Description

Hi, everyone, I just wanted to share my new gaming build that I've just completed. I decided that I wanted to go back to a small form factor build, but I wanted to go to the extreme this time. I bought (nearly) the highest end hardware that I could fit into this tiny little case.

Building this machine was a giant pain. I had numerous issues with trying to use my old H100i in this case to cool the 6700K. The pump, when mounted upside down, would make a loud clicking sound. I thought that my pump had gone bad, so I picked up an H100i GTX from Best Buy. Not only did that cooler ALSO make the same exact clicking sound, but the tubes are too long and rigid to bend the way they need to so that they can fit into the case reasonably. I read that air bubbles may have formed in my old cooler, so I gave that a couple more days to see if the issue ironed out, but to no avail. Also, trying to fix the H100i radiator in the case with the rear fan mounted is a very (and I mean VERY) tight fit. I ended up going for the Noctua NH-L9i instead and have been really pleased with the performance of the cooling and happy that it remains quite quiet.

I've kept the GTX 1080 on stock settings for the most part, temps are typically around 85 under full load but never go above and / or throttle the card.

Part Reviews

CPU

Not much to say. About the best performance you can get in regard to gaming, which is what this build is for. Actually runs at 4.4GHz stable on a mid-range air cooler.

CPU Cooler

Performs above expectations. Great for the price!

Motherboard

I wish other board makers would follow ASUS and invest a little more in the complementary software that is provided with the motherboard. Fan control was something I was looking for heavily, and, although this motherboard did have satisfactory fan control options in the BIOS, I wish that the same settings could be accessed from inside Windows via software. Otherwise, I've had no issues with the board / drivers. Would recommend.

Memory

Came from 32GB DDR4-2400. I realize I could have gotten a 2x16GB kit of 2400MHz ram for around the same price, but I don't need 32GB and I was curious if I'd see any difference. Truth is, I don't. Still fast as hell though, and LEDS :)

Storage

This drive is my OS drive. Browsing about the OS is really quick, and R/W speeds are pretty good. Recommend.

Monitor

These monitors are beautiful (and, no s*** they should be, given the price). I chose these over the ROG Swift due to the inclusion of IPS (The IPS ROG Swift wasn't out yet when I got them, and I didn't want to pay 800$ each/300$ more just for G-Sync). 2 of them have a little bit of IPS glow when the display is black, but it doesn't bother me enough to do anything about it to be honest. 144Hz is bomb. If your friend tells you "60 Hz is good enough" or the classic "The eye can't see more then 30 FPS" statement, go tell him to (insert mean thing here). Recommend.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice rig :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hard to believe your setup is powered by such a tiny PC. Upvote for cool tiny build and being a Husker fan. GBR.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn straight :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Apple Watch is it 38 or 42

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build and setup, but... Why the freesync monitors?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh, didn't care for any form of adaptive sync. Freesync just happened to be supported. It adds too much input lag for my taste.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. I'm looking to do a similar one. Is there a reason you chose the Corsair PSU over a Silverstone or other? Seems liike Johnnyguru agrees with your choice, I am just wondering about your thoughts. Also, the price on the NCASE website says 185 , is the 285 you have listed what it adds up to with shipping/taxes/duty added in? Thanks.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not OP, but, yes. Add tax and shipping + import fee if you are shipping it to a country that is not USA.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm thinking of doing something similar, but have a question: are the bottom mounted fans blowing towards, or away from the GPU? I'm new at this.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

They're intakes, blowing air into the case.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing, good job! Were you able to turn on the XMP profile on these memories?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. I did not have any issues doing so.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there,

Fan control can be accessed through the command center app, in Windows.

You can install from the MSI website.

Cheers,