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My brother PM’d me and told me he had bought a few bits and pieces for a new rig for his lounge so he could play competitive party titles with his kids – you know stuff like Mario Tennis and so on. I duly obliged to help him out with this endeavor and supplied the liquid cooling equipment although he bought everything else for the build. For someone with only a passing interest in this hobby I thought he did pretty well and picked out components that will certainly deliver 60fps at the 1440p resolution his monitor offers.

Parts List:

Asus rog strix z370-i

Intel i7-8700k - overclocked to 5ghz

Gskill trident z - xmp 3200mhz

Nvidia rtx 2070 reference card

Samsung nvme 960 evo 250gb - boot drive

Samsung ssd 850 evo 500gb - storage

Silverstone sx600 gold rated psu

1 x corsair hd 120mm fan with controller

3 x arctic bionix fan - yellow

Xspc fan hub

Xspc rgb sata controller

Ekwb monoblock z370-i

Ekwb nickel 12mm fittings Ekwb nickel 90 degree fittings

Ekwb nickel extenders

Ekwb ddc pump top

Laing ddc pump

Alphacool cape corp coolplex 15lt reservoir

Xspc tx120 radiator

I am sure every pc builder has a vision of what their rig will contain and what it will look like when the rig is completed. Then you start building, the challenges begin and the vision changes.

I ripped out the Inwin PSU. Nothing at all wrong with the PSU but it was non-modular and in a small case like this I hate it when half of the cables I do not use have to be bunched up somewhere. I bespoke made a housing unit for the Silverstone PSU. Cable management was easy once the bespoke PSU housing was installed. The wireways in the side panel were easy to manage but problematic when installing the controllers and fan hub as the space is limited.

I sleeved the Silverstone cables for some color dynamics and to keep things tidy. I installed a 24pin sleeved cable extension and sleeved the DDC pump cable in white to hide at the front side of the chassis.

I only installed a 500gb ssd for storage as this is only for favorite couch co-op gaming so did not need anything excessive. I actually have additional 1tb SSD and 500gb NVME so if he needs more storage I can just chuck that in at a later date.

This was probably the most fun I had building a small form factor with the Inwin A1. It is surprising how much can be achieved with a little modding. Out of the box, the A1 can easily become a messy build but with a little time and thought, the result is quite aesthetically pleasing and uncluttered. But that is for all of you to decide.

In case anyone is wondering “what is up with the logo badges”? I had to hide the fixings for the bespoke PSU housing. Good old eBay helped out here.

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Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 4 points

Very nicely done and congrats on the feature! Those logo badges look more like "merit badges" to me, which are nice. :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your kind comment, appreciated.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Unique, yet modest. I prefer AMD right now but this is my favorite build I think i've seen on here.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

That is very kind of you to say. Thank you.

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

TIght and fresh

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! Beautiful, gorgeous build. Suuuper clean! Amazing job!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank You, much appreciated.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

you sir are a true master of the pc

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your kind comment, much appreciated!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

this thing is cleaner than mr. clean's house

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually had to clean this PC case with various cleaning fluids, that tempered glass window picks up everything.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks brilliant, congrats on the feature

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Slick build! Congrats on feature! +1

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Of course you did.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheers 8)

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

jeez! what a beauty!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, much appreciated!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

is the rear fan set up for intake? with the bottom fans also set up for intake and just one for exhaust in the back, there must be a bottleneck for all that positive pressure trying to find somewhere to go. great build otherwise.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Initially I was not even going to put a fan in the rear but when I tested, the intake from the bottom was compromised by the GPU. Just wetting my hands and feeling for air movement I was not convinced the intake was adequate. I then decided to put another intake fan on the rear. Ideally the case would have been designed with a front intake, that would have been great. Not for this InWin though, had to make do with what we had. I was thinking switching it around, back fan for intake, bottom to vent out but trying to install any radiator on the bottom proved to be a fruitless exercise.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude, this case is amazing, i'm a big fan for ITX form and simply WOW, congratulations.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, your comment is much appreciated.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. Someone managed to do a hard loop in an A1. Incredible.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate your comment, thank you.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

whats the color scheme you ask? yes

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

DrLitch, another great build!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You! Much appreciated.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Epic! Sad to see that the 8700k is now $250 at microcenter. It's so easy to feel stolen from

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Funny thing though, it's predecessor the 7700K sells for $100 more used. 8700K is an awesome CPU, still the best of the 6 core batch.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn, that is sleek as hell! Great build man.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :D

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, this is such a slick looking build!

Edit: Good specs too!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you ;)

  • 8 hours ago
  • 1 point

Nice build

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, much appreciated :).
Yes definitely the yellow and green is an interesting choice. In the usual ambient lighting it is hard to notice through the tempered glass but I aim to switch this fan out at some point.

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