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Storm Trooper: Standard Issue

by Big.Cat.LaFlare



Date Published

Aug. 24, 2018

Date Built

Aug. 3, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.721 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C


Update 9/19/18 While gaming, the psu failed and shut down the computer. I drove down to my local bestbuy and purchased a Corsair CX650M. Note the CX650M has the same dimensions as the stock psu that comes with this case, for an easy swap. With some light modding, I may be able to salvage the shroud to hide those cables. I knew this day would come, I didn't think so soon. Anyway, I didn't want to bother Inwin for a possible warranty. I feel much safer with this current setup. Also, took out the 860Evo and replaced it with an ADATA XPG SX8200 480GB. Took full advantage of the MB's dual m.2 slots and eliminated the need for more sata cables. The 860 went back to the PS4 where it feels more at home.

First time builder. I have always been about desktop replacement laptops and Playstation since highschool. I've had a 17' Sony VAIO and a 17" Samsung Chronos Series 7. Both, have lasted me over 6 years, the sony struggled a bit. I bought the Samsung back in 2012 with a i7-3615QM paired with Nvidia GTX650M. At that time I could play cs:go at 720p averaging 60fps, not bad, but I gamed mostly on Playstation. Fast forward 2018, It was about time I close my 6yo laptop, put away my ps4 and pony up some dough for a real computer.

This rig was built primarily for gaming, light photo/video editing, and a million chrome tabs simultaneously. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into in the beginning, but with pcpartpicker and reddit/buildapc at my disposal, I was confident this would result in success. It did, with the help of patience, proper planning, resolve and a **** TON OF F BOMBS! I got over confident going with an mITX case. I underestimated the difficulty of building in such tight places with very delicate and tiny hardware. End result, however, was a major success and a giant learning process.

After browsing many builds here, Spawn01's mITX build gave heavy influence on my theme. I liked how simple, clean, compact, and the uniformity of all the parts together. I honestly think InWin's A1 is also influenced by this build as well. I choose parts based on a balance of performance and aesthetics. My idea was to make this look like Shibuya crossing in Japan at night. Just a barrage of LED branding and signage packed in such a tight form factor. This obviously wasn't going to be cheap, but thats the perk of being an adult with a large amount of disposable income ;P

Thanks for reading if you made it this far. Excuse me if sound like a n00b, i am. Let me know what you think, especially if you have an opinion on the cooling for the cpu or overclocking tips. I'm still learning and welcome all comments. Thanks again.

UserBenchmarks: Game 125%, Desk 150%, Work 126%

Model Bench
CPU Intel Core i7-8700K 106.2%
GPU Nvidia GTX 1080 136.4%
SSD Adata XPG SX8200 NVMe PCIe M.2 240GB 249%
SSD Adata XPG SX8200 NVMe PCIe M.2 480GB 318.9%
RAM Corsair CMW16GX4M2D3000C16 2x8GB 90.3%

Part Reviews


This thing is AMAZING! I feel as though i should have went with its locked version. Given the air cooler and form factor of the case, i cannot overclock this chip without temps getting out of hand. But It does everything I ask of it, seamlessly and unquestioned. Im not huge on overclocking and lean more towards longevity, so stock speed will suffice for now, and its nice to know the potential of this chip if I move to a larger case.

CPU Cooler

I got this on sale for 25 bucks as a trial run. Im waiting for cryorig to release the H7 Ultra RGB. It does the job for stock speeds. Keeps the cpu at 31c on idle and I've only seen it hit 75c underload once. Seeing how temps are currently, Im beginning to think H60 2018 is a better route to go. Up for debate.


Got this because it had all the features I needed for an rgb party. Bios was super easy to navigate. Overclocking options just clicks away. And it was the most visually pleasing as well. Plus, allows me to utilize the front panel usb3.1 ports on my case ;) No complaints.


Does what it says, says what it does. It's RAM and shes reallllllyy preeettttyy.

Video Card

This was my crown jewel up until recent days. I got this guy for 535.00 just before the crypto-currency spikes. Those were some dark days. Anyways, I got this card for gaming at 1440p and multimedia in 4k. It does just that and stays surprisingly cool inside such a small form factor case. The LEDS and aesthetics were a huge selling point when it came down to this and the ROG Strix card. I play mostly FPS games. CS:GO, COD, PUBG, Fortnite, and Overwatch all at max settings at 1440p and she never skips a beat.


