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White and Black NZXT Source 220 windowed

by jeffreymays44

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97 Comments

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Date Published

Oct. 11, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.18GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4GHz

Description

I wanted to do a white and black build for a while now and have been working on this nzxt source 220 window case. first I wanted to have three fans in the front so I decided to completely start from scratch and remove the existing front from the case and build it back up from there.

front

I retained the original I/O plate with the usb and usb 3, headphone, and mic that have been relocated to the top of the case. The power and reset buttons are vandal switches ( this took me a little studying to figure out the wiring on these), no HDD activity led though as I thought I was ordering the vandal with the dot and instead i purchased the solid black vandal.

water loop

The coolant Mayhem Pastel White, The reservoir 190mm cylinder water tank + SC600 pump and is found here http://www.aliexpress.com/item/190mm-cylinder-water-tank-SC600-pump-all-in-one-set-Maximum-flow-600L-H-computer-water/32225238339.html the reservoir was so close to the top I had to add a pass-through bulkhead fitting along with an extension G1/4 to the top of the reservoir so it could be filled. The Loop can be drained via the drain port at the bottom radiator which is a 240mm rad, all black fittings were added except 2 G 1/4 plugs one for the fill port and the other for the drain port. The cpu water block is Bykski found here http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Bykski-CPU-water-cooling-block-mico-water-way-liquid-block-shining-LED-A-MD-version-BYCY04/32334854525.html

Bottom acrylic shield

since I had to remove the original hard drive cage I shortened it to just 2 slots and it is housed under the bottom shield along with the power supply, The shield I created was I learning curve but turned out great, it can be removed easily giving access to the psu and hdd/sdd location, this shield is lit via 2 led strips .

Fans

3 120mm white bladed fans for front, 2 nzxt 120mm fans on top for exhaust, and 1 enermax 120mm duo fan in the rear, just a note the nzxt fan took me about a month to find one since it is out of production, I found 2 places that showed they had that fanand both places after placing an order with them they ended up backordering them and i had to cancel the orders, this fan came from frozencpu.

here is the build log for this build with a total of around 60 pictures http://www.overclock.net/t/1566818/nzxt-source-220-case-mod-build

note before everyone starts asking me why water cool such a medium range gaming pc, I did this because it looks sweet! that's all, using budget parts. the misconceptions about water cooling a budget I dont understand, so if its a budget save that watercooling money and put it towards a better gpu is a valid point, but wanted a sweet looking loop which also is comprised of budget parts!

I will be changing out the power supply after everyone saying that this is the worst ever psu I could have but in this build. I have an evga flower made psu that is 750 watts modular but don't want to put it in this budget build so I will pick something up this week.

thanks for looking

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convertedconsolegamer_92 2 Builds 42 points 24 months ago

Afraid to read the comments because I'm sure there are plenty of ppl asking "Why water cool a PC with these parts?" You can always tell the difference between ppl who love to build and ppl who just want to game. Building and experimenting is fun and this build proves that. Great job.

Ravenhelm 2 Builds 7 points 24 months ago

Took the words right out of my mouth.

GoldMine 1 point 24 months ago

very well put

GoldMine 0 points 24 months ago

Very well put

PCIntake 11 points 24 months ago

What I absolutely love about this build is that you're still making it look like a $10,000 PC while still running on budget. Nice part choice, other than the PSU

Thefan630 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Well, with all that water cooling, he won't have to fear the PSU going over 30°C anyway :P

PCIntake 1 point 24 months ago

Haha yeah xD

Doublebow 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Wow, love all the custom stuff, how long did it take you to do all this and what are you using it for? But why isnt the gpu cooled?

Also why liquid cool such a weak build? Normally you see custom loops on £1000+ builds. Im not saying you have done anything wrong, but personally I wouldn't have bothered putting in the liquid cooling and use the money for a better gpu.

And on a final note, where did you hide the hard drive?

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Hi thanks for the comment, I put this build together as a budget gaming pc, the parts to water cool this pc are listed and have not added too much cost to the final build, I wanted something that looked nice so I added the water cooling, the 750ti isn't that power hungry so I don't think that it will run that hot and plus i wanted to keep the cost down as it was climbing higher than i wanted, I picked up they gpu for 75 dollars as B-Stock from evga.

