Description

So this was my first upgrade since I made my first build 6 years ago. Upgraded from a bulky mid tower running a 3770k and GTX 760, so i thought I should go all out this time and I'm extremely happy with everything so far. I love the compact size and minimalism of mITX, and living in a NYC apartment I wanted to make sure i'm optimizing the space as well as possible.

Building in the case was a little hard, and I had a mishap with ordering a Macho RT first and not being able to fit it, so I went with a H7 that I custom painted (the H5 might have fit too, but it was a little too close for comfort). I had previously build my gf almost the same computer so it was definitely a little easier the second time. The gpu also barely fit and it has about 2mm of space to the bottom of the case, and I had to prop it up with some plastic door bumpers.

CPU/ MB

Got a nice bundle deal from Microcenter for under $500. Currently running at 5ghz @ 1.275v with good temps under regular use. Still messing with the oc as I hit 90s in some stress tests, so I might lower it in the future if I notice problems, but I'm happy with this setup so far. The MB is amazing and the onboard AI OC feature is great if you don't wanna mess with a manual OC.

GPU

Was debating between the 2060 and 2070 as I don't play too many games (mostly Overwatch), but decided to go with a 1440p 144hz screen so I though it would be nice to have the extra headroom. The card overclocked well and the temps are always around 70 under load. It was very hard to fit it in this case though, so I would recommend checking the thickness of whatever card you buy if you get this case.

CASE

Love the aesthetics and build quality. Very quiet overall with 4 case fans (especially if you place something on top, it actually dampens the top fan sound). A little hard to build in, make sure to plug the fans and cpu in before installing the cpu cooler since you wont have any clearance afterwards. Great cable management and temps.

SCREEN

First time trying 1440p 144hz IPS and got a great deal at Microcenter for this one. Originally went with a LG 4k IPS but didnt like the color uniformity on it so I switched to this one and it was definitely the right decision. 144fps is amazing, and the monitor is great overall. Just some slight color uniformity problems in one of the corners, but nothing too noticeable.

Overall really happy with everything!

Time Spy Benchmark

Fire Strike Benchmark

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Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

So clean! Man do I love the MSI GeForce RTX 2070, doing such an amazing job in my rig. +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'm glad I went with it even tho there's literally 2mm of space under it lol. I had to prop it up with some plastic bumpers to keep the fan from touching the case. Still temps never go over 70c in game.

Btw do you know if there's any way to keep the led on it from changing back to the default when you restart the computer? Im using the latest version of Mystic Light but for some reason it resets when i restart.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

70° C is fair enough, you're good. Mine is doing 68° C after hours of gaming, so no big deal. When I was looking for software Mystic Light 3 was the option. For some reason the app did not find the card. This been 3 weeks ago, ever since I use default. I will try the sotfware again some time soon. Sorry, no help.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Weird, but I saw a lot of people having problems getting the leds to work properly. I think it might be because other rgb software interfere with it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Only other software I run is iCUE for Ram and headset. You? We might as well contact MSI support :/

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

iCue conflicts with it, i know that much. Wouldnt hurt to ask them, but i doubt there's much to do :(

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Your rig looks cute!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks haha

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Your plant is totally hardwarecanucks

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

haha yeah, tho funny story i actually put it there cause i noticed the extra weight dampens the top fan noise by quite a lot

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Your cable management is amazing!!!!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I try lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks really clean

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks haha, tryna keep it sharp

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I like that powered by Corsair sticker.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

glad someone noticed haha

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

What a little cutie! Really like how there is very little wasted space here. The black and white is real sharp.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I really like that everything has its purpose in mitx and theres no leftover unused space.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! How did you paint the top white?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It pops right off and I spray painted it a few times. Was a bit of a pain but worked out pretty well!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I might try that myself if I end up getting one

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Its pretty simple, you just have to do it from multiple directions to get an even coating, and it helps if you do it indoors somewhere (I did it in my window).

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