When I saw this case, I thought to myself, okay I have to build in it. After building it, I was questioned by friends why would I build such a rig? For what reason? My response "I have no clue I just wanted to build in this case because this Phanteks case is calling to me". I also reused some parts from my previous build such as the lg ultra wide monitor, the logitech mouse, my headphones, the microphone, Samsung 850 EVO SSDs and the PSU.
Custom rigid tube water loop. (First time using rigid tubing)
2 - Black Ice Nemesis 480GTS Radiator.
1 - Black Ice Nemesis 360GTS Radiator.
1 - EKWB EK-CoolStream XE 360 Radiator.
1- Maelstrom D5 V2 Series with X300 reservoir.
I used PrimoChill 1/2in. Rigid RevolverSX Series Fittings and mix in with a bunch of Bitspower fittings also. And yes the EK XE 360 radiator is in push pull configuration. The Cables are from CableMod the pro series.
And yes there are 18 fans in there the cable management was a quite overwhelming. (RBG cables and PWM cables for each fan.. smh)
My thoughts on the build
I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. First looking at the Phanteks Case I thought man, that's a lot of room. But now that it's built seems pretty tight in there. I initially wanted to vertically mount the Maelstrom the Reservoir combo (I assume it would because the case was so massive), but turned out IT didn't FIT and a then it was suggested that I mount it laying down. Thank goodness that fit and with the LED strip running on the inside of the case on the corner of the PSU shroud, it actually lights up the reservoir and I decided not to use the ARGB that came with the reservoir/pump.
Thoughts on the Fan choice.
So I initially priced out for 18 Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM. But I thought to myself do I need that much airflow, with all these rads it could maybe passively cool or just need fans at low RPMs to just help it along. After further research (ie watching fan reviews on youtube) I came across a video by Bitwit promoting these "china made fans" by PCCooler. I gave it a try and to be honest I was quite surprised. Initial impressions was that it was quite sturdy and the RGB was not "overwhelming" ( I was fearful that this build would get too "rainbow puke" like). When I powered it on for the first time it was like a having noisy box fan blowing at full blast. But once I got into the bios and turned them down to 25% power they we quite quiet. Not as quiet as Noctua's (my old build used 140mm 2000 rpm industrial fans) but not enough to make a you cringe. So all in all, as far as budget fans go for 13 bucks and change per fan, I'm really glad I went with these fans. Not overbearing RGB with decent performance.
Bitwit Video link here
Lastly I'm not too fond of the bracket for the base that Phanteks added in to make it "easier" for builders. The bracket I feel somewhat restricts the airflow a little when you're trying to adjust it and if you put a anything 360mm (3 fans, or a rad with 3 fans) it butts right up against the the front rad/fans. So essentially you're blocking airflow at the bottom (because of the bracket) and on the front (because it's soo close). I was concerned with airflow so I did some adjustments to move the fat boy 360mm EK rad as far to the rear as I can but with that bracket it didn't help much and had to drill holes of my own.
3D mark results
Sorry if this was TL:DR but all in all I'm pleased with the way it turned out and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to share and I will answer it a promptly as I can.
Full size Tower with alot of space. But if you're going the route I went and putting in 2- 480 mm radiators and 2 -360 radiators be prepared to use some creativity for your loop. I didn't make it easier for myself since I used Rigid Tubing. But all in all it was a pleasant experience building in this case.