Fractal Design Nano S water cooling beast
Dreaming up my next build and could use some help picking out parts! This will be my first water cooled build - ever. I've built many a computer ranging from a mini-ITX in a Silverstone SG08, to full tower ATX CoolerMaster CM Stackers. But building a custom water cooling loop is a first - I also took a class from Nvidia at a Maker Faire on how to re-sleeve cables, so I may do that as well.
Here's my initial thoughts (and please keep in mind I'm waaaaay behind on current chipsets and stuff):
- Intel i5 build (holy crap there's a lot of i5 options now?)
- Nvidia GTX 1080
- Fractal Design Nano S
- Motherboard: ________ ? (I do want to mildly overclock this build)
- Memory: 2x8gb (16GB total....should I go 32?) Going with DDR4 3200 probably... (worth water cooling as well? read on!)
- 400 gb SSD (already have it)
- 4TB 7200 rpm 3.5" drive for storage (if I can squeeze it. Not really necessary just had the drive laying around)
- PSU: Silverstone SFX 500-L? (should be enough for the
- CPU/GPU/Memory/SSD, unsure on how much power water cooling draws)
- GPU cooling block? I've seen a couple cards that come with one from the factory instead of fans if you know you're going to water cool before you buy.
- CPU cooling block?
- Memory cooling blocks? Necessary?
- Other motherboard component cooling?
- Fans? Probably going to have a "pull" configuration where outside of case > radiator > fans > inside of case.
- Radiator? I'd like to put a 240 in based on this video: . But, I'm putting in more powerful components that will likely generate more heat, plus overclocking the CPU in addition to the GPU. Maybe a 240 on the front, 120 on top? I've only seen a couple dual radiator builds in this case and they used 2x 240s which seems excessive to me. Also, would it be better to have the 120 handle the CPU solo and then the 240 handle the GPU solo? How would I loop in the memory or anything else if need be?
Tubing? I really like the 90 degree angles and metal-looking (actual metal?) fittings over coiled / angled tubing. I'd also like something clear, and I'm thinking about using UV-reactive fluid and putting some blacklight LED strips hidden inside the case. Failing that, just some colored fluid would be cool.
Main usage: Gaming, work (software engineer), general web browsing, maybe light video editing of gameplay and such. I play a decent amount of Overwatch and Rocket League on PS4, but by the time I decide on parts and actually get this build together Destiny 2 will probably be out, and I wouldn't mind getting back into the occasional RTS every now and then. I *may* delve back into MMORPGs if I'm feeling particularly idiotic.
Hell, I'd be happy just building this for someone else really. I just like building stuff.
Oh yeah one last thing - budget. I'm aiming for a total budget of about $1200-$1500 for the PC parts not including monitor, keyboard, mouse. I have a NAS with 4x2TB HDDs in it along with 3 spare 4TB HDDs I'm looking to sell to help with the cost. It's an older NAS though (SeaGate Black Armor) so I don't expect much for it - maybe if I load it up with movies before the sale? The 4TB HDDs I'm looking at getting maybe $80-$100/ea so I figure that should cover the water cooling for the most part.
Edited by Petehmb - Today at 12:55 am '); }