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Caselabs Mercury S5 M-ITX Tansplant From Corsair 380t

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Hi all,

So, I recently made a couple upgrades to my existing M-ITX build, including a Titan X Pascal.
The reference cooler looks nice, feels nice... but, it's not quite up to the job. Nvidia pretty much under clocked the card (it throttles almost immediately) to get it to stay stable using their cooler at reasonable volumes. The cooler actually performs surprisingly well once you set a custom fan curve for it, but it sounds like a jet during takeoff. It's officially time to put together a custom loop and cool the card--as well as the CPU--adequately.

Currently, the build is housed in a Corsair 380t. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad M-ITX case. It's portable, it isn't aesthetically unpleasing, and it's fairly unique, but it's too "plasticky," and it creaks when you touch it. It's also a little cramped for a custom loop, and it doesn't support the radiator options I'm looking for.

I went looking for a new case, and I got seduced by Caselabs and their aluminum construction and spartan aesthetics (simple is good!).
I ended up choosing the Mercury S5. It will allow me to upgrade to an M-ATX motherboard when the time comes to move on from my Z97 chipset, and it's got plenty of room for radiators.... plus-- no plastic (and I can stick with that horizontal cube form factor smile.gif)!

I'll be transplanting my build from the 380t to the S5 tomorrow when the new case arrives. Unfortunately, the custom loop will have to wait, as neither the case, nor the extra Noctuas, were kind to my wallet.
I figured I'd throw together my first build log, starting with the transplant, and then I'll update it when it comes time to put the loop in.

Here's the current build:
Case: Corsair Graphite 380T (M-ITX); Black/Red
Fan(s): Noctua NF-F12 iPPC; 120MM, 2,000RPM (x3)
PSU: Corsair AX860i
MOBO: ASUS Maximus VII Impact (M-ITX)
CPU: Intel i7 4790k @4.60GHZ Core (1.20v) / 4.4GHZ Cache (1.18v)
Cooler: Corsair H100i (240MM)
Fan(s): Noctua NF-F12 iPPC; 120MM, 3,000RPM (x2)
RAM: 16GB G.Skill Trident X; 8GBx2 @2400MHZ, 10-12-12-31
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal)
Intel 530 Series; 240GB
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO; 1TB

I'm stuck with both the H100i and Nvidia's Reference Cooler until I can put my own loop together--ew, I know--but I grabbed another set of the Noctua NF-F12 3,000 RPM fans, and I figure using them in push/pull on the H100i's rad should do the trick until that day comes (even if I go deaf)-- plus, at 4.6ghz/1.2v the 4790k is running pretty cool anyways.

Here we go!
Edited by Dueprocess - 8/25/16 at 3:45pm
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Here are a couple pics of the 380t, before I pull her apart, for before/after comparisons:

(excuse the dust... she's on her way out :/ )

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I'm salvaging pretty much everything except the case and the current lighting.
In addition to the current fans, I'll be adding another NF-F12 and a new NF-F14 (both 2,000 RPM) for case fans, and, as previously stated, two more NF-F12 (3,000RPM) on the H100i.
They'll also get the red damper treatment (the stock brown dampers the Noctua's ship with are just, so ugly), and the grills.

The plan is to add an NZXT Hue controller in the 5.25 bay at the bottom for RGB case lighting.

Just waiting for the case to arrive...
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Well... the case was late (and with it the RGB controller).
Everything else arrived:

I didn't tear down the 380t yet (good thing, too... I'd have been out of a rig 'til Monday), so that's not everything, but I'll take a shot of the full loadout when it's build time.

Here are the Noctuas-- ugh, can't stand the brown!

But we've got replacement dampers...

And... much better smile.gif

I'm putting black Apevia wire grills grills on the interior sides of all the fans...

And all the intake fans will have filters... (Silverstone)

Now just waitin' on that case!
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Well, I finished the 380t tear down, and here it is all ready to move into the S5.

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