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It was time for me to finally upgrade my old rig, which meant building a new one from scratch. This is my first rig where I didn't hold back on price. In the past I always pushed myself to stay below $1,000.00 and with a $1,500.00 max. With that being said, I wanted to push what I considered the limits. In the past I always had plans of upgrading my rig to a dual video card set up, but never followed through.

I chose to build my computer with a Mini ITX motherboard because the idea of a compact build thoroughly intrigued me. I did some research to confirm my decision on the case and form factor as there had been a couple other people that I had seen do a Sea Hawk and a H100i v2 in the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX case.

Let me start by saying this is probably one of the hardest builds I have ever done. Although the case has plenty of room for the power supply, the cable management on the back is not as tidy as I would like. and I felt like I was jamming cables in the back of the case. As for the water cooling. The H100i v2 fits fine with the radiator outlets toward the front of the case. One thing that I did differently than the other builds I had seen was I mounted the radiator for the sea hawk on the front of the case with the fan mounting bracket between the fan and the rad with the fan set up in a pull configuration. This worked perfectly with the front removable screen and allowed me to keep in the included cover over the video card.

If I had to change one thing about the computer, it would be the case. As I was skeptical when I decided on the build, it does seem to run warm with an average 30 degrees on the processor and a whopping 54 on the m.2 ssd at idle. I suspect this is due to poor static pressure not provided by the Sea hawk's fan. On another note, the RGB header one the Asus ROG Strix Z370i is not compatible with the RGB header for the case, even with Phanteks own adapter; my power light and indicator light on the front only has the ability to maintain white due to this. Otherwise, I have not hit a thermal throttle yet. Although the tiny build was challenging, the result is well worth it.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 6 points

More pictures!!!!!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig ! I would think about getting at least a 2k monitor >60 FPS to get the most out of that 1080ti and i7. I have the 1070 and run two 2k monitors and I have no issues play games on ultra 60 FPS just to given an example.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You, and that is on my shopping list; right now though, my available budget has been gobbled up with the initial cost of the system. There are quite a few upgrades coming and I will keep the build updated as they do.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

What is your case, like a toaster? Aren't you worried about quantum tunneling effects having so much power in that small space?

Side note, you might consider trying a heat sink on the m.2 drive to drop temps. Yeah, those phanteks cases are tough with airflow.

Sweet build!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it isn't good practice to pull air from the top, but while pushing the computer harder, I've noticed that air is getting trapped in the top panel, therefore I myself am and would suggest that you do pull from the top to create a higher static pressure in the case. Who needs a stove when you have a Phanteks case?

The motherboard claims that the ROG Heat spreader is a heat sink, but I regularly see a much higher than case ambient temperature reading on the SSD.

With all this being said I have yet to see any thermal throttling at all though.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, exactly :) You did well fitting all those components into a small case!

Yeah I've heard that those motherboard heat sinks are sometimes detrimental to the m.2 drives. I just use one that I found on amazon. EKWB just started selling colored ones too.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

What other ITX case would you recommend if I currently have a big PSU and thinking of building a similar PC?

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

The Corsair Air 240 is a good choice, the Thermaltake V21 as well. Both are micro ATX. For ITX, there's cases like Fractal Design Nano S, NZXT Manta, Thermaltake core V1 and now P1. I think all of those will support a full size PSU.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

How did the mobo treat you? Looking into it for an upcoming build. Did it OC well? XMP Profiles work fine? What color is the io shield? Lol

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

How many fans do you have in total, in the front panel?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

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