Description

OVERALL GOAL

With this build I wanted to make a premium build in case of looks and performance. Very little compromises were made when picking the parts. Additionally I wanted my machine to be small, but still big enough to assure a reasonable cooling when under heavy load. That is why I went with µ-ATX over ITX and ATX. Additionally I wanted my build to feature ASUS latest Aura Sync technology wherever possible. As I am not very experienced with custom water cooling loops I did not have a shot at this, but might in the future.

UPDATE 09-Apr-2017
Did some cable management / cleanup and added some stickers. I will buy a dust filter soon for the back 120mm fan as a lot of dust enters from there. Also added new pics!

UPDATE 19-Aug-2017 Made some new photos and added RGB Fans / 3D-printed parts.

Part Reviews

CPU

can not get anything better in the consumer department at the moment

CPU Cooler

easy to install, pump is silent, cooling performance is bonkers

Motherboard

bios is super easy, a lot of internal connectors, it has RGB, -1 star cause of the lack of USB-C

Memory

its super fast, it is beautiful, it has RGB

Storage

if I blink I miss the bootscreen completly this thing is FAST

Video Card

its silent, its fast, it has RGB, -1star for the RGB being a bit off when it comes to white

Case

-1star cause sadly the ENTHOO EVOLV MATX was released shortly after I bought this, it is still beautiful

Power Supply

not sure if this really has a fan cause it is dead silent all the time

Case Fan

silent, works with the 4Pin PWM on my GPU, it has RGB

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Now that you've got the Samsung NVMe, do you feel that its noticeably faster than say a standard SSD?

Great build, love the clean black look you've got going!

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

I have the 950 PRO, slightly slower than the 960 but still fast. I have had for it a few months now.

I also have used an Intel SSD6 M.2. Drive, that is slower than the 950 PRO but still much faster than SSDs.

Booting up takes little to no time compared to SSDs, even a nicer one like my 850 EVOs.

However, many games I have played on both the 950 PRO and 850 EVO did not see a major difference in load times.

With that discovery, I have only been using my 950 PRO as a boot/OS and application drive and the Intel M.2. drive for VMs.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Very helpful! Thanks!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

When booting up I can say yes for everything else I have to do some more testing.

Thanks!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice "black" build !

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks :)!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you know that Corsair makes an Airflow front grill and a top dust filter for the 350D? You can find info on Corsair's website. Nice build!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I do, but the top dust filter looks really cheap IMO - I am thinking about making my own. Also the Airflow front grill looks kinda cheap too. I like the "premium" brushed aluminum look. Thanks for the Feedback tho! Will post a new version soon with more RGB and 3D printed parts.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Should've found this build long ago! How do you like the Motherboard? I wished (and if) I were to go with an mATX build - only because of that Motherboard! Even the case doesn't look too bad - a lot similar to the 450D.

1+

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

hey, thanks alot! The motherboard is really good imo. Just dont upgrade it to the latest BIOS - it ****** everything up for me. 2nd latest version as of now is fine tho. Settings everything up was very easy in the bios and rolling back the version was no problem at all. Its a bit on the costlier side, but I wanted it, cause it has built-in wifi which works reaaaally great. If you got the money and want a nice mATX board - go for it!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Too bad I didn't consider this in the beginning :( Hopefully if I'll ever go with AMD in the future, or Intel's new upcoming CoffeeLake, and ASUS will make new Motherboards similar to the new lineup, I'll make sure to get an mATX from them!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

hello, I'm using the same case and planning to upgrade to the z270G motherboard, I'm currently using a H115i 280mm cooler, may I know in your case how is the clearance between your H110i cooler and the motherboard, i noticed there's a giant block thing on the top side of the motherboard, does this get in the way of the radiator + fan, is it a very tight squeeze? was there any mod required to fit them? I ask this because my H115i could barely fit into the case with my current z87m-plus motherboard and I'm concerned that the new motherboard might not be able to fit in with the cooler.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

H115i: Radiator dimensions: 140mm x 312mm x 26mm H110i: Radiator dimensions: 140mm x 322mm x 27mm

so my RAD is even a bit bigger than yours so you SHOULD be fine - I use the stock fans though. There is about 2mm clearance between the fans and the motherboard.

I routed all cables at the top first - then put in the RAD and then mounted the motherboard, cause I already attached the RAM/CPU to it and you can not get around the RAM with the RAD.

Hope that answers your question!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That helps a lot.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

We have almost identical builds. I use a 7700k w/ a corsair 100i v2 with a Strix 1080 Ti and dominator platinum ram paired with a 950 pro on a strix z270g. same psu too, lol. Awesome build.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

you should upload that build! :) I bought my 1080 when there was a huuuge discount due to the 1080Ti being released 2 weeks after

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll post it up later this week when I am finished building it, lol. I am waiting for the GPU and PSU to arrive tomorrow and then I will be good to go. Quick question though, I am putting everything together now and I am running into a bit of an issue with the 8pin power connection for the mobo. The top mounted radiator/fans from the h100iv2 are sitting to low. The screw holding the fan in place is literally pushing up against the 8pin connector as if it might break.

Did you run into a similar issue?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

it was a really really really tight fit - and your h100i v2 is a bit taller even...

  • 21 months ago
  • 0 points

It's a nice build but the GPU sags a lot my dude

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I have close to no GPU sag... it might be the perspective - also routing the cable to the top of the GPU makes it way better.

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