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.