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Hi - so this is my first custom loop build in a mini ITX case - and right now I've vowed to never work in such a small enclosure again!!! Although looking at the result I can say that it has been worth the pain and effort. Its my second hardline build, but this time I wanted to use connectors instead of bending any of the tubing - a great idea until you realise how quickly the cost escalates. So I built it up using a boxfish res and a ton of fittings and some EK navy blue fluid, then was watching some modding on YouTube one day and saw guys building custom water channels - so back to the drawing board I went, designed both waterchannels and got them built - so happy with the result, oh and also threw in some new EK solid electric purple fluid to make it really pop. I use the pc mainly for gaming, temps arent great with a single 240 cooling my components - maybe I need to squeeze another rad in there.

Anyway, hope you guys like it and thanks for checking it out.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 6 points

Love the colour and fittings. Perfectly executed +2

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you appreciate the feedback

  • 9 months ago
  • 5 points

This might be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen and Ive seen a B-2 come in overhead for a landing. MAJOR props

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Heard that, Good ol Knob Noster

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

now that is impressive!! thank you for the great comment, glad to see my efforts paying off with how everyone is receiving this

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks absolutely gorgeous, love that purple color. +1

also smell a feature..

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks man yeah I originally had just the EKWB cryofuel navy blue, until I saw their 'solid' colors...with the electric purple really catching my eye....was also looking for a fluid that hopefully wouldnt clog up my blocks...will see how it goes :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, what an absolutely stunning build! This is goosebumps good. Just nailed it with every detail.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much. Its weird Im already trying to think what else I can do to it now that its complete...

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Put in a barrowch oled digital water temp display. I love mine, looks great and let's you how quickly temps are changing.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

ill go check them out thx

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

.... feature?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice work. Good layout and design. +2

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you:)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful!!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you appreciate your feedback I'm happy you like it :) :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, quick question. How do you have your reservoir hooked up as far as rbg sync.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

LOOKS GREAT! +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the positive feedback appreciate it

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful.

Thumbs up.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you for the like :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks amazing, congrats! Well done. +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks appreciate it:) I even surprised myself with the photos I took ;p

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

The fotos are great, indeed. Congrats on the feature! :D

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you, appreciate it:)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Sexy AF!

+1

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the vote and feedback :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is the prettiest thing i have ever seen, and you got a full custom water loop inside of this tiny footprint which is amazing and huge props to you for that. Quick question though, why would you build a $3,900 system, with only a 7600K? the 8600K is cheaper than it right now, but i would think a 8700K for a roughly $4000 system. but its beautiful and +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man for the great comments.. At times the most frustrating thing ever to build in such a small space. The components are actually from a pc that I've had for about 1.5 years. It was just recently that I decided to buy a new itx case and watercool it, otherwise yeah if I was sourcing everything from scratch would have definitely gone 8/9 gen:)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i see. Can't wait to see your new water cooled build!! ITX cases are SOOOOOOO hard to work with even for just cable management, and you not only have a water loop, but a hardline waterloop, and not only that but its beautiful. if i were to see some of these pics without knowing it was an ITX case, i would've thought it was a mid-tower for sure because of how nice you made it look!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

:) yeah they are, not sure how I crammed everything in, but the lian-li case is really cool to work in, I also chose it as it has a separate compartment where you can hide lots of things that dont necessarily look great....appreciate the comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats sick. :) cant wait for more work from you :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

What is that large flat piece in the back right of the case with the ROG logo on it? +1

Edit: I missed the part where it said it was a custom made piece. How did you design it, how much did it cost to make, and what is the purpose? Is it a reservoir or what?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I've added 2 more pics of what the designs look like. I used a program called Autodesk Fusion 360. Its mainly for looks and good use of space, I made it to replace a res (there is a fillport right at the top), its also useful to have if you have limited space as that channel contains a res, flow channel to pump, flow from pump to cpu and flow from gpu to rad all in one piece. You can take a design to most CNC companies and they would quote and manufacture for you. It cost the equivalent of about $220 for both the channels (the one that joins the cpu and gpu + the big one with the rog logo). Thanks for the +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info, this build is really going to influence my planned build. I was doing a custom watercooled build in the Louqe Ghost S1 with dual top hats and I was having trouble finding a reservoir and I have decided to use a waterchannel. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it and really like this build

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool glad I could help out. Good luck with the build

