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Some history on the build:

I built my previous PC in December of 2012 and have slowly upgraded parts over the years. Mainly the peripherals and the GPU. However since last summer I noticed that the computer started to lag behind in games even with the new GTX 1070 (At the time). Thats when the idea of a rebuild began floating around in my mind. Right away I knew I wanted to go smaller in size without missing out on any performance (which isn't a problem with the tech nowadays). With that being said the case was the first thing I had to decide and at the time the one company that I trusted for the price with a case that appealed to me was fractal design with their Nano S. I knew out of all the cases on the market that it was the case I would use for my next build. (One could say that the case in my situation was the most important piece seeing as there was only up with the rest of the tech) At that time though cases with Tempered glass began to pick up in popularity and I thought to myself "how good would the Nano S be with a tempered glass side panel"...... it was perfect. So I decided to wait and see what hit the market as I was in no rush, I was using the other computer for 4 years, what was a couple of months. Fractal came out with their TG and Meshify line and it only boosted my hopes for a TG itx case. (There were other cases such as the Ncase M1 and Dan A4 that really caught my attention but I decided......na)

Anyways fast forward quite a while and NZXT announces their H-Series line of cases. Boy was I happy to see that they made the H200i. It was just what I was looking for as it had the right improvements over the Nano S, mainly PSU Shroud and TG side panel. So I put it on the list and thought about it. I really respect the quality of both companies but always thought Fractal just put in the extra effort so that you get the best bang for your buck. Due to that fact I decided to hold out even longer thinking what if Fractal competes. I said to myself as soon as I buy the H200i they will release the case that I was asking for. Thankfully that hasn't happened .......yet.

Now that you know a little history behind the build lets discuss the parts used. (Ill try my best to put information that may also help those that know nothing about building a PC and the components / do's and donts (before you buy kind of thing))

CPU - Originally I was planning to go for either the 8700(non k) or maybe try a ryzen build as I haven't used AMD since Bulldozer. I even considered the i5 8400 due to it being a 6 core and also being cheap while providing great performance for gaming. Then came Amazon Prime day and I saw a deal I couldnt pass up on. The 8700k for $299 less than what the non-k variant was going for and decided to click-click and confirm order. Never looked back and have no complaints to report (knock on wood). Obviously this is way more than I need currently for gaming (even at 1440p) but it will be nice to have the extra performance/headroom as time passes (Less likely to need an upgrade so soon compared to my previous i5) (3570k was great for the time)

CPU Cooler - Pretty straight forward here, I just wanted a good bang for you buck cooler. Once I "decided" on the 8700k I knew I would need something that could tame the beast. I loved the look of the nzxt kraken aio's and also the design and performance of the coolers that cryorig creates. however things got a little complicated with me wanting to go itx and so I had to be careful with the cooler that I got, specifically the size. Thats when I decided I would get the U12s due to its performance and relatively small size. The U14s would of course be a better cooler and I do think it would fit in the case (Now having worked with it) however I didn't want to risk it and I hadn't seen anyone else using the cooler with the case so I thought at best it would be pressing against the TG side panel. After testing the U12s Im satisfied with the performance as it easily (in my books, opinion and relativity) keeps the i7 cool. I was thinking to undervolt (may still do) but for the time being I just have it boosted on all cores to 4.7 and it is having no problems keeping in the 60's or lower under load (Gaming).

Motherboard - Nothing much to say here as there aren't many z370 itx motherboards on the market to begin with. I knew it needed to have wireless capabilities and at least 1 m.2 slot. Other than that I didnt really care who manufactured it as most companies have stepped up there game in terms of quality since I last built a computer. Anyways the Strix is running smoothly and my only gripes would be the bios (it can be a little clunky/cluttered at times) and that it only comes with 3 fan headers (yeah yeah not a big deal but still)

Ram - I knew I wanted a faster kit seeing that my last build had 1600 in it. I also knew I wanted something that was pleasing to the eyes. When decided that I wanted (mostly) a white and black build, I began to look for ram with a white body. RGB doesn't really matter to me (its an addition that I wont say no to but its not necessary). That being said I was sticking with the white corsair lpx ram until I came across the White Corsair Vengeance ram. Not much else to say as the LPX was quickly removed and the Vengeance was slapped in the build/cart. (The Gskill trident rgb ram did look very nice but didn't have a white version) No complaints so far, I have left them at 3200 with xmp and don't plan to push them any further. 16gb-3200 is much better than the 8gb-1600 ram in my last build.

