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Nevermore MkII --2017 Revision DIYPC Silence-BK-Window

by Ravenwolf

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28 Comments

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Details

Date Published

Feb. 4, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 27, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

47.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.102 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

Background: When I built the original Nevermore, I knew that I would want to mess around and revise it. Let's face it, building computers is an addiction for many of us and we NEED to feed it. Instead of just draining and re-filling the loop as part of maintenance, I put an air cooler on it while I pondered what I wanted to do next.

The air cooler was quiet, yet I was used to near silence, so that hum began to annoy me. My thought was to find an inexpensive quiet case to temporarily house my air-cooled system, while I messed around with the Phanteks case. I came across the DIYPC Silence-BK-Window and thought it would fit the bill nicely...looked nice, silent case, inexpensive...done and done. Yeah...suuure.

While examining the case, I came across the break-off pieces covering the 5.25" bays. One was your regular bend off and toss piece, yet the other was different...the thing had fan attachment cutouts for some reason. So, I pulled up the specs on Newegg and under features it says "Water cooling ready - top or front can fit 240mm water cooling." Then under Overview, it reads "Supports up to 280mm water cooling front." Nothing about 360mm...Welp...sounds like a challenge to me...

And with that, the idea for Nevermore MkII was born.

Notes:

  1. Yes, I could have just purchased a 360mm AIO liquid cooler and done a lot less work. However, a big part of the fun for me is modding. I enjoy the challenges, overcoming obstacles, trying new things...to me it is blast.

  2. How come you didn't watercool the GPU? This build is only utilizing a single 360mm radiator and will be cooling a Haswell-e, which produce more heat. Once the CPU is overclocked, I would not be comfortable with that single rad trying to cool both components. Additionally, I like the look of the stock EVGA card with the LED, and wanted to have it be a compliment to the aesthetics of the build.

  3. The system has been up and running for about a week now and is doing well. It is virtually silent and temps are great.

While I hear it is upcoming (woohoo!), PCPP does not have a work log section yet. But, For my fellow PCPP'ers who are interested in the build process, I put one together and you can read it here.

Thank You for taking the time to have a look, and feel free to ask any questions. As always, I will do my best to answer them.

Part Reviews

Case

Fantastic silent case for the money. Actual soundproofing material is used, instead of cheap foam. Even in stock form, there is plenty of space for cable management and it was easy to work in it. Minor con is that the paint on the PCI-e covers is not the best. It did flake a little, yet that was rectified by sanding and re-painting them. They come white, but I chose to make them black. DIYPC did a nice job on this one and am very pleased with it overall.

Power Supply

Sleek looking and excellent PSU. Fully modular which makes cable management easier. Size was perfect for my build. It has ECO mode, yet even with the fan running, it is incredibly quiet in my opinion.

Other

Purchased this awhile back when I found it for a decent amount. Simple to install and creates a nice clean look for the system. I do not think I would pay full price for one, but not bad if you can find it on sale.

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Ethan.Reed02 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Great build, hut how come the gpu is in the second slot

Ravenwolf submitter 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Thank you.

On this motherboard, the slots are all PCIe 3.0 x16, so it does not matter which one I use. I chose to put it in the second slot for a couple of reasons. First, I liked the way it looked better than in the first slot. Secondly, when it is in the first slot, the CMOS battery and RAM are more difficult to access. If there is an issue where I need to re-seat and/or change them, having the card in the second slot makes it easier.

Ethan.Reed02 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Oh okay, your right it does look good and certainly unique. +1 on part choice

Ravenwolf submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

With it in the first slot, the build looked "top-heavy," in addition to, the access issues. Second slot helped balance the look out...aesthetic. Happy to answer and appreciate the comments.

leooooo 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

That's cleeeeannn build!!!!

Ravenwolf submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thank you very much for having a look and compliment:)

esk02k 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Very good job, I made it through all your pics. Nice use of carbon fibre and very clean pipe work. Well done.

Ravenwolf submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I appreciate that, thank you.

Yahtadi 1 point 25 months ago

What a stunning mod job!

Ravenwolf submitter 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

I looovvee modding...learn more with each new build. Thank you.

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Such a nice mod! Too bad you didn't put the gpu also under liquid :) At first I thought the top cover was for another radiator, it took me quite a while to figure it out.

Very well done anyway, especially how the bottom and side covers are cut and placed precisely.

Ravenwolf submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks for your compliment!

Too bad you didn't put the gpu also under liquid :) At first I thought the top cover was for another radiator

This build was also to test new ideas and you are dead on with the top cover. The design and size of it was to allow for another radiator on top, which may happen later on this to add space if I want to put the GPU block back on. Yet, I may take the ideas from this build and apply them to a future one, either another revision or a fresh build.

Duncan034 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Oooooh, someone's using the EVGA cable passthrough! I like it!

How was the custom looping? I'm always a little frightened to begin.

Ravenwolf submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

The EVGA Powerlink is pretty slick...I think it does a wonderful job of keeping a clean build and giving options for cable management.

How was the custom looping? I'm always a little frightened to begin.

Having done it before, it was easy this time as I knew what to expect and what to look for. I was a bit scared too, yet I took the plunge and am happy with it. When you do it, you just have to take your time and if you get stuck...stop...then look online for an answer.

It really is not that difficult. The main things are to: make sure you chamfer the tube edges so they do not tear the inner o-rings, push the tube all the way into the fitting, and make sure your fittings are tight.

new_kojak 1 point 25 months ago

I smell a feature coming soon??

Ravenwolf submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks, but not this time. There were a lot of good builds for the staff to choose from these past few days, and hanzala29 did an excellent job with Masterbeast.

DanThePCMan007 1 point 25 months ago

Very nice mate, well done! +1 For everything

Ravenwolf submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thank you very much:)

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 25 months ago

Wasn't expecting you to use this case, thought you'd stick with the Phanteks. +1 :)

Ravenwolf submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Original plan was to use it short-term, while I re-worked the Phanteks. But, I am happy with how it turned out and will keep it this way for the near future. Gives me plenty of time to come up with ideas on the next revision.

+1 :)

Thank you:)

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 25 months ago

No problem, kinda like the way it looks with the external radiator.

PCpeace84 1 point 25 months ago

This is art. Great job!

DG3CA 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Another classic!

And as you mentioned, the graphics card looks better at the bottom.

OMGItzPcGod 1 point 21 months ago

What size are the fans?

Ravenwolf submitter 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Fans are all 120mm from Phanteks.

josermireles 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Awesome build, I'm considering the same case but where did you get the rubber grommets that you installed in the case?

Im_Ryden 1 point 6 months ago

So damn sexy. I like the style and look. It's not main stream and I like the basic but clean look!

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Ravenwolf submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thank you very much:)

Props for the cable management behind the motherboard, it now needs a window cutout for the other side

LOL...someone else in the work log said the same thing. That may be an idea for a future revision or build and I appreciate the idea. This is why I love these communities, I get ideas from others as I hope some people garner ideas from me.