This build is my latest rig update called Hakugin 2.0. All of the parts labeled $0.00 were carried over from my original Hakugin build that you can check out here http://pcpartpicker.com/b/mjTH99 .
This build is an mITX small form factor build. I basically wanted to make the smallest possible build while still having AIO watercooling on both my CPU and GPU. The case I am using is the gorgeous Ncase M1 that I got for $140 locally on craigslist in great condition, which I think is a big steal.
I upgraded my GPU from a GTX 970 to a GTX 1080 Waterforce., switched out my motherboard for an mITX board, switched my PSU with an SFX PSU and pretty much kept everything else the same.
It was a little tough getting the cable management good enough to be able to cram everything inside, but as you can see from the pics, it worked out great.
Some of you might be curious about temps, well I got some numbers for y'all. At idle, the CPU sits at 36°C and the GPU at 32°C. I then ran Witcher 3 at Ultra settings everything maxed on a 3440x1440 display, with the CPU only topping off at 58°C, and the GPU at 66°C! Very impressive temps for just a single 120mm AIO water cooler each.
So far I am very satisfied with this build and will probably keep it for a very long time. The only upgrade I can see me doing is the monitor once a 144Hz Gsync 3440x1440 display comes out.
So there you have it, Hakugin 2.0. Please let me know what you think! Thanks!
Have had this CPU since my first build in 2012 and it is still doing perfectly fine up till this day. I have OCed it up to 4.6GHz stable with a little bit of an overvolt and it still performs great. Especially since Intel's newer CPUs have only been getting marginally faster, for gaming alone, there will not be much of a difference between this CPU and newer CPUs.
Amazing Liquid cooler for the price. It's one of the cheaper liquid coolers you will find but it holds its own against even the more expensive solutions. It has kept my 2700k nice and cool for over 2 years now and I couldn't be happier.
This motherboard ended up being the worst purchase I've ever made. Despite being a "Z" series board which is meant for overclocking, voltages are locked on this MOBO. This means that even if you have a 2700k or 3770k processor, you are limited to changing the multiplier if you want to overclock. You cannot overvolt or undervolt on this board. Furthermore, for some reason, my 2700k would throttle on this board even at stock clocks when under load. I used the same CPU on my old ASRock full ATX board and it ran just fine without any throttling issues. Overall, I think this board is garbage and I cannot recommend it to anyone.
Great looking RAM, always loved Corsairs designs. Have used this RAM for over 2 years now at the time of writing this review and still no issues at all. Great purchase.
Would have given this less stars a few years ago, but after the latest firmware update the samsung released for their 840 EVO lineup, I have had no issues with this SSD. It is my main boot drive, and windows loads up very fast. I'm sure there are plenty of faster SSDs out there but not enough to warrant an upgrade over this one.
Got it for really cheap on jet.com and have no regrets. It is A LOT faster than my GTX 970 and the AIO on it keeps it nice and cool even through ultra gaming on my 3440x1440 display. Only thing I wish they would change is for it to start in Standard mode by default instead of VR mode and for the fan to be swap-able instead of being hard wired to the card, but that is just me nitpicking. Overall best card I've ever owned for what that's worth.
Noctua man, I don't know how they do it. Their fans are ugly, I know, so you might not want to use these for a build that needs to look good, but if you need some quiet, high performance fans, then Noctua always delivers. This particular model, the NF-F12, is optimized for high static pressure, making it great as a radiator fan. Also I would like to note that if you want a Noctua fan but don't like the ugly looks of this fan, you might want to consider their iPPC variants. They have a black and brown color scheme, and look much better in my opinion.
Great Keyboard, does what you expect. The MX Silents are definitely quieter than most switches but are still not "silent" by the definition of the word. It's still quite audible and I'm sure they'll make quieter switches someday. Another nitpick is I wish it had a rolling volume switch similar to the K95 that I had. Also the little plastic connections of the wrist rest to the keyboard are too easy to break. Overall still a great keyboard, just needs a few improvements.