An ROG-themed build in the new NZXT Manta mini-ITX chassis. Aiming for VR-ready specifications, overclocking headroom, and quiet operation in a chassis that's luggable for future LAN events while also supporting some creature comforts such as custom water-cooling. EKWB-XLC Predator 240mm used with STRIX 970 block and custom ROG EK Supremacy MX CPU block to minimize the number of parts needed for the custom loop. I chose black ZMT tubing instead of hardline acrylic/PETG since it looked like a lot of the other Manta builds were going that route and I wanted something a bit different. Luckily for me, black ZMT is super easy to work with and can look rather nice, making it a no-brainer for a system I plan to travel with on occassion. :)
Thanks to the spaciousness of the NZXT Manta (relative to other mini-ITX chassis) installation of the core components was fairly straightforward. However, the EK-XLC Predator is a bulky beast and only fits one way in the Manta without modification of the chassis (front panel only, oriented with pump/res on top and fans facing out). Another wrinkle I ran into was that the 90-degree adapters used for the spans of the custom loop between the GTX 970 block and the Predator unit itself come a bit close to the PSU shroud.
Overall I'm very pleased with how this build turned out. The NZXT Manta is a fantastic case for the mini-ITX segment and I hope to see NZXT evolve this line even further in the future. :)
Thanks for reading and keep on building!