Description

I wanted to build what is to be primarily a gaming computer with additional multi-tasking and remote workstation functionality. I decided what I wanted was a 'Silent Performance' build with a smaller footprint but still have room to grow.. The Phanteks Enthoo Pro M SE really caught my eye. I love the black and white aesthetic. The cooling potential was fantastic with 140mm fans to move a lot of air at lower RPMs.

I always loved these MSI Pro Carbon boards when I was looking at AMD. When I decided to go to Intel it just seemed to fit that the MSI Z390 MPG Gaming Pro Carbon had all the features I was looking for in mid-tier boards. I wanted to eventually build a three monitor setup so Freesync and EyeFinity support seemed like a good idea, so I went with an MSI Vega 64 AB 8G OC. Yeah I know I could have OC'd a 56 but I got a good deal on this under $400 with free games. (Keep in mind this was 6 months ago now) Now I have been happy with MSI products so far so I began figuring this into the theme of my build.

I have to admit that I was going to do a dual AIO set-up for cooling, but it would have required some modding for the Vega 64. However, I decided that I am wanted to take a swing at a custom cooling loop this time. By accident I wound up with (2x) HWLabs Black Ice Nemesis 280GTS XFLOW Black Carbon Radiators (instead of the (1) I intended to order). The Crossflow radiators turned out to be great help in keeping tubing runs to a minimum.

I also successfully turned my Push only top mounted radiator into a full Push/Pull configuration by mounting two thin Prolimatec​h 140mm Ul​tra Sleek ​Vortex Hig​h Performa​nce Fan fans up in the space above the radiator bracket. This case now has NINE 140mm fans: 4x Push/Pull on front in Intake / 4x Push/Pull on top on exhaust / 1x Intake on Rear. And the top radiator bracket can still be removed for service. .

All fans are running on the same curve with a net overall effect of the case being slightly over pressure. I filled in the space around the top mounted slim fans with foam insulation to better direct the airflow. The rest of the case was then sealed up where possible. I am using an Aquaero LT 6 controller to control the fans based on the temp diff between the average water temp and ambient. I hope to add a flow sensor soon.

I did some neat stuff with Acrylic involving my lighting. I always liked to sue diffused lighting where possible as I never really liked raw LEDs searing your eyes. I had to play around with different thicknesses and opacity to get the effect I wanted. I had to bend the PSU cover twice. Buy a sampling pack from the manufacturer before committing to a whole sheet.

Currently running on two monitors only. Picture is fantastic, watched GOT 8.3 and adjusted resolution to see battle really well. Planning on getting the third in a month or two.

Overall I am extremely happy with the end result. The white and black inside the case allows me to use the RGB for a very nice effect. I find the lighting very therapeutic and relaxing. No unicorn vomit. The MSI Mystic Light on the Pro Carbon board allows me a lot of control with one header for 5v RGB and two headers for 12v RGB. I also have an unused Corsair RGB header. I can control the RAM and Mobo separately from the headers.

The power in this case is amazing. I can't wait until I have time to start benchmarking and playing around with the OC. I hate to admit it but I am just learning how to game with a keyboard. I was used to a really old game pad that Win 10 does not even recognize. I have not really been able to 'stretch out my legs' with some good games.

Now I just gotta make some time to PLAY on it and see what this C8r is really capable of...

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Awesome board to work with. SO MANY HEADERS. If I didn't already have the Aquaero I could have easily handled all nine of my fans through the board. I had two USB 3.0 headers and one USB 3.1 type C on the board which was in addition to the same number of USB channels on the back I/O. 2 USB 2.0 headers for your 'other' devices. Four RGB headers. There's no real problem with sizing for the I/O shield as my 140mm fan was right next to it.

First board I had worked at first but died after I had a working leak free loop. ARGH! However, MSI came through on the RMA and I had a new board in two weeks. Very easy to work with.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah yes... The smell of a possible feature. (please feature)

Very nice!

+1

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks amazing the white on blue looks great a +1 from me

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

No unicorn vomit.

I fell in love with this. Stunning work! I admire the passion for detail here because there are a lot of them! Slim fans, sealing... you named them! I consider not going for rainbows a detail aswell #asthetics

The space is perfectly used whilst providing enough airflow. Did you tested the system without the push/pull fans? Do they add any hearable sound? Those temps...are they even real? Hahahah whats was your load at these temps?

Buying parts used definetly helps the budget - I went that road aswell.

Congrats again! The passion in this machine is high aswell the pleasure it gives when you will be using it.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank You. I did not test the rads in push-pull. The front was always going to be p-p, but top rad was inspired by a 'what if' moment. I like modding for the sake of modding. As for the load I found calculations on line the system that show that Black Ice radiators (in p-p) should be able to remove 400 watts worth of heat at max rpms on my fans. Once I start bench marking I will get a better idea how much load it can handle. But the case is really quiet. My fan curves start at 35% and I have only seen them go up to 50% so far. The Deepcool CF140s turned out to be a good choice as they are really quiet and loaded with a bunch of LEDs, and were half the price of Corsair ML140's.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

My results with only push or pull were good enough, so I never did push or pull... Love your modding!

The rad gets the job done, I supose? A friend of mine got a deepcool rad aswell and was very satisfied! I look forward forthe upcoming chromax nf-a12x25 by noctua, because its perance is just incedible. But it will look so much better in black. I also let em run until 50% because it is enough and they stay quiet af. I am glad to hear, that I can give deepcool again some props for their product.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and clean! +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

i must say it is interesting to put a support bracket on a watercooled gpu. Did you do this for aesthetic purposes?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it is the MSI dragon and it matches the GPU backplate and the SSD covers. I got them on sale at V1 mods when they were eliminating their old stock. Almost half off or I would not have popped on them.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

(Update) I have removed that bracket. Looks better that way.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this! AMAZING +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing water cooled build, good job.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the rgb glow. Nice work! +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

where's the soda? I thought the point of a carbonator was to carbonate liquid.

just kidding.

great build!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build. Love the lighting, great pics, deserves a feature!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your comments so far everyone. I really worked hard on this and I value the respect of this community. This site rocks.