Background: When I built the original Nevermore, I knew that I would want to mess around and revise it. Let's face it, building computers is an addiction for many of us and we NEED to feed it. Instead of just draining and re-filling the loop as part of maintenance, I put an air cooler on it while I pondered what I wanted to do next.
The air cooler was quiet, yet I was used to near silence, so that hum began to annoy me. My thought was to find an inexpensive quiet case to temporarily house my air-cooled system, while I messed around with the Phanteks case. I came across the DIYPC Silence-BK-Window and thought it would fit the bill nicely...looked nice, silent case, inexpensive...done and done. Yeah...suuure.
While examining the case, I came across the break-off pieces covering the 5.25" bays. One was your regular bend off and toss piece, yet the other was different...the thing had fan attachment cutouts for some reason. So, I pulled up the specs on Newegg and under features it says "Water cooling ready - top or front can fit 240mm water cooling." Then under Overview, it reads "Supports up to 280mm water cooling front." Nothing about 360mm...Welp...sounds like a challenge to me...
And with that, the idea for Nevermore MkII was born.
Yes, I could have just purchased a 360mm AIO liquid cooler and done a lot less work. However, a big part of the fun for me is modding. I enjoy the challenges, overcoming obstacles, trying new things...to me it is blast.
How come you didn't watercool the GPU? This build is only utilizing a single 360mm radiator and will be cooling a Haswell-e, which produce more heat. Once the CPU is overclocked, I would not be comfortable with that single rad trying to cool both components. Additionally, I like the look of the stock EVGA card with the LED, and wanted to have it be a compliment to the aesthetics of the build.
The system has been up and running for about a week now and is doing well. It is virtually silent and temps are great.
While I hear it is upcoming (woohoo!), PCPP does not have a work log section yet. But, For my fellow PCPP'ers who are interested in the build process, I put one together and you can read it here.
Thank You for taking the time to have a look, and feel free to ask any questions. As always, I will do my best to answer them.
Fantastic silent case for the money. Actual soundproofing material is used, instead of cheap foam. Even in stock form, there is plenty of space for cable management and it was easy to work in it. Minor con is that the paint on the PCI-e covers is not the best. It did flake a little, yet that was rectified by sanding and re-painting them. They come white, but I chose to make them black. DIYPC did a nice job on this one and am very pleased with it overall.
Sleek looking and excellent PSU. Fully modular which makes cable management easier. Size was perfect for my build. It has ECO mode, yet even with the fan running, it is incredibly quiet in my opinion.
Purchased this awhile back when I found it for a decent amount. Simple to install and creates a nice clean look for the system. I do not think I would pay full price for one, but not bad if you can find it on sale.