Go Back   Hardware Canucks > PC BUILDERS & TWEAKERS CORNER > Case Mods, Worklog & Gallery

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old February 2, 2015, 03:33 PM
QinX's Avatar
Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 8
Default H2O-Micro (sub 3 Liter Custom Watercooled Gaming Rig)

Intro
Iíve be very intrigued by the Alienware Alpha and the ASUS ROG GR8, systems that are marketed as console replacements. However after doing research on them one thing became evident that made me cry.
The graphics card in them arenít as good as the can be in that size. Donít get me wrong we should all be happy they are trying to make a Console replacement, but they only slightly improve on graphics with the Alienware Alpha listing ďGTX GraphicsĒ or better known as GTX 860M and the ASUS ROG GR8 has a GTX750Ti.


The Goals
I have 5 goals that I wish to accomplish with this build
1) Under 3 Liters in volume
2) 4K Gaming
3) Watercooled CPU and GPU
4) Clean design
5) Quiet when gaming

The Specs
CPU - Intel Core i7-4790
GPU - Palit GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Motherboard - Asus Q87T
RAM - 2x8GB SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz
Storage - SanDisk X110 128GB (might upgrade it to 256GB)
WiFi - Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Plus Bluetooth
PSU - HD-PLEX 250W DC-DC board and 350W External power brick

The Hurdles
In order to get under 3 Liters AND fit a complete watercooling loop in it Iím doing a lot of custom designing for it, here is the shortlist:

CPU Waterblock
Full cover GPU Waterblock
PCIe 4x to 16x Riser PCB
Custom 2x80mm Radiator
Reservoir
Case

The Progress
I have already made a lot of progress which you can find right here

Case
This design is close to ready, once I have all the internal parts completly laid out I will be ordering the case, I would like to hear your opinions on the aesthetic of this case.
Version 1


Version 2


PCIe Riser PCB
I made my initial design as seen and ordered it. Almost finished and ready for testing



Radiator
A supplier of the company I work at made me this custom radiator. You can see a 120mm Fan and a 280mm radiator as a size comparison


CPU Waterblock
I finished the design form my CPU Waterblock


GPU Waterblock
No real progress to show yet, Iíve been doing some designing based of web images but until Iíve gotten my own GTX970 I wonít have a final design to show

Power Supply
So Iím going with a Thin M-ITX motherboard together with a HD-PLEX 250W DC-DC board and an external 350W Power brick. The way it is going to be setup is like follows:
Thin M-ITX motherboards generate their own voltage onboard, just like any notebook motherboard. I have a DC Jack on the back I/O that supplier 20V and the motherboard turns it in 12V, 5V, 3.3V, you name it.
However, Thin M-ITX motherboard are not designed to run with discrete graphics cards, the motherboard only has a physical PCIe 3.0 4x slot and those are limited to only supply 25W instead of the 75W a PCIe 16x slot can deliver, also there are no PCIe 6pin or 8pin connectors present.


This is where the HD-Plex 250W DC-DC board comes in. It is meant for small systems to have an external brick but still have the 24pin, CPU 8Pin, GPU 8Pin and some sata connectivity. Iíll only be using the GPU 8Pin and the board 12V rail to supply the GPU with power.
The PCIe raiser disconnects the 12V that normally comes from the PCIe slot itself in order to allow the HD-Plex board to supply all the needed 12V power to the GPU.

I still have a ways to go but Iím making good progress.

Last edited by QinX; February 6, 2015 at 12:57 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old February 2, 2015, 03:44 PM
Bond007's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 3,308

My System Specs

Default

ambitious project. I look forward to following your progress.
__________________
Desktop: Arc Midi R2, Z77-D3H, 3570K undervolt @4.1ghz with Zalman Optima Cooler, Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb@1866mhz, HD 6950(unlocked shaders and OC'd), Bitfenix Fury 750w, WD Black 1TB, Intel 530 120GB
Away from home light Gamer: Acer Aspire 15.6", A8-3500m undervolt and OC to 2Ghz, 2x4gb Corsair Vengeance, Crucial M500 240gb
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old February 6, 2015, 12:56 PM
QinX's Avatar
Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 8
Default

Well I had myself a small problem, how do you test a PCIe riser that can only be folded over a Thin M-ITX motherboard?

