone - work your *** off to rule out software issues before blaming hardware (unless you see sparks/smoke)... I get some coil whine from the PSU and GPU but that's the trend these days and it only occurs when gaming - sound from speakers/headphones make it unnoticeable.

Maintenance is not too difficult thanks to the little plug before the pump - place the PC on its site, connect a tube, sit it up and let it drain.

I like the end result and I'm so happy with everything I've learnt and the great support the community has given me in resolving issues like: 1. Unstable performance (AI Suite) - uninstalling or blocking the service fixed a crippling issue whereby power to the GPU would dip from 250-280W to 150 for a brief second intermittently. As a result, FPS would dip to single digits before rising again. 2. Hot front M.2 SSD hitting 80+ degrees C - turning the rear fan around into a pull config did the trick, lowering temps to mid 60s (the ram sticks block airflow to the SSD from the front fans, causing it to sit in a hot pocket from its own heat as well as heat from the GPU below it).

Cooling wise, I'm very happy with the result - the GPU never heats above 42C and the CPU, being what it is, usually sits in the 50s with the sporadic spikes to mid 60s characteristic of non-delided 7700Ks. Anyway, it runs like you would expect a high end PC to run with some nice OCs on the CPU and GPU.

Will add more images tonight :)

Cheers from Australia. Mike

Comments Sorted by:

Blacksm1le 1 Build 4 points 18 months ago

very pretty and a powerful PC possible to have more picture +1

kuglern 3 Builds 4 points 18 months ago

Looks great you should defiantly upload more pictures! +1

ShutYourTrap 2 Builds 4 points 18 months ago

I smell a feature... +1

thenzfarmer submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you, so rewarding getting all this support...

Wolklung 3 points 18 months ago

Nice one mate. Absolutely love it.

Rhizomorphic 2 points 18 months ago

Slick rad choices, surprised to see a CE 280 fit in that case.

thenzfarmer submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

So was I, I went for a thicker top rad but it didn't pan out so I was reduced to using a slim profile one.

Brookshelves 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

v a p o r w a v e

Elster 2 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

I absolutely adore all of these SFF water cooled builds coming out! Brilliant work!

thenzfarmer submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you :)

Dettox 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Nice build. I was searching one to see if it fits a 240mm top rad with Trident Z Gskill memories.

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