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This build is still in progress- I planned my upgrade from 1150 to newer chipset for a while and ended up with X99 in mITX for factor. Theoretically X99 isn't much newer than 1150 was, but, it features many more future proof technologies than 1150 (Z97) and is slightly better-more powerful than current mainstream flagship Z170 too.

CPU

This was first part I purchased for my new build. Initial plans were to keep my 980 Ti and add few more, so 5820K or 5930K was a logical choice for me as I also wanted M.2 drive which takes 4x extra PCI lines, 5820K was a minimum for that with it's 28 lanes but I won eBay auction for brand new & sealed 5930K for the price of 5820K, so, that's why there is a bit of an overkill CPU.

Motherboard

Very difficult choice for me as initially I planned to go for an ATX board and oh my, there are so many nice boards around, couldn't decide between better looking or more functional one... while googling around I accidentally found my final choice- the World's only mITX X99 board from ASRock, didn't know it actually exists.

This board features less X99 distinct advantages like quad channel RAM or SLI, but it is still very powerful board with loads of features out of the box. Also cable connector layout is very nice and suits my Corsair 250D case much better compared to my previous MSI board. It is many times better a way more logical, only 24pin cable goes over the board while all other are managed around the edges where on most mITX boards, everything is located somewhere around the top of the board on you end up covering whole board with cable here and there. Especially liked SATA connectors- just like on the ATX boards, they are located on the edge of the board facing sideways, very pleased to see that on mITX, where in many cases you see them chaotically placed and facing upwards on those little boards.

Been a little bit sceptic about ASRock branded items before, but this one proved that ASRock is very competitive alternative to more expensive names, package design and finish is slightly outdated as is their website too, but actual product- motherboard- is on par with MSI and Asus, and the fact that this is the only X99 mITX board makes... what can I say MSI & Asus- shame on you, ASRock team made impossible - possible and I'm very thankful for that!

Cooling

UPDATE After few weeks of testing, I realised that Noctua is not enough for my needs and I went for basic AIO water cooling from Cooler Master- Seidon 120 v.2. Nothing too sophisticated or so, but it lowered temperatures for at least 10'C on idle and 20'C when fully loaded, now I can easily clock CPU to 4.6GHz and pass burn test without failure, before temps went up to 90'C and test failed. I'll update parts list and pictures soon.

Also, what's more important, I can keep my silent profile on fans and CPU when clocked to the same 4.1GHz as before, never really exceeds 55-60'C, very positive- when I do large renderings, my PC is still almost silent.

Currently I have Noctua NH U9DX i4, it is probably the most powerful air cooling solution for X99 mITX build, it's perfect fit in my chassis and keeps temperatures at low overclocking up to Intel's recommended. My stable clock is 4.12Ghz and 1.6V, that's probably the golden way for now- is much faster than base clock (3.5GHz at 1.5V) , and also not overheating much, couldn't get stable 4.2 with same the voltage, so not pushing it any further for now.

GPU

My Titan X Pascal was a bit of an impulse purchase, I was looking towards SLI, either 3 way 980 Ti or 2way 1070, or maybe 1080s... but ended up with single Titan X Pascal. Why? Well, I considered other options mostly because I didn't expect nVidia will release flagship card this soon after 1080, but it happened, and because I found this mITX board for my CPU, I thought, why not making my pretty beefy mITX build even more??! So I ordered Titan card, then new motherboard and other parts...

I know I could get more performance out of 2x 1080x, or even 2x 1070 in some applications, but the idea about beefy mITX was very seductive and my mind's crazy side won at the end. Also, let's not forget, that single flagship GPU, is generally better choice than multi GPU setup. I see from some benchmarks now that DX12 games scales quite badly on SLI and this is where Titan X's mighty power comes in handy- stable 60fps on 4K Ultra is possible with this card, if not out of the box, then definitely after some OC.

Storage

This is where I spent a lot of money on this build. Your system is as fast as your slowest part, and since very early days of PCs, storage was always the slowest part of any build, so I made no compromises on this and opted for almost the fastest consumer drives on the market now- 950 Pro 512GB for system and 850 Pro 1TB for games/software. Added HDD for file handling, they're still much more reliable when it comes to important date storage solutions and in case it fails- it is much easier to recover files from HDD than from SSD.

