Hello guys !
This is my first itx liquid cooled computer and I want to share with you. After I saw couple stunning builds on this website (example: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/nQNQzy ) I decided to build one to myself. I give it to you this particular example because in my oppinion was a complicated one.
When I saw that case it was first time love. After I buy it I saw that everything except the case is mediocre. I plug the original power supply to the components and the coil noise was terrible; also the qi charger located on the top of the case was low powered. Even with that I keeped that charger in function by attaching an usb cable to it directly on the motherboard.
After couple researches on the web I saw that the only power supply who can fit on that tiny space is Seasonic Focus+ (gold or platinum) - bought the Seasonic Focus+ 850W Gold. The original plastic cover of the power supply was keeped and it fits perfect on this - there is a picture with that attached.
My main thoughts was to fit a full size video card (with waterblock) and also a pump with reservoir in that limited amount of space and as you can see...... I did it !
The initial setup was designed for an i7 8700k but until some components arrived, I sell the cpu and I replace with the new i9 9900k wich was delided and the tim was replaced with liquid metal. Also even in pictures is presented the Kryonaut, the video card was treated with liquid metal from Thermal Grizzly.
In order to install the pump I have to create a custom mount from metal (it was taken from a hardware shop - used for keeping the furniture against the wall). I cut it with a dremel to about 2 cm wide and I threaten the metal by putting on fire until was red and then insert on oil for hardening; then it was baked for about 2 hours on about 150 degrees. The custom mount is keeped by the original screws from the power supply fan. Nothing was destroyed on the power supply and the warranty of the product is ok.
Also the bottom of the case (the honeycomb pattern) was removed with a dremel for a better air flow.
All the original cables from the power supply were shortened and meshed and re-climped as you can see in pictures.
The fans used for the bottom were BeQuiet Silent Wings 3 120 mm and for the inside of the case I used Corsair LL's, all 4 fans controlled by a Corsair Commander Pro and a Corsair hub for lightning effects. The rgb strip from the bottom of the case was replaced also with a Corsair RGB lightning strip (where 3 of them - last strip was cutted to fit on the dimension).
The radiators I used: XSPC Ultra Thin 240 mm and XSPC Ultra Thin 120 mm. I use also a XSPC temp sensor mounter on the water circuit - this is connected to the Corsair Commander Pro.
After 20 hours of building I made some benchmarks and I unfortunately saw that this case cannot compete with their big brothers in terms of cooling. On prime 95 with fans at maximum the cpu get about 97 degrees wich is too much for me. The computer is extremely hot; the water stays to about 50 degrees in full load.
This build was a test for myself to see if I can do such complicated project. Definitely I will chose a little bit higher case (such Corsair 280x) for thicker radiators and better air flow.
Kind regards !
P.S. Please excuse my english language.