Storage - I knew that I would only be using solid states in this build, whether it was one or multiple. In my last build I used Samsung's 840 pro and never once ran into an issue with it. That was a 128gb ssd that maybe cost $120 at the time. You can see how much has changed in terms of pricing. Anyways, with Samsung not failing me in my last build I decided to either get there 860 evo or try an m.2 drive. I knew I wanted my main storage to be an ssd so that meant that the drive would have to be at least 500gb. Going back to pricing differences, now you can buy a 512gb ssd (from Samsung at that, a company known for being on the expensive side) for the same price or less than what I payed for a 128gb ssd. In the end my eye was too big and I saw the 970 evo. Price no object..... I just wanted a reliable and fast 1tb ssd, so I got it. That may sound negative however theres nothing wrong with the ssd. In fact its crazy fast however there are cheaper and just as fast options from companies such as Crucial and WD (even in the m.2/NVMe market). All Im saying is do your research as NVMe's in particular can become quite expensive and there comes a point when the big performance difference you see in benchmarks doesn't translate to other normal tasks. (HDD to SSD you will notice a difference easily but Sata SSD to m.2 and Sata m.2 to NVMe the difference will be negligible in most cases)

GPU - Only going to say that the reason I got the 1070 so cheap is because my cousin sold it to me as he was upgrading to a 1080ti. I couldn't pass up the offer as the performance increase over my old Radeon 7950 was night and day.

Case - I wont write too much about the case as I discussed it so much above in the build history but I will say that the case met my expectations and never really fell short anywhere. Keep in mind that there are 2 versions, the I and then the Non-i version which I amusing here (Difference between smart hub and no smart hub)

PSU - Knew that with the small case and the PSU shroud that the GPU may become choked for air so I decided to go with an sfx psu. Gamer nexus did a good video (Always does good stuff) on this in the h200 case. PC Partpicker says that there is an issue the the PSU due to it being sfx andmost tower cases needing a bracket to accommodate such a PSU. The h200 however comes with one preinstalled so don't let it trick you.

Fans - Wanted something that had good performance without turning the computer into a jet about to take off on the runway. Saw the good reviews on the corsair ML series fans and also really likes the look of the fans with the white anti-vibration dampeners on the corners. The eloop took a little more research, I knew of noiseblocker (used a lot with watercooling) but I wasn't sure which would be the best to get to pair with the U12s. Finally decided on the B12-2 due to again its performance to noise level ratio. Personally I love the look of the eloop when the pc is on as the design makes the rotation flow look smooth and simple. (pictures may not do it justice but the way the light shines on it also looks fantastic) No complaints on any of the fans and all are running as best as they can with my current settings.

Peripherals, Accessories & ETC - The monitor I have had for some time now and it has worked beautifully since day 1. Its much faster and more responsive compared to my previous 1080p 60hz monitor from HP. I have been using the CM Quickfire for the longest out of the reused parts. This keyboard has given no problems and has been great for me seeing as I don't really have that much desk space (Don't use number pad, weird I know). I bought an M65 at the same time I bought the keyboard and used it up until about a month or so ago it began to act up and intermittently disconnect it self. I bought another one as besides that issue I loved how it felt and performed for me personally. Ill say it here while I remember but all of these peripherals (monitor included) are very subjective and you really have to try them in person to know if they are right for you. I refused to order a headset without testing their comfortability for myself as going off of what other people deem comfortable or of having great sound quality has backfired majorly on me in the past. (No one person is the same so a pair that you think are good may not be good for me) I was originally going to get the GSP500's from Sennheiser but couldnt find anywhere selling them with a pair out to test. So I ended up testing 10+ headsets before deciding to get the Voids. I was skeptical about the mesh material on the earcups at first but after trying them I realized the fit both my head and my ears the best. Plus they were wireless so I ended up picking them instead of all the others that I scoped out. (These weren't even on my list to be looked into) Again try to try these things out before you make a purchase only to be disappointed. The puck is a nice and cheap way to get your headset off the desk and the EKWB heatsink was decided upon after reading reviews and comparisons with NVMe storage in mind.

Other Notes - Building this PC was a blast and much easier than I expected. There were times where either the cable wasn't positioned properly or my hands were to big and clumsy to plug in or fasten a part. I have only been up and running for a few days now but I can say that other than R6 Siege, I am having no issues with the computer.

