Description

My old computer was my old freeNAS tower. It was retired from that when I went to the Synology 918+. It had a XEON quad core with 32Gb of ECC DDR3. It was ok for everyday use but really slowed down when doing anything in ADOBE suite. So I wanted to build a new small form factor system that could just sit on the desk so here we go...

Part Reviews

CPU

I would have gone with a 1700 but I was worried about thermals in the Phanteks Evolv Shift. I didn't need the cooler and just spend the extra couple of bucks on the 1600x. Rock solid and good temps so far. No complaints. I have not OC'd it yet but I will tinker with it soon.

CPU Cooler

BARELY fits in the Phanteks Evolv Shift. I mean the class may touch the acrylic pipe! But no pressure to close the glass side panel at all. Keeps temps in the 30's when just using the system everyday. The mounting brackets are no the sexist thing ever made however and the RBG is simply solid.

Motherboard

No complaints of me. EFI was simple to navigate and memory timings easy to setup. Software is fairly easy to use. Would suggest a better navigation system on their site for the correct drivers but it's not all that bad. 'Mainboard' temp will show incorrect in about every tool (over 100C). Use F-Stream or HWiNFO64 and it will show in the 40s. It appears to show F vs C in the utilities.

Board is easy to navigate and connectors are in the perfect place for the Phanteks Evolv Shift. If they could find enough room for one more RGB connector that would be great.

Memory

Memory easy to setup with X370. Went with 2666 because I could OC it and there is limited to no 'normal' performance gain to go with 3200. Ordered 32Gb but had to return one stick since it DOA. Next day I received the replacement and it performs great. 32Gb is overkill but I wanted to future proof my mini ITX.

Storage

Opened the box, screwed it down, installed windows and everything zips right along. I don't see much performance gain over the 850 EVO SSD but it is more convenient. If I could do it over again, I would get the 500 version.

Storage

Perfect drive for main OS or secondary storage. I have had no performance issues with this drive. I use it as a scratch drive and offload everything else off to my NAS.

Video Card

Works great. I don't want to get into frames or performance that much. You can Youtube that. I will say this card had very bright LEDs on the fans. Luckily the Phanteks Evolv Shift hides the card behind the MB so it doesn't matter that much. The fans do a good job of pulling heat from my M.2 drive however that's on the back of the board.

Case

Love/Hate? Nah..only love! I was worried that I couldn't pack everything in but I do have 4 120mm fans and 120mm AIO crammed in. One fan mounted under the case to push on the radiator, one fan on top of the radiator pulling, one in the bottom from of the case in taking cool air (mixing with the warmer air from the AIO), and one at the top front exhausting. Plenty of areas to hide cables but the front and back covers are a bit hard to put back one once you cable manage behind them. Great build quality and no issues otherwise!

Power Supply

Very tiny and fully modular. 500W is plenty for my build and this PSU fits the build well. Only cosmetic issues are that the silverstone sticker is only on one side (away from the window which leaves you looking at QC stickers) and the blue 24 pin connector. Why is it blue? I don't need color coding to plug the cables in. Especially the 24 pin. But sleeving is good. I did need to get a 8 pin extension for my build however.

Keyboard

RBG is great and the switches are very 'Cherry MX like'. Software is intuitive and works seamlessly with the Chroma RBG mouse pad. For me, however, the angle seems to be a touch off. I double tap keys from time to time. But the wrist wrest is very comfortable and I like the magnetic front so it pull up to the keyboard on it's own pretty much.

Mouse

I have 3 of these mice (work and home). It's not a high end gaming mouse but it is perfect for productivity. Very comfortable to use and battery life is 'adequate'.

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

MMM, That's a spicy build! love it!

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! It's tiny but spicy!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous build!! Great picture too +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a ton!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

custom sleeve on the cooler? the red looks nice

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

It's a CABLEMOD kit for a Corsair but it fits more or less lol

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

very good choice

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build with lot of personality. Beautiful photos!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

There's something about this build that gives it so much personality. Love it, job well done! +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I really am enjoying this system. I have recommended this case to about everyone I talk to wanting something small to sit on their desk.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

All the horrors of VRM overheating are just bad temperature reads then?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get your aio sleeving?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Im building my first pc and im thinking about getting the gtx 1060 6gb but some people are telling me to get the XFX - Radeon RX 580 8GB GTS XXX ED Video Card i need help choosing which one

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get the costume sleeve from?

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