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Date Published

Oct. 14, 2018

Date Built

Sept. 1, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.114 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


This is my first build on PCPP, so hello everyone!

Yesterday the very last part of the build arrived, so I thought about posting the complete thing here.
The build was rather spontaneous because my previous build aged well and eventually stopped working like I wanted it to be. So I figured I treat myself with a new PC before the old one gets even worse.

My initial thoughts about the build were a small, all in black system. RGB should add the color and mood to the build. I use it mainly for gaming and multimedia purposes.

About the Parts:

NZXT H200: My previous build was a sleeper pc in a case older than me. It was a cool gimmick to have such a ''trash computer'' but for now I wanted something rather small and elegant to put on my desk. I've always wanted to build in an ITX case so the H200I was a good choice for me. It is indeed a bit tight here and there and cable management wasn't the easiest but in the end, I'm super satisfied with how it turned out.

Asus ROG Strix H370i: The Strix H370i is a very good looking motherboard. It lacks overclocking compatibility but since I wanted an almost all black build I chose looks over performance and didn't want to have the Z370i. I really prefer the stealth look of the H370 over the shiny silver parts of the Z370. Now that Asus has announced their Z390i, I'm thinking about switching motherboards to be able to overclock. Since the H370i only has one USB 2.0 header I needed to buy a USB hub.

Intel Core i5-8600: Solid CPU. Satisfies all my needs. I thought an i7 would have been overkill for what I do. So I choose his little brother. I know that I have an unlocked CPU but I can't overclock right now. I got the unlocked CPU for future compatibility and the higher base clock.

Trident Z Ram: Pretty much one of the best go to ram kits. For me personally, they have the best-looking implementations of RGB out of all other RAMs on the market.

Kraken x62: I really like the look of an AIO in these small builds. Also, I wasn't sure if an air cooler would interfere with the rams since they're so close to the socket on the micro ATX motherboards. I really like NZXT's heatsink/pump design on the Kraken series.

Asus Strix GTX 970: This is the old GPU from the sleeper build. I purchased it when Nvidias 9XX series was just released and it still does its job very well. It fits the theme and I'm more than happy how it performs in the new system. Another reason why I didn't upgrade is that the 20 series GPUs were just not released. Still haven't decided on what I want to do. But for now, my 970 OC is just what I need.

Storage: I decided to go with just M.2 in this build. The reason for that is again the space available and you have fewer cables to route to the drives. 1 1/2 TB space is enough right now and if I run out of space I can still fit 2 more ''normal'' SSDs into my case. Samsung EVO 970 is for the operating system and main programs. Under 20-second boot-times are refreshing after my old PC took over a minute sometimes even with an SSD. The Crucial MX500 felt like a bargain. I use it for games and other software.

HUE & CAM: I'm really pleased with the HUE 2. I waited about a month for it to be available in Germany. Only thing I don't understand is the Molex connector. Bough a SATA to Molex adapter to avoid using a Molex cable from the PSU just for the HUB because space in the shroud was a bit tight. I used 2 LED strips on the inside and 1 on the back of the case to project some ambient light against my wall. CAM software works just fine for me. I heard a lot of people having issues with it but I didn't have any troubles with it so far.

When the PC was finished I also decided to build a new/cleaner desk around it. It was basically a one-day-build. I went to the hardware store and got everything that I needed for it right away. Also, I got two monitor wall mounts from Amazon and a Master/Slave outlet for cheap.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I really enjoyed building this PC and I'm even happier with the outcome. It is indeed an eye catcher and I'm really pleased with the whole desk setup.

If there are any spelling or grammar errors, excuse me.

Comments Sorted by:

MisterFluffer 4 points 5 months ago

You are an odd fellow. But I must say, you steam a good ham.

cptncrnsh submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Understood that reference ✓

cptncrnsh submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Wait, why am I odd?

