Custom SFF Watercooled Case
First, if you have followed my previous build log, I have realized that there was disappointment with my cancellation of the Bitfenix Prodigy Hackintosh, and it's not a good way to go especially for my first log. But I hope to move on and get to finishing a build that is worthwhile.
After owning the Prodigy and my first ITX system, I eventually decided I want to go with something smaller. I admit I bought it because the handles look cool, but it is a lot of case for ITX and had a few design issues with some rad configurations and the power supply cage. On top of it, I was starting to get out of my depth with some of my mod ideas. I'm not an experienced modder, and some of the things I wanted to do were either hard to do or time consuming with just my tools and resources at hand.
So on to this build. I want to make a smaller SFF case that would be tailored to my part configuration, but at the same time be easy to build. She Loved E's Compact Splash is a big influence for my idea, as well as the Ncase M1 to a lesser extent.
It started out with inspiration from the Compact Splash but taken on a different design, as well as interior layout. Exterior looks wise, it will be minimal, and like a mix of some of the aluminum Jonsbo and Lian Li cases.
A lot of SFF cases have a "cube" look which I don't really like and at sub 15 liters, there's not too many offerings now that the Splash and M1 are not available. I know there is a M1 revision, but I'd rather not wait.
This log will be mostly about building the case and setting up the water loop, since almost all of the components will be carried over from the Prodigy build. There are only a few parts I need to buy in order to be compatible with the smaller size case I'm going for.Final pics!Components List (Click to show)
Water Cooling Parts List (Click to show)
- Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe motherbaord
- Intel Xeon E3-1320 v2 processor
- Samsung MV-3V4G4/US 8GB DDR3 ram
- MSI 2PMD3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950
- Toshiba 2GB 7200 RPM hard drive
- OCZ Vertex 60GB SSD
- Silverstone ST45SF-G 450W power supply (not obtained yet)
- EKWB FC-7950 nickel waterblock
- Bitspower AIZ77ITXD nickel plated waterblock
- Swiftech MCP35X pump (white)
- XSPC AX-120 and AX-240 radiator - silver
- Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 50 in either POM white or clear
- EK-DDC Heatsink Housing in nickel (not obtained yet)
- XSPC chrome fittings and some Bitspower white extenders
- Primochill Primoflex LRT 10ft clear tubing - 3/4" OD 1/2" ID
I thought about posting this in the Case Mod work logs forum but I think it would get appreciated more here. Especially since the case will be smaller than my last one
As for cooling, this one was a tad tricky. I tried to make the case even smaller than Compact Splash but it proved hard to do without sacrificing components. Then I looked at one of the cooling config illustrations for the M1 and this is how I came up with the alternate layout with the 120 rad against the side. This allowed me to make the case shorter in height, and a bit slimmer. But compared to the Splash, it is at about an inch longer.
I know it will get cramped in there setting up the loop, but hope I can manage it. It would require a special way to add in the parts, I'm sure of it. I will start ordering the case parts soon.