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Mighty Nano

by lyquid_pcs

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  • CPU

  • Motherboard

  • Storage

  • Storage

  • Video Card

  • Case

  • Operating System

  • Case Fan

  • Custom

    $188.99 USD (Purchased)Corsair HX1000i High-Performance ATX Power Supply - 1000 Watt 80 Plus® Platinum Certified
  • Custom

    $149.99 USD (Purchased)HyperX® FURY DDR4 2400MHz 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Custom

    $124.99 USD (Purchased)EK-FC980 GTX Waterblock for Nvidia 980 GTX - Nickel/Plexi
  • Custom

    $129.99 USD (Purchased)EK-XTOP Revo D5 PWM - Plexi (incl. sleeved pump)
  • Custom

    $77.95 USD (Purchased)EK-Supremacy EVO CPU Water Block - Nickel/Plexi
  • Custom

    $56.95 USD (Purchased)PrimoChill 240mm EximoSX Slim Radiator - Satin Black
  • Custom

    $56.95 USD (Purchased)PrimoChill 240mm EximoSX Slim Radiator - Satin Black
  • Custom

    $49.95 USD (Purchased)PrimoChill CTR Low Profile Phase II Reservoir Builder – 80mm
  • Custom

    $14.95 USD (Purchased)PrimoChill 1/2in. OD Rigid PETG Tube - 6 x 30in. - Clear
  • Custom

    $24.95 USD (Purchased)PrimoChill Vue - Pre-Mix (32oz) - Candy Purple SX
  • Custom

    $52.25 USD (Purchased)Bitspower G 1/4" Silver Shiny Rotary 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter (x5)
  • Custom

    $50.33 USD (Purchased)Bitspower G 1/4" Silver Shiny 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter (x7)
  • Custom

    $60.00 USD (Purchased)PrimoChill Rigid Ghost Compression 3/8in. ID x 1/2in. OD Fitting - Knurled Grip - 4 Pack - Nickel Plates Brass - Silver (x4)
  • Custom

    $21.96 USD (Purchased)Bitspower Mini Dual G1/4" High Flow Fitting - Shiny Silver Finish (x4)
  • Custom

    $9.50 USD (Purchased)Bitspower Silver Shiny "Q" PLUS Fitting - 360 Degree Water Cooling Accessory
  • Custom

    $17.97 USD (Purchased)Alphacool bulkhead connector short version G1/4 - Chrome (Pass Thru Fitting) (x3)
  • Custom

    $7.95 USD (Purchased)XSPC Ball Valve - Chrome (Drain Valve)
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Date Published

Feb. 13, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.8GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.27GHz

Description

Instagram - @lyquid_pcs If you share my build please tag me via Instagram with credit. I greatly appreciate it.

The handmade full-length custom sleeved cables for this build were created by Wazz Modz He makes fantastic high quality sleeved custom cables for any rig. He's so awesome to work with striving to create the perfect cables for your build. Highly recommended! Visit him via his website or email him to get a quote. https://wazzmodz.com/ Instagram - @wazzmodz

Thank you for viewing the final photos of Project 'Mighty Nano'

I have a passion for custom built PCs with premium water cooling loop designs. I designed this build as a casual gaming build with some overclocking. This was my second fully custom water cooled build project. I wanted to take on the challenge of a mini-ITX build. I decided to build in the Fractal Design Define Nano S window edition. This case was the perfect choice as it provided the perfect package of features for a fully custom water cooled PC. I chose the i5 7600K as its perfect for casual gaming, overclocking ability, and thermals. Paired up with the ASUS Z270I Gaming mini-ITX motherboard.

This build process started with staring and pondering how I can fit a full custom loop with two 240mm radiators in the Nano S with a unique design. I decided to go with a purple, black, and chrome theme of the build. Chrome fittings with purple fluid was my initial idea and it turned out wonderfully. I chose to build with EK Water Blocks products for the CPU and GPU, PrimoChill products for the Radiators, reservoir, and compression fittings. I also used Bitspower fittings where I needed angle or splitter fittings. I wanted to install the dual 240mm PrimoChill Eximo Satin Black radiators for optimal cooling temperatures for the overclocked CPU and GPU. I also can't forget to mention the PrimoChill Vue Candy Purple SX coolant is what gives this build its color pop! Huge fan of PrimoChill products!

