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Hi everyone:

Edit: Thanks to everyone for your kind words! Feels incredibly nice to have such a support for someones work! Thanks to PcPartPicker for having my system featured. A great honor :)

I´ve finished this build 3 months ago but managed to take some proper pics yesterday, so I´m uploading this now. The only thing I´ve done is to install a watercooling loop using two EK reservoirs I already had from my other builds to get rid of the anoying noise coming from the fans on the GPU wile doing architectural rendering and gaming. The first build I did in this case was completely air cooled using the Noctua NHD15S with the white Chromax accesories looking like many other builds you can see here on PcPartPicker. The Noctua cooler worked impressively well, only issues like I said was the high noise from the GPU fans, so I decided to save up for some watercooling and try to figure out how to spend as least money as I could doing so and not going for mayor brands. I choose soft tubing because I like the look of it, more natural, less "aseptic" if you understand me. I´ve done a hard tubing build before but ended up not being completely in love with it. Soft tubing will always have this industrial feeling to it and it will really show the feeling that you´re watercooling your rig. As for the watercooling gear I choose to give FormulaMod store on AliExpress a try and what an impressive pleasure, really. I can not be more grateful for the attention they´ve given me during almost 4 or 5 pages of questions and searches for a compatible block for the RX 580 or if Bykski or Barrow would make one in the near future. As for the time writing this there´s no compatible full cover block made from any companies out there. Only Alphacool has the block I used. Thanks to Alphacool and the great support they have for any GPU out there.

I´m going to split every thing I liked, any issue, what I liked and not from the parts I´ve choosen:

i7-6700K:

I´m used to the speed of this processor that I´ve purchased a while ago. Probably I would recommend choosing a higher thread one for working with architectural rendering like I´m doing from time to time.

Asus Strix Z270i:

Nice board, good OC but you´ve got to purchase the NZXT USB hub if you will have everything connected to it.

G.Skill Trident Z 32GB:

Purchased some time ago, before the incredible price rising. CL14, not like the CL16 you can see in some offers.

Samsung EVO 250GB:

Only used for SO and main work software. Data storage is done in external USB drives.

MSI RX 580 8GB Gaming X +:

Purchased second hand to make use of the freesync capability of the monitor on some games I play. Changed from a MSI GTX 970.

NZXT H200i:

Nice sized case, not too big nor too small for a nice aircooled build. Challenging and a little bit frustrating when using custom loops. Installing a GPU that´s over 2 slots like the MSI I have would give you some temperature issues like other people pointed in PcPartPicker out. The fans are too close to the PSU shroud and the air intake is compromised resulting in higher temps and fan speeds. The rig is around 40cm. from me, so it´s quite annoying hearing the fans ramping up heavily. That was the main reason changing to water. Don´t buy this case for the controller, it´s not worth it. I was one of the lucky ones though, not many issues, but the ones I´ve found, like not connecting to the web sometimes, not loading the profiles, etc. made me unscrew it and installing a Quadro controller. If using this case only with air cooling in mind buy a SF PSU, it will improve airflow under the shroud and helping fresh air reaching the GPU. If watercooling buy a SF anyway. The space you have underneath the shroud is limited and you need to install the NZXT hub and probably some cable extensions. You´ll have a bad time cable managing if you go the full ATX PSU way. Ask me how I know. The led strip isn´t that bright, that´s the reason I changed it for the Aquacomputer led strips that came with the Quadro controller if you buy the bundle. Result: Don´t buy the "i" version. LoL.

Aquacomputer Quadro RGBpx:

Impressive little hardware. Full control over the fans with several options. Almost limitless combination of lighting effects on the strips. Temperature control over sensors or software. I purchased a Barrow inline temp sensor I´ve placed in the loop. Only thing I haven´t found is a way to have different fan profiles saved. Some help for this? The led strips that come with the Quadro controller, if you buy the bundled version, are intended to use on the backside of monitors because they can reflect the colors that are shown on the screen so you have a background lighting effect. But, as you see, they can be used as normal RGB led strips and they fit PERFECTLY into the lenght of the H200i. Simply put them inside, they´ve got magnets so you haven´t to use the glue strip they have. Only issue is that the final connection cable that run to the Quadro is quite long as it is done this way to go from the monitor to the PC itself but you can simply tuck it rolled somewhere over the PSU or any other hidden place.

