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So I just finished this mITX build in the NCASE M1. I'm very satisfied with the results and the PC works great. The idea sprung from seeing Bluehandstech's M1 build, I instantly knew I had to get this case and watercool it. I decided early on that I was to use hardline tubing only, and with "straight pipes" which automatically makes this very fitting-heavy.

I don't have any OC on this machine yet but stock idle temps are around 30°C and load around 75°C with stable 30 degrees ambient. Pump is at 30% and the whole build is very silent both under idle and load.

This took me around 1000h to complete spanned over many months. I had no rush with the project, and this is also my first water cooling project. I now want to expand my knowledge and I'm already looking at CaseLabs cases for my next build.

Please leave a comment and/or feedback! :)

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could you share some temps info?
do you have an idea of your total cost? especially the watercooling part?

reallly nice build!!!!
 
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could you share some temps info?
do you have an idea of your total cost? especially the watercooling part?

reallly nice build!!!!

Thank you! It means a lot to me.

temperature information is in the first post! :) I have no clue what this ended at but it's more than I want to know.
 

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next step is to have a side window and some customized cable.

One of the best Ncase I have seen.

Really good job.
 
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next step is to have a side window and some customized cable.

One of the best Ncase I have seen.

Really good job.

Big words for me, thanks. I have custom sleeving on the way, and also I'm planning a window mod!
 

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This makes all my water cooling builds look like poo. Not that I did anything special with them, but STILL, Great job for a first go!
 

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So I just finished this mITX build in the NCASE M1. I'm very satisfied with the results and the PC works great. The idea sprung from seeing Bluehandstech's M1 build, I instantly knew I had to get this case and watercool it. I decided early on that I was to use hardline tubing only, and with "straight pipes" which automatically makes this very fitting-heavy.

I don't have any OC on this machine yet but stock idle temps are around 30°C and load around 75°C with stable 30 degrees ambient. Pump is at 30% and the whole build is very silent both under idle and load.

This took me around 1000h to complete spanned over many months. I had no rush with the project, and this is also my first water cooling project. I now want to expand my knowledge and I'm already looking at CaseLabs cases for my next build.

Please leave a comment and/or feedback! :)

Swedish gallery on Sweclockers forum


hz960ZE.jpg


B3qOzi9.jpg


Y2NkDCg.jpg


rPl9xki.jpg


muJx9Gn.jpg

So clean, it looks roomy inside.
 

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Very nice and clean build! I guess your fan speeds are very very very low? Because those temps under load even with 30°C ambient are bit high. I also guess your CPU run at stock voltage and is not delided and you don't adjusted the core/voltage curve for your GPU? Just for the CPU you would easy get 15°C or more less at load with same fan speed settings as before and additional with the GPU tweak this would also improve 5°C or more at load.
 
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Very nice and clean build! I guess your fan speeds are very very very low? Because those temps under load even with 30°C ambient are bit high. I also guess your CPU run at stock voltage and is not delided and you don't adjusted the core/voltage curve for your GPU? Just for the CPU you would easy get 15°C or more less at load with same fan speed settings as before and additional with the GPU tweak this would also improve 5°C or more at load.

Thank you so much man. Yes they're pretty low! I've set the fan curve to ramp up after 50 or so degrees, they do go on full RPM via PWM at max load but it's still quiet. :) It's on stock everything but I'm very interested in delidding it! And with that comes a small clock as well :)
 

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That's a really, really nice build. I love the clean lines and the way that even though you've got a lot of kit in there, it looks positively spacious.
 
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That's a really, really nice build. I love the clean lines and the way that even though you've got a lot of kit in there, it looks positively spacious.

Thanks! it looks pretty spacious as it is but as soon as you start working in it or even removing a cable all shit breaks loose and you have to drain the system and pull everything apart hahah.

Why did you go with that Noctura fan instead of either a Redeux or Industrial - that come in black.

Because that specific fan is a Slim 92mm fan which is very rare to find. There's one more on the market and it is ironically also brown...
 

