Thresh's Lantern

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Thresh's Lantern

Finally my best friend wanted to upgrade his rig from an old core i5 6400 paired with a gtx 1060 3GB in a mini MSI oem prebuilt, to a truly impressive Gaming machine representing the might and glory of building fully customized PCs and his passion about playing video games on them. He also wants it to be as small as possible to fit it on his desk, so I told him to get an SFF build! This case in particular has less then 15Litres of Volume

There are Multiple things to be noted on this Build!

THE GRAPHICS CARD:
For this Build i specifically searched for a card with a long enough pcb to just fit in the case! however I underestimated the broadth of the GPU so i had to do some modifications to the mounting of the gpu as well as to the pcie riser cable (removing the housing)
The original Gaming X Trio cooler has been removed! the chip has been cleaned and Liquid metal has been applied. With that i wanted to reach better heat transfer and therefore better Temperatures.

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CORSAIR QL120 FANS:
The PWM cables were cut and re crimped to have modularity. This helps changing the design of the whole build! simply change the pwm cable extention with a different colour of sleeve!
the Corsair RGB cables were sleeved with black sleeves. I did not have housings or connectors for this cable so i just sleeved them black to have those look good as well!

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CPU:
Basically just a Liquid metal application because why not :P

MAINBOARD:
The Mainboard was a defective board which the previous owner failed to flash the bios. I took the board to my workspace and Flashed the BIOS externaly through a "dediprog". Other than that i removed the nvme heatsink and the chipset heatsink and installed a NVME Watercooling block by bykski and attached the Block to the chipset via theremal pads. now the x570 Chipset is rated at 11W TDP which is usually cooled by a direct heatsync with a Fan. But it can only reach 11W if there is a Gen.4 Nvme SSD connected through the chipset. since I only have a Gen.3 drive installed to it it shoud handle the heat with no problems. (gen.4 SSD in primary slot is connected througn cpu lanes)

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CUSTOM SLEEVED CABLES:
The sleeved cables are Handmade by me and were cut to perfect length, so I had more space for the cooling loop and to give it a tidy look even tho it is a Small formfactor build

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WATERCOOLING LOOP:
Components being cooled by Waterblocks: CPU / GPU / GEN.4 NVME SSD / X570 CHIPSET
Despite it being a SFF Build i really wanted to get him a Watercooling loop (since he is my best friend I gifted him all the fittings, tubing, QL140 Fans, Valves, UV RGB LED cables and the cable sleeving as well as all building fees). Basically it is a Hardtube Loop with 14mm tubing. Since i wanted it to be easy to Maintain I installed a drain valve of course at the lowest possible point of the System. But where should that be? I have been trying many positions one worse than the other. But after 3 hours of thinking i have come to the conclusion, that i can fit it between the radiator and case while using a rotary adapter to simply slide the drainvalve out of the system when removing the front mesh panel! No electrics around the valve, valve is outside of the case while draining, simple access, what do you want more! and that even in a SFF case like this. Radiator used is a 280mm radiator by bykski with 28mm thickness. this should be enough to cool the almost 300W all components in the loop are emmitting. with liquid metal the heat should get removed even better!

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THERMALS:
GPU stock: 71 °C max on open testbench
GPU liquid metal Watercooled: 53°C max on open ssupd meshilicious case.
CPU Stock: 65°C max on open testbench (bequiet pure rock slim)
CPU liquid metal Watercooled: 56°C max on open ssupd meshilicious case.

I think the larger delta difference between the gpu and cpu is regarded to the heatspreader of the cpu taking away some efficiency of the liquid metal/ watercooling loop.


SPECIAL THANKS TO BUILDS.GG AND CABLEMOD FOR THEIR MVB MONTHLY CONTEST AND THEREFORE PROVIDING 90CM OF UV RGB LED STRIPES!!!
Color(s): Black
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: none
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: SFF
Type: General Build

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Hardware

CPU
$ 119.00
AMD - Ryzen 5 (5600X)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 6
Motherboard
$ 177.04
Gigabyte - AORUS Pro (WiFi)
Chipset: X570
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: ATX
Memory
$ 81.99
Corsair - Vengeance Pro SL (3600MHz) (Black/RGB)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 32 GB
Graphics
$ 710.00
MSI - GeForce Gaming X Trio
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 3060 Ti
Interface: PCIe x16
Storage
$ 89.40
Samsung - PM961
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 256 GB
PSU
$ 285.00
Corsair - SF750
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: SFX
Efficiency: 80+ Platinum
Case
$ 142.00
Ssupd - Meshlicious
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Mesh
Case Fan
$ 100.06
Corsair - iCUE QL140 (RGB) (2x)
Size: 140 mm
Cooling
$ 82.00
Barrow - CPU Blocks
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling
$ 188.29
Bykski - G1/4 Full Cover GPU Water Cooler
Type: GPU Waterblock
CableMod
$ 80.00
Estimated total value of this build:
$ 2,155.09
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