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazing. How much of a struggle was the build?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think I've ever cursed so much in such a short space of time in my entire life...jokes aside its tricky working in the section behind the motherboard tray (where the psu goes) as I've got all the cables there, some watercooling tubing as well as a D5 pump + rgb controller + fan cnotroller. Otherwise in the main compartment it was a struggle to fit the big waterchannel as I had to line up the connection from the GPU, plus the in/out from the rad and with the waterchannel only just fitting into the case made this a challenge as those hardline tubes dont bend:)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

woah that resovoir is sick!!! i also like the backplate on that 1080 ti. builds like these never disappoint. congrats on the feature my dude

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

ah awesome thank you!!! I didnt even realise the feature thats so cool. Thanks for the comments appreciate it

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks excellent, I love the backplate on your GPU, not the biggest fan of purple in builds but I love how it looks here!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man, yeah I wasnt sure about it either initially, was gonna go for a white fluid with red lighting, but thought I'd give this a try and it turned out well I think:)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

purple rain, it killed my brain, gazing with mischief and wonder how could someone commit such a blunder of not having rgb thermal paste

Sigh... +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

haha lol nice thank you

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

that was weird, lol. NICE BUILD

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

From a purely aesthetic standpoint, I love it. It takes be back to the black-lit glow of the arcades of my youth in the 1980s.
Nice work!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks for the comments appreciate it!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet mother of mercy... I would like to own a pc lookin' like this even if it had dual core pentium and gt 9800 inside. Well done sir... Hate too admit but i am a bit jelly cos of this. :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for that, glad you like it so much:)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Were those reservoirs home made?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

ummm...home designed using Autodesk Fusion 360, but built by a CNC company

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty build...I love the all-fittings design, and the purple was a great choice, very sharp.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you for the positive feedback:)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks super sweet! Keep up the good work! Check out my purple build as well!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks for the comments - i'll go take a look at your handy work as well :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

AMAZING!!!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Chocola- oh - PURPLE RAIN

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

:):):)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and I like the custom water channels. Am I right in thinking that your flow goes from your CPU, to the channel at the front only to pop out the back almost straight away ... through your pump (we need pictures!) and then back into your front water channel on the opposite side of your drain port?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man - its actually running the other way around - so from the res/channel on the far right, then into the back of the case into the pump, then from pump to cpu, from cpu through channel to gpu, from gpu up into rad, from rad back down into left most channel - i'll take some pics of the behind the scenes:)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh ... I see. So the left channel is (sort of) your reservoir.

And YES PLS re pics.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry I meant from rad back into right most channel (the one with the rog logo - that also acts as the reservoir) - I've added 2 more pics of the other side with the pump

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

One of the coolest looking builds I have seen. I can imagine it was horrible to construct. But wow! Great job.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

hehe yeah but seems to be worth it in the end :) thanks for the feedback

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

distribution plates ftw

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

AGREED!!! thanks for the like

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice work. Really.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Great work. Super clean build.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you:)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Breathtaking. Amazing work.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you kind sir

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Great ITX build! I for one am addicted to watercooling small builds because of the challenge :)

If I might recommend something that may help add more radiators to your loop, XSPC released some super slim radiators called their TX series and they definitely come in handy for small watercooled builds. They perform pretty well for being only 20mm thick and if you slap a slim 15mm fan on them that's only 35mm of space taken up.

Kudos for 3D modeling your own directional water blocks. What program is that? Fusion 360?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man - I was just recently looking into super slim radiators as EK doesnt do one thin enough to fit under the gpu and also have fans (there is only about 42mm of space for me to play with under the gpu)...I'll take a look at the xspc ones. Yip it was modeled in fusion 360

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I used XSPC TX120 and TX240 in my ITX build. Amazing little rads.

Can really see them to well but that's the point right? https://pcpartpicker.com/b/nQNQzy

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

wow you have some awesome builds man, been checking them out!!!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Did you see the OLED water temp sensor?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I had a look at your build and also the link you sent it does look nice.... Not sure at the moment where to incorporate it into the loop

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

just wow! blown away.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man appreciate it

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

The thirty dollar mouse made my day, lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

hahaha:) I try

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

This might be the single best build I've seen on here. Any chance I could commission you to make duplicate distribution plates?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comments glad you like it... Are you looking to build in the same case?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a build currently using the Q37. I'm always looking for an oppurtunity to improve it though.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I can send you the . Step files and then you could get them manufactured if you like

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it! Im learning Fusion now hhaha

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

lol nice one:)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, me like dis

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

:) thank you

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

np

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

this turned out amazing. +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you appreciate it

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

This is fricken awesome, I love all of the custom work. Good job! :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man. Glad it turned out this way after rebuilding it for the second time in 2 months :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the sexiest set up I've ever seen. Good work!!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks appreciate the feedback:)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I second temps aren’t the best with just on 240 rad so I put 2 although second is passive. Considering using the new xspc tx240 as that’s only 20.5mm thick and have fans installed.

