Description

So I wanted to build a Mini ITX system after having a full size tower with water cooling for the past 5-6 years. It took me a while to find a case that I really liked and I had considered the BitFenix Portal case but ultimately decided the air flow issues would be a negative for my goal to OC and not use water cooling. I am not a fan of AIO CPU coolers and the current trend of RGB everything. This is a very simple build designed to perform very well and in as little of space as possible while still being aesthetically pleasing.

  • A stable 5ghz OC was obtained and I can proably go higher but I am satisfied with the results so far. IntelBurn stress testing got the temps up to around 83c but it cools back down very quickly once the load drops.
  • The Mini 1070TI has been performing great and temperatures even with the small case have been excellent.

Build Notes:

  • The install was fairly painless and the cable management options are great and once everything is in place you can really only see a small part of the MB power and PCI power cables.
  • With the large heat sink for the CPU, the top case fan had to be removed to make room and installing the Noctua fan on the heat sink was a bit of a chore as there is very little clearance and I was using a paperclip to get everything secure.
  • The front fans are a 140mm Corsair I had laying around that was directly connected to the PSU as I don't have a fan controller and the motherboard only has one chassi fan connector. The Noctua fan just barely fits in the remaining space and is not actually screwed in but so far doesn't seem to have any vibration issues. This one is also connected to the CPU fan splitter cable.

Final Notes:

  • I would like to get a fan controller setup for the case since the lack of fan headers means you have to have most case fans at 100% all the time.
  • Custom length cables are going to be high on my list as I would like to add a Optane chip and HDD for game storage and even with a fully modular PSU the cables take up a lot of the remaining free space.
  • I may also get the Noctua heat sink covers in the future to change the silver to a black/blue combo.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

You may want to consider using an NF-A14 fan in the front. The A15 isn't designed to work as a case fan, which would explain the clearance issues you are having. Other than the shape, the A14 is the same fan so you won't see a performance drop.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I figured the fan wasn't really meant for that as its not a 140mm fan but it fit and I foolishly didn't order any fans for the front so I just went with it. It's definitely on the list to replace in the near future.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I like it, gonna look good when you have some fan symmetry going on. The noctua logo is upside down ;p Does the glass panel screw all the way down ? I know the D15 is right at the 165mm height limit.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yah I noticed that it was upside down after I had everything all wrapped up but when I replace the fans and cables I will need to remove it so im just going to fix it then. The D15 fan is actually sitting lower than its supposed to be since I was worried that the glass panel wouldn't close. It's probable not as efficient as it should be but Im OK with that.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Right on, what color cables ya gonna get - blue ? The fan sitting lower wont change the performance, so yuz iz good. Call me crazy, but I like the noctua colors and the metal and blue, haha. I have noctua everything, but have never used their stock colors. I'm starting to like it though haha.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep blue cables nothing fancy and it may not be an exact match but should be close enough and some Corsair fans with blue accents

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Almost everything i prefer everday and in my personal builds: 1)Air massive cooler++++ 2)Zotac brand- ,,mini,, is my the most favorite GPU ever made! ++++ 3) blue color variant- my favorite ++++ 4) itx- my sweat sweat sweat favorite- the hardest ,the most competetive to assembly,the most unnatural in setups- because of hardcore power in small boxie!++++

Good job man!! Take my peace of happiness!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I looked up your mobo manual and you have 3 fan headers. Cpu and then cha1 and cha2. I’d put the 2 intake fans on header 2 with a y splitter and run the exhaust on cha 1 that’s next to your cpu fan header. I don’t see why your fans run at 100% ? Have you checked your fan curves in the bios ?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, I swear I looked at that board and manual so many times and I still missed the header by the RAM. I went ahead and ordered a fan controller from china to run the front fans since even with that second one I would still have a 3rd fan left over.

Only the corsair fan is running at 100% right now because its plugged into a molex to 4 pin adapter I had.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

hey, how's the temp. of your 1070 ti mini? i'm also planning to get the 1080 mini and still curious on how the temps would be. also be building on a h200 (matte black) :D

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It idles around 30 and get up to 65-70 under a full load with my ambient room temp around 24. The mini is a great choice for the H200 so I would go for it :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

some says it gets loud when the temps is high, is it true?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't noticed any sound increase so it may be hit or miss depending on your airflow.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

i see thanks for your comment :)