Description

This build is to replace my bosses aging laptop. For our work we use AUTOCAD Civil 3D and Arc GIS quite regularly. Both of these programs scale well up to 12 threads but they are heavily dependent on clock speed so the 8700k was chosen over AMDs comparable offerings. A good GPU helps render the maps we use so I selected the 1070. We could have gotten by with a GTX 1050 but we didn't want to need an upgrade for a while. The 8700k is at 5 Ghz on all cores at 1.32V and the GPU has a +75 on the core and a +150 on the memory. CPU maxes at 68C under stress testing and the GPU hits 70C after an hour of Heaven benchmark. The case was chosen due to its smaller stature and decent airflow. We travel to meetings so having a system that is portable was very high on the priority list. My only complaint with the case is due to the inverted motherboard layout combined with 90 degree pins on the motherboard instead of vertical ones getting everything hooked up was quite a pain. All the fans in the system were swapped to Noctua ones to help move lots of air but not be oppressively loud.

More pictures will be added when I have time. Bonus picture of the build supervisor is included.

Part Reviews

CPU

Blazing fast with lots of cores and threads. Hit 5Ghz very easily, it is stable at 5.2Ghz but temps are too high for prolonged use.

CPU Cooler

I am amazed by this cooler. It easily keeps the 8700K cool without getting too loud. A second fan could be added in the future to lower temps even more.

Motherboard

Excellent board with stout power delivery. Be aware all the front IO hookups are at a 90 degree angle.

Memory

Works at the advertised speeds no problem.

Storage

Tons of space and quite quick, also very affordable for a large SSD.

Video Card

I have always loved EVGA products and I use their cards in almost every build I do. Overclocks well. EVGA software could use a little work but it is improving.

Case

Looks very professional and has a high build quality. Inverted layout makes cabling a big pain though.

Power Supply

Plenty of power from a good reliable manufacturer. Semi modular is all you need unless you are using custom cables.

Optical Drive

Loud but it is cheap and it gets the job done.

Operating System

Expensive but it is a requirement for all our networking needs. Disk arrived in an unreadable state so I used the media creation tool from Microsoft.

Case Fan

Ugly but this case isn't windowed so good airflow was more important that fancy looks.

Case Fan

Moves lots of air and it isn't too loud.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Seriously some of the best posted temps I've seen in a small build

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Also with how little room there is you might notice a big difference in temps if you remove the pcie slot covers and let the GPU get all that airflow

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually did test that and it made about a 1C difference. The entire case functions like a wind tunnel and seems to cool really well. Intake and exhaust fans are running at 50% as well. Turning them to full blast lowered temps around 3C on GPU and 1-2C on CPU but this made the system about twice as loud.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you already tested it

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I usually try and test all possible configurations of a build as long as I have time. On cases that pull most of their intake from the top removing the slot covers seems to make a much larger difference in those.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Bonus picture of the build supervisor is included.

I think that picture is missing...........

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya I had a picture of my dog but even after a reupload it doesn't make it in for some reason. :(

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah my cat loves to pose with my builds when I make them and she was the most proud with the black ice HTPC build as she got to mess with most of the stuff and even tried the case as a cat bed. My sisters build she had her bearded dragon sit on the case lol. Go ahead and see my completed builds if you like pet pics lol. Would be the Ryzen Stealth, Black Ice HTPC, and Sisters build.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Any pictures of inside the case?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll see if I can get some in a bit. Its cramped in there :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Interior picture added. Due to limited space for cables I have a fair chunk routed up under the DVD drive to keep them out of the way.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Ever use opti software in there?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Added Unigine Superposition scores for 1080p normal and extreme for anyone interested.