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In 2020 it was time for a new pc. So I've built a system from scratch. Here are the components used:

  • Mainboard: ASUS ROG Strix TRX40-E Gaming

  • Case: H510 Elite Black

  • 1x Corsair SSD Force MP600 M.2 2280 NVMe 1000 GB
  • 2x ADATA SSD XPG SX8200 Pro M.2 2280 NVMe 1000 GB
  • Pump: EKWB EK-Quantum Kinetic TBE 300 D5 PWM D-RGB

  • Fittings: EKWB 10/13 (G1/4)
  • Tube: EKWB Softtube ~2.7m
  • Fan/Pump controller: Aquaero 6 LT
  • 11x Arctic P12 PWM PST

  • 2x Arctic P14 PWM PST
  • Radiators: EKWB Coolstream SE120/SE280, Alphacool NexXxoS 1080 Nova Radiator
  • Liquid: EKWB Fire Orange ~2.2 l

Well, initially I started without the absolute fantastic Alphacool NexXxoS 1080 Nova Radiator. I only had the EKWB Coolstreams SE120 and SE280 (slim versions) as suggested by their Configuration wizard. Dear EKWB, please have a closer look at what your software is doing as the configuration has led my water to boil up to 60 degrees during gaming. This is not acceptable. Also, your Vardar and Meltemi fans are not good. I just threw them away. A tip, get yourself Arctic P12/P14 fans! Those are cheap and the best. The noise level at 100% is pretty good. I'm running my 13 fans at full speed all the time and it is really quiet.

I was looking into a big radiator and came across Alphacools NexXxoS 1080 but unfortunately I couldn't find any build. There was just a Jay2Cents test, nothing else. So I've decided to buy one and do my build. In order to mount it on the side panel I had to get some EKWB brackets, which are great for this. Also the SE120 radiator had to move outside of the case as there is too much heat to dissipate. Drilling was not my primary goal and I wanted to avoid it. A mounting slot was used to put tubes through and connect to the Alphacool radiator.

The temps went down hardcore. From CPU 80-85 to max 50 degrees celsius during gaming. Also, the water temperatures went down from 62 to 35 max. This is fantastic! The GPU is even lower 🙂

Enjoy the pictures!