I moved the CPU heatsink to a different orientation, and it works at stock settings without rattle and noise! Will take more pictures of PC and peripherals after I do another round of cable management.
I built this PC out of the need for a new computer / development machine. Since I didn't really think the money for a Mac Mini 2018 was worth it, I eventually settled on building a PC; I got excited by the idea of having a machine that could dual boot Windows and potentially MacOS.
This build is certainly overkill for the time being, but I wanted something that would last me a good amount of time. Eventually, I would love to invest in a better graphics card and monitor with a higher refresh rate. I'm still feeling out the performance and thermals of my machine but will hopefully log more information on that in the future.
I've only overclocked the RAM to it's factory recommended speed of 3200MHz, but someday I'll try overclocking the CPU and GPU if I feel like I need more performance.
I initially went with the Core V21 chassis for experimenting and learning how to build a PC, but I quickly swapped out that case for the DA2 once I was confident my parts would fit in a mini-ITX enclosure.
I ordered most parts from Amazon because the return process for parts was really useful if something didn't work out for me. For example, I tried using the Dark Rock TF CPU air cooler, but it didn't fit on my motherboard unfortunately.
I tried to get some deals where possible on new parts and really started the build once I saw the 9900k on sale on Amazon for $504.99. I agree the i9-9900k probably isn't the best use of your money, but I'm hoping it'll last long and be more than enough for my needs for a long time.
I went with Intel over AMD because of the better chance I had of making MacOS work on it.
I regrettably switched out the really good M.2. WiFi / BT 5.0 chip the Asrock Phantom MoBo comes with in order to get WiFi / BT working natively on MacOS. However, the performance differences aren't really noticeable yet so I'm content.
If I did this properly, I have a Noctua 92mm fan being used for intake while the AIO fans, GPU, and PSU exhaust out of the left side, right side, and bottom of the case.
Struggles and Woes
- Screwing in or moving around certain components in a mini-itx enclosure can be a real pain, especially if you can't access the internals from the top or bottom of the case.
- Fitting the tubing for the 240mm AIO wasn't easy, but I eventually realized I could place excess tubing above the radiator and fans.
The AIO pump makes a weird rattling noise that I'm still trying to fix or get Corsair to replace.
- Cable management could certainly be better, but I'll likely invest in custom sleeved cables and redo the wiring at a later date
- The graphics card makes audible noise especially if it's on your desk, but this doesn't bother me too much since I normally wear headphones or have sound playing that drowns out the noise.
Overall, this was an awesome experience, and I wish I had built something sooner!