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M. Mk IV - Meshify C Mini, Custom Loop

by Aquilian

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76 Comments

Details

Date Published

June 3, 2018

Date Built

May 27, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.493 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

44.0° C

Description

Wow, featured!! Didn't expect that, it's a huge compliment. Thanks so much to everyone for your comments and your interest in my build!

I consider myself rather noise sensitive, so I decided to do a full custom loop this time around in order to achieve high performance for gaming at 1440p and decently low noise levels. Good design and high build quality was important, too. And at the same time, the PC had to be as small as possible. After quite a bit of research, I ended up with the Fractal Design Meshify C Mini. I was not disappointed!

I might add that this was my first attempt at a hardline custom loop. I wasted about one or one and a half meter of tubes, just to learn the ropes. Also, I have spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to best arrange and connect the components, not to mention the research before that - and I ended up with quite some spare parts for my next build, too ;) I started to build in April and finished on May 27.

Some details about this build and the components:

  1. The graphics card (ASUS Strix GTX 1080Ti) slightly touches the radiator without exerting pressure. It would not have fit (with front fans and a radiator) if I didn't water cool it.

  2. Phanteks' Glacier G1080Ti waterblock was fairly easy to install. I chose it instead of an EKWB waterblock simply for its nice design and the fact that you can keep the backplate. You'll add an additional 1.5 kg (3.3lbs) to your already heavy Strix though. I had to support the card with a bit of tube in order to keep it from sagging.

  3. The RAM Stricks (G.Skill Trident Z) also did fit just barely, there is about half a millimetre space left between the sticks and the top fans.

  4. The dark tempered glass looks fantastic and gives the case a high-quality feel. However, without a good deal of LEDs illuminating the parts there would not be much to see in it.

  5. I used Cablemod's PRO ModMesh C-Series Cable Kit (Graphite) instead of the cables that came with the PSU. While they sure look nice, they are rather sturdy and were not that easy to handle. For the size of the case, they also were a bit too long for my taste.

Temperatures while idle are: CPU at 27° C, GPU at 27° C, which is about 2° C above ambient. Under load/gaming, the CPU is around 50° C and the GPU around 44° C.

On a side note: I actually built my last PC just this February (see https://pcpartpicker.com/b/hHq48d). While I was very happy with the design and build quality of the case I used back then (Phanteks Evolv Shift) and with the parts I used, I had to realise that the restrictive air flow and the temperatures/noise it entailed bothered me more than I initially thought. Hence this "minor" upgrade.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Great motherboard: compact size, solid build quality and very nice ASUS-typical design. Oddly, no RGB header.

Video Card

ASUS produces amazing cards, and this one is no exception. Very nice backplate with an unobtrusive LED-lit logo, too. It's huge and rather heavy though, so sagging will likely be an issue.

Case

Such a fantastic case! Nice compact size, easy to build in, great airflow and a stunningly sleek, understated design. The dark tempered glass emphasizes the high build quality and gives LED-lit components a really classy touch. Many options for cable management, too.

Power Supply

I'm very happy with this PSU. Fully modular and cool under full load, even without the fan kicking in. In fact, I wonder if the fan will ever have to do some cooling ;) Integration with Corsair's Link software is a plus.

Case Fan

Great fans! They run at very reasonable noise levels even under full load, and they are virtually inaudible at low RPMs. Good build quality, too! If only they were a little bit less expensive...

Other

A very convenient solution to connect a plethora of fans, LEDs and temperature sensors. And there are two additional internal USB headers on top of that. The LINK software works great for me, I did not encounter any bugs so far. Helped a lot with cable management in my last build.

Comments Sorted by:

molnarg 3 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

I use the same case, it's fantastic! Looks great with the Trident Z RGB, I have Corsair Vengeance RGB sticks that are a touch too tall, so I can't fit a radiator up top which really sucks.

Great build!

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Thank you! Frankly, I was a little worried there and ready to put a cutter/rasp/dremel to work on the fans, because I saw that someone else had to brutalize his fans in a similar build ;) Glad it turned out that they just fitted.

BA_Productions 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

probably my favorite featured build yet. the tubing is so sleek, from what i can see it even looks like a perfect or near perfect alignment. The thing i see most in hard tubed builds is the little bits of adjustment that seem off or unbalanced which can defeat a huge aspect of a clean looking build; however, your build looks like it has near perfect if not perfect tubing, the curves - alignment - flow all A+ with a nice red liquid to give it a hard contrast. On top all the parts fit in just perfect, everything seems to be cutting it close in terms of size, GPU almost cuts into the Radiator, Radiator almost into pump, Top Radiator almost cutting out your RAM. Looks like a pro built it, personally i think it looks better with the LEDs off in broad daylight, but since most of us game in the dark sadly that's not always an option. Otherwise this build is a solid 10/10, keep up the great work!

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks for your compliment, I'm glad to hear you like it!

Your comment is spot on: the way everything fits is actually one of the things I like most about it. I did quite lot of research before ordering the parts, and I was still nervous when I started building. ;) And I totally agree as regards the LEDs. I also already thought about trying to order a regular version of the tempered glass panel and switching the LEDs off or to just plain white...

