Description

Thank you for the feature PCPP

Hello PCPP Community,

Back in July 2017, I embarked on a challenge to do a custom water cooled loop inside the Fractal Node 202, dubbed Project BBIRD. There were a lot of parts of the build I knew I could do better, including panelling work, window and the water cooling loop itself.

The Build

More than 1 year later, DeeBee Xtreme aims to take the Node 202 build a step further. Featuring the following:

-Full custom loop with a 240mm radiator + a pair of 25mm thick corsair 120mm maglev fans cooling both a 6 core Ryzen CPU & A full fat GTX 980Ti using EKWB Supremacy EVO CPU/GPU blocks.

-Temperature Sensor for liquid temp build into the loop/motherboard.

-Full RGB lighting on both motherboard and case

-Dedicated fill and drain T-block ports (One at top of case and one at bottom)

-Hand cut and assembled hi-quality acrylic window with black bordering + green anodised thumbscrew mounting mechanism.

-Hand cut/stencilled vinyl artwork for outer shell of case.

Watercooling Loop Setup

The build was indeed challenging as there is limited space within the node 202. To make it all possible the loop consisted of:

-10/13mm soft tubing was along with plenty of EK 90 rotaries/10/13mm ACF fittings.

-EK SPC MX60 Pump

-Corsair 120mm Maglev fans

-XSPC 240mm Radiator

-EK Titan X GPU Block with 90 degree rotary terminals

-EK Supremacy EVO AM4 Acetal Block

The GPU compartment still has an extra 20-30mm to spare, which means the newer RTX 2080Ti and EK RTX 2080/Ti blocks with built in RGB can fit no problem for potential future upgrades.

The Mess Ups

When filling the loop, I did run into the misfortune of spilling the coolant all over the motherboard, this took me over 4 days to clean up using Electronic grade 99.997% Isopropyl Alcohol but alas the motherboard and components were still working.

Build Log

Link to Build Log on EVGA Forums - https://forums.evga.com/DeeBee-Xtreme-Fractal-Node-202-Full-CPU-GPU-Watercooled-m2866191.aspx

Final Thoughts

Overall, I am very happy with the progress of successfully implementing a complete full watercooling loop inside the Node 202 case. This was a challenge well worth it.

Any questions or comments, feel free to post below and I will answer when I can.

Thanks for checking my build out!

Cheers

Mack - DeeBee Custom

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 14 points

I smell a feature

  • 13 months ago
  • 13 points

Well you must be a bloodhound

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  • 13 months ago
  • 12 points

holy moly , he has managed to make the best small form factor build ever, this is history.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 6 points

Haha thanks for the kind words :)

im pretty sure there are better sff builds out there, but glad you liked this one :)

Cheers!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points
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bestItxBuilds = [bee66Build * len(bestItxBuilds)]
print(bestItxBuilds)
  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

cheers, still learning :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 5 points

I saw Valk from Warframe so I instantly liked this.

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you fellow tenno :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

You're most welcome... probably gonna do an inaros build in the future when I have the time and extra plat...

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Sounds like a plan :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

At the moment though I'm looking on going black or white on purple but can't find psu cables that are purple. any ideas ?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I usually purchase custom sleeved cables from CableMod. They have purple available under their custom configurator.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

H O W

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

wow NOICE

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The acrylic mod tho kreygasm

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! :)

The window on a node 202 transforms the case entirely.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

slick af not going to lie

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers! glad you thought so :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Just Wow. Where is the rad?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Kyojin,

The 240mm radiator is behind the GPU, you can check out the build log To see how it was put together :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks glad you thought so :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you get the window for the node 202? +1 build looks slicker then ice

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :)

The window is 3mm acrylic that was hand cut and polished, followed by adding on a black border at the rear to clean up the look. You can check it out in the build log link in description.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheers thanks!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Add more pics add probably feature

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks,

In the process of uploading more powered on photos tonight.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude! Congrats on the features, and +10 for this! I want to use this case, and you just elevated it to a whole new level. Great job!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much :)

Are you planning to use the node 202 for your next build?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd like to use it and make a small HTPC for my living room to stream from my server. But now I wan to do what you did lol

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds like a good plan. If you ever need any information on the node 202, feel free to ask :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Acrylic side panels? You could pass those off for TG they're that clean.

