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Fractal Hawk - Design Mini C TG - Custom Water Loop

by RaNaketh


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Date Published

Nov. 5, 2017

Date Built

Nov. 4, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.1 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C


[Edited - added Firestrike and Timespy scores for a minor overclock only at this stage.]

Act 1, Scene A - Decisions

If you're reading this, then you know the time in your life when FPS just won't cut it, your work VMs just take TOO long to start, that well love case beside you is starting to make a few unexpected noises, and dust seems to somehow have covered everything whilst you weren't looking.

Take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror and realise - it's time I did something about this, I've let things sit idle, and if I don't do something soon, I'll end up a CONSOLE GAMER?!


So after that cold slap of reality, I sat down and laid out priorities. • Small • Fast • Quiet • Cool • Awesome • WAF = No Lights (as if!)

Act 1, Scene B - The puzzle pieces and paper, lots of paper

Who'd have thought in this day and age you'd start planning for a computer system with an A4 page and a pen?! Well that's where I started, and used Excel, PCPartPicker etc.

Tentative Summary Component List was locked in: CPU Intel Core i7-7800X 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (yes the X - I use it for Work/VMs/Graphic Editing) CPU Cooler EK-Supremacy EVO X99 - Nickel Plexi Motherboard MSI - X299M GAMING PRO CARBON AC Micro ATX LGA2066 Motherboard Memory Corsair Vengeance RGB 64GB (4x16GB) DDR4 3000 Storage 1 Samsung 1TB M.2 960 EVO NVMe SSD Storage 2 Samsung 2TB 850 EVO Solid State Drive Video Card Gigabyte A​ORUS GeFor​ce GTX 108​0 Ti Water​force WB X​treme Edit​ion Case Fractal Design - Define Mini C TG MicroATX Mid Tower Case Power Supply Corsair - 650W 80+ Gold Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Cable Kit CableMod M​odMesh C-S​eries RMx ​Cable Kit ​Black/Oran​ge Radiators EK-CoolStream SE 240 (Slim Dual) x2 Fans EK-Vardar EVO 120S (1150rpm) x2 Fans Corsair HD120 RGB x3 with Controller (WAF = NIL) Resiviour EK-RES X3 250 + Multi-Top Water Cooling EKWB Parts Management Corsair Commander Pro LED RGB LEG Lighting Pro Expansion Kit (WAF = NIL)

Act 2, Scene A - Fractal-Design Mini C TG

Working through the plethora of cases that exist out there, I settled on the Fractal-Design Mini C TG. It seemed to have everything that I wanted for my build, and I thought I could fit awesome inside so away I went.

Wow it's small! I mean I researched the case (and others) thoroughly, measured the external and internal and cut out a rough cardboard sized 2d to plan the layout and compared this with my ATX tower, but nothing quite prepares you for seeing it in the flesh… err, metal.

Rather than jump straight in with the build (not that I had all the parts anyway), I unboxed it and sat it on my work desk for a few days so I could glance over and ponder how things were going to fit, how I'd cable it, and where some cool kit could be stuck, screwed, taped, or cable-tied. Before long my mind shifted gears from "damn it's so small, how the hell am I going to fit it all in?!" to "hmmm, now that's a possibility"!

It's a beautiful case by the way, very well constructed, lots of nifty thought has gone into functionality and flexibility to help out any PC builder. Whilst it's doesn't seem to be a case many have water-cooled (from what I could tell during my research) it'll suit my requirements well - small, compact, fit a (short) 1080ti, MATX board, Water-cooled with 2x 240 RADs and a good sized RES. If you lose the 3.5" drive bays, there's a nice little spot to nestle a pump and give you some more room for stuffing cables.

Act 2, Scene B - Planning the custom loop

So with no prior experience, and no one but the Internet to ask, and let's face it anyway - the Internet and everyone posting on it is never going to give you a definitive answer, I started my learning journey.

Since this is my first water-cooled build, and to be honest my first build in a long time, I did my research, planning, more planning, and a bit more planning. EKWB seemed to hit all the points I was looking for, but to be honest a sparrow would starve on the difference between a few of the vendors equipment quality in my (untested) opinion.

With a case chosen, and a probable vendor for the water-cooling components, I started drafting options. Scraps of paper, OneNote pages drawn, printed schematics of the case to doodle, post-it notes stuck on the desk, and my plan started to take shape. Oh, I also initially used the configurator on EKWB's site to estimate the heat and cooling required which helped me plan my needs too.

