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4K Shoebox

by Siman


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Date Published

Nov. 14, 2017

Date Built

Oct. 7, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.745 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.35 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C


Status: Active/in use

Well I got it all crammed into the case. I had to cut a hole for the GPU to fit in from the front. The normal power button I pulled out to fit the fan in the front of the case, so I sourced a push button on amazon. I took the plastic part of the button and glued the led onto it so it still lights up when the PC is on. But its fixed in place with glue. Still toying with the 1080ti its very temperamental vs other 1080ti cards Ive used... I did have a 10TB seagate HDD in the computer but the hdd came in contact with the GPU fans. I had to settle on something 20mm or thinner so I found this 2.5" seagate 5tb HDD to be the best alternative.

Also note in the pictures I, waiting on my 3rd 10" SATA cable... Amazon I guess thought it was ok to send me one 32" long...

Future plans: Upgrading the 1tb 840s to crucial 2tb drives. Swapping over to an asrock 370 board.

Update 1/23/2018: Was able to get the GPU and CPU a little more dialed in, and updated the benchmark picture. Also changed out the thermal compound for the GPU to Thermal Giz (helped out allot with temps) I have chosen to forgo the MB upgrade and look forward to the zen +/2 and a newer X470 boards. The 2TB SSDs are here but I haven't had time to reopen the case and swap them out. That might just wait till I swap to the X470 and zen +/2 I did swap out the SATA cable when I changed out the GPU TIM. Will update pictures with new upgrades down the road. I sold off my other computers/gutted them with the GPU prices so high and newer components coming out so this is currently my main rig as of writing.

I will note that the computer will start to howl under max load, but during normal gaming I lock the FPS to 60. aka the screens max refresh rate so it never sounds loud during normal game play. But I also use headsets for gaming. It maintains constant 60FPS and I've never had it dip with the exception of some really dumb stuff in GTA. I can push the CPU a bit higher but it does start to get some temp creep if under load for long periods of time so I found 3.4-3.6 to be the best middle ground.

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Pstreicher 2 points 15 months ago

I came over from the link you left on Tom's Hardware review of this board. I like small rigs like this. You did a great job cramming all that together. I can imagine the hours you spent on this. I see lots of attention to detail. I don't know what else you could do here. Maybe squeeze in some led lighting somewhere? ;) Red illuminating out the front grille and blue on the top and bottom is what I'd do next. Keep up the great work.

Siman submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Thank you, Im still thinking about LED lighting I was thinking of blue or red around the outside of the front bezel. It feels a little boring to me still thinking though of whats next for this little thing. You might be able to see on the back of the case the two holes, they are for a fill port bracket I 3D printed. I had this set up for a reservoir-less custom loop with a black ice 120GTR and a apogee drive II pump. I was waiting for it to fully compleate the build. But after contacting zotac about the water cooled version they stated they didnt want to move ahead with the card. Im a glad in the end, I swapped back to air cooling. The internal temps are much more managable.

FurryJackman 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Now that's ITX cable management done right! Your machine totally dominates the Xbox One X in terms of horsepower.

cmat10 2 points 14 months ago

I'm curius about how well does the Noctua industrial 140 perform along this 110 elite. I'm planning on build that's not as powerfull, I'm thinking of Ryzen 5 1600 and evga 1060 6gb and I'm not quite sure about what Noctua 120 fan (saving some inner space) I'll be installing either the Noctua's industrial 2000rpm or Noctua's S12A. My question is if going for the quiter version will cause lack of performance?

Thanks in advance.

Siman submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

It works very well i did have a 1600 in this case before it was fine. Your 120mm fan will fit in the front of the case without the button modification i did. It is holed for 140mm if you want to keep the fan inside or mod the button it like i did and put the fan outside. I originally did that to fit a 120mm gtr black ice rad but decided to go air cooling. Under load the only thing that gets noticeably loud is the gpu fans. The cpu does ramp up but i really have to be listening to hear it.

I would suggest running the power cables like i did. The cables help promote air movement through the cpu area. I ran burn test for about an hour case temps got up to 38C and the cpu to 68 never went higher. The computer was ramping up the fan speed but unless your right infront of thr computer you wouldnt hear it.

sandris 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Great build man. I think you are the only one who put a 1080 Itx into Elite 110.

the_drum_killa 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Where did you have to cut the hole for the gpu? I am thinking about doing the same case and graphics card

Siman submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Sorry didn't see your post till now. The front of the case had to be cut to fit the GPU the through the front of the case. I took electrical tape and put it around the edging to prevent scratching of the video card and wires running through the hole, you can see it in the left side of one of the pictures.

hiudkny 2 points 9 months ago

Have the same case, like how it feel but really hate the power button and the front panel. I also removed the power button part and placed it to the side to place the 140mm fan in front.

ksander 2 points 5 months ago

Beautiful PC, which framerate do you get on GTA?

Siman submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

It will play around 50ish @ 4k max settings. With some tinkering on the settings dropping stuff here and there I can get it to solid 60fps @ 4k. Only really huge hitch is when some hacker spawns random stuff. Lowest it got to is 15 with like 400 blimps in the downtown district...

ksander 1 point 4 months ago

That is high, indeed a pity of hackers

fattestduckling 2 points 4 months ago

(I know this is an old post, but I haven't been able to find anyone who can help me so I'm asking you) Do you mind showing the hole you put in the case to make the GPU fit? I know the maximum supported video card length is 210mm. The card you have (and the ones I'm looking at) sports 211mm in length. So I'm curious as to how you got it to fit without modifying the GPU shroud... Thanks and sorry for necro this post. :( I just want help is all.

Siman submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Its in one of the pictures looking at the front fan. I recently went and swapped the fans on the 1080ti to noctua fans and crop out the side of the case minus the 2.5" hard drive bracket for better cooling. I ended up poping out the rivets and riveting them back in, you can get a cheap rivet gun from walmart. I plan on having the case re-powder coated.