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Watercooled H200 - my first custom loop

by RockNoir

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46 Comments

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Details

Date Published

Dec. 5, 2018

Date Built

Dec. 2, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.088 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

Description

Over the last 18 months my PC has evolved a few times. Parts upgrades, new cases, more RGB, less RGB, more monitors, less monitors, you name it. I think i've finally got myself settled on a build i'm happy with though, I always wanted a custom loop but I also REALLY liked the idea of an ITX build, so I did both.

Starting with the NZXT H200, the one I bought was black and red but I always had plans for the red. The cable management bar was wrapped in hand stitched chocolate brown leather to match the headband of my AKG K701's and the red fan inlets at the front of the case were painted silver. I was aiming for a really neutral colour scheme, the K701's are white, silver, black and brown and I wanted the case to reflect that.

The CPU and GPU blocks are both EK, the CPU being a Velocity copper block and the GPU being a Thermosphere. The radiators are full copper too, there's a 120mm at the back of the case and a 240mm X-flow at the front, both from Alphacool. I went with an X-flow rad at the front because that allowed a drain valve to be fitted at the base of the case making draining the system easier. The pump is an Alphacool DDC310 with a 150mm reservoir and the fittings are all hard tube Alphacool Eiszapfen chrome fittings and 13mm OD PETG tubing, all bend by hand.

I went with a SFX PSU as this allowed more room in the basement for cable management and to fit a 120mm fan blowing across the passive heatsinks I fitted to the VRM's and RAM on the GPU - unfortunately because the GTX1080 Mini uses a custom PCB there really aren't many water blocks that fit it and those that do have the outlets in the wrong orientation for my build.

The K701's are powered by a Behringer Q802 mixer passing through a Nobsound P10 tube/hybrid amp with a genuine Electro Harmonix 12AU7 tube. Cracking headphones and a cracking little amp, completely changes everything from music to gaming and I couldn't go back to a gaming headset now.

The case has a 5" LCD monitor from Amazon that's designed for a Raspberry Pi but i've repurposed it as a monitoring screen using NZXT CAM, I can see GPU and CPU stats on the fly whilst gaming. I saw the idea on YouTube and for the minimal cost it looks much better than the SSD caddy that normally sits there. It's got USB power and a HDMI cable looped out the back of the case and into the GPU as an extended desktop.

Finally my pride and joy, the Predator X34A monitor. It's honestly just incredible, I bought it second hand for £500 locally thankfully, it's crazy expensive but also so bloody nice to play in 1440p ultrawide with GSync. Love it.

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Cajun__ 1 Build 3 points 3 months ago

Gorgeous +1

JCMsergox 4 Builds 3 points 3 months ago

Amazing. I love it when people manage to cram custom loops into ITX cases.

TheBeardMB 2 points 3 months ago

This is simply beautiful. Don’t think I’ll be able to liquid cool my rig to begin with but I’d love to have beautiful cable manangement such as this - The Beard

RockNoir submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

The cables are easy, I used BitFenix extensions but i'm looking to sleeve my own in the near future straight into the PSU. Appreciate the kind words though, and good luck with yours!

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Awesome build, love every bit of it

UntamedShadow 3 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Well done!

Great job on the parts and making the system truly your own. (Awesome to see more custom loops in the H200) If I had the money, I believe I would turn my current setup into something very similar to this. (However its not easy to get parts where I live, especially in terms of liquid cooling.)

RockNoir submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks very much, I love the case and the form factor and i'm considering going properly small form factor for my next one

UntamedShadow 3 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I know the feeling........ The LOUQE Ghost S1 in particular has peeked my interest (more so than the Dan and Ncase, although both seemed to be great)

UntamedShadow 3 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Also, its hard to tell with the tempered glass but what kind of clearance were you looking at with the GPU and Radiator?

RockNoir submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Not sure what you mean.. there's about an inch between the end of the GPU block and the tempered glass?

UntamedShadow 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Apologies..... shouldn't have said gpu but between the radiator and where the top of psu shroud ends? Just wondering as I currently have the MSI 1070 gaming (so not mini) and it extends past the top of the psu shroud.

RockNoir submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Judging from the fact the radiator is 30mm thick i'd say about 25-30mm of space. You could squeeze the full length card in I think but you'd need to have the pump in the basement and a smaller reservoir above the GPU

ShineGlizzy 2 points 3 months ago

I was scared to do a custom loop hahaha especially with my first build. Maybe sometime in the near future! Looks good! Love the monitor! +1

RockNoir submitter 2 Builds 3 points 3 months ago

Thank you, it was stressful having it all apart but I got there eventually. And i'm so glad I saw the monitor on Gumtree locally, was going to buy a Korean ultrawide but the Acer was only £100 more second hand

ShineGlizzy 3 points 3 months ago

Yea bro. My monitor is the only thing slacking on my build. I'm jealous hahaha

kevbui 4 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Wowza. That's awesome!

