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Portable Powerful Gaming/Workstation PC

by xiaxk



Date Published

Feb. 10, 2018

Date Built

Feb. 10, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.569 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C


Hi Guys,

First time building a mini-ITX PC.

The case in question is the Caselabs BH2. The motherboard is probably the best in class i guess; wanted to go with Asus z370-I but the MSI was 33% cheaper and hence was not reasonable to with the ASUS considering that both the boards are precisely similar.

Got a used pair of Corsair Vengeance 32GB for half the retail price else would have used Trident Z RGB.

Now i know that it is best to have a blower GPU but i already had the STRIX 1080 Ti which I intended to use for an ATX build, however decided to go with the miniITX build and am quite happy to do that. The side face on the BH2 case facing the GPU was removed (resulting in a 10 degrees Celsius difference).

I have seen people mount air cooler; i decided to go with H100i 240mm, it was slightly a tight fit but. It was not the cheapest by any means but I am biased towards the Corsair H100i and H115i, plus it has 5 years warranty. They act as intake while a Noctua fan at front act as an exhaust. Could only fit one system fan. The GTX 1080 Ti Strix length exceeds the maximum recommended for this case if you intend to 2 fans at the front. There is less than 10mm space available between the front of the fans and the GPU.

The system weighs less than 5kG I believe. It was easy to build in this case and the cable management was unexpectedly quite manageable.

Temps under full load (ambient 23 degrees):

[Running Cinebench multiple times and Time Spy DLC as well as Assassin's Creed Origins Benchmark]

Configuration 1: (H100i at top as intake, front fan as exhaust, fans in silent operation mode) Cpu: 57 degrees Celsius. GPU: 64 degrees Celsius.

Configuration 2: (H100i at top as exhaust, front fan as intake, fans in silent operation mode) Cpu: 61 degrees Celsius. GPU: 65 degrees Celsius.

If the side facing the GPU is covered with a window, the GPU temp stays around 75 degrees.

The screenshots indicate temperatures at different points in the system.

Please let me know if you have any questions/feedback/recommendation.

Detailed images: https://imgur.com/a/IrFW0

Comments Sorted by:

CheeseCakes 2 points 14 months ago

So beautiful! +1

JediMasterFox 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

why would you buy a 1080ti and use HDMI limiting your self to 60FPS? Seems like a waste of money, you could have gotten the same performance from a 1070ti, no?

+1 either way

but do your self a favor and buy a good monitor so you dont waste that power!

xiaxk submitter 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Thanks for the tip mate. I use this only for gaming; not for work or general purpose computing as i have a laptop for that.

I have a Samsung 4K UHD HDR TV that is limited to 60Hz. I don't play online games and only play SP story driven games such as Witcher 3/AC origins.

With a 1070Ti, its hard to hit 60FPS at 4K on most of the games that I play.

JediMasterFox 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

oh thats true didnt connect the 4k tv in my though but i suppose that is pretty good then!

abode091 1 point 12 months ago

why is it a waste ?? Is HDMI 2.0 a limitation ?? Is DP better to hit high fps ?? and what display interface can support G-sync ?


.NGX 2 points 12 months ago

Yes, you will only be able to achieve 60Hz on HDMI for most applications, unless you are using it with a 3D tv, then you can run 120Hz.... 60Hz for each eye. If you want to run a higher refresh rate then you will need to use either DisplayPort or Dual-link DVI.

BlueTrooper2544 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

How's the case?

xiaxk submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

the case is great. Very modular. The motherboard tray, ssd and hdd tray, system fans tray, radiator tray are all modular and can be disassembled. The best thing about is its weight; it is very light weight. The airflow is also very good. The side windows can also be disassembled from the inside.

xiaxk submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I had built a similar system in NZXT H700i with exact similar specs apart from the motherboard which was Z370 Gaming 7 and the cooler was H115i.

I see that the temps/cooling are almost identical as well as the performance. However for extended periods of time, this system can be around 3 degrees hotter than the H700i version.

abode091 1 point 14 months ago

I like this case so much _^

abode091 1 point 14 months ago

can you please put the case's picture in the part list

xiaxk submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I am unable to do that; it is a custom part. Do you know how?

CHATS123 1 point 14 months ago

I don't think it's possible.

Axterstyle 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Uff very solid build!!! +1

Cubular_ 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Nice Build! Just wondering are you going to make a custom loop for it? Looking around online, some of the loops in the BH2 look really nice.

xiaxk submitter 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

that is not my area of expertise I'm afraid. I am happy with the temps (under 60 on CPU and under 68 on GPU) full load during stress tests. While gaming at 4K (which this is mostly used for, CPU does not exceed 50 degrees and GPU hovers between 64 to 68. And there is no point of overclocking the CPU for 4K gaming.

Cubular_ 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Ah, I see. Still a great build!

Sleepdeprived 1 point 13 months ago

I am interested in this build but am a first time builder and really have no clue where to start. Did you follow a guide or have any tips?

.NGX 1 point 12 months ago

This build looks kickass man! I will be building a BH2 system soon for my lady, and now I am even more excited!

pj.vincent 1 point 9 months ago

Your build looks great! Did you take off the window for the GPU? Was it easy to do?