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This was my first build, yah!! I'm super OCD, so obviously, cable management was a must. I know it's not perfect, so I'll take any advice with open arms. I went with a blue-black and grey theme because rainbow and white RBG was overused at the time. The build is being used for school, GIS, and gaming.

1 YEAR UPDATE: I decided to ditch the sleeved cable. The build still looks super clean and I would rather save this money for a custom loop, with hard tubing, in the future. So far I'm deciding between the tempered glass version of the EVOLV ITX, or the Shift X laying horizontally under a floating screen.

Although the 1070/80 would have been a more powerful card, I have yet to max out my 1060oc. For now, I will stick with what I got until I upgrade my monitor.

I also moved. With this came an upgrade in my workspace/desk. No more kitchen table from Goodwill!

I have also added a few new picture (first 7), dust not included ;)

Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor I waited for Ryzen, but I didn't like any of the motherboards, so I stuck with Intel.

Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler So far this thing looks sleek and isn't too loud. The z270i doesn't have a header for the mini USB, but my current plan is to route a cable to an exterior port. Similar to: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/GGfH99. You can see my external route in the photos. I thought about buying a converter set and a 2.0 USB hub, but I decided to save the $70 until I need another port on the back (which I doubt I will ever need with 5 still remaining). UPDATE: I got the color kit to add the blue logos!

Asus ROG STRIX Z270i GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard This is an awesome board and looks great. I wish it had a port for the AIO, but oh well I knew this going into the build. I also wish the RGB would turn off when you powered the computer down (while still having functionality when its own). I'm looking into a BIOS workaround, but so far no luck. UPDATE: This feature was added to the Aura software! I also played with OSX for a while (I still love iMovie), but the WiFi chip is not compatible and an ethernet cable is out of the question as my router is on the other side of my house.

G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory Purchased to match the color scheme, its RAM.

Samsung 960 Evo 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive Faster than the FLASH. I'm going got add a second SDD later (maybe m.2 because no wires), but I currently have unlimited storage on Google Drive/One Drive/ school server through my college so I'm not in a rush.

UPDATE: I added a 500GB Samsung EVO 850. The SSD is used for games, a backup image and a hard copy of my Google Drive Contents (which has ~100GB of homework assignments on it, FML). It's super fast and fits the theme of my build.

Asus GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Strix Video Card This is a great card so far. I wanted the 1070, but let's be honest I don't need that.

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case It was between this and the Corsair 240. Ultimately I went with the Phanteks so that I wouldn't have to worry about the GPU hitting the window. This case is awesome, I knew I wanted to do an mATX or ITX build from the start, and this was an obvious choice for me. It was super easy to build in, but it's also the only case I've built in. Who knows maybe I'm some super gifted build ninja, but I doubt that.

EVGA SuperNOVA G3 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply PCC didn't have the GS, so it's logged as G3. It didn't blow up! This has held up to all expectations, not sure what else to say as this is my first build, and do not have anything to compare it to.

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit Again free through school so that pretty neat. **Update, it is triple booted with High Sierra and Arch Linux-lts!! Everything shows up in the Clover bootloader -yes even Arch, comment if you want to know how-

Corsair ML120 Pro 75.0 CFM 120mm Fan Louder than your girlfriend (or boyfriend) let's hope I have good airflow.

Samsung S27D590C 27.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor I used this as a second screen back when I had an i7 dGPU MacBook Pro. Works great, I love the slight curve but may jump to 1440 in a year or two this has been pushed off until my next build.

Corsair STRAFE RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard Pretty sweet. I was gonna get the red one, but RGB. **Update, I swapped the keyboard for the k70 (not pictured) The keys are a bit mushier (kinda bummed, but Fry's did not have any more with the switches that I wanted) however the media controls were a must.

Corsair M65 RGB Wired Laser Mouse I've had this since the laptop days. I purchased this to remind me that at some point I needed to join the PC master race and build a computer. I guess it worked. Low key wish it was black to match.

Bose Companion 2 Series III 0W 2ch Speakers I've had these a little over a year, they're sweet and sound great.

Corsair VOID Stereo (black and grey version): They're okay, but I should have gone with Bluetooth version, they would still work with my PS4 and Discord wouldn't hate me.

Hoo HA HA

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  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

nice to see another triple boot and ocd build :) I also have triple boot on 3 separate ssd's. I think that's easiest way. This case is very easy to build. I finished one hackintosh for my friend with this case and same cpu and motherboard :) https://i.imgur.com/IZWJWVNh.jpg

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

The operating systems are actually on two drives (the third drive is for files/games), but that did make everything easier. And I love the case, I only wish there was a way to get Aura sync for mobo lights on linux/OSX

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I noticed you're dual (triple?) booting and OSX is an option. I have a very similar setup to yours and wondering how you set that up?

Thanks

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a triple boot, Windows, OSX and Arch Linux. Duel booting with OSX is super easy, triple not so bad if your Linux has a GUI, but Arch was a PAIN.

If you want to check out triple booting check out my journey: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/completed-triple-boot-on-asus-z270i-7700k-high-sierra-arch-linux-windows-10.244501/#post-1682283

For a simple duel boot head over to tonymacx86 - you will need access to a working mac to download OSX. I went to the library ;)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

The original thread for a standard triple boot with linux has a GUI https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/guide-multibooting-uefi.197352/

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you satisfied with your PSU or would you recommend going for higher wattage? (given similar specs)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is no longer, but the PSU was more than enough. I have upgraded to a 600w since, but I am also running a custom loop on my cpu now (room for a gpu loop). For a similar build I would go nicer over bigger. Aka G3 over GS. Check out my other build to see what the 600w powers

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