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This is my first personal build. Previously I've only had computers from brands like DELL, HP and Apple. Need a new computer to replace my old DELL desktop.

The idea of this computer is that I want something not HUGE--tower-ish huge. It should be able to be staged on the desk, in the same time I don't want to sacrifice too much of the performance. I choose to go with ITX format. Once I decide that I started to look around on the web and this case caught my eye: In win D frame mini. There are several very beautiful complete build in PCparkpicker and elsewhere. Although the price of this case is not friendly at all, I still choose this case and build everything around it.

The main purpose of this computer is a little bit of everything, web, game, movie... Still I build this machine for future proof, which is a little bit overkill in every part. I choose the I5 6600K over I7 since I don't see I need a lot of CPU power and this CPU provide good performance and OC ability. EKWB D240 kit which is specifically designed for this case. And an all-in-one kit is very fit for a first-time computer builder like me. Don't need to worry too much about which pump, radiator AND reservoir AND compression fitting AND tube AND a million more things to choose and worried if all of them can fit into the case.

I saw one DELL U3415W in my local Microsoft store and this monitor BLOW my mind! Pick it up at Newegg while it's on sale. Couldn't be more happy about it. But one thing needs to know if you also want this monitor: although 21:9 has been around for some time, some game, from VALVE specifically still doesn't support this ratio very well. If you have some game in mind, need to check ahead to see your game support this ratio or not.

Struggled about which Graphics card to choose for a while. Got the EK kit so got to do a full loop. But really don't want to buy a water block and back plate and install them myself. The EVGA 900s Hydro Copers seems to be a good choice. Spend a long time to choose between 980 and 980TI and finally decided 980 TI. Since I will not be able to do SLI.

It took about a month for me to find deals on some parts. Took about 6 hours to assemble everything. Could not be more happy about the finished result. The only problem for me is that there is no cable management AT ALL for this case. This could be because the lack of experience or simply because of the case design itself, I do not get a finish as good as some builds I've seen. Still I'm quite happy about it. It runs super cool and quiet. CPU OCed easily at 4.3 GHz and runs very stable. Plan to OC the GPU a little bit in the near future.

The whole process PCPartPicker has been a really big help for me. I've learned a lot from other's build. So I decide to share this build with you guys. Hopes everyone enjoy it!

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  • 51 months ago
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Nice work. Always nice to see custom loop, more so from someone doing their first custom build. +1

  • 51 months ago
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Thanks :) I really would't plan so if that EK kit didn't exist!!

  • 51 months ago
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That's some dank **** right there. +1

  • 51 months ago
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Thanks :)

  • 51 months ago
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although 21:9 has been around for some time, some game, from VALVE specifically still doesn't support this ratio very well

Valve is still behind on some key things like this. If your Valve game of choice is DotA 2, then I would simply Google a solution. I saw a while back on r/dota2 about a 21:9 fix for the game.

  • 51 months ago
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Yeah you've read my mind. I've also see those fix. My problem for them is that it seems they are from third party and every time there is a update and the fix get disabled and I need a newer version of fix. I'm really angry is the non-solving attitude of VALVE. I understand the reason behind this is to keep justice for everyone. But at least you can give me better solution then some ridiculous HUD bug... The solution of VALVE is to simply IGNORE it.

  • 51 months ago
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Well, source 2 is out, hopefully it brings 21:9 resolution officially.

  • 51 months ago
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Great!

  • 51 months ago
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Thanks:))

  • 51 months ago
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Nice, I was just trying to look up / make sure that you can use a dual lane gpu card in a mini itx motherboard... your build answered my question.

  • 51 months ago
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happy it helps. All of the itx Z170 MB I've researched doesn't support SLI or Crossfire. At the same time there is simply not enough room. Maybe I can fit a ATX MB and drilling some holes to install it? But in that case there is definitely no room for water loop.

  • 51 months ago
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Not too interested in SLI or Crossfire, just a big card like 980 ti that needs two lane 'spaces' even though it only uses 1 pcie slot.

  • 51 months ago
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I see. No problem at all for my case. But not sure it is ture for all ITX cases.

  • 51 months ago
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I am impressed! Most people wouldn't tackle a custom loop on their first build! Very good job, sir, very good job! +1

Oh, and fantastic photos by the way. :)

  • 51 months ago
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Thanks :). I really didn't plan a water loop until I saw that EK drop in. That really helps to make the whole process 100 times easier. Love to hear you like the photos.

  • 51 months ago
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I don't think you could have picked a better case to put a small custom loop inside of!

  • 51 months ago
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Thanks.:) wouldn't agree with you more!

  • 51 months ago
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The case and the fact that you did a custom water cooling loop for your first build are my favorite parts. Gawgeous. +1

  • 51 months ago
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Thanks!:)

  • 50 months ago
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How do you like the motherboard?

  • 50 months ago
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So far so good. There is nothing I can complain about it.

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  • 51 months ago
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I would say 50% of this rig is for gaming. For you second question I keep my OS and regular apps, soom game indeed in the M.2 SSD to take the advantage of that fast speed. Right now I've only used not more than half of the space of the M.2 SSD so I see no problem of doing that.

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  • 51 months ago
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No, my antenna bracket is not broken. But it is slightly bent. I connect it with the antenna to get online and install the LAN driver and it seems worked fine. After that I use the Ethernet cable all the time.

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  • 51 months ago
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Thanks. :) I'm kind of struggle about this one. I'm not completely happy about the appearance as it is right now. I feel like those EVGA cables are really hard to deal with. At the same time I'm not 100% sure about invest into sleeved cables, cables comb and more lighting features (you can see they are in my mind) since I'm not THAT concerned about aesthetics...