Description

Just enough to have fun after you finish working!

Having fun with it after building it! The family uses it for regular everyday life, homework, streaming, etc... Our house guests primarily game on it. Works quite well, but can run hot if bottom of case is not on a hard surface.

The Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0 software needs to be cleaned up!

  • When you exit it, it just leaves the LED's on mid animation while a warning dialog tells you they will be disabled...

  • Had some trouble getting it to recognize the MB, not sure what occurred, uninstalled and reinstalled it and it seems to be working but can be sluggish.

  • Might actually go with a different MB next time. If you do not plan on having RGB as a build feature then it's a great MB on it's own.

  • Ran into other oddities, nothing show stopping, but things that just seemed awkward and could have a better user UI experience.

Case pondering

  • Used this particular case so that I could move it without to much trouble, works great for that but might choose a different case style next time due to needing two extra 120mm fans on the bottom to help air flow.

  • Room in case can be tight but this is expected due to it's being a Mini ITX. The NZXT H200i Mini ITX case might be better.

  • After seeing how the air flow works in the case I highly recommend using two fans underneath to pull cool air into the case. I'm still testing for optimal air flow since I chose not to water cool the CPU.

Build Photos

  • Added two Corsair 500GB SSD's (Not in parts list) which install on the opposite side of the MB.

Conclusion

Took about half a day and was a fun build that does what it was intended to do!

Part Reviews

CPU

Works to for what I am asking it to do, would use it again!

CPU Cooler

Almost knocked knocked off another star, the bracket design they are using feels like it is from the 80's, very loos and unruly until you get it seated on the clips, takes quite a bit of force to get it to lock! But does the job but might think about beQuiet! or Noctua air cooler in my next build.

Motherboard

Should take another star off due to the issues with RGB Fusion 2.0, but the MB works great and doesn't need to have RGB to function! Gigabyte might want to look into some SQA for it's RGB software though!

Memory

Hmm what can I say... It matches the case and remembers things! Installed without issue and for what I'm using it for, it performs flawlessly.

Storage

Nice fast NVME m.2 drive. Have used several of these in my builds, never had a issue with them and they always store things!

Video Card

Great little card does what it needs to plays games like ARK, BF4 and others without issue. Some tweaking of game graphics settings will need to be done to keep the FPS high. All in all though been really happy with it.

Case

Room in case can be tight but this is expected due to it's being a Mini ITX. The NZXT H200i Mini ITX case might be better for a bit more space and better Airflow. After seeing how the air flow works in this case I highly recommend using two fans underneath to pull cool air into the case. I'm still testing for optimal air flow since I chose not to water cool the CPU. In the end I took off another star, when I built a second one of these builds for someone the PSU could not handle the system power requirements. This case has a built in PSU which is rated for 650W but seemed to have some quality problems. If you get a working case PSU, the case is nice but can get hot if you mess up the fan settings.

Operating System

It's MS Home, I think Pro is a bit better.

Monitor

Love these monitors, run around 80-90 bucks out of 7 purchases for builds, I have not received a bad one or one with dead pixels. They are matte and 1080p which is all this build needed.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How are your temps for the 2070 super while gaming? And is it overclocked?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

No not over clocked, the temps hover around 65c - 78c I've got two 120mm fans installed on the bottom of the case which helps a lot. I really like the card and built a second system with the same card for someone. The CPU is more of a problem as it is receiving the hot air rising from the graphics card and can hit up to 85C with all fans on full. I've reapplied thermal paste thinking I didn't have good coverage but still see the same issue. I'd recommend a AIO solution vs. a fan for cooling the CPU if you live in a warm climate or don't want to hear the fans running. Those temps were captured in the inwin. I've since changed to a NZXT H210 which does not have a built in PSU. The inwin PSU was horrible and would cut out randomly leaving a second system I built for someone starved for power. Once I collect numbers and data I'll be updating this build with the info. Most of the data points are collected while playing ARK Survival Evolved on High with some Epic settings.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Would love to hear the temps in the H210. All that power in a tiny ITX is always interesting and fun to hear for me. Hope it all works out well with no issues!