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Blank Heaven - Enderman's new H500 build log

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Hello and welcome to my new PC build, successor to the "White Heaven" S340 build I did 6 years ago!

 

Introduction

 

The goal for this computer was a proper full custom loop with emphasis on silence and reliability.

 

I previously tried a Fractal Design Kelvin S24, but the pump made the whole case vibrate since it was directly mounted to the CPU.

I sold that cooler and went back to the H100i I bought almost 10 years ago (still going strong!) because it was quieter.

After saving up for a while and buying loop parts here and there, now was finally the time to get all the parts together and do a complete redesign.

I had spent so many years planning the loop and everything else that PC parts kept updating and evolving quickly so instead of an upgrade/rebuild I ended up doing a completely new build.

 

 

The Cooling Decision

 

I am aware that the quietest PC is a passive one, but after the mediocre and expensive launch of the Calyos passive cooling case, I decided to avoid going that route.

The next best option is a large heatsink like an NH-D15 or Bequiet Dark Rock cooler, since they have only fans and no pump.

I wanted a liquid cooling loop for aesthetics and combined CPU+GPU cooling, because while a CPU heatsink can keep a CPU cool while being quiet, it is hard to find similar aftermarket GPU heatsinks that are big and quiet.

Either way, I wanted something that would not cover up the motherboard and other components.

AIOs were out of the question, so a custom loop is all that was left (no phase change today, sorry guys 😞 )

 

 

Silence Modifications

 

My goal was to build a very quiet computer, so there were three factors to take into account:

1. Fans

2. Pump

3. Noise dampening

 

For the fans I chose Noiseblocker e-loop B12-PS and B14-PS, for their beautiful aesthetics but also for their high static pressure at low RPMs.

These fans have excellent PWM control and can be driven down to only a few hundred rpm for near-silence.

Their large blades also make them great for radiators because of the high static pressure.

 

For the pump I went with dual EK D5s.

The D5 pump is the best and most reliable PC watercooling pump that exists, and by using two of them I get redundancy in case one ever fails.

The PWM control on the EK version of the D5 also allows them to be driven at even lower speeds, down to ~1500rpm which is much quieter than the default 4000+rpm they usually run at.

 

For noise dampening I chose Acousti Acoustipack multi-layer dampened foam.

Unlike regular cheap foam you've probably seen before, this stuff has suspended layers of high density material within the foam for more noise dampening rather than just reflection absorption.

I used 3 layer foam wherever it fit, since it is half an inch thick, and 1 or 2 layer foam elsewhere.

Almost the entire interior of the case is covered in it, the top, front, back, entire PSU compartment, etc.

 

 

Watercooling Loop Reliability

 

Hearing about fittings leaking, reservoirs cracking, waterblocks being clogged, and so many other problems I was a little concerned about custom loops.

I wanted something simple and reliable, that could last 10+ years without issues just like my H100i did (although I got lucky because I have seen many of those fail too)

Here are the decisions I made to increase loop reliability as much as possible:

 

  • Used a D5 pump, the most reliable and well known PC watercooling pump
  • Used two pumps (using the EK X-TOP Revo Dual D5) for redundancy in case one pump fails
  • Used soft tubing instead of hardline
  • Used clear fluid instead of dyes/colours
  • Used high quality Bitspower fittings only
  • Used barb fittings instead of compression fittings
  • Used tubing clamps on all fittings
  • Used minimal rotary fittings (I had to use two, one because the case blocked a radiator port and one in the cramped basement where the pumps are)
  • Used a T-line instead of a reservoir

 

Watercooling Loop Components

 

Hardwarelabs Black Ice Nemesis 280GTS radiator (painted white by performance-pcs)

Hardwarelabs Black Ice Nemesis 120GTS radiator (painted white by performance-pcs)

Noiseblocker e-loop B12-PS and 2x B14-PS fans

EK Radeon Vega GPU waterblock

EK Supremacy EVO full nickel CPU waterblock

EK Monarch ram heatsinks (custom painted white, not watercooled)

EK X-TOP Revo Dual D5 pump top

EK D5 PWM controlled pumps (x2)

Bitspower 1/2" white barb fittings with 3/4" clamps, and some rotary fittings and a T-fitting

