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Green Machine! (First PETG build!)

by zjackrabbit


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Date Published

July 30, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz


This machine is something I've wanted to do for a while now. I've always wanted a small ITX system for LAN parties. However, it has to be extremely powerful. If it can't max any game than I don't care! It also has to be water cooled, and overclocked.

I got the inspiration for this build from Paul's Hardware and finally pulled the trigger. This build took some time as I had issues with parts getting mixed up (still waiting for the nickel baseplate for my cpu block) it was also my first venture into rigid tubing and cable sleeving.

The cable sleeving took a very long time to do but I found the process relaxing (I'm weird like that I know). The rigid tubing wasn't too bad but I feel I could've done a much better job had I got some mandrels. Every bend was done by hand.

Anyway, I could write more but I can't think of what else to say so if you want to know more about the build, check out my build thread here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1605990/define-nano-s-nvidia-themed-build-finally-watercooled/0_20

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rhali8 2 Builds 3 points 32 months ago
  • $350 unlocked i7
  • Z170I Pro gaming motherboard
  • $400 worth of custom liquid cooling
  • $80 worth of fans

Y u keep CPU at stock speed!?!?!!?! :P

Other than this, this is an AWESOME build. I betcha I could fill a swimming pool with the amount of drool coming from my mouth right now lol. +1

zjackrabbit submitter 1 Build 3 points 32 months ago

Life is too short to be stock! currently sitting at 4.7GHz on the CPU and 2.1GHz on the GPU.

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Daaaayyym! That is one epic overclock. Awesome work bud!

KactusMann 2 points 32 months ago

Superb build!! 1+ for green water

Jesso2k 8 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Holy crap dude that is nice. Did you see those cables together? They look incredible.

zjackrabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Yeah I laced the cables with button thread haha I personally think it looks cleaner than cable combs but it sure does take a long time to do!

Wolfemane 7 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Beautiful build!!!

What LEDs are you using? I'm looking to replace a couple cold cathode lights with LED strips. The ones you have look perfect!


zjackrabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks! I just found them on ebay. They're 5M 5050 cool white. I just wired them up to 12v. http://www.ebay.com/itm/311428103508?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Bartendalot 2 points 32 months ago

Nice job!

How high can you push that CPU and 1080?

zjackrabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago


The highest I've got the CPU is 4.9GHz @ 1.42v. I wouldn't call it stable just yet though, it only ran through fire strike once. currently the highest verified stable clock is 4.GHz @ 1.35v running AIDA64 for 24 hours.

Highest GPU clock so far is 2101MHz and +500 on the Mem clock, whatever that comes out to haha

zjackrabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago


PC_Master_Race_Noob 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

It looks great but the side panel covers the NVIDIA lettering on the power supply. Kind of bugs me :p

zjackrabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Yeah, I think I'm going to get a custom sticker made for it. Thanks for the input!

PC_Master_Race_Noob 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Good idea :) I'm sure it will look awesome.

Jake762by39 6 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Cable stitching is the way to go.

NZXTmk1 2 points 32 months ago

fantasitc job with the acrylic tubing!

JoeyHall 3 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Nice build +1 for the cables:)

DanielCsillag 2 points 32 months ago

Where did u get that custom chipset heatsink? looks really nice

zjackrabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I just painted the vrm heat sinks black. The chip set heat sink just had a metal sticker thing on it so I pulled it off.

SmartWolf 2 points 32 months ago

Looks cool, and I appreciate the endeavor.

Pump is sideways (perhaps out of necessity?) but should be upright and near bottom idealy to maintain pump flow when/if fluid gets low.

How much heavier is your PC due to the water cooling?
I've been curious about that, especially if you intend to take as mobile to lan parties.

JoeyHall 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

it's a D5 so doesn't need to be upright that is only an issue on DCC pumps

SmartWolf 1 point 32 months ago


so how much weight would you estimate the entire water cooling system adds?

JoeyHall 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

That's a difficult one however I would say it adds a good 2/3 kilos maybe 4 on a stretch

zjackrabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

It's not too bad. I can carry it with 1 arm. I'll get a weight when I get home.

CyanFrost 2 points 32 months ago

Great drain port. Most people miss that when doing watercooling.

zjackrabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks! I didn't put one in my last build and immediately regretted it haha

CyanFrost 1 point 32 months ago

Yeah, I forgot to add one to mine, and I did ridged tubing so I'm not sure what I'll need to do when the time comes x.x

Eltech 20 Builds 2 points 32 months ago
This is a beautiful build! Amazing with your water cooler and made a lovely scheme based upon NVIDIA. Thank you for sharing your awesome build. You have my one.
Liam81 2 points 32 months ago

In a rather..... Rushed, haphazard..... thrown together sort f way this build seems average.

