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.
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.