Description

Being a fan of Overwatch I wanted to create a Theme PC based off the character D.va in Overwatch. Originally I was thinking of going with Mei, but I thought the PC would be more fun to build if i went with a D.va theme. I ended up migrating a lot of parts from my old small form factor build, and converting it from an Air cooled system to a Water cooled system using hard lines.

Since i was going to sand and repaint the case, i ended up finding an NZXT manta on E-bay that someone was selling second hand. Since this case had a lot of room to work with for an ITX, and I wanted to go with a water cooling layout, it was a great case to start with. I ended up using a sanding sponge to scruff up the surfaces along with disassemble the pieces of the case to prep them for priming. After giving them a good priming layer, i spent another day painting them the various pink, blue, white, silver colors, and then sealing it in a matte clearcoat.

In order to get the D.va logo in the front, i ended up printing one to size on a sheet of laser paper, then placed it on top of a vinyl sticker sheet used to vinyl wrap automobiles. I carefully cut the design by using the stencil, then stuck the stencil onto the front panel of the case to paint the design in.

I wanted to make the case fans have a Jet turbine type look so i ended up buying hobby airplane propeller spinners and using double sided tape to attach the spinner to the Thermaltake 120mm Riing plus fans. I also had to disassemble the fans and repaint them so that the fans would be silver, with the baby blue color.

The longest process was probably sleeving the power cables with Paracording. I just followed a guide online on how to do this.

The reservoir was originally a black color, so i ended up going with a silver automotive vinyl and vinyl wrapping the reservoir to give it the brushed aluminum look without having to go into painting it. After considering it some more, i actually remember D.va has a fan created Gremlin D.va that loves dorito's and Mountain Dew, so I used transparent laser paper to print out the Mountain Dew logo, and place it on the reservoir, then used a lime yellow coolant that had a similar color to mountain dew, lol.

The reservoir is attached to the lower 2.5" hard drive bracket using a custom made bracket. It gets really tight in there, and i was worried that everything might not fit.

I ended up going with the Hardware labs radiators because I've heard that they are very strong performers. Something that I've learned about water cooling is, flush the radiators very well. The first time i added the coolant, i definitely did not flush the radiators well enough and ended up with some gunk in the system, so i had to completely drain and flush the system, and take apart the water blocks to clean them out inside. Some of the gunk that came out of the loop is shown in the picture above.

Afterwards I ended up installing a LCD screen to the side window so that i could use it to display some system stats, along with a music visualizer. Since the LCD screens are polarized, i had to install quite a lot of RGBW lights inside of the case in order to light it up. I used a standard RGBW kit, and had it draw power off the PC power supply using 12V. I ended up taking apart an AOC USB monitor for parts. A future upgrade may be to use a screen with better color reproduction since this current one loses a lot of color detail.

With watercooling, it gave my PC a lot of thermal headroom. Originally I overclocked the MSI 1080 Ti Armor OC and found out it could handle 2036MHZ for the core and 5999MHZ for the memory at 1.093V, but since i'm using a 1080P 144mhz monitor, nothing was pushing the GPU hard enough to make use of the overclock. So i ended up going in the opposite direction, and undervolted the GPU to run at 950mV, at a core speed of 1922mhz, and memory clock of 5531mhz. The i5-6600K is currently overclocked to 4.6ghz at 1.27v. I've overclocked it because I have started playing Destiny 2, and it places a pretty large demand on the CPU and the framerates became CPU limited. I haven't tried reaching stability past 4.6ghz because I'm trying to maintain core voltage below 1.3V.

Originally the loop order went pump, GPU, CPU, Radiator, Radiator, back to the reservoir, but I ended up changing it to Pump, GPU, Radiator, CPU, Radiator, Reservoir, but it was purely for aesthetic purposes because i wanted to change the layout of the tubing.

Video of the PC in action before I installed the LCD side panel on youtube https://youtu.be/J67-V8TEp0A

Update 1/23/2018: I ended up replacing the CPU with an I7-7700k while putting together another PC, and put the I5 into the secondary PC. The I7-7700K had some really high temperatures and fluctuated a lot, especially for a custom water loop. I eventually went for a delid and repaste. It helped immensely with keeping the temperatures under control. Also the I7-7700K seems to reach 5.1ghz with easy. It might be able to do more but i got too lazy to stress test any higher frequencies for now.