BA_Productions 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

that would look so much cleaner, in the end your the builder though, so its up to you if its worth it. the red LEDs can take away the red contrast that the liquid gives though so white would make it pop out alot more for sure!

RAND0M7 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Whoa, that is awesome!

I've seen plenty of water loops, but this has got to be one of my favorites given the mATX size and the great Fractal Design case.

If I ever do a water loop in the future, I'll follow this, only I do prefer straight tubes, and I think it looks better with less RGB (e.g. the one color or just two colors) :D

The first photo looks just awesome.

Nicely done!

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks, much appreciated!

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Oh my God... That clearance, that's like stuff from my dreams. +100

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Indeed, stuff from my dreams too: I had nightmares before it turned out that everything fits just fine ;D - Thanks!

arty667 1 point 6 months ago

At first I thought it had soft tubing because of the tube running from the front radiator to the GPU but then I looked at a few other pictures and realized it was hard tubing. Please take this +1.

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Thanks a lot! I actually never even considered to use soft tubing :D

arty667 1 point 6 months ago

I did soft tubing for mine and I don't regret it. I tried hard tubing but I was terrible at doing the bends so I gave up and did soft tubing. Great build though!

EnlightenMe 1 point 5 months ago

Awesome freaking build. Almost bust a nut to those clearances with the GPU and RAM.

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 5 months ago

Thanks!

Rinsefools 1 point 3 months ago

Wow this is awesome! Was it difficult to fill the loop?

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks!

Not really, actually. The fill port is a bit lower than the top end of the reservoir though, I had to tilt the pc a bit to the back because of this in order to decently fill the reservoir. Also, because of the orientation of the pump and the orientation of the fill port, I was not able fill the reservoir in an upright position, meaning that I had to repeat filling and turning on the pump a bit more than usual :)

Rinsefools 0 points 3 months ago

Thanks for the reply! Is there still room for a fan in the bottom? I love this build, I might just make myself one actually, I just keep coming back to look at it lol

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 2 months ago

:) There is not, unfortunately. The pump occupies the space where an additional fan otherwise may be placed (see pic 36). The cables from the PSU are there too though (see pic 35), a fan may not be optimal in this place anyway.

ginnjoose 1 point 2 months ago

Amazing build! Failing components would stress me out though. Would this be hard to disassemble/reassemble if you had to swap out the gfx card/mobo/cpu or something?

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 2 months ago

Thanks! You certainly got a point there. Ease of access was not a priority when I built this rig. I was aware that for certain components disassembly would be quite an effort and take some time. Since I can use my laptop for work, this should not be a problem, I hope ;)

cjdarad 1 point 1 month ago

how was filling the loop? was it difficult at all

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 26 days ago

No, not really. I had to tilt the PC a bit to the back though as the fill port on the side of the reservoir was a bit too low.

Razer4Life 1 Build 0 points 6 months ago

Love It! +1

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Thanks!

bbogle86 1 Build 0 points 6 months ago

Beautiful work! +1

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Thank you! :)

marianoazevedo 12 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Gorgeous!

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Many thanks! Just checked out your latest build btw... I never thought about Noctua's signature colours this way - you definitely nailed it! :D

ben94522 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Nice!

Cobbleborg 0 points 6 months ago

Great build +1

rocketracer111 1 Build 0 points 6 months ago

A really clean build. Not too much tubing used. Well planned and build! +1 for the build and likely +1 for the pictures! :D

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! :)

rocketracer111 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

;) Well deserved! Aswell the feature.

SavageVector 1 Build 0 points 6 months ago

+1 for the GPU bends alone. They look so good, especially for your first time laying out a custom loop.

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Hehe, thanks! It was a lot of fun. Somewhat intimidating at first, but the learing curve was quite steep and I think it definitely wasn't my last custom loop :D

AlphaArtax 0 points 6 months ago

you need a led strip, the inside is too dark

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Well, you're not wrong there! I'm actually thinking about putting a strip behind the reservoir in order to illuminate it from behind.

However, I think that the pictures do not really do the dark tempered glass justice. Admittedly, it really is dark - but the way it dimms out the LEDs gives the build a very classy touch :)

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I think it looks great

Jeankrill 0 points 6 months ago

Impressive build, very clean! Curious about the noise level under full load, how fast do you let the fans speed up too ? I have a Meshify myslef, but air cooled and considering doing something similar or switching over to Lian Li PC-011 DW to fit 3x 360 rads. thanks !

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Hey, thanks! I did not get to tinker with the settings yet, so I will be able to optimise this, of course. Right now, I'm simply using the presets of the Corsair Link software.

When playing more demanding games (such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, Witcher III), I'm using the "Balanced" setting to achieve the temperatures indicated on this page. The fans spin up to around 1100-1200 RPM max, which means about 31-32 decibel, measured at a distance of roughly 0.5m. Fairly quiet in my books.

