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DeeBee Xtreme - Node 202 Complete CPU & GPU Watercooling

by Bee66

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147 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 9, 2018

Date Built

Oct. 9, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.102 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

Description

Thank you for the feature PCPP

Hello PCPP Community,

Back in July 2017, I embarked on a challenge to do a custom water cooled loop inside the Fractal Node 202, dubbed Project BBIRD. There were a lot of parts of the build I knew I could do better, including panelling work, window and the water cooling loop itself.

The Build

More than 1 year later, DeeBee Xtreme aims to take the Node 202 build a step further. Featuring the following:

-Full custom loop with a 240mm radiator + a pair of 25mm thick corsair 120mm maglev fans cooling both a 6 core Ryzen CPU & A full fat GTX 980Ti using EKWB Supremacy EVO CPU/GPU blocks.

-Temperature Sensor for liquid temp build into the loop/motherboard.

-Full RGB lighting on both motherboard and case

-Dedicated fill and drain T-block ports (One at top of case and one at bottom)

-Hand cut and assembled hi-quality acrylic window with black bordering + green anodised thumbscrew mounting mechanism.

-Hand cut/stencilled vinyl artwork for outer shell of case.

Watercooling Loop Setup

The build was indeed challenging as there is limited space within the node 202. To make it all possible the loop consisted of:

-10/13mm soft tubing was along with plenty of EK 90 rotaries/10/13mm ACF fittings.

-EK SPC MX60 Pump

-Corsair 120mm Maglev fans

-XSPC 240mm Radiator

-EK Titan X GPU Block with 90 degree rotary terminals

-EK Supremacy EVO AM4 Acetal Block

The GPU compartment still has an extra 20-30mm to spare, which means the newer RTX 2080Ti and EK RTX 2080/Ti blocks with built in RGB can fit no problem for potential future upgrades.

The Mess Ups

When filling the loop, I did run into the misfortune of spilling the coolant all over the motherboard, this took me over 4 days to clean up using Electronic grade 99.997% Isopropyl Alcohol but alas the motherboard and components were still working.

Build Log/Video

Link to Build Log on EVGA Forums - https://forums.evga.com/DeeBee-Xtreme-Fractal-Node-202-Full-CPU-GPU-Watercooled-m2866191.aspx

Build Video Link - (COMING SOON)

Final Thoughts

Overall, I am very happy with the progress of successfully implementing a complete full watercooling loop inside the Node 202 case. This was a challenge well worth it.

Any questions or comments, feel free to post below and I will answer when I can.

Thanks for checking my build out!

Cheers

Mack - DeeBee Custom

Comments Sorted by:

dhishi123 1 Build 15 points 2 months ago

I smell a feature

Slingshott 1 Build 14 points 2 months ago

Well you must be a bloodhound

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SwiftSeb 6 Builds 11 points 2 months ago

holy moly , he has managed to make the best small form factor build ever, this is history.

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Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 6 points 2 months ago

Haha thanks for the kind words :)

im pretty sure there are better sff builds out there, but glad you liked this one :)

Cheers!

shmoo11 2 points 2 months ago
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SwiftSeb 6 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

cheers, still learning :)

undeadrebel1441 5 points 2 months ago

I saw Valk from Warframe so I instantly liked this.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 3 points 2 months ago

Thank you fellow tenno :)

undeadrebel1441 2 points 2 months ago

You're most welcome... probably gonna do an inaros build in the future when I have the time and extra plat...

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Sounds like a plan :)

undeadrebel1441 1 point 2 months ago

At the moment though I'm looking on going black or white on purple but can't find psu cables that are purple. any ideas ?

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I usually purchase custom sleeved cables from CableMod. They have purple available under their custom configurator.

joshzpants 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

wow NOICE

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks man! :)

Ploof1012 1 point 2 months ago

The acrylic mod tho kreygasm

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Thanks! :)

The window on a node 202 transforms the case entirely.

aholler 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

slick af not going to lie

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Cheers! glad you thought so :)

Kyojin93 1 point 2 months ago

Wow. Just Wow. Where is the rad?

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks Kyojin,

The 240mm radiator is behind the GPU, you can check out the build log To see how it was put together :)

MrThreePik 8 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Nice work!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks glad you thought so :)

shado123 1 point 2 months ago

how did you get the window for the node 202? +1 build looks slicker then ice

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Thanks :)

The window is 3mm acrylic that was hand cut and polished, followed by adding on a black border at the rear to clean up the look. You can check it out in the build log link in description.

shado123 1 point 2 months ago

thanks

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

no problem :)

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Amazing.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Cheers thanks!

dhishi123 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Add more pics add probably feature

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks,

In the process of uploading more powered on photos tonight.

beardedmisfit 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Dude! Congrats on the features, and +10 for this! I want to use this case, and you just elevated it to a whole new level. Great job!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you so much :)

Are you planning to use the node 202 for your next build?

beardedmisfit 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I'd like to use it and make a small HTPC for my living room to stream from my server. But now I wan to do what you did lol

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Sounds like a good plan. If you ever need any information on the node 202, feel free to ask :)

Wi1dCard 1 point 2 months ago

Acrylic side panels? You could pass those off for TG they're that clean.

