Description

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!

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

CPU Cooler

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.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

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.

Storage

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.

Video Card

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.

Case Fan

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.

Keyboard

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.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Can't believe you picked up an M1 at that price. Jelly.

Nice build!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I know right?! I was just browsing through craigslist when I saw it listed and I was like NO WAY! And I contacted the seller ASAP. When I met him to pick up the case, I asked him why he was selling it, and he said he was upgrading to a GTX 1080 which he thought didn't fit in the case. Probably 'cause he was using an ATX power supply instead of an SFX one. Of course I didn't tell him that so that he wouldn't back out from the deal LOL

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

you sly dog. ;)

I never see used M1s in my small canadian prairie city. Shipping and customs expenses make it hard for me to commit to buying anything from ncase.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You should try hardwareswap on reddit, a lot of sellers on there of used PC components. Although almost all of the users on there are PC savvy, so you probably aren't gonna find huge steals, but still a lot of low prices on used items.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the tip. I scan those subredds every so often. I've only seen one M1 for sale as a local pickup on the opposite end of the country.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah not always easy to find the M1 on there. Anyway, good luck!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, bad cable manengment I suggest you get a new desk. . .Are you watching linustechtips? I love that Chanel!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Yeah the cable management back there bothers me too a little. I am thinking of getting a new desk when some more cash rolls in. Yes, I love LinusTech too! I've been a subscriber of their's for 4 years now!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

This just looks so pro. +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I love the minimalist style of the M1!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man, I wanted to go with the waterforce card but didn't think it would fit! ah, well glad someone got it in there. You should update the User-Contributed Spreadsheet if it hasn't already been updated so others will know this card fits.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it was a little tough getting it in there, but it fits well. I'll check out that spreadsheet to see what I can contribute.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

There are 2 extra hdmi ports on the other side of the gpu card right? I'm considering this card and wondering how can I use them (on a mini itx build)?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes you are correct there are 2 extra HDMI ports on the other side, but there's a small catch to it. You can use them just by plugging in an HDMI cable just like normal use, but this will disable the 2 extra DisplayPort ports. Basically you switch between "VR mode" when you use the 2 HDMI on the other side, or "standard mode" when you use the 2 DisplayPort on the normal side. You will have to choose which mode you want.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, I've read about that too and that you need a restart when changing modes. Currently, I'm looking for a case which can benefit the 2 extra hdmi, hopefully a mini itx with also room for a dvd drive.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you plan on using it for VR? I wish you luck finding the right case man!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, I'm not attracted yet to VR but I'd like to be ready if a good VR game/app comes out.

I've read there's a front panel plate and back panel bracket included, so maybe i'll go external dvd drive to accommodate the front panel, or find a itx case which will fit the back panel bracket.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking at doing a similar build to this with the same card, I was going to add 2 120mm fans to the base of the case (where you have placed your 3.5" drive). I was wondering if you found that there was enough room to fit the fans with this gpu?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply! I think there is enough room but it's a tight fit.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem, thanks for coming back to me! I've just received my case, I'll see how i get on

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

wow

just wow

that's an incredibly powerful, cool running build in such a small case

+1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That was exactly what I was going for!