New main rig for gaming, streaming, and photo editing in Lightroom.


AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

Nice blend of core count and clockspeed for the type of things that I want to do. Perhaps not the absolute best for high-framerate gaming, but at the resolution I'll be running, I don't expect this to come into play.


Noctua NH-U9S

Noctua quality in a compact size that doesn't cause issues with memory clearance and such. I replaced the fan with a Noctua Redux model for purely aesthetic reasons.


ASRock Fatal1ty X470 Gaming-ITX/ac

Long-delayed like all of the X470 ITX boards, but finally arrived more than a month after my preorder was placed. No real complaints here, though. Single NVMe M.2 slot, unlike the Asus board, but I can live with that for the price difference.


32GB G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3200 CL14

Excellent Samsung B-die memory, and a lot of it. Enabled XMP and it booted up immediately at the full DDR4-3200 settings without any tinkering. Ungodly expensive.

Video Card

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070Ti Founders Edition

Snagged this at MSRP during the extreme GPU prices. At full the full resolution of my monitor, this might be pushing it for high framerates in the latest games, but it should be good enough for me.


500GB Samsung 960 EVO NVMe

Incredibly fast and big enough. It still amazes me how small these things are. Gets fairly warm on the back of the board, but not dangerously so. Using this for my boot drive and most frequently used applications.

1TB Samsung 860 EVO SATA

Fast secondary storage for my Lightroom catalog and other applications. My photo catalog consumes nearly half of this drive, but it makes working in Lightroom a whole lot more pleasant.

2TB Western Digital Blue 2.5" SATA

Big, slow mass storage for downloads and whatever else.


NCase M1

Absolute beauty of a small mini-ITX case. Building in a case of this size is not trivial, but the construction and quality is fantastic, as you'd expect from a case manufactured by Lian-Li. Expensive, but worth it.


Corsair SF-600 SFX

Very nice gold-rated modular SFX power supply. The included cables get the job done, but they're rather stiff, and I'll likely replace them with some custom-made ones at some point. Incredibly quiet; at idle, the fan does not even spin.


Dell Alienware AW3418DW

A truly godlike monitor. 34", 3440x1440, 120Hz, and G-Sync. What's not to like? Well, other than the price...

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  • 23 months ago
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Nice clean build in the M1! Enjoy the new rig!

  • 23 months ago
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What's your maximum boost clock on the 2700X observed with this cooling setup? If you can get those temperatures down somehow for higher boost, you could gain some single threaded performance thanks to XFR2.

  • 23 months ago
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Basically getting the default single-core max boost at 4.34GHz, and idling in the 33-37°C range. Running AIDA64 stress test gives me about 3.89GHz across all 8 cores steady at about 77°C.

There's probably some room for improvement, but I feel like it's pretty solid given the constraints of the small case.

  • 23 months ago
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4.34Ghz single threaded XFR2 is VERY solid. For a daily driver, that's more than enough, even for high refresh gaming.

Only thing I could think of is a static pressure optimized fan on the Noctua CPU cooler, that's pretty much all I can think of to increase performance.

  • 23 months ago
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Everything is squeezed, and yet the build look fantastic +1

  • 23 months ago
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Nice and clean!

  • 20 months ago
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Great build! , how's the noise level on that 1070 Ti FE?

  • 18 months ago
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How are thermals and noise?

  • 12 months ago
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Nice work! Love the look of the little brute!