Corsair SF750W:

Changed my 8 years old and used on several builds Enermax 1250W PSU for this Corsair one. As I told before a freacking nightmare to be able to do any cablemanagment with that kind of PSU. The Corsair comes with braided cables, main reason to go for this one being a little bit overkill though.

Bykski & Barrow Watercooling Gear:

FormulaMod's AliExpress store has an incredible assortment of watercooling gear at a good price point. Never bought on AE before but this time I went full over it. At first my intention was to buy only the fittings but looking at the prices of the radiators and waterblocks I finally decided going the full chinese way ;).

Radiators where flushed and only one tiny bit of what seemed being a paint chip came out. The paint finish on them is matte black and nice. Only the fins on them are a little bit weak and in some way flimsy. I´m the cautious type of guy so no problem for me. Performance is good and I don´t see any issues in temps in the loop.

CPU block. I haven´t noticed any deformation of the base and the overall finish is nice. Base is polished and plexi is clear. RGB lighting could be a little better but for the price it´s ok.

Pump is almost silent. I´m running it at 10% of the maximum speed. That is around 1850rpm for browsing the web and working on 2D architectural drawings. When using something more intensive I push the pump around 45% that´s around 3050rmp and you can only hear a litlle bit of a humming. The plexi could be more transparent on this one but the RGB is nice.

Flow meter is the best one of the pack. Shiny, transparent and nice RGB. Work as intended, not a big deal though.

Fittings. If you´re looking for cheap fittings but with incredible finish, these are the ones. No one leaked and sealing was tight. I used two types of tubing. The EK ZMT Matte Black 10/16 and the Primoflex LRT. The Ek one slip over the fitting nicely and quite easy but it was a nightmare to screw the fitting together. The wall thikness is a little too big and you wouldn´t probably be able to screw them in to the point I did by hand. I used some pliers to be able to get to this point. My fingers where sore for three days. The Primoflex one was another nightmare, but to manage to slip it over the fitting, the inner diameter is a little bit too short to make it easy, but the other part of the fitting screwed in by hand no problem.

Alphacool RX 580 Waterblock:

I´ve got to be sincere here. Didn´t liked the block before buying it. I was waiting for EK or some other brands to release some full cover block. Now that it is installed I think that it was the best choice. No fancy RGB, the matte black finish blends with the black of the case and radiators nicely and it performs impressively well. Thank you Alphacool for supporting every GPU out there!

Sorry for the megaimpossibletoreadneverendinginyourfreackinglife post, but if you´ve got some questions I hope they got answered.

Cheers everyone and enjoy your building more than your builds once done, because the way to the completion it´s way more pleasant than the finish line itself. Even when the way it´s a f***ing nightmare.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 4 points

That looks awesome! I know how you feel. I built a watercooled i5-9600K and GTX 1080 in the H200 as well. I am always amazed by the solution people come up with to make the H200 work!

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you! Yes, it´s a tricky case to build a watercooling loop in it. Several nights where the brain doesn´t sleep well does the trick... ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I like how you externally mounted the reservoir. Makes it way easier to fill later!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure, filling the loop was no doubt the most easy and pleasing part.

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Yep... I bet installing all those parts in case that small was a true nightmare. But it's worth it. Thumbs up for this piece of art.

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! Yes it was a nightmare. Had to stop several times to take a deep breath and not throwing everything through the window. The fittings underneath the reservoirs had to be installed as a whole part with the white bracket that crosses the case inside slighly loose to have enough space to squeeze a hand underneath. The reservoirs had to be screwn in at the same time, pushing them down and using two pliers to rotate the fittings on the reservoirs. One person, two hands, one elbow... xD. The part of the loop that goes from the back radiator to the CPU was so difficult to assemble that I had to do it outside the case and then screw in the fitting to the CPU block, Many parts of the loop where done this way. Had to disassemble everything several times to get to the right way.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Fell ya... I get anxiety only by looking at your work here. :D

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Best build here for a long time! Congrats! Feature, please.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

You´re too kind. Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel your pain, but I think this is just an awesome build. Never would have thought about the dual reservoirs mounted on the top of the case. Were you nervous drilling out the holes ;0.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

