Description

Always wanted to try watercooling. Posted my previous built which can be found here https://pcpartpicker.com/b/MDWXsY

Anyways, I researched online how to start with watercooling and just went for it. This is the final result. Chose soft tubing over hard tubing because I believe it would be too hard to do inside an ITX case.

Took me at least 1 day to figure out how to set up the tubing, trying to avoid to cross tube. On the day I finalized the built, I realized that I could route the drain port to the back (I'm quite happy that I did that).

Filling the system made me worried. It took quite some time for it to be fully filled with distilled water. I read horror stories of staining, hence i chose to use colored tubing over dyes.

Temperature after intensive gaming for hours: CPU at ~55C, GPU ~43C

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Was happy with my MSI z170i pro gaming, but I bent the pin while removing the CPU :( Decided to get the Asus z170i board because it was the only one available at microcenter. So far everything has been good. USB 3.1 does crash my external hard drive though for some weird reason.

Memory

These rams look sexy in this build. They are taller than usual because of the LEDs. Would be top good if the LED effects are controllable.

Storage

Fast and reliable. Holds my OS while the other is for programs that I often use.

Video Card

The coil whine drove me crazy, so I decided on a custom loop. Not only did the coil whine stop, but it also looks much better. The tubing of the AIO cooler on the fury X was a pain to work with in this mITX case. Reason I chose this over a 980 TI was because of space. If I would have gotten the 980 TI, I would be unable to fit in my pump/res at the front.

Case

I love the red color interior of this case. Case is full steel construction. The side panels feel little flimsy though. The windowed side panel is also very prone to scratches. Lucky Phanteks support was awesome and sent me a new acrylic window free of charge!.

Case Fan

These things are loud at 2000 rpm. Luckily they are PWM. Moves lots of air.

Case Fan

They look nice and all, but are NON-PWM and are quite loud without a fan-reducer cable. If you want PWM, get the RGB version. I believe those are PWM with a hub.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 6 points

The tube from the gpu to the rad is worrying. I would personally get some angled fittings to make it straight. As the tube is pushing both directions, it could pop off given enough heat is the case/loop. Cutting a bit shorter could help as well. Edit* The cpu tube to the rad looks like its flatting out, which could cut down on your flow.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have now cut the tube shorter and fixed the issues you pointed out. thank u!

  • 46 months ago
  • 5 points

FURY X

:o +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks great and you have a FURY X AND A 6600K, so I don't know people were hating on your Imgur album.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

How's the fury x been since the crimson software updates?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. skylake, check, Fury X check, Phantek case check. Custom loop w/multiple rads check. You used quality components for a nice build.. The 850 SSDs, are they in raid0 ? Realy impressive for first custom loop.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Quite a clean soft tubing build, will u do hardline tubing in the future? Also, as long as u clean the loop every year or so, and change the tubing and fluid when u start another build, it will run fine. Staining isn't really that much big of a deal, as it won't actually harm your system. Just change the tubing when u build your next computer and it will b fine.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, you should change the psu, with 550w that you're at the limit, the risk of burning the two SSD and the motherboard, probably also the CPU, you have a consumption of 521w

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

dont think he has a lot of experience with psus lol I would go 750W 80+ gold for a fury x and to just feel safe

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you mount the pump/res?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Phanteks sells an pump bracket that goes for 7 bucks on amazon. He probably has one of those.

http://www.phanteks.com/PH-PUMBKT.html

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I got one of those, I'm having trouble finding a place to mount my pump/res combo in my DeepCool Steam Castle.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You can try in front of the motherboard ..

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, not big enough. Also, I'd have to drill into the case.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd have to drill into the case.

That shouldn't be a problem. If the base still has strength to support the Pump/res you should consider it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks great. Why don't you overclock it?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I did OC it, just havent input the values on pcpartpicker yet lol

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh very good. That setup should oc well.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like those Riing fans?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope he likes them, I have 4 140s in my build right now. super cool looking

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

They perform the same as the sp fans from corsair IMO, just looks better to me because of those LED

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, those are sweet.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I do like them, they look cool. Runs the same as those corsair SP120 fans

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet looking build, i like the colored tubing a lot

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

gr8 build, love the red and black theme, keep up the good work

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

First custom loop I've seen in this case! Are you going to keep the side panel off?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish i could, but my dog sheds a ton

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha alright! I was only asking because doesn't the window cut off the view of the loop partially? I was also going to ask about how your loop is set up. What's on the right side? Is that a second radiator? I can't quite tell.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah its a 120mm rad at the front, and no, the window does not cut off the loop. It is fully visible.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, always like seeing mini-itx builds..

quick question.. from the second photo, it looks like it goes pump/res > gpu > top radiator > cpu > front radiator > pump/res. is this correct?
I seen you went through both top ports on the GPU, never have I seen this done, usually it would be using bottom right, going out top left or vice versa, in through the top left and out the bottom right). But, if your loop goes this way, did you change around the jet plate inside the EK water block? again, I only ask if your loop is setup this way because on them blocks, the hole towards the center of the block is set by default to be the inlet, and the hole towards the edge of the block is outlet.

Either way nice build, and I would take the recommendation as well, 550w is pretty low and cutting it close, In a system like this I wouldnt bother dropping anything less than a 750 or even 850 (given the headroom for overclocking but its always suggested to leave at least 100w more than needed).

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not change the jet plate. Read the manual that for the GPU block it wouldn't matter which way inlet or outlet is. The CPU jetplate is unchanged too because the inlet is the left hole which is the default. And yeah, only reason I'm using the 550W is because I had it laying around and custom cables for it already. Probably gonna upgrade to the 650W evga GS so I don't have to get a new set of cables.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that RAM. Avexir rules. Awesome build!

I also have the same Asus mobo in my new build. I love it so far, but have you noticed anything odd with USB ports failing to power peripherals? It only happens maybe 1% of the time I boot up, but it's incredibly frustrating when it does.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

My external HDD went haywire when i Plugged it into the 3.1 port. thats all i noticed

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha. Appreciate the feedback. I'm trying to determine whether it's an issue with the peripherals, mobo, BIOS or some combination thereof. If you happen to come across any other quirks with the USB ports, I'd very much appreciate it if you could jump back here and let me know about it.

Again, awesome build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build! I want to try water cooling myself, but don't know where to start. Any suggestions.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

I started by watching jayztwocents youtube channel and browsed reddit/r/watercooling

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Super clean. Love the case. Great work!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, good choice of components. +1

check out my Fury-x Crossfire build: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/KvJV3C

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

nice!, I would have crossfired if I had a bigger case, but I chose small form factor over raw power

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that you might want some more power for that furyx, but great job. Love seeing watercooled builds on here.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man great build! Just wondering: the asus pro gaming mobo isnt the best at ocing, and I see u oc'd ur 6600k to 5ghz... they say 4.5 is the maximum, but YOLO :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Idk where you see 5, I'm sure it says 5ghz for the GPU. The CPU is only at 4.4 Ghz to keep the fans down lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you do me a favor and post a picture of the complete inside of the case? I'm curious on how your loop is laid out.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

just did it, sorry for late respond

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

furyx

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the twin 140mm in the front! I should do that too.

But $44 each for those fans? Yikes!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

i actually bought them on sale for like 15 each

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice to see a Fury X!! Great build! +1

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

OC feels the same on the fury X, just a lot less coil whine and running at 30C during gaming.

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