Description

Case:

I chose the Kolink Rocket mostly because the little bit more clearance it gives you regarding CPU Cooler height compared to the DAN Case A4. I like the clean look and i dont need much of front IO.

Also, i'm done with PC's with a bunch of RGB, Tempered Glass and all the stuff that screams "I'm a 313373 Gamer".

CPU:

I had that before, its overkill for my usecase, but its nice to be futerproof. Delidded (LM) and undervolted, i will add the specific voltages / clock speeds soon.

CPU Cooling:

I did some research, of what owners of the DAN Case A4 are using and since there is no room for an AIO, not even the smallest 92mm one (atleast without modding the case), i had to go with an Air Cooler.

Obviously there are a lot of limitations compared to most cases, but you still have a little bit more clearance compared to the DAN Case A4. With the Kolink Rocket you have a max CPU cooler height of 54mm, the DAN Case has only 48mm. While this doesnt sound much, it gives you a few more options for CPU cooling.

I thought about getting a Black Ridge from Alpenföhn, but sadly in germany there aren't any available for delivery, Alpenföhn pulled them back because of this production error (watch out this is german, but you see the error within one of the images in the forum).

Until i get my hands on a Black Ridge i decided to go for a well known combination in the SFF community, which is the Cooltek LP53 paired with a Noctua NF-A9x14. Since i have more room for clearance compared to the DAN Case, i decided to go with the bigger version, the NF-A9. This gives me "good" temps for normal usage, but will throttle heavily on stresstests.

While gaming i'm running in the high 70° to mid 80°, which is pretty toasty but totally within my expectation. Even tho the temps are "ok" for gaming, i decided to order an Noctua NH-L12, yes NH-L12, not NH-L12s. But, you may think, how should i be able to fit an 66mm CPU Cooler in a Case with a maximum of 54mm clearance? You may not like it, but the answer is: Standoffs. Im gonna use 1cm Standoffs. Yes i know, im still only @ 64mm then, but its gonna fit. Case Manufacturers often say, their cases have a little less of clearance, because if a Fan is right up to a Mesh it will create nasty wind noises.

As soon as the new cooler arrives, ill update this Build.

GPU:

I had this GPU before, and wasnt thinking about upgrading anytime soon, i wish i would've bought a triple fan GPU, just to have a 0 RPM mode available.

As you've seen in the Images, i had to use Standoffs on the GPU side aswell. The reason for that is what i mentioned in the CPU cooling text above. Having the Fans so close to the Sidepannel, creates a lot of wind noises. TBH it was unbearable, so if you decide to go with the Case, have a GPU with qiuet cooling. The Zotac GTX 1080ti Mini is noisy even when it has access to fresh air at all times. The reason for that is, it always spins at 43% and there is no way in changing that. (Maybe flashing the BIOS) The Standoffs eliminated the wind noise problem and i like the look. Ofcourse i would prefer the clean look, but its fine for me.

Storage:

I went with dual M.2 drives because in such a small build every cable less can make a big difference. Also i like my Storage to be fast.

PSU:

I went for the Platinum one hoping that the Fan only spins up if it really is necessary. I've seen some forum posts that the 80+ Gold Edition spins the fan up earlier, also it wasnt a huge difference in price.

Obviously i had to go with a Fully-Modular PSU, mostly because i want to get some custom cables and like i said before, in such a small form factor, every cable less can make a big difference.

Memory:

I just went full overkill without any real reason. I had to swap out my old memory (TridentZ) because of clearance issues if i am going to use the Black Ridge.

Overall noise:

Right now, the only noise is comming from the GPU. Its not really noticeable if you are using headphones while gaming (i'm using open headphones). In idle, it is noticeable without headphones but not to bad. (With idle i dont mean just running windows, more like having 2 Browsers open with up to 20 tabs each, being on discord / teamspeak, watching streams., etc.)

UPDATE:

I've recieved the Noctua NH-L12, and actually there is only a single orientation that allows me to install it on the Z370-I. Sadly, with this orientation, it is impossible to install it into the Kolink Rocket. I've completely stripped the Case apart, trying to get everything in there, but without a Dremel it is just impossible. But if someone is interested in modifing the case for himself, i can assure, the parts needed to be cut, wont interfere with structual integrity and wont be visible if the Case is fully assembled. Probably you will lose a single 2.5" drive slot. Keep in Mind, that the cooler height requires you to use standoffs for the sidepannel to be mounted.

UPDATE 2:

A few weeks ago i installed the Alpenföhn Black Ridge, it has a better cooling performance compared to the Cooltek cooler paired with the Noctua NF-A9, also installation was way simpler, no more cable ties.

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Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe you can use evga precision or MSI afterburner to make a custom fan curve so you have zero rpm at idle. Have used precision for four years without issue. Great build +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried using MSI afterburner and the Zotac software, both have images of the custom fan curves on their website, but using the 1080 ti Mini, the options just are not there :/

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Very lovely!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

how long did it take to build????????????

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

After all parts arrived, it took me about 1 or 2 hours including delidding, keep in mind, im fairly experienced with buidling PCs.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Would've been nice to see more pictures. I like the grey aluminum texture of the case. It was a clever idea for you to use standoffs.

I've been buying 32GB RAM for my last 3 builds. It was primarily for video editing purposes, but I have seen reports from gamers who say the extra 16GB made a noticeable improvement in certain large games.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Just recently i found some discussions about 16GB Memory being the new Minimum for newer, High Resolution, Open World Games. Especially when gaming on 4K 32GB would be a great idea.

But still, i am mostly playing League Of Legends, Counter Strike GO, Rainbow Six Siege and some WoW here and there. So i will never exceed 16GB with just a single game running.

I plan to upload a few more pictures, i've got my new CPU Cooler @ Home, ready for installation.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build.

BTW, with a top down cooler, you can safely remove the VRM heat sinks from the mother board and use that NH-L12.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man,

I'm thinking of doing the same thing you've done in my Kolink. What size standoffs and thumbscrews did you use?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point
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