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Phanteks Bumblebee ITX

by alfianazman

Description

Preface

The goal of this build was to build a high-end mini-itx build that can run games at an ultrawide screen - Acer X34 and a constant 100fps.

Build issues

I got the NCase M1v5 initially, but the case became toasty due to the amount of heat coming from the Asus GTX 1080 ti, and it was a tight fit. I replaced it with Phanteks Evolv Enthoo ITX TG, but there's an issue with the card being 2.5 slots thick - the card pushes the board upwards slightly so I could slot it into the PCI-E slot.

I do intend to do a full custom water-cooled loop by the end/start of this/next year.

Overall experience

I've been building ATX builds for many years now, and it became a such a breeze that I got over-complacent building a mini-itx rig. I'd advise anyone who's building it for the first time to enjoy the build and be extremely meticulous while exercising patience - you'll be rewarded towards the end.

I had fun nonetheless, great build!

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If you find this enjoyable, I'll post a hackintosh build featuring the Ncase M1v5.

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customgtp 21 Builds 4 points 14 months ago

I love this!!!

nicoaponte 3 points 14 months ago

My favorite build I have seen on this website, I love it!

SlackPackSam 3 points 14 months ago

This is phenomenal! Great pictures and a fantastic build. I'm really looking forward to this little guy being water-cooled.

thejimmyb 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Great build. Why turn the AIO sideways like that? Do the tubes block the first RAM slot (I have the same cooler and I think it blocks mine).

donofalltime 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

From what it looks like, yea, the tubes would block the RAM slots if the pump was oriented upright.

alfianazman submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Good eye there.

dylanxharrison 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

did you paint the fan bands yourself?

alfianazman submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

That's right. Sand, prime & coat.

AlwayzBClozing 1 point 14 months ago

Build looks great man. I did a similar build and was wondering how you coped with the lack of usb 2.0 headers on the ROG STRIX for the Kraken. I ended up routing my cable to an external port. Wondering if you had a more elegant solution. Nice job!

alfianazman submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

That was the unsightly part. I ended up doing the same thing as you.

AlwayzBClozing 1 point 14 months ago

Gotcha. I agree, not worth using a converter and giving up 3.0. Still looks good to me.

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Nice build ! I just ordered this case in white. How many stock fans did it come with and what sizes ?

alfianazman submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

200mm fan in front and 140mm fan in the rear.

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Cool thanks. Wasn’t sure if the the TG version came with the same amount of fans.

You should post some more pictures !

Funopoly 1 point 14 months ago

What are the temps in this?

alfianazman submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

35°C - CPU(Idle) 78°C - CPU(Load)

35°C - GPU(Idle) 85°C - GPU(Load)

dylan2749 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

temps?

alfianazman submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

35°C - CPU(Idle) 78°C - CPU(Load)

35°C - GPU(Idle) 85°C - GPU(Load)

annasoh323 3 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I see where the bumblebee comes from. Bummer about going through all those cases before finding something that worked. Is the watercooling build going to be an ITX build too?

alfianazman submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

It'll be the rig and still deciding on AIO GPU loop or custom water loop.

JCMsergox 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Hey man, I'm kind of desperate for answers here. Sos. Are you able to fit a front intake fan with that STRIX GPU? I know there are two spots for front I take fans, and will both of them be able to be filled?

And if you could elaborate on the card pushing the board up a bit, is this a risky thing to have happen?

Building a rig with a STRIX 1070, so I kind of need to know.

alfianazman submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

The space for the front intake is spacious enough to do a push and pull.

The GTX 1080 TI takes up 2.5 slots compared to a GTX 1070 which takes up 2 slots. You're pretty much safe on this.

JCMsergox 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Phew, okay. Thanks.

Nosnibor1986 1 point 13 months ago

How badly tight is the card? I'm parting out my build right now and really like this case and wanted to use this same card. This is my first build though so i don't have the know how (or the funds) to mod it to water cooled instead. Would it be doable to leave in there as it is with the size problem.

My other option was to do an evga 1080ti sc2 since its only 2 slot, but ive heard it doesnt have the best cooling (i.e. too loud because of the form factor), possibly some weird fan sounds, and is all around a lower card among the 1080ti's. On the other hand if the asus is too tight i imagine it brings down the cooling anyway.

LatinoHeat 1 point 13 months ago

I’m also quite curious about this as I want to use the same exact mobo, cpu, Ram , and gpu as you in this case

iMoonTiger 1 point 12 months ago

please rotate the aio its literally driving me nuts my ocd cant handle it

DRGNZ 1 point 11 months ago

What camera and lens are you using? It looks so creamy :D

jase10 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Dope. Did you paint that grey?

limelight55 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Is this a Hackintosh? If so, do you have Wifi?

1Scotty1 1 point 11 months ago

Hey, I am planning to use the same GPU in the same case as you. Does the 2.5 slot GPU pose an issue while mounted? Thank you

tobyqwe 1 point 9 months ago

Love the build! Did you just use a normal yellow for the fans or?

Red_1224 1 point 4 months ago

lol im swtiched from the ncase m1 to this!