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Synthwave themed custom Waterloop in Nzxt h400

by revel2k9

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Date Published

Feb. 3, 2019

Date Built

Jan. 1, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.48 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

Description

Gaming/streaming desktop

I've been wanting to do a matx custom watercooled build for a while now... there were definitely some scenarios which were more difficult than in my previous custom waterloop build in the atx phanteks evolv. The goals of this build though were... matx, watercooling, with a synthwave theme. The build currently has a ryzen 5 2600, this is a placeholder chip until zen 2 drops. When that happens I'll be replacing the 2600 with the 2700x successor.

Overall I'm happy with how the build turned out. I love the way the coolant/lights came together, and I wanted to use a lot of 90 degree fittings for a nice clean look. I've done custom loops in the past and used bends, but it was simply an aesthetic choice to try and use fittings for all the 90 degree bends. I wasn't able to do this 100% and had to make a few compromises, but for the most part I achieved the look I wanted. Theres a couple pipes I may change when I swap chips, mainly the one connecting my flow meter to the radiator, but for now I'm content.

Also just to mention, the lighting is much more blue/teal irl, in picture the lighting is more white looking

EDIT: Timelapse/build log https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C0lGWfvpiE

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diypartsjoy 1 Build 16 points 2 months ago

I sense a feature headed your way. +5

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 4 points 2 months ago

ty!

biglyboyzak 5 points 2 months ago

what do you know your on feature

diypartsjoy 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

I was right!!!!!!!

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 2 months ago

good call :)

CuyMasterGaming 1 Build 5 points 2 months ago

FEATURE NOW!

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 4 points 2 months ago

appreciated :)

IcedDog 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

I dig it...the purple/white color scheme is slick!

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

ty, the coolant actually ended up being a better shade of purple than I expected

Aaditya1203 2 points 2 months ago

The blue and pink looks surprisingly good. Nice build. Like it!

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Extremely clean

iridi 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Really beautiful!

Lion_is_balanced 2 points 2 months ago

Beautiful loop +1

Tastynacho 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

God I think I just fell in love

Phildilf 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Can someone tell me what type of keyboard this is?

Also, this build is awesome. +1

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

coolermaster masterkeys pro s, with these keycaps https://www.amazon.com/HyperX-Double-Shot-PBT-Keycaps/dp/B07JDVG4RQ

3Prcntr 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

The desk setup is phenomenal. What monitors?

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

The left is just a standard asus 1080p 27 inch for web browsing. My gaming monitor is the alienware aw3418dw... thing is a beast.

Mason54 25 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Is that primochill pink? Been wanting to use it.

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

EK cryofuel solid, electric purple

hendricksonja 1 point 2 months ago

I love this so much! The lighting on this is exactly what I've had in mind, but I wasn't considering liquid cooling until I saw this. I'm a changed man now.

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Theres a lot of frustrations along the way with hard line... but it's a damn fun process. About a week after each build I'm already wanting to do another :)

Aaditya1203 1 point 2 months ago

Holy crap this thing looks noice!

simberdavid 1 point 2 months ago

my dream build also, where did you get that b450m mortar? I can't find it in stock anywhere in the US

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

i got mine from newegg... at the time i wanted the titanium version but it was sold out everywhere. Seems they discontinued the board.

mavmaster21 1 point 2 months ago

Is the pump in the PSU shroud? Also is that why you have that pass through or is that a drain port?

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

yeah pump was too big to squeeze in up top so i put it directly under where the pass throughs are

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 2 months ago

So compact, beautifully proportional and those tubes couldn't have been done any better. +1 and then some!

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

greatly appreciated!

LilSalmon 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I'm a big believer in using fittings instead of bending tube, and this build perfectly illustrates why! It's just so much cleaner the Pink/White complement each other perfectly. Amazing work my friend, preemptive congrats on the feature ;)

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Ty sir. In all seriousness... it racked the bill up lol. But I have no regrets. I have two bends that I had to do because things just weren't lining up... but luckily they're both tucked away a bit. When I drop the 2700x successor in I plan on fixing those so the whole thing is 90s.

LilSalmon 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Called it.

JDMPR725 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I'm synth music & art fan myself and this definitely says synth to me. The purple and pink glow with the white color is a great idea. Well done!

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

thanks man. Honestly I was surprised at how much I liked the teal/blue lighting complimenting the coolant at the end. That was the plan all along... but it still surprised me how much I liked the look. Im actually going to be releasing a build log here in the near future of this... just taking my buddy a bit to do the editing. We're new to the whole youtube and video editing scene.

Sir_Killedalot 1 point 2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! The loop looks amazing and the I really like the purple and white aesthetic.

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

ty :)

Tankster10002 1 point 2 months ago

Nice build. Just asking, why don’t you use a “x” model motherboard?

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Unfortunately matx mobos are very limited for ryzen. This was pretty much the best option available. I would have loved to have a nice high end x470 matx board but they just don't exist :/

sz3343 1 point 2 months ago

Congrats on the feature! Well deserved! The color scheme makes me think of cotton candy lol.

