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Welcome to the newest iteration of my M1 build. The desk hasn't changed. In the future I plan on swapping the Schiit Stack for the Jotunheim, and perhaps picking up the ultrawide Alienware monitor and invest in a KVM switch. The changes made were to the hardware.

i9 7900x - I literally have no use for this. I always wanted to build on the x platform and figured I might as well do it now. I'm sure in the future I'll upgrade again and get the 7980xe. In the meantime, I'm okay with this low core count i9. Turns out the 7900x is more than enough for what I need. No point in upgrading any time soon.

NH-C14 - One of the best air coolers you can get for the M1. Perfect fit.

x299e - Literally my only option, but it has everything I need and then some. The height of the usb 3.0 connector has been troublesome. I ordered a right angle adapter and it should be here this week. Edit: The right angle connector came in, but it cannot be used because of the location of the PSU. New plan is to custom fabricate a new front I/O bracket and delete the audio and USB, that way it's just a power switch.

32GB ram - I wanted to populate all the slots so I got the 4x8 kit. Easy OC to 3000mhz @ 1.35v.

Samsung M.2 - Works great. I hope to populate all the m.2 slots with 2tb drives eventually.

Samsung 2.5" - Works great. I hope to dump this drive for all m.2's eventually.

1080 ti SC Black - This card sucks. Can't OC for crap. Anything over +39 on the core clock and it will crash. Can't get past 1954mhz without crashing. Very disappointed.

SF600 - This works fine. Ordered the premium cable kit and they work great. As much as I hold a huge grudge against Corsair, they get a +1 for this product. They still get -9000 for everything else though.

Noctua Fans - I painted that little 92mm fan black to match the blackness. Yes, you can paint fans and not really worry about the balance. I put on a LOT of paint. I wanted it to stay black and try to be scratch resistant.

Der8aur Skylake X Direct Die Frame The CPU cooler is mounted directly to the die. IDK how much this helps as I forgot to do before and after tests. Whoops. All I know is, under stock settings running prime95 my hottest core hit 52c in a room that was 20c.

The headphones rock. The desk was custom made. The mic works fine. Cables were run through the wall for a clean look. I hate cables. The case is marked as costing me over $400 because I ordered all black panels recently as well as two tempered glass side panels, one in each color, so that way I can change her outfits from time to time.

Feel free to post with any questions or comments you might have. I will read them all.

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 13 points

My eyes, THIS IS SOME SORCERY. SOME COOL **** BUT SOME SCARY COOL ****.

Anywho, other than my pure amazement at this, are you not worried about cracking the die?

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

Cracking die's is rather hard at ambiet/Above Ambient so there should be no worry here. I'd only worry about cracking dies's on LN2 when you go from say... -130 to ambient+ in a quick time.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Not really. If I cracked the die I'd just go grab another one and try again. The risk is low since the vast majority of CPU coolers have built in limits and you can't tighten any further than that.

  • 20 months ago
  • 12 points

"Grab another one" sorry but you're talking to an almost high school graduate who's afraid of doing a custom loop and removing the IHS off of a processor, so I am truly amazed either way

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I understand being afraid of delidding. Rockitcool makes fantastic tools for it though. I highly recommend them. I've delidded at least 5 processors with their rockit 88 and now I've moved onto the rockit 99 and I have no fears whatsoever. They're very well built and easy to use. Totally worth the investment for safe and easy delidding.

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

Maybe I'll delid my next processor, since I plan on going either to the next gen i7 or to X299, I'd like to do different things so I'll have to put that on my list eventually, thanks though for recommending that Rockitcool kit.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

you can also get insurance on your processor if you're worried. When I picked up my 8700k I got "enthusiast insurance" on it, it was like barely extra on top of the total cost, and it covered OCing and de-lidding related fatalities. or theres Silicon Lottery, who can de-lid for you or sell you pre-delidded CPUs.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

same

  • 20 months ago
  • 6 points

Shiit that's a cool amp. Nice build dude

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  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

it never gets old

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

That is a dream desk set up you get there. And about your issue OCing your 1080ti, I've been having the exact same issue with my 1080 SC. Think I managed to get something like a +27 on core clock before Unigine started crashing. Must be something about the SC models I guess.

