Minimalistic Design

Back at it again with Raijintek. This time with a photo editing and light gaming build. The ingredients this time will include the 8700 non-K SKU for fast out of the box performance—not to mention the hardware acceleration it provides in Adobe Premiere. 32GB of memory—3000mhz is all I had lying around, but we will underclock to 2666mhz for arguments sake. A 1060 6GB because why not. Dual 500GB SSD's not striped but it's an option. 250GB NVME boot drive for that much needed responsiveness. Mini-ITX motherboard and SFX power supply for a possible future upgrade to a smaller case. And some red RGB fans—it's all I had lying around. Add a couple 4k monitors; Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and casual gaming... and you're done.


The case, it's really easy to get marks on it. The aluminum attracts the skin from your fingertips like a magnet. But just as easy to wipe off.
Fun fact. If you plan on buying the Thetis, be aware the side panel will fall easily if you don't hold it while removing and installing it. Raijintek likes their side panels very basic. No way to seat the panel. Recommend putting the case on its side when doing this.
The Raijintek site says the Thetis supports a max 170mm height CPU cooler, and the Noctua NH-U14S is 165mm, which is compatible with the case, but with the front fan on it, which is over the memory, the fan is about 1mm too high, which causes the side panel to bow slightly, but this is only noticeable if you're looking at it from just the right angle.
Some of the components, notably the video card and memory, were purchased in February/March of 2018, during the cryptocurrency craze, when prices were inflated to, in some cases, double MSRP or more. Also the SSD's were purchased at a time when prices were much higher.
All the fans are set to Silent Mode in bios.

Part List

Part Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-8700 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $299.99
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler $63.75
Motherboard Asus ROG STRIX B360-I GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $126.75
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $409.74
Storage Samsung 960 EVO 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $119.99
Western Digital Blue 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive x2 $269.98
Video Card(s) EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB SSC GAMING Video Card $549.99
Power Supply Corsair SF 600W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply $114.99
Case Fan(s) Corsair Air Series AF120 LED Quiet Edition High Airflow Fan Twin Pack x2 $45.17
Noctua NF-A15 PWM 140mm Fan $21.51
Total $2,021.86
Part Item Price
Thermal Compound Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut Thermal Grease Paste $9.83
Case RAIJINTEK Thetis (Black/Windowless) ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99
Cables Corsair Premium Individually Sleeved SATA Cable $9.14
Adapter(s) SilverStone Technology Universal ATX to SFX Power Supply Bracket RL-PP08B $10.97
Total $119.93
Grand Total $2,141.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts


Info Temp
CPU Idle 29°C
CPU LoadMax 57°C
GPU Idle 32°C
GPUMax 67°C
Temperatures recorded with an ambient room temperature of 18°C


Cinebench R15
CPU Score
Multi Core 1393cb
Benchmark Score
Passmark Rating 6,987
CPU Mark 16,612
2D Graphics Mark 980
3D Graphics Mark 12,428
Memory Mark 3,424
Disk Mark 13,399
Benchmark Info Score
Gaming 84%
Desktop 118%
Workstation 103%
Processor Intel Core i7-8700 107%
Graphics Card Nvidia GTX 1060 78.6%
Drives Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB 203.8%
WD Blue 3D 500GB 86.6%
Memory Kit Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x16GB 91.2%
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  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build man, I love it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I used to have an FX-8370, practically the same as an 8350, like your build. Served me well.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

" 32GB of memory—3000mhz is all I had lying around, but we will underclock to 2666mhz for arguments sake."

**** the haters, keep what you prefer and don't take their **** seriously at all. I would have chosen 1 TB Crucial MX500 just to save less cable crowd unless price for that is the double of separate 500GBs. 1060 6GB with 8700 is ok, again could have picked RX 580 8GB for way cheaper and for the same performance. Other than that everything is good (keep in mind the suggestions I was speaking of were just to cut several bucks here and there and it doesn't influence overall performance).

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I neglected to mention the PC was built for someone using spare parts I had on hand, except for the CPU and motherboard, those are new. They chose the case. I chose the specs.