So 2x240 RADs it was - err, how was I going to fit them into my chosen beastie the Fractal-Design Mini C TG? Well, thankfully the SE RAD series from EK is only 26mm thick, so with Fans being 25mm that gave me 51mm. Leaving a whopping err 315mm with front fans mounted minus 26mm for RAD = 289mm for GPU length with no error room! Yay … now find a 1080ti that fits (another challenge).

I mapped out the port configuration (should be in the images) so I could work out all the connection requirements and parts, drew up the Pump, RES, and RADs and tried to estimate actually how it would all connect, and the pieces of the 3rd puzzle I'd need. Oh, and I even remembered to factor in a drain port - which lead me to my first problem - I missed ordering one lowly 6mm extender to attach my ball-valve to the 90degree … DAMIT… it's a $3 part - and at the moment, the only thing I missed in all my planning. It's always the small things that get you.

Act 3, Scene A - Putting the custom loop together

The fun begins. And it is fun (frustrating, but fun), if it wasn't, or if you're not sure it will be fun, go for an AIO and start using your computer a lot sooner.

I had my mapped out diagrams, and port theory configurations and they worked out pretty well going from theory to actuality with very little effort. As they say measure twice, and cut once, or in my case, measure 5-6 times and finally bite the bullet and just do it.

Since I am new to this, I started with my barebones case, threw in the RADs and FANs, tried a few options. I finally settled on the EK250 RES 3 port TOP I purchased rather than the stock base for the flow-in from the GPU and filling via another port from the very back-plates of the case.

Then I was stuck. Paper theory just didn't match the 3d world and I just couldn't align the RES-out with my pump without some very funky angles, switching to flexible tubing etc. Hmmm… what I needed was MORE COFFEE! This helped SO much, and I start thinking of options, and before you know it, bang it up on the side - Voilà it all aligns. (Except there is a gaping hole in the Fractal Design Mini C TG there, so I still had to build the strips out of the 3.5 HDD cover, and fix this to the case).

With the pump flipped, the flow-out of the RES nicely aligned downwards to the pump-in using a 90 degree and straight PETG into a T-splitter, for my pump and drain port (lowest spot I could sort out for the loop). The pump-out has 2x 90s a short PETG into another 90 degree into the RES. So with a few measurements and a quick cut of the PETG I'm away with my first two lines in.

That was the easy part. Now I had to break out the heat gun and start melting and bending PETG into the angles I needed to fit the loop. Oh, and given the exceptionally tight spacing between the back fan and the top RAD, lets just say I think I could measure 1mm by eyeballing it at the end. Fortunately I didn't burn through too much tubing with the long top runs, it was the funky little curve in to the RES that almost did me in!

I sorted the loop after much swearing and cursing and 6 attempts, Ha hah, take that computer I'm done.

Act 3, Scene B - Testing the custom loop

(I obtained the 6mm extender needed for the right angle join to my ball valve so the story has a happy ending)

Paranoia kicked in, and I think I disassembled and reassembled the loop 3 times ensuring that all the primary joins were tight in each socket. That I hadn't missed a plug, that all the pieces of the puzzle were there, and finally all the ends of the G1/4 were tight on the PETG.

The temptation was there to fill it immediately, however with iron control I held off and slept on it.

The next day I stripped out the PSU, draped the cables out and stuffed paper towel under every possible leak point. Attached just the pump with the PSU external, and prayed to the PC Gods briefly before filling my rig with Distilled Water for 24 hours of testing.

Tipping the case side on to use the top of the RES aligned with the case back (for easy access) proved a boon. But the sucker wouldn't fill! Water would trickle down my fill hose, then balloon out the top - WTF - then I remembered that trying to force liquid into an otherwise sealed loop was causing the air pressure to block, so I losened another port at the the top and it filled easily.

Luckily my beautiful wife wasn't there to watch that particular bit of stupidity. ;-)

~900ml of water sorted the loop, and away we went with the flow working well, and NOT A LEAK.

Act 4, Scene A - Cable Management

With my custom loop flowing well and no disernable leaks it was time to drain the mini c beast. So with my drain port handy, a quick plug removal and attachment of the flexible hose, it was draining like a champ. Only had to shift it around a bit to drain the top RES, but otherwise was an excellent position for the drain.

Now onto the cable management.

Why bother I hear some of you mutter quietly into your coffee/soft drink/hard drink when the case has a solid panel and it's all hidden from view?

