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I absolutely love this case and it was a breeze to work with in terms of an ITX case. This was my first computer build and everything worked out fine. Shout-out to the friendly community of the PcPartsPicker and LinusTechTips Forum for answering my little questions.

Build Part 1 - Putting it together The first time I put this together, It did not have the AIO cooler for the GPU and the Noctua Fans. There was plenty of room to place in the MB and everything that connected to it. The ASUS 1080 STRIX has a large 3 fan + heatsink set up on it, which lead to very little clearance for air to get into those fans. The surface of the GPU to the Power Supply shroud was <1 cm. The AIO for the CPU was easy to install and I first had it as an intake in the front. The Manta comes with a nice dust cover for this.

Build Part 1 - Performance The PC performed beautifully and I could run games at extremely high FPS while gaming on Ultra on a 2k, 144 hz Monitor. The one draw back was the GPU temperatures would sometimes spike to ~80C during intense loads and the tripple 80 mm fans in the ASUS 1080 STRIX are quite loud. So that is when I decided to add the GPU block and the Noctua Fans to reduce temperatures and minimize fan sounds.

Build Part 2 - Upgrade The AIO for the CPU was moved to an exhaust at the top of the case with dual 140mm fans in a push orientation. I did this to allow for more flex in the tubing lines because the tubing lines come down right on the rear 120 mm fan I have for exhaust as well (Swapped the stock 120 mm for a white one I had laying around). The AIO for the GPU had its rad in the front of the case with Four 140 mm fans in Push-Pull Config. I should be known reaching the screws for all these fans became a nightmare so be warned... But if you're resourceful / determined enough, you'll figure out a way. I would prefer to have the Rad's switched (with respect to CPU and GPU), but due to the preset tube length and the location of where it connects to the Radiator, it would simply not work in this Case. But in reality, the temperatures are nothing to complain about.

Final Comments I also upgraded the rear 120 mm fan with something a little more powerful (Noctua Industrial Fan), but it had no real impact on temperatures. So don't waste your time.

I was surprised that I could fit all the cables I needed for this. Needless to say the Manta has PLENTY of space for all your needs.

I also added some Sleeved white cables and 2 LED strips to spice it up :D

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

How Much Can I Fit in the Manta

47 liters

Its larger than some atx cases so go figure

BTW nice build!

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

You outwitted my seemingly clever title. You deserve a cookie.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I am thinking of building in this case in maybe 1-2 years. Overall, how was it? I probably wouldn't watercool the gpu, so what would you change to get cooler temps?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a great experience and I learned a lot. Don't be afraid to ask any questions, not matter how stupid or nit picky you think it is. The LinusTeckTips community answered very fast too haha.

cooling the GPU was just for my peace of mind... 1080 was not cheap and I want this thing to last me ~5 years. The problem with the ITX is that it is small.. so not great air flow / circulation. A larger case would be best. A lower tier card would also lower the heat, 1080 is going to crank out a lot of heat.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Y 2 Liquid Cooling units

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

My GPU temperatures were a little high for my comfort... and the real answer was cause I thought "EHHHHH why not"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

More pics?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Just added a few more! Had to get all the RBGs working hehe :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, amazing build, i would like to know what is the name of this Keyboard you have, and would you recommend it? I do not like to invest so much in peripherals but i've been using a Razer Cyclosa + Abyssus Bundle Kit for a while, and it has no backlight to help me at night, so i thought it was about time to get a good keyboard as well as a mice.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It is the Corsair K70 RGB and it is a BEAUTIFUL keyboard. It is a bit on the pricey end but worth every penny. The back-lights are vibrant and completely programmable. 10/10 would recommend.

My only complaint is that I cant sync it with my Razer mouse haha.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

IMO razer doesn't make the best keyboard, i have tried both the k70 (cherry brown) and the BlackWidow (stealth keys) and the "steal keys" are suppose to imitate browns and they are noticeably harder to press. The software on the corsair side of things are more feature filled that do not come with RAZER synapse.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I tried the Razer Keyboard and I did not like it at all... which is why I got the corsair... For Mice I didn't like the corsair... sometimes you can't win :(

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I was a logitech mouse user for a long long time... but I am transitioning to more and more wireless. The Razer Mamba was the only wireless mouse I really felt comfortable in.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried a £5 lamp from amazon? :3

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

only if it's covered in RGBs.....

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Real work of art. Congratulations!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankies :3

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I am thinking of building a very similar pc to this one, but in red and I kinda want to put a AIO on the GPU as I have read reviews that stated open air GPUs are not ideal in the manta. I am wondering how did you keep the back plate on when on Nzxt's website it said that the bracket screws would not fit.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

You have to take the back plate off to remove the heat sink. Once the bracket is off you can re add the back plate. The two are a separate set of screws so they are independent.

Keep in mind when you buy the AOI, how much clearance you'll need for the pump and the wires.