Description

First time water cooling, so far its fantastic. Never going back to AIO's. Only rocking a single 240MM EK Coolstream SE with 2x ML120's but system stays pretty cool. I am planning on upgrading the CPU when Zen 2 releases.

The ketchup and mustard cables is unfornutately what;s included with the PSU. PSU is a Delta GPS-850HB-C rated at 80+ Platinum, I'm a big fan of Delta PSU's and it did cost me around $300 AUD to obtain a brand new one. Seasonic, Corsair etc will not even compare with these Delta's IMO.

After some stress testing my max temps on CPU were 65C and 55C on GPU. CPU has been overclocked to 4.1Ghz @1.384V.

EDIT: Mounted a 70mm fan using an EK 90° Pump bracket to blow air at the mobo. Figured it'd help keep the mobo running a bit cooler than a 120mm exhaust would.

Part Reviews

CPU

Managed to get a pretty decent OC on this chip. 4.1Ghz @1.384V. More than fast enough for everything I do.

Motherboard

Finally an ITX AM4 board that doesn't melt the VRM's at stock clock speeds. For this alone i will give it 5/5 stars.

Storage

Decent drive, quick for a 5400RPM. Biggest let down is the extremely aggressive APM settings where it will spin down after just a few seconds of no activity. Thankfully CrystalDiskInfo is able to disable this annoying APM feature.

Video Card

Cheaper than the GTX 1080 at the time of purchase, ability to transform into a single slot card when waterblocked is a major win for me. Who needs an ancient DVI port anyway?

Case

Really big case for an ITX, over twice as big as my NCASE M1 don't know why NZXT coudnt allow 280MM rad's to fit in the front with how wide the case is. Otherwise case is fantastic, the cable management "Divider" allows easy mounting of water pumps and reservoirs.

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Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool build! Something about the ketchup and mustard cables in such an expensive build is kinda charming!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Why did you choose the 1600x when the 2600x is practically the same price? Otherwise looks good

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

The 1600X was from my previous system, the 2600X doesn't make a big enough difference for me to upgrade.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh definitely I would agree to that. I thought it was just new since you didn't comment on it, or that I noticed.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

How much was the custom Waterloop? I plan on building a pc almost like this one. Also I noticed you don’t have an exhaust fan

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I spent around $800-900 on water cooling parts alone. I think it was over $250 just on fittings alone.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

How easy was it to fit all the custom water cooling into it and do you reckon it is possible to do hardline tubing for I am thinking of doing something similar someday.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

It took quite a while of effort to get everything fitted. Using hard tubing will definitely be recommended as you won't need to purchase a tonne of 45° and 90° fittings

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the reply will take into consideration

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, How did you mount the pump to the cable cover?

I am planing on doing something very similar using the H200 and EKWBs new A240G Aluminum kit, I currently have the case and water-cooling kit which includes a pump/res like the one in your build but cant figure out how to go about mounting it. My original plan was to mount it in the basement but after mounting the radiator and fans there just wasn't enough space.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the EK-Res X3 holder which bolts to the slot cutout already on the cable cover.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I saw those but was unsure if they would work.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi.

Nice build.

don't know why NZXT coudnt allow 280MM rad's to fit in the front

It can fit but only with fans in the front. I installed Alphacool Nexxxos XT45 280 radiator with 140 mm fans. Radiator fits tightly in case, there is only 1-2 mm clearance from the top and the bottom of case. Although it was very inconvenient to install.

I'm going to make custom loop based on D5 pump in this case.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck with fitting a D5 in there haha. Even with this tiny pump+res combo I'm using there is barely any room to spare.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Delta PSU in that build. Hm...

Not sure about it. But in prebuilt markets or whatever they're great, so I guess why not?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

What pump/res combo is this? Looking to custom loop my H200

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Looks to be the EK XRES-100 SPC-60.