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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!!

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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!

    7mxyvRc.jpg

  • 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.

    MTgHOk8.jpg

    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!!!

    AQspcQ4.jpg


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

    Pictures: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

    24pin and 8 pin routing..

    MlKeiwS.jpg

    Just trying out the possible routing of the cables.

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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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excited to see this. love the mother board. have the same one on the way
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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?
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Looks like a pretty sweet build. Looking forward to seeing it.

Check out my current build log here: https://www.overclock.net/t/1495943/project-viridis-water-cooled-haf-912#post_22495895
I am modding my Coolermaster HAF 912+ to fit in a water cooling loop for my gpu and cpu while making the aesthetics better, in my opinion.
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