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This is my first ever pc build, well over due upgrade from my previous rig that I purchased pre built about 6/7 years ago when I knew very little about the actual components of a pc.

Spent some time doing my research and watching tutorials on how to build a pc and decided to give it a go myself. Was a great experience and I have vastly improved my knowledge although there is still plenty I have to learn.

The build process went well with only one issue really, being the WD Blue 1tb M.2 storage I bought which I assumed I could install in the second slot on the back of the motherboard. Expect I didnt know it only supported nvme m.2 so had to send that back and bought the 860 Evo SSD instead.

Extremely pleased with the outcome and have certainly got the bug for pc building and overclocking. Currently have a very moderate overclock of 4.9Ghz @1.3v for now, I did manage to get up to 5.0ghz but the temps were abit high for me on load. Have been looking into delidding and may well do so in the near future.

Will post more pics of my set up also once I have finished it!

UPDATE:

So after a little while I decided that I wasn't happy with how hot my GPU was getting whilst under load, along with the fans being rather loud running at 100% trying to keep it cool, it would easily get up to 80-85 degrees.

I come across the NZXT G12 bracket allowing you to mount an AIO to your GPU, I was a little uneasy about taking my GPU apart as this was my first pc build to begin with and I had never done anything like this before. Watched some videos and tutorials and decided to give it a go. The conversion wasn't to difficult, a little fiddly along with working in such a small case.

Extremely pleased with the results! My setup is now near silent under loads which I love. The thermals are amazing, it now idles around 25-30 degrees rather than 40-50 and under load it reached a max of 62 degrees! and again it is silent!

SECOND UPDATE:

Went ahead and Delid my 8700k, another learning experience but well worth it! Was running 4.9ghz @ 1.3v pre delid with temps reaching 85/90+ quite easily during stress tests. Run the same settings post delid through the same tests and my temps were sitting in the high 60s.

Really impressed with these results and can now safely bump my 8700k upto 5.0ghz @1.35v and still not go over 70 degrees during testing. Have quite abit of headroom to push it further which I intend to play around with in the future.

Also installed a 2TB SSHD for additional storage

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a similar story to yours. I got a prebuilt PC years ago and decided to build my own to get better hardware and for the experience. It's a great community to be a part of! Beautiful system you got there!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really great build and I really like the black and white theme. I have been wanting to do a black and white themed build specifically inside the NZXT H200i for a while, and I might do something similar to what you did here :). Great build man, especially for your first.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man. Yea I wanted to keep it very minimalist and not too over the top with the rgb. Very pleased with the outcome.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Any regrets on building it in the mini-ITX form factor?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

None for me really. The one issue I found out when doing my reasearch was the limited usb headers on ITX motherboards but I overcome this easily with the nzxt usb hub.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to do small form factor build but then I got talked out of doing it haha! In hind sight I wish I would have lol

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

That is one super clean and nice looking rig man, well done!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

This is very nice. I'm pretty much going to go with the same parts for the most part. I was looking into corsair ram and an asus 1080ti inside a fractal r6.

  • 13 months ago
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The fractal R6 does look a nice case too. I think there is abit more room inside that case too as I was restricted with my GPU length in the H200 with a front rad.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a great first build! +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

This is savage little build, very clean and performance driven.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build! this is pretty much the exact same i was planning before i decided to wait for i9 9900k, z390 mobo and rtx 2080. how are the temperatures? did u have any problems with fitting the ram in? saw a lot of h200i builds that struggled fitting the first ram slot with the kraken aio tubes blocking it

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

That’ll be a pretty sweet build! CPU is undervolted atm and only a moderate overclock so max 70 degrees on load. Going to delid soon I think tho so I can run at 5.0ghz no prob. GPU does get up to 80 degrees after a while but still not too bad. Yea it was pretty tight fit and they are touching but managed to get them too fit.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Very impressive and clean build - I'm going to mirror this almost to the letter. Thanks for sharing.

  • 13 months ago
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No problem, thanks!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

hey man I have pretty much the same build lol, but hey did you connected the power cable to the nzxt usb hub? I feel like I dont have enouph space to put athe whole molex cable

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean? enough room in the psu basement for the molex cables? I have the hub sitting behind the cable shroud rather than in the psu basement to create abit more room down there. I'll upload a photo of the the cable management when I can.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely love this!! Such a simplistic and clean design.

I have been planning on switching cases and this is the exact build that I would do. Almost component for component.

Do you think would could fit a 280mm Kraken on the front with your 1080ti? I have the same card and everything else I just wanted to go with the 280mm AIO instead of the 240.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot!

I believe someone on here has put a 280mm Kraken in the h200. Its more of an issue of height that the depth fitting but they did manage to get it to fit. I just went with teh 240 instead of messing around trying to get thet 280 to fit. But it can be done.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Bro nice Build!! I was wondering how did you manage to connect all the USB 2.0 cables un tour Build. I bought the NZXT hub which has 3 extra usb 2.0 ports but i'm Still missing one

  1. The AIO USB 2.0.

  2. NZXT Hue 2.0

3.The USB 2.0 ports for the case ( power button and usbs)

  1. The USB 2.0 for the integrated fan board

As you see im missing one port :/ i have 4 cables and only 3 conections, how did you do it?