Speeds are as advertised and M.2 Ultra drive is really a dream piece, before I had my Windows installed on 850 Evo and it always felt slightly sluggish at some point when compared to similarly spec'd system with M.2. Z97 really lost my interest of incompatibility of handling M.2 Ultra connection, only X99 or Z170 can do this at the moment. Windows literally flies now, all software opens and operates at incredible speed and game loading times are at absolute minimum. It is strange as I had my games installed on SSDs before too, but with M.2 on system, loading times are 3-4 times faster. Also Adobe runs much faster. 950 pro is crazy expensive for what it is- about 2.5x more, but it is well worth in system like mine is.

PSU

Mistakenly bought underpowered PSU when built my old computer, rushed and ordered what was in stock, and 550 watts was the only back then... If it was at least 650 or 750, would leave that in place, but yeah, ended up with ordering new one now. Saved a little here now- refurbished Corsair was fairly priced and so got that, it's just 12 months warranty but hopefully it will last me some time after that too.

RAM

32GB in my case isn't overkill, running Adobe Premiere and Adobe Aftereffects easily eats up almost all of this, on previous 16GB machine I regularly ran out of RAM.

Case

Stayed with my old 250D here, still in good shape and thanks to intake filters- nice and clean inside, also one of the rare mITX which is capable of custom water cooling loop inside - something I'm planning in near future now as temps are pretty high and limits my OC quite a bit.

Monitor

Got this monitor for good price from my friend, wasn't sure if I need a 4K screen at first, but since the price was very reasonable and I ended up paying less than 100£ for this upgrade I thought why not. Compared to old Samsung screen, which was 27" HD res or 1080p, this 28" is much nicer, even though I rescale it in Windows to 150%, pixel density is what makes it much better, nice and clean and that's what was biggest downside of the old screen where pixels were big and quite noticeable and screen looked like on 5y old super big screen phone.

I think this is probably the most affordable 4K all rounder, there are more tech packed gaming specific screens and also much more precise visual editing panels, but all of them cost a way more with some examples hitting 1k mark or more, so this screen is like sweet spot- does everything on average level and cost just a portion of those best in class.

That's about all for now, thanks for taking time reading this all, I hope you enjoyed it and if you have any questions- feel free leaving comment and I'll answer as best as I can!

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

It's beautiful. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Great to see you kept the 250D, nice build. I'm curious why you ran the cpu cooler east/west rather than north/south though?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

This motherboard features narrow ILM bracket- there was just one way how to mount that narrow bracket on the heatsink- mounting holes are only made this way so you can't add those two brackets on the other sides. So I had to install it the way it is now- fans are blowing towards exhaust fans on the right side and not on the GPU, so it's not the worst scenario, but yeah, surely it would be more effective running towards back. I have few more 80mm Noctua fans for my case, trying to find a good and reliable fan monitor (Thermaltake wasn't good choice and sent it back) in the 5.6" bay and then will add more cooling power into this little build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

I noticed this article here shows the same CPU cooler on the same motherboard but mounted the other way.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

loool, I chose this cooler based on this article and when it arrived I haven't noticed that I can mount those brackets this way too... what an idiot.. :D slapped myself now... :D Surely will fix this tomorrow! Thank you for pointing out!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Heh, nice

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

So update on my cooling - I replaced long brackets to small square ones and installed heatsink "correctly" now, not sure if it helped a lot though- temperatures aren't much better. Will play around side fans- maybe will turn them to intake and see if single CPU can exhaust well enough, as Jayz2Cents said- all intake air will find its way out, so will see if it works.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

omg

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

you could do a custom loop with cpu+gpu in that case, it would improve the overlocking capabilities of that cpu and make the gpu boost higher and more consistent

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I am considering this solution, thanks. Problem is I'm worrying about GPU warranty in case I'm replacing air cooler with water block, but time will show.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

it´s not the same, but i have a 980 ti custom watercooled. i think you will void your warranty, if you do that, but if you aren´t extremely careless with your card, nothing should happen

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for using ASRock motherboard m8

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

tbh, I never had ASRock before, only Asus or MSI, I was a lil bit worried buying this but it turned out ok, also OC process isn't complicated as it seemed to be at first.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

omg i am jelly at your Titan XP

did you sell your two kids to get one of them? XD

some one in some forum did a weird project where he tried SLi using an iTX mobo

the second SLi slot came from the M.2 slot for the SSD

because why not

who knows you might need to sell your wife to get the other Titan XP

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

correction it was CF because the M.2 is only PCI-E 3.0 x4

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

What made you go with the titan when you can get two 1080's for the same price or just a little more and better performance?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for your comment! As for my choice- I don't think the Titan X is for those who cares about price&performance, it's more about personal ambitions, never said Titan is wisely spent money... btw, 2x 1080s in the UK would cost at least 150£ more, in a very cheapest way, or a way more if choosing some better aftermarkets, plus for me- getting a new case, getting more expensive board and so on... aaah, scaling issues, all benchmarks shows that scaling on some DX12 titles is very bad and SLI ends up as single card.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like the I/O shield. The color coding makes much more sense. I had to look up in the manual where to plug in my headphones and microphone 3 times because I kept forgetting (new to this, only had USB headsets before) and simply everything red and black (MSI mobo) didn't do it for me.

