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Build Check: No-RGB Custom Water Cooled Advanced Projects “Duality”

No tacky RGB

BIILT has always believed in breaking the mold and going against convention. So we were very excited when a graphic designer approached us for a custom water-cooled PC that is sleek and industrial with as little RGB as possible.

Our discussions started with picking out some Alphacool parts to go into the Fractal Design Define S2 case that he had already purchased. In addition to the Alphacool Eisblock liquid coolers for his AMD Ryzen 5800X CPU and Nvidia GEFORCE 3080 GPU, we definitely had to go with the full copper Alphacool NexXxos radiators. These have earned a reputation for being one of the best radiators available, as copper has the highest thermal conductivity of any metal. Unlike radiators from other brands that only have copper fins, the entire NexXxos radiator including the housing and tubes are made of copper as well.

We also picked out fans by Noctua from their new Chromax line that comes in a subdued black and are dead silent even at high speed.

Noctua Chromax NF-F12 fans for that stealthy look and uncompromising performance.

Alphacool Eisbecher reservoir doubles up as a fill port for the coolant.

Don’t be fooled by the ordinary appearance, the Alphacool NexXxos radiators are entirely made of copper.

Yes, RAM cooling is a bit excessive but hey, it looks incredible!

Alphacool Eisblock CPU cooler fitted with a chrome LED ring to complement the GIGABYTE AORUS XTREME motherboard details.

Minimalist, but more

We had wanted to keep the loop design simple and organic, so that there is some form of visual flow when viewed through the tempered glass. Usually, only transparent tubes were used in water loop systems complimented with dyed coolants. To keep things interesting, we used a mixture of transparent tubes, matte black tubes, and a singular chrome tube. Again, keeping up with the monochromatic theme, we custom made a set of cable extensions for the GPU using the special transparent cable sleeves from MDPC-X.

Lots of horizontal lines to complement the long-ish shape of the case.

Custom made cables using only the best parts by MDPC-X from Germany.

Who says you need RGB to make a PC look good?