Description

Hello PCPartpicker community,

It's been a while since I have posted a build here. So I present my latest build, a custom water cooled system inside the compact Node 202 case from Fractal Design called BBIRD (You can guess what the B is :D).

This build is mainly designed as a showcase HTPC for a group I am collaborating with called DeeBeeCustom, with most of the water cooling components being passed down from previous projects.

I also wanted to engage in a challenge, to water cool the CPU in a case that is not really designed for water cooling let alone a custom loop. The theme is orange/black with my grumpy bird logo.

The build still needs some fine tuning/polishing up as there are noticeable smudges, scratches etc. which I will attend to when there is time.


The Project

Modifications include

-Mounting points for pump/92mm radiator/reservoir -Acrylic window -Custom grilled ventilation holes -Paint Job and acrylic cutouts to cover cables


Link to build showcase video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjVSARivZW8


Any questions feel free to comment below and I will answer as soon as I can


Cheers and have a good day/evening!

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW!!! 1+!

This looks amazing!!! This is a big challenge and you really mastered it! DAMN!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers! Yeah it took a lot of thought in planning the right components for this HTPC and the loop configuration for this case.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

That sir is very, very clever. Nice closed water loop and your own touch. The node looks seriously nice with a window. Well done.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks ApocPony, I agree the node 202 definitely would step up a level if the window was included by default.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

A well a don't you know about the bird? Well everyone is talking about your featured build!

Seriously though great job :)

+1

EDIT: (Correct me if that is not why you named it that)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahaha nice twist on the lyrics. Cheers!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

A featured build

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers! unfortunately no, my last build on my profile got the featured already =)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Gratz. +1 for custom loop watercooled CPU in Node 202. I guess next level is water launching GPU as well ;)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, that would be the next challenge, albeit extremely difficult. Thanks btw =)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Bird is definitely the word! +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed =)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you happen to have any shots of the loop's layout? I know you used a low-profile 1050ti but I'd love to see how you stuffed the res & pump in there. I see no mention of water cooling on the gpu so I'm assuming that is air cooled. Very aesthetically pleasing build too.

edit: I should say do you have any shots of the case open, full internal shots.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes the GPU is air cooled.

Sure thing visit this link, its a quick build log.

https://forums.evga.com/BBIRD-Fractal-Design-Node-202-Watercooling-m2695249.aspx

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is really good nice job

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers! =)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello. I really admire the paint job and the case modding. Do you show in the vlog how you painted and modded it? Man. I am jealous. I now wanna do something close to that too...

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I'm glad you took interest =)

If you want to know more details on the process you can look through the build log on EVGA forums.

https://forums.evga.com/BBIRD-Fractal-Design-Node-202-Watercooling-m2695249.aspx

Cheers!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

SO SICK +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Any chance you can help my build such a case? Or build it for me? I am planning on buying and building a small form factor case but would like something different. Let me know please. Beautiful beautiful case btw!!! + 1 from me

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Henrico, Sorry for the late reply.

If you need any assistance in designing your small form factor PC just reply back in private message.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

is the gpu watercooled as well?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I read one of his replies to that question... He said it isn't, just the cpu

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is great. It's small yet manages to fit a fully developed water cooling system. I do have a small pinch though, Why does an I3 need a full-blown custom W/C system? You could've built a 1000 dollar PC with just regular cooling with much more spectacular results in terms of actual specs. Just wondering.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, thanks!

I build PCs for fun, the node 202 was to challenge myself in trying to fit a custom loop into a small form factor, not as a daily driver so specs is irrelevant in this case.

Click my profile you will see all the PCs i build.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for letting me know! I was quite puzzled.