Description

G'day All

Long time builder first time poster and after using the website for many years now I felt it was time to give back to the community!

When I first set out with this new build there were a number of things I wanted to do.

1) It was going to be mITX

2) It was not going to sacrifice performance due to size

3) It was going to look good

4) It was going to be purple!

I spent probably about 2 months collecting parts as I needed them to either be a neutral color or fit the theme of the build.

I was getting tired of lugging the full tower around every time I took the PC out for LAN's which was the main deciding factor behind the mITX build. I may consider a full water cooling loop setup later down the track but at this stage its just the AIO for the cpu.

Now that its built I plan to do some over clocking eventually phase 2 will be the full watercooling loop!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU was only $5 more than the i7 Skylake so it was a no brainer since I had a z270 board.

CPU Cooler

Would of liked to have got the NZXT Kraken X52 however since I think I'll eventually create a full water cooling loop i decided to go with the cheaper option. Still performs quite well with temps around 50 degrees C.

Thermal Compound

Cheapest thermal compound at the store does the job.

Motherboard

What a dream of a motherboard! I second I saw it I knew this was the one. z270 mITX form factor and colour neutral with a ton of built in features. Also had the RGB header too which was a nice touch.

Memory

I wanted to get the tridentz and I'm sad I didn't. I ended up taking off the red clips on the RAM cause honestly it just ruins any type of theme you are going for unless its red of course. RGB header is mandatory if want any other colours besides RGB. Cables were a pain to install. If you are looking for RGB ram its worth the extra money to have all these features built in.

Storage

What an absolute BEAST! Windows boots in 6 seconds from start to finish. Big enough to install all my main games. PC is super quick really happy with it.

Storage

Cheap storage for downloads and media

Video Card

Waited a month for this to arrive and boy was it worth it. Would of got the standard model however I wanted to be RGB to fit my theme so ended up going with the FTW edition. I was torn between a 1070 and the 1080 due to budget but I'm really glad I found the bit extra for the 1080.

Case

One of the best cases i've worked in and the first mITX. Never felt like I didn't have enough room and plenty of places for cable management. Only problem is the window is pretty poor quality and I managed to scratch it accidentally, would of liked to see some tempered glass as alot of cases are doing that now days.

Power Supply

The case says it will fit 160mm PSU's but don't be fooled. I wouldn't go anything over 140mm as the cable management is quite close to the end of the PSU. I ended up going with a SFX PSU which required a backing plate to install. This was to give the GPU some extra breathing room. With a ATX power supply the PSU would be right up against the fans of the GPU.

Operating System

Cheapest operating system I could get

Case Fan

The theme was purple and I wanted that added touch. I swapped over the radiator fans for these guys and I'm quite happy with the result.

Case Fan

Swapped out the included case fan with this one to match the purple theme.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 5 points

Awesome build. But it looks like that 1080 is sagging a bit.

+1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It is :(! I may end up gluing some spare cable combs together to make a make shift stand for it. Thanks for the post.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have some Lego you could use that. I've seen it a few times in other builds.

  • 30 months ago
  • 5 points

I'd turn all 3 fans around, intake from the front, exhaust out back.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Only in the current configuration testing lighting, but I agree.

I may put the fans in front of the radiator between the front of the case.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Sweet rig! Just one question:

Why are you intaking air from the back? Isn't the front more efficient?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I was playing around with the fan positions to get the optimal lightning but I think I'll end up getting a hue + it is better to do it that way though. I haven't noticed anything performance wise yet.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Why have the fans blow back to front instead of front to back? Currently your rear fan is an intake and the fans on the h100i are out take. Your blowing into a dust filter in the front as well, instead of using it to filter air coming in. Very odd.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree it is unconventional. It's mainly trying out the lighting arrangement. I think I'll end up getting a hue +

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I would consider just getting some basic led strips with a cheapo controller. Hue+ requires Nzxt Cam and honestly my experience with that software has been terrible. It was super buggy and the updates always broke things. I used it for like 2 years with a Grid+, and got so annoyed that I stripped it all out and just used crap motherboard software because it wasn't as buggy.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't realise there were so many problems with hue+ i'll have a look at what else is out there thanks for the advice.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

looks good! 1+!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those cablemod cables?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

They were PCCG brand of cables but I imagine they aren't much different.

https://www.pccasegear.com/products/29533/pccg-sleeved-cable-extension-kit-purple

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm assuming you meant Yea, thanks... soo I'll take that as a yes?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. I was planning to get the Evo X and planning to remove the red switch. How did you remove it and was it difficult?

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

It was easy, in fact I painted the red switch with automotive paint but it looked better without it completely.

In my opinion save up for the G.Skill tridents if you want RGB RAM, these were a pain and also require your MB have a RGB header.

Thanks for the feedback

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

That sfx PSU is too noisy in Load (in idle state it's ok). I had one in the same case.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It has been fine for me in the meantime, I did look at the corsair SFX models but heard they have really bad coil whine. I feel like having a SFX PSU is almost mandatory when using this case just to give the GPU breathing room.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

"just heard bad response" but not try it ;-) Of course, your right with that GPU breathing room. I was made a similar build like you: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Ls6XsY , where I tried ATX and also SFX PSU and there's no difference in GPU temp (SFX PSU in last 2 photos).

Another way, it depends on what a type GPU you have. In this situation I will prefer "blow-out gpu" -> founders edition

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