Description

This is a variation of our MARS mini ITX system that was requested from us for Cpu magazine. They posted ot on a 4 page spread in last months issue and online at the following link: http://www.computerpoweruser.com/article/18963/aion-mars

As the article describes, my goal in building the MARS was to make a small form factor PC without sacrificing power. It can handle full size video cards and even support water cooling thanks to the amazing case from Phanteks! I chose to use the MSI 980ti because its a reference PCB and is very easy to watercool. If you haven't done water cooling or are looking into it, I cannot stress the quality of EKWB products enough. They're products work and look amazing.

If you like what the system you can always create and customize your own at http://www.aion-pc.com/

Thank you all!

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Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 5 points

A magnificent work of art. It is an amazing and a beautiful build Aion. No words can describe it enough.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Eltech that really means a lot!

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Fantastic build as usual.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely beautiful build, I love the Evolv itx and matx variants and the loop looks great

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you. Phanteks really outdid themselves on the whole Evolv lineup such great cases.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this. I always look forward to seeing your work on here; all of your builds are super clean and aesthetically pleasing. Just wanted to commend you on a job well done.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Your builds are always the best.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing build. My friend. Im not a fan of soft tubing when it comes to water cooling because for me personally it never looks that great (I'm a hard tubing guy) but my god you made that soft tubing look absolutely stunning. You gave love to that tubing didn't you? ;)

On a serious note, the run looks efficient and i think you did VERY well. This indicates to me you know what you're doing and you're bloody good at it! Amazing how all that is squeezed into that tiny case. I didn't you did AMAZINGLY well. I cannot say it enough. On a side note though, your parts selection is once again amazing. I pretty much wouldn't change a thing here. Consistent, great parts, nothing more to say. Water cooling parts are always subject but I'm happy to see you stuck with EK here, great stuff.

Congrats mate! Hope to see some more amazing work here.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man and yes I'm normally a hard tube guy myself too, but shipping it is a nightmare.... way too many bad stories to tell. Soft tube can look good but it definitely takes more effort. Lots of trial and error lol but again thanks for the comment.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely love it!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

wow i just built a system and it stayed under 3k wow

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

How come you chose to use ThermalTake's ripoff fans of Corsair's fans or just get an LED.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hotnesssssssssssssss!!!!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfection. Wish i could afford a custom loop, really looks good.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

those pics tho +1 really liked the build (and those pictures) ;)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Always... Always... Always...

Such great machines! Amazing colors, and always inspiring when I see these builds! +1 from me as always!

If you didn't notice, I said always six times ;)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL thanks! If you come to PAX SOUTH we will have all the machines on exhibit and playable.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds awesome! If I can make it I'll be sure to check it out!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

question would a fully watercooled build be ok to travel for like local lan partys. love the build

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

absolutely! I take em all the time.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

So where's the motherboard in the parts listing ? It's not apparent in the pictures or listed on the part list.

I can see it's Gigabyte but the part model number '...GA-Z170N...'? Is this the GA-Z170N-WIFI (rev. 1.0)?

Sweet looking build by the way. I was hoping to build something like this myself for my first tiny powerful build of this decade.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The board is listed in the custom area on the bottom of the list as when I created this list it wasnt on here yet.

Thanks man, itx has really improved!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for that. I didn't realise it would be down there with that stuff.

Do you or anyone that reads this know of any places that will be helpful for custom water block and loop manufacture? I know you guys deal with pre-manufactured components like EKWB but I was wondering if there are any resources like web sites or forums that deal with small scale CAD/CNC/CAM for hobbyist PC case designers that want to make everything from the ground up.

I'm ideally looking to create completely bespoke cases, cables and loops (initially in CAD software and then physically with the help of CAM) and I'm quite dedicated in that respect. What I need really is somewhere to start discovering different types of computer aided manufacturing hardware that doesn't take up too much room. I have a small cellar! 3D printers are great but that's not the kind of thing I'm looking for as I'm looking for more robust solutions like hobbyist CNC milling machines that cut parts from single solid blocks of material and cutting machines that can cut (and maybe bend?) medium sized sheets of metal for things like side panels, perforated grilles and motherboard trays.

Any pointers to useful information would be really appreciated :-)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

First build help! Can you help me out with the white cable sleeves? Where did you purchase them? How do you go about resleeving things? Also, the water cooling kit comes with matte black tubes. Is that what you used for the build?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! Honestly, if you've never done custom sleeving EVGA makes great sets that are compatible with their PSU's for around $100. I replaced the tubes with the clear tubing and changed the coolant to the EVO UV Blue as it comes with clear stock.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry been on vacation... 1m is way more than enough!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. Happy holidays

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Are these the sets you are referring to? http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=100-CW-1300-B9

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

absolutely!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Killin it! Sweet build +3

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi ,really nice/clean/aesthetic build.

I have same case and two 240 SE radiator from EKWB, I still have to order pump/reservoir. I was wondering what you use to adapt pump fittings to the phanteks multifunctional mid plate.

Also could you explain how you fill/drain the loop?

thanks in advance

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello,

Thank you for your kind words.

I drilled out the holes for the DCP pump/res from ek and mounted it using its included mounting plate to the top of the vga cover. You can fill normally (from top of the res) using some extra tube and a funnel.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

beautiful <3

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

n1

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  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks man lol I was wondering where you were! Awesome thread and its truly an honor. I've got some new things up my sleeve so stay posted.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point
  • the reservoir size doesn't matter, it just holds water
  • 2x140 for cpu? 1x140 for gpu? what if like this build, the person is using a 240 rad? 0x140 mm fans. and the gpu has more heat to dissipate so this statement from Jay is dumb to say the least. ever see the 295X2 with it's 120 rad for two hawaii gpus ot the evga hybrid with it's 120 rad for the 980ti? a 240 rad is the minimum I'd suggest, but it is perfectly fine for any cpu/single gpu loop.
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

he actually misquoted jay in this comment. jay recommended a 240 or 280 for the GPU and a 120 or 140 AT LEAST. He said that was the minimum he does.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I see. that's what I'd do for a min9imum as well. you can get fine results with just a 240 or 280 rad, but I'd go for 3x120 rad surface area at least.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

also, there is not much change going from, lets say, a 30mm or 45mm thickness rad, cooling wise. there is a couple degree change at the most and I find slim rads look much more appealing in small itx builds like this. this is a nice build and everything, but i just think that rad is a bit to big for this case. makes it look cramped. could have easily added a 120 or 240 slim rad in the front for more surface area.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

imo in the evolv itx is personally always recommend 30mm thick 240 rads. even if you do two of them, one in top and one in front, that's what I always recommend because of the available space.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That's his personal preference. The minimum rule is 120mm rad per component, if you can fit more then you will yield a little better results. With a loop this short a 240mm is more than fine.