Focus on school. Do well. Get grants. Pay off loans. Financial freedom...
And then the sky's the limit.
I don't think there's anything wrong with your build. I think you made some really great decisions. ITX form factor is nice. Saves space. Easy to move in and out.
For a college rig, I think the ideal system is something that does a little bit of everything. A little gaming, a little entertainment, a lot of multi-tasking and productivity, etc. Something that fills a lot of roles. I think a nice quality monitor is going to do you wonders. A monitor with a lot of workspace is super helpful. Ability to have a lot of content up. Lots of space to Photoshop. Big screen to watch movies. Ability to have a work document and a reference side-by-side.
Looks great! If you ever need to expand storage, look into the m.2 NVMe SSDs! The form factor is super convenient. It's a size of a gumstick and no cables or anything. Just pop it into the slot, screw it down, and you are ready to go.
It has been awhile since I was a college student, but I remember my dorm room set-up. I think it was a Intel Pentium 4 system with dual 19" LCD monitors...
There's also mounting the GPU vertically. I think some of the Thermaltake supplied x16 ribbon cables are bad, but a solid (third-party) one can be easily sourced off of Amazon.
Nice! 4.5ghz is pretty modest for the 8700K. You still have lots of overhead to play with. My delidded 8700K can do between 5.1 and 5.2 on all cores.
I wanted to point a few thing out. I think you should check which PCIe x16 slot your card is on. If I remember correctly, only the top-most slot gives you the full x16 bandwidth. All the other slots are either partial bandwidth, or PCIe 2.0.
In regards to your controller, could you relocated that to inside of the back panel? That way, you could totally run the third fan. If all your SSD bays are taken up, what about using some velcro or double-sided tape to mount it?
Let me see if I can help clarify. You don't need to use all the parts from the same company. You definitely can mix and match as long as you don't mix copper and aluminum. All the ports on all the components are exactly the same. The only difference will be the fittings for the tubes (as hard/soft and diameter are different).
Swing over my build and check it out! I ended up getting the EK S360 Kit and added a 280mm radiator, 2x 140mm fans, a GPU waterblock, and some other accessories.
My piece of advice is to not to expect to do the build in a day. Expect to spend a week on and off with it.
Awesome build! I loved how you arranged your soft-tubing. I know a lot of people hate on soft-tubing, but I think you did yours really well.
Swing over to my build. I did a custom loop kit also in the H700. I ended up removing the internal cable shroud which allowed me to easier mount the pump/res vertically.
Nice! I have an H200i with a custom loop as well. Always fun to see how others navigate this case. I ended up using 1x 120mm rad and 1x 240mm rad. Seems to be okay so far, though no GPU overclocking at the moment.
Nice! Which kit/mount did you use to mount the GPU card vertically? Build looks hot!
Hmmm. Very interesting...
First thing I would do is get rid of the old mechanical hard drives. You could easily go get a SATA SSD drive (2.5") and that would free up some space and some cables. Even better... if you have another M.2 slot available, maybe consider getting an M.2 SATA SSD. I think your board has two slots. One is a flex slot which does both SATA and PCIe. Other is just PCIe. But once you do that, the mechanical drives can go, and the drive cage holding them can come out. That'll free up some space for you to do something else. Just an idea...
Nice! Looks great!
I haven't used a mechanical hard drive in forever. I kind of have a soft spot for the m.2 form factor storage. The no cables thing is really nice. 2 fewer cables. Way cleaner look. For me... 500GB NVMe SSD and one 500GB SATA M.2 SSD is more than enough for what I do. And there is still headroom to step up to a larger capacity.
I think your CPU is plenty fine unless you are doing something CPU intensive. If you are just gaming and doing normal day-to-day stuff, your processor will be plenty fine for awhile. There is some correlation of better performance in games when you have a better CPU, but most of the performance is really based off of the GPU.
I have an 8700K and I don't really see a whole lot of difference between my 4570K when it comes to day-to-day and gaming. Now... when it comes to video rendering... definitely see a huge difference.
Congrats on your first build!
Build looks great! Nothing wrong with the lack of RGB. The aesthetics part of the build is so personal. Some people like super colorful. Others prefer it to be minimal.
Any plans to overclock your system?
Hey! Nice build! It's definitely getting there! Let's see if we can help you iron some things out.
I had the same problem with my ITX build as well with there not being enough fan controllers. I think one thing you can do is get a fan controller. I ended up with the H200i, so I used the provided NZXT one, but I think you can easily get a fan controller for not too much.
I think this will help with keep your CPU and GPU cool as well as case fans will help pull in clean/cold air and help exhaust hot air.
I think your GPU temperatures are reasonable. The specs for the max temperature is 95 C. Your reported 75 C is pretty reasonable. And lets face it, it isn't like you have gigantic, 3-fan cooler on it. Your cooler is kind of modest. Just some perspective, my ASUS GTX 1070 Strix (on the stock cooler) averages between 65 and 70 C under load. With a water cooling block, I see between 45 and low 50 C, sometimes 55 C if I fully load the CPU/GPU.