Also what is that symbol on the side panel? Reminds me of something from CoD or Destiny lol

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks! i took the time to keep the window as polished and clean as possible this time around.

Its from WarFrame the symbol on the side panel.

Wi1dCard 1 point 2 months ago

Ah yup. One more look and I don't see how I couldn't tell that at first. I don't personally play myself but I have a lot of friends that do. Hear it's fun but too lazy to get into it, I'll be here with my forza lol

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Haha thats alright, i personally find it a good stress relieving game if you enjoy destroying countless NPCs >:)

RoyalSovereign 1 point 2 months ago

Thats soooo badass.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks! glad you thought so :)

Radox-0 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Wow. That is extremely nice and the pics are fantastic. Absolutely love this build.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you Radox means a lot to hear that :)

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

You did an AMAZING JOB!!!! Congrats on the featured!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Cheers! Thank you pegotico :)

_Unphazed_ 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Very cool!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks :)

antonjetpack 1 point 2 months ago

hahaha, now I know what your place looks like.

nice build mate

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Haha thanks anton :)

kevbui 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

This build is epic! Very nice!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Thanks Kevbui :)

nfogray 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

This is nuts. +1

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks :)

Sayliex 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Hot damn, that looks good

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks man! :)

The_Blue_Dragon 1 point 2 months ago

Just Beautiful, this is why i consider PC building to be an art in some cases. This belongs on a show floor, to be admired.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you for the kind words I appreciate it :)

Good thing is it is still 100% functional with all features from a regular build still available (front audio/usb, wifi, rgb, modularity, drain) as opposed to the original build.

The_ttv-bird 1 point 2 months ago

thats a lot of good work

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Cheers! Thanks :)

HelloPeyton 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Too cool! Well done

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks :)

skyrise 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

This is the first watercooled HTPC build I've ever seen!

You're a hero!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 3 points 2 months ago

Thanks :)

Hopefully it brought some inspiration :)

rocketracer111 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

It does!

Cannot give more +1 because already did before the feature xD

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Haha thank you rocketracer :)

kn00tcn 1 point 2 months ago

EDIT: wait, could it be some AI enhancing camera app that modern phones seem to have?

i'm going to have to be 'that guy' to recommend against photoshopping depth blur, it can get distracting (also a bit awkward that the first pic has it, yet the second pic is natural)

if the camera has controls for aperture, lower the F/number to get the depth effect out of the lens

other than that, build looks pretty tight (maybe i'm a bit concerned about that one tube having poking pressure from a PCB)

Phildilf 3 Builds 0 points 2 months ago

Wow

ChloePlz 1 point 2 months ago

Great work with the Valkie side-panel!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks Chloe :)

JudahRoars 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Great job. :)

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks Judah :)

someta 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

This is kind of impressive. And by "kind of impressive", I mean very, very impressive and I want to build something just like it...

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks for your support :) hope it inspired you for your future builds :)

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Very nice and SFF.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks for your support :)

Otterman366 10 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

and kyle thought he was cool because he put an aio in this case...

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I got the same comment the last time on the older 2017 node 202 build.

bmd0031 1 point 2 months ago

It's the tea set next to it that really sets this build off.

What an accomplishment, inspiring!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Gotta have my tea :) I think it has been in quite a few of my previous build photos.

Thank you for your support :)

bmd0031 1 point 2 months ago

It's a very nice build, we drooled over it at work for a few minutes and had a long discussion about builds after the day was over.

The Ryzen chips have had a few of us really excited the last year, it's great to see artistic approaches to chip architecture as well as building hardware. Your rig compliments a lot of the finer points of technology I think, it's great.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I do agree that the Ryzen based platform is really intriguing, especially the budget line up. They have all the features normally found on high end motherboards.

Thanks again :)

poINtblank213 1 point 2 months ago

I have a basic build in one of these cases, and that was hard enough.. I have no idea how you were able to fit the rad, fans, and gpu, in that compartment. BRAVO! Now that I know it's possible, I might give something like this a go in the future.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Haha thanks :)

A lot of measuring and planning was done so that only the right components with the right dimensions were used. If you need further information on the node 202, feel free to ask :)

daUnitedpotato 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

This PC is a prime example of how this website is lowkey where you go to get your pleasure on.

