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I am a casual gamer, ok that's an over statement, I am an occasional gamer, but I still wanted a system that could handle any game I throw at it with good FPS as well as eventually making the move to VR at some point. I also like to dabble in some home video editing and Photo Editing. The last system I built was to big for my liking, I Wanted to build something smaller.

Since Motherboards have all necessary components included and as Video cards get more powerful I do not see myself needing more than one PCI-E slot for the GPU, MINI ITX made Perfect sense. The motherboard was the hardest decision I had to make because I wanted a motherboard that offered great compatibility with MacOS, yes (I am into Hackintoshing) I usually buy Gigabyte but their Skylake Mini-ITX was late and when it did come around, they dropped thunderbolt 3 from their GA-Z270N-Gaming 5 and when I compared all the 200 series Mini-ITX boards the Asrock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming ITX/AC offered the best option that suited my needs.

Now for the CPU, one may say the I7-7700K is overkill for my needs, but I want to keep this PC for at least four years and I want to make sure it can handle the next generation of applications and to cool the CPU, I went with the Corsair H80i V2 because I like closed loops and they work very well for mild overclocking, besides the heat sinks are just too bulky. Memory wise I usually get whatever is on sale, I once read a very thorough review of several dozen memory brands and speed but the difference was negligible in real world performance for the additional price, although they did score well in benchmarks. I only went with 16GB (2x8GB) due to price, I plan on upgrading to 32GB (2x16GB) once prices go down.

Now on to the storage, Do you NVME, yes I had to do that. The motherboard has and NVME x4 slot which I occupied with Samsung's Evo 960 250GB , I have never used a faster drive! but you are probably wondering why I went with a 250GB drive, well that is because it is a system drive I only use it for the OS and Applications install. it is partitioned 40GB for MacOS and the rest is for Windows and that is way more than I need. I also have a 512GB Evo 840 pro (already had) that I use for game install and a 1TB HDD (already had) for media files and downloads.

The GPU is the most essential component to a gaming rig, as I said earlier I wanted a decent video card that can hold its own in a variety of tasks and since I do not game a lot, I decided on the GTX 1070 and let me be honest, last generation I would have been happy with a GTX 980 but I had a GTX 970 and this time around my GTX 1070 is on par with last Gen's Titan X, so yeah I cannot complain. I think The GTX 1070 is the best all around card.

What good is all those components if you cannot power them? To handle that task, I went with an EVGA 550 G2, I picked it up from a dude on craigslist for $30, I do not see a difference from my last PSU the Corsair RM850i, total overkill for my last system; to house the whole thing I chose the Thermaltake V1, after analyzing many mini-ITX cases and seeing how the builds look, the thermaltake V1 was the king of the hill for my build, although I wish the windowed side panels were readily available.

I also added the two 80mm fans on the back, they are fairly quiet as exhaust fans and gets the job done. Last but not least, I added a little pizzazz, by way of the Deepcool RGB 350 LED kit, cheapest on the market at $16.99 and I also did a little paint job, nothing fancy. Oh yes I also bought a Xbox one BT Controller :-) let me know what you think?

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Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

Love the custom job on the 1070 FE :D Nice build

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Still not quite sure if it was worth voiding the warranty lol

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

lmaoaooa

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

You can always tell when love is the driving force behind any endeavour. More so with this build. The first rig I have seen that loves you back.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

For an occasional gamer that is one heck of a build! The custom 1070 is pretty dope! Crazy build!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, my favorite build so far.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

But the real question is can it run crisis 3?

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I've always hated that case... but you just made me love it!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

You deserve my respect Sir! The name, tubing form & custom FE made me smile :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, The great community of PCpartpicker inspired me ;-)

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Very slick! Custom paint job really makes this build beautiful and still has muscle. Well done!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

The 1070 paint job.... Amazing ive been wanting to paint mine red for months now. Is it possible to paint the shroud without completely disassembling it down to the bare chip?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I am sure it can be done with a lot of painting tape to cover areas you don't want painted, but for best result you will have to disassemble the card.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

This is one hell of a mini build, +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

The custom paint job looks super slick. Nice job!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

how are those speakers? I was thinking of buying those but idk as a bass heavy listener like me if they are good?

+1

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

For a system that small, it looks very cleanly cable managed. I love it!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy damn that paint job on the GPU is sick!! Great job bro!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

that's one of the most beautiful mini pc's I have ever seen great work on the custom painted GPU

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Build. gold star

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, much appreciated

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Job! I love it <3

If I may ask, is it possible to mount there 240mm radiator? I know they state in the documentation that it can't be done.. But clearly there are mounts for it.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

You have a hair above 9 1/4 inches to work with, so I would say no. Most 240mm Radiators are about 270mm in length, that's 10 1/2 inches.

Thanks for the feedback.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely stunning, thanks for sharing.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build. I'm feeling inspired now.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

OH GET THAT PC OF THE SPEAKER

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

its that or put the speaker on top of the pc lol.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Put it on the floor or nah?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Then it's just a dust mite

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Then get this

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of paint did you use on the GPU? I also have the fancy corsair covers and it would be rad to match them

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

The paint is "Dupli Color BTY1618 Barcelona Red Met", it is nicer than it looks in the picture, its a little shimmery. think the new red Cadilacs.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly why the i7-7700K you could save some money and get the i5-7600K which is also good.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

And... welcome to Kingdom Hearts! lol (nice job painting that 1070!) +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you successfully set up macOS yet?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, first thing I did. Everything works except sleep, which is to be expected since Kaby lake is not natively supported and also I have no way of checking the thunderbolt connection.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build. I have ordered many of the same parts (MB, Cooler, Case, PS) when I found yours, but I will not tackle that custom paint job! Question regarding Corsair H80i and ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac. I see in some of your pictures the H80i is plugged into header (3) CPU_FAN1, and some pictures have a second connector plugged into header (4) CPU_OPT/W_PUMP. I am wondering if I use the H80i in header (3) or (4)? And what do you have plugged into both? Do you mind telling me what BIOS configuration you used for the H80i? Thanks!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the H80i plugged into the CPU_OPT/W_PUMP not that it will make a difference because the H80i fans and pump are controlled by the corsair link application once the OS boots. CPU_FAN1 has one of the rear 80mm fans connected because there is only one other fan header. settings wise, I just setup the H80i through the corsair link application and I like to keep things as quiet as possible. Good luck with your build

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your response, that explains it well. I received my parts and the build went without trouble. I am using that pump setup except I used a y-splitter cable to drive the two rear fans from the single case fan MB header. Yes it is quiet with Link running.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I really love the build. That's the best looking 1070 FE I've ever seen great job on it. I had a few questions for you. How well does that red match the motherboard, I have the z170 version of it and I wanted to do some paint work on my case. Also I was look for a decent exhaust fan that is 80mm how well are thoughs working for you?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The red paint I used matches the motherboard very well, you get to see the color on the cap of the spray can so you know what you are getting. The 80mm fans are very quiet, what ever little noise they make is drowned out by my radiator fans :-)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you put on the m.2? I've heard that games loaded onto the m.2 in a SFF case increases the temperature quite a bit.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a Samsung 960 evo 250GB in that slot, I have not had any issues regarding temp, any temp issue regarding m.2 is related to the design of m.2 cards and location on the motherboard and since most manufacturers place them on the back of the board, well that's out of my control, they must think it safe.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job! Love that painted 1070.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of paint did u use?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

what did you do with the 200 mm fan at front

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, The MX master is a really great mouse. M-audio BX8's Studio monitors are a must have, I do need a bigger desk though.