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[Client Build] Reactor Core V1

by Lavins

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Date Published

Nov. 3, 2014

Date Built

Nov. 1, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

980 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

Description

This is probably one of the best mini-ITX cases I have ever had the pleasure of working with. It's absolutely insane how much stuff I was able to fit in it all while staying quite small. Seriously such an amazing little build.

Please check out my review of this case at my blog to get an idea of my thought process and how I felt about the case.

Thanks for lookin'!

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StonerAardvark 8 points 53 months ago

Lavins, you're the only user I've ever seen build a mini-ITX rig with a ******* custom water cooling loop in it. +1

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 4 points 53 months ago

Haha, I've got another build I posted here. It's a 250D built in a similar fashion.

StonerAardvark 4 points 53 months ago

What I was referring to :)

reaperfang 1 point 53 months ago

I believe there is one in a Fractal Node 304 called the Nuclear Shoebox. Rated 184 or something last I checked.

InvincibleFlash1008 1 point 50 months ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/YKpbt6 Fractal Node 304 Nuclear Shoebox 213 upvotes as of Feb 1, 2014 GMT 8 plus

Laforet 1 Build 5 points 52 months ago

I can't believe how clean those cable runs are.

smallie 4 points 52 months ago

Always upvote Lavins.

Sed8Op8 3 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

Freaking amazing but all your builds are impeccably clean so no surprise!How are your temps with the one fan. I water cooled a build for a friend in that case and we managed to fit the 200mm on the front with an h90 and used a pull fan on the other side . As well as filled the 2 80mm exhausts it looked great but it wasn't a full loop so our temps were high till we got it to work with the 200mm in the front. I guess your client can always add some noctua r8 redux fans if the temps are high . Very sick though.

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

Thank you! I appreciate that. :) Keep an eye out for my upcoming build! It's a big one for sure.

mrsimplycrazy 2 points 53 months ago

I love seeing your builds on here. So great looking! The attention to detail, man!

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

Aw thanks man! Glad to know I have a fan. :)

TheTekJake 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

Make that two. I love the builds man. Keep up the awesome work!

iEGOiST 2 points 53 months ago

So tiny, so clean. +1

Buys a $113.50 AIO cooler, only uses the pump. +999999

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

The standalone one from Swiftech actually costs more than this! But thanks! haha

iEGOiST 1 point 53 months ago

I really like the idea of using the pump from the Glacer as I haven't seen it before.

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

Haha, thanks! I always try and change things up from the typical meta.

iEGOiST 2 points 53 months ago

Any upcoming build? I'll be waiting, I still need a lot of inspiration and ideas for my first :D

prz3mas 2 points 52 months ago

I see that I will have the same issue with case and graphic card like you had. I mean you had too cut some part of the case. Can you tell me what did you use to cut it and how big part of the case you remove? I see some piece on the picture but is not enough to see all.

Thx for help.

PS. great builds by the way ;)

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 2 points 52 months ago

I had to cut a square portion that was just big enough to slide the power connector into. You basically have to place a PCI-E connector on top of the card's connector, then line it up as if you were going to insert the PSU cable and figure out where the connector stops. I place tape above that line.

I used a Dremel 7000 to make the cut and it was perfect.

prz3mas 1 point 52 months ago

Thank a lot for into. It will helps for sure ;)

TaufiqTX 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

Jeez, I am just sitting and staring. How beautiful!

ArtStream21 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

wOw! Impressive build!

Samuel9 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Can you put the window on different sides like the Core v1?

Samuel9 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

*v21

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Yes.

nathan316 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

this case vs cooler master elite 110 which is beter?

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

This one for sure!

iEGOiST 1 point 53 months ago

The Elite 110 has good looks but the limitations and restrictions draws it back, on the other hand, the Core v1 has great features ( have you checked the review of Lavins? ) but kinda looks derpp.

zachar954 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

how are the temps? with only one fan and relatively small rad for cpu+gpu?