Great job, my friend. Packing quite the punch in such a small form factor. I love it!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Haha indeed,

Thanks for your support :)

freindlybuild 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I've got to admit that you've done this very professionally Sr. indeed your build deserve to be featured +1

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Thanks man for the kind words :)

Cheers!

Tooth 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

That is one slick looking case with the window. Nicely done!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks Tooth :)

HiResJunky 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Amazing itx build mad respect!

How are the temps under full load. Is one 240mm enough to cool both?

I'm in the process of attempting to do a full custom loop CPU & GPU in the InWin A1! Using XSPC's new ultra slim 240 and 120 Rads. Man o man is it tight, just waiting on a 1080ti mini water block from china. Aliexpress slowest shipping ever!!!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks :)

So far i have kept both CPU and GPU running at stock speeds, and temps are looking great as expected from a watercooled system. Idle temps 27C CPU, 25C GPU, fan speeds 500RPM, and under gaming load 48C CPU, 42C GPU, fan speeds 1200RPM. Ambient 20C.

I usually find that 120mm per component to suffice so long as the fan speeds are tweaked to suit different load scenarios. More radiator in my opinion just allows me to run fans at super low RPM. However, Maglevs are inaudible at 500RPM and a gentle hum that can be easily blocked out with earphones at 1200+RPM.

DragionTech 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

too nice! shoulda put yellow coolant tho cause its 'DeeBee'............ bee..... yellow.......... +1

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Haha maybe if I feel like changing the colour scheme up I could. I just could not resist the clean look of the pastel uv green.

Thanks nonetheless :)

Jetlag800 1 point 2 months ago

What is this build meant for? Gaming, Editing, getting a feature

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Hi Jetlag,

I build PCs mainly for fun as a hobby during my holiday periods. These PCs are used from time to time for small purposes such as work at home related tasks, but not as my daily driver, and mainly for show/secondary backup. As new ideas become available, depending on how much I like each build, parts may be cannibalised to be used towards the new builds.

Jetlag800 1 point 2 months ago

Anyways, It is as fire as the Spitfire in Black Ops 4

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Haha thank you for the support :)

yilinchoi 1 point 2 months ago

this is sick man. good job!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks man Cheers!

neo_explorer84 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Cool!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks :)

OllieManMan 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Exceptional work here : P

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you for the support :)

OllieManMan 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

do you have a youtube?

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Yes I do, however, it is still in the early stages and not really managed at the moment.

OllieManMan 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Still, I'd love to check it out. I started one about a year ago and I'm looking for more builders like myself to connect with : P

Link is in my bio

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

All good, i've subscribed to your channel with my regular account. Your PC content looks great :)

My Pc building one is under the channel name DeeBee Custom.

Cheers!

tony475130 1 point 2 months ago

Shhiiieeeettttt, I could barley do a custom loop in an inwin 301 and you got one inside an even smaller node 202? You are a godly modder!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks for the support :) im sure its just as difficult with the 301, i had an opportunity to tinker with the node in my previous build so it was easier knowing what will work and/or fit this time around.

Ozjeh 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Shut the front door! Holy cow :D this is by far the best node 202, build I have ever seen. I have built 5 different game pc's in this case and that where normal builds. Every time I took me a lot of effort getting it right. So I can only imagine what kind of hell you went true the get here, made respect!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Haha thanks for the support! =)

Yeah the first time working in the Node 202 was a learning curve (the 2017 build). This time around, it was still a challenge, but it did go smoother then expected (other than that coolant spillage, courtesy of my own mistake).

Ozjeh 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Cant wait for the building video ;)

xGunner 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I was about to say... only $850??!! Then I realized the 980Ti price wasn't included XD

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Yeah, there isn't an automatic pricing for 980ti anymore, and am unsure about the market value of a 980ti with the launch of RTX, so just left it blank.

Meithen 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Waiting four days for the motherboard to dry must have been rough! Really nice build.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks!

Yeah it was ok though, as I have my daily driver PC anyways so wasn't too big of a deal.

ghostness 1 point 1 month ago

I absolutely love this build, great job! I just finished building my Node 202 with the Ryzen 2700 and a 1080 ti Strix. Looking to create basically this setup to water cool the system as right now it's a loud toaster! I was wondering a bit more about how the T-fittings were set up and if you're using filler ports. Basically - how can I avoid the spill you made? Also, how many fittings do you have in the end (90 degree ones, straight ones, e.t.c.)? How much fluid fits in your loop? Hope to create something at least as efficient as your build!

I'm looking to be able to easily travel with mine so being able to fill/empty should be quite easy.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Hi, thanks for taking interest.

First off the spill was purely my fault as I was being impatient with the filling using a t-block.

There is exactly 15x90 degree fittings (not including the 2 from the GPU block terminal) and 1x 3 way T Block, 1x 4 way X block, 1 straight rotary, 1 extender and 14 soft tube fittings.

About 250mL of coolant give or take was required.

