Description

Been using a laptop for the past 6 years and it's getting old, can't play the latest AAA games with a decent framerate and graphics quality so figured it's worth buying something decent to last the new few years. My first ever ITX build. I've done ATX a few times before though so it was interesting.

No strict budget, I got parts I wanted/liked based off my brand preferences and whatever the stores had in stock.

It'll be used for everything for general use, web browsing to playing games and running VMs.

Originally was going to get a Node 304, but I was gifted a H100i so I had to re-think my build.

PCPP doesn't have the 2.5" SSD variant available, so I've listed the AIC version.

One major issue is the card is 2.5 slot wide with the cooler. The fans couldn't spin properly as they were touching the case surrounding the PSU. For now, I've put some thick density foam between the card fans just to lift it a little. Firestrike score is stock settings, no OC.

Not listed are the extra Noctua fans I got for it. Cable management is a work in progress.

Part Reviews

CPU

Amazing CPU. For what I needed, it's very suitable.

CPU Cooler

Does a good job of cooling. Beware of air bubbles in the cooler if it's been sitting for a while. I swapped the fans for Noctua to keep it quiet and cool.

Motherboard

Solid motherboard with a U.2. socket. BIOS has a lot of options.

Memory

Originally wanted 3000 CAS 15 but wasn't available so got this instead. It's stable and looks a lot nicer than Fury series. XMP works great.

Storage

Fast. Very fast. I have the 2.5" version, not the add-in but PCPP doesn't have it available. Intel Toolbox software is quite good.

Video Card

Performance is amazing. Sadly, the card is wide. it's a 2.5 slot card which isn't listed on the website. This in combination with this case causes some fan clearance issues.

Also had to RMA this as one of the fans would go full rpm when Windows was loaded. It wasn't a driver issue and they swapped out a fan.

Case

Case is great. Well thought out, plenty of ways to mount rads and fans. It's quite big for an ITX, but it has to be to fit large rads. Build quality and paint finish are good.

ATX PSU is quite hard to do decent cable management even when fully modular. Not a whole lot of room to work with in the PSU area.

Power Supply

Solid PSU with stable voltage readings.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

What is your plan for using a video card and a PCI-E SSD in one slot?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Think everyone is curious about that...

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

it's a 2.5". PCPP doesn't have it listed available. I wrote it up in the parts review.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you put the pci ssd

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I see it on the last pic. its the 2.5" version 2.5" Intel ssd

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Any plans on overclocking that CPU? Seems like a bit of a waste to get a H100i and a K series chip without overclocking it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I will do soon. I'm just still testing it and when I get some time, i'll OC it gradually until it's stable. Really, i just wanted a stock 4GHz.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Negative gpu sag with that humongous card!

You must be a wizard!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly, it's not that heavy. especially near the back, so it doesn't sag as much as I'd thought. But due to clearance issues with the case, I still needed to prop it up a little. Positive GPU sag if you will.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build ! What size/type are those noctua's??

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

1x A14-FLX for the front (can fit 2, but I only got 1) 2x F12 for the radiator 1x S12 for the rear (I think it was the FLX)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

comments on monitor?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it. it's not 144Hz but it's smooth in gameplay. no light bleed either.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build! Are there any issues with the mobos riser at the top hitting the radiator? Or is there enough clearance?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

no issues at all. clears the radiator and fans.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That riser looks huge in the pics

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps at load?

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

CPU is around 50-55c at load. Idle is 27-30c.

980Ti is 30c idle and I've seen 78c at load spiking to 82c

Plan to replace it with a 1080Ti Hybrid

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Love your build, BTW!

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Because it's the same size as an ATX. That and there aren't many BTX cases to choose

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The matrix model is a little more expensive.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The Asus 980Ti is an overclockers heaven.

Its one of the 3 best 980Ti to overclock on with the MSI Lightning and the EVGA Kingpin.

To go higher than the factory default speed of 1.32Ghz (theres a higher defaulty setting btw), you can solder the protective switch to obtain more voltage and go even higher.

Its worth the cost if you plan to perform an advanced overclock (even if you dont overclock, it is the highest core clock of all the 980Ti available if you want higher fps at higher resolutions).

Aside form this, the card has great aestethics and its super sturdy.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks a lot better than the Strix variant. Honestly one of the main points I bought it. The flashing Strix bar is really annoying. Plus I think you can flash the bios with the 20th edition card for more speeds.

Bonus: it came with Far Cry Primal and The Division for free.

Doing it again, I would probably go with a EVGA Hybrid. The fans on this card can be loud. Need to setup some better fan profiles.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It's a great board. Probably has more features than I'd use. You could get away with the Z170I if you don't need the extra features and U.2 socket.

The Matrix Platinum is more expensive. That and I'm not in the US, so it's a little more than usual.

I took the plastic off near the end of the build.

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