Description

First PC build for quite a few years. Decided to go a mITX build with gaming capabilities.

I'm loving the ease of cable management within the main window area, Thermaltake have done a great job with this case.

The Corsair H80I v2 was a tight fit in front of the motherboard but not too much of a challenge. The GPU JUST fit, the power port is in a bit of a tricky spot, required a fair bit of manoeuvring to get the cable slotted in. It also bumps up against the radiator, which wasn’t factored in, so I’m lucky it fit!

Part Reviews

CPU

I can’t say much about it, haven’t attempted Overclocking yet, the system is blazing fast, but all of the parts are brand new, so I don’t know what to attribute that to

CPU Cooler

My first water cooled system, although it’s a bit of a starter over a custom design, it was extremely easy to install

Motherboard

Very happy with the board, has the 2 NVMe ports to utilise, ports are in all the right places for the case to make it look neat. The m2 ports are in positions that I’m a little concerned about heat, but with a mITX board there aren’t many options for placement

Memory

Excellent set. Running at 3200MHz using the XMP profile within the BIOS. RGB lighting is very bright.

I'm having issues with getting it all setup correctly as RGB Fusion wants to take over and control them, the limited options within RGB Fusion for lighting options is a little disappointing. The best option is to set it all to colour shift, but the RGB ram is off sync slightly with the motherboard and GPU. Not the RAM's fault, but something to consider. It also glitches every now and then and one of the sticks changes to a different colour, then re-syncs again.

Controlling the RGB via the Corsair LINK program is much more reliable and you get much more choice for lighting.

Storage

My first m2 and first NVMe. Blazing fast but a little concerned about heat, currently idling at 50c which appears about norm, I’ve just never had to factor in HDD heat before

Storage

Excellent value, a bit slower than the 970 Evo Plus, but as for a static data drive it's still significantly faster than standard SSD or mech HDD.

Video Card

Absolute beast, only setup last night so I can’t wait to get stuck into some gaming. I’ve made another build for someone with a 2060 so I know what I’m in for. I only have a 1080p screen so anything better would really be a waste

Case

Possibly my favourite case ever. My last gaming PC was housed in an Antec Nine Hundred, I loved it. I had the requirement of a small build for a shelf, this has ticked all of the boxes. The amount of hardware that you can cram into this little box is phenomenal

Power Supply

Went with a semi modular as I had no other components that needed PSU cables other than the motherboard, CPU and GPU. It’s made the cable management aspect much easier

Monitor

Budget 144hz monitor, no complaints. Given the GPU in the build I didn't see any point in splashing out on a 1440p or 4k screen that I wouldn't be able to utilise properly.

Keyboard

Great keyboard. My first mechanical keyboard. Even though they talk about the Romer-G switches being quieter than Cherries, I still find the noise to be significant over a membrane keyboard. So don't expect it to be silent, or even close to a standard keyboard in terms of typing noise.

Mouse

Excellent mouse, very snappy and responsive. I'm not using the RGB lighting so I save a bit of battery there.

The battery life is reasonable for the performance you get. 4-6 hours over a couple of days resulted in about 25% of the battery being used.

Headphones

Great headphones, the audio is quite punchy and reasonable bass, without being overbearing. Excellent connectivity, haven't had an issue yet.

Given I went with all of the Logitech peripherals, the settings and configuration sit within Logitech G Hub which has made maintenance easy. All RGB lighting has been turned off to save on battery (you won't see the RGB on the headset anyway???).

The mic is pretty good, the ability to push it up out of the way and it mutes (you get an audible tone to notify when the mic has been muted or unmuted too).

Speakers

Great speaker, picked up on a sale significantly under their standard price. Speakers are very loud and bassy.

Lights are great and I love the video sampling feature, setting boxes within your screen to project ambient lighting depending on what colours are on your screen.

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 4 points

Bam-a-lam?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

really nice build! you didn't have to get such a large expensive rtx 2060 though, they have smaller ones for 20 bucks cheaper. i always like itx builds, great job!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I know, I was looking to push the card for as much as I could get. I had the extra cash to go after it. It's my first desktop in a while after moving to desktop replacement laptops a while back, but the laptops are never upgrade-able when it comes to GPU's etc.

Wanted to be 100% happy with the parts, think this will tide me over for a few years now.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like your build, +1

What kind of temps do you get with your H80 v2? I like the thic rad, almost picked it up when it was on sale recently, but I already have a H100 Pro.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I would’ve gone for a larger rad if I had the space. The Core V1 can only take the 120mm.

