Let me start off by saying that I am a huuuge Legend of Zelda fan! It is the game that got me into the world of video games, which then got me into the world of PC gaming and of course PC hardware. This is actually my second time building a Breath of the Wild (BOTW) themed PC, (previous build linked here), but in this build I decided to take it up a few notches and challenged myself to make a custom watercooled loop using...that’s right...an AIO pump!
The main piece in my BOTW builds most definitely has to be the NZXT Kraken AIO cooler. The pump closely mimics the eye of one of the toughest enemies in the game, the Guardians. However, because that was what I featured as the main attraction in my previous build, I decided to include some other things to spice it up. I’ve always seen small PC monitoring displays in other builds and have always thought how awesome it would be to include it in one of my own builds. Turns out that this idea would fit perfectly with something else that is from BOTW, the Sheikah Slate! Not only is it a representation of the Sheikah Slate from the game, I can use it to display temps while playing games or anything else you would use an additional monitor for (albeit at a smaller size and resolution). The challenge here was making a shell for the monitor that can be used to mount it in the case. Luckily, I have 3D modeling experience and a 3D printer to solve that problem. It took a few designs and minor tweaks here and there to get the perfect fit, but boy was it worth it.
The other twist I put in this build is that it is completely cooled by a custom watercooled loop using the NZXT Kraken pump. I just had to keep the pump since it is one of the signatures of my BOTW theme. Despite many posts and word of mouth on the internet saying that you can’t use an AIO for a custom watercooling loop, I asked myself “Why not?”. The pump just uses barbs for its tubes which are literally the OG method that was used for water cooling back in the day and is even still used now. There were only a few challenges in doing this and those were finding out what size the tubes and barbs were and how I would connect that sized tubing to the other parts in the loop. Luckily, I stumbled upon the wonderful company called Koolance that actually supplies compression fittings, for the tubing size I needed. That size being 6mm ID x 10mm OD or ¼” ID x ⅜” OD. Once that was settled and I got the parts, it was all smooth sailing much like any other water cooling build. I used a radiator with multiple ports as the reservoir just to lessen the amount of parts needed in the case, but this does require some case flipping when filling the loop. While this setup in such a small case doesn’t provide the greatest cooling, all in all I am satisfied with the loop as it certainly keeps the PC cool enough and quiet while under load.
I know I am leaving a lot out in the description, but I am just too excited to keep myself from posting this build any longer. All the hardware is listed here and you are free to ask me questions about the build in the comments!