My new 8700k ITX Dual AIO Build! Video of the RGB strips in action can be found here https://gfycat.com/SpeedyNewEyra
It took a lot of trial and error to get here.
This was a huge change from my previous Full ATX Tower builds. This started out as a simple re-case project. I am purchasing a new standing desk and wanted to be able to sit my PC on the table top. My old Phantom 820 Full Tower weighing in at 65 pounds was not an option. I just needed the new case and motherboard to migrate.
Well, the used z270 ITX board I picked up originally was DOA and I couldn't find a reasonable priced replacement. I figured if I am going to pay full price for a new motherboard, then I may as well just do a full upgrade at the same time. Any excuse right?! Parts are below and I am happy to answer any questions.
Thanks for checking it out!
Case - Phanteks Evolv Shift
I loved this case ever sense I saw it last year. I knew I had to build in it one day. I thought that would be further down the road but here we are. I love the case as I bought it for the looks and size factor. I knew thermals would be less then optimal but they really aren't that bad especially with a little experimenting. I love the dual window design and the ability to make the back side look just as appealing as the front by turning the GPU. Awesome case!
CPU - Intel Core i7 8700k
Great CPU so far and a nice upgrade from my i5 6600k. Definitely beats out the 8600k I had for a very short period of time before I got the 8700k on sale. Handles everything I can throw at it as expected. Should last for many years to come!
CPU Cooler – Deepcool Captain 120 EX RGB
This is such an awesome looking slim rad AIO. Bought it for the looks and it keeps my 8700k cool on stock settings. I haven’t had a chance/need to try any OC, but I will get around to it and post my results. So far I can’t ask for much more. Idle temps are 30c and gaming temps hover around 50c-55c and never break 60c.
Motherboard - MSI z370i Pro Carbon
Awesome motherboard with some great features. Mystic Light could really use some help though. That app is the only complaint I have about this board. It works, but it is buggy and really hates to save your settings correctly. It does turn off the red motherboard status indicator lights so that is a HUGE plus for me. I selected this board because the new Asus Strix ITX only uses a 3 pin addressable LED header. Knowing my cooler would need a 4 pin LED plug, I searched and found a few options. The MSI board won me over because of the black carbon fiber aesthetic. It looks great in my case and the OC potential is pretty good for an ITX. I had a 8600k for a week before I picked up the 8700k. I used my open air test bench to see what kind of OC potential the motherboard had with the 8600k. I was able to get 5.0Ghz on 1.29 Vcore pretty easily. That was without fine tuning any settings! Very happy overall!
Memory - G.Skill Trident Z RGB
RGB RAM to go with my new RGB kit. XMP clocks it to 3000MHz with no issues. Lighting looks really good and there are a ton of options.
GPU - Nvidia GTX 1080 Founder's Edition with EVGA Hybrid kit
The only component that I carried over from my previous build. Picked it up last year from a buddy right before the price hike and found the EVGA kit BNIB on Ebay. Current GPU prices held me back on upgrading this. It does everything I could ask of it and more so there was no need to upgrade anyway. I wasn't able to get the GPU flipped when I first built in this case. I tried again after tearing it down and re-doing some things and was finally able to get it to fit facing outwards. It was no easy task and you can see how tight that Riser cable is. Along with the PCI-E Power cable right up against the PSU. Card does great in this case and it runs a little warmer with the Slim 120mm fan vs a normal size. Stock temps are 30c at idle and 71c while gaming. Which is totally fine, but I love to tinker and work on things. So I am actually working on some under-volting profiles now to help with this. I am still testing but my best profile so far runs 1700MHz at 812mV. This drops Furmark test from 73c to 69c top out temps. I've also toyed with the idea of swapping the radiators as well so the push/pull fans on the GPU loop. I originally planned for an OC 8600k and not a stock 8700k.
Power Supply - Corsair SF 600w SFX
This power supply is great. I have no idea when it runs or stops because it is silent. Idle air temps coming out the vent are 32c and I have never seen it go above 48c under load. Cables were a little stiff but I expected that. It would've been nice of Corsair to include the premium cable set instead for free or cheaper then $40 but its Corsair we are talking about. The price is expensive unfortunately but some things are worth it. Never cheap out on your PSU.
Adata M.2 drive holds my OS and runs fast. Stock heat sink is a HOT BLANKET. I would recommend just not using it or picking up a cheap kit like I did off Amazon. Temps with stock heat sink were 50c idle and 75c+ under load. New heat sink temps were 30c idle and 50-53c under load. Turning the GPU made it hotter though because of the Riser cable being so close. It idles at 37c and hits 58c under load. Still much better than before. Picked up the Sandisk on /r/hardwareswap for a great price! Drive is fast and I am so happy to have an SSD game drive now. Much better then my old 1tb 2.5 HHD.
Fan Controller - Corsair Commander Pro
The heart of my fan and lighting setup. I have no need for a 3.5 inch drive so the Commander Pro was a perfect fit in its place. My motherboard only has 2 Fan Headers. I have a total of 7 Fans/pumps running off the Commander. My GPU Hybrid kit pump is loud running at full speed so I run an adapter cable for it. This allows me to control the speed via voltage. I heard about how bad Mystic Light is, so I also grabbed 4 Corsair lighting strips to run throughout the case and 3 temperature sensors. The sensors monitor the motherboard area, the rad area and the air coming from the PSU underneath. Expensive but does its job well.
Monitor Dell S2417DG G-Sync
This is one of my favorite purchases for this build. I bought this last year when I picked up the GTX 1080. I have never had good monitors and I always went cheap. After seeing my friend play at 1440p 144Hz, I knew I needed it in my life. Picture is pretty good and price was great. It does have a little color banding but not as bad as some I've seen and it is unnoticeable in games. Settings make a huge difference.
UPS CyberPower GX1325U
I am a firm believer that everyone needs a good UPS. I picked this up on sale and it does its job. I bought one for my HTPC/NAS/Network as well. It is so nice to not lose internet or my PC when the power flickers which occurs somewhat frequently here. Gives you enough time to finish up your round or work and shut everything down.