I loaded up steam and downloaded borderlands 2 on this to see what the fps would be and it sat around 60 fps on medium to high setting, I am very pleased with this build, it turned out just the way I wanted it to..

I will sell this pc, just building them for fun :)

Doublebow 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

You do a very good job, heck I would buy one of your customised cases for sure. And I am glad your happy with your build, it looks awesome, one of the best builds I have seen.

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Hi, the hard drive is under the plexiglass shield along with the solid state drive.

Doublebow 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Ahh OK, I Though you might have somehow attached it around the back and I would have asked how if that was how you did it.

Vergere 7 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

just over $750 for a custom water loop PC? looking gooooood!

PTsupport 2 points 24 months ago

Your mods are well done. Good work!

vn_mnm 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

definitely recommending a change in the PSU here. The EVGA SuperNova G2 550w should be the perfect one.

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vn_mnm 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

For the sake of his rig's stability and safety, and also given that he is unlikely to upgun the PSU to the enthusiast grade, I would say a resounding no. He ought to upgrade the PSU to the one I recommended as soon as possible.

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rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

WHOA! This looks awesome! Do I smell a feature? (No Geekazoid, not a fart, a feature :P)

An easy +1, +10 if I could.

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

3 things.

  1. Go get a patent on those great case customizings!
  2. Go get yourselfs a 980 or better and make a CPU-GPU-Full-Loop, you lazy bum!
  3. By all that's holy replace that PSU!

; ) +1

philphaser 12 Builds 3 points 24 months ago

Worst, most unreliable site on the web! Next to www.thesun.co.uk...

Forester 2 points 24 months ago

I spy a new featured build...

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

That would be sweet!

Forester 4 points 24 months ago

LOOK WHO CALLED IT! I AM A MOTHER ****ING SORCERER!

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Nice karma you thru this way Forester!

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Threw

manchildjr 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thats now i have have I'm a F** Wizard by MC Chris stuck in my head again

Mariomash 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

I swear to god, I wish jipster69 saw this build, especially since there are so much custom parts like his build and there's an fx 6300, just get something like a seasonic PSU or something like that and overclock it!!

Love this man +1

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I know I am already looking for a different psu, man I got ripped a new hole so to speak for this cx I used.... jipster should show up soon.

Penguintheman 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Hi! I heard that the Corsair CX series PSU's are bad, are EVGA PSU's good?

Mariomash 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

EVGA B2, G2, GS and P2 are all good the B1 G1 etc. arent very good, like a CX

Penguintheman 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks!

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

I swear to replace the psu asap....lol

dagreendooky 2 points 24 months ago

Consider yourself lucky. Others have not fared so well from the wrath of tiny_voices and his followers. =P

Out of curiosity, how did you cut the black plexi that covers the front3 fans? I did something similar for mine; but it was incredibly difficult to get clean cuts for me. Yours looks very clean.

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Hi the acrylic in the front was cut from a clear sheet, I masked off the sheet with masking tape and laid out the template, drilled a pilot hole big enough to insert the skill saw blade and took it real slow. the first one broke midway, the second one I broke it tightening down the fan screws and this one you see is the third . If you paint the backside of acrylic with black paint it gives the piece a mirrored glossy effect. the skill saw blade I used was in the medium range as far as TPI goes. thanks

JesterX 2 points 24 months ago

Nicely done, your build looks amazing! Love the custom fan filter :3 and not to mention the affordable water cooling solution.

Yusi500 2 points 24 months ago

WOW is all I can say. But did you happen to put the wrong 750 ti in the description?

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

thanks I corrected that, this 750ti runs very well! I am very impressed with it so far!

biggles5107 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

How much did the rad cost you? It's not included in the build price.

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

here is the radiator, I need to get that added to the list ! thanks

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141546472865?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

manchildjr 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

o.O just out of curiosity how much of your watercooling system came off of Ebay? I have been debating going this way but I have feared them just been cheap crummy parts

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I picked up the 240mm radiator, all the black fittings, and the tubing. after searching some more I found a better radiator made of copper and brass manufactured by magicool that was the same thickness for about 40.00 dollars, I think that I might change this one out for the copper .

Battlefield 2 points 24 months ago

I will bite my lip and behave as those I don't know your CPU or GPU. Your mod looks excellent. I think the looks are great and it will be expandable in the future. You could get a new mobo/cpu or gpu and just reattach and go from there. So, jumping into the water cooling game now isn't so bad. I really like this build.