I tried my best to get decent pictures but I only have my smartphone so apologies for the quality on some of the photo's. Its hard to see but I have a black, white and red color scheme going on. The ram is current set to have 1 stick as white and the other as red. Its looks great in person but I don't think it comes across that way in the photo's if at all.

The title by the way (if you hadn't guessed it already) is referencing Tremors. A movie series near and dear to my heart. Lets just say the Graboids upgraded but downsized. If you haven't watched at least the first 2 then I suggest you do.

Please feel free to comment and critique. Let me know if you have any questions or would like advice/help on a build or if you have questions about a specific part or piece of tech and I will try my best to explain and assist. (Thats what this site is for right)

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build and interesting parts choice. +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks and same goes to you. (Your 2 h200i builds are great)

  • 12 months ago
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Thanks mate, I appreciate it :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

think a dominator plat would fit with the noctua nh u12s?

  • 12 months ago
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It depends. If your building in this case or with an itx mobo then you may have to shift the fan up as they are quite tall. I had to do so for the Vengeance (Not by much but still). On say a atx motherboard I would say you would be perfectly fine.

In both cases I would pay attention to the fan thickness if you plan on switching from the stock Noctua fan. As if the eloop in my build was ever so slightly thinner, I could have left it flush ("or more flush with the heatsink")

There are other heatsinks that take ram clearance into consideration more than the noctua's. I think cryorig does a good job at offsetting the heatsinks.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

hey, just wanna ask how long is that cable extensions? is it 30cm or 50cm?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

No cable extensions used. The following are the cables that I used for the build:

24pin cable - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYXXPR1/?tag=pcpapi-20

Rest of the PSU Cables (Sadly doesnt come with 24 pin) - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJMDISO/?tag=pcpapi-20

Fan splitter cable - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07655KMKV/?tag=pcpapi-20

Not too sure about individual lengths but should be found on Amazon or Corsairs's site.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

1 last question, is it possible if i use the 8 and 6 pin to run the gpu or should i use the 8+6pin to run it without issue? i was gonna order some custom cable and i was stuck choosing between buying a 8+6pin or the separate 8 and 6 pins from what i see you're using 8+8 pin am i right?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries!

Reference photo #6, you can see what I mean below.

So my GPU needs an 8pin & a 6pin. I used to separate cables (both "8pin" cables (6+2), but for the 6 pin connection I didn't use the +2). On my old pc I used to use a single cable with the same GPU. Just be mindful if your going to be overclocking. It should be fine to use it either way however I've seen where it is recommended to use 2 separate power cables due to power limits (and its also wont hurt to be safe).

If I remember correctly either Jayz2Cents or GamersNexus did a video on this a while back.

I hope that makes sense. Let me know and don't worry about asking questions. Thats what the site is for!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

clean and nice build

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment, I tried to keep everything tidy. The pictures don't do it justice and I'm kinda sad I don't have a better camera.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn.. that price for a 1070 though! Love that you went for a NZXT/Corsair build!

  • 12 months ago
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Thanks! No discrimination to any companies here lol. If you have a product that works and is great then ......enough said. Love both companies as they both put out some good products. Same goes for MSI and ASUS. (And all the other ones that take their time and put out quality instead of quantity) (Not to say that all their products are great but .....)

As for the GPU, my cousin offered me his 1070 at half price as he was looking to upgrade to a 1080ti. I shook his hand, pulled out my wallet and payed the man. In all seriousness, this was around the time that the "mining craze" was picking up again last year so GPU prices were only beginning to inflate (again). (He had the card since launch in 2016)

  • 12 months ago
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As long as you're happy with the build then it's perfect! Again what a bargain for the GPU!

  • 12 months ago
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Looks great!! If you don't mind me asking, what you use to power and connect all fans? I'm a newbie and want to build a mITX but I can't work out how to connect 4 fans with 1 header on the mobo. Really appreciate your help. thanks.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! and no problem. The strix z370i only has three fan headers (CPU, Pump and Chassis). In order for me to use more than 3 fans I had to use a fan splitter. This allows for 2 or more fans (depending on what you get) to be connected and powered through 1 fan header. You do have to keep in mind power limits (You should be fine unless your using more than 2) You can purchase fan hubs like this https://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-System-Cables-Black-CPF04/dp/B00VNW556I/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1536759322&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=pc+fan+hub which will also serve the purpose of adding additional fans to your system.

