Scouring The Parts
Where to even begin with this one. Downsizing from a sub 6 liter case to this sub 4 liter case while also simultaneously upgrading the CPU from a Ryzen 5 3600 to a Ryzen 9 3950X is asking for some hot hot trouble. Thankfully, most parts weren’t too difficult to find.
3950X, a 16 core beast, 105W base TDW with about 144W at max cylinders. This is a beast of a CPU for the price, though I have to admit that the price of this single component is the price of some other people’s completed build.
I am using a Jonsbo HP-400 heatsink coupled with a Cooler Master 9215 RGB fan from their MasterAir G200P CPU cooler. This is to ensure I stay at the 37mm CPU cooler height. If I had used a Noctua L9A heatsink, it would sit at 38mm and the closeness of the fan to the side panel might create turbulence.
The two case exhaust fans definitely help in cooling the hot beast of a CPU. I am setting the case exhaust fans at 60% speed as the max speed to help with noise. This is helping my GPU cool itself too so the GPU fan curve can be lower too.
After looking at some of the other mini ITX boards, this is probably my favorite due to the BIOS. Everything is easy to manage and work with. I am very satisfied.
I initially went with some G.Skill Trident Z Neo clocked at 3600 with a Cl16. However, the 44mm RAM height listed seems to be only up to the LED part. It wouldn’t fit in this case with a max height of 45mm. If this ram, including the fins was like 3mm smaller, I would be going with those. Due to this, I ended up going with these Corsair LPX ones, XMP at 3200 with a Cl16 (2x32gb) for 64gb total of RAM. I manage to overclock these to 3600 with a Cl18.
I am using a Corsair MP600 2TB drive. Managed to buy this piece for $280 so I am more than satisfied for what I got for the price.
This is, currently, the fastest GPU one can get in the ITX (Sub 180mm length) format. I believe Gigabyte will be announcing and releasing a 2070 Super sometime in the future so I will upgrade to that when it does come out.
This is probably the smallest case anyone can get that will fit a mid-tier/high end GPU. At 3.7L, 225mm x 172mm x 97mm (HxLxW), you realistically can’t get any smaller than this. There are some photo comparisons with this case and a PS4 controller.
Probably the best Flex ATX one can get. Platinum rated for 650W and has a relatively quiet fan curve compared to other Flex ATX units.
The custom version I’ve been waiting for seems to be delayed so I will use the regular model until the custom version arrives in March. The custom version has thinner, easier to manage wires, all black enclosure, and quieter fan curve.
This is primarily going to be used for gaming. I'll get some gaming benchmarks when all the parts are in order as well. There will be some video editing and other uses potentially, but for now games.
I'm using a Dell S2719DC monitor. This is 1440p with a 75Hz refresh rate, I probably won't update this monitor for some time, I want a good USB C capable monitor to work alongside my Macbook. I have a full set of Razor keyboard, mouse, and mouse pad; all RGB naturally.
I also got some custom WIFI antennas so the little stubs sticking out are the wifi antenna! Same speed but at a quarter of the size.
Benchmarks and Thermals I'm in the process of running some benchmarks and thermals to see how this little guy performs and how the case fans affect temperatures. Once I'm done, graphs will be uploaded!