Thanks for including that picture! :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I'm glad you found my pics helpful! I was a bit sceptic about ASRock boards before, maybe because of old days when they just started entering this market, but now I had no other options than this and had to pick it up- this is only mITX board for LGA 2011-v3, and honestly, I don't see anything wrong with it so far.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm really impressed with this build-- pretty crazy to see those benchmark numbers from an mITX rig! Also, I couldn't agree more on the storage thing; it blows my mind to see people spend so much money on high end components and then just use an average SATA SSD or even a hard disk! But anyways that's a pretty amazing little box of hardware you have there, great work.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for early adopter!

Ever thinking about doing Titan X (Pascal) dual or quad SLI?

When you're running aftereffects are you using the GPU acceleration add-on(s)? You shouldn't have any problem with ram with a gfx to offload to?

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

(VFX major here) It takes load off the CPU during live preview and rendering. (depending on the particular plug in he is using) A large amount of RAM is still very useful while working with RAM previews or After effects CC's new live preview mode. They eat ram and can easily use even 64GB ram no problem.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, you really know the thing ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, as Polioltergeist mentioned already- GPU takes off load of CPU and RAM is still taken a lot, I use latest versions of all Adobe products- I have CC subscription, and in most cases, GPU makes live preview like a dream, also there are sume sfx that needs rendering but time on this PC isn't long. As for RAM- I'm sure Adobe can take even more, haven't tested a lot on new build though, I've finished it just on Friday 5th when my Titan arrived and haven't got time for proper testing yet.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Can't do quad SLI with the GTX 10 series

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

So how many kids did you sell to get that card????

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

So much about this build is crazy. Titan X? 5 drives? Damn.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Good lord...that is one POWERFUL lil muhfuggah. :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Titan XP brethren!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have named it "little monster"

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah, thanks, it is lil monster indeed.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Titan X 2.0 +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I can see all the Nvidia fanboys nutting over this build! You've managed to squeeze the most popular components offered to consumers all inside of a tiny cube, great work! I personally would never pay more than $500 for a GPU but that's just me. That's probably what your GPU will go for 2-3 years from now anyhow. One up!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for your comment!

I totally understand your point of view- couple of years ago I couldn't imagine myself spending that much on a computer, especially on a single part, but everything goes and changes... This build has never been intended to break a price&performance records- it's all about personal ambitions.

As for NVIDIA fanboys- I don't see anything wrong about NVIDIA, they have the best products on the market right now- it's only logical they have more fans than AMD. I'm not an NVIDIA fanboy, if AMD had something, I'd chose their product instead.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I surely wasn't calling you out as a fanboy, just stating that your build will attract them by the droves because it's that awesome!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, Very nice. Congrats.

Would the Cooler Master Seidon 120V ver.3 work on the motherboard?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! Thanks! Just checked Cooler Master's website and as of what I can see the CPU head looks absolutely the same, also 240V looks like to have the same head and therefore I'd go for 240V if case allows that- my Corsair 250D, for example, can handle it. 240V has bigger cooling surface so it should be more effective than 120mm radiator with push-pull fans.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Just checked Asrock website, watercooling mount they provide is compatible with Cooler Master Seidon 240V/120V Plus/120V/120V ver.2 CPU Coolers. 120V ver.3 is same as 120V Plus - so it is fully compatible.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Many thanks!

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The only thing that could be improved about the case is having better cable management but other than that I would still love to have this rig. Nice work. I'm a little OCD about cable management and color matching.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah I know cable management isn't perfect, but, since case is closed, nothing is really visible anyways so... would love to make colour matching one if it was tempered glass case, what I'm considering in future, but for this, I'll leave it as it is.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

wow this is cool man. Did you find the Pascal Titan was the same size as your old 980ti? I am thinking about the exact same upgrade

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hiya, yeah I think it's about the same, definitely not much larger if at all, I found no trouble installing it in my mITX build.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly! Thank you for comment!

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