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My gaming computer. I was gonna buy the Fractal Design Define Nano S since my previous case was Define S, but I did not like the lack of air supply for the gpu. So after some digging around the web I decided to go for the Evol ITX instead since it almost had the same size but better cooling for the gpu. My initial plan was to use hardtubing but the fittings I bought didn't work out for me and I did not want to wait another 2 weeks, so I used what I had left from my previous build with soft tubing. Now after it's completed I'm glad I did not go with the hardtubing since the softubing was hard enough to get it to fit in this tiny case.

Update December 2016: Bought a NZXT Manta Black Windowed case and some more watercooling parts. The new build will be black, purple and green. A little joker inspiration on the colors :)

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build. +1 Have you over clocked at all?

  • 44 months ago
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Thanks :D Haven't tried it yet, might do it next week if I got the time. Just ran a OCCT burn test to see some numbers and I'm kinda of surprised how high the stock vcore reached at full load, 1.36v :/

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitors and mount do you have?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The right one is a 27" Philips Brilliance 272C (16:9 PLS 60Hz panel) and the left one is a 24" Dell U2412M (16:10 IPS 60Hz panel. They are mounted on two of these. Dunno what they are called but it's just something I bought from a local store. I'm considering of buying something more proffesional for a dual screen setup in the future.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a similar Dell monitor and an older HP the same size and resolution. I'm tempted to get the HP to my parents and get a 27" Dell 2k gaming (slim bezel) and have the 24" vertical or sell the them both and get the dell 34" ultrawide... Either way I need a GPU first.

I just ordered a 2 display desk mount to make things cleaner. It comes this weekend.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I would go with two screens over one big 34" ultrawide. I have a friend that has one of those 34" ultrawide and he wants to sell/trade it for two 27" just because it's easier to runt multiple windows on two rather then one. We both play allot of World of Warcraft and he need to run it in windowed mode to be able to do other stuff while playing while I just put that window up on the 24" and run WoW on the 27" main screen. I can watch movies/surf the web while playing easily and don't need to bother about window placement. Just some insight from what my friend told me, he loves the screen but it's not optimal for what he uses his it for.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I could go to one 34" at home but at work I have two horizontal and a third portrait. I need that much space most days.

I do end up with youtube/games going at the same time...hmmmm

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Well planned setup..+1

Hmmm..res on it's side, I may just use that for my next Evolv ITX build...I was planning on going with the DCP-450

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank allot. That pump/res-combo seems to be in similar size to my D5/res-combo, it should probably fit in similar way that mine did. A little unsure about the mounting method it uses do, the plate that I mounted my pump on can easily produce some vibration noise, my pump/res-combo has a built in anti-vibration for the mounting so for me it's dead silent but if that lacks it, it might be noisy. Just a heads-up.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

very pretty +1... i plan to build in nano s my next build in few months. as i researched all i got that nano S has better cooling than evolv itx mini. could you tell me where did you get info about gpu cooling ?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :D Well most reviews I've read they noted that their graphicard where basically sitting on-top on the psu, limiting the front fan on the graphicard (that's 50% of my card since mine has 2 fans). They recommended that a reference card would be best but they are to loud for my taste.

Checkout for example this build here on pcpartpicker, look at image 26 and see the space between the graphicard and the psu. I did not dare to risk it for my new build.

Hope it sheds some light on what I ment :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Simple and sexy. Nice.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good man!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks allot :)

  • 44 months ago
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This makes me actually want to try liquid cooling, Are the runs too short to be effective? just curious cause this looks super compact and sexy!!! Love this build!!!

  • 44 months ago
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Thanks :D It doesn't really mater how long the tubes are in water cooling, the water temperature will be the same in the system wherever you check. It's not like in a car where the water will be much colder after it exits the radiator. Watch a few videos on youtube to get some basic ideas how you want your setup, I recommend JayzTwoCents. Be sure to check his FD Define Nano S build with glass pipes ;)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!!!

I watch his vids all the time thanks for the info sir!!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the custom loop. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I love Avexir RAM

+1

  • 44 months ago
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what fittings are they? both the curved and normal ones

  • 43 months ago
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How is the RAM working for you? I'm interested in getting the same for my build.

