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Mini ITX Dragon

by jen5on



Date Published

Nov. 14, 2017

Date Built

Nov. 3, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


This was my first build since 2006. I had built a PC before but since the last one, technology had changed a lot and I had to research for a few days in order to choose the components. I must admit, I based my choices on certain brands. ASUS and Corsair, as they are premium manufacturers and I wanted my build to have a consistent theme.

The parts arrived in batches spread over a week or 2, so it was rather annoying as I really wanted to get stuck in but this is what happens when you buy from different sources.

The actual build went pretty ok. I did have a couple of issues which has since been resolved thanks to Mr Google and searching related PC Tech forums.

1) The ASUS Z270i mobo doesn't have an internal USB 2.0 header so there was no connection for the AIO cooler link cable. I actually sorted this by having to order a external USB to internal USB adapter cable on ebay. I routed this through the back panel (Through the fan screw hole) and into an external USB port.

2) The H100iV2 fan RPM wasn't displaying in the corsair Link software. I discovered that you have to turn off Q-Control in BIOS so that the cooler get 100% power from the mobo. The Corsair Link software then controls the speed and revs of the AIO.

2)BIOs Aura lights wasn't being detected by software initially. But a BIOs update sorted this.

3)The NZXT Manta has a built in Fan hub and it was really confusing to set up due to the basic instructions. Initially the FAN RPMs weren't showing in BIOS. After about a day of researching, The answer was simple, I hadn't got a PWM fan connected. My corsair case fans were all 3 pin. I had to buy a PWM Fan (beQuite! Silent Wings 3 PWM) and I replaced the rear NZXT case fan and connected it to the HUB and problem solved.

Anyway, I am still tinkering with this build and so far it has exceeded my expectations. I play CSGO and Rainbow six Siege and they play great on MAX Settings. Just a niggle is that I feel I should be getting more FPS with this card. CSGO i'm only getting 130 FPS and it drops to 60FPS at certain points. Im not sure if this is normal or not. I have done what I can, enabled gSync and calibrated my monitor GPU refresh rate to 144hz, updated latest driver etc but its not improving.

so my google research continues...

Comments Sorted by:

EpicDragonManX 1 point 13 months ago

Nice build! Hows the H100i? +1

jen5on submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

The H100i V2 is great! I got mainly becuase it looks good. It’s pretty quiet on balanced mode and almost silent if put into Quiet mode. Seems to be keeping my CPU nice and cool with my temps reaching 65c when I played Assassin Creed origins.

ZenixPCGamer 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago


Awesome build

jen5on submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago


ZenixPCGamer 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Just a question. Why did you spend so much on a MINI itx case?

jen5on submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

To be honest, I had already ordered the Phanteks evolv ITX case, but I stumbled upon a review of the manta. I just liked the unique curved design so I switched the order at the last minute. It was pretty pricey I know but the quality it top notch, it feels very well made and heavy also.

ZenixPCGamer 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Ah I see. What are you going to do for your next computer, right now I am in the middle of 2 computer builds. 1 for my gramma, and 1 for myself at home.

Myself Computer Home Budget: 2.7K$ (ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080)

My Grandmas new PC: 1.2K$ (GTX 1060 6GB Windforce)

ZenixPCGamer 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

jen5on, its me again. I see why so much on a case. But why did you spend all that money for the other components, for a MINI itx case?

jen5on submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Hi ZenixPCGamer

I really just wanted a compact gaming PC. I know the manta isn't as compact as other out there but that was a last minute switch decision. I have no need or plan for SLI so an ITX board was fine. I can only see myself upgrading the graphics card and possible CPU to an I7 in future. This rig will last me for the forseeable future so I think the investment was worth it.

BTW which components do you think I overspent on? I dont think my components are high end. Only mid range! :)

ZenixPCGamer 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

jen5on, your PC build is quite nice.

The only component I say you overspent on is that monitor. If your gunna get a high end graphics card like that, at least get a 1444p 144hz monitor.