A little bit. I took my time measuring everything, trying to be as accurate as possible. The drill got stuck on the last hole. Almost had an heart attack.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome loop man! Absolutely beautiful, well done.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! Love the EK tubing. Would use again for sure ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, very unique way to mount your two reservoirs. Maybe you already know, but I think you should keep all your RGB lights to white as they look better with your already black and white build. +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, you´re right. My preference is white also. It looks much better. First my intention was to go full stealth with EK gear but as I choose the AliExpress way I opted for the RGB blocks.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

That is such a cool name, oh my god. Awesome job, love that stealthy look so much. +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! The black and white theme never gets old. Easy combination.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely. I love that blood red coming from the RAM too. Makes the rest of the colors pop more.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

At first I was thinking in painting them in white but having the rig next to me these last months had made me think that it looks like you say. It divides the case and stays almost in the middle, also the colors next to it look more white and black. You´ve got a good eye! ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Congratulations on the feature. Had a good feeling it was gonna happen. ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

'Sniffs air deeply'. "This is the dream look for any pc, I predict a feature. Take my upvote and leave." Great pc looks clean, and I LOVE the look that it gives with that case mod! +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

LoL. Industrial looking. Love any build done this way ;).

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I called it :) Your featured!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks so much! ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, and hopefully inb4feature.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Would be nice but I really are impressed by how fast people are commenting ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

called it! :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

This is actually so AMAZING!! Fricking nice! it's really ingenious of you to put the reservoir on top of the case. Very minimalistic looking with just the black and white theme. +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

EK reservoirs look so nice I spend some time thinking in how to use them in this build. Finally came up with this solution. Glad that you like it!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome mini ITX build! The mounting of the reservoirs is unique... It keeps the inside more open since the reservoirs are outside instead of inside. Love the cleanliness overall. This is definitely feature worthy... ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I´ve seen high end builds done by promodders that mount them vertically this way, like Singularity Computers, JR23 designs, etc. Why not place them horizontally? In this particular case it helps having enough space to make a good loop routing. Thanks for liking it ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

The red ram..... jk great build +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Ram was already bought and used in previous builds but I think it gives a different touch of color to this build. Thanks man ;).

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Professional work right here. I love it. The top mounted reservoirs looks amazing.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Ek reservoirs look very nice and the acetal parts have almost the same black matte shade as the rest of the parts ;).

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I like!! So clean

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, you have done an awesome job on this build! The water-cooling is awesome and with so little space, everything must have been planned to perfection! Love the build! I call feature.

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

I work with 2D and 3D software but this has been planned doing some sketches by hand and trying to figure out how many fittings I needed to do some short runs. At the end there were some runs that had to be changed for a better overall looking. Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Great, awesome build again!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Dope build, very original and I love the look of the soft industrial tubing. Hard tubing is overrated. RGB is done very well in this sea of multicolor RGB madness lately. You got skills for squeezing all that hardware into that tiny little case.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! Taking time in planning and mounting the hardware several times to look if it looks right is the way to go ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks super nice! Looking to use this for my next water-cooled build! Check out my water-cooled build!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Of course, do it! Your purple one looks awesome +1 ;) Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

IS THIS WHAT HEAVEN LOOKS LIKE

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

More cloudy I think. Don´t know ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Man... Pictures of your pc are been stretched all over IG tech pages. Most of them are not credited so i guess you have like 100 IG accounts. =P

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

There are so many IG tech pages, uf... Nice to see that people like it!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Proof that hard tubing is a waste of effort. +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, it´s a matter of taste. Would be nice people using a combination of both types, hard and soft tubing. Hard for long runs and soft for some others. Changing the game a little bit... Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I mix both hard and soft tubing. Hard tubing for long straight paths, short or curved, use soft.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice way in my opinion. Not that much systems with this idea I think ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

This makes me think of an h200i that tried to fly away using a jetpack

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Let me screw it to the table. Nobody wants to see it flying away after the effort... xD

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh my God O.O

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

oh **** you put the pumps on top of the case. i dont know why i find that to be so amazing but... nice job on the build

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the things I was thinking of was trying to place a double pump-reservoir mount on top, but at the end I chose only to place the reservoirs on top. Thanks man!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

A+ for novelty. A+ for build looks. A+ for improvisation in a remarkably unfriendly case for liquid cooling.

If I were tasked with this build, I would have given up. The only solution I could come up with would be to install a Res+D5 Pump combo 100ml to cool two components that love to blow out heat and then run through a single slim radiator. Result = you do not want to know. BTW, I did do this.....

