Description

When I saw this case, I thought to myself, okay I have to build in it. After building it, I was questioned by friends why would I build such a rig? For what reason? My response "I have no clue I just wanted to build in this case becuase this Phanteks case is calling to me". I also reused some parts from my previous build such as the lg ultra wide monitor, the logitech mouse, my headphones, the microphone, Samsung 850 EVO SSDs and the PSU.

Custom rigid tube water loop. (First time using rigid tubing)

2 - Black Ice Nemesis 480GTS Radiator.

1 - Black Ice Nemesis 360GTS Radiator.

1 - EKWB EK-CoolStream XE 360 Radiator.

1- Maelstrom D5 V2 Series with X300 reservoir.

I used PrimoChill 1/2in. Rigid RevolverSX Series Fittings and mix in with a bunch of Bitspower fittings also. And yes the EK XE 360 radiator is in push pull configuration. The Cables are from CableMod the pro series.

And yes there are 18 fans in there the cable management was a quite overwhelming. (RBG cables and PWM cables for each fan.. smh)

My thoughts on the build

I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. First looking at the Phanteks Case I thought man, that's a lot of room. But now that it's built seems pretty tight in there. I initially wanted to vertically mount the Maelstrom the Reservoir combo (I assume it would because the case was so massive), but turned out IT didn't FIT and a then it was suggested that I mount it laying down. Thank goodness that fit and with the LED strip running on the inside of the case on the corner of the PSU shroud, it actually lights up the reservoir and I decided not to use the ARGB that came with the reservoir/pump.

Thoughts on the Fan choice.

So I intially priced out for 18 Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM. But I thought to myself do I need that much airflow, with all these rads it could maybe passively cool or just need fans at low RPMs to just help it along. After further research (ie watching fan reviews on youtube) I came across a video by Bitwit promoting these "china made fans" by PCCooler. I gave it a try and to be honest I was quite surprised. Initial impressions was that it was quite sturdy and the RGB was not "overwhelming" ( I was fearful that this build would get too "rainbow puke" like). When I powered it on for the first time it was like a having noisy box fan blowing at full blast. But once I got into the bios and turned them down to 25% power they we quite quiet. Not as quiet as Noctua's (my old build used 140mm 2000 rpm industrial fans) but not enough to make a you cringe. So all in all, as far as budget fans go for 13 bucks and change per fan, I'm really glad I went with these fans. Not overbearing RGB with decent performance.

Bitwit Video link here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipfb3YZiWkc

Lastly I'm not too fond of the bracket for the base that Phanteks added in to make it "easier" for builders. The bracket I feel somewhat restricts the airflow a little when you're trying to adjust it and if you put a anything 360mm (3 fans, or a rad with 3 fans) it butts right up against the the front rad/fans. So essentially you're blocking airflow at the bottom (because of the bracket) and on the front (because it's soo close). I was concerned with airflow so I did some adjustments to move the fat boy 360mm EK rad as far to the rear as I can but with that bracket it didn't help much and had to drill holes of my own.

3D mark results

https://www.3dmark.com/spy/8829660

Sorry if this was TL:DR but all in all I'm pleased with the way it turned out and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to share and I will answer it a promptly as I can.

Part Reviews

Case

Full size Tower with alot of space. But if you're going the route I went and putting in 2- 480 mm radiators and 2 -360 radiators be prepared to use some creativity for your loop. I didn't make it easier for myself since I used Rigid Tubing. But all in all it was a pleasant experience building in this case.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

Your case is 67.5% radiator....

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

haha so true!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is MASSIVE! 1+

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea it is. I was thinking of ways to "fill" it up hoping that It wouldn't look too empty.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Dual rgb res? It would help. Also did you mainly get ekwb parts? And how much did your loop cost?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

that was a thought the duel res. But I think I'm happy with the current turn out. I have 2 water blocks both from EK the fat boy radiator is from EK. the other 3 radiators are from hardware labs and for thin rads (30mm) they are rated one of there better radiators on the market. If i were to estimate everything I would say near 1k in cost if you include fans ( I don't know how much I spent on fittings. I would say in the neighborhood of 180-200 bucks)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my...

