Custom loop cooling for CPUs and GPUs in a pre-built PC has long been recognized to be more beautiful, more efficient—and more expensive. iBuypower’s Project Snowblind CL plans may change all that. It turns what is normally a five-hour process into a 10-minute process, essentially putting custom water loop cooling within reach of normal budgets. Shown at CES in Las Vegas, Project Snowblind CL is built on a custom-designed case with a water distribution block in the front bezel of the PC. The fixed inlets and outlets mean a single case can be used with different components. This eliminates the need for custom fitting and the routing of each hardline tube. Each tube is also traditionally custom-cut and bent by a tech building a machine. Humans are artisans, but when you want every tube the same, you turn to a machine. By using a machine to bend every tube, iBuyPower can eliminate the variations that might slow down a build. Rather than using traditional compression fittings, which are usually hand-tightened—another inconsistent human issue—the company will use a nut that locks onto a hardline tube once it’s inserted, again eliminating variability which may also cause leaking. The ...