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This is an upgrade on my recent build (Silent Hunter) which was a budget gaming gear with a minimalist look. I pushed every bit out of it and I can tell you that the Ryzen 3 2200G is one of the best offers right now considering its price, BUT as I still have a 1440p 144Hz monitor it was really hard to play anything in that resolution with acceptable frame rates even on low settings.

So, I changed my mind and decided to twist it a little and make this rig a much more powerful, but still silent gaming machine instead. I didn't want to go bankrupt so I went with one of the most beautiful GeForce GTX 1070s, the EVGA FTW2 which absolutely matches with the case. Because of the forms and the typography I hunted down an EVGA CLC 240 liquid cooler (I'm really into that pump design), but I knew the stock fans would be loud, so I put a pair of Be Quiet! Silent Wings 3 120mm PWM fans to my basket as well. They are not the best for radiators because of their average static pressure, but as I didn't plan to overclock my CPU I could easily sacrifice performance over silence.

Oh, the CPU, yes. Because I was really satisfied with my Gigabyte AORUS B450 I PRO WIFI motherboard, I bought the best "bang for the buck" processor on the market right now, which is the Ryzen 5 2600. As both the VGA, the motherboard and the CLC has RGB, I thought it's a good idea to change the 8GB HyperX Predator kit to a 16GB Corsair Vengeance RGB one. To be honest, they look pretty dope, but I just can't feel the difference from going from 8 gigs to 16 so I might return them and keep the Predators instead. The difference can then go to my safety net budget I'm building right now :)

I'm not a professional photographer so keep that in mind when you're browsing these images. The last two photos were taken with my mobile phone and I used a very low exposure on the last shot to catch the right colors of the LEDs, the environment is much more lit in real life, but at the same time it's quite settle so it doesn't disturb anybody. The build would've been unfinished if I didn't deal with the cables - which are a bit of pain in a mini ITX case. So, I bought a black Phanteks cable extension kit and tried to hide them as much as I can although the space between the radiator and the power supply is not that huge.

Enjoy!

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Love the build!!!!!

a few questions,

1: does the 1070 have enough grunt to run a 1440p 144hz monitor, as I was planning to run one but with a 1080

2: also would you consider water cooling better for light overclocking (with factors like higher price and hassle) vs an average air cooler

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

1: it has, but it depens on the title and the settings. Overwatch, CS:GO, Quake Champions can reach 144 fps no problem at 1440p (although I play all of them at the lowest settings to see the enemies easier). Forza Horizon runs around 90-110 fps on average (the built-in test gives me 82) while I'm playing with the game, very smooth experience. If the difference is not huge between the GTX 1070 and the GTX 1080 I might consider buying the latter, but as I bought mine used it had a better value considering the prices.

2: I bought a CLC only because of aesthetics, its performance with these quiet fans are can be achieved with a little better than average air cooler which you can get around 25-30 dollars. The problem with most CLCs is that the stock fans are just pure garbage (which means to achieve reasonable performance you should run them with a high RPM and in this case they will be very loud).

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

helped a lot!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Building a system very similar to Yours but With a Kraken x52, do you think it'll be eveyr loud to have good temps while being quiet. If i hav eto turn up the RPM, would going wth a Be Quiet! Dark Rock 4 a better option sound and temp wise? Love the build btw!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

If you'll have a beefy and long GPU I would avoid using an AIO in this case. My GTX 1070 was a bit loud and quite warm in this build.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice. I decided to just use the stock cooler. This case is just temporary.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

What GPU were you using, chances are it was bc of the GPU cooler.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

You can check it on the left: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB FTW2 Gaming

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build ! +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Adrien! :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude that build looks so clean!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Phenomenal, I absolutely love it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

did you use any fan hub or usb hub?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot to mention, but yes I used a Noctua 4-pin PWM fan splitter to connect both chassis fans to the motherboard (which has only one header). As the EVGA CLC connects only to the CPU fan header (and drives the fans through a built-in splitter), I didn't need anything else. If you'd like to use the RGB feature on the pump, you should connect the USB 2.0 header to the motherboard as well (which I did).

