Description

This build replaces my previous Meshify C 1950x Threadripper build. After using that build for almost two years, I realized what I had was overkill from my workload. I didn't need SLI or expandability. 16-core worked fine but I was begging for better single core performance, since most of the CAD work runs on single or dual core most of the time. All the bing bling of hardline loops got less interesting after a while.

For this new build, I wanted to downsize because I didn't need the expandability and it would also be nice to take up less space and more portable. I was hoping Fractal did a Meshify Nano-S, that would have been perfect, but I chose the Ncase M1 because it's the only other m-ITX case that can do dual 240mm rads and hold a m-DTX board. I was eyeing the Crosshair Impact since Computex. The Ncase has an aluminum industrial look, so I wanted the PC to look like a machine rather than computer. This mean giving up PETG hard tubing and going w/ EPDM tubing, for that industrial look. I used the Iceman res/ddc pump combo, because that "attached" on look fitted in with the scheme. So no more pretty tubes, TG, or special lighting(there are some). I kept the ML120 RGB, but will replace them with the NA-AF15x25 when it comes out in black this year. Otherwise, this build looks like it's all business all the time.

Loop configuration: Reservoir/DDC Pump --> 240 Side Rad --> CPU --> 240 Bottom Rad --> GPU.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Any temp info?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

AIDA64 stress test added to images.

  • 1 day ago
  • 2 points

You are a mad lad. Awesome build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah this is super cool and space efficient! Really nice build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! This must have taken a lot of planning and trial and error to get this all to fit. What kinds of temps are you getting?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is insane. Incredible detail even for the things you won't be able to see. Great job!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It is absolutely insane that you pulled off a reservoir water cooled double rad nCase build Congrats on an amazing job!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This gives me idea for my ncase! Sick build

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is crazy

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

MonkaGiga

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm debating between the Strix or the Impact for a build that is similar to yours with two rads.

I heard somewhere that the bottom rad and fan maybe conflict with the on board audio card that sits on a standoff on the Impact. Can you please confirm.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want a struggle-free build go w/ the Strix. In my build, the bottom rad is not screwed in to the chassis. The rad w/ fans are sandwiched between the chassis, the front I/O cables, sound card daughter board, and the 2080ti VR usb-c port. The fit is super snug and won't move. Luckily, it's vibration-free also.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing - I'm now steering towards the Impact. Unless you're telling me that there are some mild modding required using a dremel haha. Some guy had to dremel off plastic bits of his front Ncase I/O. Not something I wanna do. see https://www.reddit.com/r/sffpc/comments/dpxraz/my_ncase_m1_v6_hardline_custom_loop_is_complete/ You have a beautiful build - truly inspiring.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

No dremel needed. The build in the link, it looks like the person wants to use the rails so he/she needed some modding and compromises. If you are worrying about the mounting you can use 3M VHB tape. It's expensive but it's used in building construction and can withstand high temp. https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/vhb-tapes-us/

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Can you fit a 280mm raditor in that case?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nope. Won’t fit.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I have a 3950x and I want to cool it with a heatsink. Do you think it will cool well?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't know. I've always been a water cooling guy. Sorry.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Do you have the XSPC Ultrathin rad in the bottom? If I count the measurements I think you should be able to fit 25mm fans there as well, instead of the 15mm ones and get better cooling performance?

  • XSPC TX240 Ultrathin height: 20.5mm
  • Noctua NF-F12 fan height: 25mm
  • EK-FC RTX 2080 +Ti Classic height: 16.4mm

I was thinking about using that in combination with a Black Ice Nemesis GTX M92 in the back, instead of using the side-bracket with 240 rad.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

The 2080ti FE is a two slot because of the VR USB-C port, so you can't fit the 25mm fan.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Your build with the MCase uses the same 3950X and 2080TI that I intend for high end video special effects.

What are the thermals of the CPU and GPU like under load?

In your parts list, you list quite a few alternatives for CPU cooling. For instance, you list 3 case fans. Does that mean all alternatives are fine? Why did you list so many alternatives?

You also list a few custom parts. Did you use all the parts listed?

Do you think this small case, with the 3950X and 2080TI, can be cooled effectively just be air cooling - since you've gone with liquid cooling, at least for the GPU.

I'm attracted to the NCase for its size, but would like to hear about the cooling performance.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Your build is beautiful, congratulations. I would love to replicate this build. I've built many pc's, but not attempted liquid cooling yet. It seems your parts list is mostly complete- is there anything else that is required to build this that is not listed? I would think the tubing + silver connectors, could you tell me please what exactly you used? Thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I don't recommend building this if this is your first time WC. If you spring a leak because of bad installation, you'll be in trouble.

Tubing, I used 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD Tygon A-60-G industrial tubing. I didn't keep track of all the fittings. I just have a lot of different of fittings from previous build. There's a ton of 90 degree rotary(maybe 8), 2 90 degree non rotary, a 45 degree rotary, a few 10 or 20mm extensions, stop fittings, pressure release fitting, and obvious compression fittings.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!i am planing to build in this case, which revision your case is? Is it v6? And does the bottom rad need to remove front IO?

Thanks

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

V6. You can keep the I/O if don't use the bottom radiator rail. See my other response in the comment section.

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey man! Beutiful build. I've just ordered the Ncase M1 myself and I am looking to downsize and upgrade my build later this year (Nvidia 3-series/Big Navi). Quick question: Why do you have two DDC pumps in your build? Does the Iceman cooler/pump not suffice for the Ncase alone?

Thanks

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

The Iceman is just a reservoir that can receive a DDC pump(no pump included).

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Sheer beauty. I'm a former NCASE M1 owner myself and this is a VERY powerful system and super clean build.

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Do you know what extenders you are using? As well as how many and how tall?

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

Sorry. I didn't take inventory of fittings for this build. Since I've done many WC builds I just have a bunch of various fittings on hand to just grab and use without thinking about it.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

does this kind of build will be fine to carry on travel? putting it into bag like the one from Wallye.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

With the Wallye, not sure it'll fit Ncase w/ this water reservior/pump. The unit weighs 23 lbs.

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