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Thank you so much man. Yes they're pretty low! I've set the fan curve to ramp up after 50 or so degrees, they do go on full RPM via PWM at max load but it's still quiet. :) It's on stock everything but I'm very interested in delidding it! And with that comes a small clock as well :)

Yes those bottom 120mm fans are max. 1300 rpm and the 92mm fan is max. 1700 rpm with L.N.A adapter. The bottom position for the radiator not the best position, a radiator on side panel and your temps would be much better since greater air flow and much more fresh air, but anyway it would not look awesome like that.
 
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Yes those bottom 120mm fans are max. 1300 rpm and the 92mm fan is max. 1700 rpm with L.N.A adapter. The bottom position for the radiator not the best position, a radiator on side panel and your temps would be much better since greater air flow and much more fresh air, but anyway it would not look awesome like that.

Yeah I had to make som small sacrifices. I plan on making the holes bigger in the bottom tho, and make new holes for the radiator.
 

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While I'm old (school) and still pretty much have the "bigger is better" mindset, I find your build to be very impressive. Great job!
 

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I believe Kyle wanted something a bit more color coordinated.. perhaps like this..

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Those Noctua fans don't have the nicest color schemes, but they certainly are quality, effective fans.

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I have the black industrial versions in my build, but if I had one of the consumer beige/brown versions I might be tempted to treat it with some black vinyl dye.
 

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Yeah, if you want a slim fan then the only Noctua model (excluding 40mm fans!) is the NF-A9x14. All of the Redux and Industrial fans are 25mm thick (and Noctua don't do Industrial fans in 92mm at all).
 

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But Noctua has no 92mm or 120mm slim fans yet with that color scheme... They have mentioned last year to release 120mm slim fans, but no new news about them yet, http://noctua.at/de/noctua-at-computex-2016

This stuff should do the trick.

It's dye, not paint. It soaks into the plastic and changes the color.

As long as it doesn't get into the motor/bearing it should change the color of the fan quite nicely.

That being said, I'm not sure OP needs a slim fan. Hard to tell from the pics, but it looks like a standard sizes fan ought to fit.


This build is sharp looking though, except for the fan color.

I just can't help but wonder if a single fan on that (or any) radiator will ever be enough to cool both a CPU and a GPU at load.

If you fire up Prime95 and Unigine Heaven at the same time, what are load temps on this thing?

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Wait a minute, is that a radiator on the bottom too? If that's the case then I take back my last temp based comment.
 
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This stuff should do the trick.

It's dye, not paint. It soaks into the plastic and changes the color.

As long as it doesn't get into the motor/bearing it should change the color of the fan quite nicely.

That being said, I'm not sure OP needs a slim fan. Hard to tell from the pics, but it looks like a standard sizes fan ought to fit.


This build is sharp looking though, except for the fan color.

I just can't help but wonder if a single fan on that (or any) radiator will ever be enough to cool both a CPU and a GPU at load.

If you fire up Prime95 and Unigine Heaven at the same time, what are load temps on this thing?

Edit:

Wait a minute, is that a radiator on the bottom too? If that's the case then I take back my last temp based comment.

Link doesn't work. It's very clean. Precise. Beautiful. You can tell a lot of time was spent on it. Not to mention the money (But that's a given if you watercool) with all those fittings. I don't really like flow meters and in this case it's sort of just glaring.

The one question I have is how is he going to fill that res. Being on the side, the top port would just spill all over the place when opened.
 
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Link doesn't work. It's very clean. Precise. Beautiful. You can tell a lot of time was spent on it. Not to mention the money (But that's a given if you watercool) with all those fittings. I don't really like flow meters and in this case it's sort of just glaring.

The one question I have is how is he going to fill that res. Being on the side, the top port would just spill all over the place when opened.


My bad. Link is fixed. (here it is again)

I agree. The build is fantastically clean and gorgeous looking.... That fan stands out like a sore thumb though.
 

