Description

An ROG-themed build in the new NZXT Manta mini-ITX chassis. Aiming for VR-ready specifications, overclocking headroom, and quiet operation in a chassis that's luggable for future LAN events while also supporting some creature comforts such as custom water-cooling. EKWB-XLC Predator 240mm used with STRIX 970 block and custom ROG EK Supremacy MX CPU block to minimize the number of parts needed for the custom loop. I chose black ZMT tubing instead of hardline acrylic/PETG since it looked like a lot of the other Manta builds were going that route and I wanted something a bit different. Luckily for me, black ZMT is super easy to work with and can look rather nice, making it a no-brainer for a system I plan to travel with on occassion. :)

Thanks to the spaciousness of the NZXT Manta (relative to other mini-ITX chassis) installation of the core components was fairly straightforward. However, the EK-XLC Predator is a bulky beast and only fits one way in the Manta without modification of the chassis (front panel only, oriented with pump/res on top and fans facing out). Another wrinkle I ran into was that the 90-degree adapters used for the spans of the custom loop between the GTX 970 block and the Predator unit itself come a bit close to the PSU shroud.

Overall I'm very pleased with how this build turned out. The NZXT Manta is a fantastic case for the mini-ITX segment and I hope to see NZXT evolve this line even further in the future. :)

Thanks for reading and keep on building!

-Chris

http://imgur.com/a/TtsZH

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 9 points

What an amazing build

Astonished at how great it looks

+1 from me

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Piece of Art! Though its rather overkill to watercool a 970, but, hey! It's GORGEOUS!

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 5 points

Not overkill. Build runs quiet and cool so I'm happy. :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, now that you mention it, what's your temps?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Idles at 30C and goes up to around 50C under load. This is with GTX 970 at stock and i5-6600K at 4.3, nothing too crazy and being cooled by the 240mm radiator that the EK-XLC Predator uses (I believe it's equivalent to the EK-CoolStream PE?).

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

That's cool!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing build!!! Just wondering how you got the ASUS ROG logo on the side of the case???

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Could have swore I saw this on NZXT instagram a few days ago

Amazing build!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

You're correct. It was on NZXT's Instagram earlier this week. :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean and simple. I love it. +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

That is not a great way to cool the GPU but whatever works.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

You have my upvote. I'm also curious about the ROG waterblock

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The link to the ROG block is in the part list. Phillip also posted it.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice rig! Excellent moding.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! Nice job!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the best looking manta build on this website. Add more pictures and expand your description and you might just have a feature;)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes description and add the pictures from your link into the post.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll give it a shot, but the upload kept choking on a few of my pics... (hence why I handpicked a few that worked and used an imgur link for full build album).

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhhhhhh I see what you did there. Will you be buying one?

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

You sneaky snake.

Will you do a custom loop???

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Future Feature?

probably

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful. +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I belive if you post the pictures and not just the imagur link your build will be featured.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried uploading as many pictures as I could but pcpartpicker's upload kept erroring out on a few images. So I handpicked the nicer pictures with imgur link in description. I'll try again in a bit...

Edit: I gave it another shot with some shrunk down images. It might've been the size of the files I was trying to upload. It still gave errors when trying to arrange images though. :/

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I can't get the rearrange images function to work either. Thanks for adding the extra photos. Dang the score is going pretty high on its own. Grats

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Which jackal is voting down positive commends on this build? Lol qq buddy qq

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

If you don't mind me asking, why the decision to watercool instead of going for better hardware (6700K & 980 Ti) and use the X31 (or even a x61) and that fully liquid cooled Gigabyte 980 Ti.

Your build looks awesome but if I was trying to be VR ready I wouldn't be looking at only buying the minimum spec for the gpu.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It's secondary to an X99 rig with 5820K, 32GB DDR4, and dual Titan X. I've tried a few VR demos on the Manta build and it performs very well for what it is. I also had watercooling hardware on hand for a Strix 970 from a previous build. :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I see, that makes sense. : )

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

this is fabulous!!!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it! How'd you get the logo?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

love it

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build kabayan!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm really impressed by this small form factor water-cooled build. Wondering what the dimensions on that case are now, I'll have to check it out.
That's a really sleek and clean design with a cool theme to boot. Fantastic work my friend. Looking forward to seeing more from You in the future.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

+3

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful

+1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

*NERDGASM AWSOME BULD BTW

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you make that huge asus rog logo on your case ? Paint ? It looks so goooodddd

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I am following your lead now, thank you. I have one question. Did you leave the fans alone in the 240? In other words, are you pulling air from inside the case and exhausting it out the front? I've read that some people like to pull cold air in over a front mounted radiator and let the slightly warmed air flow inside. Which is preferred? If your top fans are exhaust and your front radiator fans are exhaust... is your only intake fan the one on the back of the manta?

James

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

That ROG logo look so sick. D: Seriously, is it paint? What kind of paint? I need to know!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

He probably got a custom made panel for the case

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have trouble fitting the radiator in?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

'Ganda nito boss! _^

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, I love the simplicity of it.

However, I would like to know how you filled in the extra fluid needed for your loop with the Predator 240. I might go this route too if I plan to build in a Manta, because it's tricky to fit a reservoir in there. Maybe add another 120 rad in the back or 240 top. AIO water cooling solution is genius for the Manta.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Giggidy! +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG!!!How did you paint your case???!!!???

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man. Build looks great! I'm looking into getting the ek predator 240 for my mantua. Any idea if the pump and reservoir can be moved in a way to allow the rad to mount flush to the case? That would allow me to put push fans on the outside front, and pull fans inside. Thanks!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build I love it so much

Just testing out the Formatting, +1 for a nice build!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did u get the custom case? Sick Build BTW

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't. No USB 2.0 header on the board... :/

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm also a fillipino. Filipinos for the win! :D

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Custom ROG block was purchased at Performance PC's. Link in part list.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you manage that Rog logo it looks sick, and that is pretty baller that you water cooled your Gtx 970. Great Job

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