I started a wee bit of planning a while back, in order to reduce the amount of noise in my primary computer. After a flout with a SG02, P180mini, HAF932, and finally a SG05, I've finished my pathfinding and have decided to go mITX - all in
Without ado, and without any skills whatsoever, I'm going to make WaterCooling and mITX in a desperate chase for silence
It'll be my first watercooling attempt (unless if a failed GPU loop - never worked due to bad pump - and a dying H50 counts
). I have one quirk - I love stock. So on the outside... everything better appear stock or I will likely lose it. The intent? Watercool the CPU and GPU. The HD5770 I have chosen for this task has an okay fan, but it does ramp up under load. The Intel stock cooler... say no more
. Especially the even shorter i3 stock cooler. The 45nm C2D Alumi cooler was bad enough, IMO...
As such, I chose the SG06s - aluminum is really beautiful, pictures poorly taken can hardly do it justice. But I bear and try,
XSPC Rasa 450 120mm kit
MCW80 GPU block
Micron awesomesause RAM DDR3
Some pics (please forgive me, I'll tidy up in a bit):
An IandH silver killcoil, AS5 TIM, anti-kink coils, DDR3, MCW80, and a HD5770 didn't make the picture taking rounds
Some test fitting. The supplied washers help the XSPC RASA backplate from hitting any backside components. It still is above one, but it doesn't press on it
I like how the barbs are individually wrapped
Additional fit testing:
I've decided on leaving the radiator like that, for now. Since it's seemingly okay. There is enough clearance so I can orient it every way except nozzles near the bottom. Nozzles near the GPU will give some space clearance issues, too, maybe if I used some angled fittings (barbs? I don't know the terminilogy) it could work?
I think I'm going to need a few 90* G1/4 barbs... any place to find them at? I had a hard enough time finding a XSPC Rasa 450 setup...
Oh, and yes... yes, I am indeed intent on sleeving
At least the more visible parts
A case window *might* be fitted into the works, but that would be 4+ new things for me to learn on the way, and I know what happens to me and my projects once they get too ambitious. So if it's gonna happen, it will likely be near the end of my project
Thank you Jen, for inspiring me to try and beleive in mITX.... and for letting me purchase your mobo + CPU
Thanks to cjwalker ([H]) and scook9 (NBR) for helping me in other ways to make this possible
Dunno if my including their names in this is the right thing, or even a good thing for their reputations
Thank you! I will be updating this as my builds progress, my goal is to finish this by next weekend