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

ty :)

auldlangsi 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

My dude this build is clean. One question: what keyboard is that? The backlighting is phenomenal...

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

cm masterkeys pro s with hyperx keycaps

Velocitron2000 1 point 2 months ago

That keyboard is beautiful, which is it? Also, I love synthwave :)

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

CM masterkeys pro s, added some keycaps from hyperx https://www.amazon.com/HyperX-Double-Shot-PBT-Keycaps/dp/B07JDVG4RQ

Rogeboi 1 point 2 months ago

Congrats on the feature! i also like the color scheme. also, what coolant?

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

TY! ek cryofuel electric purple

Gibbytronix 1 point 2 months ago

Looks awesome!

Arminecraft 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

That's beefy.

undeadrebel1441 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

How'd you get 2 separate wallpapers on both monitors ? I can only get one to go on both and I don't like it.

Other than that +1 for the build I absolutely love it. I'm gonna "steal" the whole use fittings for my bends because I've never had a custom loop and can't afford to go through tubes like my siblings go through diapers.

usscac40 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I can't answer your question, but I was reading the remainder of your comment. Did you notice how much he spent on fittings? For $400 you could easily buy 100+ pieces of tubing, a heat gun, & a kit with tube bending tools. Going all fittings is usually the pricier way of doing things.

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

**** honestly man thats how mine have always defaulted from a fresh install with windows lol. As far as I know you just gotta have more than one image in your folder for your desktop backgrounds.

Also just to mention.... bending tube was way easier than I expected it to be(at least with petg), so don't totally rule it out. Also it cost me WAY more by going this route than if I would have just done bends. I paid about $8 per 90 degree double fitting... and that's even getting them from China. Getting an extra few feet of petg will only run ya $20-30. Plus the general rule is more fittings=more potential points of failure.

So don't let me discourage you... obviously I like this method. Just explore your options and see whats best for you.

SeeamKhan 1 point 2 months ago

This build is soooooo clean!

kevbui 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Looks awesome!!! I am always amazed by the ITX and M-ATX custom loop builds!

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

honestly man.. my hats off to the guys that do ITX loops. This had me frustrated at many different points... I couldn't imagine ITX.

kevbui 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I hear you. I did a custom loop in my H200i. Nearly pulled my hair out.

But yeah... it's about the journey. You know you are going to run into trouble at some point. There's just something about undertaking the journey even though you know that it isn't that great of an idea. Lol.

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

It was real real fun day 1... then all the problems that you can't anticipate start to arise lol. I learned with my last build though.... If I have an idea in mind I need to just take the time to make it happen. Because my first build I cut some corners on fittings and things.... and it resulted in me just rebuilding the entire thing a month later because I wasn't happy.

This time I ordered some extra things and just took my time... Was much happier with the end result.

Jinair 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

This is amazing. I love the color combo. nicely done!

PeriodicSkill 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Beautiful build! Just wondering, why go for a full custom loop for a 2600?

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

the 2600 is just a placeholder until the 3700x drops. I was able to get it real cheap on black friday.

edit: also I opted for ryzen because I didn't want to put a 9900k in a loop with only 400mm of rad space.

RoyalSovereign 1 point 2 months ago

Sweet mother of mercy.... It looks like you raised a bar for all, future, custom water-cooled systems.

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Ty, appreciated :)

Z9CS- 1 point 2 months ago

Whole build looks really nice and clean, but I recommend getting a m.2 boot drive like the 970 evo for even faster boots, and also so you have a whole 1 tb for game storage. +1

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Yeah my intention for my next watercooled build was exactly this. Thing is.... this build happened way sooner than I planned on lol. Black friday deals got the best of me, and I just couldn't pass the ssd for $95.

ZamboniJones 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

We have the same desktop background in our builds. That's pretty neat. I love the colors.

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Same here man, good choice

Otaku1214 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Nice build +1

what keycaps are on your keyboard and what chair is that?

DRogGTX 1 point 2 months ago

Perfection

beardedmisfit 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

+1 for the Nirvana CD lol Great build! Clean and simplistic and a pop of colour! Love it!

MichealJoeden 1 point 2 months ago

Do you mean the successor to the 2700x or the 2700x when zen 2 drops?

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

successor. So the 3700x I'm assuming.

rtx-onoffon 1 point 2 months ago

Wow, unbelievably nice looking pc right there.

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

ty!

Camranatic101 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

nice!

Gezza 1 point 2 months ago

Yes I love That OMg

Gezza 1 point 2 months ago

that tubes did you use

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

barrow 12mm petg

Gezza 1 point 2 months ago

ky ty :)

Pera1996 1 point 2 months ago

which monitors do you use?

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

left is a standard 1080p asus for web browsing. Main monitor is alienware aw3418dw

ZedSamCat 1 point 2 months ago

me likes

Fresh187 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Beautiful photos, were the pictures taken with a camera or cell phone? If a camera what is it?