  • 43 months ago
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They are working great, have had zero problems with them. They weren't on my motherboard compatibility list but the manufacturer for the memory are supported by most motherboard manufacturers so I gave it a try and it worked great.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build. Very sexy and exotic. I am building one very soon.

Question The Avexir RAM you have is blue LED. On my build I am going for a Black/White build. Will the blue LEDs be fine for a Black/White build? Yours kinda look white LED.

Been looking for the Avexir RAM LED White DDR4. Cannot find at all!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

Actually my memory is with white leds, they have a cold white color and not a bright white that I was hoping for, but they work nicely in a black and white build. They do fade in and out in random bootup order and getting a picture of them at their brightest mode (most white) is tricky when the camera refocus and delays a bit. Having white tubes just next to them only enhances the blue tint in the light, if I would have had black tubes they would probably look more white.

These are the ones I bought: http://www.liontech.se/partdetail.aspx?q=p:8709637

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I do this build with a larger case [Fractal design Define S]? Also, can I add more RAM, and have still still work? Lastly, would I be able to use a Fractal Design PSU?

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi. I had the Define S before I switched to this and I used the same cooling components except I had a bigger reservoir then. The define S is a Atx-case so you will have 4 ram dimm slots then (if you use a atx motherboard) so yes you can add more RAM. You can use most psus as long as it's over 600w I would suggest.

If you are a beginner on building your own PC then the Define S is a good case for you, lots of space for snow easy build. I use my Define S for my 2500k server now.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much for the answer! Loving this build! :) Oh wait... more questions (/._.)/ :/ I'm new to custom watercooling, so, how often do you "flush" it?, and how long does it take, and also, how long would it take to upgrade your GPU or CPU? Lastly, how often do you clean the build? Sorry for the questions, as you can tell, I AM in fact a beginner i. the community :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Late answer but been busy with work and other stuff, built a new computer for a friend, he switched case and upgraded to a GTX 1080.

If you avoid aluminium in your watercooling loop you only need distilled/battery water with some 99% silvercoil (try Google killcoil) in it to keep clean, no maintenance needed but if you want colors in it then you need to buy colored tubing but then the reservoir will still be clear, it's the best low maintenance setup but not the prettiest if you like some colors in your build.

I don't usually clean my computer so often because if you have more air coming in then out you will have a positive pressure in your case and that will keep most dust from entering, but make sure you have a dust filter for the fans that's blowing in. I only clean my dust filter like 2 times a year or so...

I switch GPU like every 2 years and the motherboard+cpu like every 4-5 years depending on what's new on the market. I switched from a Sandy Bridge 2600k (Z77 motherboard) to a Sky Lake 6700k (Z170 motherboard) only to gain access to M.2 drive and to go from ATX to mITX. They both run at 4.5GHz and only give me like 10%ish performance boost in cpu power for games, but I wanted to build a new setup so I couldn't resist xD

  • 42 months ago
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Thanks for the reply! Would it be ok if I sent you a part list of the PC that I'd like to make based on this and have your opinion on it? Thanks.

  • 42 months ago
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Sure thing :)

  • 34 months ago
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n1

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  • 44 months ago
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Sure. I ran a Unigine Heaven benmark with everything maxed @ 1440p res for you and monitored the temps. here is a picure. As you can see the MSI 970 4G sits at 45c idle and maxed out at 70c for me.

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  • 44 months ago
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Corsair Strafe RGB Silent :)

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  • 44 months ago
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Thanks, I'm glad you liked it :)

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  • 44 months ago
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I update my graphicard like every year or so depending on the new releases and I don't want to drain my system for every update and spend the extra 100€ just for a new block. It would be fun to try it sometime but I have no plan atm for it, waiting for 3rd party GTX 1080 cards to hit the market atm.

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  • 37 months ago
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Sorry for late reply but been very busy. It all comes down to how many component you want to watercool? More components means more heat witch increases the size/amount of radiator (and fans) you'll need.

Check https://www.ekwb.com/shop/kits for price images, they are a great place to start on if you want to get into watercooling. :)

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