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

I wouldn't call 64mm thick radiator "relatively small" ;). Of course comparing it to a full size build, this radiator by itself is more than capable of handling anything thrown at it.

zachar954 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Ik 64mm thick isn't very small but the fact that it's only a singke 140 rad... I wasn't really questioning your builds I'm sure it's fine but I'm just wondering for future reference :)

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

Check out the temps I just added... It's INSANE how low they are.

zachar954 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

Damnnnn I can't believe you crammed all that powerful hardware in that tiny space water cooled it and runs super cool to boot!

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

Hell yeah man! It's amazing what this little thing can do.

Itroitnyah 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

To give an idea of how much cooling potential of the 140mm rad, it has a total of 1,254,400 mm3 of space, while the Corsair h100i (a 240mm 25mm thick radiator) only has 720,000 mm3 of space. This isn't a 100% accurate comparison, but just to give you an idea of the cooling potential.

zachar954 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Huh I guess when you put it that way it's easier to see hire that extra bit is enough to adds on a gpu

Trexxit 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

How hard is it to sleeve a fully modular psu compared to a non modular psu?

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Not very hard. It's much easier actually. It also helps that I cut and crimp my own wires.

MrChimp 1 point 52 months ago

Is the CoolerMaster Glacier 240L hard to setup and fill? I am considering purchasing it and will probably replace the tubing. Does it fit well in that case?

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Not really, just make sure the top of the rad gets topped off.

MrChimp 1 point 52 months ago

Did you fill the loop before you installed it in the case or after?

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

I filled the loop after everything was installed.

gatkarol 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

No Reservoir?

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

None needed! End tank is good enough. :)

Jesso2k 8 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Hey Lavins, do you think this cooler can fit in a 250D with the optical disc bay still installed?

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Yes, it sure can. You'll need to use a different radiator though.

uhhnoggy 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

How excatly did you fill it? I read that you did it after everything was installed. What about the air in the tubes? A brilliant idea. An extra pice of tubing possibly?

gatkarol 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Hey. just gotta ask. what radiator thickness should i use for a custom waterloop?

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

If you're going with this case, it wouldn't hurt to use the same exact one. But it really depends. If you're using a CPU and GPU on the same loop, the thicker, the better. If you need thin, radiators, then you'll need a 240mm and up radiator.

gatkarol 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

what's the thickness of the radiator you used here?

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

I used a 60mm radiator. You can check the full name in the parts list.

InvincibleFlash1008 1 point 50 months ago

Nice Build :)

Quintiplade 1 point 47 months ago

Would it still be possible to use a 294mm gpu with the aftermarket cooler in the Core v1? I don't mind cutting the case a little for the power connector, but do you think anything else will get in the way such as the little hub for the cases power and usb ports?

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

I dont know how this one slipped by me (found it while looking for "cool" wink itx builds). fantastic build. I know im a bit late to the game but was wondering something. 1: how did you fill the loop? through the rad? as far as I can tell I see no res. 2: do you think it would have been possible to mod the top panel for a plexi window?

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Yes, I filled the loop through one of the many ports on it. Supposedly, you were able to buy additional panels for the Core V1, but never did I find one. You technically could've purchased two more panels with the windows on them and placed them in the other sides. Again, was not able to find them so I scrapped this build. :(

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

gotcha. thanks for the info!

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

so out of curiosity, how well did that cpu/pump combo last? was it loud? because I think it could be a fantastic idea for small builds.

fluidd 1 point 38 months ago

That coolant is making me thirsty... +1 lmao

Kreuzer 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

JereMeow 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

mmmmmm that routing tho! pretty color combo! i'm trying to do a build in this case with the i5 6600 (gpu currently undecided/ on hold). i'm trying to stay away from water cooling. does anyone see any problems using stock cpu cooler with this case putting the power supply right under the mobo? currently i plan to use the EVGA supernova P2 650W 80+ platinum. it seems to be fine but i just want to be sure before i begin. thanks for the great build!

joelikespcs 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

it has to have hot amd hardware to be a true reactor

Lavins submitter 11 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

hue hue hue hue

nisc 1 point 27 days ago

Is this pump enough/

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Lavins submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you!