Description

This is a high-end mITX build for both gaming and design work commissioned by my friend Rob. Rob is a man of exacting tastes and as such, it couldn't be just any old build. We went with an extremely stylish case via the Phanteks Evolv Shift which has a minimal design that complements Rob's style and helps hide cables to keep things looking cleaner.

The i7-9700K and Z370 combo will help provide good single-core speed which is helpful when working with Adobe Creative Cloud programs, for the most part, as well as gaming performance. ASUS' Z390-I offers plenty of room for M.2 hard drives, RAM overclocking via XMP, adequate fan ports, and both types of RGB connectivity port and ASUS Aura Sync for high RGB component compatibility.

We are running the system off the speedy new Corsair MP510 M.2 NVMe SSD which should provide extremely fast performance paired with the 9th-gen. Intel chip. A free Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSD will provide extra storage and an install disk for games. The rest of the storage will be external on high-capacity HDDs that he already owns.

G.SKILL Trident Z RGB RAM provides a great, reliable, and fast memory option with good-looking lighting and is one of the only RAM kits I could find that was 2 16GB sticks that wasn't an exorbitant amount of money. mITX boards always offer limited RAM slots, so this is essential in making enough memory available for heavy usage and multitasking.

The NVidia RTX cards are overkill still and the AMD Vega cards are still too pricey, so we went with an ASUS 1070 Ti Turbo, which is a blower-style card. This will help keep internal temperatures better regulated in a case that is essentially a chimney.

Rounding out this build are a cool ASUS AIO liquid cooler with a programmable OLED on the pump head, Phanteks Halos Digital fan frames to add RGB to great fans that are included already, a separate kit with 2 addressable strips and a controller so that everything is controllable via a single software (ASUS Aura Sync), and a solid modular power supply that will help declutter a case with naturally limited space.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this so much. Great work!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I felt like it was pretty enough to make my first build on here.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

The EVOLV SHIFT is very popular right now.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard that the included riser cable with the Evolv Shift isn't the best, what was your experience?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

For the GPU? I mean, I was satisfied with it, certainly. If you look at the GPU risers that they offer, the one included is indeed the cheaper option of the two, but I had no issue with connectivity or cable routing.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh ok.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think the ASUS ROG Strix 2070 OC can fit inside the case? How much free space u got with your current gpu?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you could fit that graphics card in there, even though it is a long video card. However, I would not advise using this card (or any open-air fan graphics card) because those fans will recirculate heat into this case and it will not exhaust. I would only recommend a blower-style graphics card, like the ASUS Turbo used in this build, for a mini-ITX case like this.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man, looking for a similar build, how well the temp of the cpu with your current setup?

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

This was a commissioned build I did, so it isn't mine. But, with the really good liquid cooler (Cooler Master and Deepcool both make cheaper 120mm coolers that are just as good), every fan slot filled and installed properly, and a blower-style GPU, the thermals are good enough my friend applied a moderate overclock to this build. He has told me the rig runs basically silently except under extreme loads.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, that was very helpful. Awesome build !!!!!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I would love to see some temps of the CPU and/or GPU. I have the case here too but I am still planning the parts and their positions. That moderate overclock, what are the clockspeeds and temps after some length of time?

btw, that build looks very good!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you give us an idea of the GPU temperatures with the 2070 installed?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

How was thermals with this build when stressing CPU and GPU? If you have some round about numbers, that would be great! Rad build man - about to do one of my own (with a 2070, though)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the build. I think it would look better standing up vertically but that's not too important. You took amazing pictures when building it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I would have preferred the vertical position personally, but what the client wants, the client gets.