When I saw the A1 it was everything I was looking for without the need for heavy modifications or alterations. It fits a full size GPU, awesome setup for RGB's, a really cool easy to snap on and off tempered glass side panel. Downside was the heavy price tag and mandatory psu. Although, the tailored cables do help keep it looking very tidy inside, so that almost neutrals it out. Overall, extremely pleased with its size and look.

Case Fan

These are very quiet and move a lot of air. I think they are the best looking RGB fans available. Im very pleased. The LED's on these in combo with the RAM really bring everything together via Corsair's iCUE programming.


This panel fit all my needs and criteria. I wanted G-sync to take full advantage of my GPU and 1440p was my limit for gaming. I got an A08 model from bestbuy and had no issues. Works wonderfully, no screen tearing, burning or dead pixels. Colors are vibrant after calibration settings found on reddit. I couldn't be happier.

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Saggy_b 3 points 7 months ago

Did you build it on your bed? I NEED to have a hard n sturdy surface to build on lol.

Big.Cat.LaFlare submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Yeah, I did. Haha. It was a bit more difficult, but I was able to get er done.

Saggy_b 1 point 7 months ago

Props to you my man, you have skill lol.

Dmolitor 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Build looks great! My next PC will probably be SFF. One hint if you haven't already found it, make sure to turn the deep sleep feature off on your monitor :) for some reason it comes enabled, which will cause the monitor not to wake up when powering the PC on from sleep. Nice cable management

Big.Cat.LaFlare submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Thanks for the tip. I had trouble with this same problem until I came across a comment just like that on a calibration page. I would recommend SFF PC's. With the wide range of parts that are available today, you can pack a whole lot of power in something so small. Its mind blowing.

SteelDragon2002 2 points 7 months ago

Great build, and that’s the best cable management I have seen in this case

Big.Cat.LaFlare submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Dude, I it was super tough to manage the cables in this thing. The space in here was so limited I almost gave up, but It would bother the hell out of me knowing i spent all that time building an expensive box of spaghetti.

kenlao 2 points 7 months ago

"Stock for now and Overclock it later when needed" that's how you future prof a pc build XD

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago


BuyChah 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Small but with a big heart... I'm not a fan of stickers on cases but you made it beautiful! This is probably one of my favorite builds.

Big.Cat.LaFlare submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Awesome! The stickers, I used some really small pieces of double side sticky tape instead of the adhesive from the sticker itself. This way its easily removable for any reason. Thanks for the nice words, glad you like it

TechTuberTV 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

+1 on the subtle lighting.

Big.Cat.LaFlare submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

This guy gets it.

TechTuberTV 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

lol, its amazing and in the perfect places. My PC is literally everywhere. Yours is like in the perfect spots.

TechTuberTV 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

I said perfect twice. :/

spawn01 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

This build came out wonderful! You handled cable management in a case that we can all agree on was never designed for it masterfully. When I first saw this case, I had plans to build in one but was not yet available at the time. I decided to go a little smaller with a (cable management challenging) geeek case. I am honored that one of my builds was able to provide you with some inspiration. I truly love this build. Job well done. easy +1

jonathanlin7 2 points 7 months ago

How did you hide your gpu cable so well? Most builds I’ve seen, it’s running down from the side.

Big.Cat.LaFlare submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

The PSU shroud was more than enough to keep the cables out of sight if managed correctly

annasoh323 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Bit too much color for a stormtrooper, eh? I had a feeling you'd be gunning for the RGB version of the Cryorig cooler, vindicated by reading your CPU cooler section. The build just screams for it. Also, good pick on the monitor. I've the 24" model due to small desk but your 27" looks right at home.

xoulak 2 points 5 months ago

I'm doing a similar build and was wondering how is your noise level with these Corsair Fans and them being on the table close to you?

TheKaramazovs 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Dude, this build is sexy. Pictures 1 and 10 are the best. It looks so clean! Can you take a picture showing the cable management at the back of the case?

thotimusprime 1 point 5 months ago

Where did u get ur stickers from ?

Awakening7 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Where you able to hide the cables the new PSU came with? My PSU has not given up on me, but it has made my PC crash due to my OC push. I can't get too far. I want to buy a different PSU, but want some custom cables with it to avoid clutter.

g0bingz 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Build looks great...