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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.

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

This is one of those builds that doesn't make sense in the best way possible

+1

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Couldn’t have said better. It’s crazy, beautiful, a lot of hard work... for a 7700k/1060? Anyway, +1000 for external radiator with grated ML fan.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

NowNow that'sthat's aa lottalotta damagedamage

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome. Congrat :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

This is so Awesome. Needs a Feature. +1!!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

i always love those mini-itx custom loops, but this case, whew, its like a mini itx atx case

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Cerberus X is about 20 liters and still considered SFF. The component density is pretty high inside the case but airflow is still good. You can fit ATX mobo in the case.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

nice! hows the cable management tho? cause i feel like getting it now

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management is poor. No space behind the mobo tray. Vertical ties allow you to bunch together cables in a bus. Spaces to hide cables include behind front PSU and ~2cm space below top panel. That's it. My vertical GPU helped hide things.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

So Beautiful..

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you use to take the pictures?

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

DSLR Canon 70D with nifty fifty lens. The 50mm lens has large aperture that blurs the background and has great resolution.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Feature!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a work of art

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking good and love the colors.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Man I love this case. Able to fit two 240mm radiators and a 120mm on the side vents if you go with a rear psu. Did the external radiator ports just align with the grommet holes?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the great flexibility of Cerberus X. If you don't care about the window side panel, a rear PSU allows two 240s and one 120 on the side. I went for the bling of the window, but the case looks very elegant with vented panels.

I installed the rear fan/rad over the case opening for rear mounted PSU plate. Just needs <1cm slots dremeled for the fan screws. I really didn't cut much to fit the radiator/fan. You need to choose a narrow radiator and watch out for mobo heat sink size.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

With all the recent submissions this past couple of days, the PCPP staff is going to have a hard time picking a feature. There are just so many amazing builds. Will be really interesting to see who they choose.

+1 Mate, and good luck!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

This is some kind of savage Chaotic Neutral build, you beautiful barbarian. Boutique case + beautiful custom watercooling loop + external rad + digital temp gauge for a 7700K and 1060 6GB. ATX case with an ITX mainboard. Impeccably clean and minimalist front panel and Fatal1ty I/O shield, MSI GPU connector plate, and an incredible bulging radiator - it's like the mullet of computing. Live long and prosper, you mad genius.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Ja, ja. I guess I am bipolar. Another mad genius said: “You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” Except for the case, I wanted to reuse ALL my old components. No component was left behind...

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Touche, good sir/ma'am. I would like to, one day, build a loop of my own. It'd probably be an ATX system of some sort when I need absolute power or crazy I/O that only comes from PCIe slots. That, or a super portable tiny PC. Opposite ends of the spectrum, but those are my potential goals for the future.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Appropriate title (y)

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

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