Description

First build in a while, 2011 was the last. Main use this build is for gaming.

The mini-itx form factor is great. This is also my first build with tackling AIO and water cooling.

Only issues with the build were the small form factor and needing to take out the graphics card and radiator and fan every time I needed to make modifications or add parts. Additionally I would have to do the same thing for the top radiator.

Temps are great though with the water cooling, idling at 35C, gaming at 55-65C. Peaking at 80c with stress test while overclocking and hovering around 75C.

I have gotten a stable 4.8ghz at 1.200v. I have not tried to overclock the GPU yet as it is running great.

The last touches I put to it were custom cables and LED lights that use the Aura controller off the mobo.

I may have messed up on ordering the fans as I tried to replace the stock EVGA fan on the 1080 ti but it only uses 2 pins instead of 3, so I went back with the stock fan and put the extra fan on the bottom of the case. The two front fans are 120s right now, I am considering 140s but I would not have room for the LED lights, and I am not sure if the additional air flow is needed or if there are any benefits from the setup that I have now.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Great, difficult to work with in a smaller case, such as the Nano S. You need to install everything first, ram, cpu, etc. before putting the mobo in the case to make sure you have room for everything

Motherboard

Great so far, easy to overclock. Love the two m.2 drives is great, only using one so far, which is great for expansion.

Storage

Great M.2 NVME, excited to see where this form factor can go and have only used one of the two slots so far on the mobo.

Video Card

Runs cool, a little bit of coil wine and stiff.

Case

Great small form factor design, easy to build in and good cable management.

Case Fan

Great replacement for the stock corsair H100iv2 fans

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing build! almost what I'm building on my own but basically the same.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Nice and clean, good job. I noticed you have the case on the floor, is it too big for the desk, or do you just prefer having it below?

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Currently a space issue, I have a small desk with draws that currently has my PS4 on it, I am going to eventually get a new desk that is big enough for the pc and PS4.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this is an amazing build. I'm practically thinking of doing something very similar in the future. You seriously have no temperature issues anywhere in the case? That was what I was worried most about if I were to build something like this. What are your temps when idle? CPU and GPU?

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Temps idle are around 35-40C, Best I have gotten with the A/C on is low 30s.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

first of all really nice build, I actually have one very very similar just a few different parts. Same mobo and CPU and CPU cooler except I've recently been having trouble with the h100i, how did you connect it to the mobo? I feel like I've done something wrong.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans are connected to the splitter off of the base and then connected the one 4 pin to the CPU fan header, tweaked the fan curve and have good pressure out of the top with the noctua fans.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that fan in the case floor working for you? I am considering adding one myself since I am using a reference 1080Ti, that location would feed the card well.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It works well, I have it connected to the AIO_PUMP controller on the mobo, and tuned the fan curve appropriately. Using DC mode currently as I messed up when I order the Noctua fan. But it is strong and provides good air flow. I could see this working well for a non-AIO cooled GPU. But the one that I have still has a blower fan for the memory so I can only think that this bottom fan helps bring fresh air into that part of the case.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I have another question. How'd you manage to get all 6 fans running in your case without a fan controller to help them out?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry for the delay on this, the top two fans are controlled my the corsair pump/control attached to the cpu, connected to the CPU header. The GPU handles the back fan. The front two fans are controlled by the chasis fan header, and the fan on the bottom is controlled by the 3rd fan header i forget the name of the port.