Before doing any tube bending it's important to plan the whole loop design then mount all the hardware in the case which can be a lengthy process. Initially, at first, I didn't plan on doing much custom modding to this build as I have never done any custom mods previously. I then thought of doing a pass thru implementation in the loop as I've never done it which then led to a modding adventure for this build! The look of the coolant going into the wall and coming out adds a unique look to any loop but comes with a challenge. I ended up cutting out the whole back wall of the Nano S case. I then had a custom cut galvanized piece of sheet metal to replace the wall perfectly. The plate supports the loop pass thru fittings along with the drain port out the back of the PC. This came with the challenge of drilling the holes for the pass thru fittings which has to be measured precisely. After drilling the mount points on the new wall plate and the case itself I then wrapped it in a 3M carbon fiber vinyl to give it a nice touch.

Then after mounting the plate then I was able to finally start the loop building process. If you're like me the tube bending process can be a very tedious process. Previous experience tube bending helped greatly as I had some tricky bends to complete. I finished the loop after many hours of measuring and bending. Then it came time to fill the loop with the PrimoChill Vue. I'd have to say filling the loop was very a very tricky process with the pump not being right after the reservoir. After some priming and turning and flipping, I was able to get the coolant flow. The next phase came to cutting the custom acrylic side panels. I measured and tapped thumbscrew mounts on each corner to mount the glass. I wanted as much as possible to be visible in the build is why I chose full acrylic glass panels. I sanded and polished the edges on each side of the glass panels. Finally, I knew with this case that the front radiator would be starving for air which is crucial for the custom loop temperatures. I then came up with a design to cut out of the front panel and place in meshing on the backside. I measured and tapped everything first and used a Dremel tool to cut out the design. I learned a lot from this front panel mod as it came with a lot of work with hand filing, sanding, and painting. I think it turned out awesome!

Custom designs and mods: Custom center fan logos on the Corsair ML120 Pro Fans/ 3M carbon fiber wrapped PSU/ Custom pass thru wall plate/ Custom cut drain port out the back panel/ Custom cut full acrylic glass side panels /w tapped screw mounts/ Full custom cut design on the front panel for optimum front air flow

This build was a lot of fun in conquering the mini-ITX full custom loop challenge! I'm very happy with the results and I learned a lot throughout this project! I learned that if you can visualize it with the right tools anything is possible. I can't wait for the next one! Let me know what you think of the build in the comments below. Thank you so much for viewing!

If you enjoy premium water cooled builds follow me on Instagram @lyquid_pcs

Comments Sorted by:

Radox-0 4 Builds 14 points 7 days ago

Sucker for small builds, sucker for custom loop,s a bigger sucker for nicely done custom loops in small builds. Very nice work and neat pics +1

lyquid_pcs submitter 1 Build 3 points 7 days ago

Thank you very much for the compliments! mini-ITX builds are killer!

Liera21 2 Builds 4 points 7 days ago

Clicked several times on the up-arrow but only worked once. That loop took me a bit to figure it out, it is complex but very well done. Custom length cables really pay off, awesome build! The front snowflake got me intrigued initially because it reminded me of the Silverstone logo but Silverstone's is different. Awesome stuffs!

lyquid_pcs submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Thank you for the compliments! Yes it's a unique loop no doubt. The Fractal Design logo added the right touch!

Liera21 2 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Fractal Design! I hadn't put attention to its logo, I wonder what's the deal with snowflakes and cases besides the "cooling" implication...

