11 months ago
Hey everyone, I've been a PC gamer all my life all starting back in Runescape classic so I feel it's a bit of a travesty I've never made my own PC. To make up for lost time I decided I wanted to challenge myself with a mini-ITX build. I managed to snag an EVGA 1070ti blower GPU on Black Friday for a relatively good price and the German in me wants to strike the perfect balance in portability and maximizing it's exhaust feature.
So far, this is what I have: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Gd8NTB
I am trying to hold off on buying some RAM sticks as there is a decent chance I will opt away from the RGB light-up strips in favor of a more simple (painted?) pair. I understand I will need 16GB and think I have a decent feel for what I'll get.
What I am having the most trouble doing right now is choosing my case. Initially I was inspired by the ingenuity of Yervand's build on PCPP (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/WHbXsY) & I liked the Rajintek case he used - but I became intimidated once I realized that I would have to mod a side panel for air flow to the GPU on my own & have since abandoned the concept. Since then, I have narrowed my search down to a handful of top contenders and would very much appreciate your thoughts.
A4-SFX Dan case (https://www.sfflab.com/products/dan_a4-sfx)
This case is currently at the top of my consideration. I got excited about the concept of potentially having a VR-ready unit that I could throw in my backpack and take over to my mate's house. If I could pull off the build I think it would be quite rewarding & I don't mind taking my time, but there are real concerns about a lack of any serious cable management experience on my part and generally getting in over my head when I have never assembled my own computer from scratch before. That aside, I have read accounts that overclocking a 1080ti in a Dan case gets a bit hot, approaching 90° C. I read on Tom's that the 1070ti was intentionally limited via locking the voltage slider and so naturally that made me think that it might be a good fit (less voltage = less heat right?) but did not find an abundance of builds incorporating my GPU to lend credence to that. I wouldn't mind paying the premium and with this case I would even consider utilizing EVGA's step-up program and getting a nicer model GPU if everything worked out.
Pros: Beautiful & finely engineered case, MFG explicitly recommends a blower fan, About as portable as you can get
Cons: Shipping can be held up in customs, Cost near equivalent to CPU
NZXT H200i (https://www.nzxt.com/products/h200i-matte-white)
Pros: Nice window for component display, I've heard good things about their build quality (recommended by friend), Straightforward concept which should be easy to work with compared to other options
Cons: A bit boring, Why didn't you get a ROG STRIX?
Phanteks PH-ES217E Evolv Shift (http://www.phanteks.com/Enthoo-Evolv-Shift.html)
Pros: Slick design which reminds me of a small wind tunnel, Appears to be best suited to a blower GPU, Four detachable panels should make the build process smoother
Cons: Read reports of included PCIe 2.0 riser cable causing performance/GPU issues
Fractal Design Node 304 (http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/node-series/node-304-black)