Mayhems UV white tubing 1/2" ID 3/4" OD (Used clear tubing for the T-line to see water level)

EK Cryofuel clear premixed coolant

 

 

PC components

 

Case: NZXT H500

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3950X

GPU: AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

Motherboard: ASUS Ace X570 Pro WS

RAM: 64GB Corsair Vengenance LPX (modded with EK Monarch heatsinks painted white)

Storage: Samsung 512GB 970 Pro (OS) + 1TB 980 Pro (storage)

PSU: Seasonic Prime Fanless Titanium TX-700

Cables: @CableModcustom sleeved Modmesh Pro white cables (all cables, 24 pin, 8 pin CPU, dual 8 pin GPU)

Sound dampening foam: Acousti Acoustipack Ultimate Plus (used 1, 2 and 3 layer types used)

LED lighting: Darkside CONNECT G2 rigid LED strip white (dimmable, connected to motherboard fan header so I can adjust brightness from the UEFI)

 

Peripherals:

Mouse: Logitech MX Master 2s light gray

Keyboard: Coolermaster SK630 white (Cherry MX RGB low profile mechanical switch)

Webcam: Logitech Brio 4k

Audio interface: Scarlett 2i4 Gen 2

Microphones: 2x Audio Technica AT2020 white

Monitor: Samsung NU7100 58" 4k TV

Speakers: (not purchased yet, planning to buy Adam Audio T8V)

 

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Final Thoughts

 

The loop was harder to build than I expected.

It took a lot of planning, and at one point I even modeled my tubing runs with a mockup case and PC components in Solidworks.

Filling the loop without a reservoir was difficult but not impossible, I ran the loop using a flower vase as my reservoir until all the bubbles were out.

Then I flipped the case and connected the tubing at the highest point so that the final air bubble was at the top, then topped it off using the T-line.

This essentially meant I had close to 0 bubbles in the loop, and it definitely sounds extremely quiet, if there were bubbles going through the pumps it would be noisy,

I hope I never have to do maintenance or take it apart though haha

 

I also wanted to wait for the 5950X but it was going to take a while for the stores to stock it, and when they did I was sure it was going to immediately sell out, so I ended up buying a 3950X from craigslist instead, for two thirds of what the 5950X would cost new.

The Vega FE was also bought on craigslist for a very good price.

I wanted that card because of the high raw performance and 16GB of HBM2 vram which would benefit me in Solidworks or machine learning/machine vision applications.

It was also much cheaper than a quadro.

 

Overall I think the build turned out excellent.

Great performance, super low noise, and amazing looking loop.

I think if I could change one thing I would have gone with the regular black HWlabs radiators, I find the white ones add too much white to the theme.

I wanted a black interior with white accents on the tubing and wires, but then thought maybe I should do all the watercooling components white.

I chose to not make the PGU white because I figured it would be too much white at that point, and I see now that even the radiators were too much.

It still looks very cool though IMO.

 

 

 

Let me know your thoughts and what you would have done differently!

Thanks for reading 🙂 

 

NEW PC build: Blank Heaven   minimalist white and black PC     Old S340 build log "White Heaven"        The "LIGHTCANON" flashlight build log        Project AntiRoll (prototype)        Custom speaker project

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Ryzen 3950X | AMD Vega Frontier Edition | ASUS X570 Pro WS | Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB | NZXT H500 | Seasonic Prime Fanless TX-700 | Custom loop | Coolermaster SK630 White | Logitech MX Master 2S | Samsung 980 Pro 1TB + 970 Pro 512GB | Samsung 58" 4k TV | Scarlett 2i4 | 2x AT2020

 

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That looks so Simple! I like it so much!

QUOTE ME  FOR ANSWER.

 

Main PC:

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|Ryzen 7 3700x, OC to 4.2ghz @1.3V, 67C, or 4.4ghz @1.456V, 87C || Asus strix 5700 XT, +50 core, +50 memory, +50 power (not a great overclocker) || Asus Strix b550-A || G.skill trident Z Neo rgb 32gb 3600mhz cl16-19-19-19-39, oc to 3733mhz with the same timings || Cooler Master ml360 RGB AIO || Phanteks P500A Digital || Thermaltake ToughPower grand RGB750w 80+gold || Samsung 850 250gb and Adata SX 6000 Lite 500gb || Toshiba 5400rpm 1tb || Asus Rog Theta 7.1 || Asus Rog claymore || Asus Gladius 2 origin gaming mouse || Monitor 1 Asus 1080p 144hz || Monitor 2 AOC 1080p 75hz || 

Test Rig.