Also what is that symbol on the side panel? Reminds me of something from CoD or Destiny lol

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! i took the time to keep the window as polished and clean as possible this time around.

Its from WarFrame the symbol on the side panel.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah yup. One more look and I don't see how I couldn't tell that at first. I don't personally play myself but I have a lot of friends that do. Hear it's fun but too lazy to get into it, I'll be here with my forza lol

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thats alright, i personally find it a good stress relieving game if you enjoy destroying countless NPCs >:)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats soooo badass.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! glad you thought so :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. That is extremely nice and the pics are fantastic. Absolutely love this build.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Radox means a lot to hear that :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

You did an AMAZING JOB!!!! Congrats on the featured!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheers! Thank you pegotico :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

hahaha, now I know what your place looks like.

nice build mate

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks anton :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is epic! Very nice!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Kevbui :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

This is nuts. +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hot damn, that looks good

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Just Beautiful, this is why i consider PC building to be an art in some cases. This belongs on a show floor, to be admired.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words I appreciate it :)

Good thing is it is still 100% functional with all features from a regular build still available (front audio/usb, wifi, rgb, modularity, drain) as opposed to the original build.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

thats a lot of good work

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers! Thanks :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Too cool! Well done

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the first watercooled HTPC build I've ever seen!

You're a hero!

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks :)

Hopefully it brought some inspiration :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It does!

Cannot give more +1 because already did before the feature xD

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha thank you rocketracer :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

EDIT: wait, could it be some AI enhancing camera app that modern phones seem to have?

i'm going to have to be 'that guy' to recommend against photoshopping depth blur, it can get distracting (also a bit awkward that the first pic has it, yet the second pic is natural)

if the camera has controls for aperture, lower the F/number to get the depth effect out of the lens

other than that, build looks pretty tight (maybe i'm a bit concerned about that one tube having poking pressure from a PCB)

  • 13 months ago
  • 0 points

Wow

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Great work with the Valkie side-panel!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Chloe :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job. :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Judah :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

This is kind of impressive. And by "kind of impressive", I mean very, very impressive and I want to build something just like it...

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your support :) hope it inspired you for your future builds :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice and SFF.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your support :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

and kyle thought he was cool because he put an aio in this case...

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the same comment the last time on the older 2017 node 202 build.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the tea set next to it that really sets this build off.

What an accomplishment, inspiring!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta have my tea :) I think it has been in quite a few of my previous build photos.

Thank you for your support :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a very nice build, we drooled over it at work for a few minutes and had a long discussion about builds after the day was over.

The Ryzen chips have had a few of us really excited the last year, it's great to see artistic approaches to chip architecture as well as building hardware. Your rig compliments a lot of the finer points of technology I think, it's great.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I do agree that the Ryzen based platform is really intriguing, especially the budget line up. They have all the features normally found on high end motherboards.

Thanks again :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a basic build in one of these cases, and that was hard enough.. I have no idea how you were able to fit the rad, fans, and gpu, in that compartment. BRAVO! Now that I know it's possible, I might give something like this a go in the future.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks :)

A lot of measuring and planning was done so that only the right components with the right dimensions were used. If you need further information on the node 202, feel free to ask :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

This PC is a prime example of how this website is lowkey where you go to get your pleasure on.

Great job, my friend. Packing quite the punch in such a small form factor. I love it!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha indeed,

Thanks for your support :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got to admit that you've done this very professionally Sr. indeed your build deserve to be featured +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man for the kind words :)

Cheers!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

That is one slick looking case with the window. Nicely done!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Tooth :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing itx build mad respect!

How are the temps under full load. Is one 240mm enough to cool both?

I'm in the process of attempting to do a full custom loop CPU & GPU in the InWin A1! Using XSPC's new ultra slim 240 and 120 Rads. Man o man is it tight, just waiting on a 1080ti mini water block from china. Aliexpress slowest shipping ever!!!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

So far i have kept both CPU and GPU running at stock speeds, and temps are looking great as expected from a watercooled system. Idle temps 27C CPU, 25C GPU, fan speeds 500RPM, and under gaming load 48C CPU, 42C GPU, fan speeds 1200RPM. Ambient 20C.