Awesome blocks. I designed some but never got to having them made.

Orient fans to pull cool air from the top, temps will be better.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah thx a few have mentioned that rad, i've had a look and now starting to plan version 2.0 :)....my wife is gonna kill me

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, #FutureProofingIsAMyth

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this is absolutely beautiful! I defiantly couldn't do something like that. Plus, nice photos very clear!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man, I thought I couldn't either, my previous watercooled builds were awful to look at...I think if you have some motivation, have it planned out then you can definitely:)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you maxing out with 180 fps on that display?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

surprisingly not there are even scenes in battlefield 1 where it dips down into the 60s :(

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Brilliant! What types of cables did you use? they are so Clean!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you!!! they are custom cablemod extension cables

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Cleanest, most attractive loop i've seen so far.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you that's great to hear

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

hey mate love this build im currently doing a custom loop in the same case but wondering if im able to send you a pm and ask you a few questions

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man yeah sure you can.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Just like to know how thick the distribution plate is as I'm not able to pre fit my parts atm so not able to see how much clearance I have between the GPU and back of the case

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

its 20mm in total, 2 x 10mm pieces put together

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thank you I'm really struggling to work out my loop order since 8m watercooling the ram and have another 240 rad on the bottom

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Just found your build, and it looks absolutely stunning. I really love the distribution plates. They truly look amazing.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you appreciate it!!:)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

One day I would love to build my own custom loop, but for now I'm stuck with my stock cooler.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I could make such a great PC

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

What is that Geforce 1080 Ti plate? Is that a GPU block and where did you get that? Is it purely custom made?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

The GPU block is an EK block for a reference 1080ti. The backplate was an acrylic custom design and build

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build Its really stunning, my only question is why did you opt for a i5 when you have components like an 1080 ti? Unless its overclocked I would think it would hold your PC back. Just asking no hate. +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. Yeah it was components that I had from a previous build the only new stuff was all the watercooling... Would have loved to upgrade some of the components as well but way too pricey :)

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Completely understand, sorry for intruding. This is coming from the guy with the 500 dollar setup.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely gorgeous!!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you send me this custom water channels file?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I had a job #14 (don't worry) really nice build m8 +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Only one word

FEATURE

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey, after 8 months hows the ek coolant going for you?

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

There should be a more exclusive area above feature for builds like this. So well built. Good job man ;D +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

wow thank you, makes all the effort worth it for a comment like this. I'm glad you like how it turned out...I actually had it built up in the same case with a boxfish res, but then decided to try something different with the custom designed water channels and so happy I did based on the outcome and feedback

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

FEATURED :)))

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

woohoo:) thanks man

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

It looks amazing, but you bottlenecked your gpu. A core i5 isn’t supposed to be with a high end gtx 1080 ti. But the build itself looks great

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah agree the components I've used are from my previous pc and that's all I could afford at the time... And now I've spent all my upgrade money on watercooling lol

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I5-7600k is not going to bottleneck a GTX 1080ti. Plenty of benchmarks have shown you have to pretty much go all the way back to Sandy Bridge to begin seeing CPUs starting to show signs of bottlenecking. Also, a GTX 1080 TI is a waste for 1080p gaming....and once you move to 1440p or higher gaming, even Sandy Bridge is fine. I5's are perfectly fine for gaming, as still a very limited number of games make use of more than 4/6 cores in games.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd love to upgrade to a 34 inch 4k panel or something more than I have now.... :)

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  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

if only I didnt spend all my money on fittings:(

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  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks - yeah that's actually a good point I'll look into removing some of them to clean it up

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  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comments. Yeah there are builds where guys also do another 240 in the base... I guess I could have but would have had to rethink the layout a bit... Temps aren't great with just one rad:(... Maybe that's my next update:)... Fittings add up soooooo quickly

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  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, yeah good point - It was a struggle building it the way I have it given the limited space you have to work in. For now I'm fine with the temps. Thx for the positive comments

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