Named for plethora of "sweet" components in tiny space :
"Black Magic" - a variety box of quality UK chocolates and
"The Tardis" - time traveller Dr. Who's vehicle - famed for being internally larger than its outward appearance. (BBC-tv)
First build - for home-office, family videos & gaming.
Aim : To build an overclockable, quiet, cool, neat & compact, portable high-spec PC with customisable longevity and wide expandability.
Outcome : Modified in stages, it's become my "Dog's Bollocks in a Little Case" PC. (formerly named "DB in Little C"). Arguably portable (weighs like a lead brick), it's a functional joy to use ! Delivers 60FPS at 4K in games at consistently respectable temperature and noise levels.
Unique Features : Massively air-cooled overclocking of i7-8700K & 1080ti GPU in 18.5 litre ITX box with no impact on storage/drive/case-fan selection. Satisfactorily successful use of Optane. Only PCPP build using stunning full-featured (27",60Hz,IPS,G-Sync,4K) AOC AG271UG monitor, appreciably cheaper than its Asus/Acer equals.
Delidded & overclocked (4.8GHz) multi-core 12-thread Coffee-Lake CPU - should last years.
6yr warranty. No fuss air on par with water coolers. Fits FD Core 500 & doesn't block RAM. Quiet (25dB) Keeps i7-8700K 4.8GHz cool (35C rest; 65C max).
Liquid metal TIM for delidded CPU. Having overclocked to 4.8GHz a CPU temp drop of -10C welcome in space-compromised ITX PC set-up.
Thunderbolt 3 (20Gb/s). Solid overclocking. Underboard m.2 sites Optane plus 5 usable SATA ports for mix of HDD's, SSD's and 5.25" Blu-ray.
Decent quality RAM. Advertised as Corsair but ASRock UEFI recognise as 2 x 8GB DDR4 G-Skill. Clock easily to stated 3200MHz.
Fast, quality inexpensive SSD
Fortuitous purchase of large capacity SSD, considered best in the marketplace, at its lowest ever price.
Paired to 32GB Optane caching module for formidable mix of quick boot/access/storage at low cost.
Ideal for 18.5L case. Ejects hot air out of back for low temps (35C rest & 75C max 4K gaming). Noise tolerable (45dB max). Overclock max 1999.5MHz.
Compact, affordable, holds lots of full-size gear. Filters vac with lid on. Front PSU for big CPU cooler & low temps. Rout "out of box" (pic5) for air space.
Silent. 10yr warranty. Overkill power for build upgrading.
Effective and neat but occupies space in ITX build driving temps up 10C. NB: Disc players noisy in sector searches most noticeable during malware scans.
Replaced brown Noctua fan for "all black" look - runs dead quiet.
Replaced noisier 3-pin Fractal fan at rear of case. Gained 4-pin speed control and "all black" aesthetics.
Two top inputs, (one over CPU stack). Splitter cable to 4-pin pwm socket. Quiet yet shift more air than replaced Noctua. CPU rest temp low (35C) at 4.8GHz.
Quality "affordable" 4K, IPS, 60Hz, G-Sync screen, partnered by 1080ti for games at 60FPS. No dead pixels.
Bargain price for a quality mechanical keyboard with alluring RGB while bristling with useable features.
Cheap yet perfectly designed for gaming - RGB a bonus.
Decent sound and power for PC speakers.
PC boots quickly. Crisply opens .exe and content files. Low cost storage paired to large HDD. Unexpectedly resilient.
Eliminates risk from de-lidding process.
"All-black" aesthetic enhancement without detriment to CPU's thermals.