Description

Originally completed this build in August of 2018, but completely changed the cooling (AIO to Air Cooling) upon the release of the Radeon VII which I used to upgrade it.

Parts: i7 8700k @ 3.7 GHz - This thing is a beaut and is slightly overclocked to around 4.4 GHz sitting at around 60c while playing games. Controlled temps are thanks to

be quiet! Dark Rock 4 - The new mounting bracket makes this an easy install. I didn't go Dark Rock 4 pro as I was afraid of it fitting with the rear case fan, but in retrospect I think I would have been fine. Can't go wrong, looks sleek in the case while keeping temps low.

Asus Strix Z370-i - No longer produced by Asus apparently and has since been replaced with the Z390-i if you're looking to match the build. I don't know much about Overclocking, so I'm happy to use the auto OC options in the bios. Easy to use and no real problems.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x16 GB - ITX Board only had two slots for ram, so I had to splurge a little for the 2 16 GB sticks

Samsung 970 Evo 250 GB - M.2 Startup times will change your life. Not quite as noticeable as going from HDD to SSD but still nice.

Radeon VII 16 GB - I actually purchased mine directly from AMD on the day of release after much F5-ing. This thing is a beast, 120-140 fps on Max settings at 2K with about every game I've played (including brand new titles like Apex Legends, DMC5 and Far Cry: New Dawn) Same price point as the 2080, but purchased because it came with 3 free AAA games that I was going to buy anyway - plus the insane amount of VRAM to make it relatively future proof. Only downside is that it is seriously the loudest card I've ever heard. Computer is virtually silent till this baby hits like 70c and then I'm in an air chamber. Peak temps in this case are 80c exactly after two hours of playing. Haven't played around with undervolting yet, but I've heard it helps both temps and noise with a minimal hit to performance.

NZXT H200 - I love this thing. I had everything in a Phanteks Evolve Shift previously and while cool, it just was way too difficult to work with. Enter the H200 - small (although larger for an ITX case), sleek, and easy to access. I made a system with virtually no compromises in a smaller form factor.

Corsair LL120 Series Fans - Oooh, pretty.

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Those Corsair fans are my favorite. Excellent build, man! I bet it performs like a beast.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

It is very pleasing to look at. Perfect amount of lighting. Maybe add custom cables in the future? :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Never even thought about that! What would you recommend?

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

If you have enough space in the back you can always save some money by going with extensions (Phanteks for example has some nice ones) but if you want better quality you can go with full-length cables, CableMod for example. There are others, but they're the most popular.

I think white cables would look nice to reflect the lighting.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

That PC is super cool! It looks like it was built like a puzzle.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

That Radeon 7 looks so gorgeous. I hope mine will arrive in the middle of next week.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build man, thumbs up!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Were you able to undervolt the Radeon VII and reduce thermals and noise?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

i just wonder, which lightning setting and colors did you use for the fans?