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Neon Concentrate

This was a build I did for a client last year. The objective was to create an O11D Mini build that was unique, maximized the space of the case, used quality parts and was performant. I didn't get a chance to take crispy photos at the time, so please forgive the smartphone camera shots.

Build highlights:
  • Custom designed, CNC'd with the help of [url=https://builds.gg/users/nick-falzone-71457]Nick Falzone[/url] and painted rear case panel with integrated vertical GPU mount
  • Vertical GPU mount with Z axis adjustment to enable better tube run alignment
  • Triple radiator and vertical GPU setup enabled by custom back panel
  • All RGB light sources connected to Corsair iCUE, including GPU, res and Strimmers
  • Isolated pump mount in rear chamber allowing for a larger reservoir in main chamber and better noise isolation
  • Ease of use fill setup. QDC fill port with split flow and pressure release valve on res enable the loop to be filled 75% without turning on the pump.
  • Custom painted exterior case panels
  • Used Mayhems XTR (and their Blitz kit as instructed) without issue for 12 months. Would not recommend for most users regardless.
  • Various tricky bends


Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with this build. There are a LOT of O11s out there. It's very hard to do a unique one but that's the standard I always set for myself. While the RGB lighting is certainly vivid the rest of the build is relatively understated when the RGB is off. The RGB lighting plays nicely with the aluminum back panel and chrome bits. I will soon be swapping out the QLs for Noctua A12-25s with Phanteks Halos and moving RGB control to a Farbwerk 360.

I didn't take many pictures of the case mods I did, but there was a decent amount of customization going on (see the white O11D Mini build I did. Will upload shortly). After the pump was secured into the case, below the PSU, I had to figure out how to route the tubing from the rear chamber to the main one. I used a step bit to drill two holes into the case wall. One for the the pump out and one for the fill port. The loop order is: pump outlet>case wall>vertical run to 3 way junction (w/fill port in case wall)>top rad>CPU block>res>GPU>bottom rad>vertical rad>pump inlet.

The 3 way junction makes filling the loop a LOT easier. Once the res cap is removed, the fill port fills the loop in both directions, forcing the air out the res from both the ports. You can fill the system to the point where you only need to cycle the pump 2-3 times. Using a datavac (electric air duster) in the fill port and then opening up the drain QDC connection does the same process in reverse, air goes in both ways and forces most of the fluid out. This type of quality of life feature is important when you build a system for somebody else who lives a planter trip away.

The case lighting was a nightmare. I honestly don't want to even talk about it. Troubleshooting and cable management took a whole weekend. Random issues months after delivery (and after I checked everything was fine). Folks... just don't use Corsair iCUE. It's not worth it. 3pin RGB devices + Aquacomputer Farbwerk 360. This is the way.

If you have any questions about the build, I would be happy to answer them in the comments. If you like this build, please check out and consider approving/sharing my other ones.
Color(s): Black Silver
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Color
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
$ 340.00
AMD - Ryzen 9 (5900x)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 12
Motherboard
$ 419.00
ASUS - Crosshair VIII Impact
Chipset: X570
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: Mini-DTX
Memory
$ 215.00
Graphics
$ 725.00
EVGA - GeForce XC3 Ultra Gaming
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 3080
Interface: PCIe x16
Storage
$ 309.99
Samsung - 970 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 2 TB
Storage
$ 119.99
Samsung - 980 Pro
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 1 TB
PSU
$ 285.00
Corsair - SF750
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: SFX
Efficiency: 80+ Platinum
Case
Lian Li - O11 Dynamic Mini (Black)
Type: Mini-ITX
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 335.92
Corsair - Ql120 (RGB) (8x)
Size: 120 mm
Cooling
Hardware Labs - Black Ice GTS (2x)
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 360 mm (3 x 120 mm)
Cooling
Hardware Labs - Black Ice GTS
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 240 mm (2 x 120 mm)
Cooling
Mayhems - Fluid
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling
Cooling
$ 291.00
Watercool - Heatkiller V XC3
Type: GPU Waterblock
Size (WxHxD): 200 mm
Accessories
Aquacomputer - D5 PWM pump (discontinued)
Accessories
Accessories
$ 16.23
Accessories
$ 26.99
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