Luckily on another forum a member (l3p) was interested in my riser, upon asking why he was interested he answered "Ik dacht dat hij wel handig kon zijn als je een GPU plat op een E-ATX bord wilt leggen. (Dus bovenop de andere PCI-e slots"

Wait what?
Let me Englishify that: "I thought it could be useful for folding a GPU flat over an E-ATX motherboard. (On top of the other PCI-e slots)".

Gotta love when other people turn on the lights in your head. I had an Maximus IV Extreme laying around but no CPU for it. quickly got myself a used Pentium G860 to test with.

*fingers crossed*



It works!
the slot it is running in is only 4x 2.0 so fps aren't great, but at least it works!

Here it is all soldered up.



Also, why would l3p want to fold the GPU over the motherboard? Well you can slim down you build and show of a waterblock.

He did something similar before but at a 135 degree angle and with a flex riser
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old February 13, 2015, 08:14 PM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 27
Default

very cool. the ascetics of the case are pretty decent nice and clean i like it
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old February 22, 2015, 09:50 AM
QinX's Avatar
Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 8
Default

Just a small update as it has been rather quiet now.

I’ve ordered the waterblocks and reservoir from my supplier, they should be getting milled come Monday, so with a bit of luck I’ll have them in my hands before the end of next week.

I’m also close to ordering the case itself from another supplier. Because of pricing I will be getting 2 Horizontal cases and 2 Vertical cases.
1 Horizontal and 1 Vertical case will be sand-blasted and then anodized either black of “space grey”
The other 2 will be powder coated black, matte and with a structured finish.

The only thing I need to order now are the O-rings for the blocks and the interconnects.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old February 24, 2015, 07:18 AM
QinX's Avatar
Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 8
Default

I kinda made a mistake :(

The fitting that goes on the reservoir is not going to fit.

Now I have to hope I can find someone to lathe a lot of material of the fitting and hope the fitting doesn't mind being Łber skinny

Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old February 24, 2015, 10:45 AM
Kartner's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Cambridge, Ontario
Posts: 81

My System Specs

Default

Really cool project! I like where you're going with keeping everything so small and will be watching your progress. Must be laying down a nice little investment to get everything custom like this!

Are you able to share who your radiator and waterblock supplier are? I'm curious who the manufacturer is.

Also, where did you source your 80mm NB fans (if you're in Canada)? I'm trying to get a hold of one myself so that I can replace the one in my SFX PSU.

Cheers,
-Kartner
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old February 24, 2015, 12:47 PM
QinX's Avatar
Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 8
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kartner View Post
Really cool project! I like where you're going with keeping everything so small and will be watching your progress. Must be laying down a nice little investment to get everything custom like this!

Are you able to share who your radiator and waterblock supplier are? I'm curious who the manufacturer is.

Also, where did you source your 80mm NB fans (if you're in Canada)? I'm trying to get a hold of one myself so that I can replace the one in my SFX PSU.

Cheers,
-Kartner
Thanks for showing interest!

I'm not revealing who manufactures the radiator and waterblocks, perhaps in a future build if they decide to sponsor me :P

I live in the Netherlands so I wouldn't know where to get one in Canada, if you are really desperate you could ask the shop I got mine if they are willing to ship one to you?
https://www.caseking.de/shop/catalog...:26_10231.html
I have: Noiseblocker BlackSilent Pro Fan PC-P - 80 mm
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old February 27, 2015, 03:37 PM
QinX's Avatar
Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 8
Default

Here's a nice update:

The blocks have been made and are on their way now!

The copper is fairly scratched judging from the pictures, but nothing a bit of spit and polish won't fix ;)
They should arrive early this week and I will be taking some better pictures of them so stay tuned!





Really looking forward to trying them out!
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[FS] Complete Custom Watercooled x79 system vohiep84 Buy/Sell & Trade 2 January 8, 2015 09:49 PM
[FS] Gaming Computer - *CUSTOM WATERCOOLED* (WANT TO TRADE) *$1750* JoeOnePack Buy/Sell & Trade 13 July 11, 2013 08:10 PM