Can you give a more accurate cost of the water cooling system? (If cost is within reason then I might do it) And which radiator are you using? Last are you thinking about looping the GPU down the road? From what I've read cooling the CPU takes 240mm rad, and if you want to add a gpu then add another 120mm (or get separate rad).

Cool build. Great colors and top notch photos. Cheers!

One last question: What did you overclock the fx-6300 to?

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks for the comments! I built this pc to sell and will not be adding a water block to the gpu. This is my 3rd build and I am a little nervous about adding a water block to a gpu right now but do plan on it in the near future. the parts for the water loop has cost me approximately 150.00 dollars but a large portion of this was getting all black fittings, i could have used the chrome fittings that came with the cpu block and reservoir/pump and that would have saved me about 40 dollars. you could piece together a cpu loop for under a hundred i'm sure.

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

The 6300 has not been overclocked, nor has the gpu, I will leave that up to the next owner if he or she wants to, given my psu on this build I wouldn't want to try and push it too much.

DrTot 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

WOW! This is one of the cleanest builds I have EVER seen on PCPP, I've always liked, well really liked black and white builds, but this has convinced me, if I ever get the money, to buy a black/white build. Maybe ill just buy it to look at... +1

Black and Orange is still and always will be my favorite color scheme

Dam5968 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/bw2RsY, if you like orange and black take a look at this one

thepurrfessor 2 points 24 months ago

Makes me think of the Korova Milk Bar (anyone?)

Beautiful build, kudos sir.

Dam5968 5 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

I agree the water cooling loop really makes this think stand out, love it. Great job!!!!!!

JheyoDELperu 2 points 24 months ago

put a photo of your setup.. .. that would be doop s fu''...k / desk view /

Megasteel32 2 points 24 months ago

I was shocked when I looked at the pictures then the price. It looks like a 2000 dollar pc all right. Great job, and if you upgrade the parts let us know. +1 for awesome budget!

piemancoder 2 points 24 months ago

I think everyone can agree this is an obvious +2

auldae 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

You should burn that PSU and that monitor. Otherwise, dope build.

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

This is just a monitor I keep for setting up computers, my main conputer in the office has a 27" samsung. Yeah this ild hp monitor sucks

vekspec 5 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

amazing looking build! I love the little water filler cap at top lol! just make sure you don't open it after the computer has been "run" haha! :)

+1

Scrounger 4 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Nice work! Its good to see enthusiasm extends to reasonable budget builds as well.

Critchard 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Orange wall represent! +1

xDiiThy 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Great Build!

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Thx alot

AWholeLotOfLag 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

A blacklight led strip would look pretty sick in this. Great build +1

polarbehr 4 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Nice to see a custom, psu shroud. +1

PCclockWork 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Just ignore this comment, I was going to rant about your drain valv position but then I noticed the radiator. I'm all good now! :D Cheers on the awesome looking build!

romanvalkre 4 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Not sure I like that PSU much… but it’s such a low power build it may not matter. Looks very interesting, and makes me want to get a basic case, and mess around with moving the front panel connectors just so see what I can create.

Good job, hope you enjoy it:)

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Thats exactly my thoughts on the psu and the case was so cheap I figured if I screwed it up oh well, I would do it again, this case turned out looking real nice I am going go hate to sell it...

dns637 2 points 24 months ago

"I will be changing out the power supply after everyone saying that this is the worst ever psu I could have but in this build. I have an evga flower made psu that is 750 watts modular but don't want to put it in this budget build so I will pick something up this week. "

Glad you pointed this out before they take out their pitchforks. lol

malcar11 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Wow!! Beautiful masterpiece. Great job.

Caroline.

CrazyChief24 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

this is soo cool i have the 210 and had the same idea but had no clue where to start, quick question , where did you out your HDD/SSD'S ?

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

here is the build log I made. http://www.overclock.net/t/1566818/nzxt-source-220-case-mod-build the hdd and sdd is under the acrylic shield. thanks

CrazyChief24 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

i have the 210 , and ive always had an idea smiliar to yours but my problem was where was i gonna move to HDD/SSD's location and findind or building my own custom front i/o (audio , mic , couple of USB 3.0's and then power/reset , and a HDD led)

CrazyChief24 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

what did you use to make that custom hdd bay? if not where did you get it?

