Description

I’ve been wanting to do a mini itx build for a long time, both of my other builds ended up being micro atx due to budget. I wasn’t as restricted with this build.

My last build was a devils canyon 4790k that I ended up running on an aio liquid cooler, and was still in the mid 60’s Celsius, which was fine, and it was pretty much silent, except the pump. I wanted this build to be even more quiet, which is why it has all air cooling.

I pretty much just build for the enjoyment of building. No real specific use for the pc. I don’t edit anything, I do play a few games but nothing serious or hardcore. Bills and spreadsheets probably see as much time as games. Hopefully this explains why I chose the hardware.

I wanted the full RGB treatment. This was about 50% of why I was building. My previous builds had no lighting, and I wanted it to look flashy.

I knew space was at a premium in this case, and I wanted as few cables as I could get away with, so I utilized both m.2 ssd slots. If I hadn’t, I would not have been able to get the commander pro to fit in the rear of the case. The only hitch I did run into was the cryorig bracket, I had to file it down just a hair to make the rear m.2 clear.

I bought the inwin a1 case purely for the looks. The built in power supply and wireless charging aren’t really a factor for me. And it looks amazing, the build quality is top notch. They use really nice materials on the case for sure. With that said, I would like to put in a sfx power supply and try my hand at custom cables. The built in power supply fan gets pretty noisy under load and that’s a pretty big bummer for me.

Cable management was not easy, but that’s probably true of most mini itx builds. Having two cables on each fan (pwm and rgb) didn’t help. My motherboard didn’t have enough fan or usb headers for everything I was putting in the case, the Corsair commander pro was my first and quickest option. I knew it would 100% with my fans. I will keep working on the cabling to try and perfect it.

Surprisingly the quad lumi cooler keeps the highest temps on the cpu peaking out in the upper 50’s under load and in the 30’s at idle. The gpu fans only ever spin when I am gaming, and even then only go to 30% speed and are still silent. There is no coil whine on this card which is a huge plus over my evga Gtx 970 I was using before. The 970 had pretty bad coil whine and was relatively loud under load.

I’m about 90% happy with the build overall. I just need to change over to a nicer sfx power supply to make it completely silent and I’ll be happy with it.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Build looks great. I just recently moved into the A1 and am still working on some things. Had a few questions if you don't mind....

Did you use a USB 3.0 header to USB 2.0 header for the Commander Pro, and just don't use the USB ports on the A1? (considering getting one as right now I have two fans on the CHA 4-pin and 2 on the AIO 4-Pin (Asus Z270i Mobo) and the AIO pin doesn't seem to be easily controllable in the BIOS, even when set to PWM.) Would also just be nice to have better control over each fan individually, I'm not a fan of ASUS's controls.

I'm using the Deepcool GAMMAXX GT right now and unfortunately temps aren't great. I've got all Corsair LL 120 fans (two in bottom and one of side for intake, one in rear for exhaust, and one on the GAMMAXX GT). Watching HWMonitor the CPU will spike up to 85, sometimes more while playing WoW (it generally hovers around 70-75 though). This is my first time on an air cooler in a longgg time, so maybe this is normal? I've repasted twice with Kryonaut with no luck. I'm wondering if it isn't my GPU (GIgabyte Aorus Xtreme 1080ti), it's a very tight fit and is resting on the bottom of the case, so all the bottom intake is going straight into it and warming up (meanwhile GPU temps are excellent haha). Just wondering if I shouldn't give the H7 Quad Lumi a try.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

My mobo has 1 usb 2.0 header, I used that for the commander pro, and the commander pro has 2 usb 2.0 headers on it, thats where I hooked up the quad lumi. I did use the usb 3.0 header on the mobo, connected to the case pannel.

The only fan I have on my mobo is the cpu header for the cpu cooler, so I dont get the "no cpu fan connected" error.

Im still learning ICUE, its not as intuitive as the older corsair software, imo, but its fine.

Ive only used the Quad lumi and a Noctua NHD-15 for air coolers. I cant comment on the quality of others, every other build has been a h100i. The quad lumi hits a max of about 68-70 after I've been playing a while (also wow @ 1440p), so depending on your CPU, this is probably pretty normal. my ambient is pretty much always 73 deg Fahrenheit, So if your home is warmer, that may be about right.

My gpu does stay pretty cool, especially for the size of the case, which im pretty sure is the two intakes on the bottom. A bigger GPU like that, may be contributing to the overall temps, but its most likely the cheaper PSU. This is the only downfall of an otherwise awesome case. My psu gets hot and noisy, I am either going to swap out for a corsair sfx 600 or possibly try another case. I'd much rather try the PSU, but I'm still on the fence.

Feel the top of your case right over the power supply after you have been gaming a while and feel how warm it is. If you pull off the back panel, the PSU is blowing a ton of hot air.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for getting back to me. I actually went ahead and made a completed build you can see here: https://pcpartpicker.com/builds/edit/?userbuild=KND2FT

My MoBo only has 1 USB 3.0 header (well, also has a 3.1 header, but hard to find a decent adapter for that). So I had to use a 3.0 to 2.0 adapter for the Lighting Node Pro.

My ambient temps are generally around 68-70F, so I still feel like the GAMMAXX GT is not performing as well as I'd like.

I've come to realize just how much heat that PSU does generate. I stuck a lot of extra cables in front of it's exhaust, but I now realize I need to move them out of the way to give it more room to exhaust. Will be working on that today.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

The link didn’t work, but I did see the build log on your profile.

Your build looks really good. That aorus card looks really nice in there.

I would definitely try to clear out in front of the exhaust part of the psu, maybe see if you can disconnect the front panel wires since you aren’t using them.

Good luck with getting the temps down, I hope you find a solution you like for it.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build... I got inspired by your build... I built one myself but with cheaper parts...

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

how's the temp of the gtx 1080 strix if i remember that gpu heats up a lot (from what i saw/read in the reviews about it)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool as a cucumber. temps in gaming are in the 50's and the fans are at 30%. I play at 60hz, 1440p.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build. We have almost identical builds, haha. Great job on the cable management. I had a lot of trouble with that.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Your build looks sharp! Does your power supply fan spin up pretty high under pretty much any draw? That's the only downside of this build for me. Also I couldnt find a way to hook up the rgb strip in the stand of the case, were you able to?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that psu is crap. I want to go with another one, but I already had enough trouble with the stock psu's tailored cables, I cant imagine aftermarket ones. Plus, you wont be able to use the provide shroud with another psu since it screw mounted directly to the provide psu and the qi charger isnt compatible with other psu's(not that big of a deal) I've seen other builds that changed the psu and they dont look as clean since the outlets face towards the glass panel.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s a big “if”, but if I do replace the psu I’m going to try my hand at custom length and sleeved cables. I did realize that the plastic shroud would be gone if I do replace it, and that’s why I would pretty much only do it with com cables.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

8600k yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

+1

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

8600K + 1080 for bills and spreadsheets - love it! My 7600K + 1080 for internet browsing and video watching salute you (not a hardcore gamer either). All your cable stuffing on the backside really came through for your show side. Super impressive.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

The one in the bottom frame of the case?

Not that I know of, I don’t have my plugged into anything becaus e the connected type is different than what’s on the Corsair stuff and my asus mobo.