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Pics taken with my buddy's canon eos rebel t6i

SicɅrius 1 point 2 months ago

Why does every featured build have custom water cooling when it can be something simple like an AIO or air cooler with RGB lights that doesn't cost 3 grand. All I'm asking for is a PC with simplicity to be featured that anyone can build/afford (and don't go commenting that I can't afford it or that its just too hard for me to do). Don't even get me started on SLI

This is a good build, yes, and its not the most overkill I've seen featured. But (not this one), most builds that get featured are completely overkill (except workstation ones) and always seems to have custom cooling rather than having an AIO or air cooler. Seriously do you NEED custom cooling for gaming/browsing? I know you get a feeling of pride when you finish building your PC and even more with custom cooling, but give us normies a chance for feature. Someone who built their PC, with hard work and dedication, and would like to be featured, gets pretty much a 0% chance because only people with a custom loop will ever get noticed/featured.

TL;DR:

high-end = FREE FEAUTRE

Low-end/Mid-range = I won't let you get the CHANCE

OMEGA BONUS POINTS IF YOU HAVE A CUSTOM LOOP

fallennetwork 1 point 2 months ago

love the build just not the colors of the lights

bbcline1991 1 point 2 months ago

pretty cool, but im not seeing any signs of synth wave inspiration

Azure_Leo 1 point 2 months ago

That bracket in the middle of the case looks to have been a hassle to work around with the front rad. Not a criticism, just not an ideal case for a custom loop. I love that horizontal mount reservoir though. That's great use of the space. I might look at doing that if my next case has a power supply cover. Good feature. Congratulations.

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I hear ya... If I could change anything about this case it would be that bracket.

And the reservoir fitting in that space was one of my biggest concerns with this build, was relieved it just barely fit.

Okno13 1 point 2 months ago

Do you have a MasterKeys Pro S and Rival 600 as well? That's literally my exact setup lol. Nice build.. +1

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Indeed :) good choice!

xconnor 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

looks sooo good! one of the cleanest loops i have seen on this site. you deserved the feature. congrats my guy!

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

ty sir!

MooseTech 1 point 2 months ago

Very Nice Work!

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

ty :)

gorkti200 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Dope. Love it!

Robd82 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Beautiful build. Love the colours.

Newbgaming 1 point 2 months ago

Awesome you definitely deserve the feature what's it like to watercool in a matx case

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

It wasn't too bad. There were a few occasions that I got pretty frustrated and had to walk away for a bit... but that has happened with every custom loop I've done. I have no interest in doing something such as an itx build though... I can only imagine the frustration lol.

Newbgaming 1 point 2 months ago

It really depends on the case whether it be matx or itx because matx and itx cases are pretty compact mostly so there isnt much space to put all this stuff in

Naomi-Kitsune 1 point 2 months ago

This reminds me so much of my build. Mine had glowing pink tubing though with a lot of blue and UV LEDs. I really love these colors and it makes me want to get my rig back even more <3

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I ended up liking the coolant/led combo even more than I expected :)

Lukasdanielsson1 1 point 2 months ago

I wonder how that fluid will hold up.

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Yeah wondering this myself. Ill be swapping the chip out when zen 2 drops so ill have to drain the loop and we'll see.

fykafunk 1 point 2 months ago

I absolutely adore this. It is so cute !!!! I'm so impressed!

MK_Tech 1 point 2 months ago

This looks great, I honestly do not know why the colors in this build look so nice to me. The colors are perfectly mixed and the cable management is nearing perfection.

revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Ty :)

soundtrackdan 1 point 1 month ago

How were you able to run the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro at 3200MHz? It seems like every time I try to set the XMP profile for my B450M Mortar Titanium, the computer gets stuck in a boot loop and reverts back to 2133.

jacobsamdal 8 Builds 1 point 19 days ago

Looks great! Check out my Water-cooled build as well! NZXT Fam!!

atomicdeathray 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

Saw your neon green custom loop rebuild too. Looks really good.

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revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

In my experience, just keep the gain as low as possible to effectively pick you up. I have the yeti nano which has software controlled gain, and I keep it at 30/100. My gf's normal yeti she turns the knob probably to only about 10%. Aside from that run it on cardioid setting for most streaming/podcasting scenarios.

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revel2k9 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

If you use OBS... what I've found.... my nano is usually a bit low. This is due to keeping the gain low... issue is, gain low= less background noise, but obviously then your levels are not as loud. So I keep my gain at 30 and then go into the advanced audio properties in OBS, and I crank the levels to 200%. For me this gives perfect audio levels and the microphone doesn't pick up everything in the room. Idk if a standard yeti has separate gain/volume levels, but my nano only has gain so it was a little bit tricky. Play around with it though... I initially didn't like the standard yeti, but once you tweak it they can produce excellent quality audio.

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