Ncase M1: Full Hardline Water Loop


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Ncase M1: Full Hardline Water Loop

This build is the result of adding a PETG waterloop to an air cooled Ncase M1 build I did in 2016, as well as upgrading from a 1080 to a 2080. The purpose of this was mostly for the aesthetics, since an optimal air cooling setup in the M1 would likely match or beat my results. Still, my temps are significantly better than they were previously:

-CPU Idle: 30C
-GPU Idle: 30C
-CPU Load: 70C
-GPU Load: 66C

These results are based on running 1 hour of OCCT and 1-2 hours of continuous gaming, with a 21C ish ambient temperature. I've also removed the glass from the windowed side panel since the GPU block sticks out a little too far, which should be helping with airflow.

Something people might question is my decision to water cool an i7-6700 paired with a pretty cheap motherboard (Gigabyte H170N). My hope was that this would allow for more effective cooling of the GPU. I also saw no reason to spend the money upgrading my cpu/mobo, since the 6700 still seems decent enough for gaming.

Color(s): Black Blue Silver
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Theme: none
Size: Mini-ITX


This build participated in 1 contest.

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#2830 The 10K Challenge ended


Category Brand / Part Info 
CPU Intel - Core i7-6700
Cores: 4
Socket: 1151
Motherboard Gigabyte - GA-H170N-WIFI
Chipset: H170
Size: miniITX
Memory Support: DDR4
Memory HyperX - HyperX Fury 2666MHz
Capacity: 16GB
Type: DDR4
Storage Samsung - 970 EVO
Type: SSD
Capacity: 250 GB
Form Factor: m.2
Storage Toshiba OCZ - Trion 150
Type: SSD
Capacity: 480GB
Form Factor: 2.5"
Graphics NVIDIA - RTX 2080 Founders Edition
Chip Manufacturer: Nvidia
Chip: RTX 2080
PSU Corsair - SF600
Form Factor: SFX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Wattage: 600W
Case Ncases - NCase M1
Type: Mini-ITX
Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX
Side Panel: Solid
Case Fans SilverStone Technology - FW91
Size: 92mm
Case Fans SilverStone Technology - SST-FW121
Size: 120mm
Cooling Barrow - 16/12mm PETG Rigid, Clear
Cooling Barrow - Fittings
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling EKWB - EK-CryoFuel Navy Blue Concentrate
Type: Custom Loop
Size: 100 mL
Cooling EKWB - EK-Vector RTX 2080 RGB - Nickel + Plexi
Compatibilty: Compatible with all reference design GeForce RTX 20x0 based graphics cards
Cooling EKWB - EK-Velocity RGB Intel Nickel/Plexi
Type: CPU Waterblock
Compatibilty: Intel LGA 2066/2011(3)/115X
Cooling EKWB - EK-XTOP DDC 3.2 PWM Elite
Type: Water Cooling
Size: 63 x 68 x 55mm
Cooling EKWB - Fittings
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling Hardware Labs - Radiators
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling XSPC - TX Crossflow Ultrathin
Type: Custom Loop
Size: 240mm (120mm x 2)