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i7 8700k Micro ATX Build

by zimmant722



Date Published

Dec. 27, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.556 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz


Coming from an AMD Fx-8350, 16GB Ram on a Sabertooth 990fx Motherboard, This is a night and day difference in all around speed and performance. After Having trouble trying to find the i5 8600k, I settled on overpaying for the i7 from Newegg, next day the i5 was back in-stock and I could not cancel. So this is where we are at.... Only parts to come from the old build were the Gigabyte 1070, and the 500GB Samsung SSD. I also ordered The EVGA cables from https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-550-650-Individually-Sleeved-100-G2-06GG-B9/dp/B01K9EXE2W/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1514350235&sr=1-1&keywords=EVGA+Green+550-650

I also added a Magnetic RGB kit from https://www.amazon.com/Computer-Magnetic-LED-Strip-Kit/dp/B01G7DFGWK/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1514350320&sr=1-1&keywords=Computer+Magnetic+LED+Strip+Kit+-+Easy+to+be+Fixed+on+You+PC+Case+by+Powerful+Magnet

The 240mm Rad, had no problem fitting in the Fractal case. And temps sit at around 35 idle, max around 68 overclocked to 4.7GHZ. This is with only two fans in a push configuration. A push-pull setup would not fit, as it already came close to the ram heat-sinks. With extremely tall ram or a push-pull setup, I would suggest moving the rad to the front.

The Case itself is designed very well, and everything fit nicely and has more than enough cable management options to get the job done.I did find that the MOBO standoffs are not threaded, but with the included tool I was able to use the standoffs to create their own threads. They all snugged up just fine. So long as you don't have a bunch of HDD's you are trying to fit into the case, there should be no issues with wire management. I removed the lower HDD cage to use the space for tucking excess cables. And moved the HDD's I did have into a new HTPC I Built for my PLEX media server.

The whole Idea behind this build was to find a happy medium between LAN portability and smaller footprint on my desktop. Coming from a Corsair 800D case, this was easily done with just about any new case, But the Fractal got my attention. It is not much smaller than a standard mid-tower, but it is still small enough to take to friends houses for LAN parties. I added a couple 3D printed PCI covers and cable combs. Adds a nice touch, but still thinking about adding an LED behind the covers to make them show a bit more.

Overall, I am extremely happy with this build. And this setup has given me perfect performance on a number of games. currently using a LG 29" IPS 2560x1080 resolution at 75hz, I can easily run any AAA game I throw at it. Eventually I will grab a G-sync monitor but for now I am good to go.

If you have the cash burning a hole in your pocket, the i7 8700k is an easy way to spend it!

Happy Gaming Everyone!!! (sorry for the cruddy pictures, Phone camera sucks.)

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AZAZELMILLZ 3 points 14 months ago


zimmant722 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks. I figured it was worth a shot. And they turned out great. Now I just have to figure out a way to get a light behind them.

AZAZELMILLZ 2 points 13 months ago

lets see how it looks with the lights off ..........turn the mastercooler on rgb lets see how it looks in the dark

Mnpctech MNPCTECH 4 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Great case, Great build!

KnightLawlit 2 points 14 months ago

Does the motherboard have a on-board rgb slot to plug in my Bit Fenix LED Strip?

zimmant722 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

No, not as far as I know.

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