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Went from an i7-8700K with an Asus Strix 1070ti on a standard ATX build (NZXT S340 Elite) to the i9-9900K with an EVGA Hybrid GTX 1080Ti FTW3 on a MicroATX build.

I use the machine mainly for gaming (Fortnite, Black Ops 4, Apex Legends, Overwatch) and also stream using OBS Studio on Twitch. On the side, I use this as my project computer for creative content with Adobe suites including photo and video editing. It is my complete workstation and workhorse. I originally came from all Apple products, and still use all their mobile and iOS devices when I travel.

Always wanted a microATX build after completing my full size build and realizing there was absolutely no reason to have a full ATX PC. Everything fits in my NZXT H400i very well and air flows very well. My GPU averages 40-50c under load using a push/pull configuration for the 1080Ti radiator. i9-9900K is overclocked to 5GHz on all cores with an offset of -2 at a 1.345v. Temps under 100% load peak at about 83-86c.

Only ran into some issues with the CAM software as it's pretty garbage. Also wished the H400i supported more HDD drive as it only fits 1x 3.5" but I will attempt to either squeeze another one or just build a NAS drive.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

You're the only person I know who had an 8900k. Really classy build. One cool GPU

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Oops! I meant 8700k. Typo!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of desk is that?

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

Really nice build! Everything looks nice and clean, and this thing is a total beast. Any reviews for the monitor? I was thinking of using it in my personal PC Build.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely love it!! I came from a 28" 4K 60hz monitor, and I would take the refresh rate over resolution any day!

On top of that, I do a ton of work in Lightroom and Premiere Pro, so I wanted an IPS monitor for colour accuracy and this monitor did not disappoint. The ultrawide when working in premiere is fantastic because of the long timeline.

The only downside I can think of is the super big box (which didn't fit in my car) and stand. It's ok for my desk, but many of my friends switched it for a smaller monitor stand off Amazon.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually have a better idea than a smaller stand! Since I was planning to build a similarly clean build, I figured, "Why not mount it to the wall?" so I found this amazing stand on Amazon, which sits flush to the wall, and I think you would like it. The monitor is VESA 100mmx100mm compatible, so this would work perfectly: https://www.amazon.com/VideoSecu-Monitor-Screen-Maximum-Loading/dp/B000VKCIJU/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1550847002&sr=8-9&keywords=vesa+100x100 I hope this suits your needs!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be sweet! I currently am in the process of moving homes, so once I move into my new house I'll be able to better judge how I should setup my monitor, and potentially wall mount it.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks really nice with the custom cables. +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! They're actually just cable extensions. You can find them on Amazon.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing price on the gpu! Good eye

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually paid $400 USD for it in New Jersey on my trip to Manhattan. It came with a free EVGA 1000w G3! The guy was tearing down his mining rig and gave it to me.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

oh no not mining

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

Mining cards are amazing actually, better then cards that have been gamed on. They're undervolted, underclocked, and have a stable temperature. Where as cards that have been heavily gamed on have fluctuating temperatures, overvolted cards and overclocked to it's full potential.

The only downside is the fan or pump might go because they are on 24/7. My pump died a few months after I purchased the card. The only reason why I searched for an EVGA card was because of their exceptional warranty. They replaced my 1080Ti Hybrid that had warranty till December 2020 with a brand new one after my pump died. Didn't need a receipt either.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

great info here

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Now I regret not getting a micro atx motherboard and case... looks very nice!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I was lucky enough to find a buyer for all my ATX build at the price I wanted.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

"There [is] absolutely no reason to have a full ATX PC." Couldn't not agree more, especially now that SLI, etc. connections are dead. +1

I just built a similar system in an H200 with a z390 itx board, i7 and 1070 ti. (More like an itx version of your previous build.) You might be able to clean up the routing of your AIO tubing by mounting the rad higher in the rad bracket. I have some photos up, check it out and +1 if you like.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It's gorgeous

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Super awesome build, what kind of desk is that?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Not too sure. It's a generic office desk a local tech company in my area was throwing out so I took it for free lol.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. I was on the fence for a 360 radiator, but I think I like the idea of bigger fans on the 280. Bigger fans = quieter. Not a lot of micro cases will fit the a front radiator with that big fat ftw3 hybrid. It looks like you've got two 140 fans up front, two 120's set up as push/pull in the back and two 120's up top to help exhaust? 6 fans? Is the case pretty quiet with all those fans? Finally, do you think you need that 2nd fan on the gpu? 40-50c is pretty chilly. Could you get away with one less rear fan & the two on top?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

You're pretty much correct. The two 120mm fans up top push air up and out. The two 120mm fans on my ftw3 hybrid push/pull out. I actually recently removed one of the GPU fans and now do a push setup instead of push/pull. I don't notice any difference at all. The only reason why I removed it was because the NZXT CAM software no longer detected one of the fans and wouldn't sync the push/pull. There's really no temperature gain. At full GPU usage, my temp sits around 50c still.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the kraken handle the temps of the 9900k? Am looking at getting both for a new build. Was considering 9700k but no HT. I'm hearing new Intel CPUs in the works for 1st Q 2020 that have HT and more cores so am a little hesitant on buying the CPU/MB right now. Was thinking maybe the 9900k may help with buyers remorse if they do.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

I picked up the 1080Ti for $400. Definitely couldn’t beat that price!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

You honestly think that the RTX 2080ti is about the same price as the GTX 1080ti? When's the last time you went shopping for GPU's. The 1080ti is about half as much as the 2080ti.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

The key for me was shopping used, and pretty much traveling to get what I wanted to pay.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually a whole 75% cheaper than the 2080ti considering most start at $1,300. I got mine for $500.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you snort drugs before you typed this?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I did not. Do most people not post a few paragraphs on their build? It said to answer what I use it for and what problems there were.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't saying that to you lol... I was saying it to the guy that made a really stupid comment about GPU prices in makebelieve land.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh lol. The website doesn't show threads too well!

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Under 100% load, GPU sits at about 55c and the CPU sits around 83-86c.

At idle, GPU's at 32c and CPU's around 30-40c.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Good? Or bad? Overclocking all cores to 5GHz, I think most people struggle to stay under 85c.