Description

Here's my minimal black and white themed gaming and software development workstation using a dual boot with Windows 10 (NVMe) for games and Arch Linux (2.5" SSD) for development.

Upgrades after initial post:

  • New monitor and monitor arm
  • One stick of the original RAM kit died, replaced with Trident Z Neo 3600Mhz kit
  • New keyboard (Iris v4 DIY)

Audio stack:

  • Sennheiser HD6XX headphones
  • JDS Labs Atom Headphone amplifier
  • Topping D10 DAC

Keyboard specs:

  • Iris v4 PCB
  • Custom case (3D print + steel + acrylic)
  • ZapCables custom USB C cable, Carbon BTI with coil
  • Zealios 67g switches
  • DSA Blank keycaps
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  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

More pics please.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Done :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, it looks so good based on that one pic.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I gotchu fam.

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

@xS1mple why don't you go with 3600?

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

3900x is better?

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

3900x is quite a bit nicer. Plus I do software development in addition to gaming so more cores are better :)

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

How is the graphics card performance so far ? does it run stable and is it recommended ?

Thanks,

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

can you give us more details cpu/gpu under load in a small case like this?

Nice build

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

CPU gets pretty toasty, hits 85c under synthetic load in Cinebench with a -0.05v CPU voltage offset (91c without). 55-65c while gaming (Apex Legends mostly). 30-40c idle or light loads. These temps are under the latest ABBA BIOS. I'm seeing single core boosts up to 4.6Ghz in rare cases, all core sustained boost is between 4.05-4.2Ghz.

CPU cooler noise has not been an issue, the cooler generally stays quiet even at 100% fan speed.

GPU goes right to 80c at 100% load during games, boost clock is around 1.95Ghz, it's audible but not annoying with open-back headphones on. I'm considering getting an SFX PSU at some point to give the GPU a little more room to breathe.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the response. You think the cooler is weak for 3900x or the case itself has limited airflow?

Maybe adding more fans?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

IMO it's the case airflow. The cooler is absolutely capable of keeping the 3900x cool under real-world usage. The next step up would be a completely custom loop. In the end it's a compromise between convenience, aesthetics, and performance. I lean towards the convenience and aesthetics personally.

re: fans, there are no more spots in this case for more fans given the hardware I've got installed. I might be able to squeeze another 120MM radiator fan above the GPU in a pull config but I doubt it'll do much for temps as they're already possible to maintain for a notoriously hot chip.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the exact same case, cpu and motherboard and I had the kraken x52. I switched to air, Dark Rock 4 , dual 140mm intake fans and the temp went from 83 under intense load down to 74

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know, but the X52 looks so much better :(

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a very clean setup. Like it a lot. Is that keyboard custom?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorta kinda. It's the OG Whitefox keyboard (cherry clears) from Input Club with Canvas XDA keycaps from Massdrop.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning on putting a 2080 super and a 9900k in this case Do you think it's possible to get CPU and GPU temps below 80 degrees?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The 9900k will probably be fine, though I'm skeptical about GPUs being far below 80 in the H200 cases. I've asked around on Reddit and people generally agree that GPUs will be between 70 and 80 under load given the airflow here. I'd recommend going with an SFX power supply, I noticed about a 5c drop in temps after installing it and making sure the airflow from the bottom of the case was unobstructed.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

If you would try to use a video card that's 10 mm longer, that wouldn't fit because of x52 radiator, right?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

There's about 10-15mm to spare with the radiator in there. It'll be a very tight fit.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

What cable extensions did you use?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Phanteks cable extension kit in white: https://www.pccasegear.com/products/37539

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Some more pics of the actual build would be great but how is your experience on the gpu ? :)

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

I'll do another round of photos as I've made a few changes to the build now. The GPU is pretty good, definitely performs well but gets a little hot sometimes if the ambient temp is warm.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

*insert <3 reacts.