Update Modified the bracket holding the pump by removing the hinges. It looks much better now. See first picture. A few of old pics still show the old bracket. Added fins to the small VRM heatsink. Also (not shown) added a thermal pad to the NVME contacting the case side panel. The drive maxes out at 80C during stress testing now with no throttling.
Set 5Ghz overclock with offset voltage 85mV (Vcore@load=1.344V), temp 78C, LLC2. I didn't like using fixed (lower) Vcore to achieve OC since CPU would be getting high voltage when idle. Adjusted the fans so they spin at a quiet 1100rpm under load with no thermal problems. Checked stability with AIDA and cinebench (score 1106) for 1Hr.
I think I call this build done. I have not intention to upgrade CPU/GPU despite peer pressure! I plan to enjoy the hard work to make this build look like this.
Original Post Moved my ITX system from NZXT Manta to Cerberus X. While the Manta had great airflow and lots of space, I never warmed up to it's curvy over sized shape.
System has balanced components to meet my needs for video editing & occasional gaming. It's really a general purpose computer for kids and me to get work done. Silence and good looks were given priority along with reusing as much as possible.
Case Cerberus X For the case I was considering new Raijintek Ophion Evo but my GPU is too tall and the HDDs & pump would not fit. I settled on the Cerberus X after agonizing over the price. The elegant looks, flexibility and top construction are positives. The high price, plastic side and poor cable management are negatives. All in all I'm happy with the case but it was challenging to hide cabling.
Case modifications include moving one of the side bracket hinges down to hang the pump. Also a few notches were cut here and there to fit 120 radiator on the back. All air intakes are filtered and I have zero dust problems.
Storage NVME holds the OS. SSD is used as scratch disk for video editing and game storage. Also, secured HDD cage next to power supply using 2 L brackets. They hold video in RAID 1.
Water Cooling I chose to water cool for silent performance and good looks. The MSI Gaming X has an excellent, over sized air cooler. There was no need to water cool it but I did it anyway. The GPU is too big with water block to fit in case, so I had to get the Cooler Master vertical GPU holder. An unexpected benefit of vertical GPU is that air flow from bottom to top is better with chimney effect.
The CPU fan header drives the ML120s on Pull for 240 radiator. The GPU fan header drives the ML120s on Push/Pull for 120 radiator. There is an additional front ML140. Total radiator area is 360 with thick radiator in the back probably adding more thermal dissipation. When I upgrade CPU/GPU the thermal solution will be in place to handle extra heat load.