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Inspired by Impossibilium (Custom Loop InWin A1) by HiResJunky Link: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/nQNQzy

Sold off my girlfriend's previous desktop with 2700x and RTX 2070 last month but she still needed a computer for casual PUBG and work. I've always been a fan of Mini-ITX platform but never really built one before. Our last case was the Inwin 101 and it was a bit too big for the desk so this will be my perfect opportunity to build a small form factor PC.

Case Choice: Dan A4-SFX - SFFLAB Streacom DA2 Louqe Ghost S1 Ncase M1 InWin A1 Plus

After exhausting hours of research and checking for availability; I've decided to go with the InWin A1 Plus due to its size and the only one able to fit a 240 and a 120 radiator. At the time of purchasing the parts, the only 5700xt out was the reference model with a blower design. Louqe Ghost S1 has a long waiting time so I went with the InWin case. If I am doing this again, I'd purchase a Streacom or a Louqe Ghost S1 for air cooling (more on this later).

CPU/GPU: AMD just announced the 3700x and 5700xt so I consider to do an all AMD build. 3700x uses less TDP than 2700x so I went with 3700x. The new 5700xt seems to be faster than RTX 2070 and with the SPPT mod it can even beat out an RTX 2070 Super in many titles. Cooling everything was a huge consideration, since I know I was going to custom loop everything SPPT mod would be fine and 3700x is going to run cooler with 7nm node.

Other Parts: Not much to say on this; my goal was to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Build an ITX and add a custom loop to challenge myself.

In Hindsight: 1. This took way too much time. 2. Soft tubing would've done just fine, would've been so much easier on maintaining and swapping parts. 2. Temp is actually not that great with CPU being able to hit 85c (this may due to the generic thermal compound I used due to the ease of reach). Made the noise pretty loud overall. Very hard to take everything apart, maybe if I get really annoyed with the noise... or she complains. 3. Pain to maintain, I really wish I could wait a month and just air cool everything.

Side Note: My personal desktop just like HiResJunky's is a LianLi PC011 with 2x 360 Rad top and bottom... Just noticed it today.

Update 8/19/2019 Couldn't bear with the noise anymore so I took the loop apart. It was actually a stupid mistake forgot to pill off the clear sheet on the CPU Block; it was so thin that I recall scratching it and thought there was no clear sheet. Idle temp dropped down to 32-40cbut pump noise is still there. The tiny pump is the only noise it produces. The stock ARBG fans are very pretty but the static pressure is so low it's not moving much air through the rear 120 rad.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect pc.... Nicely done mate.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

TyTy

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Take a couple more higher res pics in different lighting. This build should be featured here because you have done an excellent job installing liquid cooling in this case. I am currently working on this particular case and can confirm with you how much work needs to go in to building a liquid cooled rig out of it. I have been pacing up and down wondering whether to cool the GPU as well.

Anyway +1 for you. Please do take 2-3 more high res shots, one really good side profile LED on LED off (twilight and daytime/good lighting). I think this build, based on what you have engineered with this case, should be featured. Here is a pic of my In Win A1 in current build process (it is part completed, not done yet):

https://imgur.com/a/z1ohzw9

Temps? Part of the compromise with small form factor builds. The easiest way of circumventing a few annoying 80c plus spikes is to use a lower TDP CPU. But of course we want powerful hardware in there and must necessarily accept consequences for choices. I personally move my thermal annoyance bar on a case to case basis - if I am maxing out the CPU for a 30min stress test and temps do not go above 85C I would be reasonably satisfied. In regular gaming loads your 8 core CPU will not be 100 percented across all cores anyway. Just be sure to monitor GPU temps as well.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Don't have a better DSLR with me and the environment around me is quite bad for taking photos. I really like your green, I also bought a green solution for my loop but decided to go with distilled water since I might be removing everything soon due to the high CPU temps. Your GPU temp should be fine if you have 2 fans on the bottom of the case right?

I am still not sure if it's the thermal paste or just bad contact on the CPU block. The temp for CPU is very bad, in PUBG the fan ramp up to 74c max with everything on High and temp spikes make the fans go very loud. AIDA64 CPU test my highest temp was actually 84c. I have set lower fan profiles but it's the spikes in the CPU temp that causing very high fan noises. My GPU never go pass 60c with +70% in power delivery from SPPT mod. VRM and GPU Memory 60-70c.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! However people have gotten 2 radiators in the DA2, a 280 up where it would be and a Slim 240 with a single slot GPU, after you've added the waterblock but it's risky unless your using a tried and tested block, rad,and GPU.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s a beautiful case but takes 2month to get it delivered from Taiwan. Didn’t know it can fit 2 radiators.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Linus tech tips' video of it shows they can and once I make my first build here in a few years I'd use the DA2 with a certain CPU cooler, forgot the name, whilst having a full custom loop with the resovoir inside.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I remember that one... not easy.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn this is the dream right here

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

😁XD

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I stunt for a bit when I read "Sold off my girlfriend"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Put up more pictures, please. If you can shine more light inside so we can see more of the clearance and build intricacies.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately someone bought it off of me =) will built a new one when more ITX case comes along.