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FDC-500 Fully Watercooled mini ITX

Fractal Design Core 500 Mini Itx Watercooled -- FDC-500 Fully Watercooled mini ITX

Components:
CASE: Fractal Core 500
Fans: 3 x Corsair AF 120 (due to silence purposes)
Aquacomputer Aquaero 6 with remote

Mainboard: ASrock FM2A88X-ITX
CPU : AMD 7700K @ 4.5 ghz
RAM:8Gb Kingston HyperX Predator Beast @ 2133 mhz
GPU: MSI - 970
PSU:Silverstone 600 W SFX
SSD: 120Gb Samsung EVO
HDD: 4Tb Wester Digital Red. (Depatched)
Watercooling:

Pump:Alphacool Vpp 655
Rad 1:EK - 120mm PE Radiator
Rad 2:EK - 240mm PE Radiator
Res: Bitspower 60mm
CPU:EK - Supremacy MX Acetal
GPU:EK - 670 block which fits the 970
Fittings :Not yet decided.

Plans and Changes,

The plans are quite simple,
To get a full watercooled loop with both Cpu and Gpu watercooled,
the case itself is able to handle it quite easy but some minor changes have to be made first,

First i have to cut off a small portion of the top (like 2 cm in the front) to get the radiator unit in there while it is assembled,
to be able to hardtupe the 120mm radiator and the 240 i have to tube them outside of the case and then put them together in there,
and to be able to do so i need to take a cut.

Where the gpu is placed i want to install a window to show off the beautyfull "poloshed Ek Waterblock on my Msi 970.

Custom sleeved cables are a must in a small case like this,
Shorten the cables on my Alphacool VPP 655 D5 pump,since they are almost 100cm long

Colour....
Well for the colour i try to keep it simple ,i really like the black exterior since it fits right in with
my tv and other components in the living room,

Front panel will be optimized to house a Aquaero 6 from aquacomputer .
it will probably be nessacery to remove some cables from the franpanel IO,
but we will se.

Huge Thank you to my sponsors who make it possible for me to do this
Thank you Guys.

Cables Led´s and other accessories are covered by
http://www.icemodz.eu/

The case is provided by
http://www.fractal-design.com/

so now that you know what i know,shell we continue with the Buildlog ?

Enjoy.

Start off with the unboxing of the case so you will get a better view on how compact this will be.

Here are some of the components i will be using for this build,
Keep in mind i am on the red team on this one #AMD

https://linustechtips.com/main/uploads/monthly_03_2015/post-2...

EK Waterblock cleaning (since i got it used)

Now that i call shiny ,what is you´re opinion ?

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Hey everyone

have been doing some work on the fractal design Core 500 case,
mainly trying to get the radiators to fit into the case without making a mess inside the case,
so the idea here is to get both radioators in and out together for easier installation,

thats why a few cuts where nessacerry, #Dremel
I still have to clean some things up though.

the bracket that comes with the case needed only a minor change for the second radiator to fit perfectly.

also started on shortening the cables for the pump,since a 70CM cable is really NOT nessacery for a mini itx Still waiting on some supplys to finish that though.

It is also a crucial thing to remove cables you wont be using, when building a mini itx case,
so i decided (mainly to be able to install the aqaero) to remove some cables from the front IO panel.
Front Audio port will not be used,
and i am not going to be using a BULKY usb cable for the front panel.

Thats it for the time beeing,thank you for checking out my buildlog,

Keep you posted,

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Hi

Looking to be a nice build, also its fun to see that someone using the read team instead!

Anyhow, I have a question, about the front usb cable, what are you going to use instead, maybee nothing?

fanns inte plats för alla mina leksaker här:(

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Hi

Looking to be a nice build, also its fun to see that someone using the read team instead!

Anyhow, I have a question, about the front usb cable, what are you going to use instead, maybee nothing?

Hi,
Thank you for the interest,
and yes it is not often that someone goes with the red team, (i have to say once the red team is under liquid it is performing quite well,)

I will not be ising front usb since it will be only used for the living room (for watching netflix,playing some minor games ,)
and all that will be done with no wires,
i might have to add a usbhub somewhere in the back.

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Hi,
Thank you for the interest,
and yes it is not often that someone goes with the red team, (i have to say once the red team is under liquid it is performing quite well,)

I will not be ising front usb since it will be only used for the living room (for watching netflix,playing some minor games ,)
and all that will be done with no wires,
i might have to add a usbhub somewhere in the back.

Yes it is, using one FM2+ , A10-7800 and its running fine in my htpc

Aha, I see, I always get annoyed by these usb3 front cables, so stiff and often not working very well, so I understand the reason behind that decision

fanns inte plats för alla mina leksaker här:(

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Finally got the tool to finish the crimping on the d5 cables for the molex connector.
sleeved the shortened cables in black to fit the theme.
And changed the molex connector to a black one for that cleaner look.

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Cables arrived
Compliments to icemodz.com
Love that paracord!!
Now almmost all the cables in the fractal core 500 are sleeved.
Also thinking of sleeving the frontpanel cables...

Keep u posted.

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Hey everyone.
Did the tubes for this one and cleaned the loop properly.
Next i have to do some cosmetic work to put a little bit of finess on this build.

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Well everything is tubed up and loquid is running.
Now some cosmetic aspects.
Little teaser pic.
Look @ that blue