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Update (2018/10/04):

I sold my GTX 1070 in late Spring, and decided I'd wait for next generation GPUs. When RTX was announced I was a little underwhelmed, high prices and ok performance. At the moment of typing this, the price difference between GTX 1080 TI and RTX 2080 was about $50. I debated between EVGA RTX 2080 XC Gaming (pre-ordered twice and cancel each time) and Founder's Edition. In the end felt for $800, I want quality material, such as all metal body, not pastic, and better color match for case. EVGA's just looks cheap to me (subjective) and I'm not a fan of the little logos on the fans.

I had to return first RTX card because it had a slight grinding noise coming from a fan, but second one works great and quiet. There is good clearance for the GPU (thickness and length), which I was concerned prior to purchase. The green light on logo looks better than I thought from online photos. I'm a little concerned with the ports and the H200i's PCI slot openings as they're not that clear.

I replaced 550W PSU with a 750W. And I bought 6+8 pin PCIe cable for GPU from Mainfram Customs.

Finally my computer is completed. Hope my information helps somebody. Happy Building!

Original:

After a year since my last build, I couldn't help but build a better computer. Last year, I built a PC which had an i5-7500 and GTX 1060 6GB. This was my balanced build for gaming and production work, and wasn't too expensive. But I couldn't help but want something better. So this year, I wanted to build something better, but not over the top (I think...).

The NOVA Lite took me about a month to complete. This was thanks to the crypto mining, which made it almost impossible to buy a gpu, without paying stupid prices. I love the ITX size, so went this route. This would be the computer hopefully that I don't replace in year, so had to choose wisely. Please look at part list for components. Case light and GPU lighting was the way I liked to showcase the inside. Subtle and cool.

Happy: - I love the cpu, i7-8700. Having hyperthreading is really nice, so went with an i7. I was debating Ryzen 7, but went with Intel.
- MSI Z370i motherboard. Last year I purchased the H270i, and it was great. This year I went with same brand as I like MSI's motherboards. - Trident Z 3200 ram looks nice and performs great with XMP on. - Finally was able to purchase the EVGA SC GTX 1070 from Newegg.
- NZXT H200i is a beautful product. Love the look.

Unhappy: - GPU purchasing was a nightmare. Really tested my patience because of how hard it was. And ebay is a total rip-off, as well as 3rd party sellers at Newegg and Amazon. Was so tired of refreshing pages on online retailers and Nvidias website. - Trident Z ram and MSI Z370i motherboard. Not sure which is the problem, but the ram sits so tight against the 24 pin power cable that connects to motherboard. - NZXT case was not easy to work with. Cable management was a nightmare. Last year's Thermaltake Core V1 was soooooooo easy to work with.

Overall, I am very happy with the build. I have everything I need in a compact beautiful case. Thank you PC partpicker peoples for helping me look at your builds to help me pick my parts, AND thank you for checking out my build.

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  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! +2 if I could!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

In the end, it came out beautiful +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice and clean build. I love this black/white case.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Appreciate it :) I see you go the and black, that was so tempting too. Red black is usually my favorite combo for colors, such as watches, cars, etc.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah, this black-red case looks like a little ferrari :) I already have some red details on my setup and this case was a logical choice. I bought this white-black case for my girlfriend yesterday and white model is so beautiful, elegant and clean. take care :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. You too... Enjoy~

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I built something similar with the same case, CPU, and CPU cooler, just wondering what your temps were?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi. Normal temps are around 30~40 (cpu) and around 35~40 (gpu), but depending on task, I’ve seen my cpu jump to around 65 (video encoding. Do you have any issues o concerns with your build?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, my i7-8700 idles at 50°C and starts throttling at 100°C under stress tests.

Also my MSI GTX 1080 Armor goes to 80°C while gaming.

I have a similar fan setup - I have two Corsair ML140 fans as intakes in the front and the two pre installed fans as exhaust.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

50 is high for idle and 100 is definitely high for load. Are you looking at cam software? What thermal paste did you use, I used arctic mx4. Also what cpu cooler? I would redo cpu cooler seating with new thermal paste.

GPU temps are fine at 80 while gaming.

Is your room hot? Strange why your cpu is hot.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there, I have a similar build but 2700x cpu with stock cooler. Do you play games at all? what is your GPU temp while gaming? I am having a bit of issue trying to get GPU temp in check. CPU temp is fine.

