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This machine is mostly for gaming with some Windows web testing thrown in. I pretty much lived on /r/buildapcsales for the last couple of months to get the best prices on what I got. I can't recommend that board enough. I also salvaged the PSU and CPU Cooler from my previous machine. That is an older i5-3570k with a 1060 that the kids are going to use. Prior to this build, that machine was my gaming rig, the family's Plex server, and my testing machine.

I went back and forth on ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini ITX and finally settled on the Mini ITX because of this case. I got the non "i" version because I didn't want the NZXT Cam software after hearing all the trouble people have had with it. I am still waiting on a few fans (and the PWM splitters) along with an NVMe drive. I am keeping the RGB minimal with a white/orange theme. I may also add in some custom cables at some point, but for now the black ones that came with the PSU work just fine.

The case was really nice to work in. I've been hearing people refer to larger ITX builds as "Full ITX" and I can get behind it. There is a ton of room in this case without feeling over-sized. It fits on my Ikea desk just fine and I don't feel overwhelmed by it being up top. And if you get this case, you'll want to show it off. Most of the nice parts of this case have been covered by reviews and other builds (the really nice layout for front radiators, the amazing amount of depth for good size GPU's, the decent airflow). There are a couple of things that I hadn't seen mentioned before that I want to call out. If you have an SSD you want to show off in the front panel, make sure that the power and sata cable are to the right of the SSD manufacturers logo so you don't have to turn it upside down to hide the cable or have the cable running to the other side of the case. Neither looked good in my case so I put the SSD on the back. Included in the hardware was a nice "nubbin" (that is adjustable) for your GPU to rest on. It attaches to the PSU shroud and works really well. As many other people have said, make sure your Mobo has either a ton of fan headers (not likely) or a plan to split or manage them another way.

I have successfully "overclocked" my CPU to use the "Max Turbo Frequency" all the time (well it says 4.3 GHz and I have the multiplier set to 4.2, but it's stable and doesn't drop). I never really used the overclocking on my other i5 chip and so it isn't the most important thing to me. I do like the speed on this chip, though. I was able to get a better deal on it than the typical 8400.

The only real challenge I had was with last year's Corsair H60 CPU Cooler. This is the non-rgb version and is a great little cooler for any CPU. I have read on a number of forums (after I started my build) that this isn't compatible with Coffee Lake processors and that it wouldn't fit snugly. I found that the problem wasn't with the processor, but with the motherboard being thinner than my old 1150 board. I solved this by adding a couple of washers on the back to get the standoffs snug against the mobo. Once that was done, it fit snugly and is working great.

Just about the best thing (to me) was that when I put it all together, it posted to the Bios first thing! I named it Finn because of the small stormtrooper look (though maybe it ought to be Luke... hmmm). I'd love to hear your thoughts and answer any questions you might have. Just be aware my answers might be "because it was a good deal" or "I don't know, I just thought it would be cool".

Edit: I added a couple of light strips for the interior. Nothing flashy, just dim illumination.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Is 4.2 on the i5-8600 stable with that cpu cooler?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I ran a few stress tests then played some competitive Overwatch without any problems. I posted the high cpu temps from that in here. They have been really low compared to my previous cpu

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh cool, definetely goung to use the H60 in my next build. +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build! I’m currently building a H400i but wanted to go with the H200. My main reason for mATX , was the two additional RAM slots. I have to say after seeing your build I’m bummed I went Micro ATX.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The H400 is a really great case. I had 3 builds put together in Newegg (ATX, mATX, and ITX) and I waited until the last two things (mono and case) to pull the trigger. It came down to the fact that I’ve never needed more than 16gb in my builds. That and I really like the slightly smaller form factor. Either way, nzxt cases are really well built and you’ll be happy either way.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

No stress. It's so much fun building and enjoying a PC, this is just something you can try next time!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

You have a PC before you even have insulation on your walls PCMasterrace always comes first

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol. Yup. My office is a work in progress. I work from home and have always just taken over a spare bedroom. I now have a specific place to work and play from and have yet to even hang sheetrock. smh...

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m doing a build with the same case and CPU cooler, and I am just curious how you positioned the fan on the radiator because I couldn’t see if it was pushing or pulling air in the pics or the text.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm so sorry for the delay. I never got a notification. I have it pulling into the case. I have the top and back fans as exhaust. This set up gets the coolest air to my processor and the two push fans help get the warm air out of the case. Also be aware that the bottom has a large mesh area for air flow, so that's nice.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I use the same setup, with the rear and top fans at higher rpm, effectively a negative-pressure system, which works well as the front and bottom intakes are all filtered. Also helps to exhaust hot air being ejected from the GPU.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Super cool build, I like the balance of parts and "full ITX" definitely should be a thing. +1

I just built my first PC in the same case (also non-i) and I can very much relate to 'living' on r/buildapcsales. I don't know if this is interesting, but if you mount your radiator at the top of the bracket, you can tuck your AIO tubing above the NZXT cable shroud, which gives you a super clean look and adds +5 fps ;) I have some pictures up, check it out and +1 if you like.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks so cool! I may have to check it out when/if I upgrade

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! Awesome build! I love ITX!

Question for you: Does the bottom of the fan on your h60 sit above the top your graphics card? I think I may go with a long graphics card in this case along with the h60 and want to make sure it won't bump it.

Thanks!!!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

My 1070 Ti ends about 15-20 mm before the fan, but the h60 is short enough that a longer GPU would tuck under the fan portion (though it would get stopped by the radiator)