This is the fan splitter that I used in this build : https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4ns8TW/noctua-na-syc1-chromaxwhite-y-cables

Also keep in mind that some cases do come with hubs and maybe even a fan splitter or two. I used the H200 (non i) from NZXT however the H200i does come with a "Smart" hub which also acts as a fan and rgb hub. (It costs more but depending on what you plan to do with it then the price maybe justified)

Hopefully (and you probably do) have more than 1 header available on you motherboard but like I said above the more fans you use on a single header the more the power being delivered has to be split. Check out your motherboard manufacturers manual or website for information.

  • 12 months ago
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Thank you very much. You helped me a lot. I might go with the fan hub or pay $20 more for the "i" version. Really appreciated your reply.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem, thats what this site is for.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Has the 1070 been keeping up with that godly monitor? Picked a S2417DG up recently, and my current RX 480 won't handle it. I play pretty much exclusively Rainbow, so 1440p 144hz would be lovely ;D

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Truly is a great monitor! I have had no problems with the monitor or the GTX 1070.

Depends on what settings your prefer or don't mind playing at. I mainly play at a mix of high and low settings. Game looks perfectly fine if you know what you need and don't need. For R6 Siege I gathered the following for you.

Benchmark (Not always representative of online gameplay):

Ultra - average of 84fps

High - average of 97fps

Medium - average of 114fps

Low - average of 145fps

My Settings - average of 136fps

Actual online gameplay (eyeballing here):

Ultra - Hovers in the 80s but never really drops below 60

High - Hovers in the 90s but never really drops below 80

Medium - Hovers around 110 but never really drops below 90

Low - Hovers around 130 but never really drops below 115

My Settings - Hovers around 122-140 but never really drops below 115

Hope some of these numbers help but the 1070 has been perfect for 1440p gaming for me. I don't need my settings to be Ultra for shooters. But when it comes to singleplayer games I will of course turn the graphics up (sometimes a little tweaking is needed) but the 1070 still performs great. Most games you will get a at least 60 or more fps at Ultra. (except for GR Wildlands.......lol)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! That's been one of the most useful ones I've seen so far! Cheers <3

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a problem. I try to help out as much as possible. This site is all about sharing whether it be Ideas, opinions, builds or knowledge.

Let me know if there is anything else I could help with.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome rig! I'm looking at building my first PC in the same case and had a question about the case fans.

I'm planning on starting with just the 2 stock case fans as exhaust and the same cooler as you with the ASRock Z390 Phantom itx mobo. It seems to have a CPU fan header and chassis fan header. From what I understand, I'll need to get a splitter to run the 2 case fans as mentioned in another comment?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Going from the specifications on Asrock's site for the motherboard mentioned you have:

  • 1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin) ------ Use for CPU Cooler

  • 1 x CPU/Water Pump Fan Connector (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control) ----- Use this for the 2nd fan.

  • 1 x Chassis Fan Connector (4-pin)------Use this for the 3rd and final fan (For now)

If I am understanding what your saying correctly you would like to use the 2 included case fans and the fan for the heatsink. If this is the case you should be fine without a splitter but if you were looking to add more then you would need either a splitter or a hub. (That statement applies if you weren't getting the H200i version, as that version has the smart device which can act as a hub)

Sticking with the 3 fans I would keep the 1 in the rear as an exhaust. Then I would move the 1 up top to the front as an intake catching both the GPU and CPU.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the quick reply.

Yes, for now I only intend to use the 2 included case fans (besides the one included with the cooler). So it's only if I add a 3rd case fan will I need a splitter/hub. I purchased the regular (non-i) version of the case, so no smart device.

Will moving the top exhaust fan to the front (top or bottom position) as an intake, thus changing from a negative pressure to more neutral, have any negative effects on CPU temps?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

You should be able to place the fan more centrally so that it blows directly onto the GPU but also reaches the CPU. And with the fan pulling air directly from the CPU and out of the case you should have no problem with temps.

1 may help gpu more while the other may help the cpu more. All depends on what you are comfortable with.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

are these gpu temps legit? I have the same build with 1070 gaming x (used) and my gpu temps are 55-58 idle 80-82 under load (causing thermal throttle) btw its 33 C in where i live.

https://imgur.com/fG3CQps?fbclid=IwAR2cEOgPgbneNyakEOYHiSY8mcrBOPYjwZNIU79D19lchG8sb_lJZPz4-nk