I usually find that 120mm per component to suffice so long as the fan speeds are tweaked to suit different load scenarios. More radiator in my opinion just allows me to run fans at super low RPM. However, Maglevs are inaudible at 500RPM and a gentle hum that can be easily blocked out with earphones at 1200+RPM.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

too nice! shoulda put yellow coolant tho cause its 'DeeBee'............ bee..... yellow.......... +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha maybe if I feel like changing the colour scheme up I could. I just could not resist the clean look of the pastel uv green.

Thanks nonetheless :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

What is this build meant for? Gaming, Editing, getting a feature

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Jetlag,

I build PCs mainly for fun as a hobby during my holiday periods. These PCs are used from time to time for small purposes such as work at home related tasks, but not as my daily driver, and mainly for show/secondary backup. As new ideas become available, depending on how much I like each build, parts may be cannibalised to be used towards the new builds.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Anyways, It is as fire as the Spitfire in Black Ops 4

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thank you for the support :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

this is sick man. good job!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man Cheers!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Exceptional work here : P

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the support :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

do you have a youtube?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I do, however, it is still in the early stages and not really managed at the moment.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Still, I'd love to check it out. I started one about a year ago and I'm looking for more builders like myself to connect with : P

Link is in my bio

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

All good, i've subscribed to your channel with my regular account. Your PC content looks great :)

My Pc building one is under the channel name DeeBee Custom.

Cheers!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Shhiiieeeettttt, I could barley do a custom loop in an inwin 301 and you got one inside an even smaller node 202? You are a godly modder!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the support :) im sure its just as difficult with the 301, i had an opportunity to tinker with the node in my previous build so it was easier knowing what will work and/or fit this time around.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Shut the front door! Holy cow :D this is by far the best node 202, build I have ever seen. I have built 5 different game pc's in this case and that where normal builds. Every time I took me a lot of effort getting it right. So I can only imagine what kind of hell you went true the get here, made respect!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks for the support! =)

Yeah the first time working in the Node 202 was a learning curve (the 2017 build). This time around, it was still a challenge, but it did go smoother then expected (other than that coolant spillage, courtesy of my own mistake).

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Cant wait for the building video ;)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I was about to say... only $850??!! Then I realized the 980Ti price wasn't included XD

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, there isn't an automatic pricing for 980ti anymore, and am unsure about the market value of a 980ti with the launch of RTX, so just left it blank.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Waiting four days for the motherboard to dry must have been rough! Really nice build.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Yeah it was ok though, as I have my daily driver PC anyways so wasn't too big of a deal.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I absolutely love this build, great job! I just finished building my Node 202 with the Ryzen 2700 and a 1080 ti Strix. Looking to create basically this setup to water cool the system as right now it's a loud toaster! I was wondering a bit more about how the T-fittings were set up and if you're using filler ports. Basically - how can I avoid the spill you made? Also, how many fittings do you have in the end (90 degree ones, straight ones, e.t.c.)? How much fluid fits in your loop? Hope to create something at least as efficient as your build!

I'm looking to be able to easily travel with mine so being able to fill/empty should be quite easy.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, thanks for taking interest.

First off the spill was purely my fault as I was being impatient with the filling using a t-block.

There is exactly 15x90 degree fittings (not including the 2 from the GPU block terminal) and 1x 3 way T Block, 1x 4 way X block, 1 straight rotary, 1 extender and 14 soft tube fittings.

About 250mL of coolant give or take was required.

Any more questions let me know

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the answer, exactly what I'm looking for! I see you used the extender on the upper radiator to get the bend right. Is it the 12 mm one?

I think another thing I am curious of is if you think the EK-CoolStream SE 240 Radiator would have fit without obstructing the front IO ports? With the slim Noctua fans.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

It would fit (although there will be quite a bit of pressure pushed onto the front usb 3.0 cables).

Also you will need to supply your own radiator screws for 15mm based fans.

And there may be a slight performance hit due to lower SP from the slim fans.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

According to the overclockers.net review of the noctua nf-a12x15 fan, it seems to perform quite well compared to 25mm fans when used with radiators, although it is a very good point. I hadn't thought of the screw situation either. I think I will go with the slimmer radiator so I have the possibility of changing the fans if the performance is lacking.