Any more questions let me know

ghostness 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks for the answer, exactly what I'm looking for! I see you used the extender on the upper radiator to get the bend right. Is it the 12 mm one?

I think another thing I am curious of is if you think the EK-CoolStream SE 240 Radiator would have fit without obstructing the front IO ports? With the slim Noctua fans.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

It would fit (although there will be quite a bit of pressure pushed onto the front usb 3.0 cables).

Also you will need to supply your own radiator screws for 15mm based fans.

And there may be a slight performance hit due to lower SP from the slim fans.

ghostness 1 point 1 month ago

According to the overclockers.net review of the noctua nf-a12x15 fan, it seems to perform quite well compared to 25mm fans when used with radiators, although it is a very good point. I hadn't thought of the screw situation either. I think I will go with the slimmer radiator so I have the possibility of changing the fans if the performance is lacking.

Thanks for your thoughts, I'll be sure to share the results!

Nathananderson839037 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thats cute.

spawn01 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I can't believe I missed this the first time around. This thing is awesome! I love this thing!

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Cheers thanks!

Zambacan 1 point 1 month ago

Great job. Did you make the surrounding part that the clear acrylic panel mounts to? If so how and how is that surround secured to case frame?

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Hi Zamba,

You can read the build log link in description for more details.

Basically, the Node 202 has 4 holes when the metal panel is removed, those holes were modified as to allow the Bitspower thumbscrews to be used to mount the clear acrylic panel.

Any more questions feel free to ask.

Zambacan 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks OK so you modified the existing holes rather than making a completely new mounting piece.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

All good =)

Zambacan 1 point 1 month ago

Also I notice you have opted for soft tubing. Could you have chosen hard tube or would that have made it too tricky to get everything to lineup. I would love to have a go doing something like this.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I would say it is probably possible to do with hard line when I was assembling the parts.

However, I personally would not do it without serious modifications to the case structure itself to accommodate for the bends. The build internals are also not water cooling friendly in its standard factory form, and getting the bends in would be frustrating. Hardline tubing would also make it a nightmare to disassemble/service in the future as it would get in the way.

If you'd still like to try hard line, go for it =) would love to see the final result =)

Zambacan 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you. I have never done any kind of water cooling let alone hardline. I can imagine how difficult in would be in this case. It sounds too difficult for me. I would be curious to know what you feel the biggest compromises are with such a build. I see two: getting enough air through the radiator (based on your temps that doesn't seem to be a problem) and physical space for storage (without paying a lot for large m.2).

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Probably storage as you said, although there are 2 m.2 ssd slots on the motherboard and m.2 sata ssd are almost the same price as regular ssd, so it probably won't be an issue.

Otherwise, I don't see any compromises as I purposely designed this build to have all the features of a regular mid tower build. Its got RGB, wifi, front & rear audio, front & rear usb ports, can run high end cpu/gpu overclocked, good cooling.

Radiator actually gets a lot of airflow as the fans intake fresh air directly into the radiator, and you can use any standard dual 120mm high static pressure fans.

Any more questions, feel free to ask.

Zambacan 1 point 1 month ago

Ok thank you. Really impressed.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

All good :)

Forenzyhd 1 point 22 days ago

This reminds me of an xbox one s console only more badass

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 21 days ago

Thanks! glad you thought so =)

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

How did you manage to install rad+fans without issues from the power socket?

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 16 days ago

Hi EdInk,

The power socket has been moved outwards by another 5mm using standoffs.

This gives clearance for the radiator + fans.

Any more questions, feel free to ask.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 14 days ago

Excellent.. I was considering cutting out a new slot for it.

Is there clearance for a slim (15mm) 120/140 mm fan above the CPU block? I was thinking one may fit to provide some cool air for vrms and M.2 ssd heatsink.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 2 points 14 days ago

No, there is barely a few mm to the side panel from the CPU waterblock fittings.

You can however, fit a 40/60mm fan above or below the CPU waterblock.

nenja487 1 point 16 days ago

This answered the EXACT question I had. Awesome work and thank you! My only debate now is specific GPU. I'm concerned about card height (e.g. Gigabyte or ZOTAC 1080 Minis).

My biggest question would be whether temps justify this over just air. Have you tried both?

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

I wouldn't have been able to test it against air, but temps on water are really good.

I wouldn't justify watercooling the node 202 for the average user, this project was done more for fun and to see the limits.

Bronstet 4 Builds 1 point 14 days ago

Amazing modding in this case! I'd be terrified to try a custom soft loop inside a Node 202.

Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 14 days ago

Thanks Bronstet!

Ryzin 1 point 3 days ago

H O W

aka_XEMO 1 point 2 days ago

I NEED a build video, i want to do this soo bad with an rtx card.

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Bee66 submitter 12 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Haha thanks :)