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Prague, Czech Republic
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Under-ceiling Build

Hello there!

As I moved into a new apartment I will not have a dedicated computer desk so I wanted to place them somewhere and in the saying "the most silent computer is the one next door" I decided to put them in the entry hall and use optical cables to connect the peripherals.

Little bit of history.. In the mania for small form factor PCs, I build a SFF PC. Later, after switching from Fractal Design XL R2 to Nano, I realized that it is really not what I was after. This build will cover two PCs as this build will held my gaming PC and also my server/NAS.

Current gaming PC is in Fractal Design Define Nano, cooled with EK-SPC pump and SE 120, SE 240 and a passive CE 140. It works, it is small but messy and the maintenance is pita. I will reuse most of the computer hardware and some of the watercooling hw. I already had CE 280 laying around so I just bought a CE 560 and a D5 pump. I am still not decided on the motherboard side as I have a spare ATX MSI X99S SLI Plus but I got slightly higher overclock on the current ITX Asrock X99E-ITX/ac.

Server is not a real server, it is just a bunch of desktop hardware. Consists of Asrock AM1H-ITX, passively cooled Athlon 5370, SATA controller card, bunch of 3 TB drives and some SSDs. This now sits in Fractal Design Node 304.

The base idea was sketched on paper but the packaging and final design will be done in CAD. This project will take some time. I already did some CAD and recently switched from wooden board structure to aluminium frame structure. I will publish some Fusion screenshots later today.
Color(s): Black
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: none
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Build Updates

Frame assembled

Drawers and drive bays

Cool pack assembly

Server hardware installed

How the PSU bracket was born

Gaming HW test fit


Frame mounted

Winter 2020 update

Recent changes - 2020 catch up


Intel - Core i7 5930K
Socket: LGA 2011-3
Cores: 6
MSI - X99S Sli Plus
Chipset: X99
CPU Socket: LGA 2011-3
Size: ATX
Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT (2400MHz) (Grey)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 32 GB
MSI - Sea Hawk
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1080 Ti
Interface: PCIe x16
$ 98.00
Samsung - 970 EVO Plus
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 1 TB
$ 436.54
Corsair - AX860i
Wattage: 860
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Platinum
Custom - Custom (custom)
Alphacool - Reservoir
Type: Custom Loop
$ 88.95
EKWB - CoolStream CE
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 280 mm (2 x 140 mm)
$ 282.88
EKWB - CoolStream CE
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 560 mm (4 x 140 mm)
$ 99.99
EKWB - EK-Supremacy EVO
Type: CPU Waterblock
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