Because... I'll always know!! It'll be my silent shame that the front looks awesome only to have a garbage dump out back. So lets get to it, since it's no more painful than ripping off duct tape that was holding your knee cap in the right position after a casual injury.

Btw, I have to say the Fractal Design Mini C TG is awesome for cable management. Check out the photos if you're really keen.

Act 4, Scene B - IT LIVES

The cable management is done, with two extra runs for additional SSDs that I'll rip out of my old rig, and like in Star Wars many cable ties died to bring us this glorious neatness.

I overkilled the ties, but each primary component is isolated from each other. This helps when replacing a dead or component being upgraded without needing to snip and re-cable tie lots.

It also meant I actually have more room in the basement than I thought I would and can get to the drain port without even pulling cables from the PSU.

Once cabling was complete, I re-filled the loop with EKs clear coolant and placed the system with reverence on it's temporary (and entirely unfitting) location so I could breath life into the Fractal Hawk in all it's glory.


OS installed (Win 10 Pro 64-bit) and all the junk needed for tweaking the system and away we go. I still have benchmarking and other stuff to complete, but for the moment with such a beauty sitting on my desk I find it hard to run a brutal system test ... it just doesn't seem right yet.

Act 5, Scene A - Performance Benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti(1x) and Intel Core i7-7800X

Firestrike 1.1 - 20 528

Graphics Score 29 557 Physics Score 16 021 Combined Score 7 156

Timespy 1.0 - 9 337

Graphics Score 10 431 CPU Score 5 859

Act 5, Scene B - Left over stuff to complete

Would you believe there is NO orange coolant that I can source in Australia for a reasonable price? None, ZIP, Nada. I really was looking forward to trying out Thermaltakes Opaque Orange, well that was the original plan anyway so I'll re-take some photos when that's done.

I also have to finish the orange spray painting of the three back slot covers, just to add that little bit more alignment of colour and get rid of the white.

Once the orange coolant is in, I'll re-evaluate the LED positioning to see if I should drop it behind the RES.

But all stuff for another time, now it's time to simply enjoy it.

Part Reviews


Great workhorse CPU for anyone planning on running many virtual machines, and processing graphics. It might not have the power to weight ratio for gaming like the K's, but it hits the sweet spot for work.

Seems to run cool (in a custom loop) with some overclocking, I haven't given it a flogging yet so can't advise on the ridiculous yet.

Thermal Compound

It's thermal paste! Easy to apply using the applicator supplied.

It does seem to be doing a great job when combined with my water-block. The CPU sits idle ~30c, 35c for most workloads, and peaks at 46c dropping rapidly back to 30+ within about a minute of workload completion.


Awesome MATX motherboard. MSI have taken their Carbon Gaming ATX and shrunk it, which suits anyone looking at running a smaller rig. 64GB RAM, X299 Chipset, minimal RGB, and good BIOS configuration.

Seems solid, no real flex when cabling and mounting in the chassis of my Fractal Mini C TG - highly recommended.


Good solid RGB RAM from Corsair. They are a little tall for my liking in an MATX setup, but work very well with Corsair's LINK software for the RGB side. Overclocking and configuration is pretty easy as well, all round a good set of chips.


Small, fast, and awesome - M.2 drives should be your go-to in any system and this little monster is great. It makes my system load in about 3 seconds to logon (post MB boot). Snappy, responsive and all round worth every cent.


Large SSD for great performance and form-factor. No issues with the drive (so far), everything checks out and performance is as advertised. Handles a large read/write workload with little effort.


Fractal Design Mini C TG is an awesome MATX case. It's perhaps a bit bigger than some other small form factor cases, but it was perfect for my custom-loop dual RAD build with 1080ti.

Excellent cable management at the back with supplied ties, and more than enough space between the back plate and the case cover to install a Corsair Commander Pro, 3x SSDs, Lighting Node and all relevant cabling for a full-on system.

Well played Fractal Design.

Power Supply

Good power supply, fans are stopped most of the time, and even when running are nice and quiet. Fully modular, and gives you a good selection of peripheral power options.

Connecting it to Corsair's LINK system is also great.

Case Fan

Great static pressure fans, so quiet even at 1200 RPM that I've left them running hard all the time to maximise cooling for my system. Hands down the quietest fans I've encountered so far.

Case Fan

Good RGB fans, although the LEDs are a little too solid for what I was looking for. Seems a bit noisy when they spin up to full speed, almost silent at the ~800 RPM speed and provide good airflow at that rate so if you get enough cooling at lower speeds, go for these - if you need more, look elsewhere.


