So my dad looked at my aging, but gradually upgraded Core v1 build, and asked me "how many video outputs can that thing (my placeholder Gigabyte 1660 ti) run"? The answer was 6. I've never seen a man more moist - for he's an A/V hobbyist turned "smarthome" enthusiast after retirement. He bankrolled the GPU, PSU, and heatsink because he wanted to have the parts which I was currently using so it may be converted to a HTPC for his purposes since all necessary components were present. This was extremely rad at a time where things weren't so rad for me financially or socially. Treat those who raised you well kids. They're dicks sometimes, but they're the only ones you've got.
To pay homage, reflect appreciation, and remind myself how far I've come, I keep a panel of the original white Core v1 my friend had gifted me late 2016 in exchange for a 1070 ti + $200 I was intending to flip during the height of the Bitcoin craze. The original, aging build was comprised of a lot of dated, yet functional bs initially - with a notable exception being the Intel 4790. Over time, I gradually upgraded what I had to something that could reliably run today's titles; if only at 1080p. In order of purchase, I started with a placeholder GPU until RTX became reasonably priced; added rear case fans; and added an AIO - which was rendered ancillary due to the case's perceptible reliance on high airflow. Next, I simultaneously lit a bonfire by igniting my money in order to obtain the current motherboard, RAM, CPU, and storage which was bought by a particularly intense week of impulsive spending resultant of the existential dread and nihilistic mania inflicted upon us out of malice borne by benign powers which inhabit every deep dark crevice of our collective, unconscious, and spiritual psyche like throbbing tumors.
Also because I wanted LGA1151, all of the M.2 storage I could fit on an ITX, and DDR4. All of this is something I wouldn't have been able to accomplish as an amateur starting on my own, so I feel obligated to give a shout-out to Mr. Thompson for getting me started.
An agreement was met for the price point at a 60/40 split, and thus the current heatsink, GPU, chassis, 4k monitor, and PSU were added to my build.
You bet your *** I asked if he was sure. We came to the conclusion that it was still less expensive than building an entirely new one suitable for his purposes; when there was a rather quality Asrock LGA 1150 motherboard lying around with a 4790 seated inside, in addition to a 1660 ti and 16 Gb of RAM.
Now I run Metro, Control, etc. with full RT at 4k consistently ~55-60 FPS at 4.7ghz with CPU temps rising no more than ~65 C while gaming, and an oddly consistent 75 during CPU-Z stress test. GPU sits at about 70 C while gaming with full RTX/max settings, but that's just the reality of RTX in an ITX build.
inb4 "wtf is with that ridiculous PSU?" My response; I more than appreciate my father's haste to run and snag the best one he saw at Best Buy following my self-realization that I forgot to include one in my order for the GPU/heatsink/case. pretty g move on his part tho 10/10
And here we are. The tale of the rig I consider my "Quarter-life Crisis with Retirees" Alternatively - The Press Corpse; because of course I'm gonna make a newspaper pun, and that computers killed print media.
I hear nothing while idling, and only the wind itself when gaming. Never any of the hardware.
EDIT: Noctua thermal paste reapplied - idling at 45 C at 4.7ghz now.
EDIT 2: Decided to bring down the overclock to 4.5ghz, and I'm idling at a super comfortable 29 C. Added more silly lights (4 corsair RGB strips around the top rim).
But most importantly, I finally got around to scanning my GPU's boost clock using Afterburner. I reached 2010 MHz boost clock. I'm in shock. No wonder this thing murders everything. I'm still a proponent of the theory that the Super series are either "Underperforming"/RMA'd 2080/ti cards. This is just tarded and I don't know what to say beyond bless the silicon lottery.
Cooling this kid off in a mini-itx build is no small feat. It's practically the reason I went air-cooled instead of water - since the front-mounted radiator would limit the airflow which the main-board and GPU require.
But honestly, that's half the fun for me. This thing is ridiculous and I'm not sweating upgrading my processor for a good long time.
Still working up the nerve to delid it.
My boy puts in work for an ITX build. Hail Noctua.
HOWEVER - a caveat is that it is a little large for an ITX build (At least on the Asrock Z390 Phantom Gaming) because the front-mounted fan slightly touches my RAM - which makes me sad, but ultimately not worth sacrificing its performance over.
but ultimately I blame my ignorance by neglecting the fact that I already had heatsinks bigger than texas on my RAM
very colorful boyz with bigger heatsinks than I'm proud of buying
I don't even bother using other drives apart from my external backups tbqh. This thing is stupid and anything I want/don't need can be added/removed in almost an instant.
My old Core v1 looked like a kid's computer - let's be real. However, I was uncomfortable with making compromises regarding the limitations inherent in the cases I wanted - such as limiting myself to an SFX PSU, discrete GPU, and cooler Therefore I took the conservative route and got a more mature, understated yet quality upgrade from the Core v1.
Those drive bays are legendarily bad tho, and this design would benefit from a vertical exhaust rather than its easily scratch-able, perceptibly cheap plastic window. However - keeping the "wind tunnel" does result in lower temps than placing an additional side panel on top, so I'd prefer a fan mount to aid the rear exhaust.
I'm not even sweating the fact that it's only 60hz on an extremely crisp, affordable 4k monitor.