Description

Created for gaming at 1440p @ 165hz.

Wasn't happy with the aesthetics or size of my 6700k + 1070 build in the NZXT H440. Wanted something smaller and simpler with more horsepower. This is by far the cleanest build I've done to date.

Had two people from reddit.com/r/hardwareswap try to scam me on a processor and graphics card so it took a lot longer than expected, PayPal pulled through though on my refund (PayPal you da real MVP). Some parts were bought from /r/hardwareswap though. The CPU was BNIB, 850 EVO was used, and the K70 was used but bought a while back. GPU came from Amazon Warehouse Deals (definitely worth checking out if you're interested in saving a few bucks and don't mind an open box).

All in all very very happy with the way this build turned out!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor. Not much to say other than I'll probably never want to use anything less.

CPU Cooler

Awesome budget CPU cooler. Wonderful aesthetics, good price for performance, and it's quiet, basically everything you can ask for in a CPU cooler. Shoutout to Cryorig for sending me replacement mounting screws due to machining imperfections, and with their astonishingly wonderful customer service.

Motherboard

Good run of the mill Z170 board. Lacks m.2 port for SSD's which was a little bit of a bummer. 6 USB ports is a plus though. The ambient red LED's can also be turned off if your build isn't red. Pretty much the only color neutral mATX motherboard, just wish it was about $20 cheaper regular price.

Memory

Amazing aesthetics, brushed black aluminum with the white inserts makes for a happy RAM stick. 3200 and 3000 mhz both caused stuttering, 2666 mhz seems to be the sweet spot for this RAM in my current setup but the difference is almost entirely negligible.

Storage

Great speed for a 500gb SATA drive. Sub 7 second boot times. Can't go wrong with an 850 EVO.

Storage

2tb. 7200RPM. Quiet for mechanical. Reliable. It's an HDD, not much to say.

Video Card

Got a rather mediocre overclocker. +100 seems to be it's highest stable core overclock. +325 on memory. Running at above 2000 mhz core though, so it's not all bad. Great looking card with a single 8-pin, which in smaller form factor cases comes in handy. Nice quiet card capable of 1440p gaming at high frame rates with no stuttering.

Case

Fractal Design really outdid themselves with this case. The PSU shroud is what their Define series has been missing to make them an absolute must have. Good mATX cases are almost impossible to find, even given the amount of mATX boards. Cable management is a breeze, 280mm front radiator support with an optional basement for custom loops makes this case.

The only thing I would have liked to see is a hole for GPU cables for waterfall configurations but that's my biggest gripe. They really knocked it out of the park.

Power Supply

Quiet, 80+ Gold, super steady power, fully-modular. Never had an issue with an EVGA PSU.

Wireless Network Adapter

Bluetooth is super nice. Didn't realize it had it until I discovered it by accident. Really low profile, black PCB, and speeds are comparable to ethernet cable in my rig. Good pricing too for performance.

Monitor

After a color calibration this monitor is gorgeous. 1ms response times, G-Sync, 1440p @ 165hz all for under $500 (usually running between $400-$450 too) this monitor is a wise investment. Don't let the TN panel scare you.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 6 points

I LIKE THIS BUILD

Thought that everyone should know.

I'm glad that someone else thinks that AIO's aren't the most attractive, although the pump face on NZXT's new coolers is nice. To solve this issue, a custom loop perhaps....?

Anyhow, excellent build.

+1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

NZXT x62 REV 2 is uglier than an air cooler?

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

you have weird taste. The Kraken X62 is the most beautiful cpu cooler ever made

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  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Beautiful build, If you want to up your aesthetic game, I recommend getting a front facing cpu cooler, cryorig has a couple great options for that, I have the cryorig c7 which has white blades, quite beautiful. Everybody has their preference though and doesnt fancy a front facing fan as I do, just my opinion I suppose. :p

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

The C7 isn't a bad cooler, I've just been looking at the H7 for so long and wanting to build with it that I had to incorporate it. Cryorig is an amazing company with great support and I'll more than likely buy another cooler from them. Maybe next time I do a build I'll use a C7 :)

Thanks for your input!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

i like the C7 as well for its low profile look, not so much with the performance. i prefer the H7 =)

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

Nailed it bro. Hope you enjoyed the experience. Thanks for sharing, keep it up.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking good. What a mini beast!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'm extremely happy with it's performance and looks.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

I tend to shy away from liquid CPU coolers as high end builds almost ALWAYS use an AIO or custom loop. My previous build had a dual 140mm radiator Phanteks cooler in it. I like the aesthetics and size of the H7 and the performance is good enough where I don't feel the need to upgrade.

I do appreciate the input though! :) I almost ran an EKWB Predator 240 in it, but just don't like AIOs enough to justify it.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually you have a point, and i can clearly understand why you chose an air cooler over an aio

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Just personal preference I suppose. Kinda old school in that way :D

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it, there's not much more to be said other than it's perfect - Beautiful clean style. Aesthetics-wise, the H7 combo with the Define Mini C and white cabling is identical to how i'd want to do an mATX build - albeit with cheaper components haha :)

It's lovely to see a completed build similar to how i'd want to build, so nice to get an idea of how it'd look. Great job!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm a big stickler for sleeved cables in builds over $1200, or at least cable extensions - because for $30 it's the best aesthetic upgrade IMO. The case is wonderful to build in and I recommend it highly.