I've had this monitor for a while now, and it's fantastic. No dead pixels, excellent FPS, and syncs with NVidia. Ideally love a few more USB ports, but it has everything you really need, especially if you're keyboard has pass-through for the mouse.


Fantastic keyboard, great feedback on the keystrokes. Perhaps a bit loud, and not as suitable for gaming (if you want that look for the RED keys), but great for coding and work.

RGB is fully customisable, only wish it was also in the LINK system, not a separate Engine app.


Comfortable ski-gear style strap over your head, and awesome sound. Lots of on-ear controls for in-system sounds with the ability to mute it down so you can hear someone talking at you without having to pull them off.

Audio quality and noise suppression is excellent, with music sounding natural and acoustically accurate, whilst gaming is base and noise so you can hear every footstep!

Boom mic retracts, and has great pickup of audio for voice, and so far battery has been more than enough 6+ hours straight without charge.

Comments Sorted by:

Tech22 1 Build 6 points 16 months ago

WOW. This is incredible +22

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago


nakaman 4 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

"Such heroic nonsense"-megatron

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Megatron did get knocked over a few times whilst building this PC. More often than not whilst spinning the case to look at something from a different angle.

He was also useful to show the size of the case, as it's really quite small.

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

No!!! No orange coolant!!! I upvoted for the lack of coolant!! And the description to be honest. Nice build man!

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Don't worry - after letting it sit on my desk for a bit, I'm tempted to leave the coolant clear and just touch up a few bits of the case (like the back-plates) with orange. It is rather clean as-is, and I do like the look of the light through the tubes.

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Yes! Me too, especially with your build for some reaosn, it looks fantastic. Good work.

SmartWolf 1 point 16 months ago

Dude, this is it! A super-nicely executed unconstrained small(er) form factor build!

Features that I align with:

Small(er) form factor - I want a small footprint. I don't like/want a colossus block sitting beside me, particularly coming from beautiful iMac. Nor do I want to compromise with a Mini-ITX (limited RAM).

Micro-ATX - full RAM small form factor MOBO. I do not like mini-ITX for the reason that it is limited RAM. I will/want to eventually max out RAM to keep system viable over time.

TOP radiator - heat rises, duh, and i'm not going to fight the laws of thermodynamics. I cringe at the thought of exhausting heat INTO the case. Heat exchange is more efficient the greater the temp difference is (eg cool air in/warm air out versus warm air in/warm air out). I will roll simple AIO for $ value though I admire those who step up to custom cooling

noRGB - totally a personal preference, to each their own, but i'm a grown-up and prefer a tasteful solid well executed unassuming (kick azz) build.

1080Ti - though i might roll 1080 or even 1070 for value (and upgrade later - maybe). Man I hope AMD can get competitive...we are all being raked over the coals by Nvidia.

27" 1440 144Hz IPS - check (though I would be happy to see OLED sneak in to mainstream soon!?!? :) )

SSD boot - Samsung 960 EVO - I will prolly roll PRO 512M for $ value.

SSD storage - Samsung 850 EVO - I will prolly roll 1TB for $ value. Might??? even stick to hard drive again for $ value.

Note - I mention this for your feedback: I am considering FRONT - IN fans only, BOTTOM - IN fans only, TOP - OUT radiator only?? for GPU (thick 240/280mm) unless there is room for fans also, TOP BACK - OUT 120/140mm radiator CPU. So basically COOL air IN, WARM air OUT. Again, if there isn't room for fans on top radiator, then I will rely on the forced air from Front/Bottom along with thermal property of heat rising to create air flow through top radiator. But I want to keep fans on lower/quieter settings. What are your thoughts?

Dude, very nice build indeed! Well done Sir!

I am bookmarking this build for future reference.

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks for the comments, I pretty much agree with the desire to build a small, clean, uncompromised PC - the RGB is mostly muted, and I'm working out code to adjust them automatically to OFF/ON at certain times. No easy feat, but one day!

Feedback comments: My build is specifically designed for 'quiet' operation.

Radiators by nature will give you more surface area for cooling, and without fans the thicker the better. I wanted to optimise the cooling, whilst also running fans quietly so I run the EK Varders on the front RAD and they are quiet at ~1250RPM. They also provide excellent air-flow through the RAD, and my top and back Corsairs run ~750RPM to be more quiet and maintain positive air pressure inside my case.

Note: I also flipped the PSU so it's drawing from below, and straight out, otherwise it caused negative air pressure when combined with my back-fan.