P.S. i'm a noob

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi thanks! No problem it was all completely new to be also and had to do alot of research.

The case front usb ports are 3.1 gen1 so they connect to the usb 3.1 connector on the motherboard.

So you have the Hub provides 3 extra usb 2.0 ports for the AIO, Hue+ and Fan controller

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

just wondering where you placed the hue controller? thinking of making a similar build!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I fixed it to the bottom of the case up tight to the radiator

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG, that's so beautiful, i've bought a kit similar than yours, but not with mini itx, i expect some day can buy something smaller like yours, congratulations for your kit. It's a sadness this desktop case don't fit a bigger GPU like Strix.

  • 11 months ago
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Thank you. Yes I would gone with the FTW3 if I could have but doesn't fit with the 240 rad.

  • 11 months ago
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Nice build. By the way I am building with the same specs. I cannot manage to fit the X52 pump with the G.Skill Tridentz memory. How did you manage to fit yours? I had to flip the pump in my build so the tube won't hit the memory, so the NZXT logo is upside down.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. It was a tight fit but I managed to get them in, the tubes are touching the memory. Do you have the same motherboard as well?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad I'm not a alone in this and it's how I found this build page. I have the same cooler, ram, and mobo and it is a extremely tight fit.

The pump tubes basically block the closest ram from ever being removed and is pushed away ever so slightly. Is this what you experienced?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes pretty much

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. We have the same motherboard. I somehow managed to fit them as well. But as you said, mine are also touching the memory.

  • 10 months ago
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Yes, I believe we have the same motherboard and yes the tubes are touching the memory.

  • 11 months ago
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How did you get the aer fans, kraken and inbuilt led strip to work together?

  • 11 months ago
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A combination of the included controller, nzxt hue and usb hub

  • 11 months ago
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man its really sucks all these new cards are 2.7 slots thick so they wont fit this case, i have everything but gpu, they really shuned itx builders, evga cards dont have sensors and safety fuse so passing on them

  • 9 months ago
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I want to do the same itx build with that case and Cooler. ITX Motherboards have less conectors than ATX, and i wonder how to connect all that thinks. My question is that NZXT USB HUB is coming with the case or i need to buy it separately? My Build what i want is: MSI z390i gaming edge ac NZXT Kraken X52 MSI RTX 2070 Armor

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

The h200i comes with a smart device for fans and led strips. But you will need to buy the USB Hub as there are not enough header on itx mobos.

  • 9 months ago
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thanks for answer :), i guess if i want to connect the NZXT Kraken x52 i will need that USB HUB yes or yes? can not connect without that? i a little confused with the connectors of the kraken

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes you will need the USB Hub to connect everything up.

  • 8 months ago
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Hey man, I noticed you replaced the radiator fans with the AER RGB fans. I'm thinking of doing the same. Have you noticed any significant performance loss/temp increase from doing so? My understanding is that since the AER fans arent static pressure, they are not optimized for the radiator.

Also, is the AER rgb fan touching your nzxt cooler? it looks like the clearance is really small with that updated set up.

  • 8 months ago
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Hi, Yes I swapped the Corsair fan out to keep my AER Fan for the rear radiator. I never used the Corsair Fan so could tell you the difference between them and the AER Fans but the thermals are great on my GPU now so Im happy.

The Fan is very close to the Kraken pump now due to the added radiator depth but I have had no issues with it.

  • 8 months ago
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I love this build so much. Especially down to delidding the GPU. Do you have any videos to look up on that?

  • 8 months ago
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Thanks alot. There are a bunch of videos on youtube I watched to get as much information as I could before going ahead with the conversion. Recommend adding heatsinks to the VRAM & VRMs etc as some videos I watched didnt do this.

  • 8 months ago
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Another question, Is your GPU Rad/Fan an intake on the back with just a top exhaust fan?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

No my GPU Rad & Fan are still acting as a Exhaust along with the top exhaust fan.

  • 8 months ago
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Oh ok I think I understand, with the fan on the inside it pushes air through the rad still? Right?

  • 8 months ago
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Yes. The 240 Rad with Two 120 fans are the intake and cool my CPU. The rear 120 Rad & Fan are exhaust but also cool my GPU and the top fan is exhaust only.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

What kit of heatsinks to the VRAM & VRMs are you using?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

They are just aluminium heatsinks off Amazon. These are the ones I used. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B073JC5RXT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! I'm in the same situation as you were pre g12 with literally the same spec level. I was kinda hesitant about cooling my gpu with only the h55 in this case but you've got me convinced. Thank you!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem! The h55 is certianly better than aircooling alone in such a small case like the h200i.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes glad I went with this option after. Still got plenty of space left to increase the storage in the future if i need to also.