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Thank you for viewing the final photos of Project 'Mighty Nano'
I have a passion for custom built PCs with premium water cooling loop designs. I designed this build as a casual gaming build with some overclocking. This was my second fully custom water cooled build project. I wanted to take on the challenge of a mini-ITX build. I decided to build in the Fractal Design Define Nano S window edition. This case was the perfect choice as it provided the perfect package of features for a fully custom water cooled PC. I chose the i5 7600K as its perfect for casual gaming, overclocking ability, and thermals. Paired up with the ASUS Z270I Gaming mini-ITX motherboard.
This build process started with staring and pondering how I can fit a full custom loop with two 240mm radiators in the Nano S with a unique design. I decided to go with a purple, black, and chrome theme of the build. Chrome fittings with purple fluid was my initial idea and it turned out wonderfully. I chose to build with EK Water Blocks products for the CPU and GPU, PrimoChill products for the Radiators, reservoir, and compression fittings. I also used Bitspower fittings where I needed angle or splitter fittings. I wanted to install the dual 240mm PrimoChill Eximo Satin Black radiators for optimal cooling temperatures for the overclocked CPU and GPU. I also can't forget to mention the PrimoChill Vue Candy Purple SX coolant is what gives this build its color pop! Huge fan of PrimoChill products!
Before doing any tube bending it's important to plan the whole loop design then mount all the hardware in the case which can be a lengthy process. Initially, at first, I didn't plan on doing much custom modding to this build as I have never done any custom mods previously. I then thought of doing a pass thru implementation in the loop as I've never done it which then led to a modding adventure for this build! The look of the coolant going into the wall and coming out adds a unique look to any loop but comes with a challenge. I ended up cutting out the whole back wall of the Nano S case. I then had a custom cut galvanized piece of sheet metal to replace the wall perfectly. The plate supports the loop pass thru fittings along with the drain port out the back of the PC. This came with the challenge of drilling the holes for the pass thru fittings which has to be measured precisely. After drilling the mount points on the new wall plate and the case itself I then wrapped it in a 3M carbon fiber vinyl to give it a nice touch.
Then after mounting the plate then I was able to finally start the loop building process. If you're like me the tube bending process can be a very tedious process. Previous experience tube bending helped greatly as I had some tricky bends to complete. I finished the loop after many hours of measuring and bending. Then it came time to fill the loop with the PrimoChill Vue. I'd have to say filling the loop was very a very tricky process with the pump not being right after the reservoir. After some priming and turning and flipping, I was able to get the coolant flow. The next phase came to cutting the custom acrylic side panels. I measured and tapped thumbscrew mounts on each corner to mount the glass. I wanted as much as possible to be visible in the build is why I chose full acrylic glass panels. I sanded and polished the edges on each side of the glass panels. Finally, I knew with this case that the front radiator would be starving for air which is crucial for the custom loop temperatures. I then came up with a design to cut out of the front panel and place in meshing on the backside. I measured and tapped everything first and used a Dremel tool to cut out the design. I learned a lot from this front panel mod as it came with a lot of work with hand filing, sanding, and painting. I think it turned out awesome!
Custom designs and mods: Custom center fan logos on the Corsair ML120 Pro Fans/ 3M carbon fiber wrapped PSU/ Custom pass thru wall plate/ Custom cut drain port out the back panel/ Custom cut full acrylic glass side panels /w tapped screw mounts/ Full custom cut design on the front panel for optimum front air flow
This build was a lot of fun in conquering the mini-ITX full custom loop challenge! I'm very happy with the results and I learned a lot throughout this project! I learned that if you can visualize it with the right tools anything is possible. I can't wait for the next one! Let me know what you think of the build in the comments below. Thank you so much for viewing!
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