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[Build Log] Evga Hadron "Golden Nugget" (Water Cooled Mini-ITX) FINALLY DONE!

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Golden Nugget

Introduction:

Hi, welcome to my build log. I have been wanting to build a small form factor system for a while and when I saw the new EVGA Hadron my heart skipped a beat. My original plan was to build a red and black themed RoG inspired case and then I saw the MDPC #044. The MDPC #044 was the cleanest and classiest build I've ever seen in my life. The release of ASUS gold themed mother board, and EK gold cpu blocks definitely helped my decision. I took the plunge to build a mini MDPC #044 and bought all the parts needed.

Build Goal:

My main goal is to get as close as possible(looks wise) to the MDPC #044 on a SFF case.


Things I'm aware of:

I am aware that a slim 240mm is not enough to cool a GPU and CPU.
I am aware that the slim Slipstreams is not an ideal fan to cool the radiators.

Parts List:
  • i7- 4770k (might delid if the temps would be too high)
  • Asus z87i-deluxe
  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance LP
  • Mushking 250gb SSD
  • Zotac GTX 670 2gb

Pictures:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Water Cooling Parts List:

  • EK Supremacy Gold CPU Block
  • EK GTX 670 Nickel Plexi (Please make a gold one for me EK!)
  • EK X3 150mm Tube Reservoir
  • Black Ice Pro II 240mm radiator
  • Scythe Slipstream 120mm x 12mm 2000rpm case fan
  • Swiftech MCP35x pump
  • Gold Monsoon Fittings
  • Primochill Black Tubing

Update Log:

  • 10/18/2013
    Ordered parts
  • 10/29/2013
    Test the system
  • 10/31/2013
    Remove the case drive cage
    Remove the front panel sticker
    Found out that black ice pro ii x-flow wouldn't fit
  • 11/01/2013
    Ordered a regular black ice pro II 240mm.
  • 11/02/2013
    Polished the EK FC Link. SHINNEEEHHH! lmaosmiley.gif
  • 11/07/2013
    Fan trim mod. WOHOO! IT FITS!!
  • 11/08/2013
    Ordered my cable sleeving components! biggrin.gif
  • 11/16/2013
    Finished plexi glass mount to hide the cables!
  • 11/30/2013
    Sleeving components arrived!!

To do list:
Edited by note - 1/15/14 at 9:57pm
post #2 of 201
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Update Log with pics:

  • 10/31/2013 - I removed the drive cage by drilling through the rivets that holds the drive cage, and remove the sticker from the front panel.

    Pictures: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
    Drive cage.

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    Drive cage removed! That hard drive cage took a lot of space.

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    Stickers removed!

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  • 11/01/2013 - Went to home depot to buy some plexi glass and found out that they have a smoked one. What a pain in the butt to cut plexi glass with the plastic cutter! I failed a couple of times but eventually got one piece that I could use.

    Pictures: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
    Some of the failed ones.

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    Here's the piece I might use.

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    This is just showing how the plexi glass would be mounted on the case. I would be mounting the reservoir, and hide the sleeved cables underneath the plexi glass. (see how the cables kinda pops out)

    Yvu0Vda.jpg


  • 11/07/2013 - Basically cutting the fan trim to make room for the radiator and mobo.

    Pictures: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

    Picture of a fan that I trimmed.

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    Picture of the fan + radiator.

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    SUCCESS!!!

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  • 11/16/2013 - Plexi glass mount to hide the cables and cable routing.

    Pictures: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

    24pin and 8 pin routing..

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    Just trying out the possible routing of the cables.

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Edited by note - 12/12/13 at 5:03pm
post #3 of 201
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Final Pictures:












Some outdoor shots

















Edited by note - 1/14/14 at 10:37am
post #4 of 201
Quote:
Originally Posted by note View Post

I am aware that a slim 240mm is not enough to cool a GPU and CPU.
That's really a misconception, and for your planned build it's adequate.
post #5 of 201
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Quote:
Originally Posted by subtec View Post

That's really a misconception, and for your planned build it's adequate.

Thank you! To be honest, I put it right there to avoid a page of flaming. thumb.gif
post #6 of 201
Have you test fit the rad+fans in the case yet? I've seen someone get a rad in, but I'm skeptical the fans will fit inside -- even those half thickness Scythes.
post #7 of 201
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Quote:
Originally Posted by subtec View Post

Have you test fit the rad+fans in the case yet? I've seen someone get a rad in, but I'm skeptical the fans will fit inside -- even those half thickness Scythes.

It does fit. I tried it yesterday with a case fan(25mm like the pro ii rad) and my scythes(12mm) and it has a bit of clearance but not much.
Edited by note - 11/1/13 at 2:12pm
post #8 of 201
excited to see this. love the mother board. have the same one on the way
post #9 of 201
Thread Starter 
I'm thinking of ways to mount the plexi glass and I'm really considering using velcro to mount it.

Do you guys think that a velcro could hold a 9 x 4 plate with a reservoir(about 1-2lbs) mounted on it?
post #10 of 201
Looks like a pretty sweet build. Looking forward to seeing it.
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid... What I am currently using EK-FC R9-290X - Nickel (original CSQ) EK-FC R9-290X Backplate - Black 
CoolingCoolingOSCase
4x EK-PSC Fitting 13mm - G1/4 Black Bitspower Dual G1/4" Matte Black Triple Rotary ... What I am currently using Bitfenix Prodigy 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500k MSI Z77a-g45 KFA2 GTX 570 Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveCoolingOSKeyboard
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