When playing less demanding games or working (Cuphead; Word, Excel etc.), I use the "Quiet" setting. The fans remain at about 600-700 RPM max, which is virtually inaudible - meaning that I can hear the fan in the toilet down the hallway rather than the fans in the PC right next to me ;)

I guess that I could set the fans to spin lower (900-1000 RPM) at full load and still achieve acceptable temperatures, but I will have to test this in the days/weeks to come.

Jeankrill 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you for the reply, very helpful and inspiring ! That's exactly what I would like to achieve with my Meshify so will plan to upgrade my build to something similar to yours. thanks !

Twizzey 1 Build 0 points 6 months ago

If this doesn't get featured, then I don't know if anything else deserves to be. This is FANTASTIC. Plain and simple, fantastic work my friend. +1

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Thanks! I'm really happy with it :D

Adeux 0 points 6 months ago

Can you help me by answering why did you purchase 2 kit of 2x8GB 16GB (32GB total) instead of buying the whole kit itself 4x8GB? I currently have 2x8GB and wish to buy another exact identical kit making total of 32GB; some says no but I've seen some do it.

Appreciate it! lovely build and bends

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Thanks :) Good question. It was simply availability at my preferred retailer, if I recall correctly. I purchased according to G.Skill's manufacturing number to make sure they match.

SirMints 3 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Great looking bends. Cool build!!!

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Thanks! I just had a look at your Noctua-themed build - amazing!

MassiveLegend2 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Love the Kool aid in the loop

NayrGnik 0 points 6 months ago

Can you see the front fan lights through the mesh front?

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Yes, absolutely :)

Carter2point2 1 Build 0 points 6 months ago

Very nice! I really like the idea of micro-atx systems (Especially water cooled :P), and this one is no exception! +1

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Thanks!

NicDuval 1 Build 0 points 6 months ago

WOW +100 Love the dark Vader feel of the built ! =p Very nice !!! =)

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Haha, I did not even look at it this way until now - but you're right, there's definitely some Vader vibes in this build :D

Hector1908 8 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Great build , good cable management love it , especially because of all the wires that came by using corsair commander . Good thing you did not install the res in front of the radiator cause the water would be cooking in it lol . I had to change the setup because of it . Also good that you got the Phanteks gpu block , I just had cleaned my loop after using Primochill Vue for 6 months and everything was like new after using just soap and water . Super nice bends , really clean and pretty damn professional :) . Well deserved featured build .

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Wow, thanks! I just had a look at your ROG-build, awesome stuff!! That's high praise coming from you and definitely an inspiration for pushing it further in my next build. :)

Yognaught_Ace 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

nice, love the combo of colors

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Thanks! :)

Yognaught_Ace 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

NP!

PrivatePengu 0 points 6 months ago

May I ask what you used to mount the reservoir to the bottom?

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

There was a pair of reservoir holders and mounting screws enclosed with the reservoir (see https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-res-x3-150). I used these holder and adhesive tape instead of the screws - didn't want to drill into the PSU shroud and I wasn't sure whether there is be enough space between the PSU and the shroud to use the screws. :)

Raedyn 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Great job!

badmini 0 points 6 months ago

Great Job!!!!!

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Thanks, appreciated!

Shakaron 4 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Have you overclocked the CPU? What are your results?

What about the GPU? Any overclocking done there?

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Not yet, sorry - I plan on overclocking both some day though :)

Shakaron 4 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Good luck with it. And congrats on the nice build. ;)

westwandaguys 0 points 6 months ago

Really nice work. I have about the same clearance for an MSI 980ti in front of a slim radiator in my Define Mini. Now I wish I got the Meshify Mini!

onepropervillain 0 points 6 months ago

Beautiful case and nice pics! Congrats on the feature!

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! :)

csmyth662 1 Build 0 points 6 months ago

Dats vewy noice! +1

SirHalpin 1 Build 0 points 6 months ago

I think this is fantastic. I guess my only question is why not use a reservoir with a built-in pump? the extra piece seems to be unnecessary here. Maybe you thought about that though, and made a conscious decision to use two separates, I which case I would love to hear your reasoning!

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 3 points 6 months ago

Thank you!!

Good question regarding the reservoir: In fact it was a conscious decision - but only after realising that the combo unit I orderd in the first place did not fit the way I planned (there wasn't enough clearance directly under the GPU).

The pump I installed in the end was actually part of that original combo unit, which I took apart. I then orderd a separate D5 top, a larger reservoir than the one in the combo unit and an additional top for the reservoir with more fill ports than the original top.

I really like how it turned out, and in particular I think the usage of the space available is more "balanced" and aesthetically pleasing with the separate components. Even more so because the reason why at first I tried to use a combo unit feels rather silly in hindsight: I just tried to shy away from the additonal tubing work because it was my frist water cooling build :D

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

thanks for the fully fleshed explanation. I think if I ever liquid-cool my current build I'd probably opt for a large reservoir with built in pump. I have an EVGA SC2 Hybrid so no need to liquid-cool that, I'll probably upgrade to an 1180ti once they come out and liquid-cool that. I'm very content with my air cooling for now though, I was just curious about your choices. Looks like it worked out really well.

EnlightenMe 0 points 5 months ago

How thicc is your radiator?

Aquilian submitter 2 Builds 0 points 5 months ago
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