Named for plethora of "sweet" components in small box :
"Black Magic" - variety box of UK chocolates & "Tardis" - Dr. Who's vehicle - famed for being bigger inside than its exterior. (BBC-tv).
First build - for home-office, family videos & gaming.
Aim : To build an overclockable, quiet, cool, neat & compact, portable high-spec PC with customisable longevity and wide expandability.
Outcome : Modified in stages and arguably portable (weighs like a lead brick), it's a functional joy to use ! Delivers 60FPS at 4K in games tolerably.
"Notable, Unique and/or Bargain" Features :
- 18.5 litre case with ATX components, storage, fans & cables, optimised for performance.
- Large Noctua NH-D15S air-cooling of delidded & overclocked i7-8700K without impinging storage/drive/fan space.
- 32GB Optane as boot, for Win10 O/S & HDD acceleration.
- Undervolted & overclocked Zotac 1080ti Blower GPU for 4K gaming without major thermal or noise issues.
- 2 x Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 140mm Slim fans.
- Patriot Viper V770 Gaming Keyboard.
- AOC AG271UG, 27inch 60Hz 4K panel with IPS & G-Sync.
Delidded & overclocked (4.8GHz) multi-core 12-thread Coffee-Lake CPU - should last years.
6yr warranty. No fuss air on par with water coolers. Fits FD Core 500 & doesn't block RAM. Quiet (25dB) Keeps i7-8700K 4.8GHz cool (35C rest; 65C max).
Thunderbolt 3 (20Gb/s). Solid overclocking. Underboard m.2 sites Optane plus 5 usable SATA ports for mix of HDD's, SSD's and 5.25" Blu-ray.
Decent quality RAM. Advertised as Corsair but ASRock UEFI recognise as 2 x 8GB DDR4 G-Skill. Clock easily to stated 3200MHz.
Paired to 32GB Optane caching module for formidable mix of quick boot/access/storage at low cost.
Ideal for 18.5L case. Ejects hot air out of back for low temps (35C rest & 75C max 4K gaming). Noise tolerable (45dB max). Overclock max 1999.5MHz.
Compact, affordable, holds lots of full-size gear. Filters vac with lid on. Front PSU for big CPU cooler & low temps. Rout "out of box" (pic5) for air space.
Silent. 10yr warranty. Overkill power for build upgrading.
This is the flagship operating system - only wished I'd known that I could have downloaded an authentic copy and saved myself about £150 - nevertheless I've got a bona fide version so it's too late to worry about it too much.
Replaced noisier 3-pin Fractal fan at rear of case. Gained 4-pin speed control and "all black" aesthetics.
PC boots quickly. Crisply opens .exe and content files. Low cost storage paired to large HDD. Unexpectedly resilient.