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Edit: Had to poop so I ended it short, I had more to say :)

Finally finished my first watercooled build! The main components were purchased/received in April. Fine tuning and waiting for the Barrow fittings from China took 5ever... This is also during the time the gtx 1080 were dropping in price with the arrival of the 1080ti. I found a great deal on a 2nd hand EVGA 1080 FE for $400!

My previous build was on a NZXT Phantom 630 (which had alot of dead space). So I wanted to downsize yet pack a punch. Decided on the Fractal Design Nano S for its simplicity and ample space for a full custom loop. I got my inspiration + research from a fellow member zjackrabbit.

I will be using it for web design/development, graphic work, 21:9 1440p gaming, and of course excel on a ultrawide!

Over the years my tastes matured so I grew out of the 1337 + RGB look (nothing wrong with it!). Wanted to keep things classy and unique so I went to pinterest for some inspiration. No board in particular but my general feed gave me some ideas. I've noticed the past couple years marble surfaces have been on the rise so I decided to purchase some vinyl from amazon here.

Before going with the white marble vinyl I knew I wanted to have a drastic contrast inside the case. So I plastidipped the entire interior matte white. The reservoir caps were sprayed too. Prep once paint once!

The PSU + GPU backplate had the largest visable surface area so decided to wrap them with the vinyl. Went the extra step and made cutouts for the cable connectors. Ensourced conveniently carried a grey striped paracoard which matched the marble pattern REALLY well.

I under estimated the costs of a custom loop so I decided to go with Barrow fittings from Aliexpress. Reviews say they are pretty much unbranded bitspower fittings for a fraction of the cost. However shipping took a little over a month.

Test fit was a breeze and the bends we're actually pretty fun to do. Purchased the Thermaltake bending kit for the mandrels (a lifesaver). I thought the drastic curves contrasted the rigid look the marble provided. As for fluids, my inner 1337 n3rd wanted to go UV green or aurora. But came to my senses and went for pastel grey. EK Pastel white with Mayhem's emerald green + red dye (10:1 respectively) gave me the results I wanted. Prepped the rads with Mayhem's part 1 to ensure all the gunk got out because PASTEL.

I attempted to film the initial fill but forgot to hit record TT

Dialed in the OC to 4.8ghz @ 1.37v (definitely did not win silicon lottery...) with temps hitting 93C. Waiting to purchase a delid kit to apply one of the liquid metal pastes. The 1080 handled +140mhz Core and +400 Memory temps do not exceed 55C.

Overall a long tedious journey, but it was highly rewarding~

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Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Alright.......The ONLY thing I would change in this build is finding a way to get a magnetic dust filter for the top vent. VERY nice build. Obviously well thought out, how you fill your loop, the 2 way split and valve on the bottom to drain your loop for maintenance, custom cables, part selection to fit build aesthetics. The marble look on the PSU also adds to the build quite well. All that in an ITX form factor, desk space rejoice.

I would give this build +10 if I could but PCPartPicker limits my upvote to 1, dangit........

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

My cat's hair have been settling on the top when the pc wasnt in use. So yes you're right a dust filter would top it off. Was considering just covering the top with fractal's cover but it seems like a nuisance.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll give that a shot! PS. nice pics :)

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The reason for a dust filter on top is when you have the PC turned off and there is no air flow. Dust settles down and will get in the case from the top with no dust filter. A DYI project of strip magnets and a dust filter screen may solve that for little cost.

The new Define C and mini C comes with the top dust filters now and the arc mini r2 that I have also has a top dust filter built in so it's not with every case they have.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Marvelous!

Haha... get it?

Very very nice build!!! 1+! i really like the custom work!!!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha thank you! Renamed with a little twist ;)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

:D

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely love the build. The cables and the power supply skin go very well together. +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, very clean! Those wraps are awesome.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the kind of build I expect to be featured. You did an absolutely fantastic job

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I smell a featured... Great Build, 1+ well deserved. Loved that Marble theme.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous build. Love the subtle gray. Shame about the CPU temps but I'm sure the delid will help.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

if this isn't featured, i may lose my ****.

jk, but definitely worth a feature.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Was I the only one that thought OP had a curved monitor in picture 3?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

It is actually a curved monitor lol. The portrait on the left is not.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I knew that!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Feature!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, u need a building career, this is mint asf

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That would be an interesting path not even sure where to start lol

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

im guessing you like marble XD

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I like sleeping on it too ;)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

&12 Marvelous!

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope my initial test boot was successful. Just curious why you ask? Do you have the same components?

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! You'd be surprised at all the new wrap offerings nowadays

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Once i get my hands on a better camera will post new pics

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