Using 2x140mm intake fans but P version instead of F

Room Temp = 21c GPU idle = 29-34c GPU while gaming with GPU default fan profile = always goes up to 83c limit on MSI Afterburner GPU while gaming with GPU 80% fan speed = maxed out at 73c Game: Monster Hunter World 1440p resolution at highest setting.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha, you know what, actually I saw your build a week or so ago and decided to buy the FE versions since it looks like it fit. I just finished putting in the GPU today, so give me a couple of days to try some games. But I play mostly titanfall, simcity, battlefield, etc games. Since I have a 4k monitor I'll try native resolution first and see how temps are. 83 is high.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks mate. Please let me know. :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

So I played some games (Titanfall2, Battlefield1, and Simcity). So far my GPU temps didn't hit over 80 from what I could tell. Titanfall2 (maxed at 2K60) but hovered around mid 60s, battlefield and Simcity (both 4K60) hovered mid to upper 70s. But I would be surprised it hit 80 or higher. But from my experience and what I've read, its ok to be 80s, just around 90s its a concern. My room is typically ambient at 23C. Hope this helps.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

One thing I wanna point out. Why do you have a z370 motherboard when your CPU can't even overclock??

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for late reply. At the time of build, only Z-series mobos were available. OR I probably would've picked up an H-series. But I had 3200 ram, so wanted to having xmp on z-series was a safe purchase too. I don't think you can push ram past 2666 on h-series.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice upgrade to a 2080! Wish I could do the same.. I assume you're still doing work and gaming. How does the 2080 do for workstation?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

The gpu is a nice upgrade coming from a 1060 & 1070. I have a 4k monitor so wanted to keep resolution native. Gaming is good. My work mostly takes advantage of the i7 and ram. Gaming is personal. I couldn't keep waiting anymore for price drops, amd, tarrif wars, etc...

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Its hard to wait for new gpu's when they keep coming out with better ones haha

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I know~~~

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

how are the temps with the CPU cooler while gaming? Does it hover around 65 like video encoding or hotter?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad you asked since I had this concern around two weeks ago. On idle cpu temps are 32-33. But I did some software installations, updates, and temps were around 40, so I was concerned if I game or video editing it'd jump really high like 80. But strangely when I game (4K60) and video editing & encoding (only 1080p) it just hovers around mid 40s. Highest I've seen is 51c. My gpu temps go to 70s, and I hear case fans go faster, but cpu temps are in check. So it turned out really good. I haven't done any video encoding such as handbrake, but perhaps it'd go higher. But so far I'm really impressed that under load I haven't seen temps go above the low 50s. Strange right? I think its motherboard, cpu cooler, and case fans doing a good job.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

that is pretty impressive. It could be the 140mm case fans doing the job as well. I had a similar setup as you, same CPU cooler but with an i5 7600, gtx 1070 2 120mm fractal stock case fans built around last year.

I am thinking of upgrading to the i7 8700 as I have been experiencing some CPU bottleneck now that games are starting to use more than 4c/4t and I had to close other programs to fully utilise the CPU while gaming (which is still insufficient).

I'd imagine the 6c/12t will be much worth it for longevity. Anyways, good to know that the Cryorig M9i is still a decent budget cooler that I can keep for my next upgrade.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes the m9i is pretty awesome. I've used it in 3 different builds. In future I'd consider cryorig h5 or be quiet dark rock 4.

My previous gaming PC was i5-7500 and gtx 1060. But for video editing/encoding definitely much faster. Feels twice faster (subjective), I didn't time. I'm really happy with i7-8700. I built a PC for a friend two weeks ago and used i7 8700 and m9i and super quiet. Didn't see benefit of 9th gen. But I do like aesthetics of new 390 mobos. Have fun with upgrades.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build, do you know if you can fit a 240mm radiator in the front with a 2080?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes but it will be a tight fit. I saw some h200i builds with rads and gtx 1080 (with same length) and there's a few millimeters of space. But it'll fit. Evga gtx 1080 are 10.5 inch in length, which is the length of rtx 2080 fe.

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know how many times I was checking out and then at the last step I get the out of stock. So maddening.

Yeah I figured it was the power connectors being too close to dim slots. Also ram heat sinks are quite thick.

Thanks.