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ALBUM FIRST

Odin 4.1, my third custom loop, is a refinement of my second loop. No major component changes from Odin 4.0, a build I did in July 2017.

I had the itch to build a new PC, but no reasons. The chassis couldn’t be any smaller and still cool a 7700K and 1080Ti in near silence. This system is used mostly for gaming and light tasks like web browsing and file management, so there wasn’t a need to upgrade to an 8700K for the occasional transcode job. The only GPU with a significant advantage in 4K gaming is the $3,000 Titan V - about $2,000 more than I’m willing to pay. Because there were no reasonable major upgrades, I settled for iterating on what was already in place.

Starting out, I took the loop apart and cleaned out the blocks. Like a dummy, I had used a silver coil in my loop with a nickel-plated EK GPU block. No catastrophic corrosive damage, but it was a little ugly before cleaning. The Primochill Advanced LRT Crystal Clear tubing was cloudy and gross after 9 months, so I also replaced all of the tubing.

As I built it back up, here is a list of things I changed:

  • Delidded i7-7700K. Previously, the CPU would reach the 50s and 60s while gaming, but the GPU in the same loop was around 40ºC. I did not accurately benchmark before, but load temps have dropped by about 15ºC. Now I plan to do some light overclocking instead of leaving the CPU at stock.

  • Cable routing improved. I ran several cables behind the motherboard. The big one was the EPS 8-pin, and now it looks much cleaner and allows for better airflow.

  • Flipped PSU so fan faces the chassis interior. The SF600 fan profile is based on load, not temperature. At a minimum, the fan opening in the PSU will give the exhaust from the side radiator a little less restriction. When under load, the PSU fan will help actively exhaust the system.

  • Switched out my Advanced LRT tubing from 1/2” ID 3/4” OD clear to 3/8” ID 1/2” OD black. The new tubing is a little more flexible but doesn’t appear to have any kinking problems despite the thinner wall. Because the system is so tight, the smaller tubing might also help with airflow, though I doubt it would be a measurable effect. The black tubing looks great in the mostly-black system and won’t cloud over time like the clear did.

  • By switching to smaller tubing and fittings, I was able to fit two sets of QD3 quick disconnects. The quick disconnects can provide an air hole to drain and fill the system far more efficiently than before. I can also run the system without the side radiator installed for troubleshooting.

  • Added temp sensor. Using the Phobya temperature sensor, the radiator fan speeds are based on the water temperature. This is better than relying on CPU or GPU alone because different loads can stress one and not the other.

  • Swapped 1080Ti PCI bracket for the single-slot version. This made inserting and removing the 1080Ti much easier. With the bottom radiator in place, the 2-slot bracket was difficult to wiggle in.

In the end, the most noticeable change is that the CPU runs cooler and the fans don’t ramp up and down as often. I also won’t be dealing with corrosion due to the silver coil or gross cloudy “clear” tubing. Most importantly, I got to scratch that PC building itch and now I can wait a little longer before my next upgrade.

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 5 points

Well done, bro. That's pretty amazing...and you've proven you can fit 480mm worth of rads in the M1 and still have good style.

Feature this.

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the delid, +1 for the awesome tubing management, +1 for the ncase, +1 for the 1080ti, +1 for the almost bezel less monitor and quality stand, +1 for the sleeved cables, +1 for the strix mobo, +1 for the audio monitors, +1 for the anti kink, what the hell is a rose gold macbook doing in this setup? To each their own...

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

The MBP is silver, must be the lighting :)

95% of my time here is spent on the PC, but the laptop comes in handy for some work stuff or iMessage.

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

This gives me the best claustrophobia I've ever had +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

I never knew I could be so sexually attracted to a PC build.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

You did an amazing job. Looks super clean. +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I admire the efficiency of the space used. Everyone can build in a tower, but this needs some planning effort aswell. Good job mate!

Now I want to build such a small thing too :/

Would you call this build one of the quieter builds regarding of fan noise?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I've built around 20 PCs now, and this is my smallest, quietest, and most powerful yet.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

The experience pays off!

I am really impressed, again! :D Your build just makes me smile. I need to agree with "Big_Nick_Digger "!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

+4000 this deserves a feature

Nice and rare to see Mini - ITX water-cooled build.

Can it run Excel tho?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes it can obviously but can it run minesweeper?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

But can it run crysis?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Your setup is beautiful

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

what monitor is that?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

LG 32UD99, but I leave HDR off

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

(☉_☉) that's expensive. My wallet says no, but I really want it.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

GET FEATURED.

Awesome build tho 1+

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a sweat looking keyboard, what is it? Also you only have 1 mouse and keyboard, is is your PC and Mac connected together by some software?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Anne Pro with Browns, and replaced keycaps with PBT blanks with o-rings.

And Synergy works great to share mouse and keyboard between both.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

480mm of rads in an M1!? How the... what? How? Well done.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

.....how in the WHAT.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

nicely done

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

OMG its so damn clean!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

this thing is freaking dope awesome build!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

So awesome.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

That is a wonderful compliment, thank you

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

lmao, thanks!