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 LATEST TOPICS |  FORUMS » BOARDS » LIQUID PRODIGY: MINI-ITX WATERCOOLED GAM...
Subject: Liquid Prodigy: Mini-ITX Watercooled Gaming Build
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Zer0 Jun 24, 2012 01:36 PM Reply | Bookmark
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The Prodigy is here!              

I've been planning something like this for a while but until recently there hasn't been a decent high-end ITX motherboard or a case that's liquid cooling friendly.

I'm not going to put a block on the 7850 because 1) it doesn't get that hot even when overclocked 2) the stock fans are very quiet 3) haven't seen a full coverage block for 7850's. The system will replace the ITX system I built a couple years ago:
http://forums.ncix.com/forums/?mode=showthread&forum=109&threadid=2206011&pagenumber=2&msgcount=38&subpage=1&product_id=53896

I'll be updating this thread every now and then.


Build status:
Complete

>>>>>> PICTURE GALLERY - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g83sg6esseh9ah0/9wpmdvlag8 <<<<<<


SYSTEM

CASE
Bitfenix Prodigy White
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=71144

CPU
Intel Core i5 3570K
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=70541

MB
ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=71116

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL7D-8GBXM 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL7-8-8-24
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=70119

PSU
Corsair HX650
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=42532&vpn=CMPSU-650HX&manufacture=Corsair

FANS
3 x Zalman ZM-SF3 120mm White (radiator + front intake)
http://www.zalman.com/eng/product/Product_Read.asp?idx=406
1 x Bitfenix Spectre 140mm White (rear exhaust)
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64848&vpn=BFF-SCF-14025WW-RP&manufacture=BitFenix

FAN CONRTOLLER
Bitfenix Recon Touch Screen
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71195&promoid=0

GRAPHICS
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=69913&vpn=11200-01-20G&manufacture=SAPPHIRE

SSD
Crucial M4 128GB
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=60445&vpn=CT128M4SSD2&manufacture=CRUCIAL%20TECHNOLOGY


WATERCOOLING

RADIATOR
XSPC EX240
http://www.xs-pc.com/products/radiators/ex-series-radiators/ex240-dual-fan-radiator/

RESERVOIR
Swiftech MCRES-MICRO REV2
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=34401&vpn=MCRES-Micro%20Rev2&manufacture=Swiftech

PUMP
Swiftech MCP-355 (aka Laing DDC)
Aquacomputer Aquacover Top

CPU BLOCK
Swiftech APOGEE HD
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=65366&vpn=Apogee-HD-WT&manufacture=Swiftech

FITTINGS
8 x Monsoon ID 3/8" OD 5/8" Compression Fittings Matte Black
1 x Bitspower Coolant Temperature Probe Matte Black
2 x Bitspower 45 Degree Matte Black
2 x Bitspower 15mm Extension Matte Black
1 x Bitspower 50mm Extension Matt Black
1 x Bitspower 30 Degree Matte Black
1 x Bitspower 60 Degree Matte Black
2 x Bitspower 90 Degree Matte Black

TUBING
Primochill Primoflex Pro LRT White 3/8IN ID 5/8IN OD
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=41663&vpn=PFLEXP10-58-W&manufacture=Primochill

COOLANT/BIOCIDE
Distilled Water
Silver Wire (aka killcoil)


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Entz Jun 24, 2012 01:59 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Very nice.


Let us/me know how they work, they seem like a great idea. The bitspower ones work great but check up your fingers in the process.

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Spork™ Jun 24, 2012 02:14 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Looks good, thought you would have gone with white led fans, like the spectre pro.

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VanCanucks Jun 24, 2012 02:15 PM Reply | Bookmark
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are you planning to mount the radiator fans outside of the case? Or inside? It doesnt look like it would fit if you wanted it inside.. :/
But other than that, it looks like a great build! Have fun with it!

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Zer0 Jun 24, 2012 02:18 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I wanted to try something different. I've always used Bitspower. Yea the tool is a good idea.

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Zer0 Jun 24, 2012 02:19 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Nah, the LED's would be a little distracting. The PC will be placed next to my TV.

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Zer0 Jun 24, 2012 02:20 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Fans will be outside, radiator will be inside.

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Nice looking board.

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Babaghan Jun 24, 2012 05:02 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I like how Asus positioned the battery. Insert Coin Here

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Zer0 Jun 24, 2012 05:03 PM Reply | Bookmark
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They had to save space somehow

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KS Jun 24, 2012 06:01 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Back plates are tricky on that board. Hopefully it doesn't mess up your build.

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As per Entz, the backplate from the Apogee XT fits. The one for the HD looks similar so I'm hoping it will fit too.

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Pump is decked out and ready to roll. Will install CPU block sometime tonight or tomorrow.

I made a couple changes to the build. The 180mm Silverstone fan will be replaced with a Bitfenix 200mm because it's so damn loud! Don't get the Silverstone if you want a quiet system. Also, for the rear exhaust I'm replacing the 120mm Zalman with a white 140mm Bitfenix Spectre. The Zalman will be the third fan for the radiator.

Edit: Ordered a Spectre Pro White LED 230mm instead

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xbx Jun 29, 2012 10:10 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Why not 230mm Spectre Pro, or if you really wanted the Spectre, 230mm as well?

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Zer0 Jun 29, 2012 10:18 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Hmm, good call. The Pro's have more static pressure to pull air from the tiny air vents in the front. Does NCIX carry these? I did not see any 230mm Pros.

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KS Jun 29, 2012 12:07 PM Reply | Bookmark
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What sleeving was used on the DDC?

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5/32" (4mm) DarkSide High Density Cable Sleeving - Jet Black

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Entz Jun 29, 2012 12:25 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Very nice!

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xbx Jun 29, 2012 12:45 PM Reply | Bookmark
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No, but if you go to the Where to Buy section on the BitFenix website, you should be able to find them.

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Zer0 Jun 29, 2012 12:55 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Thanks, found them

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YouRaPirate Jun 29, 2012 04:24 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Nice work , Keep it updated !

Edit; Could you please take more pictures of how you mounted the radiator? If possible , Thanks.



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Thanks.

The radiator in the pics was mounted using the side-panel thumbscrews temporarily (from the top). I'll post more pics once I actually put fans on them.

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Playing around with psu cable management. This is the best I can think of.  

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Front panel connectors. The USB3.0 and audio connectors are a bit tricky. If they were a bit longer I could route it from behind but atm, I have to go across the middle.

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YouRaPirate Jun 30, 2012 09:10 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Can't wait to see it watercooled!

keep it updated :)

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I'm getting closer, should be finished in a few days.

Here's my res.

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Entz Jul 01, 2012 04:27 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Very nice, it is coming along great. Fantastic camera work as always.

These Asus front panel connector extensions (rainbows) are begging to be sleeved.

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Ya the rainbows are an eyesore, gonna sleeve them tonight.

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