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The Art of Cooling - Week Two

Mission Control Water Cooled PC

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I'm a hell of a lot cooler than you guys. Why don't you just fix your little problem and light this candle? – Alan Shepard, May 5, 1961

Mission Control from a Maestro

Welcome back to another cool week of "The Art of Cooling" Sponsored by Aqua Computer, where we dive into the wildest and most jaw-dropping PC builds around! This week, we’re featuring a knockout build by Dante Mutti from Portland, Oregon, that’ll transport you straight to the heart of a vintage space mission control room. Dante’s got a knack for blending old-school charm with cutting-edge tech, and this build is no exception. With switches straight out of Apollo 11 and a rad magnifying glass that screams retro, this setup is like a time machine with a serious tech upgrade. So, buckle up as we explore Dante’s "Mission Control" masterpiece and see what makes this builder’s mind tick!

Where do you find the inspiration for your themes?

I have a couple of styles that I tend to gravitate towards. The first one is Atompunk; I’m a huge fan of vintage tech, specifically things that look old yet futuristic. I also really love the Cyberpunk style, as it blends industrial design with a futuristic feel that incorporates vintage and/or recycled/upcycled elements to it. These design styles all mesh together quite well, and I tend to build my mods by starting with a few key pieces that I will incorporate into the mod, and build around them. As an example, this Mission Control Mod, I started by selecting the large magnifying glass and the Apollo 11 Switches. I then designed something around those two items. More often than not, the finished product is quite different than what I set out to build, as for me, the part of the process I enjoy the most is adjusting the design during the build stage as ideas come to mind.


How do you plan for a loop?

I tend to do scratch-build mods, so once I finish the chassis and I have a good idea of where thecomponents are going to end up, I measure and draw the loop on paper to figure out what componentsI am going to need.


What tips would you offer other builders?

I think one of the secrets to great mods is building around a theme that you personally love. I used to build PCs just trying to make them look cool, and I didn’t get to this next level until I built one around a theme that I was truly passionate about. So don’t worry about what anyone else thinks, build what you love and it will show in the results.

What are some of the components used in your build?

EK-Quantum Magnitude D-RGB - 1700 Nickel + Acetal

EK-Quantum Vector² FE RTX 4080 D-RGB - Nickel + Acetal

EK-Quantum Kinetic FLT 80 D5 PWM D-RGB - Plexi (x2 Dual-Loop)

EK-Quantum Surface S120 - Black (x3)

EK-Quantum Impulse 120 D-RGB - Black (400-1800 rpm) (x3)

EK-Quantum Torque Black Fittings

EK-Quantum Torque Red Color Rings

EK-Quantum Lumen 7˝LCD Screen

EK-CryoFuel Clear

CORSAIR XT Hardline Satin Black 12mm Tubing

More from Dante

Check out more of Dante's work on his website

Congratulations to Dante for winning $100 worth of Aqua Computer gear to further enhance this magnificent build. 

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