This is my first published client build and a build step forward in changing my personal hobby into a passion.
This is “Keezilla” a one of a kind build in the Spectre 2.0 case from Singularity Computers. The client messaged me after seeing my “ENYO” build and we started to discuss what he was looking for. He is a TWITCH streamer and wanted a new machine that would feature in his videos, as well as allow him to boost his stream quality. We talked for a few weeks and settled on a build that he was happy with and ordered the components. The theme of the build was black, and gold and he requested 90-degree fittings on all corners for that industrial royalty look. I feel like we have happily achieved this! I hope you enjoy the photos and my build log.
Case: Spectre 2.0
This is an incredibly unique case which has been designed from the ground up by an Australian company call Singularity Computers. The main chassis is constructed from a thick distribution plate which can be seen in the photos with a D5 pump build into the main body. When ordering the case, the client was able to engage directly with the company to talk about the specifics of the case for the engravings on the reservoir. This case can also come shipped with two vertical GPU mounts as well as several other customisations. It is worth checking out a lot of their products as they are high quality and some of the best customer support I have ever experienced.
This required a little out of the box thinking as you can see directly through the case. Now I know that your primary power cables speak for themselves but the peripherals such as fans, additional LED’s and SSD’s should be considered. My fix for this was running the fan cables from the top down the back-left hand side of the motherboard and bringing them into the PSU shroud. The Bitspower temp sensor’s power was run down behind the 24-pin cables through the back-cable channel.
If you are using a larger PSU e.g. ASUS Thor PSU, be aware you will have very little space in the back of the case for additional cables like molex, SATA, or if you need to hide a fan controller. Luckily the shroud can be completely stripped to allow access from the front, and right, side of the PSU as you look at it.
Right side radiator clearance with the D5 pump cover:
I am using EKWB 360mm PE radiators with a 25mm thick fan. As you can see, it only just clears the pump cover. I would recommend removing the pump cover when you build as you will need the space so that you do not scratch it. Also, I would be hesitant to go any thicker radiator (depending on your tube layout and fan placement) due to this possible conflict on space.
Space between the two radiators and the front reservoir:
As you will be able to see, there is little clearance from the reservoir outlets and space to get between the radiators. How you get around this will again depend on your tub run and radiator layout. You can see I used a tight U-bend in tubing and included a close-up photo of this so that you can see. This could be done with fittings and I am sure there is someone who can see a simpler fix, but this worked for me and I do not actually mind how it turned out.
Fittings to the Acrylic:
Though I had no fitting-to-tube leaks, I had a few fittings to the case leaks. This acrylic is a lot tougher than I gave it credit for and as such I did not tighten a few of the fittings enough against it and caused leaks. The case outlets will allow you to tighten the fittings as hard as you can by hand without cracking the case. So do not worry… its incredibly annoying to go back later and do it after you have fitted and filled!
Motherboard 3-pin RGB header:
The though every component was tested on air prior to being fitted with waterblocks and delided, I did not test the RGB headers on the board…. Who would have thought right? After everything was fitted, I realised the 3-pin header on the bottom was defective and the other working header was at the top of the board. This MSI Godlike board also only has two 3-pin headers so I needed to buy a 3-pin splitter and run it down the rear right of the board which caused ugly cables at the top right which was unfortunate.
There is none! For an open case, this system runs silent. The CPU has a 5.1 Ghz OC applied and is delided assisting with the temperatures. The pump and fans do not need to go above 45% to maintain comfortable temperatures during Cinebench R20 loops with the CPU resting around 70 – 74 degrees. This could be lowered a little more with a more aggressive can curve but there is no need as this will not cause thermal throttling.
The case is an incredibly simple to build in overall. The inlets, internal loop design, cable channels, and user guide online makes the actual assembly process very easy and I would recommend it for all levels of builders.
It is damn pretty! I had a pleasure building this system and was astounded how simple it was to fill and drain. I would recommend it for any builders who want show stopping build looks, without needing to cut up acrylic panels and do a bunch of DIY mods.
As always, if you have any questions please just send them through and I will be happy to answer.