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy ****, that's one of the craziest builds I've seen in a while, what are the temps like? Case is dope btw

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I literally just finished last night. Just have the water pump running to test for leaks. I'll keep you posted about temperatures once I'm confident that the rig is leak proof.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes sense, hopefully everything goes well!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

ran a few Stressed test and benchmarks temps are about high 30s to low 40's average on both RTX 2080ti and Ryzen 9 3900x.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

That's beyond crazy, great job on the loop. This 100% deserves a feature imo

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

so after further testing and I OCed the cpu and gpu and did further stress test I got my Ryzen 9 3900x to 4.4ghz all Core and the 2080ti peaking at 2100 mhz at full load temps on the GPU were amazing still sitting around 41-43c but the CPU gets toasty got up to 61-62 C under full load. (I used both 3Dmark spy bench and realbench) All of those cores makes for one toasty CPU.

3D mark results https://www.3dmark.com/spy/8829660

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Lool that's straight up ludicrous, guess that's what 10 fans and a radiator as thick as a footlong sub will get you though 😂

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy macrole this is a beast of a machine. well done!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

its DUMMY THICC +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you black out the neos?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sorry? "Black out the neos?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If im not mistaken the neo ram come half silver half black yours look full black in the pictures

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh derp I'm sorry I misunderstood you. Nah the neos came in black and sliver probably by the angle and lighting they looked all black

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This things gota be really cool

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the Double entendre =P

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

feature?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Not gonna lie, this build is hot.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope this becomes featured.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow thanks

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for the pics of the top right corner! You just confirmed something for me and it is one thing I don't have to worry about gambling on when I make my purchases!

Sick build.

One question, did you attempt to fit the gts360 at the base with the push pull setup? I am hoping it'd just hover over that lip and allow the window to close, as it's only 3mm wider than the ek (on paper at least)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea the top right corner was tricky I used a rotary extension and a 90 degree fitting to make it work. I did not attempt to use the GTS360 radiator at the base but if I were to make a judgement call. I don't think it would fit or rather you wouldn't be able to close the glass panel. The EK radiator with the fans and everything in PUSH and PULL configuration is already really TIGHT at the base.

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya i noticed the pic from the rear after i wrote the above where ur rad is sitting slightly tilted. How close is the top of that rad to the glass? Maybe 2-3mm?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

it's probably almost touching the glass about 1mm

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! What I thought was the lip of the case I was advised it was actually a thin piece of fabric. So it looked like there was a bit more room to play with. Ill stick with the xe360 and or go with the ut60 from alphacool.

Is there any way you could take a pic of the rad to rad link you did for the side to the front? maybe from the top?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Uploaded pictures best I can to show what I did. I used a 90 non rotary fittings and double rotatory extension to make it work.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is sick. I'm gearing up for a crazy build with this case. Not all new parts and it won't be a custom loop to start, but this is nice to see. Also, are you in a pharmacy with this thing?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

haha I work in a pharmacy.. the case the rads were delivered there so I figure i'll start working on it at my workplace

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Some people left a review of the ram saying that you can't set it to 3600mhz,is that true or does it work fine for you?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I oced mine to 3733mhz and it works fine. You just have to remember to set the fclk to 1/2 of the ram speed in this case 1866. I've seen people go as high as 1900 fclk and 3800mhz on the ram for AMD ryzen. (I haven't tried)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply,they also said the ram timings are difficult to tune.

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

check out the video. RAM timings done easy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOqhyVNPhaM

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Do you think there would be room to do a push / pull fan set up on either of the 480 rads at the front?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

if you are planning on just doing 1 480 in rad in the front then yes there would be room but for 2 480 rads no.. it wouldn't be possible or if you were to do 360 rads at the bottom or top not sure.. but I think it would be really tight.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks man!!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That is beautiful! Is it loud especially with all those fans and huge radiators?

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 points

not that loud.. I run it at low rpms around 800.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

How well is one d5 pump doing in this huge loop? There must be tons of resistance.