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Finally replaced my desktop after my divorce. Decided to go with my second ITX build. This time I went all in with a budget of about $1200. I had some help with a family member working at Intel so I got discounts on the 7700k and storage.

I started by choosing the Phanteks case and went from there. Went back and forth on a few parts but ultimately decided on this final parts list. The case itself was easy enough to build in. I had some trouble hooking up CPU power after installing the cooler, but I'll know for the next time to install it after hooking up the power. Only other issue was the PSU clearance. A shorter one would have worked better but as I am not using HDDs I will remove the HDD cage in the near future.

I went with the cheapest 1070 at the time of purchasing the parts. I plan on upgrading to a 1080ti at some point in the future. I plan on doing some OC of both the CPU and GPU after that upgrade is made. I also need to get a Fan Hub as the Z270i Gaming only has one fan connector on-board. Currently there is no exhaust, just an intake. That being said, I haven't had any heating issues as of yet, even with room temps in 70s F.

Overall I am extremely happy with the way the build turned out and cannot wait to fine tune it.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Man you must have gotten a good discount on those SSD's considering they are half the price of your build lol, But any way nice build, I like the colors.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea most definitely. At first i was like :O

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha im going to be honest the :O gave me a good laugh

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Cannot tell you exactly how much I paid for them but yes, I got extremely lucky on the discount.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Those SSDs though. Wow must be really fast and smooth!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Way better storage option than an HDD if you can afford it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you manage to mount Cryorig H7 on this MOBO? Cooler's backplate is overlapping some of motherboard's componenets, which in my opinion makes Cryorig H7 incompatible with Asus ROG STRIX Z270i (I own this particular setup and had to cut little pieces of backplate with a knife so it wouldn't damage MOBO).

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what motherboard components you would be referring too other than the rear m.2 slot (not really a component, more of a feature) which is a known issue. I had no issues in mounting the cooler as I am not using the rear slot. Should I choose to do so in the future I will likely upgrade the cooler as well.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! How are the temps on your GPU? It looks like there's not much space for airflow.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Not horrible, knowing there was not a ton of room I went with the blower style GPU. I also wasn't worried about OCing this build currently as where I live, it gets very hot in the summer so my ambient room temps are on the high side.