For the delid, it was done using a 3d printed delid tool and a vice clamp. Afterwards i cleaned the paste with 70% rubbing alcohol, and scrapped the old gasket material using a wooden toothpick. Liquid electric tape was used to cover up all the metal parts as a safety precaution since i was going to use a liquid metal thermal paste. Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut was used as a replacement thermal interface material, and gasket maker was used to reaffix the lid back onto the CPU die. I decided to go for it and use the thermal grizzly conductonaut on the lid and waterblock.

Update 5/23/2018: I ended up putting the GPU and CPU into a parallel loop because I thought it looked better from an aesthetic point of view.

Also ended up getting Cablemod custom pro cables, and swapping out the power supply for a Seasonic Prime Ultra titanium 850W.

Purchased a Ducky x Varmilo Miya Pro sakura edition keyboard, Tai Hao aquatic keycaps, and a custom Zap Cable USB C in the miami theme with blue end heatshrink so that it would match the PC's color scheme.

Took a few updated photo's of the setup. Overall pretty pleased with the changes.

Video of the LCD side panel in action: https://youtu.be/0nV5Ynld3nE

Thanks for the Feature PCPP!

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 11 points

Omfg the screen! Every aspect of this is exceptional, but I'm especially impressed by/curious about the monochrome LCD panel you built into the side window. HOW! WHAT SOFTWARE?! WHAT HARDWARE!? DID YOU SCAVENGE/BUY/MANUFACTURE IN YOUR MAD SCIENCE LABORATORY? OMG NZXT SHOULD GIVE YOU A JOB SO WE CAN ALL GIVE THEM OUR MONEY FOR YOUR IDEAS.

  • 23 months ago
  • 7 points

It is just a AOC e1659Fwu USB monitor thats been disassembled for parts. I'm using Rainmeter and treating the side panel as a 3rd monitor thats just out of the way of everything

  • 23 months ago
  • 12 points

"It is just a AOC e1659Fwu USB monitor thats been disassembled for parts." #humblebrag. I have utmost respect for your resourcefulness.

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

I would love to learn how to do this - it's such an elegant alternative to having a literal screen stuck inside the case.

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

There are a few easy to follow DIY guides on youtube for this. I know it definitely made the process easier for myself, lol. Taking apart the screen is always a scary process though.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, do you have a link or something? I wouldn't even know what to search for tbh haha. My dream is to mod the living heck out of my Fractal Design R5 White/Window, and make a custom TG sidepanel for it, and having the system stats on the TG would be insane if it was able to show brightly/clearly enough

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

https://www.rainmeter.net/ This is where you can get rainmeter. https://rainmeter.deviantart.com/ This place has a list of a lot of skins. https://www.reddit.com/r/Rainmeter/ The reddit thread is pretty good for finding ideas for skins.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never taken apart a monitor before. What does the display look like when not attached to your case? This is an awesome idea. Do you know of any videos that show the disassembly of a similar monitor?

Also congrats on the feature!

  • 23 months ago
  • 5 points

This is actually my favourte build pc PCPP, everything in the build looks so well thought out and planned. I love the mountain dew as the coolant and the fan jet ideas!!!!

Brilliant and beautiful +1 my only regret is that I have but one upvote

  • 23 months ago
  • 5 points

The semi-transparent side panel screen is awesome!

Thumbs up!

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Hehehe, GG

+1

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

As a D.Va main, this pleases me greatly.

exceptionally well done, +1!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

This deserves a feature! +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome Build! As a D.va main, I really appreciate this build.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty good build. A lot of hard work went into it.

+1

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I think this is the second featured d.va build. +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

This is an amazing build, dude. Loving the resourcefulness you've put into this. Just to be funny, you should include a mini bag of doritos with the case.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Daamn, EPIC build ++1!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

SeXy!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't understand its meaning but I appreciate its existence.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Character from Overwatch. As it says in the name and description. xD

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

inb4 feature

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

knew it!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I think changing the loop order is also beneficial for your temperatures, especially of your CPU.

I was wondering, with so little room above your reservoir, how did you fill it up? It is filled from the top. Did you use the top fill port, or just unscrewed the whole top part and used a hose/tube directly into the reservoir?

