So carrying on from the last update, as I had everything connected I figured it was time to leak test. Time for lots of paper towels and a light color tint to the water to highlight any problems.
As the res was so small and the connection to the pump is right near the top, I had to add a temporary tube to the fill port that would give me enough liquid to cycle the pump on and off without it running dry for too long. The tube also helped with the bleeding as it allowed air top bubble up and escape wit the water level higher than the res.
To my complete and utter surprise absolutely nothing leaked at all and after adding a bit more dye to the loop it looked like this:
Here's a better look at the res when fully topped up.
And finally... here she is with everything in place and ready to roll.
I haven't done a great deal of benching and haven't done any overclocking yet, but the CPU idles at 24c and peaked out at 67c on the highest core when benchmarking. I definitely plan to push things beyond stock but with such small thermal capacity I imagine things will spike very quickly beyond a certain point. I also have plans to cut the top of the Node202 out and replace it with some beveled tempered glass so I can actually see all the hard work that has gone into it.
As @SidewinderB4 said, I am just using a 256GB M.2 on the underside of the motherboard as I just need an OS and a few racing sims installed. All of my media is on a NAS and streams across the network.
No I can't as the radiator has to be pushed as far to the back of the case to allow for the inlet/outlet at the front. This means that the "2nd" fan actual finishes under the GPU by about 8mm (using a full size fan there had originally been my plan/hope though).
I actually shit bricks when I saw the baity title on youtube from Kyle as I was halfway through my project at the time when he uploaded it and I thought he beat me to the punch.