Black Monolith 2.0

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Black Monolith 2.0

In my absolute covid boredom I tore the first go at this down, landed myself a 6800 graphics card and decided to do a full custom loop. Initially I was going to do two separate loops on this thing, one for the CPU and the other for the GPU but I found that it just flowed better if I did one big loop all the way around the Xproto.

Was very pumped when XTIA came out with their Liquid Cooling Module, this opened up a ton of configuration options and allowed me to really pull this off I think. I chose to go with pretty much all EKWB parts for the watercooling loop and am pretty happy with the quality of everything. Initially I was going to take a shot at hardline acrylic tubing, but after much consideration and noticing how short the runs really were from point to point I thought overdoing it with the fittings and using matte black soft tubing would really fit the aesthetic. Blacked out fittings, tubing and plugs!

With strategically placed RGB reserved for the EK reservoir and flow indicator, the mobo and ram, as well as the rgb strip used to backlight the GPU, I went with a matte back aesthetic for the rest of the build which complimented the Xproto color well. This meant doing my best to rid the components of branding etc besides that of the EK components which I embraced. The biggest modification made was the Corsair SF 600, in which I removed the sticker with some patience and some Goo Gone as well as removing the fan grate and replacing the stock fan with a low profile Noctua NF-A9x14.
Color(s): Black
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Steampunk
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: Mini-ITX
Type: General Build

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This build participated in 3 contests.

Hardware

CPU
$ 161.89
AMD - Ryzen 5 (3600X)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 6
Motherboard
$ 279.23
ASUS - ROG Strix Gaming (X570-I)
Chipset: X570
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: Mini-ITX
Memory
$ 299.99
Graphics
AMD - Radeon
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
Chip: RX 6800
Interface: PCIe x16
Storage
$ 69.59
Samsung - 970 EVO Plus
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
Storage
$ 76.74
Western Digital - WD Black SN750 (WDS500G3X0C)
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: PCIe x4
Capacity: 500 GB
PSU
$ 144.99
Corsair - SF600
Wattage: 600
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Platinum
Case
Xtia - Xproto
Type: Open Air
Side Panel: Open
Case Fan
$ 53.90
Case Fan
$ 21.95
Case Fan
$ 48.58
Cooling
$ 100.98
EKWB - CoolStream CE
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 280 mm (2 x 140 mm)
Cooling
$ 89.99
EKWB - CoolStream PE
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 240 mm (2 x 120 mm)
Cooling
$ 29.97
EKWB - EK-CryoFuel (Clear)
Type: Coolant
Cooling
Cooling
EKWB - EK-Quantum Kinetic FLT 240 D5 PWM D-RGB - Plexi
Type: Pump/Reservoir Combo
Size (WxHxD): 240 mm
Cooling
$ 204.99
Cooling
$ 98.62
EKWB - EK-Velocity - AMD Copper + Acetal
Type: CPU Waterblock
Keyboard
Drop - Drop ALT
Interface: Wired
Type: Tenkeyless
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