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So, I was having issues with my main machine, crashing and system not posting. I could manage to get it to boot after a CMOS reset, this was at stock clocks so I had no idea what was causing it. I then found out it was the second PCIE Slot. I then gave up on 1080 TI SLI and tested and sold a card to a friend. I do plan on getting a 2080 ti soon just not decided on which to get. I am super gutted about my other machine because that was an excellent machine. i7 8086k 16gb and 1080ti sli. Shame it caused problems after 6-7 months.

So after a couple of weeks debating I just pulled the trigger, going with a whole new setup. During this time my passion for ITX grew so I wanted something small but without loosing any performance.

So here is my new one:

Intel Core i9 9900K- I got this because it was on offer and I didn't know if the CPU was at fault at the time. Plus it's an I9!

ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming ITX- This was highly recommend if you was going with a i9. Also, with my previous Asus motherboard having issues wanted to change brand.

Be Quiet Dark Rock 4- This was one of the only air coolers that would fit in this case. I previously owned the dark rock pro 4 which was excellent and I would highly recommend any of these coolers. Just note the paint is really thin and you will scratch it. Just be careful on install.

Corsair 32GB LPX 3200Mhz- Its RAM its runs FAST AF! I needed low profile as this would of caused issues with my CPU cooler.

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB- This is my main OS drive.

X2 Samsung 860 EVO 500GB Raid 0- This is only temporarily. Upgrading to x2 1TB.

EVGA GTX 1080 SC TI Black Edition- Still a great performing GPU for the resolution I play at. (2560x1440) Still pushing over 100 FPS on most games. However, I have sold one card I am still going to replace this with a 2080 ti.

In Win A1 White- This case is adorable. But a pain to build in with the motherboard I chose. ASRock thought it would be a brilliant Idea to place a fan header at the top left and my fan splitter kept falling out. Meaning I had to have four hands to route both splitters through the top hole in the case. However, after taking the motherboard out five times we manged it. I also gutted that awful PSU and replaced it. You do need to remove the IO though.

Corsair SF 750 80+ Platinum- This came with braided cables. Such a brilliant idea! This was also a great price for a SFX psu. 750 is enough for my whole system and leaves me with plenty of room.

Corsair ML120 Pro White LED - These fans are great don't get me wrong. However, at 75% RPM it sounds like my PC is going on a flight. I need to run these fans at higher RPM due how hot the i9 is. The sound is too much for my liking and I guess if you have a custom loop/AIO these are going to be great at static pressure. I will be swapping these out when I get my 2080 ti to 120mm Be Quiet silent wings 3 High RPM. I had the 140mm versions in my old machine and they are excellent.

Windows 10 Pro- Nothing really to say. I didn't pay retail though! Don't tell Microsoft!

So yeah. I think I need to test more on the temps and mess around with fan configs. Any suggestions on how I should set up my fans would be great. Its now two intake and two exhaust.

Getting scary high temps on my CPU. Sometimes spikes to 90-112° C when gaming in BFV. It was in the high 80's when doing a 15 minute TDM. This is with a 4.5Ghz downclock. So I don't really know what my options are. On some games it can be in the 60's-80's with spikes to 90's but I don't know why its suddenly jumping to over 100° C Sometimes. That's why I have had to downclock my CPU. Any recommendations? (Without delidding/ changing case).

Hope you like it!

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  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

So Guys, I was about to place my 8086k in the socket and I came across a 2mm higher pin this would explain why the i9 9900k was super hard to push down. I am now RMA'ing the motherboard. I will get a replacement or take the chance to upgrade to ATX. The I9 9900k was just insane. So I am planning to gets something more adequate for cooling. Case wise I love this thing so I will keep it and use it for the 8086k.

Case Wise I am not sure. I was thinking In Win 301c Mini atx but really worried about this chip.

INTEL PLEASE SORT YOUR CHIPS OUT!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and maybe try water cooling.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The water cooling for this case is pretty limited.