MisterFluffer 1 point 5 months ago

those were Superintendent Chalmers exact words XD

Shrek123456789 3 points 5 months ago

was the x62 a tight fit? it says on the webste it only fits up to 240mm rad

vseddie 3 points 5 months ago

I've read the X62 only fits if you mount the fans on the front of the radiator.

Shrek123456789 2 points 5 months ago

oh that makes sense. btw you replied so fast that im scared

cptncrnsh submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

It doesn't really matter. I first mounted the radiator in front when I set everything up and later changed it the other way round because of looks.

cptncrnsh submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

It was indeed very tight. But if you empty out the entire case you can mount the rad from the inside. Also you can only really mount the rad with the tubes on top because you would force a really hard bend otherwise.

Shrek123456789 1 point 4 months ago

would you not recommend doing this for a first time builder? I really think it would be better to have a 280 in the front for better airflow on the gpu, but if it's really hard I might pass

cptncrnsh submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

It's not hard to do, but it's tricky. Just make sure that the rad with the fans is the first thing you install in the case.

Shrek123456789 1 point 4 months ago

ok cool. thanks for the answer

mlggeekmaster242 2 points 5 months ago

Perty +1

jdksj 2 points 5 months ago

Looks very good, I love the theme

cptncrnsh submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thank you!

vseddie 2 points 5 months ago

Yes! I wanted to know if it was possible to mount the X62 Kraken like this and you've done it! Looks so much cleaner with the tubes hidden. I can now start acquiring parts for my 9900k 2080ti build haha. Thank you :)

cptncrnsh submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Yeah the X62 just fits. I was also curious it if would fit somehow because the case supports 2x 140mm fans. So why wouldnt a 280mm rad fit in there as well? In the end its is very tight like i just mentioned in another comment.

Good luck with your build, bud!

Broxx 6 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Very clean build! I usually don't like having the CPU cooler logo sideways but I absolutely love the "tucked" look of the AIO hoses. Thumbs up

Waarez 2 points 4 months ago

Really awesome build. I'm building nearly the same. Did you connect the pump connector to the CPU_fan of the motherboard or to the first fan split connector of the smart device.

cptncrnsh submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I connected it to the fan header on the mobo and fixed it in the BIOS to 100%

Also have fun building and good luck!

alfa113 1 point 4 months ago

Stunning build! One question: the motherboard on the left has a led surface? Or it has only led behind on the right?

cptncrnsh submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Big thank you!

The mainboard has RGB LEDs on the right behind the board. On the left there's only the IO-shield/cover.

alfa113 1 point 4 months ago

Thank you, i tought the shield had a led. :)

Catherine100 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Is there enough room to mount a HDD next to the PSU? Also does the PSU close of all the holes on the PSU shroud? Does the PSU choke your GPU? Thanks!

startale 1 point 2 months ago

Hey man, nice and clean build :).

I have a question since i have the same H200 case. I also have a MSI GTX 1080 Gaming 8G. I am now planning on going with an AIO and am afraid that the AIO wont fit because my GPU is 279 mm in length. When i lookup your GTX 970 it says that it's 280 mm in length. Can you confirm this? Because if you GTX 970 fits then my GTX 1080 should fit as well... i am hesitant on this

cptncrnsh submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

279mm should fit as long as your rad is not super thick.

Gl with your build, keep me updated! :)

iNoah 1 point 2 months ago

What's the colour you have giving that nice greenish theme?

cptncrnsh submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Bro I'm sorry i dont understand the question.

As you see in the pictures it's a hue from blueish green to brighter green. But I'm really not sure what you mean.

iNoah 1 point 2 months ago

Like for he #hex colors. But i figured it out anyways. cheers tho

ChucRupts 1 point 1 month ago

what software are you using to display CPU and RAM usage in the picture number 10?

cptncrnsh submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I use the sysDash skin in Rainmeter

ChucRupts 1 point 1 month ago

ty =D