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ITX Open-frame PC Build with Alphacool and Streacom

Streacom DA6 XL open-frame ITX case gave me an idea for a PC build that is different than anything you have probably seen. With the help of Alphacool, we created an ITX PC with incredible cooling potential, in still quite a small form factor.

The PC uses popular components easily available in online stores, so if any of our readers are interested in something similar, then they can recreate it at home. It won’t be cheap, but it’s possible without problems.

I wish to thank Alphacool and Streacom, who provided most of the build components.

General specifications

Processor Intel Core i7-13700K
Motherboard MSI MPG Z790I Edge WiFi
Graphics Card Powercolor RX6800XT Red Devil 16GB
RAM G.Skill Trident Z5 32GB DDR5-6800 CL34
PSU Lian-Li SP850, 850W 80+ Gold SFX
Storage Kingston FURY Renegade 2TB NVMe SSD

 

Cooling Components

Eisblock XPX Aurora Edge (black digital RGB), two NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper X-Flow 280mm radiators, Eisblock Aurora Acryl GPX-A (as one of not many blocks that fits our RX6800XT Red Devil graphics card), a set of eight Rise Aurora 140mm fans, Laing DDC310 pump, and a set of fittings, brass/black hard tubes and cutting tools

CPU block Alphacool Eisblock XPX Aurora Edge Black Digital RGB
GPU block Alphacool Eisblock Aurora Acryl GPX-A RX6800/6900 Red Devil
Radiators (x2) Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper X-Flow 280mm
Fans (x8) Alphacool Rise Aurora 140mm
Pump Alphacool Laing DDC310
Reservoir Alphacool ES 1U – DDC version
Hard Tubes Alphacool 13mm Deep Black
Coolant Alphacool Eiswasser Crystal Clear UV-aktiv
Fittings Alphacool Eiszapfen Pro 13mm
Additional tools Alphacool HardTube Metal Cutter 3-25mm, Eistools Strong Guy Rohr

All listed components, and many more, can be purchased from Alphacool Shop.

 

Cooling Components – A Closer Look

 

The Final Build

As you can see below, the build is vertical, which was much easier for the form with two radiators. Light components in the center with white PSU as the main idea was to use white light. Everything looks great in purple, yellow, or red, too.

 

Test Results

As far as the i7-13700K CPU couldn’t overclock much higher than on the 360 AIOs, then it was possible to set fans at a much slower speed of 600-800RPM without a significant temperature difference. The CPU was still boosting about 100MHz higher on single cores than on a 360 AIO cooler from ASUS or Deepcool, and its temperature was about 6-9°C lower, depending on the test. What we gained here is mainly the low noise under full CPU load.

More impressive results are related to graphics card performance and temperatures.

 

The RX6800XT Red Devil graphics card temperature dropped by 30°C! (for both the GPU and the hot spot). Even at the maximum power limit and raised voltage, its temperature was barely higher. The difference between auto and overclocked temperatures were only 2°C. Only GPU power draw was up to 323W, so in total, the Alphacool water block was handling about 360W. Assuming the cooling on the CPU and GPU could handle about 600W translated into heat. There was still a headroom.

Alphacool cooling provides great results and is cheaper than competitive products, so it’s hard not to recommend it.
I hope our PC builds inspire our readers to design original, dream PCs, and we keep publishing articles like this one. Keep visiting us and if you wish to present your own PC, then feel free to do that in the Mod-my-Box section.

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