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually left enough space to take the cap off, then i have to take the top panel off and fill it using a funnel.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

T U F F. +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

great build +1, but why a 6600k and a 1080 ti? why not upgrade to i7 as well

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I had the 6600k from my old PC and i just migrated the parts. It overclocked so well that for gaming it seems to be just fine, i wouldn't really get much of a gaming performance boost if i used an i7 7700k, so i didn't want to spend the extra money :x

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

good point, just curious, again nice build

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that custom water cooling! +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

truly deserved +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

What a dope PC.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazing build, especially with the LCD screen on the side panel. which did you actually use?

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I just dismantled a AOC e1659Fwu and scavenged it for parts. its a 15.6" low resolution USB monitor.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Insane +1 =)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Nerf This!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The computer was powerful with just the CPU and GPU, but after the 69% FPS boost from the RGB... Dang... What's the need of that much power?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

This is BRILLIANT.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! Love what you did with the layout and the monitor, amazing build altogether. :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build!!! +1 btw i read that you used double sided tape on the fans, are you planning on using some kind of glue down the road?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Its the 3m permanent double sided tape so i don't think there will be a need to. Supposedly it shouldn't come off, lol. If it does there is always super glue though.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

is that Hanayo from LoveLive!? +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

very very very VERY cool. +1 That screen mod is one I've been wanting to do for a long time. Way cool in every way.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

This is so Cool! +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job, smaller details add up to a very nice aesthetic. Love the shape and color. You've inspired me for my next build, never done water cooling but considering it now. MTN dew logo is hilarious. Just missing a some Dorito crumbs or Cheesy Dorito Hand print on it ;)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, this looks familiar...

Looks great! Nice job!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I posted a video of it on overwatch reddit a while back before i realigned the loops and installed the side panel LCD screen. It may be from there.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I must be thinking of a different rig by a different person who also used the D.va theme. I haven't seen any rigs on reddit so that's what I'm thinking.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

im pretty sure you're thinking of angerthosenear https://pcpartpicker.com/b/wJjcCJ

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, that's not it...

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it still OP out its mech?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It's basically canon now that this is what D.VA's actual PC looks like.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I just love this. I love everything about it. I'm kinda mad because it isn't mine. Well done!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

all i can say is oh mai gawd

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude this is sick! Also how did you get the sticker looking temps and other stats of the computer?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, i actually used Rainmeter, a free wallpaper program and downloaded the Circuitous skin, then modified the ini file for it a little bit so that it pulls the readings from HWinfo.

The D.va logo is just a PNG file thats been made transparent. And the visualizers are the Oceans visualizer set to line and the Frost music visualizer overlapped under the D.va logo PNG, and the VisBubble visualizer around the D.va logo.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome Build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I was hoping this would get featured, great build and a lot of work put in to it.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Lemme guess...you main Reinhardt? Haha! I love the creativity in your build! "Mountain Dew" coolant, turbine fans, custom paint job, and the sick LCD side panel...all of it is just beautiful. Nice work! Winkyface*

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

That hardware monitor overlay looked like photoshop at first...

Amazed you put an LCD panel there wow.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Dayum, this looks amazing. Nice job!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I may not like overwatch that much, but dude, sick pc.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

You deserve some type of PcPartPicker Trophy! Very clean, thought out and executed rig! Thanks for sharing +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice OW desktop, mountain dew haha should put some korean energy drink there instead.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Wowzers, lots of amazing little details in this build, from custom paint, to loop to sleeves and vynal work. Very amazing stuff. Nice and easy +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. just wow.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet Build! I've got that same toothbrush too XD but yeah this is an awesome build!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

AMAZING

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

LOVE that it's being cooled by Mountain Dew. Awesome idea!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

300 hundredth up vote =)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

New favorite build on PCPP!

+111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111

(Whoops sry for the button spam I just got nerfed by a D.va ult and lost the game.)

:}

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I hate playing as or fighting D. VA but I love the build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a work of art!

  • 23 months ago
  • 0 points

Everyone Does Dva.

Do Mei next time.

Looks great.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

mei's been done, and was featured

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

If i ever do another, i think I'd probably go with a Sombra build, lol. I think i could have a lot of fun with that one.

I feel like Mei it would have to be a Kryo build for reasons and i'm not ready to play with that.

  • 23 months ago
  • 0 points

**** D.VA LONG LIVE WINSTON

anyway nice build

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I used transparent laser paper to print the logo, then made a sleeve. I did contemplate just buying a bottle of mt dew and using the logo sleeve off it lol.

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