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Awesome build! This looks so clean and minimalistic, in fact it inspired me to get a custom loop for my M1 as well. But before I buy everything I have some noob questions: Since you chose EK for most of the parts I would like to know why did you go for an alphacool radiator instead for another EK one and same for the fittings? Is one 240mm radiator not enough?
 

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The one question I have is how is he going to fill that res. Being on the side, the top port would just spill all over the place when opened.

Turn the case on its side, I guess.

Since you chose EK for most of the parts I would like to know why did you go for an alphacool radiator instead for another EK one and same for the fittings? Is one 240mm radiator not enough?

The radiator in the back is 92mm. EK doesn't make 92mm radiators.

How did you mount the pump/reservoir in the case? Did you use a mounting mechanism or drill holes?
 
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Thank you so much everyone who've taken their time and commented.

While I'm old (school) and still pretty much have the "bigger is better" mindset, I find your build to be very impressive. Great job!

I actually went ahead and bought a CaseLabs Mercury S3 Limited Edition just weeks after getting done with this :)


Link doesn't work. It's very clean. Precise. Beautiful. You can tell a lot of time was spent on it. Not to mention the money (But that's a given if you watercool) with all those fittings. I don't really like flow meters and in this case it's sort of just glaring.

The one question I have is how is he going to fill that res. Being on the side, the top port would just spill all over the place when opened.

Thanks! I get that question a lot, I actually place the PC on it's front end when filling/draining it, you could even say that is the loops native way to flow but I've put everything on it's side. It took a while to find this solution.

Awesome build! This looks so clean and minimalistic, in fact it inspired me to get a custom loop for my M1 as well. But before I buy everything I have some noob questions: Since you chose EK for most of the parts I would like to know why did you go for an alphacool radiator instead for another EK one and same for the fittings? Is one 240mm radiator not enough?

Thanks man. I love to hear Emerald Moon could be an inspiration for your build! Simple answer to your question is that EK doesn't make 92mm radiators. I struggle sometimes even with both radiators.
 
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Wow, stunning. You definitely need to show it off with a side window. The tubing is perfect, the fittings and joints look awesome and I dig the flow meter. :)

I think at this point the Noctua color scheme is so iconic and ubiquitous in super high-end builds like this one, that it actually doesn't look bad, it's like a sign of street cred or something, despite the fact that the colors themselves are terrible. I think it's fine to have a perfectly color coordinated build except for the Noctua fans. In fact, you could get the new A12x15 for the bottom rad, they're really good and your temperatures may improve.
 
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Wow, stunning. You definitely need to show it off with a side window. The tubing is perfect, the fittings and joints look awesome and I dig the flow meter. :)

I think at this point the Noctua color scheme is so iconic and ubiquitous in super high-end builds like this one, that it actually doesn't look bad, it's like a sign of street cred or something, despite the fact that the colors themselves are terrible. I think it's fine to have a perfectly color coordinated build except for the Noctua fans. In fact, you could get the new A12x15 for the bottom rad, they're really good and your temperatures may improve.

Thank you so much.

This is close to what I felt about it as well. It's a bold move but honestly i don't give a fuck what people think about the color scheme and all the haters out there - I actually think it looks pretty damn sweet! :D I could have pointed it sure, but I just didn't. I kept it to give Noctua some cred in this ;)
 
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Sorry. In terms of thickness! So 92mmx25mm one that possibly has more static pressure and more airflow than a slim 14mm fan. Just didn't know how much space you have from that 92mm radiator to the cpu tube you're running if its enough to fit a 25mm thick fan in there. Thanks! :)
 
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lol... Friday afternoon. :p

I own a Noctua 25mm as well, but didn't want to use the thicker one this time around. I'm rebuilding the pc right now and plan on using that thicker fan :)
 
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Did you have to get any special bracket to mount your pump/res or did the screws line up or did you do any case modification? Thanks!
 
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Hey man which gtx 1080 is that exactly? I got a seahawk but it was too long & I couldn't access my bottom rad since it blocked it.
 
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