I chose the EK SE 240's for two specific reasons, one: they had to fit with fans to allow me a good GPU, two: the performance variance between RAD sizes wasn't hugely differential so no real point trying to squeeze a larger RAD in for the thermal difference. Here is a good reference video for that from DazMode (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PFyICGazyw) that I came across in my research.

Good luck!

Sturmovik 1 point 16 months ago

Amazing build and great photos , I love photos ))

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks. I wanted to capture the process for others to use as a bit of a reference on what to watch out for, rather than just the end good looking grabs we all want to post.

I wish I had a photo of the mess I made filling the rig when I forgot to loosen another port and was trying to shove water into a sealed loop. Luckily it was only distilled water and not dyed coolant!

Tip for noobs like me: Make sure there is a way for the air to escape as you try forcing water into your loop.

Adrew24 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago


Xetion 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Love the addition of shakespear chapters :D

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Not many people enjoy reading Shakespeare so I thought I'd limit it to just the chapters.

"Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit."

BEATINGMYSON 1 point 16 months ago


RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Tissues are in a box to your right.

7x8 1 point 16 months ago

Possibly the best build I've ever seen. Amazing. :)

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks for the compliment!

There are an awful lot of awesome builds out there, and I used many for inspiration to come up with my own slice of PC fun.

Timeman190 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Amazing cable management in the back! I can only hope that I can get my cables to look the same. (ones I have the money to water cool my build that is)

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago


It took a while to plan out the runs and separate them all for future manageability, but worth it and necessary in a small case otherwise you wouldn't get the back on.

wampflerman 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

TL;DR but +1 anyway, looks like this took forever

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah it certainly took a while! Longer since I could only work on it intermittently due to work/kids.

Cougs 1 point 16 months ago

Absolutely Stunning. +1

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago


HolySpitball 1 point 16 months ago

Who knew Australians had electricity??? But in all serious this is the most amazing thing ever! When I have enough pocket change I might take some inspiration from you :)

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks HSB!

We get the wombats on a tredmill to generate power, and rely on Tesla batteries to store it.

It was fun building it, and I'm loving the near silent running too. Not a wisper unless I really push it.

Arvnsard 1 point 15 months ago

Great build man! Looking at something similar to this for my build refresh. Quick question, how many hard tubing did you go through while building? I'll be ordering parts soon but I'm not entirely sure on how much PETG tubing should I buy.

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago


I was in the same dilemma as I'd never bent tubing before. So I ordered 4 packets (2x50cm tubes per packet) just in case. I used probably 5 lengths (of 8), as you'd be surprised how long some runs are even in a small case and you can't use the short pieces obviously.

I got most of the long runs done easily with a few experimental bends. I found the hardest were the close bend next to a fitting as unless you nail it, the bend interferes with the alignment sitting flush into the sockets. So I would recommend planning bends away from joins so you have a straight line into any RADs or CPU / GPU valve entries.

In the end I didn't need all the tubes, but for the price compared with the rest of the system it's better to have spares on hand than to run out!

Good luck, I'll be keen to see your build.


Exiled 1 point 15 months ago

The most beautiful build I've seen in a while. Well done.

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks Exiled!

It was a lot of planning, but so satisfying to now have it sitting beside you on the desk.

Makes work just that litte bit more pleasant.

Shoxynator 1 point 14 months ago

Hey, really nice build! Inspiring me very much, just because of you, I decided to use the Mini C TG :) <3 Would you mind to tell me, how did you attach the reservoire to the shroud? Greetings !

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks Shoxyntor!

It was a bit tricky to use bolts so I tried industrial doubled sided tape, but that couldn't hold the weight of the RES when being filled (no problems when horizontal).

So I ended up using small cable ties across the brackets through the slots of the PSU shroud.

Works well and you can't see them at all.

Also much stonger...

Love to see your build when done! Ra.

Shoxynator 1 point 14 months ago

Thank You so much ! <3 Is that possible with the Standard brackets, which are delivered with the Reservoire? How many did You use? I‘ll provide You with Lots of pictures if desired <3 Have a nice day sir!

Shoxynator 1 point 14 months ago

Just wondering how the Reservoire still fit into the brackets with the cable ties around them. You only used cable ties on the left aka. upper bracket right?

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Actually I just did a visual re-check after your comment, as I did encounter a problem with the RES sitting flush in the brackets and could remember my workaround.

I ended up removing the ties as it was too much of a challenge to swap parts, and the RES wasn't flush against the brackets.

