Description

First time building an ITX system. Wanted a toxic/nuclear look.

  • Raid0 boot drive with the Kingston SSDs
  • M.2 SSD for game installs
  • Barracuda for media storage

  • 2x Noctua 120mm high static pressure fans up front

  • 2x Noctua 120mm high airflow fans rear and top
  • 3x Noctua 92mm high static pressure fans back bottom
  • 1x PCCooler RGB 120mm fan for aesthetics (HSP)

CPU is OC'ed to 4.8GHz but the details won't save

I would not recommend this RAM. It does not save RGB settings through reboot/sleep/hibernate. I had to set up an event that triggers the ASRock RGB program when I unlock my system to get it to go back to correct color without manually opening software everytime

MOD-ONE cables are very nice. I even got some post-it notes by request. :) I highly recommend these. But I wish I would have went for shorter ones

Temperatures

I do not recommend this case and hardware config for gaming unless you make similar modifications to what I described below

The way you see this PC built in this post had pretty bad GPU load temperatures and not optimal idle temps. I have been playing Anthem at ultra settings on 3440x1440 75hz and monitoring load temps. The GPU was sitting at about 84-86c under load (70-90%) which caused quite a lot throttling during intense portions of the game. Even with the GPU fans cranked up to 90% temps were still low 80s and the fans were far too loud. The issue being the GPU was only getting fed heated air from the front radiator, and obviously not enough air too.

What I did was use a dremel and cut three 92mm fan mounts into the bottom of the rear door and used some of Noctua's grey 92mm fans (with paint strainer fabric as a dust filter) so that they would blow cool air into the PSU shroud which the GPU pulls through the perforated top of the shroud. This unfortunately does make the PC audible at idle because I currently have no way to toggle the new fans off/on. But, because of those new fans I'm able to keep the GPU fans at 60% at the top of the curve and sit comfortably at 67-72c under load (70-90%) and it is MUCH quieter than before.

CPU Temps have not had an issue in either configuration. During idle the CPU sits at about 30c and under gaming load (60-80%) it runs about 60-65c. The new GPU intake fans of course had no impact on these temps so they have stayed the same. I've not done anything yet that puts the CPU under maximum load so I'm currently not concerned about those temps.


Old Fan Config

  • CPU IDLE 30c
  • CPU LOAD 65c
  • GPU IDLE 40c
  • GPU LOAD 85c

New Fan Config

  • CPU IDLE 30c
  • CPU LOAD 65c
  • GPU IDLE 30c
  • GPU LOAD 70c

Part Reviews

CPU

Like this a lot. Came from a 4790k but this overclocks higher than that did.

CPU Cooler

Love the looks of this. Pump is quiet and software is very easy to use.

Motherboard

Solid motherboard. Having a 'clear cmos' button was super handy for overclocking. No fancy plastic shrouds and subtle LED at the bottom.

I'm not familiar with power phases but I haven't noticed anything detrimental to performance based on expectations

Storage

These are fine. Speeds in raid0 are blazing fast. I like the casing

Storage

Fast but can't do large data transfers very well. Opted to redownload/reinstall files from my old 500GB SSD instead of moving because it would have had to be done in many sections

Storage

Owned this for 5 years now. Never had any problems

Video Card

Absolutely solid. Opted for this over a 2080 for 1440p 75hz gaming because it wouldn't have to work as hard in my small case.

Case

Nice case. Wish it had a fan hub since most ITX boards don't have 4-5 fan headers. I don't like how the top fan exhaust directly out the top instead of having a raised top that exhausts out the side. My cat likes to sit on my towers.

Power Supply

Quiet. Works fine. Solid. Nothing bad to say

Case Fan

Dead silent and great airflow. Love these new black Noctuas

Case Fan

Dead silent and great pressure for the front radiator.

Custom

Not really impressed with this. Blue LED stuck on while I only want to use UV. Wish it had a less "cabley" solution for someone who only wants the one strip. Brightness doesn't seem to work for RGB part of it, but I'm not using that anyway.

Custom

Looks great. LED on both sides. This fan is the only reason I can hear my PC but its a cheapo RGB fan and not loud enough for me to care.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

VERY clean build. +1 for the cable management.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice cables, offbeat color choice. Looks like the kraken stikes again I see you had to change orientation. I wish the face was rotatable so you could change orientation and still display it head on... at least the logo matches up with the ram. Very clean +1 from me :)

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the Kraken just felt so wonky to put in with the bulky micro USB cable and the tubes. But, I'm not a fan of branding as it is so I'd have the logo off regardless :)

Thank you!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Loving the build and colour scheme, well done. Keen to see how your CPU and GPU temps are at idle and load!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU temps at >70% load are not great. I'm working on a case mod right now to hopefully alleviate that. I'll get you all that info this weekend when it's finished

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey lukey, I added a bit about temperatures in the bottom of the description if you're still curious!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey could you maybe put up pictures of the mod you did? I’m very interested in it because I’m really in love with this case and this GPU, but don’t want it to throttle too much. Thanks! Great build man really love the green.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey brother sorry for the late reply. Here is an imgur link for it https://i.imgur.com/OT0LDYz.jpg

I have since added paint filter fabric over the fans for dust and it works wonderfully! My 3D printed shroud is still not here

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome thanks man!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

nice build

  • 7 months ago
  • -1 points

wait why do raid0 with garbage tier ssds?

you could have bought 1 nicer SSD and called it a day

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

All speeds except the sequential r/w are on par with my M.2. I was expecting them to be a little better than what they turned out to be but since its so close to M.2 speeds I don't expect I'll be swapping them out soon.

I will be doing better SSDs for boot in the future though.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

All speeds except the sequential r/w are on par with my M.2

but the problem is how SSD controllers scale, you could get 500gb models and it would be significantly faster than those 120s....and the quality of these particular SSDs is awful. If you're going to Raid0, go for a samsung pro ssd. You have a wonderful build and it's like you're using double sided sticky tape to build a car.

There's a very specific criticism that i'm pointing out.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Since my last reply I decided to do some reading to see why you thought they were so bad. So from what I understand these are TLC drives with few flash dies. I would be better off with MLC drives in a little larger storage configs for more flash dies?

I haven't pulled the trigger yet on anything but the lack of longevity on TLC means I probably will.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I really wish they had a green version of the case like my old H440. Almost did some painting but decided against it since I'm not great with spray.

Thank you!

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I got them from Mod-One and just designed them myself on their site

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

They were the 40cm choice, I'd recommend doing 20cm