I appreciate your input and I'm glad you like it!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, where did you get those cable combs?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

x2

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

moddiy.com

They sell lots of different and unique PC extras!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

Looks nice.

My build is similar, only I7-4790 and GTX 1070. You can see it here - https://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/WbtgXL

I agree with many of your part reviews, the Fractal Design Define Mini C is fantastic, been waiting a long time for a good mATX case like this, the only thing I can think to add like you said the hole for GPU cables waterfall configuration like the Phantek cases and a Tempered glass side panel like the Phantek and new NZXT Elite cases.

Also, I would probably recommend running the GPU cables over top the GPU rather than under it so that it helps against the lean the GPU can get.

I really like the look of the Cryorig H7.

Also, you can remove the sticker in the middle of the white fan of the Cryorig H7 for a cleaner look, just undo the fan and use some mineral turps. Same with your exhaust fan.

I also found that if I lowered the Exhaust fan so that it was in line with the CPU cooler, it gave me better CPU Temps (GPU Temps stayed about the same).

Thank you.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

You've got a really clean build mate!

I don't think I allotted enough slack in the fan to lower it, but I'll look into it.

Thanks for your input!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you and No worries :)

Just curious too, what's the fan configuration? It appears not to be on the mobo but rather run to the back of the case where I assume it's probably 3pin voltage controlled? or just 12v molex connection? and if so, do they make a bit of noise?

(I have always found, if you have good components, that case fans were a make or break when it comes to a silent PC and that the noise will depend on how fast they spin).

Thank you.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

They're got an extension from Thermaltake that undervolts the fan to make it spin slower and produce less noise. They run at "100%" with the undervoltage in mind. They're actually attached to a Phobya fan hub (runs off molex but has 6 different 3 pin headers for fans) located just behind the HDD in the bottom to keep all the fans together and keep cables tidy.

You can baaarely hear this PC until you put the GPU fans at about 70%.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Are they PWM 4pin or just 3pin?

Thank you.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

PWM but they're running 3 pin because they're not connected to the mobo in any way so.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, almost bought the same case as you. Enjoy your tiny killing machine.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I recommend it highly.

Also, I will ! :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the parts for a similar but lower level build. (My budget was $1k US) but I very much enjoy your beautiful build!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

That cooler is pretty dope for how small it is, I was able to get my 6600K to 4.6. 1+

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful, cheap, and effective. Why aren't all coolers like it?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Because then this one wouldn't be the god of budget coolers ha ha ha...

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The lack of good/pretty/small/cheap air coolers makes this builder sad :(

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha what do you mean all you need is this.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice to see Cryorig has a sense of humor lol.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome job bro , great color match and clean build . Love it .

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I love it too. Very pleased overall. :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I am speechless so I only put very clean lel.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I tried to go all out with my ninja cable management skills.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it worked, and well!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Very beautifully well done build.+1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

wow amazing build! 1+!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

So clean love it!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a refreshing black build with white accents. Just enough and not too little. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I try. I try :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the colors on the monitor, reviews on it are scarce online so its been hard to tell. Love the color matching by the way.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Turn the brightness down and adjust gamma and it's just as good as an IPS monitor.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Really love the aesthetic that you've gone with here!

Tell me something - I've been looking into that monitor pretty closely and scouring the web for reviews. Can't find too many though. Do you think it is worth the buy? What are your general impressions about it?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely worth it. Color accuracy is good after the calibration (I used the top voted one in Amazon and tweaked from there). 165hz is wonderful. Viewing angles are good for a TN panel and unless you're playing at a 90 degree angle from your monitor it's not going to affect you.

I'm considering buying another.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Very reassuring to hear it from a real person! Thank you.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually built a $3k and $2.5k setup for 2 of my friends using the exact monitor and they're ecstatic.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

When you say it lacks m.2 ports I'm assuming you're meaning that it lacks additional m.2 ports right? I see you have an ssd so if I were to purchase this mobo I assume that I would at least be able to put in one ssd. Sorry if that's a ridiculous question but I'm kind of new to this

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The m.2 port on the motherboard is pretty much solely for a low profile WiFi card. It isn't an m.2-2280 port like is becoming standard for m.2 SSD's.

Buy a 2.5" SSD and run the SATA cables and you'll be fine.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Astonishing! Love that color match!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Simple, clean, air cooler ! +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Working on a similar one myself

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Good luck, the case is a pleasure to build in.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm researching this case for my next build and am wondering why you bought 3 fans when it already comes with 2. I would think 3 would be enough and you have five.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The two fans included didn't meet my tastes for looks. I ended up using them as spare radiator fans in a friend of mine's build. I'm running the 3 Riing fans because they're quiet and look really good.

I originally DID have 5 Riing fans in it, but I decided to take the top two out because of looks, space, and noise.

The included case fans are fine if you don't mind the way they look, just not for me :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I won't be looking at my components very often so I think I will just go w/ what it comes with.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks amazing!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the network card take up a full pci-e lane? The same for gpu or is it the tinier one near it?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice looking build! I may just draw inspiration from this build if you're fine with it :P

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

high ram speed causing stuttering? that's not right... it must be something else in the bios, like a frequency ratio or divider, hope it can be solved but i'm not familiar with modern intel

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