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2018/10/09 04:56:27 (permalink)
Hello everyone,
 
Today I bring an update to a build that I completed in mid-2017 using the Fractal Node 202 HTPC Case. 
 
The original intention of the 2017 build was to assemble a custom water cooling loop inside the small form factor case. Although it was a success in cooling the core i3-6100 using a 92mm radiator and a short single slot GTX 1050, I wanted to take up the challenge of mounting a full custom loop cooling both a high core count CPU and full length Flagship GPU inside the Node 202. 
 
Hence Project DeeBee Xtreme aims to address the above challenge, a full blown water cooled and feature rich PC inside the small form factor Node 202 case.
 
Link to PCPP Page (Currently featured 11.10.18) - https://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/xmJ8TW
 
Here is a shot of the old build from 2017.

 
Part 1 - Components
 
The initial planning of this new project involved selecting the appropriate components.
For the motherboard, I decided to go with the ASUS B350i AM4 Mini-Itx motherboard. This motherboard contains 2 RGB Headers (Digital + 12V), 2 M.2 SSD slots, temperature sensor, 6 rear USB 3.0 Ports, LAN, Wireless and is aesthetically pleasing. For Storage, we are going with a simple 250GB M.2 Samsung 860 EVO.
 
As I need all the space possible, having all the above features meant the PC will be both compact and feature rich with plenty of functionality.  
 

 
The CPU used in this case is the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X. With 6 Cores of processing power, this CPU is both powerful, yet efficient enough in regards to heat and power consumption. Cooling it is the EKWB Supremacy EVO in acetal black.
 

 
The challenge would not be a challenge if it cannot fit a water cooled full sized flagship GPU. So digging in my pile of old hardware, the GPU used in this build will be none other than the Nvidia GTX 980 Ti with the EKWB Titan X acetal water block. As EK's GPU blocks are single slot, it would work perfect in ensuring it fits within the build. Extra additions include a 90 degree rotary terminal to maximise space.
 

 
Other components not listed include: 
Corsair SF450 80+ Gold SFX Power Supply
2x4GB of Crucial DDR4 Memory w/ EKWB RAM Monarch Heatsinks.
post edited by Bee666 - 2018/10/10 18:36:02
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    Re: DeeBee Xtreme - Fractal Node 202 Full CPU & GPU Watercooled 2018/10/09 05:09:25 (permalink)
    Part 2 - Case Modifications
     
    The old modifications to the case of the Node 202 was tacky and in-efficient when it comes to disassembly and/or maintenance. The Black/Orange colour scheme was also a bit too bright for my tastes. Therefore, I decided to opt for a white/black/green colour scheme and aim to improve the exterior modifications to the case.
     
    I started by tearing apart the old build into its modular parts, followed by taking the plastic shell and sanding, priming followed by spray painting it in a vivid matte white finish. The top grill was also painted matte flat black.
     

     
    Next up was to cut a brand new window for the shell using 3mm thick clear acrylic. To mount the acrylic panel, I opted to use motherboard standoff screws inside the holes on the plastic shell to act as threads for the Bitspower Green Anodized thumbscrews to lock. This allows the acrylic window to be mounted to the shell and taken off if need be.
     

     
    After the measurements were checked and the acrylic window edges sanded, the black bordering is then added. This is done by using the protective film as a stencil and spray painting the edges on the opposite side of the acrylic window with matte black paint. This results in a reflective black border appearance similar to the glass windows found on the Phanteks line of cases.
     

     

     

     
    After test fitting the plastic shell back on the Node 202 case, it was looking good and I proceeded to add detailing onto the plastic shell. Detailing involved using Matte Apple Green Vinyl and Satin Black Vinyl and hand cutting right angle triangles to create the patterning effect on the front of the plastic shell. I really liked the triangular pattern in the older 2017 version, but wanted to streamline it, and I think it turned out much better than expected.
     

     

     
    For the rear metal panel of the Node 202, instead of using my own 2mm acrylic, I opted to use to stock metal panel. I sanded, primed and spray painted it in vivid matte white and using the same vinyl as above, hand cut and stencilled a logo of the Valkyr WarFrame from the WarFrame game to fill in the blank space.
     

     
    Finally, a small DeeBee Custom Logo was 3D printed and hand painted in a black/white dual tone effect. This will be attached onto the power supply later on.
     

     
     
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    Re: DeeBee Xtreme - Fractal Node 202 Full CPU & GPU Watercooled 2018/10/09 05:29:52 (permalink)
    Part 3 - Watercooling Loop
     
    To cool both a 6 core CPU and a GTX 980 Ti, I knew the minimum possible radiator size would be 240mm, which in this case is the maximum the Node 202 can fit. To make it work, there was 2 options. Either go with 15mm Noctua NF-A12x15 120mm Fans with a 27mm Slim EKWB 240mm SE Radiator OR 25mm Corsair Maglev 120mm Fans with a Ultra Slim 20mm XSPC TX 240mm Radiator.
     
    I ended up opting for the second option with the Maglevs and 20mm radiator as it gave me clearance to mount the radiator and avoid issues with the front IO ports (As I wanted all the front USB 3.0, front audio to also be functional in this build).
     

     
    The loop itself consists of 10/13mm EK Duraclear Tubing with 10/13mm Black ACF Fittings also from EK. The pump used is the EK SPC-60 MX. I mounted the pump just underneath the power supply. Two T-block fittings are used for fill and drain. The one near the pump was used to fill the loop, whilst the port near the bottom is for draining the loop in the future.
     

