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Mini ITX Build: NZXT Manta, H115i Cooler, Corsair Hydra 1080ti, ~$3k

by Dmnchild

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13 Comments

Details

Date Published

June 3, 2017

Date Built

May 29, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.569 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.124 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

Description

For starters, despite this being a mini itx, it is heavy. I built it small though as I bring my computer to and from work daily. I was doing the whole laptop thing for the past few years, and was rocking the clevo/sager SLi builds, but I decided to go tower this round and build my own.

I did an imgur dump for my pictures, feel free to peek here. Image Dump

It took a few tries on placing items where i wanted them and finally getting something that worked. I do think with a case mod, or some cable magic I could have left the radiator in the top of the case. I may later get to playing with those options and move it back up there. I have different cooling ideas, and one of them involves the CPU fan being in the top as a push, and then the gpu and case fan in the front as pulls.

The current air setup is both top and front are all pull, with only the rear fan pushing. I am currently not having any heating issues, but it never hurts to see if you can improve it.

Some things to note, these radiators are fairly heavy, so it isn't the most practical portable mini itx build. I built this for performance first, portability second. (While still maintaining a mostly portable form factor)

The motherboard does NOT have a USB header for the corsair link, which was an oversight on my part. I am using a USB 3 to USB 2 header cable, and I do not have my front (top) USB case ports plugged in. (I do have a splitter coming in so I can use both later, if I so desire. I really wish there was an option to use the internal USB 3.1 header to a hub with all the connections, but I haven't found anything yet along that line.)

Any questions, feel free to hit me up, any comments or suggestions I am always open to listening. If you just want to bash my build, you can go do something else to yourself since I don't care ;p

This is my second build in a year, first for me. (Kid got a computer for Christmas and I pieced that one together too)

EDIT: Note that the vid card was 800$ from corsair.com, the Hydra GFX GTX 1080 Ti is not in in the parts list here on pcpp so I used the seahawk since its about the same card. I think since its only sold at corsair, this may be why it is not listed.

EDIT 2: I do plan on ordering some custom cables before too long, and have them custom cut (cablemod cables perhaps) so I have a lot less nastiness in my storage areas, and more flexibility. I do plan to use white cables (or white and black braided)

Part Reviews

CPU

Intel still reigns supreme in my opinion. I do thank AMD for ryzen, as it gave intel a reason to release the i9. Perhaps Ill look at changing up my build later as a result!

Keep in mind this is a gaming machine, so all the ryzen fanbois can keep comments to themselves. Intel's clock speeds and performance for gaming is still unrivaled.

CPU Cooler

So far I have nothing but praise for the corsair closed loop coolers. I have the h115i in my mini itx build, and the h100i in my kids computer. Never had cooling issues yet.

Just note that if you put in performance mode, you WILL hear these.. They get loud.. (Turn the music up!)

Motherboard

So far I am very impressed with this motherboard. It functions flawlessly. I took one star away for something while an oversight on my part, it should be on almost ANY motherboard... A USB Header for the modern day close circuit liquid coolers.

It does have an internal USB 3.1 header, perhaps someone can get busy and make a hub for these that includes all the connections we might need ;p

Memory

I really didnt care one way or the other on the LED part of my ram. I did get the white sticks since I am keeping all internal light white. So far I have no performance issues, and they are turned up to 3200. (I believe default will be 2166 or some such?)

The casing over the LED part of the stick is a little finicky. It will pop off easily, so make sure you get a grip on the ram part if you're removing these.

Storage

Ive always been a crucial kinda guy, but I had no problems going Samsung this time. They have proven themselves time and time again that they make quality ssd drives. These are no exception. While I have not done my read/write tests to confirm any max speeds, so far my transfer speeds in real world computing have been nothing but great.

Storage

Ive always been a crucial kinda guy, but I had no problems going Samsung this time. They have proven themselves time and time again that they make quality ssd drives. These are no exception. While I have not done my read/write tests to confirm any max speeds, so far my transfer speeds in real world computing have been nothing but great.

Case

This is one stout case, with plenty of room for all your toys. Do keep in mind that it is a steel case, so it is a heavy little guy. Should be able to take a few bangs here and there with no problems though! I have a Corsair h115i cooler, Corsair GFX GTX 1080 Ti, 1000w PSU fitting in mine with no real problems.

Power Supply

Corsair always delivers on PSUs, this is no exception. No problems with this yet, but it is overkill for my build. I am running a single 1080 Ti, but went big on the PSU just to make sure there is no issues down the road.

Comments Sorted by:

Bassethnd7 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

I love it man. I think some white light fans and lighting would give it that extra look. Nice build.

Dmnchild submitter 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

I slapped the asus software on, just to turn those RGB's to whites. Looks much better!

I may replace fans later since it is still a little dark. I dont want to do bright LED strips though.

Bassethnd7 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yeah I feel the same way they have good fans with nice lighting.

Bassethnd7 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yeah light strips aren't my fav either.

Bassethnd7 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Pic?

Ice44 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Damnnn. Nice clean build +1

BoiLogro 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

MORE PICS Edit: nvm lol

Dmnchild submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Yeah I had already made the imgur dump, and it kinda went along with my build process and snags. So just posted a couple here for reference.

NitroOG 1 point 19 months ago

Is the gpu quiet?

Dmnchild submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Mostly yes, I can honestly say I dont hear it since the h115i cpu cooler is the loud part of the setup. Tonight I will play with some stuff, turn the cpu cooler on quiet and see if I can hear the gpu one alone. I will report back.

shosick 1 point 18 days ago

so so sooooo sexy

pengxs972 1 Build 0 points 19 months ago

A heck of a build, but some parts are overkill for pure gaming..... 32Gb of ram is way too much. Only content creation and workstation will take advantage of the nvme drives. Also, 650w is enough for these components

Dmnchild submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I always overkill. I also multi task a lot when I am not gaming. But, this is a gaming first, production second setup. Bigger PSU was in case I decide to swap out later to bigger case and motherboard and SLi the video card. I also like to get a lot more power than is needed. Less strain, less chance of anything having problems ;p. I read the data on the performance m.2 drives, but decided to get the better of the betters anwyays. I know gaming wont tax them.. But reading and writing files, music production and video editing will be a little nicer. as far as the linux drive, I have no excuse other than I wanted it!