Description

So, After gaming on consoles since the release of the PS2 - 16 years ago, I have finally committed to building my first PC with the intention of saying farewell to my beloved PS4.

What did I want to achieve by converting to PC and building it myself? - Well, i wanted to go over the top with a HardTubed - WaterCooling System, - A build that would get the most out of my Sony Bravia 55" 4K (60hz) TV, - A build that would provide me with high end specs for at least 3 years, - The ability to make modifications, and add add-ons at my own will. And, now that my build is complete, I believe I have achieved exactly what I was after (except for the first point...)

The Swiftech H220x2 Prestige: This cooler is a beast in size! I ran a leak test for several hours before installation and fitting my own tubing, and the test ran fine. The fittings were a breeze to remove, and once the unit was installed into my system with its PETG tubing and Pastel White coolant it complimented the build perfectly. I removed about 20mm from the plate of the case below the radiator and I was able to install an additional 120mm intake fan at the front of the case. Unfortunately for me though, the pump failed towards the final stages of topping up the system. This was a huge inconvenience, and Swiftechs customer service has been terrible at getting back to me via email, and by customer forum. The whole cooling unit has now been removed, and will most likely be used for parts....

Build Pros: - Compatibility for every part was spot on. - The build is exactly what I was after. - It runs a lot quieter than what I had anticipated. Even under load. - The Cases front panel window is good quality and provides a good view of the motherboard while also allowing you to hide a LED strip around the frame, and hiding the radiator. - The included LED and Fan controller are a nice touch to the case -The CPU is stable at 27`C while idling

BuildCons: - The faulty H220x2 pump, and Swiftechs lack of customer service. - The 2M Phanteks LED is overkill for this case. I ended up cutting the strip in half as there was no where else the strip would go. Some of the lights on the strip were already broken (wrong colour) before I had even installed it. And, the included 3M tape doesn't even stick to the strip.... - The SATA cords in the sleeved kit are terrible for back of house cable management. They take up too much room, as they create a T shape when connected, as opposed to EVGAs Y shape, making it impossible to attach the back panel without it warping. - Protective plastic coating on the GPU metal accents.

I would love to build another PC, and i would also love to have another go at a HardTubed Loop. But, this will do just fine for now (a few years).

The photos at the back of the album showcase the Hard Tubing + H220x2 unit before it was removed.

thanks for viewing/reading, and i am more than happy to answer any questions in regards to Compatibility, Benchmarks, Specifications, and Installation.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

H115i This unit was a breeze to install! The size of the radiator utilises every mm of space on the face of my case, and the fans are setup in between the frame of the case and radiator in an intake configuration.

Motherboard

A nice looking mother board that also worked really well for my monochrome build. The BIOS have been fairly easy to navigate so far.

Storage

Perfect for what I need at the moment, and still provides efficient memory access speeds.

Case

I was originally trying to source the white version of this case, but gave up after such limited availability in Australia.. But, now that I have it fully built I am still very happy with black! The case was Super User-friendly! It helped deliver a great end result with Front of house cable management, and I much preferred the GPU cables going to the back of the case rather than to the bottom. The tool-free HDD drive bays are super easy and sturdy once installed. The thumb screws seem a little bit flimsy, but once tightened they do the trick just fine. The inner sound dampening layer on the inside of this case seems to make a good differennce as the case runs at such a quiet volume.

Power Supply

This PSU also includes a MOBO bypass tool which was handy to run both leak tests on the H220x2 and h115i before I had completed my build.

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Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice bends ! I want to get into bending tubes since the amount of $ I spent on 90 degree fittings are sickening. +1

PS. you're making me regret water cooling my 1080 :(

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks heaps ! Have you tried bending tubes before? If not, i have some tips: -Use PETG tubing; not as frail as as acrylic -Use a fitted silicone insert -And, practice a few bends first to get familiar with what happens when you underheat/overheat before bending the angle :)

And why am I am i making you regret making you use watercooling? Too many $$$ to improve aesthetics?? ;D

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks for the reply. I used petg tubing in my build but this was my first custom water cooled build and I was afraid of the results of bending so I just went all out and bought a whole bunch of 90 degree fittings. I did however bought the primochill bending kit so I will be doing it soon.

The reason why I'm regretting water cooling my 1080 because the stock cooler looks so good to me!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Some builds utilise the bend fittings really well, but I personally prefer bends done by hand. Sorry, I didn't notice you you were referring to your 1080, haha. Yeah, they do look nice :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks heaps !! I just checked your build out. Looks super comfy with that desk and chair !

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

haha! thanks. yeah, the chair is so comfortable that i wish i can take it to work and use it there. lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

So my very first build was in this case with the same exact color because White wasn't available for me either. How was your experience building in it? I felt as if it was a little too tight for the Sabertooth Mobo I had at the time, you've made it look like a peace of cake with how clean this rig is lol. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Funny that, i have grown appreciation for the black case now that i have it :) To be honest, i really did enjoy building in this case. Everything felt super easy to work with. It did get a bit limited for room in the back at the rear panel, but thank god nobody will ever see behind here but me :) And, thanks heaps for the feedback, plenty of time was spent trying to tuck away cables and get the cable combs in place.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Black case, white parts, blue LEDs... It looks amazing, and should play absolutely amazing. Definitely a fine build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks heaps for the great feedback!! This is the whitest white thatvthe phanteks LED strip would go. I wish it were whiter. But hey, it still turned out ok :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are white? They look more blue... It is a rather white blue, though. Does it look whiter in person?

It does look very nice nonetheless.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the main picture is white, but it's such a warm white that the photos do look blueish Thankyou :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

loved how it went from a h115 to custom cpu loop

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish that were the case, but unfortunately it was the other way around. The pump for the custom loop died so ended up removing the whole custome loop (as the pump+res+rad are 1 unit), the h115i is the replacement until I do a custom loop again :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

wow, LOVE the +90 degree bends

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks heaps! All done by hand and sight actually. All I used was a silicone insert and a good hair dryer hahah

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Very amaze, much +1. Wow.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks heaps! I just checked out your Kraken build, I love the white accenting :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build :D

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

What company did you use for the cables

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

When you were using the Corsiar H115i AIO what was your cooling solution, ie: where did you have your intake fans/outake/ and radiator? I am looking into getting this case but I am not sure where to put the fans and radiator.

Thanks

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I have the H115i mounted on the front as anintake. I also managed to squeeze in a 120mm intake fan under it as well. The front-top fan is intake, the rear-top fan is exhaust, and rear is also exhaust :)

Any other questions please feel free to ask. :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, this is oe good looking PC.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you currently have the hard tubed water cooling???

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I’ve got a desk build now with hard tubing :) check out my latest build on my profile

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely! I just checked out your build! - I love it. The Matte+Monochrome colour scheming works brilliantly :)

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