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So fresh and so clean

by TootsMagoots


I couldn't be more excited to show off my very first build. This has been a really fun first building experience which went surprisingly well. I only ever had minor issues with this build, most of which were Asus mobo software issues.

The Build Going into this build I wanted a clean, elegant look and good performance. It was made for work first, gaming second. I spend all day in Adobe CC and wanted a machine that could handle beastly Photoshop documents and Aftereffects projects. Gaming took a bit of a back seat for this reason, also I chose the worst time to build this machine with what is happening in the GPU market. So high-end GPUs were way, way out of my price range.

The Case Maybe I did this backwards, but one of the first places I started was with finding the right case. Aesthetics and a small form factor were on the top of my list. Initially I was looking at cases like the Lian-Li pc-05, the Jonsbo Umx-1 window, in win 901, NCase M1 and the Evolv Shift. Sadly a lot of these were either super pricey, not sold in america or just not quite right. It came down to a final choice between the Evolv Shift and the FT03S-Mini. The mini was just so unique it was hard to resist. The only downside is the limit on the size of the graphics card, my 1060 has just a tiny bit of clearance and if I ever wanted to upgrade I'd have to mod the case or choose a new case entirely.

The GPU The first component that I got. I was considering a 1070 but they were all sold out or $600+. I found a "good deal" for the 1060 on ebay ( "good deal" because I paid $450 for a $300 card -_- ) But it was brand new and it was the best I could find. Since it was 10" this GPU sealed the deal for the FT03S -Mini.

The CPU Since I was spending so much on the GPU I wanted to find the fastest CPU I could for under $300. I wasn't looking to overclock because 1) I'm a noob and 2) I didn't think overclocking in such a small case was a good idea. So I landed on the i7-7700.

The Monitor I was hesitant to go with a 1440p monitor because I knew that the 1060 I have is best with 1080p, but I had to remind myself that this is for design work first, not gaming. I do not regret my decision, this monitor is absolutely gorgeous. The 25" size is perfect for me and the colors are amazing and accurate.

Final note: I was very inspired by av8rarky's amazing FT03S mini build https://pcpartpicker.com/b/JdVYcf that build made this case look super good, so it one of the big reasons I considered this case. In the future I'd love to have beautiful sleeved cables like av8rarky's, but I have no clue where to start. Currently my psu cables are too long and make things look a mess.

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LegendaryToast 2 Builds 3 points 13 months ago

Quick Correction, you paid $450 for a $250 card. That's MSRP, and that doesn't take into account aftermarket cards. I got my EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SSC for $219.99 before the mining craze. It's insane and I want it to stop.

Adrew24 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I got a 3gb for 200 with a $30 rebate. Oh, how the times have changed.

sodom 4 Builds 2 points 12 months ago


JACKRABYT 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

+1 for name.

AlphaArtax 1 point 12 months ago

this case looks like a mini fridge, nice

MatKas 1 point 12 months ago

I need more info on that kitty thing!

TootsMagoots submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Haha, its a LED cat lamp that comes with various color settings. It was a gift that I wasn't sure what to do with. So I figured that RGB cat should live on my desk and add a little more color.

Cryptichand1 1 point 12 months ago

verry clean but what did you do withh the halos rgb fan ring

TootsMagoots submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I put it on the case fan at the very bottom of the case. It provides a very subtle under-glow. It's much more noticeable at night. You can see a bit of it in the 3rd pic. I'd found a post online where someone had put an led strip at the bottom of this case and I liked the idea.

sodom 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

what is this mouse? and again, this setup is awesome!

TootsMagoots submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Cheapy amazon find. I just searched for white wireless mice, I'd been considering the Logitech MX Master, butttt things were already getting pricey and I didn't think I really needed a $80+ mouse. So far I'm happy... https://www.amazon.com/VicTsing-Wireless-Portable-Receiver-Adjustable/dp/B071XLBJMT/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1519912979&sr=8-4&keywords=white+wireless+mouse

sodom 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

oh, that is a nice catch and good looking mouse :) thanks for answer!

cozybuilder 1 point 12 months ago

Is that keyboard good? I was looking at it, but it is so much more than the regular blackwidow. What do you give it? Yay or nay?

TootsMagoots submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I personally really like it but I was 90% concerned with aesthetics when shopping for keyboards. This one looks perfect for my set up and I really do like the chroma software. It's got some game based lighting effects which is pretty cool (as long as you have the supported games) and I enjoy playing around with custom lighting effects. Its got grooves on the underside of the keyboard to route your cord, which I really like. The keys feel nice, they are a bit louder then my last keyboard though. Overall I'd give it a yay, however, it depends on what features you're really looking for. If you aren't as concerned with aesthetics or if you aren't interested in the chroma software you should totally go with a cheaper keyboard.

Mtthwmths 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

That's a nice Battlestation you got there! Really nice photos of the build, and a super cool case!