What water cooling you recommend?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe an asetek 645 Lt.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I love the build, it's a shame about the high temps on the CPU. I would recommend getting the rear and CPU fans on PWM, so you can make a more custom fan curve to deal with those high temps, if you don't want to go to water cooling.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

are you tryingg to say that your build gets really hot

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Just an update. This cpu is extremely hot even on air. I have literally given up and running a 8086k now! (I may delid this) However, I am planning a bigger build for the i9. Seems like custom loop is the only way to keep this thing happy. So need some small atx cases as my desk isn't that big.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m loving that desk, what is it? Also +1, very clean build. Too bad it gets super hot :(

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

if i am not wrong, it is BEKANT from IKEA

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it is indeed. Nice desk couldn't fault it.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build.. I'm waiting for my A1 plus rn. I want to know if the Tridentz Ram will be blocked by the Drak Rock 4?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

I have never used TridentZ.

So I can not answer your question sorry. I always go with low profile RAM. PC's never had RGB when I started building them in 2007 XD.

Hopefully, you are not experiancing High temps.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, amazing looking build! Quick questions for you. Hope you don't mind.

1) How hard is it to replace the stock PSU with the one you bought? 2) Can it possibly fit or have you tried to fit in the Dark Rock Pro 4? Or the Noctua NH-D15?

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi mate,

Air cooling in this case for High end CPU's is a bad idea (9900k/3900x). I moved my main system out of it and got a ATX case. I then put a 6 core 8086k in it with a 120mm AIO and had better results.

To answer your question, without bending or drilling it will not fit them coolers.

However, I do recommend Liquid cooling for this case.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the Dark Rock 4 on the ASRock? I'm trying now and the fan blocks a dimm slot on one side and hits the heat sink/shield on the other (IO heat shield).

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi mate,

Sorry for the late reply. Sadly I moved to a Custom Loop in ATX form factor. The CPU was just not happy in that case. I did find I had a bad mobo that might of not helped but who knows.

Also If you have a 9900k DO NOT USE THIS cooler in the case it will run hot. I did all the undervolting etc. However, I think a good 120mm AIO will be a better solution.

To answer your question I mounted the Cooler when the mobo was installed in the case. Are you not using two dimms? The fan is a right pain to get off trust me. I had to remove the whole motherboard in order to get the fan off.

I am not sure what you mean by hiting the heat sink/sheild? Do you mean the VRM cooler?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I did eventually get it all to work. I let the fan sit on the first dimm and it didn't stick out above the cooler too much to touch the glass side panel. I have the 9700k and it did take just the right fan curves to keep OCCT's small packet test from throttling. Game wise all seems to sit in comfortable temp zones (along w/the Gigabyte nVidia 2070 Super Gaming OC).

If I started over I think I'd fully remove the power supply before putting mobo and stuff in. The mobo+cooler made for a constant fit battle, not helped by accidentally putting the cooler fan on backwards (wrong air flow direction).

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the 9700k?

I want to build a spare machine for travelling and this seems a good option paired with a 2080 super.

I do like AMD'S offerings, but I have had problems with programmes with AMD based CPU's.

I know that programmes are always going to work with intel based systems. That's why I pay the extra.

However, that 12 core does look tasty.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Guys,

Sadly, this now lives in the bottom of the ocean.

I had to move my whole system to ATX while upgrading a few bits.

However, I did build another machine in this case but because it was a rush job for a mate. I forgot to take some photo's. It was slightly less spec., i7 8086k, 16GB, the same GPU and a 120mm aio. Had much better temps with that. But's thats expected as this was delided. I think if you was to buy this case I would say stay away from the 9900k. I would personally get the 9700k or even Ryzen third Gen.

I will becoming back to Mini itx. I might not with this CPU though.

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

Custom water loop is the only way for this build to work. Haha I just gotta laugh at 9900k + 1080ti in a ITX build..