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Ryzen 5 3400G || Gigabyte b450 S2H || Hyper X fury 2x4gb 2666mhz cl 16 ||Stock cooler || Antec NX100 || Silverstone essential 400w || Transgend SSD 220s 480gb ||

Just Sold

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| i3 9100F || Msi Gaming X gtx 1050 TI || MSI Z390 A-Pro || Kingston 1x16gb 2400mhz cl17 || Stock cooler || Kolink Horizon RGB || Corsair CV 550w || Pny CS900 120gb ||

 

Tier lists for building a PC.

 

Motherboard tier list. Tier A for overclocking 5950x. Tier B for overclocking 5900x, Tier C for overclocking 5800X. Tier D for overclocking 5600X. Tier F for 4/6 core Cpus at stock. Tier E avoid.

(Also case airflow matter or if you are using Downcraft air cooler)

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Gpu tier list. Rtx 3000 and RX 6000 not included since not so many reviews. Tier S for Water cooling. Tier A and B for overcloking. Tier C stock and Tier D avoid.

( You can overclock Tier C just fine, but it can get very loud, that is why it is not recommended for overclocking, same with tier D)

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Psu tier List. Tier A for Rtx 3000, Vega and RX 6000. Tier B For anything else. Tier C cheap/IGPU. Tier D and E avoid.

(RTX 3000/ RX 6000 Might run just fine with higher wattage tier B unit, Rtx 3070 runs fine with tier B units)

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Cpu cooler tier list. Tier 1&2 for power hungry Cpus with Overclock. Tier 3&4 for overclocking Ryzen 3,5,7 or lower power Intel Cpus. Tier 5 for overclocking low end Cpus or 4/6 core Ryzen. Tier 6&7 for stock. Tier 8&9 Ryzen stock cooler performance. Do not waste your money!

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Storage tier List. Tier A for Moving files/  OS. Tier B for OS/Games. Tier C for games. Tier D budget Pcs. Tier E if on sale not the worst but not good.

(With a grain of salt, I use tier C for OS myself)

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Case Tier List. Work In Progress. Most Phanteks airflow series cases already done!

Ask me anything :)

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11 hours ago, SavageNeo said:

That looks so Simple! I like it so much!

Thanks!

NEW PC build: Blank Heaven   minimalist white and black PC     Old S340 build log "White Heaven"        The "LIGHTCANON" flashlight build log        Project AntiRoll (prototype)        Custom speaker project

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Ryzen 3950X | AMD Vega Frontier Edition | ASUS X570 Pro WS | Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB | NZXT H500 | Seasonic Prime Fanless TX-700 | Custom loop | Coolermaster SK630 White | Logitech MX Master 2S | Samsung 980 Pro 1TB + 970 Pro 512GB | Samsung 58" 4k TV | Scarlett 2i4 | 2x AT2020

 

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Is that a rubberized texture you have lining the inside or a thin layer or foam?

PSU Tier List Thread

Please make sure to Quote me or @ me to see your reply!

 

"White Ice"

Ryzen 7 3700x | Asus Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi) | EVGA RTX 2080ti | Ballistix 32gb 16-18-16-36 3600mhz | Custom Water Cooling Loop | 1tb Samsung 970 Evo

2tb Crucial MX500 SSD | 2x 3tb Seagate Drive | Fractal Design Meshify S2 |  EVGA G2 750w PSU | 3x Corsair LL140 | 3x Corsair LL120

 

Dedicated Streaming Rig

 Ryzen 7 1800x | Asus B450-F Strix | 32gb Gskill Flare X 3000mhz | Corsair RM550x | EVGA GTX 1060 3gb | 250gb 860 Evo m.2

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv |  Elgato HD60 Pro | Elgato 4k60 Pro mk.2 | Avermedia 4k GC573 Capture Card

 

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58 minutes ago, Badomen said:

imho, its beautiful...

