DESTINY GPU backplate cooling extracts a lot of heat from vrams and backside of die
DESTINY CPU bay with reservoirs
DESTINY The two spheres and GPU cablilng
DESTINY another internals view with rgb off
DESTINY CPU bay with rgb off
DESTINY performance display
DESTINY main GPU cooling hidden when case closed
DESTINY makes 24 inch monitors small
DESTINY rear and filter plate
DESTINY Pi 4 the performance info brain in the lower left bay
DESTINY Mod-Bros Pi4 performance info system
Where to go? What brings the future? What will bring pleasure? There is a path to Your destiny and I walked mine to a new custom PC build.
With my about two generations old HTPC the fan noises started to annoy me. Something silent and powerful hat to be made. So in November 2020 I started to build a new gaming rig.
- It should be big
- It should be silent
- It should be powerful
- It should be unique
And so My way to DESTINY started.
Back when the Tristellar case from deepcool came to the market I was intrigued by the unique but clean design. As it happened, the following case Quadstellar was on sale and I was lost to the massive Design.
With focus on two internals loops for maximum cooling the modding of the case took some interesting dimensions. All four compartments are dedicated for big radiators and an massive cooling flow. The 45° orientation of the mainboard and the GPU tray did not help for pump placement. Special inclined pedestals out of carbon fiber are made to position the two spherical reservoirs as focal point of the design. Creating the 13 individual and quite complex shaped hard tubes was fun but very wasteful, two thirds of the tubes made ended up in the bin. DESTINY needed wiring. Lots of it. All wires are custom sleeved and neatly arranged to the various power pints. Deepening the Sci-Fi drone theme.
The build was fun and it shows lots of potential in computing power. See in the updates log for more info about the build and the performance.
The Quadstellar Case is big. But to fit the build, a lot of internals had to be moved. There is a storage tray for about twelve hard discs. All gone no need wih the ssd drives today.
For better optics the whole front of the case was rotated 90 degree in relation to the rear structure to get the interesting things to the top opening. the original Quadstellar has the openings on the side.
The idea to fit two cooling loops with four 360 radiators was a fun planning task. There were some brackets in the top but the installation of the bottom radiators is completely custom made from some scraps and cutaways of the storage tray. The PSU had to be relocated to the front to make room for the bottom radiator and its tubing. Planning the layout of the cooling circuits was some work and finally managed to fill this big case pretty good. I had to learn the fitting hard tubes produces a lot of scrap and such a project is only possible with some basic bending tools and jigs to get the angles and distances right. Especially with all the 45° or other non perpendicular bends in this build.
For cabling, well there was a lot and with the decision to go all in with the sleeving the work was prepped. With the special layout of the Quasdstellar case some really long cable runs had to be created. Fortunately the cables ended up in places which helped the Sci-fi tech aesthetics. There is a invisible rather messy tech bay hidden in the build, but somewhere all this wiring had to be routed around.
The information screens use a neat application from Mod-Bros to display performance data on two screens. This system is independent of the graphics card and runs on a Raspberry Pi. It needed some tweaking to get both displays running on the Pi4 because the Pi image from Mod-Bros was too slim to operate as intended. The application is in beta but i like the functionality. And now you know, DESTINY has two brains.
First measurements an mock up for reservoir placement
Nice stack of fans, isn't it?
Case gutted and ready to be filled again
Radiator flushing and cleaning. The radiators are B-Ware from a commercial project.
Things in the front have to fit into thing in the back. Lots of cooling power.
The GPU tray did not stay in the build, the RTX 3090 was just too big.
The lower two radiators are at an angle to eject the warm air to the rear.
Moved to the hobby room for drilling.
Reservoirs are in place on the new carbon fiber stands
First of many tubes
Connection to the lower right radiator
Mainboard power sleeved and in place (these were the easy ones)
Another view two other tubes fitted
Tight spaces around the memory
Tubing of the bottom left radiator. Five bends and lots of scrap.
The info screens finally working
Case painted white
Internal AIO carrier re-purposed as air exhaust grid on the top casing. Looks as if intended.
Fitting of the antenna
After three months the ordered ASUS Strix 3090 OC finally arrived
Leakage testing the coolant loops
All tight and ready to go
Well, building a new rig is pretty fun, but playing with it and checking the performance is too.
These are the first benchmark results without tweaking:
Cinebench R23 | Run 1: 21482 | Run 2: 21466
3DMark Fire Strike: 36838
3DMark Time Spy: 19189
Some pretty satisfying scores especially with the moderate temperatures of the CPU and GPU
The oversize cooling solution works fine and DESTINY is quiet under load.
3DMax Fire Strike standard settings
3DMax Time Spy Strike standard settings
Cinebench R23 standard settings
Cinebench load and temperature
Time Spy load and temperature, almost 400 watts on the GPU!