Vairfoley 11 Builds 3 points 7 days ago

UNBELIEVABLE cable job and custom loop. Well done.

lyquid_pcs submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Thanks! It was a fun adventure. I had some attention to detail. I felt maybe a little to much at times ;)

KurtKurtson 1 Build 3 points 7 days ago

Feature!

dkatherton 2 Builds 2 points 7 days ago

Bravo! +1

lyquid_pcs submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Thank you!

wampflerman 1 Build 2 points 4 days ago

Custom cables. Check. Glass Panels. Check. ITX. Check. Custom loop. Check. Carbon Fiber. Check. Magnetic Levitation. Check.

westwandaguys 2 points 4 days ago

Amazing. Great call on the vented front panel. The wires are lovely. Nice bending job. You absolutely didn't miss a step

Yahtadi 2 points 3 days ago

Neat a f

SlackPackSam 1 point 7 days ago

I absolutely love this! Easy +1

lyquid_pcs submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 days ago

Thank you! Thank you! Me too!

OccamAsylum 12 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

This looks TOO good.

lyquid_pcs submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Thank you! It was an adventure for sure!

NotSoMini 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

i dont know what looks better, the front side or the back side lol

lyquid_pcs submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 days ago

Agreed! ;) Thanks for the compliment!

arturs_stepa 1 point 5 days ago

Hahaha !!! I would say exactly the same :) Looks awesome both sides :p very clean, everything is in its place

jsoutherland89 4 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Mighty is no understatement. This is remarkable! Thank you for sharing such an awesome PC! EASY +1

lyquid_pcs submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 days ago

I thought it was a perfect name as well! Thanks for the kind words! No problem. Glad you enjoyed viewing it!

bladd12001 2 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

perfectly cut cables, beautifully cut and bent tubing, excellent part choices, extremely evident care and effort was put into this build. +1

lyquid_pcs submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Yes Wazz Modz killed on the handmade cables! Thanks for the kind words! It definitely to some time and build turned out awesome!

milksj 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

I'm awestruck by that cable management job. Nicely done!

lyquid_pcs submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

Thanks! It took some determination no doubt!

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Looks good, I think it would look better without that logo at the front though :)

LordMachination 2 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Amazing build. It's so clean and that purple coolant really makes stand out. +1

lyquid_pcs submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Thank you! Yes the PrimoChill VUE Candy Purple SX really shines!

Click7even 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

So clean and nice looking! great build +1

lyquid_pcs submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

Thank you for the compliments!

Nerdatron_of_Pi 1 point 5 days ago
tragiktimes101 1 point 5 days ago

I was instantly reminded of Ivan Ooze!

RoyalSovereign 1 point 5 days ago

I saw it somewhere on Instagram 2 weeks ago... Anyway, its a great build overall. :)

DRogGTX 1 point 5 days ago

That is without a doubt the best cable management I have ever seen. +1

PCPartPicker034 1 point 5 days ago

Sweet build!

Temps tho?????

once_upon_a_goat 1 point 5 days ago

Beautiful Build! Especially with the cable management +1

someta 4 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

You really don't see this kind of thing every day... I like it, +1.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

Wow. Super nice looking build. Great presentation.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot.

Splatterlord 1 point 5 days ago

sick

CaptinFapin 1 point 5 days ago

clean

Hajiwaji 1 point 4 days ago

carbon fiber

poINtblank213 1 point 4 days ago

Your cabling and tubing management is almost too perfect and clean looking. I hope to someday get to this level.

MayhemDarkshadow 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

Impressively clean

Jabberjaw 1 point 4 days ago

What an awesome machine.

dantefiala 1 point 4 days ago

Did you just buy the 980 for the price in the outrageous prices nowadays or did you have it lying around? Great Build, +1

lyquid_pcs submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

I had it from a previous build actually. Thanks!

joneill03 1 point 4 days ago

Very nice build. The purple looks amazing.

HarvesterofSorrow 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Absolutely nuts

squidamint 1 point 4 days ago

Superb aesthetics behind the back panel. Wow!

nfogray 3 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Wow. This is beautiful. Well done!

hydrogenes 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

Very well built I must say.

Fabzsant0s 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

great build mate love the nano s great for custom loops +1 amazing

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 3 days ago

(whistles approvingly) Mighty Nano indeed!

TheBlackPython 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

goals

antonjetpack 1 point 2 days ago

holy **** the cable management is astounding! +1 from me! also, CONGRATS ON THE FEATURED BRO!

barnettprice 1 Build 1 point 2 days ago

I'm in love with your computer!!! Is she single?