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After a lot of time researching the build and deliberating whether to go for Desktop Replacement Laptop or an ITX build I took the plunge in December 2019. Though it was a close thing, I was considering a Clevo P775 but that would have tied me to an Intel CPU and would have taken away the enjoyment of doing the build myself.

It's my first AMD Ryzen CPU and I decided to go all out with the 3950x, the reviews suggest it cools as well as a 3900x with similar temps at stock with 16 cores. Based on the air flow (or lack of) I went with a RTX 2080 with a built in AIO , a moderate amount of RBG, plenty of storage (7TB - 2x1TB M.2, 5TB for the Sata mechanical drive), 32GB of RAM, and an AIO config for cooling the CPU. I went for the ASUS ROG Strix X570-I mobo, which I understood had excellent VRMs to power higher end Ryzen chips like the 3900x and 3950x. It also had a lot of I/O for an ITX board and nice aesthetics. I complemented it with ROG Ryuo 120 AIO, again it's aesthetically pleasing and has a built in OLED display which I can customize with my own images or choose to throw up system information on it . I selected 32GB of Corsair Vengeance RBG Pro memory which is 3200 CL16, with nice RBG effects. I could have spent more in this department and looked at AMD specific memory parts from both GSKILL and Corsair, but it didn't give me good value for money in my view. Corsair also provided the power supply, a SF750W 80+ Platinum part which is probably overkill even for this system. Based on the prices I'd seen, I decided to go with a RTX 2080 rather than the 2070 Super or 2080 Super. There were two options for the graphics card an MSI Seahawk 2080 or the EVGA 2080 Hybrid, both featured a built in AIO but I went with the EVGA based on price and also overall looks. To round off the build I went with 2x1TB Samsung 970 Evo M.2 NVME drives for system software and games and a Seagate BarraCuda 5TB 2.5 drives for data and misc software. To house it, a silver Phanteks Shift ITX case was selected, its not the smallest ITX case nor the newest but it looks modern, sleek and minimalist. It has good cable management, enough space for harddrives, lovely glass panels and won't look out of place either in the bedroom or living room (I plan to move it around).

Once I decided the spec and parts, I priced watch online like a mad men for a month. I collected parts and got reasonable deals for each part, the best bargain I got was the EVGA 2080 Hybrid (built in AIO) which I got for approx 570 GBP. I didn't price watch the 3950x, that was a purchase as soon as stock was available and it was RRP.

I'm very happy with the build, its my first ITX and graphics card aside it was not difficult. Your need to spend a lot of time with cable management, but the case is capable of providing clean results.

I intend to use it for VMs, Development, Video and Gaming. I've uploaded images of benchmarks like 3DMark and Cinebench, these were run on stock with no OC or changes to the BIOS. I noticed 60-73 Celsius on the CPU while running these benchmarks, 40-50 Celsius running light loads. This is an approximation and will need a deeper investigation, the GPU also needs to be looked at more closely. Any feedback on the numbers would be appreciated.

Some handy tips for the case based on my experience

  • Expect that the graphics card installation to be a struggle if you use the AIO on the front of the case. The GPU power cables will push up against the AIO fan making the fit difficult, I ended up brute forcing the card in - Uncomfortable -. I'd advise replacing the standard 25mm fan using a slim 15mm fan, if this case concerns you.

  • if you're aiming to use a 2.5" sata drive and don't want to mount it on the back of the case I would recommend the internal bottom bay, the top bay will interfere with the GPU riser cable.

  • For cable management use the area with the magnetic door and grommets, you can fit more than you think in the area. Also ensure you run any cables behind the silver back case panel, run them bottom to top.

Future Upgrades

  • I'm looking to mod the front panel to improve airflow and temps. The mod will mean cutting slots and/or patterns into front panel.
  • I'm looking to replace the 140mm fan with either a Corsair ML Pro 140 or Noctua PPC 140.
  • I'm looking to replace the front AIO fan with a slim 15mm fan from Noctua.
  • I'm looking to add a 4TB Samsung 860 QVO.
  • I'm looking to add an RBG strip which the case supports.
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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

A man with a x570-i, I see your a man of culture. It's crazy how close you are to my build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I like the build man! That's quite the monster in that ITX case!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yeah its surprising what you can fit in an ITX these days, I never would have considered it 2 years ago but things move on.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

hello

How is this build keeping temps for gpu and cpu under load?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi, about to test all of this

Not really put it under any large loads yet, but from what I observed so far its not terrible

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I've noticed 60-70 Celsius on the CPU when running benchmarks, 40-50 Celsius with light loads.

The case is definitely not the best when it comes to cooling performance and people mod the front panel to improve the airflow, which is what I plan to do. There is also a company mod my mods which sells pre modded panels for the case.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's an ITX case? Wow, I though the NZXT h200 was big.

Looks great though!!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi, yeah it's an ITX it tall but has a small footprint ... think the H200 is bigger but could be wrong

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

sexy

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Are there any problems with the riser cable? I read online the cases have problems with them so jw

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi, no problems as yet. Though if you plan to have 2.5" drives internally, it will get in the way

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the help. Planning on going m.2 for this build. Hopefully the cable is long enough to flip the gpu to the other side. I think I’ll get the air version for better temps

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You might want to look at the website mod my mods, I've heard people drop 10 degrees by modding the front panel.

Also there is a JayzTwoCents video that talks about this

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Looks amazing........................and great component choices. Very impressed.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thx for the compliment

You thinking of a ITX build?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I just finished a micro atx and I'm using some of my spare parts to build a micro-atx just to give it a shot. I bought a maximus VI Impact (bc the chip I'm putting in is socket 1150). I have a RTX 2080 I'm going to try to fit in there (Inwin A1 case) and some G Skill Ripjaw DDR3 RAM I can use. The only thing I need to buy are some SSD's or PCIE M.2. I'll post some pics of my new mATX build (my main PC mentioned earlier) but the basic breakdown is: ASUS Maximus XI Gene Intel i9-9900KF (the "F" just means it doesn't have onboard video.............I had no idea until I bought this chip) 64 GB Corsais Vengence DDR4 3200 (overkill but who cares) EVGA 11GB RTX 2080ti Corsair Crystal 280X RGB case NZXT E850 PSU

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Sounds like quite beast, did you save much going with 9900KF? I see onboard video only being useful for trouble shooting

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Not much, maybe $50 but I don’t think I’ve ever used onboard graphics for anything.