My final solution a single long cable-tie that runs over the glass at the very edge of the RES closest to the back of the case, and is hard up agsinst the black cap.

So you can't see it, it holds the RES tight down and provides support when you flip the case to fill to stop it sliding/falling towards the front RAD and Pump area.

Hope that's clear enough for you? If not let me know and I might be able to grab a photo for you.

Good luck! Ra

Shoxynator 1 point 14 months ago

Sounds pretty neat actually, wish I will get that done too :D A picture would be great, but a paint ilustration would be fine too haha Thanks for taking so much time in detailing your replies :)

Shoxynator 1 point 14 months ago

Oh wait, I think I just saw it on one of the pictures! Thank you so much ! Did you still glue the Brackets tho, like for some extra grip?

Greetings, Ju!

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

No worries, happy to help. I just used some double sided tape under the brackets too, but most of the hold is from the cable tie.

atomicbooty 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Dude... Your job on cable management makes me feel like a slob x___x

Great job.

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! It takes some time and to be honest is only for me as it's all hidden in a back panelled section. Makes upgrades easier as its all run per devices.

Killerbunny6666 1 point 11 months ago

Curious to what that action figure is. It looks similar to a bionical I have. +1 for the awesome build.

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

It's Megatron from the more recent films.

TheGamingPc 1 point 11 months ago

Wheres the res?

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

The res is across the bottom front part of the case, under the graphics card. It's mounted there to allow good flow from the RADs and also align a fill port to the back brackets when you turn the case on its front.

DWeh_ 1 point 5 months ago

Nice build! Are the fans silent?

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Absolutely yes!

My laptop on the desk makes more noise than the system unless I'm absolutely flogging it in a hard-core system requirement game, but even then I can't hear it over the in-game sounds, even quiet atmospheric background music or footfalls.

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Yes, the fans are mostly silent. Powersupply fan doesn't turn on at all, and the others are running ~900 RPM or less to circulate air.

Only when really pounding the system do the fans spin up, but even then it's pretty quite due to watercooling the GPU and CPUs.

Bindlestiff 1 point 5 months ago

Great build! I was looking to do something similar - a downsize from a Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - but my 1080Ti (EVGA FTW3) is just too long :(.

Really impressive effort!

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago


Yeah I was restricted to some very specific 1080Ti cards due to the length requirement but since I was building from scratch I could factor that in. Similar issue with the height of the RAM sticks.

It would be hard trying to down-size with random components, I suspect you'd get half way through and then get stuck with something.

Schwizzy 1 point 4 months ago

Love the build and the setup overall. The micro atx PC fits perfectly with the small (I like to call it tournament style)setup.

likeabosh 1 point 4 months ago

This is great!

Ragerunner2424 1 point 4 months ago

can a 3.5 drive fit in there with the water cooled system

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I don't think so, there isn't enough space with the water pump and connections in the basement of the case to have something that big fit in.

You might be able to install a single fan-sized RAD on the front and use the left-over space to install a drive, but I think that'd compromise the build too much. Better to just go with a small SSD on the back.

Ragerunner2424 1 point 1 month ago

arite thx for replying

tech_geek100 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

super random question, do the pre-installed fans use a 3(or 4 pin or the large hdmi looking things? +1 great build

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Hey Tech_geek100, sorry I can't recall - I ripped out all the pre-installed fans for customs right at the start since they we're going to provide the control or noise levels I wanted.

Ap2218 1 point 1 month ago

Nice build! What thickness is your tubing?

Radox-0 5 Builds 0 points 16 months ago

Very nice work. Don't see Orange often and custom loops always get a +1 from me. Lovely writeup also, great read.

RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks! I wanted the cables to match the back-plate of the Aorus GPU copper plate, but I think I might leave the fluid clear and just touch up the back-plates in orange spray to even out the colour balance a bit.

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RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I had fun writing it up! I really wanted to also document what goes into a complex build rather than just post the final 5 'cool' images of the completed rig.

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RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Indeed. A pictures can tell a thousand words, but sometimes miss the picture.

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RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

The Witcher, Big Stompy Robot games, Civilization, some FPS, and I might get CoDWW2 now I have a rig that can do it justice.

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RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago


I loved the challenge of fitting it all in, now I need to spend some time overclocking and getting my other SSDs in and rebuilding work VMs. More fun! :-)

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RaNaketh submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

You'll love it when you swap to one! The load times are outstanding for most games/apps and its a pleasure to do graphic editing on as well.

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