Always wanted to do a computer build, and finally got the time to.
This is a build that has evolved over the past 2 years from a Z97 build with a G3258 to a 4790K, and finally to an X99 with 5820K. It has also evolved from an air-cooled system to fully water-cooled.
It has been quite a learning experience, the Ncase M1 is simply brilliant. Its very adaptable and the removable panels come in handy for all sorts of mods. I originally made some inlet and outlet ducting for the GPU to guide it out of some milled slots on the front of the case. Since going water-cooled, I've managed to fit all 3 EKWB Coolstream 240 radiators into this build: SE 240, XE 240 and PE 240 (as a Predator 240). Mostly it has been fun to tinker, and to mod. Next steps will be sorting out the cabling from the PSU.
Current setup is: Predator >>> CPU >>> SE240 >>> GPU >>> XE240 >>> Predator
The SE 240 sits on the bottom with some Slim Scythe 2000RPM fans. The Asrock board recognises non-PWM fans and so it can still profile them for reduced noise. I have also installed the Lian-Li SD-04B feet to give a bit more clearance for the air inflow. I doubt they actually do anything, especially given that the outflow is equally blocked by the GPU. I have previously shown that modifying the SE radiator fin spacing can yield a couple degrees of improvement, this would be a more significant change than the new feet. The fans are fed from the worst-placed mobo fan header on the planet. I had to mod a fan splitter to be able to access it under the PCIe clip. The Ncase frame also took a hit: one of the mini-DTX standoffs was removed to allow the SE240 to sit better with the GPU angled fittings
The XE 240 sits on the side bracket and is fed by an F4-120ER and an FF5-120. More than enough to overcome the resistance of this 60mm thick rad at higher RPM. At 85mm total thickness, the rad contacts the PSU, so the fan there acts to help pull air though which is then ducted up. The hose from CPU >>> SE240 fits under the PSU to allow easier installation of the radiator.
The Predator has been upgraded to push/pull and is on top of the case. It is mounted on rubber stand-offs to decouple vibration, prevent the fans from rubbing on the case and also help to ensure it gets some fresh air. The top panel has seen a lot of mods for the hoses and better routing of the power and PWM cables. These were CNC milled so that parts lined up properly.
The pass-though internal power cable has been modified to prevent interference with the rest of the hoses. This was inspired by: https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/black-copper-ncase-m1.1313/page-2#post-28171
This is still not finished. PSU cables need some shortening, and I will probably re-do the water-cooling hoses for better fitment, but I had to post something eventually. I will also post a few more images when its not looking like a gutted animal.
Edit 1 Anyone wondering why I didn't just get a bigger case: I didn't plan to do this originally. But given the option to start over again, I would make the same choice. Much more interesting to make something original/different than just install bits in a bigger case. You gots to have a bit of a challenge.