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UPDATE: I now have new, better pictures of my pc up here, I tried to get as many pictures as i could throughout the whole process! ENJOY!

This here is my first custom pc build I have ever undergone, and it was an absolute blast and joy to build even though I had encountered some minor issues along the way, this here is the 3rd-ish revision that I have made to the computer since the idea first came to life and i started building midway through the month of May 2016.

My goal when building this computer was to get the most overkill extreme computer I could in the smallest form factor that I could due to the limited space I have, and for portability. I did not want to have a super large case sitting on my floor or desk so a small case is was. Also the perk of less weight to carry around was nice. I will be using this pc as an everyday driver, playing games and doing some 3d modeling and rendering with the potential of video and image editing.

NOTE: Sorry about the blurry pictures, i will have a good camera here in a week or so and i will post much much better pictures! :D

SHORT VERSION: This here is an Intel 6700k overclocked to 4.6 GHz with a GTX 1080 FTW from Evga overclocked to 2126mhz both watercooled with 480mm of effective radiator, what I had wanted to do was put the most high power hardware in this case and I was able to accomplish it with a full length and wide GPU with full watercooling all around, with the full loadout of RGB LEDs everywhere I could have them. (Fans, LED strips, keyboard, and mouse) So far everything is working wonderfully and I couldn't be happier

LONG VERSION: In order to make this build possible I had saved up some money for a good long while till i could get the majority of the parts needed for the start of the project. (excluding the GTX 1080 FTW and the Watercooling) When the plans for the build was in the works I planned on putting a 980ti in there, but I had decided to wait till the 1080 was released.

So now the we got the basic history and the reasoning build out of the way, lets get on the the parts I chose and why.

CASE: Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop First to start it all off, the case. Inspired by Jayz2cents build in the Fractal Design Define Nano S I was amazed at how much could fit in this case and I loved it, but I did look at other cases on the market at the time and I came to conclusion that this was the case I was going to use and I have no regrets.

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core As far as CPUs go this one was the obvious choice for me, given that cost was I minor factor regarding this computer, I wanted the latest lntel Skylake architecture even though it carried a steep price, it was worth it.

MOTHERBOARD: EVGA Z170 Stinger Mini ITX LGA1151 If there was one part of this computer that I would change in the future it would be the motherboard, when researching i didn't fully exhaust all my options and i settled for this, given it has an all black color scheme it wasn't too bad other then the stupid price I paid. Knowing now i would have gotten an asus motherboard with m.2.

MEMORY: Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Originally i wanted 32 gigs of ram but given what i would be using this for i figured it wouldn't be worth the extra $100 so i compromised with this and i personally like the look of the Hyperx Fury RAM.

STORAGE: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" SSD For storage on this system I wanted something that was fast and could hold some applications, and given that an M.2 was out of the question so i went with this SSD, its plenty for what I need and it looks nice.

VIDEO CARD: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 As far as the performance goes I wanted the most i could get, within some reason. (Titan XP was out of the question) i went with this card simply because i liked it, I didn't really have any preference to which manufacture i used, and also the stock cooler looked nice even though it wasn't in the system for long. I am happy with what i chose an i don't have any regrets.

WATERCOOLING: I decided before i even built the computer that i was gonna water cool it, and that was one thing i would definitely do all out. due to there being so many parts involved ill only list a couple here. i went with the obvious EK Supremacy EVO for the CPU an the full cover plexy water block with a backplate for the 1080 FTW and a DDC pump it provides more than enough flow through the 2 EK slim 240 rads.

POWER SUPPLY: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX As far as the power supply is concerned I didn't have any particular preference, I just needed something that would run all of my components and do it well, and this power supply does more than I need.

MISC; FANS: Originally went with the Corsair SP Quite Editions and I liked them quite well, i later upgraded to
the NZXT Aer RGB fans due to the full RGB and 4-pin PWM and i noticed not difference in temps when having them mounted on the radiators, I also had hue lighting already so it worked out.

              PERIPHERALS: I got the Corsair k70 RAPIDFIRE  and the Corsair SCIMITAR due to the full RGB lighting to  
              fit with everything. The screen is nothing special, just a 27 inch 1080 60hz monitor, im looking to 
              upgrade soon  to take advantage of the GPU.

Thank you all!

Part Reviews

CPU

I was able to get 4.6 oc on my evga z170 stinger i personally think this is a great processer

Video Card

This is a great card, i had it in my system with the stock cooler for quite a while and i didnt have and problems, i recently finished my build and put in a full watercooling loop and haven't seen it peaking up past 48c at its max although the stock cooler was quite alot hotter. i was also able to put a 2126 mhz overclock on it. all in all it is a great card with the stock cooler and watercooled.

Case

this is a fantastic case, i was able to fit a hyper212 evo in there an then i later converted to a full custom watercooling loop with 480mm of effective radiator and a gtx 1080 FTW. there are some this that aren't super great though, if your trying to cramp alot of cables in the back it can get cramped really quick if you have that 3.6 slot occupied and the window scratches easily, but other than that i really enjoyed building in it. hope this helped

Case Fan

the aer fans are awesome... the fact that they have full rgb (with hue+) and 4-pin pwm is really nice, although there are alot more wires involved and requires a bit more cable management. then there is the obvious expense $30 per fan and then needing to buy the hue+ this money really starts to add up. yet, they really do add that extra effect to your pc