     
    It was a tight fit with the GPU, however, with adequate amount of rotaries, I was able to mount everything in snugly without any dilemma. There is also still an additional 20-30mm clearance between the GPU and the Radiator Fittings, which meant the newer RTX 2080Ti Waterblocks from EKWB will still fit. An XSPC temperature sensor probe for the liquid is also installed to allow me to monitor the liquid temperatures.
     

     

     
    Well everything seemed to have gone pretty smoothly with the built, without any snags. However, I would be lying if I said the build went completely smooth from start to end. Whilst filling the loop for the first time, I did accidently slip in the handling of the fill port tubing that quite a lot of coolant (Mayhem's UV Green Pastel) spilt all over the motherboard area of the build. It was devastating and a nightmare as coolant literally got in every crook and cranny of the case.
     

     
    I immediately disassembled every piece of the build, and individually dried of every single component in the build. I wiped off all the immediate liquid spots I could see, let everything dry for a day, then took Electronics Grade 99.997% Isopropyl Alcohol and countless hours cleaning the motherboard and other PCB components in the build, followed by 2 days of letting everything to dry again. With fingers crossed none of the components were damaged and the system booted up fine in my quick test run.
     

     
    After the test, the system was then completely reassembled and second time filling the loop (This time using an actual plug to the fill port), success! the loop was then bled for air/leak tested for a day before assembled into its final form.
     

     
     
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    Re: DeeBee Xtreme - Fractal Node 202 Full CPU & GPU Watercooled 2018/10/09 05:35:23 (permalink)
    Completed Build Photos
     
    And that concludes the build process of DeeBee Xtreme. Overall, I am very satisfied with the upgrades done to the build. The exterior is now much more clean in appearance, and the loop looks much better when it is complete with a full GPU. Here is some initial completed snaps of the build. 
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    I will get some temperature readings and powered on photos updated here soon once the build is all set up and running.
     
    Thanks for checking out my build log
     
    Any questions, feel free to comment and I will reply when I can.
     
    Cheers!
     
    Mack - DeeBee Custom
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    Re: DeeBee Xtreme - Fractal Node 202 Full CPU & GPU Watercooled 2018/10/09 06:35:22 (permalink)
    Very nice, Like the white and green. 

    You can try the steps that I have outlined for the reasons I have noted
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    Re: DeeBee Xtreme - Fractal Node 202 Full CPU & GPU Watercooled 2018/10/09 07:46:34 (permalink)
    Very Nice Build! I even liked the Orange style as well,  you've done this very professionally!
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    Re: DeeBee Xtreme - Fractal Node 202 Full CPU & GPU Watercooled 2018/10/09 15:46:54 (permalink)
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    Very nice, Like the white and green. 


    Thanks! always wanted To try This colour scheme.
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    Re: DeeBee Xtreme - Fractal Node 202 Full CPU & GPU Watercooled 2018/10/09 15:48:33 (permalink)
    ARIOS-X1
    Very Nice Build! I even liked the Orange style as well,  you've done this very professionally!


    Thank you so much! Glad you Also liked the previous version. The new one has no compromises in terms of functionality now compared to the previous :)
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    Re: DeeBee Xtreme - Fractal Node 202 Full CPU & GPU Watercooled 2018/10/11 04:39:02 (permalink)
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    Very nice, Like the white and green. 


    Thanks! always wanted To try This colour scheme.



     
    You're very welcome. It came out very well, Congrats. 

    You can try the steps that I have outlined for the reasons I have noted
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    Re: DeeBee Xtreme - Fractal Node 202 Full CPU & GPU Watercooled 2018/10/11 15:37:11 (permalink)
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    Very nice, Like the white and green. 


    Thanks! always wanted To try This colour scheme.



     
    You're very welcome. It came out very well, Congrats. 


    Thank you for the support :)
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    Re: DeeBee Xtreme - Fractal Node 202 Full CPU & GPU Watercooled 2018/10/11 23:00:33 (permalink)
    A great build so thanks for sharing

    Specs: AMD 1920X Threadripper, Samsung SM961 M.2, 32GB Corsair RGB Vengeance,  ASRock X399 Taichi MB, Corsair, 1000D PC case, RTX 2070




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    Re: DeeBee Xtreme - Fractal Node 202 Full CPU & GPU Watercooled 2018/10/11 23:21:26 (permalink)
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    A great build so thanks for sharing




    Thanks Johnson :)
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    Re: DeeBee Xtreme - Fractal Node 202 Full CPU & GPU Watercooled 2018/10/25 10:29:59 (permalink)
    Awesome Node 202 Build

    I have the Exact same Case. with a z270i mobo and a asus strix 1080it OC

    I want to do something like your build. ? I will be posting pictures of my node 202 1080 ti current Funky Setup,, but looking forward to upgrading it and making it look bad ass
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    Re: DeeBee Xtreme - Fractal Node 202 Full CPU & GPU Watercooled 2018/10/26 23:13:12 (permalink)
     
    Looking great.        

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    Re: DeeBee Xtreme - Fractal Node 202 Full CPU & GPU Watercooled 2018/10/28 01:56:56 (permalink)
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    Awesome Node 202 Build

    I have the Exact same Case. with a z270i mobo and a asus strix 1080it OC

    I want to do something like your build. ? I will be posting pictures of my node 202 1080 ti current Funky Setup,, but looking forward to upgrading it and making it look bad ass



    Thanks!
     
    Sounds like a plan! looking forward to it =)
     
    XrayMan
     
    Looking great.        




    Thanks XrayMan!
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