here is the build i did with the NZXT Manta.
I had a Fractal Design Node 304 Case first and a NZXT Kraken AIO X41 cooler, but i was not so happy with the cooling performance and i also wanted something more nice to look at
so i decided to give a custom water loop a try. But i also wanted a small case and a relatively silent system under normal conditions so i ended with the Manta as a case. For the water cooling veterans out there, please be forgiving with me, it´s the first custom loop i´ve ever did and i am sure you guys could have done something better.
The components i used:
Reservoir: Alphacool Eisbecher 150mm Acetal
Pump: Phobya DC12-260 PWM 12Volt
Radiator: Hardware Labs Black Ice - SR2 240 MP
Water Block: XSPC Raystorm Pro
Tubes: Masterkleer Tube PVC 11/8mm (5/16"ID)
Coolant: EK Water Blocks EK-Ekoolant EVO Premix, Blood Red
Thermal component: Alphacool Eisschicht thermal pad - 14W/mK
Fittings: Different compression fittings
Fans Front: Akasa Apache Black 120mm
Fans Top: Akasa Apache Black 140mm
The build itself went relatively smooth. The radiator clearance was something i was not sure of (6cm thickness is huge..) but the NZXT support was really helpful with that (only front mount is possible). The only problem i encountered was with the pump. I am sure the veterans will have a good laugh on that one but anyways. The pump did not come with a manual and when i tubed and try to fill everything, it turned out that i mixed inlet and outlet of the pump...... When i had retubed the pump everything went smooth (besides the fact that i looked like a freaking serial killer, i use red coolant and my hands looked like i bathed in blood
). Pump and Fans are PWM controlled. Temps are nice, in general ~30°C - 35°C at ~60% Speed and if i am gaming (The Division, BF1 Beta) ~54°C - 61°C at ~75% Speed. Of course i could get better temps at higher speed but also at more noise and i do not want that since the system is relatively silent. More silent under load than my old build.
That´s it, photos below, i hope you like them