Thank you! 😊 I tried very hard haha

 

14 minutes ago, Skiiwee29 said:

Is that a rubberized texture you have lining the inside or a thin layer or foam?

That's the acoustipack foam, single layer.

The interior is lined with it to reduce sound reflections, so the only opening is the back radiator and fan (the front of the H500 has no direct vents)

This means most sound is absorbed and only very little makes it out 😄 

NEW PC build: Blank Heaven   minimalist white and black PC     Old S340 build log "White Heaven"        The "LIGHTCANON" flashlight build log        Project AntiRoll (prototype)        Custom speaker project

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Ryzen 3950X | AMD Vega Frontier Edition | ASUS X570 Pro WS | Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB | NZXT H500 | Seasonic Prime Fanless TX-700 | Custom loop | Coolermaster SK630 White | Logitech MX Master 2S | Samsung 980 Pro 1TB + 970 Pro 512GB | Samsung 58" 4k TV | Scarlett 2i4 | 2x AT2020

 

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Current in process build: Project Odyssey - Build Logs - Linus Tech Tips

Workstation Laptop: Dell Precision 7540, Xeon E-2276M, 32gb DDR4, Quadro T2000 GPU, 4k display

Ryzen Rig 3: ASRock B450m Pro4, Ryzen 5 3600, ARESGAME River 5 CPU cooler in push/pull, EVGA RTX 2060 KO, 16gb (2x8) 3600mhz TeamGroup T-Force RAM, ARESGAME AGV750w PSU, 1tb WD Black SN750 NVMe Win 10 boot drive, 3tb Hitachi 7200 RPM HDD, Fractal Design Focus G Mini custom painted.  Lenovo 27" 1080p 60hz placeholder monitor, generic mouse, generic keyboard.  Still a work in progress

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 video card benchmark result - AMD Ryzen 5 3600,ASRock B450M Pro4 (3dmark.com)

Ryzen Rig 2: ASrock B450 Pro4, Ryzen 7 1700 @ 4.2ghz all core 1.4vCore, AMD R9 Fury X w/ Swiftech KOMODO waterblock, Custom Loop 2x240mm + 1x120mm radiators in push/pull 16gb (2x8) 3600mhz V-Color Skywalker (or 4x8gb DDR4 2666mhz for large tasks), Corsair HX850 PSU, 250gb Samsun 960 EVO NVMe Win 10 boot drive, 500gb Samsung 840 EVO SSD, 512GB TeamGroup MP30 M.2 SATA III SSD, SuperTalent 512gb SATA III SSD, CoolerMaster HAF XM Case.  Zalman K600S keyboard, Zalman ZM-GM1 mouse, Viotek GN24C 24" 1080p 144hz curved and Hannspree HF207 as 2nd monitor

https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/37004594?

Ryzen Rig 1: ASUS B350-PRIME ATX, Ryzen 7 1700, Sapphire R9 Fury Tri-X Nitro 4gb HBM, 16gb (2x8) 3200mhz V-Color Skywalker, ANTEC Earthwatts 750w PSU, MasterLiquid Lite 120 AIO cooler in Push/Pull config as rear exhaust, 250gb Samsung 850 Evo SSD, Patriot Burst 240gb SSD, Cougar MX330-X Case.  Zalman K600S keyboard, Zalman ZM-GM1 mouse, Acer XF270HU 2560x1440 144hz IPS monitor

https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/37628874?

Dell OptiPlex 3040 MFF: Dell 0MGK50 A02, i3-6100T, 2x4gb DDR3 1600, Team Group 120gb SSD, 500gb Seagate 7mm HDD attached storage, Windows 10 Pro, Logitech K400+, USB Wifi adapter all vesa mounted to the back of a 37" 1080p TV 

Linux Box: Toshiba Laptop, i7 620M, NVS graphics, 4gb ram tinker toy at the moment.  Running Manjaro XFCE at the moment.

Home Security: ZOSI 8 channel CCTV (4 used at this time, 1080p) DVR H.265+, 3tb HGST Enterprise HDD, ASUS monitor for display

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