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 5 points

I swear I had pants on a minute ago...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Spicy.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the Aer fans working so far? +1 for your work!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the Aer fans so far, i don"t seem to have much of a temp difference with them on the radiatiors the is quite a bit of cable managing with them especially in a small case like this. and the leds are good, with a little fading the farther from them you get, but i dont mind that and i have had no problems with them so far at all. Thank very much, it was fun!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks awesome! Very nice build.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It was a blast and a challenge at the same time.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks like kylenfrom bitwit's hotline. +1 for using unique colors

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried my best to make it unique and not look like anyone else's builds, but there's only so much that can be done, but if it looks as good as Hotline i must be doing something right. :) thank you

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats what i like to hear

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, I really love this build. Although, imo I like full towers more.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Given the space that i had available for a computer i needed something small but i didn't want to compromise on performance this is what i was able to come up with. I also wanted to take my computer places and it being pretty much half the size of a full tower it makes it soooo much easier. I've already taken this thing to about 15 different places and haven't had any leaks with the loop! (of course double checking all the fittings and such when i get to where i'm going) I'm thankful.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build

If this doesn't get a feature, I'll eat my shorts.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thank you that would be amazing

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

alright i think it's about time for you to go through with that. Also, you'd better post it on youtube.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Just gonna pretend this never happened

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

oh no you're not

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, whatever happend to your shorts anyway lol :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ooooh, folks we got ourselves a good one here! Gather 'round to witness this beauty! She deserves a fine round of "+1s" from all of yall, and I aint leavin' here until its settled.

Was that a good, uh, Texas impression? But seriously, this build looks great. Its always nice to see a fresh color scheme, and, not to mention, a custom loop that looks mighty fine. Even if all of the bends aren't perfect, they're what make a build unique. Heres my +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

i do want to redo some of the bends, but i need to get more tubing and i couldn't wait any longer to get this thing posted. its been so long in the making. thank you

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Your PC is super dreamy, I love it. +1 fo sho.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job mate. I didn't know those fans existed before looking at this build, now I am adding them to my partlist sooo yea.. +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Well thank you, I'd waited a long time to get these fans through a bunch of waits as far as shipping is concerned. It was worth it in my opinion.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

candy pink :-) i like it nice job buddy

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

If there was one part of this computer that I would change in the future it would be the motherboard Yeah, right.... But it's a great build nonetheless. Simply a piece of art...

+1!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I wished I could have gotten a 4.7 oc on this... but I just didn't do enough research when I bought it, I'm looking to build another pc for my girlfriend soon, so I might swap this boars out and get my a new one. Thanks for the +1!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Tubing is very well bent :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

That smell. That smelly smell. what is it? a feature? 1+!!!! Amazing!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

So this was propably your first touch at Watercooling too. Why did you choose Hard-Tubing instead of going for the "easier to use" Soft-Tubing?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I prefer the looks of the hard tubing, though there is a fair amount of skill required in bending tube I didn't find it as difficult as I had anticipated. Yes I know there's quite a few bends that need to be redone, I find it adds character and gives it it's own unique touch. I'm personally happy with my job on the tubing and I'm proud of it for a first try. Not to mention, gotta start learning sometime. :)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, nice build! Love to see experienced bends in itx builds, there so appealing.

How are those are fans? Interested on attaching one to a downward airflow tower cooler because they look nice and I could use a performance upgrade. (About to get an i7)

How loud are they, and are they good for static pressure?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I find it very appealing as well. As far as the fans go, I don't believe they are very good fans for static pressure but I have no way of measuring or judging this. However, I had static pressure fans on my radiators previously and I didn't notice hardly and temp differences if any running on the radiators, I have not used these on an air cooled system though. As far as noise they can be quite loud at 100% I normally run them at a max of 40% and I can barley tell that they are there. I like the fans and if it wasn't for the price I would be putting them in the new build that I am currently working on. Thanks for checking out my build and I hope this was helpful.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I am doing almost the exact same build as this one. I also have the z170 stinger motherboard. The only difference is I am using a founders edition 1070 instead of an FTW GTX 1080. My question is, how did you get the video card to fit into the pcie slot with that IO cover installed that comes with the motherboard? I tried the same thing with the cover installed over the motherboard ports and with the backplate on the video card the pcie slot wouldn't line up.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest I just used a little bit of brute force there, the i/o cover is fairly thin so I just bent it to where it was pushed out of the way of the backplate enough so they would line up. That kinda stumped me when I was building too. I look forward to seeing your build! Let me know when it's up if you don't mind.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you fill your system?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think you need an i7 to play world of tanks. No offense.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, no joke, I can't even do that though. ;) no internet where I am.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 cuz you play minecraft

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

haha maybe i did post it at a bad time, there's no way it will pass his, that build is amazing and deserves it later i plan to put tempered glass on the front and side with sleeved cables. maybe then.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

i test fit a peice of reghular glass on the front, it look gooood, especially if i make a cutout window for the fans.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

InB4...

Eh, nobody cares.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

i literally just looked at your build right before i started putting this on here! that is a real work of art. +1

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Despite the pictures its actually really subtle in person, I have the R value at 10 for the red glow, and the brightness is cut in half on the purple color. i will take better pictures in a week or so and put them up.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not in front of my computer right now so I can't check it, but it was pretty high, I don't have the best motherboard for it and I also don't think I won the Silicon lottery. I think it's some where about 1.385 volts, but I could be mistaken I'll check later, and as far as the load temp is it is much higher than the 60c that it says in specs, I'll need to update that as well.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the look if the aers, and they work just fine for what I need, I was a little unsure about the look before I bought them, but I am happy with them. And the fact that you need another hue+ really does stink.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

okay, i double checked today and i am running 4.6 oc with 1.325v

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I really thought mine was higher than that, I thought i was closer to 1.4 sooo mabye ill try to go higher now!