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

How many FPS does it get on minesweeper? +1 For the NCase.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Now how does your CPU cooler breath with the case cover on? Looks to me the intake fan is extremely close to the side panel cover and I would fear about it suffocating the fan.

  • 20 months ago
  • 4 points

Hey Conn. I use the computer with no side panel most of the time, that way it gets all the cool air it needs and I get to stare at the pretty stuff. When I travel I use the stock side panel, which has holes for intaking air.

The glass panel in picture 1 is never left on there. I don't even know where it is currently.

  • 20 months ago
  • 6 points

I would not be able to leave one of my cases open like that because of my cat. She loves PC cases and will try to shove herself in it and if too small she will paw at whatever she can lol.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

this seems unsustainable in terms of dust. Seems to me panels are there for a reason, and simply not using one is not doing your hardware and fans any favors

  • 19 months ago
  • 4 points

I clean the computer religiously. Dust is never an issue.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

good to hear, it'd be a shame to see such an angel fall from the heavens due to dusty wings (GPU fan blades)

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  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that direct die attachment specifically for that cooler only?

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

No, it will fit most coolers with a fixed mounting height including ekwb blocks, nzxt aio's, corsair aio's etc.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Such an amazing build, all that power in something so small. What do you use this desktop for? Thanks for sharing :)

  • 20 months ago
  • 4 points

It is my daily driver. I browse websites and play league and wow. I play steam games every now and then but mostly the hardware is just for the luls.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

hahah, that is so overkill but amazing too XD. Hopefully I can get something like that in the future :P

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

What's your FPS on LoL?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Between 180-250.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! lol any good at LoL?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I was a plat 2 one trick leblanc before the assassin rework. Then I quit playing ranked after that. I might pick it up again now that they reverted her.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

What's your main in WoW? Also what are your temps like with the cpu and gpu? In WoW my 6700k and GTX 1080ti gets pretty toasty lol. Also awesome build!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I main a resto druid. CPU temps @ 4.8 all core is mid 40's. GPU runs at 72C.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow what is this the 3rd featured build this week? I see why now...

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

bAtTLe bOx +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I would love a 2TB 960 Pro.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I think for 2TB you'll have to look at the upcoming 970 PRO and EVO serries

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

(wipes sweat from forehead)

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice optical illusion in the first pic

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

The desk backglow goes over the PC window

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

The reflection creates the optical illusion

  • 16 months ago
  • 0 points

I thought you said you didn't come to my page. XD

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

very noice pc my friend

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Shoot me your address. I'd like to come buy and Visit. And if this system came up missing, you would just have to file an insurance claim -- Riiight ?

Very Nice Build.. Thanks for Sharing !!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

this thing is epic, I love it. Kind of a waste if you're just playing league and WoW but if you are going to waste nearly 6000 dollars it should be something sick as this

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. GG Would a full size 92mm fan fit as exhaust instead of the thinner version?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

No, only a thin fan will fit. The heatpipes stick out too far on the CPU cooler.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I just scored a C-14 on ebay. Deciding if should keep the original Noctua colors, or repaint. Hopefully the cooler works out too.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats! Those C-14's are extremely hard to find. I've seen some good looking builds with original Noctua colors. It's kinda one or the other. You can either go all black and replace all the fans or own it with the sand/poop brown. I look forward to seeing your build.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

You crazy .. deliding a 7900X .. wow :) ..i am a big fan of the X series, my main rig is based on one

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I dig the ducky keeb, nice work. Also how are those sennheisers? I need to give up my MDR-V600s eventually... +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the 650's. Easy listening for long sessions and super light weight. I have been eyeing the DT 1990's though so I might be switching.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

"low core count" "10-core"

*cries in i5

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

To be fair, 10 cores is the lowest core count i9 available.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

That does not make it a low core count chip though.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

What a little monster you got there! Great stuff.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Love love love this build!! I want to do a mini it’s build myself, I’m really feeling the giant killer vibe it has. Small form huge power.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Simply amazing! Beautiful job!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

saw this when it was posted just never commented, but I come back back on today to see it was featured, so nice one

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

But can it run DOS prompt?

