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Red and Black Mini ITX 1080ti

by zDelusion

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Date Published

April 3, 2017

Date Built

April 3, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.48GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.0GHz

Description

I was after my first "top of the line PC". I've always been more of a mid-range builder. In January I upgraded my gtx970 to a 1070 and that sparked it.

The goal with this build was to make no real comprises for performance and keep it as color consistent as possible without being an RGB lightfest, there is one strip at the top, but I use it for white light mostly to illuminate the other parts.

The build is used mostly for gaming (if I'm being honest, mostly for LoL, but I've been playing the Witcher 3 lately). I originally assembled most of these pieces back in early March. But decided to put in my Step-Up request for a 1080ti, because once you've spent 2k on parts, might as well spend the $300 to cap it off, and that processed much more quickly then I thought it would. So here I am. It's running great, the CPU OC's pretty easily to 5.0ghz at ~1.3v but I'm running it at stock currently because stock is overkill.

Firestrike Extreme: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/12209607

Part Reviews

Motherboard

This board here is a beaut, the best z270 Mini-ITX. It's got all the important options and none of the BS. A rock solid OC'er, super easy to build on. Seriously, most Mini-ITX boards have stupid layouts for things like USB headers, the ASRock has everything in spots that make sense. The on board Wifi is very solid. The BIOS is well organized and easy to use. Highly recommended.

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Nuka_Cola 3 points 5 months ago

Dem basses make me excited

zDelusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Haha, thanks! They're my other vice.

PolarBearsHD 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

GOSH! I love this build. +1

Feature pls.

zDelusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

Blacksm1le 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Good job very well done +1

zDelusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

zds388 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Sick Build! Also a big fan of the Bongo Bass. Obvious that you have excellent taste in gear.

zDelusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks man! The Bongo is a tone monster. I love it.

Attune 2 points 5 months ago

Nice build!

Do you think you'd have been able to fit a 240/280mm radiator in that case with no issues?

zDelusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Yep. A 240mm would fit in the front, but I would have had to remove the 3.5" drive bays and this case ships with an amazing 200mm front case fan that moves serious air while being really quiet, I would have had to pull that out too. The h80i V2 isn't quite a good a 240, but it's much better then a normal 120. I have it in push/pull right now, you can't see in the pictures, but there is another Noctua fan on the top. At stock my temps are ~35 idle ~60 gaming and ~65 100% load.

Attune 1 point 5 months ago

Sorry, I should have been more specific, would you have been able to fit a 240/280mm radiator in the top of this case?

zDelusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Probably, I may need lower profile RAM. The h80i V2 is ultra thick so it is a bit deceptive when it comes to judging size.

livetorock13 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I was able to fit the H100i v2 very cleanly into the case. You will have to slide the radiator as far towards the front as you can though.

Attune 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks for the replies, just wondering because I'm looking at building in that same case so trying to figure out what my options will be.

The h80i V2 is ultra thick

Yeah, I was thinking that's one beefy radiator, nevertheless, thanks for the help and nice build!

Sweans 2 points 4 months ago

i have the define mini c, is this case a lot smaller than the define mini c? cause i want something smaller that will support my 240mm rad

zDelusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

This will 100% support a 240mm rad. It's not a "small" mini ITX case by any stretch though. I don't have a Mini C, but I'm fairly sure this is bigger. The Evolv will work, but you have to remove the front 200mm fan and the GPU Cover/SSD mount thing to fit it. So something like the Mantis is probably better suited.

GDamien 2 points 4 months ago

Excellent build. Even if I hate Black/Red builds, I can still say this one is freaking badass. The only thing that bothers me is the green logo on the GPU... I do not know if you know that but you can turn it into white. Ed from TechSource has a tutorial on how to do that. Take a look : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kZrk692qzQ

zDelusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Hey, thanks man. I had looked at that tutorial. That's something I may do a bit in the future. I didn't want to take a brand new 1080ti and void my warranty right away in case an issues surfaced. Does help the aesthetic though haha.

boehnfredrik 2 points 3 months ago

I am absolutely loving the build! What did you use to paint the rubber grommets on your noctua fans, and how has the paint it held up to this date?

zDelusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Hey man, thanks. I actually found them on Amazon, they have them in a few colors for $7 per 2 fans. Helped keep the build color consistent haha.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018SOU4PK/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

viciousmoth 2 points 3 months ago

Sweet build man. I just got this case, and wanted to see a build with a 1080ti to make sure it fits, because some random YouTube comment said it does not.

Random thought, have you considered buying the EVGA Hybrid Kit to watercool the GPU? I think it's about $150. If you check out HardwareCanucks' video on youtube 'Phanteks EVOLV ITX Review' you'll see that he watercools the cpu with a radiator on top, and uses the back fan slot to watercool the GPU. Neat idea I am going to give a try.

[For anyone else, I think the fit issue is making sure it is a true 2-slot GPU and not a 2.5 slot that are a little bigger and I guess can create an issue. EVGA makes pretty clear on description pages that it is true 2-slot, much like the 1080ti in this build].

zDelusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Thanks man. Yeah, the 1080ti fits, it would need to be a 2 slot like you said. Some of the 1080ti's have large 2.5 slot coolers, those wouldn't fit, but this one is a Founders Edition. Where the GPU is basically sitting right on the PSU I feel that either a blower cooler or water cooling is beneficial. The Evolv is a great ITX case if you're into a small system with a smart layout instead of just straight going for the smallest PC you can.

I've been tempted to add a loop to this system, I feel like if I was going to go through the work of removing the stock cooler anyway I'd probably go that route. I may do a light rebuild in a year or so where I delid the 7700 and water cool the GPU/CPU in a loop.

ForsakenLegend 2 points 2 months ago

How's the IPS panel next to the TN Panel? Thinking of getting this set up but hard to see from your pictures if the color is close.

zDelusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

It's pretty close. The TN is a touch bit more washed out, but it's not very offensive. If you spend some time tweaking the settings on the TN the colors look very close. Blacks are the only spot I can see a difference in normal use. I specifically got the Ultrasharp because I wanted a quality IPS for watching things while the general use would be the S2716, but I definitely didn't need to worry.

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zDelusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Yeah the motherboard haha. Thanks man!

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