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I cut down the original drive bay housing to just 2 bays.

elvenson 4 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

I like what you did with the case. It looks like it should be offered as a stock configuration from them. Good job there.

concs 2 points 22 months ago

I love it man.

OAcesync 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Corsair CX with a FX isn't good I would recommend replacing it

stacymorgan84 3 points 24 months ago

tell me why please, seams to be running well!

OAcesync 1 Build 3 points 24 months ago

http://www.overclock.net/t/1431436/why-you-should-not-buy-a-corsair-cx

FX are CPUs that have a higher TDP and power consumption meaning it's gonna draw more wattage and generate more heat which is bad for the CX since it only deliver continuous wattage at 30C.

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

thanks for the information! this is such a low powered system I would hope that it does not crap out on me. pcpartpicker says the power needed for this pc would be under 300 watts, just finished playing Borderlands for an hour or so and the psu is not hot.

tiny_voices 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I would recommend replacing it too.

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

If this power supply dies... it only cost me 25.00 after the rebate so I will let it ride, seems to be working perfectly cool!

TiGGa 2 points 24 months ago

I think the reason most are encouraging you to replace it, is that with a PSU of this craptitude, it's not just the "$25" you spent on it, but the highly likely chances that if it were to go, it's going to take other parts with it, like your CPU, or MOBO, or a combo of parts, etc.

They aren't ragging you out of meanness, but because they care and would hate to see anyone's time, hard work, and money wasted on a known bad line of parts. It's not just about whether it feels "hot" after using it for an hour. You don't want whoever you sell it to calling you 6months from now... :P

Man, what a beautiful build, congrats to you!

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Nismo_ 1 point 24 months ago

Why watercool a low end build?

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 4 points 24 months ago

I wanted to create a computer anyone would love to have and I would be proud of, it didn't matter to me about low end high end or any other variable, I just wanted to make this vision I had a reality.

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FcoEnriquePerez 1 point 21 months ago

With that cooling you should report temps :(

codypcbuilds 1 point 20 months ago

Just sayin a 950 would have been a better choice. you didn't watter cool the gpu so it would have made sence to get a better one for only 10-20 bucks more. still this pc looks BOSS and will stay so coooooooooooooooooooool. good build +1

poipulshot 1 point 18 months ago

Is there a psu shroud on the source 220 thx, looks like great build (: .

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

no shroud on that case! but it was a nice case for the money.

poipulshot 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks Build looks awesome and the case is great for looks and money.

IMSOLOST420 1 point 18 months ago

This is amazing. Im super new to this and I have a question. So, U have a total of 6 fans on this rig correct? And when i looked at the motherboard specs. Its has: 1 x CPU fan header 2 x system fan headers 1 x power fan header

So my question is how do hook up all the fans if the motherboard only has 4 fan headers?

Please answer me if possible. I just want to learn. Good job again BTW

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Thanks. Two fans at the top are spliced together and are sharing the same header. The three on the front are spliced together and share the same header. The one on the back has its own header. And the water pump is on the cpu header.

IMSOLOST420 1 point 18 months ago

Okay. Thanks for much. I appreciate the info. I was looking on youtube and they were saying how most headers have a 1volt limit so it your fan is like .3 volts or something. U can use a header splitter and use it on 1 header.

Thats so cool. I was worried about how I was gonna be able to get the fans to work if the mobo didnt have enough headers. But, now i see as long as u r in the voltage range a splitter should be fine.

Thanks again man. I appreciate the info. Your build is Gorgeous.

How long did it take to complete the water cooling loop? looks like it took forver.

poipulshot 0 points 18 months ago

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jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

it took me forever to find that fan being it is out of production.... thanks

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jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I didn't want it to be too flashy , and to keep the focus on just the one fan and white coolant. Kinda wanted it to look shatp and clean and not overkill. Thanks

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jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I did make the shroud for the psu, I had some white acrylic laying around and had seen other builds on the web that had the same kind of bottom so I messed around with this a couple days and finally got it to work out.

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jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago
vn_mnm 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

when it comes to PSU reviewing, I only trust 2 sites : JonnyGuru and Tomshardware.

jeffreymays44 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I just picked up a SEASONIC CPU POWER SUPPLY, MODEL: SS-650HT, 80 PLUS, should have it in soon.

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