I just did a Mini-ITX build and yeah... not a lot of space to work with. Kudos for making it work!

RockNoir submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks very much, fingers were bloody sore after tightening up all the compression fittings with very little access!

kevbui 4 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I know the feeling! Any tips on getting everything to fit??

cowlover24 2 points 3 months ago

Love the little screen

jackyh98 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Nice build! What are you using to hold your headphones up like that?

RockNoir submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

It's just some generic headphone stand from Amazon, mounted to the case using 3M adhesive pads

kenlao 2 points 3 months ago

does the 120mm rad fits? or did you do something to make it fit?

RockNoir submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

The rad fits yes. Depending on the overall dimensions of the radiator, some might need you to mount the fan in a pull configuration. But from what I could tell most 120mm radiators should fit

kenlao 2 points 3 months ago

ok thanks i might change my LP aircooler to an 120mm aio

blacklagann 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

How did you paint the front intake bars? I wanted to paint my h200 a different color but I havent noticed if they come off or not

RockNoir submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

It wasn't easy to be honest. You can remove the panel if you're prepared to drill the rivets but I ended up just masking absolutely everything off and spraying with it attached

blacklagann 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Ahh, I figured thats what you probably did but wanted to be sure. Thank you the build looks great

FishingLegend 2 points 3 months ago

What kind of plant do you have on top of the case? Real or artificial?

RockNoir submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

It's articifial. I got it from Amazon, searched for the term artificial succulents. I wanted a terrarium but it was getting to over £60 for all the parts so I'll do it one day but for now artificial looks good enough

korg 2 points 3 months ago

woaw !! Great work !! +1

RockNoir submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks very much :)

Demonkiller6811 1 point 3 months ago

Why did you choose to do it in a mini-itx case for your first custom loop? if I was doing this I would go mid atx just to give me that little extra room for it

RockNoir submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I just really liked the form factor of the H200 and I couldn't afford two systems!

uberlittle44 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

WOW Great build! Question would love to set up a screen to monitor temps and vitals like you have with the LCD pannel and CAM. Could you elaborate more how you do that? Thanks so much!

RockNoir submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Sure, the screen is a 5" LCD panel that's marketed as a Raspberry Pi screen but the important part is HDMI input and USB power. For USB power I have a micro USB to USB2.0 header on my motherboard and for video I've a HDMI cable looped out of the case and into the GPU, it's set up just as you normally would for a dual monitor setup.

The software used is CAM because I like the GUI but you can use whatever works best for you

uberlittle44 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks so much for the reply a must do mod to my rig!

Farex 1 point 2 months ago

Did you have to punch out holes in the case in order to loop out the HDMI cable for the screen? I am interested in how you did that! :)

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

wow. Just. Wow. This is absolutely beautiful. I'd like to get into custom water cooling, but i don't really have the balls to do it lol.

SwiftSeb 6 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

sex appeal 10/10

PachonikBG 1 point 3 months ago

I had the same idea but a normal 240 front and an xflow 120 back +1 from me

AlexMcD0 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Did you OC? How are VRM temps?

e1543 1 point 3 months ago

Dayum that is an amazing build.

Lee_Edge 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Lovely build man! Would love to try a custom loop like this on mine one day!

MrMeticulous 1 point 1 month ago

Looks amazing. Good design all around. Color scheme consistent. The custom loop dimensions and liquid tint give me a Portal 2 vibe (conversion gel, anyone?).

Love the slight blue hue tint with the LCD display at the bottom. Perfect use for the visible SSD tray. Well done.

Bettercopy232 -2 points 3 months ago

You don’t need to spend that much on cooling and the mad Ryzen 5 1600 gonna bottle neck the Gtx 1080, the Amd Ryzen 5 2600 has the same price but better performance.

RockNoir submitter 2 Builds 3 points 3 months ago

I don't need to but I wanted to. Noone needs a custom loop. The 1600 doesn't bottleneck the GTX1080 either at 3440x1440 high/ultra settings, i'm GPU limited for most titles. The PC is already built using the base I started with last year, the 2600 isn't a big enough jump in performance to justify the upgrade