+1 for delid.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

"I'm okay with this low core count i9"

Uhh... if you think that is low-cores, then WOW. Where have I been? Under a rock with Linus?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

What side panel are you using on your Ncase?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I did the Optimum Tech tempered glass mod. 3D printed his brackets and then had a shop cut and tint a piece of tempered glass to my specs. I really hate it as the 3D printed brackets are weak and break easily.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! BTW, How is the noise on the industrial Noctua Fans?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I said it before and ill say it again: This is a pile of Schitt.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

A stack of Schitt, even.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

ASRock continues to be great!

I hope they start making Threadripper Mini ITX boards too.

Good build.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Unlikely since the TR chip is gigantic due to the glued together dies. There wouldn't be space anywhere on the board. Even with X299 they had to install two daughterboards as well as sodimm memory.

Matx is the best they'll get, which is still impressive if you ask me. https://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/X399M%20Taichi/index.asp

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, that X399 Taichi is pretty much the best mATX board I've ever seen.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

“1080 ti SC Black- This card suck” mmk then can I have it? I can help you take care of that piece of crap card

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get those black plugs for the holes in your A14 fan?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually don't know. I remember thinking that I didn't like the holes there, and then I was like oh I'll just take these plugs from blank and put it in. I don't remember what the blank was though. Good question. Sorry I couldn't answer.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe they are the plugs for the noctua fan clips. They kind of look like that.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

That's exactly what they are now that you mention it.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

In your opinion do you think upgrading to an 19 in the future is worth the double price of an i7 because i currently have an 17-8700k but in the future that will become slower and newer i9 CPUs will be out do you think i should just get another 17 or get an i9?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I don't think it's worth it if you have an 8700k. That is still the best gaming cpu on the market, and it's no slouch when it comes to productivity and multitasking. Truth of the matter is, most people don't need more than 4 cores. The 8700k at 5gz or higher will last you a long time.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

The only reason i ask is because of future parts thank you for you input i should be able to overclock it, I just haven't yet. I have an ROG Strix Z370 motherboard. But i will look into overclocking it.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build mate

I have the same GPU which manages +75mhz on the gpu clock and +450Mhz on the mem clock. Though working perfectly well with benchmarks and gaming, temps would hit around 78-80c. Not my cup of tea so i dropped down to +65Mhz/+400Mhz

Initially had similar problems with crappy overclocks and ended up DDU'ing the driver with a fresh install, re-seating the custom back-plate with room to breath and turning off G-SYNC, norton, teamviewer and any other apps running in the background when running benchmarks. Did the job!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Awesome little pc.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Why do you hate corsair exactly? I'm personally not a fan of their peripherals (I prefer Logitech) and the only power supply I bought from them had a ticking issue, probably a problem with the fan hitting the grill of the PSU. This happened on my first unit, and my second unit replaced my amazon. After that I gave up on it.

But I'd like to know why you don't like corsair, as it seems you really don't like them.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I had ordered an air 240 case from them years ago and the acrylic side panel came scratched because of the usb 3.0 and from I/O headers that were flailing around inside the case. There was no plastic or cardboard to protect it. Contacted customer support for a replacement and they said they can only do a full exchange. So I had to pay for return shipping for the entire case just for them to replace a defective side panel that was their fault.

I told them to keep the case and refund the rest. I was out 30 bucks for shipping with no case at that point. Since then I do whatever I can to avoid buying their parts.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

You could try switching to a reference PCB 1080ti, then mounting an accelero with two NF-F12 fans underneath for airflow. Would definitely run cooler, and since you lost the silicon lottery it'd give you another chance at that too.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Ironically, the first 1080ti I bought was a founders when they were first released. It would do 2100mhz no problem, but the stock fan was loud as hell even with a custom curve so I sold it and bought this one. It is whisper quiet even under full load but the boost clock sucks.

I have an accelero, but I don't like that I can't have a backplate and I don't like the way the cooler looks so I'm stuck with this card for now until the next gen comes out.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

the OC issue with the 1080 ti is probably because the card is factory overclocked. i'm not an expert though

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

What desk are you useing.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Even though this build is good why do you have a dell with 60 Hz for 800 dollars when you can buy a msi 32'' curzed monitor with 244hz for 400 dollars though I do know that the resolution on that monitor is very high

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought the dell like five years ago. Hardly any 3440x1440 monitors existed at the time.

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

What's weird about the components?

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the only x299 itx board available.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably because it's the only mini-ITX X299 mobo that exists on the market right now.