If anybody believes that prior run-on remark then please take a closer look at this meticulously assembled, well thought out PC that may look even better than it runs.

I am about neatness but more of a function type guy but I really appreciate what so much of this community does with their builds.

Very Impressed !!

cajunsloth 7 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

+1 for excellent rigid tube bending.

TwerkingShowerMan 2 points 32 months ago

Took me a minute to see where the front rad was squirting liquid juice but then I seen the connectors.

DeepDennn 2 points 32 months ago

Great tubing job. All of the bends are clean and I appreciate it. Nice job!

Myst1c 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Bravo sir. Great build. I have pretty much the same build (with a 980TI ) and I'm planning to custom water cool it in the near future. Would you mind asking you some questions?

Do you think there is space (width wise) for a 280mm rad at the front (the alphacool one is the only one which falls within the maximum length recommended by Fractal)? and I suppose you installed the front fans on the outside of the case. Have you noticed if the fans are struggling to get air?

Would you mind sharing the temps of CPU and GPU on OC and full load? My intention was to maximize the rads use (240 + 280 + (poss) 120 at the back) just for the challenge but I do think that 2x240mm rads would suffice to handle the heat.

Did you have issues with the EK CPU block? I'm asking as when I contacted EK, they told me that their block is not compatible with the ASUS Z170i mobo without modifications due to the capacitors on the left of the CPU block being too close to the socket and touching the plate of their block. This is also confirmed on their website (though no reason given). I was wondering whether you have abnormally high CPU temps or not because frankly speaking, I'd rather go with EK. ON the otherhand, having the manufacturer declining responsibility if I opt for their own block kinds of scares me :) (thus the delay in water cooling the PC!)

Thanks for your feedback and once again, thumbs up for your build!


zjackrabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago


I actually had a slim 280mm alpha cool rad that I test fit in this case. While it did fit, it was tight. I opted out of using it so I could use all EK stuff plus the 240mm gave me a little more room to be safe.

The front fans have no trouble at all being mounted on the outside. There is plenty of room. However, you will have to run them without the front fan filter.

The two 240mm rads handle the heat just fine. IMO an additional 120mm rad would just look cluttered to me.

I remember reading somewhere that the z170i had an issue with the EK block but I already had the block and when test fitting it seems fine. I had to trim some parts off of the rubber gasket on the back.

My temps have been strange. My GPU temps have always been great. I don't think I've ever logged it going beyond 60c. It tends to stay around 50c. It's OC'd to 2.1GHz. My CPU has been funky but I think I figured it out. It's OC'd to 4.5GHz @ 1.325v and originally it did hit 80-83c ish even after reseating the block. However, I just installed an m.2 SSD and reseated the block again. The paste didn't look like it got a good spread so I tried again. It's been logging for about a week now with lots of heavy gaming and hasn't gone beyond 63c.

I run my fans super low though so it's nearly silent.

luweplayer 1 point 32 months ago

How did you connect the Res and the pump?

zjackrabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I used 2 90 fittings and 1 m to m extension

airc0n 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

VERY nice :D I don't have the cojones to do a custom loop!

Upgrade 8 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Love this build. I'm going to try the same routing, but with soft tubing (since I already have the fittings)

byomes 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Sweet build! I wrote on your OC thread about the green LED on the power button. Is it a 3mm?
I'm planning to go for the same bottom pump, drain, and combo but couldn't get my head to wrap around the fittings required down there. Could you help a brother out? :)

zjackrabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

the drain setup is just a short m to m fitting into a 3 way splitter. From there I have a double rotary fitting going to the gpu out one hole and a 90 degree rotary to the drain valve out the other hole. If that makes sense hahaha I can post a picture if that helps.

byomes 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Made perfect sense! I figured it out couple days ago using your pics + others. One last question, but much fluid did your loop require? I only have 1L of fluid and wondering if I need more.

zjackrabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I just used 1L so you should be fine.

Krakyn 1 point 24 months ago

Build looks great! What kind of fittings connect the back of the pump to the back of the radiator?

zjackrabbit submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I did a 90 degree rotary out of the pump to a rotary m to m fitting then into another 90 degree rotary into the rad.

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