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The InWin 303EK D-RGB – Black case and EK-Quantum MSI MPG Z590 CARBON EK X D-RGB are a match made in heaven. The smooth and accurate tube runs will please all the perfectionists out there. And the finishing touch is an innovative way to mount a bigger radiator on top.


Forming the foundation

To ease the building process, we carefully curated the selection of parts for you. The InWin 303EK case, with its integrated distribution plate, is an easy and affordable starting point. Tying it all together is the EK-Quantum MSI MPG Z590 CARBON EK X D-RGB. It takes the guess work out of getting the right monoblock for your motherboard. We gathered up all of the liquid-cooling components needed, but we leave the CPU, GPU, PSU and RAM choice up to you.

Accommodating the monoblock offset

The monoblock is tailor-made for the MSI Z590 CARBON motherboard only, so you know you are getting the best performance and fit possible. Once the motherboard is installed, the horizontal monoblock fitting ports might seem challenging at first. But, a couple EK-Quantum Torque Rotary Offset 14 fittings handle the discrepancy and the tubes are back on track. Further easement of the process comes in the form of German-made EK-Loop 14mm pre-bent tubing. The reference AMD RX 6800 XT is kitted out with an EK-Quantum Vector RX 6800/6900 D-RGB water block and an EK-Quantum Vector RX 6800/6900 backplate.

Aligning the GPU tubing

Connecting the GPU water block to the rest of the loop is a far easier affair. All we need is a few EK-Quantum Torque Rotary 90° adapters and a single EK-Quantum Torque Extender Static MF 28 extender. This was the winning combination and we are left with perfectly parallel tubes throughout. Please also note that any currently available EK-Quantum GPU water block can be used in this configuration.

The PE360 conundrum

Now, let us tackle the top-mounted EK-CoolStream PE 360. Squeezing in this big triple radiator, together with the EK-Vardar EVO 120ER D-RGB fans, was no easy feat. Hooking up the radiator in such a tight space was another enigma. Luckily, our EK-Quantum Torque Rotary Offset 3 fittings, along with some EK-Quantum Torque Extender Rotary MM 14 extenders and the aforementioned 90° adapters solved the puzzle. The radiator is in the leftmost position on the rail and held in place with 4 screws. You might need to exercise some finger gymnastics to screw in all of the required fittings on the radiator and distribution plate. But the extra effort is rewarded with some sleek aesthetics and excellent cooling performance.

We’ve got to cover the pump

In the bottom right corner, we have something hidden for all those that want to customize every single detail of their build: The EK-Quantum Convection DDC – Black heatsinks. It sits over the pump and provides some additional cooling and bonus style points. It was a tight fit and the pump wires needed to be precisely aligned. Behind it, we did include a drain valve on a rotary 90° adapter so it is more easily accessible. The bottom is populated by a further three EK-Vardar EVO 120ER D-RGB fans for some much-needed fresh air intake.

The finishing touches

The 14mm pre-bent acrylic tubing is securely held in place with EK-Quantum Torque HDC - Black fittings. But any other combination of tubing and fittings will work (12mm or 16mm). All in accordance with your personal taste.

We still needed something to make this this build pop! So, we customized the HDC fittings with some nickel rings and filled the loop with EK-CryoFuel Solid Cloud White coolant. To complete the unique look, we utilized CableMod ModMesh Pro White custom sleaved cables. Mint green lighting was setup to keep it fresh, but don’t hesitate to change the lighting and see what suits your taste.


PLEASE NOTE:

  • Check your GPU for a compatible block HERE
  • Choose the correct CPU block for your platform HERE
  • Do not use chemicals or alcohol on Acrylic/Plexi surfaces.
  • Do not use acidic preparations or chemicals to clean your loop.
  • Radiator will take some care to be mounted properly. Mount the fittings to the radiator and screw in both of the 14mm rotary extenders at the same time to the distribution plate. Make sure to properly rotate 3mm offset fittings. Radiator is then held in place with 4 screws from the back (PSU area).
  • Contact our Customer Support if you have any questions.

Content of this bundle is only for EK products listed, and not for the PC or its hardware components.


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