Description

This was my first time building a custom PC and I wanted to go all out! I got a lot of help from members on the forums, and wanted to pay it forward by making a YouTube Video explaining all the steps for anyone interested in building a liquid cooled PC or even re-creating the same build.

Videos:

Water Cooling Tutorial in 9 Easy Steps - Gaming PC Install Guide from Start to Finish

NCASE M1 Liquid Cooled Mini-ITX PC Build Vlog

Water Cooling Explained: How It Works and What Parts You Need

Links:

3D Printed Pipe Bending Kit

Carbide Create File for CNC Machine Window Frame

CNC Machine Settings for Window Panel:

 Feedrate: 250-350mm per minute

 Plunge rate: 144mm per minute

 Depth Per Pass: 0.1mm

 Stepover setting: Default

 RPM: 16,000

 You can download the Carbide Create file, see "links" section above.

Notes: I overclocked the CPU (Core i7-6700k) to 4.5 GHz After the build, I upgraded to a Samsung 970 EVO 2TB M.2 SSD

It's been working really well!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor, especially with the Black Friday deal. I was able to overclock it to 4.5 GHz without any problems, and liquid cooled it with an EKWB waterblock in my mini-ITX PC build. Would highly recommend for gaming, video editing on premiere pro, and music production. Works well.

Motherboard

I love this motherboard for my mini-ITX PC build. Most importantly, it has an M.2 SSD slot for my Samsung 970 EVO 2TB solid state drive which is blazing fast. It has sufficient USB 3.0 and 3.1 ports, and includes a Wi-Fi adapter.

There are two things I wish this motherboard had: a USB C port, and an extra M.2 SSD drive. I believe the newer z270i has these, so that may be a better choice. But at before that became available, this felt like the best motherboard for a mini-ITX PC.

Memory

This RAM works great. Keep in mind you have to configure the settings in the BIOS to take advantage of the full 3200MHz clockspeed. This specific model of G.Skill Ripjaws V actually has a better latency than most others. It has a latency timing of Timing 14-14-14-34. Works great in my mini-ITX PC, have had no problems.

Storage

I absolutely love this SSD. I upgraded from a 960 EVO 1TB SSD. I'm able to have all my storage in a single, speedy unit. Very convenient, and noticeably fast for booting up, copying files, video editing, music production (e.g. loading large sample libraries). This SSD is super fast.

As a quick tip, if you're migrating from one SSD to a larger one like I did, I used Macrium Reflect free software to make a clone of my 1TB SSD. It creates a single large file that has the entire image of your SSD. Then, I copy that cloned image onto a USB hard drive I had. Then, I loaded Macrium Reflect onto a bootable USB stick. (they make it easy to create a Macrium Reflect bootable USB stick). Turn off your computer, replace your old SSD with your new, larger SSD, insert the USB stick, boot up your computer and boot off the USB stick so that Macrium Reflect starts up, and then you can have Macrium Reflect use the CLONE image from the hard drive and restore that image onto your new SSD.

Then, when you remove the hard drive and USB stick and boot up (at least in Windows), you'll notice your PC still only shows you have 1TB. Go into disk manager in Windows, and you'll see a huge unallocated partition. If you right click your current partition (the one that has your operating system on it), you can "EXTEND" it to take up all the room from the unallocated partition.

And just like that, you have more space on your PC! While the actual steps don't take much time (maybe 30-60 minutes of your time), the creation and copying of the image can take several hours, so maybe do it overnight or when you don't need the PC for some hours.

Video Card

This graphics card works great in my NCASE M1 Liquid Cooled Mini-ITX PC Build. It was easy to disassemble the fans and attach a waterblock. This is factory overclocked, and I noticed the clock speed would sometimes automatically boost to a higher setting than what was listed in the factory! The specs say the boost clock is 1847MHz, but mine consistently went past 1900 and occasionally even as high as 2012 MHz.

Power Supply

Works great as a modular power supply in my liquid cooled Mini-ITX PC. I used CableMod cables and some custom sleeved cables for cable management, and this power supply works great to power my pump/reservoir, LED lights, GTX 1080 superclocked GPU, i7-6700k CPU, and all radiator fans.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

imo this is feature worthy. +1

(the green is way better than the red)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much!! I agree the green is better than the red...although I wonder what a solid red colored liquid would look like...

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

A solid red with white leds could look really nice

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Same coolant and lights! Looks great!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it! Especially the uv. Both my rigs are watercooled with uv green ;)

+1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

You have to be a psychic. I was planning on an ncase M1 build named biohazard with the same color coolant. +2 if I could.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

HAHA no way!! That's awesome man, did you get a chance to build it? Great minds think alike...

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately not, ended up breaking the bank to get a trip to Germany over the summer. Mercedes before pcs lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build! +1 I love the way you have routed the tubing and that tiny bio-hazard symbol. If I were you I'd stick to the blue/UV lighting theme you have on the 1st photo.

One question though, was there any specific reason you went with an i7-6700K instead of something newer? (e.g. thermal limitation of the loop, no need for more power, already had it etc.)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey PCgamer097, sorry for the late reply - been busy finishing up the video for the build, which I just uploaded. I went with an i7-6700k because that was the latest processor at the time of building (well, I could have bought an i7-6950 but that felt like an overkill!). The i7-7700k came out a month or so after the build, but I stuck with the i7-6700k because there was a crazy good deal going on. If the i7-7700k had significantly more performance, I would have replaced it. Even now, the PC meets all my needs (except I needed to upgrade to a 2TB SSD).

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

this will be featured if you work on cable management.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey TechTuberTV, thanks for the comment! Sorry for the late reply - I just finished the build video tutorial in case you would like to share it on your channel for those interested in recreating the build or liquid cooling in general: https://youtu.be/btTAZ0FSRvg

Also, what tips would you have for better cable management? This was my first time building a PC, so any tips are appreciated. Thanks!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Really cool pc

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

UPDATE: Build Tutorial is now live! https://youtu.be/btTAZ0FSRvg

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

How good are the temperatures and noise levels? I love the NCASE M1 but all the builds I see are very noisy.

Awesome build btw!