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Define Nano S - NVIDIA themed build (Finally watercooled!)

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Hello everyone,

I've always wanted to do a build thread so here we go. First things first, I've gotta give a big shout out to Paul from Pauls Hardware. His hotbox build was a huge inspiration for this build.

I've ordered everything except the GPU block and have been running it on air to make sure everything works.

Here's a parts list:

Fractal Design Define Nano S
Asus Z170i Pro Gaming Mini ITX motherboard
Intel Core i7-6700k
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000
NVIDIA GTX 1080 FE
PNY CS2211 240GB SSD
PNY CS1311 960GB SSD
Seasonic X Series 850W PSU
Windows 10 Pro
5x BitFenix Spectre Pro 120mm Fans
$600 in EKWB fittings, rads, blocks, etc.

This is after doing all of the custom sleeving of the PSU cables. I found a place locally that sells paracord at $0.07/ft

This took much longer than I thought it would but turnd out alright I think.



EKWB package 1 of 3



I decided to figure out how to run the pump with a drain at the bottom of the loop while waiting for the GPU block. This is what I ended up with.




That's all I have right now. I ordered the wrong size core so I can't do any bends just yet. I'm planning on painting all the red on the mobo black and swapping the red LED on it for a green one. I also want to swap the power led for a green one on the case.

The cable lacing on the 24 pin is temporary I'm going to lace all the cables better when it all comes apart for paint.

---UPDATE--- 07/17/2016

I got some more work done on this pig.

Spent the whole day lacing all of my PSU cables.




I also painted the VRM heatsinks, and changed the mobo LED to a green one.






Installing stuff and test fitting the coolant res.





I also added some LED lighting (waiting for controller to ship) and mixed my coolant. I'm not too happy with how the coolant turned out but I read somewhere that mixing some uv yellow/green dye will make the minty green turn more like NVIDIA's green. I ordered some of that as well as the last of the fittings I need and the GPU block. Here's some more random pics.




Mmmmm SSD silence!



I've never done a build thread before so I'm not sure if I should make a new post or if I should just keep editing the first post. Let me know. I'm also thinking about making a video of the PETG bending process. What do you think?
Edited by zJACKRABBIT - 7/17/16 at 11:00pm
post #2 of 34
Nice start, looking forward to seeing it come together.
post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 
Updated build!
post #4 of 34
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Well I got the 90 fittings I ordered from Outlet PC. They shipped pretty fast but they sent the wrong color. Not a huge deal though, I gave them a call and it looks like they're inventory is a little messed up. Should hear back shortly on what the plan is on getting me the black ones.




I'm still waiting on my order from Performance PC's. Their shipping situation is the plague. I placed my order on the 16th and it's not scheduled for delivery until the 25th.

I think I've got the coolant looking the way I want it to though. I ordered some Mayhems UV Yellow/Green dye to fix the mint green look my coolant has based on a post I saw around here the other day. It turned out great I think!

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On an off note, some other toys showed up today as well!
post #5 of 34
Subbed! Love The define cases thumb.gif
post #6 of 34
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Just an update on the Outlet PC issue. They worked really fast to resolve the issue. I guess it was a mix up when listing the fittings so they're sending me the right ones this time and told me I could just keep the wrong ones they had sent. Awesome customer service! 10/10

Here's a couple pictures while I wait for the GPU block... I'm loving the way the coolant color turned out!


post #7 of 34
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I finally received the rest of my water cooling parts. However, I got the wrong part again... not from Outlet PC this time though. This time Performance PC's messed up. I ordered a nickel plated CPU block base but they sent me a top instead.




Whatever, it is what it is, I'm over it. They gave me a return label to send it back and get the right part.

I'm very impatient though so I just installed everything with the copper base plate I was replacing. I'll swap the nickel one in when I redo some of the bends.

Here's some pictures of the bending process:








I still have to get the LED lighting setup and swap out the power LED but so far so good!
post #8 of 34
Looking good! PPCs also messed up one of my orders. Sent me a block instead of a backplate lol
post #9 of 34
That looks fantastic! I really like your bends and that green just SCREAMS! Saw your picture in the EK club and had to come check it out thumb.gif
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quick update, My RGB controllers aren't working for whatever reason so I just installed regular white LED's for the time being!

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