I believe the CPU is currently running around 35c, I’ve just received some exhaust fans in the mail and will install tonight. The rad is currently pushing into the case from the front and it doesn’t really have an escape. I’m hoping it helps.

I’ve seen a number of builds running these coolers, so it helped form my decision.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool. Take some more pics, I like the case you choose.

I just built my first PC, also itx, but I'd like to go even smaller. Check it out and +1 if you like.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

according to Thermaltake's website, this case can take a 140mm rad in the front. Maybe thats your next upgrade if you ever do need it, this system seems great as it is though

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know, thanks. I’d say it’s possible, the original fan on the front was a TT 200mm, it’s got a fair bit of room there down the front of the chassis

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

A well executed core v1.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you put the SSD on the front M2 port or on the back one of your motherboard? Because im about to buy this mb with a Samsung 970 Pro, but id like to mount it on the front one, so that i can use the heatskink.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

In the front under the heatsink. There’s a sticky pad underneath and you need to remove the plastic from it so it sticks to the m2 drive.

I’ve just bought another 1tb for storage that I’m literally about to install into the back port. Intel 660P QLC drive.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I've seen that the heatsink has a blue film to be removed, with glue under it. Did you remove the sticker on the ssd or did you left it there to avoid the direct contact between glue and circuits?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I left the Samsung sticker on there, I think removing it would void warranty. I think some remove it so their bigger heat sinks get proper contact. But I can’t say whether either is better

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You have a pretty big heat-sink on the M.2 so the heat shouldn't be problem for you. If you don't use the RGB on the mouse, then why not go the G603? Nice build!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I guess it’s just the option to have them on ;P

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha RGB.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Just added some G560 speakers with rear RGB lighting last night too :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You know I was actually looking at the Razer Nomo (base model). Just want something diff. small form factor & all. The G560's are nice to but the MX sound maybe an option as well.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there, I'm building a pretty similar PC (9700k, Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC, Corsair H60 2018)

Is you CPU cooler fan configured as intake or exhaust? What about the 80mm rear fans?

Are your temps still good?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Rad is currently pulling into the case, getting fresh air into the rad, unfortunate side effect is warm air trapped in the case. The 2 80mm fans at the rear are pulling out and were added in after the build was complete, can’t say if it made much difference but it’s peace of mind :)

CPU idles in mid 30’s and max around 60 or so.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I'm trying to part out my build based on yours, but pcpartpicker shows a warning about the case and the H80i water cooler saying that there might not enough mount/space. Just making sure, you don't have such issue right?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s a tight fit with the hoses, but not a big deal. When you close the lid it sort of pushes on the hoses at the top.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there, you did a good job building this!

I am trying to build my own PC based on your settings. It helps a lot watching your build. I am having the same core V1 case, i5-9600k and gigabyte z390-i aorus motherboard but I chose cryorig c7 for the cpu cooler instead of your liquid solution. However, this is my first time building a PC myself, and I have some questions to ask if you may help me with it or not.

My first question is, do you know where to connect the internal front panel cooling fan cable? Is it in the motherboard or somewhere else? I did not find the place to connect it.

And, do I need to purchase additional cable to connect the USB 3.0-type c on the very top left corner in the motherboard?

Thanks.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

SYS_FAN1 and 2 are next to the CPU_FAN header, these are for your chassis fans. Top middle of the board.

You shouldn’t need an adapter for USB3, the front USB cables should slot into the F_USB30 header on the bottom right of the board.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! BTW, did you use case Fan hub? There are only 2 slots for chasis fans, but I get 3, 1 is the internal front panel fan, and 2 rear 80mm fans. I think maybe a fan hub will be needed?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

My rear fans ran at high RPM, so were very loud when allowing Gigabyte software to control all of the fans automatically.

So I used a splitter on one of the fan headers to connect both rear fans to. This halved the voltage being sent to both fans, so they run half as fast as they’re meant to (still sufficient)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I was just looking at your review for the 970 evo plus and couldn’t help commenting, nvme drives like yours are designed to run warm unlike a hard drive this is because the nand storage that it uses operates better there and crucially has a longer life span. It’s best if you take off the heat sink altogether, if your not convinced please go search this up.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I’ve read many reviews with concerns around thermal throttling for NVMe drives.

Given the small form factor, with these chips wedged between a the CPU and GPU, I’m worried that heat will be slightly worse in a mITX build over normal ones