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

You´re right. Most of the builds people did was to place a combo inside. The result is a tiny reservoir in the middle of the quite little empty space and then trying to do the runs as good as it can be done. Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

"Used to the speed of this processor" lol first time I've heard that one here.

Nice build though!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

LoL. It´s like driving a car for several years and going to test drive a new one and thinking: "O my God, what was I driving till now?" People using his PC´s for working tasks would relate ;) Happens every single time ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a mechanical marvel. This took some man hours to complete. Very futuristic.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Most of the hours went into planning everything. Building was more doing a heavy load of test fitting till everything worked out. Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Feel free to check out my layout.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Best spot for reservoirs, looks amazing, dude! I would love to have that rig, enjoy.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

This is mental. The reservoirs outside the case, the tubes movibng in all directions, the color scheme... perfect job sir.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

The tube that goes from the CPU out to the radiator was done in a radial shape to blend with the one that goes from the flow indicator to the GPU. I tried several different ways to connect the CPU out having it run more straight but then the only round shaped run would be the GPU one, so I finally decided to make the CPU run rounded too. Probably it´s something that is not so obvious to the eye at first glance but in some way if you watch it again you notice that this makes a difference. Sometimes if there´s something wrong with a build it´s not a big failure, it can be something quite simple but it´s hard to detect. Thanks sir!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

aah I see you're a perfectionist just like me :P

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

You really must have wanted to have a quiet PC!! I take your point on the soft tubing it looks great. I also appreciate your thrifty approach too many builds are a bit extravagant IMO. I confess I like the warmth of the final shot with a bit of colour. Whole thing is pretty awesome well done!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Pc is right next to me and the GPU fan noise was pretty anoying. This was the main reason I decided to do a watercooling in this case. I miss the Noctua cooler BTW, snif... I work for an architectural studio for many years. I´m used to the cold white 3D´s and architectural plans, that´s reflecting into the pictures I think ;). Can´t avoid editing the pics this way ;). Last one as you said is warmer, the RGB needed it. Thank you very much!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I like what you did with the water cooling reservoirs. That looks really cool!! 111/10

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

np

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build man! Love the clean look and minimalist style.

I will be doing something very similar shortly with my beautiful white PC-011 Dynamic case by Lian-Li when Zen 2 comes out in a month and change.

Going to be White/Black as well with 2 color accents one of which is silver the other the PCPP community will have to wait for the reveal no spoilers allowed =p

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! In such a case probably doing runs to the back with passthroughs through the right inside panel would be a nice idea? Let us know what you come up with! Thanks ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

1+ 1+ 1+ amazing bruh!!!!!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome it looks very nice!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Nothing short of a miracle right here. The PC gods are pleased.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

PC gods almost required some fingers of the right hand for the miracle to happen... Gosh...

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a fan of small build myself, but this build looks really nice. Great work man +1 P.S. I don't know why, but picture nr. 7 is just awsome in my opinion.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably the sharp focus on the fittings of the CPU block the camera was able to take... Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Finally someone with the Alphacool GPU Block! Got one myself and I have to say it's way more pleasing than the RGB stuff.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Backplate looks awesome and the black matte finish is really nice... Glad you like yours. Alphacool need some love, they got - I think - a waterblock for each card, that´s a nice effort towards the watercooling community :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

love the dual res on the top, solid work!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much! ;)

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Woah, that looks absolutely amazing!! Love the water tanks at the top.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

This looks incredible! Also, I'm very impressed with the photos you have taken of it. Do you mind sharing if you have used any photo pre-sets to achieve this subtle black and white look? P.S. It looks like some of the photos have a selective color too. Bravo!

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  • 5 months ago
  • 5 points

Cause it's clean, compact and looks amazing. Even if it wasn't, it's his taste, let him choose what he wants without be judged by people like you. Don't judge like that.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem with that. I suppose he wanted to know why I chose such a little case to cram too much watercooling gear in it. I think that such tiny cases look nice when they look "full".

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, it must have been a tight fit?

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Sore fingers are the result of trying to squeeze something through spaces it shouldn´t be squeezed LoL.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

If constructive anyone that would help me cable manage the next one would be nice. /BadJokeToTheRescue

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Easy combination. Thanks ;)

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, nice work on the monitor stand and controller +1 ;)

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