Hey, I would like to join this club with my water-cooled M1!
It's been two months since I first saw this case and saw how much potential it had, one month since I first received it, and now it's been a good 24 hours since the completion of my first custom water-cooled build. This is a long one, so I'll spoiler it to save some people the bandwidth!Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Save for the glorious reservoir it doesn't look much different, until you look inside...
I'm using a PE 240 rad, along with EK's Supremacy Evo CPU & universal VGA blocks.
The efficiency of space in this case is just unreal, it is perfect. I love how Necere thought to make two different locations for the power cord to go, as otherwise it would prevent the radiator from fitting. So much thought went into this, and to see such a small-scale project succeed like this is just amazing.
Just look at how tight that tubing is. Needless to say, as a first-timer putting this together terrified me, and still does.
Speaking of terrifying, here is the lower section, where the loop connects to the pump, the GPU block, and then goes back over to the radiator. To say this was difficult to put together would be an understatement. I needed to have a fan underneath the VRM section of the GPU or else there would be no active cooling for them, and so the pump had to be on the left side, which led to the intricate arrangement you see before you.
I'm hiding nothing with this one. Here's the pump. It's a DDC 3.2 PWM, and if it looks like it isn't screwed down to anything, that's because it isn't. This was, unfortunately, the only way I could make it fit while still being able to close the case panel. I got this pump as I was worried about space constraints, but now I'm thinking I could get away with a custom-top version and then be able to use compression fittings as opposed to the built-in barbs. Maybe then I could actually secure the thing properly! Despite no screws attaching it, it is very much stuck in that position, and for now at least is not moving anywhere.
Here's a picture of the full loop. There are some very long runs to get from the reservoir to the pump, and then from the GPU to the radiator.
I initially thought these could be done around the side of the GPU, between it and the side panel. This is why I couldn't do something like that with this build, and why I had to go with a universal GPU block instead of a full-cover one. If this was a standard-height GPU, these things would be possible, but that is for another time.
For those scrolling by though, here's a picture of the finished product, in all its glory:
And That, is why I love the Ncase M1.