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

oh just a splitter, still not sure if i should get a fan hub or might as well use a splitter i'm running 2/4 stock fans of nzxt in my h200 (black) and i'm using a noctua u12s as a cpu cooler. i'm planning to get the chromax version of both the 140 and 120mm fans when i get some budget for it. think a 4pin pwm fan hub be a good choice for me or i should just stick with the splitter? any suggestion?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

You only need a fan hub, if:

a) you don't have enough fan headers on your motherboard

AND

b) you want to control the speed of them individually

So if that's fine for you that you set a specific fan curve or speed to all of your chassis/system fans at the same time, than a splitter (or two) is just fine :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

i see thanks for the info

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

I have question - what distance you have from radiator and gpu? because Im planning to move from matx to mitx, but I have same aio cooler as you and MSI GTX 1080 gaming X (which is only 12mm longer that yous) and im woried does it fit i that case....

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

It would fit, because I have cca. 14mm left, the problem is, that you won't be able to put your CLC (if your radiator has the same thickness as mine), because you need to put the fans first, then the radiator and there's just not enough space to do that. I could hardly put my GTX 1070 to its place, because there's a cca. 12mm long metal stuff on the left side of the case (you can see it) so I had to rotate my VGA 30-40 degrees in order to be able to put into the case. So, long story short, your GTX 1080 I believe won't fit in this case if you're using a 240mm AIO.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely stunning. I'm a sucker for small builds and this one is done excellently. +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You! :) I really appreciate it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

W.O.W! Proper mate, proper!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I am currently looking into the H200i case and stumbled into your build.

How are the temps in this case? Are you happy with it? :)

My idea was damn close to yours, but I am going for the 1600 with the NZXT Kraken, Sapphire RX580, Vengeance RGB RAM and X470 which all have some subtle lighting/RGB that will look quite close to yours.

Also, this case is quite cheaper than the "i" version so it should help with my budget.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm okay with the temperatures, they are acceptable in my opinion. That means cca. 75C for the CPU (while the CLC is literally inaudible) and the same for the GPU when stressed. My only problem is that the GTX 1070 is quite loud (for me) under games, maybe because the two Silent Wings 3 fans blow the hot air to the back of the card so it's warmer than it needs to be. As I'm using headphones while I'm gaming it's not an issue for me, but it can be for somebody :)

If it's not ridiculously cheap I would go for the 2600 instead of the 1600 because of the higher clock speeds and better resell value. I've heard many problems about the Kraken series - their pumps can die after a year and the NZXT CAM software is just pure garbage (and you have to use it if you'd like to control the RGB on it). The RX580 is a great choice considering the current prices, but do note that it can be as hot (or not hotter) as the GTX 1070 because of its huge power draw. If you don't plan to overclock an 8-core Ryzen 7 then I would go for a decent B450 motherboard and spend a few bucks - except if you're in love with one of the X470s because of aesthetics :)

The H200i has NZXT's Smart device built-in which is a "smart" fan controller. I had one in my previous H700i and because of the same CAM software you have to use for the Kraken AIOs I would simply skip it and go for the H200. You can always control the fans with a proper motherboard.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish that NZXT would not add that SSD mount on the side of the PSU shroud. Most SSDs are not exactly attractive. Why would anyone present their boring unicolor Samsung 860, or the sticker of a Crucial MX500? A SATA-SSD isn't exactly a status symbol. Sure, you don't have to use the mount, and you can remove the mount, but then you either an empty mount or holes in the PSU shroud greeting you everytime you look at your build.

This stupid mount in plain sight is honestly the one thing that makes me hesitant about this case. A small thing, yes, but quite nagging because you look at it all the time in an otherwise perfect tower-style ITX-case. NZXT, remove that stupid mount or give us a nice accessoire for that mount, for example a small OLED display! Thank you!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the look of the ssd mount...but if you're that upset by it may I suggest the H500i. No mount to hurt your eyes.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Agree

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job, very clean

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

It's somewhere between 72 and 76 Celsius while I'm gaming. It's not too cold, but it's not the end of the world either. The fans on the GTX 1070 get a bit loud though to keep this temperature stable.

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