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Building in a 12.6L case was definitely a challenge, but I'm glad I took it on. Biggest obstacles were having to saw and file brackets and screws to mount the reservoir onto the side of the case as well as finding a cpu block that wasn't obstructed by the capacitors on this motherboard. I also had to remove the front IO ports to make room for the rad which isn't ideal, but it's necessary if you want to use the Ncase with a window.

For anyone planning on using the z390-i, make sure you choose a "smaller" cpu block because those capacitors (left side) are taller than the cpu socket; I had to replace my motherboard after screwing down the cpu block and damaging those parts.

The Ncase is really versatile, it was a tight squeeze as was expected, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I could fit in there. The case's air flow is impressive too, many people told me a single slim 240mm rad wouldn't be enough for a full loop but it definitely is; the cooling is probably also a testament to just how good those Noctua fans are (definitely worth the brown colours!). I definitely need some custom cables because the back right is a mess, i'm also waiting for two low profile 8 pin gpu connectors to clean up the front of the gpu.

If anyone has any questions or is planning a similar build, please don't hesitate to ask.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Absolutely masterful! It takes guts to put a loop in this case. Feature status.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn fine build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

This is great! Very nice and clean. Good photographs too.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

All that cooled on a single rad and two slim fans... Phenomenal job! Nice performance bracket, supremely clean build - you've got it all.

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 points

Hey Toon,

Could you please explain to me how you mount the D5 pump? How did you fix it to the top panel?

I am trying to find the best way to mount the D5 pump and there isn't much good examples. If you can post a few pictures, that will be very helpful.

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

So sorry I didn't see this, if you want to discuss this in depth, you can add me on discord - Toon#0068. I'm more than happy to help!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Would like to see the GPU and CPU temps after 15 minutes stress testing.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't done 15 yet, but highest temps I got were 63°C and 60°C (CPU & GPU) while running furmark and prime95 for about five minutes. CPU and GPU were both at 100% load for that time period. It seemed to hold there.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are pretty damn good numbers given the size of this build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The noctua fans are incredible, I'm really impressed with their performance so far. Without that quality I think the slim rad would struggle.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Incredible work, could you please explain all the custom work you had to do with the case to fit everything?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

I had to remove the front IO (takes 10s with a screwdriver) to fit the bottom radiator. I had to drill two holes into the front of the case in order to mount the reservoir; I also had to file some 90 degree brackets down as there were one or two permanent screws in the way. I cut the rubber slot at the back with household scissors so it fit snug around the tap.

That's pretty much it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for reply :) I'm asking because I'm slowly falling in love with ncase and I wanted to water cool it but I dont really have many tools nor skills for tinkering with hardware more than your intended to. I guess I'll do my research first but do you think you can fit a custom loop in m1 without modifications aka. drilling holes, with for example different hardware ?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The Ncase is incredible, such high build quality and perfectly optimised.

I had never used a drill before doing this build, the mods are super easy. However, there are reservoirs that mount on the back of the Ncase without extra work - http://www.frozenqshop.com/m1-ncase-reservoir-black/

Personally I think they look horrible but it works.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this one!

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