Hope that helps.
Nice! Looks awesome! I love small builds that somehow make custom loop watercooling happen! Any chance on watercooling the GPU?
And work was okay with letting you build a watercooled computer??
That's hot! I love custom loop builds! Is there a benefit to running the GPU/CPU watercooling in parallel?
Looks super clean! I really hope NZXT brings the front tempered glass to the H700/H710. I think it would look amazing.
I ended up using the H700i for my build as well! No complaints here!
I think it would definitely get you started. You don't have to make a huge investment up front and right away. You can totally start with your basic system and then upgrade later. If you are on a tight budget, I'd say think about what you are planning to do and what would be the best bang for the dollar.
I would definitely draft out a system first. Then you can kind of play around with where you want to focus your money. Example: Instead of buying a RTX 2080 Ti, which you might not fully take advantage of, you could downgrade to a 2060 and use the difference to fund something else. Maybe get a nice monitor or upgrade to a quality mouse and keyboard? Just an example.
Hey. I definitely recommend building your own PC. It's a lot of fun and a great learning experience. In terms of custom loop water cooling, it is really a matter of if you can afford or want to spend that much more money. Going all-in-one cooler, or aircooling, is WAY cheaper and more practical. If you look at my parts list, you can see that I easily spent $5-6-700 on the watercooling alone. Fun to do, but... expensive.
And there's nothing wrong with just getting a basic tower cooler first, then upgrading to custom loop later.
Super clean looking! Love it!
I think your watercooling loop is solid! I think there is room for improvement, but not sure where. I think as you upgrade the loop, you'll have a better idea what works and what doesn't work.
I like how you externally mounted the reservoir. Makes it way easier to fill later!
That looks awesome! I know how you feel. I built a watercooled i5-9600K and GTX 1080 in the H200 as well. I am always amazed by the solution people come up with to make the H200 work!
Thanks! It is totally do-able in the H200. At the end of the day... it's very much pick-your-poison. $400 goes a long way!
Also... which gaming mice is that?
Hotness! Which water reservoir is that? Looks hella good!
Ta was trying to be funny/satirical. :D
And correction... us young guys can see a little higher than 30 frames. :P
Looks super clean! I love it!
I have an H200 myself. Ended up with a custom loop cooled 9600K and GTX 1080!
I have a 360mm and a 280mm rad in mine and I am right about where you are. With the extra radiators, I do run my fans as low as they will go though. Good stuff!
Yeah... you probably want to try to move your GPU card to the top-most x16 PCIe slot. Most boards, the other x16 slots don't have the full x16 bandwidth.
Dude... that looks amazing!
Are you running 1x 360 rad or 2? And the bends look hella clean!
Build looks super clean! Good stuff!
I used the Rockit Delid kit. I think it'll take you about an hour to do. Directions are on YouTube. Just take your time. A lot of it is scraping off the old adhesive between the PCB and the IHS.
Delidding isn't that hard, and I definitely think it is worth it. I would also look at the Rockit upgraded IHS. That is probably good for a few degrees as well.
82 C at 5Ghz pre-delid is super solid. You totally won the silicon lottery.
Yeah. Same here. I can do 5.1ghz on all cores no problem. But can't do 5.2ghz on all cores under full load. Might be able to find some more computing power with "per core" overclocking... but... just decided to ease off to 5.0ghz for ease and reliability.
Nothing wrong with 70 C. There's 30 C worth of headroom before thermal throttling. Even 80 C is reasonable.
Nice! What type of temperatures are you getting on the CPU under load? 5ghz is pretty solid! Did you try pushing it further?
My 8700K can do between 5.1 and 5.2ghz, but I backed it off a little for reliability. I think under full load, my CPU is running about 70 C.
Build looks super clean! Kudos!
Also, could you have stepped up to a 240mm radiator and only run one fan? I've seen someone else do that with an Asus 1070/1080 Strix card. Not sure if that worked with the 20-series.
Wow. Looks like the GTX 2070 barely fits! Both length and width wise! Good stuff!
Your rig looks cute!
Not on a 9700K.
My 8700K (6C/12T) OC'ed to 5ghz scored 1,644. My 9600K (6C/6T) OC'ed to 4.9ghz scored 1,172. My i7-5930K (6C/12T) OC'ed to 4.4ghz scored 1,288.
Feels like you are ballpark.
EK Fluid Gaming (https://www.ekfluidgaming.com/parts/) has a bunch of parts.
Thanks! Not quite sure where the upper limit is, but I guess we'll find out. I think there's still a bit of room to work with. We'll see!
I hear you. I did a custom loop in my H200i. Nearly pulled my hair out.
But yeah... it's about the journey. You know you are going to run into trouble at some point. There's just something about undertaking the journey even though you know that it isn't that great of an idea. Lol.
Looks awesome!!! I am always amazed by the ITX and M-ATX custom loop builds!
5.2ghz is excellent! You got a really good chip! I can only get upto 5.1ghz on my 8700K.
All-in-one cooler (closed-loop water cooling).
Wow. That looks amazing!!! I love it!