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This is my Winter, 2019 build featuring the Cerberus X case from Sliger

This is a transfer for my Crosshair VII and GTX 1070 Superclock, watercooled, to another case from my previous Define S. Aside from the case, the main differences are my first use of an actual reservoir (I don't normally use them in my custom loops), and moving over to a 3600X from my previous 2700X.

Specs are in the parts list, but things of interest:

  • Heatkiller CPU block is lapped (3600X was already super flat).

  • However, don't kid yourself. The tiny die size of 7nm makes them near impossible to keep under 90c under Prime95, Small FFT like loads (but the wattage is still more managable...).

  • The fans for the radiators are in exhaust while the single 120mm fan on top pulls in air. This keeps the RAM temperature down as they get hot from the higher voltage and overclock (mine don't like to go over 47c).

  • Speaking of RAM overclock, the best I could do with this B-Die kit was 3733/CL15 with FCLK of 1866Mhz with this processor and motherboard combination. As mentioned, the RAM temp is an issue for my RAM OC's stability so higher voltage for a 3800Mhz and 1900Mhz FCLK is just silly and would yield near zero performance gains (more on this further down the wall of text...).

  • Not listed, but I used distilled water, a biocide, and Primochill's blood red dye for the liquid.

  • The CPU (on AGESA 1003ABBA) has Auto-OC to +200 and a slight undervolt of -0.012v. PBO and everything else is Auto short of some Level 3 LLC settings to help along the RAM overclock. This is the best combination to both keep my test suite scores at their own top and keep voltages low'ish (~1.325v to ~1.337v) under Prime95 loads.

  • Suprisingly, I did not have to cut on this case...

  • The GPU sag is eliminated by one of the two brackets in the listed EK 70/50 universal kit (the other is mounting the pump/res to the 140mm fan bracket).

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

tight. The build must have taken a lot of planning

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, sort of. Had to wing some of it as I wasn't sure what bottom rad would fit (had to order new), and ended up having to use a reservoir tube to fill/bleed (also new).

Thanks for the compliment.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Never seen PSU placement like that before...how did you like building everything?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The Cerberus line has mounting like that for the PSU for SFX and an ATX option, too. But you have to choose one at design/checkout. There is a front mount PSU setup, too.

Overall, its all a tighter fit than it may even appear. Had to assemble things as chunks, and then maneuver the chunks in. All while wrangling cables. But that is par for course with SFF builds.