Thanks for your thoughts, I'll be sure to share the results!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats cute.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't believe I missed this the first time around. This thing is awesome! I love this thing!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers thanks!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job. Did you make the surrounding part that the clear acrylic panel mounts to? If so how and how is that surround secured to case frame?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Zamba,

You can read the build log link in description for more details.

Basically, the Node 202 has 4 holes when the metal panel is removed, those holes were modified as to allow the Bitspower thumbscrews to be used to mount the clear acrylic panel.

Any more questions feel free to ask.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks OK so you modified the existing holes rather than making a completely new mounting piece.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

All good =)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Also I notice you have opted for soft tubing. Could you have chosen hard tube or would that have made it too tricky to get everything to lineup. I would love to have a go doing something like this.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I would say it is probably possible to do with hard line when I was assembling the parts.

However, I personally would not do it without serious modifications to the case structure itself to accommodate for the bends. The build internals are also not water cooling friendly in its standard factory form, and getting the bends in would be frustrating. Hardline tubing would also make it a nightmare to disassemble/service in the future as it would get in the way.

If you'd still like to try hard line, go for it =) would love to see the final result =)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I have never done any kind of water cooling let alone hardline. I can imagine how difficult in would be in this case. It sounds too difficult for me. I would be curious to know what you feel the biggest compromises are with such a build. I see two: getting enough air through the radiator (based on your temps that doesn't seem to be a problem) and physical space for storage (without paying a lot for large m.2).

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably storage as you said, although there are 2 m.2 ssd slots on the motherboard and m.2 sata ssd are almost the same price as regular ssd, so it probably won't be an issue.

Otherwise, I don't see any compromises as I purposely designed this build to have all the features of a regular mid tower build. Its got RGB, wifi, front & rear audio, front & rear usb ports, can run high end cpu/gpu overclocked, good cooling.

Radiator actually gets a lot of airflow as the fans intake fresh air directly into the radiator, and you can use any standard dual 120mm high static pressure fans.

Any more questions, feel free to ask.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thank you. Really impressed.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

All good :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

This reminds me of an xbox one s console only more badass

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! glad you thought so =)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you manage to install rad+fans without issues from the power socket?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi EdInk,

The power socket has been moved outwards by another 5mm using standoffs.

This gives clearance for the radiator + fans.

Any more questions, feel free to ask.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent.. I was considering cutting out a new slot for it.

Is there clearance for a slim (15mm) 120/140 mm fan above the CPU block? I was thinking one may fit to provide some cool air for vrms and M.2 ssd heatsink.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

No, there is barely a few mm to the side panel from the CPU waterblock fittings.

You can however, fit a 40/60mm fan above or below the CPU waterblock.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

This answered the EXACT question I had. Awesome work and thank you! My only debate now is specific GPU. I'm concerned about card height (e.g. Gigabyte or ZOTAC 1080 Minis).

My biggest question would be whether temps justify this over just air. Have you tried both?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't have been able to test it against air, but temps on water are really good.

I wouldn't justify watercooling the node 202 for the average user, this project was done more for fun and to see the limits.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing modding in this case! I'd be terrified to try a custom soft loop inside a Node 202.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Bronstet!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I NEED a build video, i want to do this soo bad with an rtx card.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, Love this build! i am looking at doing the custom side window my self, but im not 100% sure on how you went about it?

Are you able to give some more direction on this?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course, here is a link to the build log which details the custom side window process.

https://forums.evga.com/DeeBee-Xtreme-Fractal-Node-202-Full-CPU-GPU-Watercooled-m2866191.aspx#2866191

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

gorgeous. i would love an htpc with a clear view to the inside components, however im not that skilled lmao. love this build!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely Loving the Windows!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

+100000000000000000000000000000000000

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you think about this build? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/wVpzJ8

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Mind if I ask your loop order? This looks like a real trick and I've been debating about doing something like this for a good while. Also, +1 on the insane pc! Looks dope and I'm sure it performs as well as it looks!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Pump to Radiator to GPU to CPU to T-Port Fill to pump.

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

This is awesome, have my node 202 coming this week, would love to do a clear side panel but not sure I dare! Haha

Top work, this is stunning

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! All the best in your Node build!

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks :)