I had a spare CPU, graphics card, and RAM so I decided to throw a pc together cuz... why not? The ITX bug bit me too so that's the reason for going small. These are quite challenging because you really have to plan how the build goes and when that plan goes down the tubes, you have to figure out how to save it.
The NZXT H200i was a contender for the case but the Inwin A1 was even smaller and just looked nicer. Also, I wanted a challenge and the NZXTs are just too easy to build in. I'm a glutton for punishment I guess.
Speaking of punishment... The case allows a 160mm tall heatsink and that's pretty much what I went with. installing the Dark Rock 4 was tricky. I plugged in the fan and connected the retention clip that faces the top of the case onto the heatsink. Next, I applied the thermal paste and lowered the heatsink with the half installed fan down into the case and onto the CPU. While pulling the loose end of the fan away from the heatsink, i was able to insert the screw that sits underneath the fan which holds one end of the mounting bridge. Once that was in, I screwed in the other side and tightened both ends of the bridge down. The other fan retention clip can then be put on to finish the installation of the fan to the cooler. Why do I do this to myself?
The 1600x is overclocked to 4 Ghz and the 1070 Ti has a curve as per OC Scanner. Temps are pretty good with all the fans I've got in there. I can only hear the fans from the graphics card when I crank on the OC. Otherwise, I can barely hear any sound coming from the case fans or the CPU cooler. Shhhh. Playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider heated up the card into the 60s and bounces into the low 70s at times. The CPU was in the 50s-60s. Yay!
My cable management skills leave a lot to be desired but the dark tint on the glass and the Dark Rock 4 blocking the RGB lighting pretty much hides that mess. There's room behind the mobo for running cables and I didn't even have to sit on the panel to close it.
No RGB controller means you're getting the basic light shows from your mobo's RGB software. But as long as its got breathing or something like it, I'm happy. An added bonus with the Polaris fans is that you can daisy chain them and the cables are a combination of RGB and PWM power that splits apart at one end.
I hope you enjoyed checking out my build or at least had a good laugh at my pathetic pc building attempt.
Have a good one.