Q500L dual rad loop

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Q500L dual rad loop

The case that people love to hate. Not sure why that is, perhaps they bought it themselves with wrong expectations, or they simply belief that the judgement of gamer's jesus is to be seen as gospel, even when it's only based on one criteria. For me, the q500l is ideal, because i was specifically searching for the smallest case that could accommodate this cooling setup, of which most parts i already had laying around, not being used in the previous built but a few years ago.

I know there are much smaller alternatives which can also work with 2x240 rads, but they always come with annoying compromises like having to use slim fans, having the PSU in a weird place over the cpu and/or not being able to have one of the 240rads be 6cm thicc with push/pull fans.

What is often overlooked about this case is, that while it's still far from SFF case territory, with only 32 liters it is an ATX case that is smaller than most micro-atx cases and even some mini-itx with a standard layout. on top of that its versatility and moddability is kind of unmatched and hasnt been seen on the market ever since Caselabs went bankrupt.

yes, the whole design concept makes it not the easiest case to work in and ventilation is not comparable to high-airflow cases, but these issues can be dealt with. i wouldnt aircool a threadripper+titan combo in it, but if you're either watercooling(high pressure, slow fans) or using parts with smaller wattage (like most mainstream ryzen), the ventilation is good enough. The max temp i witnessed so far after some minutes of stresstest was 58degree C for both cpu and gpu using a ryzen 3700x and gtx 1080. But i have to add that it's not completely finished, i'm still waiting on some parts and need to fix minor issues. e.g. i expect the cooling performance to increase further when the vpp655 pump get replaced by an actual D5, currently the flowrate is abysmally slow.
Color(s): Black Silver
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Industrial
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: Micro-ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
$ 205.00
AMD - Ryzen 7 (3700X)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 8
Motherboard
MSI - B450m Mortar Max
Chipset: B450
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: Micro-ATX
Memory
$ 44.99
Patriot - Viper Steel (3733MHz)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 16 GB
Graphics
$ 1,419.00
MSI - Aero
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1080
Interface: PCIe x1
Storage
$ 79.99
ADATA - XPG SX8200
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 240 GB
Storage
$ 159.99
Crucial - MX300
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 275 GB
Storage
Samsung - 840 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Capacity: 250 GB
Storage
Samsung - HD753LJ Spinpoint F1
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 750 GB
PSU
be quiet! - Pure Power 11
Wattage: 400
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
$ 79.36
Cooler Master - Masterbox Q500L
Type: Micro-ATX
Side Panel: Acrylic
Case Fan
$ 179.70
Cooling
$ 119.18
Cooling
$ 55.88
Alphacool - NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 240 mm (2 x 120 mm)
Cooling
$ 97.99
Alphacool - NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 240 mm (2 x 120 mm)
Cooling
$ 129.83
Aquacomputer - Cuplex Cryos (21700)
Type: Waterblock
Cooling
EKWB - EK-FC1080 GTX - Acetal/Nickel
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling
Tygon - Tubing
Type: Custom Loop
Accessories
Aquacomputer - D5 PWM pump (discontinued)
Accessories
$ 49.70
Accessories
$ 41.22
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