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I decided it was time to upgrade from my Asus G750 but didnt want to go with another laptop since my computer never leaves my desk. This all started out as a sub $1,000 build anddd you can see where it went.. This was a fun build but this case definitely is not for everyone. Given the tight spaces you'll need a good deal of patience to make everything work.

Case: I opted for this case because I don't care about fancy large cases with all of the RGB. This case fit perfectly in my desk and was able to fit all of the power I need(for now). This case isn't for the impatient as cable management can be a pain - more on that later. I chose to run the dust filters that came with it because why not. I did mod the GPU fan grills because they made just enough noise to merit removing them. I left those cross sections to keep the dust filter from touching the fans. One gripe about the case is the front LED strip came loose at same point and now my lighting in the front is uneven.. I'll probably just live with it since I have to completely empty the case to remove the front face...

CPU: This is part of the reason my build went from <$1k to where it ended up. I ended up picking up the 9900k for a steal of a price and decided why not go all out on other parts too.

GPU: At first, I spec'd my build to use a 1060 or 1070 but ended up going 2080 Ti instead. The first card I bought I was a 2080 Ti Founders edition and all was great until I powered it on.. One of the fans ran at ~4700 RPM 100% of the time and could not be controlled by anything I tried. So I sent that one back. While it was annoying to get a bad card, it did give me an idea. I noticed there was more room that I could utilize with a beefier GPU heatsink. I measured and it looked like the Asus Strix 2080 Ti would fit. It did! Granted it's pretty tight and you have to finagle it into the case, but it fits like a glove! I also recommend doing custom length PSU cables for the GPU considering its size. Another note on the Strix is that I had to trim the supplied GPU support bracket to hold it on the side as well as fabricate another bracket to hold up the far end by the power connectors. Might not have needed to make the other bracket but I felt better knowing its supported on 4 sides instead of 3 on other end. You can see in the outside pics just how tight it is in there!

Motherboard: I chose the Asrock Phantom Gaming ITX/ac from all the good reviews and features. The heat sinks did make it a bit challenging to fit the H60 cooler but I eventually figured it out.

CPU Cooler: Originally planned for a Noctua NH L12S but I went a Corsair H60 (2018) instead due to the 9900k. This was one of the more annoying aspects of my build so hopefully this will help someone else. I ended up ditching the tall nuts that hold the pump/heatsink to the MoBo and went with 3mm washers/nuts instead. I did this because when I tried routing the hoses around the pump they would hit on those tall nuts and push the cooler up higher than I wanted. I also changed out the 25mm Corsair fan for a Noctua NF-A12x15 for better clearance. Might not have needed to change the nuts out once I changed to a slimmer fan but oh well. Either way, I'm happy with this setup as there's literally zero pressure anywhere on the hoses and the radiator lines up with the holes on the top panel.

Case Fans: As with others, Noctua is my go to for fans. Changed out the (IMO) loud case fans for 2x NF-A12x15's and haven't looked back.

Ram: Originally had G.Skill Ripjaws 32GB 3600 but had to return them since they were too tall to work with the H60. Instead, I went with Corsair LPX 3200 because they are the smallest ram sticks that have heat sinks. Overclocked easily to 3600.

PSU: Seasonic FOCUS Plus 750 Platinum SSR-750PX because its modular, platinum rated, and competitively priced. Cable management with this large of a PSU was definitely a challenge. I ended up shortening both the GPU cables because they put more pressure on the GPU than I was comfortable with. If you do this too be sure to mind the capacitors built into the cables. I had to get creative with routing the MoBo cable and you can see how I routed it in the pics.

Storage: Keeping in mind I didn't want any extra cables I opted for m.2 SSD's. I went with the Adata XPG SX8200 because they're were half the price of the Samsung 970's and had compatible performance according to userbenchmark.

Monitor: Instead of using a regular monitor I'm using a Samsung 43Q60R and it's fantastic! I prefer large monitors as it makes CAD work so much easier.

Temperatures: Havent had time to really benchmark it yet but its been running quite cool so far.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

I saw this on the website and thought, hmmmmmmmm.... WHAT. This power in this small a package with these thermals and acoustics. C'MON THIS IS NUTS. Truly one of the most impressive builds i have seen in a while. I just checked and I prefer this build to the last 12 featured builds. Nothing beats this craftsmanship at this size.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I really appreciate that! I'm really happy with the build so far. With mild OC it runs nearly silent with the fans on normal and the thermals barely dip above low to mid 40's C at idle or light loads - and that's in an enclosed cabinet that I'm about to add input/exhaust fans.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Where the GPU at

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Added more pics!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Impressive work given the choice of components. I have the FTZ 01 case myself and will never understand why Silverstone reconfigured their RVZ and FTZ console style cases to hold full size ATX size PSUs instead of just sticking with SFX sized ones. Would have made your life a lot easier. Can barely believe you actually got the ASUS RTX 2080Ti in there, it's technically a 3 slot card!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean I could have just as easily gone with a SFX PSU. But I didnt feel like spending the extra money on a SFX when I could technically fit a more powerful and more efficient PSU for half the price. anddd I like a challenge haha added more pics of the GPU stuffed into the case. Its difficult to get a good picture with the lid off thanks to the plate the GPU mounts to.. but I tried.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel your pain with that 24-pin cable. The heatshrink on stock PSU cables is unforgiving. Nice build!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I considered shortening the 24-pin and making my life a lot easier.. or harder depending how you look at it. But I decided against that once I figured out how to route it the way I did. Thanks man!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The build looks fantastic and is truly impressive! I'm looking to build in this case too but was wondering if you think that a corsair RM750x PSU would fit? Thanks :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious as to what kind of CPU temperatures you're seeing. I, too, was going to go with the NH-L12S, but it was sold out when I bought everything. I settled for the Scythe Big Shuriken 3. My i9-9900KF gets into the high 80's when I'm gaming. I ordered an NF-A12x25 PWM and Kryonaut to get to get the most out of this cooler. I don't want to go the AIO route because I haven't had a good experience with them in the past.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Bad choice for CPU cooler, you should've used the Corsair Hydro H5 SF instead!