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"White Monster" Mini-ITX Gaming Build

by Racerover



Date Published

Sept. 12, 2018

Date Built

Aug. 25, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.556 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

48.0° C


I threw caution to the wind with this build and went all out! I've always been a fan of the Mini-ITX form factor. I came across the beautiful Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX TG case in white and immediately fell in love. With inspiration from another pcpartpicker user (white2002gt) the "White Monster" was born.

The case itself was a dream to work with. I recently had a Bitfenix Prodigy case that was great, but this Evolv case beats it hands down. My only small gripe is that the intake airflow is pretty weak so I will be modifying the front to allow more air to pass through eventually. Cable management is a dream as it includes 2 velcro hold downs that allow for clean routing. Paired with some zip ties I was golden.

This case also allows for a monster GPU. I was able to fit in (without ANY modification) the EVGA GTX 1080ti. So far, so good!

I'm running (2) Samsung 970 Evo 500GB M.2 SSDs in RAID0 for performance and this thing flies. I opted for the ASUS ROG Strix Z370 motherboard due to having 2 m.2 slots. I do not plan to overclock at this time, but do like the flexibility if needed.

This was my first build using the Noctua NH-D15S and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Very straight forward installation. My one tip would be to barely connect one of the mounting screws then start on the 2nd screw. It was a bit of a hassle to install with the motherboard already installed in the case but I made it work.

I know that 32GB of RAM is essentially pointless in a gaming machine, but I do sometimes use the computer to encode movies. I also upgrade my computer roughly every 4-5 years, so I wanted it as future proof as possible.

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Nullarc77 3 Builds 24 points 5 months ago

White Monster.

For a second I thought this was about my mother-in-law.

Racerover submitter 1 Build 3 points 5 months ago

Perhaps we have the same mother in law! Ha! Great comment.

Nullarc77 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Great build. Always appreciate a simple color pallet, When executed properly.

Nullarc77 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Also congrats on getting featured.

Rochford77 1 Build 5 points 5 months ago

Needs cable Combs

Racerover submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Great point, I still need to do this.

Simulint 4 Builds 5 points 5 months ago

Your rig is definitely future proofed. No need to upgrade for the foreseeable future. Only suggestion: Add an additional fan to the D15S. Perhaps it will only improve thermals by 1-2 degrees. But your RPM will drop. Thus even quieter fans, even though Noctua is top notch. I would put a LNA on the pull fan as the push fan will increase airflow and cause the pull fan to create a slightly high pitched coil whine. From my experience with a D15 cooler anyway. Your experience may differ. In either case, short of de-lidding the CPU I give you a thumbs up. +1

Overkill554 1 Build 3 points 5 months ago

Amazing no rgb bs +1 ;)

Ripper137 2 points 5 months ago

More pictures man!

3d_ROb 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Monster zero ultra :sunglasses:

Racerover submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

That's my "coffee"! Good stuff.

legendarypoet 13 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Such a classy build. Fantastic job!

three8one 4 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Jesus that's one hell of a rig!!! Great job!!

Kurajber 2 points 5 months ago

Whole PC looks amazing but that Noctua is just great! I love it!

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Looks good. I think you installed the cooler upside down though, since the D15s is offset you should have a wider gap between the heatsink and the GPU. Its cooling the same either way though.

In regards to airflow you want high static pressure fans to overcome the resistance of the mesh dust filter and the small air gap from the front panel.

Racerover submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Good observation, I'll have to look into that. I installed the D15S in this manner because my rear case fan wouldn't fit the other way. I wonder if this effects the temps with a smaller gap.

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

What do you mean ? The offset is going vertical so that the cooler doesnt impede on the pcie slot on some boards.It still wont block your pcie on itx boards either way though. So the gap between your exhaust fan should be the same.

gosubuilder 1 point 5 months ago

i can't get over how clean, simple, and sexy af that cpu cooler is!

wish i knew about that before i purchased cryorig h5 universal in june of 2017.

Sayliex 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Looks sweet! I'm about to start a white build for a friend and I'm hoping it looks as good as this.

ahahn95 1 point 5 months ago

This is the closest thing I've ever seen to a perfect build! I have to ask though, why not go with liquid cooling?

Racerover submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I honestly just wanted to try something different. I use the Corsair H80i on a previous build and I was happy with it. I'm not brave enough (yet) to do actual water cooling.

SJW96 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Beautiful. But I would say that those Corsair AF fans are not up to scratch compared to some 140mm Noctuas (I've used both!). The NF-A14s would move more air at the front due to better static pressure :)

Racerover submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I love the Noctua fans myself as well. I used the Corsair AF's because I had 2 from my last build 4 years ago, ha! Thanks for the comment.

Ethan3952018 1 point 5 months ago

Great Build

OllieManMan 14 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

KLEAN~! +1

Ricanstruct 1 point 5 months ago

Super clean build, I'm in love with that CPU Cooler setup. Nicely done!

bburns91 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I think I'm the only one that puts the 200mm on the front of this case instead of the 2x 140mm. Looks really clean I like it. Should've gone Ryzen/Vega though :P

Cordypants 1 point 4 months ago

Great looking build. Looking to use the same cpu cooler and motherboard but worried about clearance between heatsink and the GPU. It looks mighty close.

Was also wondering what the clearance is like for the RAM.

Any help would be much appreciated ;)

2002whitegt 4 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Sweet build! Glad to have inspired it.

The Noctua cooler with the Chromax covers are perfect for this case.

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Nullarc77 3 Builds 0 points 5 months ago

Uh. First of all the fan on PSUs acts as an intake so it would actually help GPU temps by drawing air away. Second the fan is facing downwards, So it is doing nothing to the airflow inside the case.

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Nullarc77 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

And that wouldn't help airflow either, Since there would be no fan to exhaust all the hot air trapped in the PSU cover. Pretty much making a deadzone of hot air within the PSU cover. And not providing much benefit at all to the GPU.

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