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This is a rebuild of my last build here: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/6R7hP6

I'm very happy with this rebuild! I originally had most of these parts in a Xigmatek Aquila case, and it seemed like a case that would be easier to carry around, looked pretty sleek, but just too many weird design choices and kinks that bothered me about that case. I kept searching around online, and decided to try my luck with the Lian Li PC-V359.

I also had the Intel 750 NVMe drive connected to an m.2 adapter that completed blocked off the 16x PCIe lane on this motherboard. A very weird and frustrating design choice. I was able to find this other adapter which plugs the drive directly into the x4 PCIe lane which basically makes it just like the PCIe / AIC form version. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011YJ7WLK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

So far it's working great, but I do plan on making one change once it's replacement part arrives, which will be this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A4XZBRE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I don't know why it took me so long to find this, but it's probably the best solution, sits in your PCIe 4x lane, and simply has a damned u.2 port to connect your hard drive to! All other "alternatives" will either use up your m.2/PCIe16x space, or as currently shown in my build, create a bit of an airflow barrier between your GPU and the side fans.

Other changes: Sleeved cables for the PSU, way too expensive in my opinion but they do look nice and are probably easier to work with than the stock cables.

H100i cooler instead of H80i cooler. The H80i cooler is way too thick, clunky, just doesn't work with a MicroATX case, has less cooling, and basically makes it useless. The h100i cooler has the CPU running at quite a few degrees less and ends up taking up less space than the H80i.

USB expansion card, bought this to be able to connect both the PSU and water cooler to Corsair Link, even though that program is kind of useless, it was bothering me to not have the ability to get both of them connected.

Case Mod Added: Friend came over with his metal cutter (aluminum cutter in this case) and helped me install the ROG Front Base panel I had ordered previously. Pics added

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! I would +2 if I could..

Your build is on point my friend. One of my new favorite compact gaming builds. Well done.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dood

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Another Lian Li build, looks sweet. I like how you got the ROG panel in there too.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Insane SSD! xD I'm assuming this is a workstation build with gaming on the side? If its for gaming, i'd downgrade the SSD to a 250GB sata 3 and a HDD then get a second GPU :P

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think that two GPUs would even fit in this case/motherboard....-

If I put another GPU/same GPU it would be pressed up right against this other Kingpin 980ti and also pressed up right against the chassis fans...

I would also be throwing away a 1000$ hard drive since this damned board doesn't have a u.2 connector and both the PCIe 4x slot and m.2 slot block any chance of using SLI.

If another mATX board came out with better m.2 slot placement or a u.2 slot, I'd consider it!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat SSD. Good Christ man. Relax man, chill out.