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Hello, this is a new completed build based of the wonderful In Win 901 case.
The In Win 901 case was the case used to house my first PC and there is still something about it that just makes me adore the looks.
For a while, I've had this case sitting around in the corner and I've finally pulled the trigger to revamp this into a new build based off a "Valkyr" theme off the game WarFrame.
-To have a secondary PC as a backup for when I work on upgrading my main PC in the summers. -To attempt custom water cooling inside the In Win 901 without modding the interior of the case itself, and still be functional. -To utilise some old hardware I had lying around. -To practice hardline tubing ready for my upcoming upgrade of my main PC.
GTX 680 is one of my old parts and has been reused for this situation.
The overall design must fit the theme of black and orange with some aspects relating back to the Valkyr theme. The build overall went smooth when it came to part installation as it is a case that I have worked with many times.
The radiator was an extremely tight fit and required me to remove the motherboard IO shield just to gain 1mm extra clearance. Due to the lack of an IO shield, I decided to mod two pieces of acrylic on the rear 60mm gap to act as barriers and for aesthetic purposes.
92mm Noctua Redux PWM fan, super silent in pull configuration for easy dismounting and cleaning of radiator/fan.
This little nifty pump is extremely quiet, PWM and can run off a single 4 pin fan cable directly connected to the motherboard. It is more then powerful enough to push the liquid in a mini-itx build like this.
The first time doing hard line tubing in such a small case was extremely difficult. The bends had to be done all at once otherwise i would be placing my own fingers over the heat gun which is hot hot hot.. The bends did not come out super perfect as I only had my own hands and no tools to do the bends, however it still turned out satisfactory to my standards.
Custom spray painting with dulux duramax on a variety of parts such as the GPU backplate, CPU Water block and EK Monarch Ram modules was done to add some extra colour to the build. The Ram modules were added for an aesthetic add on as there aren't any orange coloured RAM here in Australia for purchase.
Covers for the intake zone is done to minimise dust settling when the PC is not powered on. There is a swivel mechanism installed in their to allow me to move the covers out and in for cleaning or extra intake when I need it.
Coolant used is EK EKoolant Pastel Orange.
A Valkyr Gersemi Skin (For those Warframe Fans) decal is placed on the tempered glass for that extra touch.
Overall I am satisfied with how the build turned out, although some of the acrylic cuts could have been done more precisely same with the spray painting.
The In Win 901 still in my opinion is one of the most beautiful ITX case to work with and bring to life.
Comments, suggestions, queries are all welcomed and I will be glad to answer any questions =)
(Full Build log is available on the In Win Forums for those curious)