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Daisy Rocket

by rosenjazz

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Date Published

March 24, 2017

Date Built

March 18, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

81.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.00GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

Description

UPDATE 2: Got the third card from Newegg, and while it's not drastically quieter than the first two, it overclocks the best of the three. I posted a video of the coil whine on YouTube and comments seemed to indicate that the whine was pretty mild, especially for being under benchmark. Between RMA'ing 3 times and not really being able to hear the card once the case is closed, I'm keeping it :)

UPDATE: Received the second card from Newegg after RMA, and it also has coil whine :( Going to reroll and hope third time's the charm.

The Electric Daisy Pocket Rocket - or Daisy Rocket for short.

I spent almost 9 months researching this build. I decided to plan around building mini-ITX early on because I live in a small apartment and don't want to dedicate a ton of space to a desktop PC. Plus, I wanted to build for my particular use case - I would never need SLI or more than a couple of hard drives, and WiFi connectivity was a must. However, I did want to maximize the performance I could get out of a smaller form factor in gaming and emulation within a healthy but reasonable budget. So I waited until Kaby Lake, Ryzen, and the 1080 Ti released to finally take the plunge.

One particular stroke of luck I had during the part collecting process was finding a factory-sealed brand new Samsung 850 Pro 2 TB SSD on Craigslist for $360. That drive goes for $850+ new from almost all retailers. Originally, I was planning to go with a 500 GB 850 Evo, or maybe splurge on a M.2 NVME drive, but I decided the enormous space and still excellent I/O speed and durability of the 850 Pro was a much better proposition. Now I dual boot with Manjaro Linux, and even with my entire music/movie library from my old laptop, I still have 1.5 TB of space for all my storage needs in the coming years.

On the less lucky side, I already had to replace the Asus Z270I motherboard once for coil whine under load. The 1080 Ti, while a monster of a card, is suffering from its own coil whine, so I am probably going to RMA that as well. In the grand scheme of things, it's not that big a deal, just another week or two without a graphics card (hopefully) before I settle down.

Ultimately, the pictures and performance numbers here are representative of the final build. I overclocked the 7700k to 4.8 GHz @ 1.220V with the Cryorig H7, and after 12 hours of Prime95 Large FFT it is rock solid stable. The max temps spiked in the high 80s C, but hovered on average between 78-81 C, which I think is perfectly acceptable for a synthetic maximum load. I overclocked the 1080 Ti to 2000 MHz with little issue, although I had to bump up the fan speed to 70% to do so, and may decide to stick with the quieter default clock until I feel like slapping a waterblock or hybrid kit on it sometime in the future. After all, it's still faster at stock than an overclocked 1080 :)

And of course, what would a build like this be without a little RGB bling? The RAM was a splurge but it's pretty and the CAS latency is very low, and the Cablemod LED strip adds some nice overhead lighting. Once I get a whine-less GTX 1080 Ti, I may sand off the green paint from the "GEFORCE GTX" logo for white light, or just wait again until the waterblock.

Part Reviews

CPU

The most powerful CPU I've ever owned. Overclocks like a demon. I don't particularly care about having more than 4 cores for the moment since it's perfect for what I want to do (gaming, emulation, some coding). Got it at a minor discount from MSRP from Newegg's Ebay store so I'm happy about that too.

CPU Cooler

The price to performance champion of CPU coolers. Given the diminishing returns of overclocking a CPU for gaming, I don't really mind not being able to sustainably clock to 5.0 GHz yet. This works great for now and is very quiet, and aesthetically fits very well with the rest of the build.

Motherboard

Very pretty and performs well. I'm removing a star because I had to replace the first one for coil whine (on a motherboard? really?) during stress testing. Even the replacement board has a teeny tiny bit of whine during Prime95/Realbench, albeit less loud than the CPU cooler. Since I have another 30 days until my return policy expires, I may RMA it one more time to make absolutely sure, but if I don't then it's still fine.

Memory

tfw your ram costs more than your motherboard

This was a splurge and definitely not the "price-to-performance" option, but damn they are pretty and the CAS latency of 14-14-14-34 is hard to argue with. I do wish the lighting control software was better, because right now I can't control the RAM lighting independently from the Asus AURA motherboard lighting.

Storage

Best deal I scored during the parts hunt. Absolutely enormous, fast and durable drive. I hopefully will not have to worry about adding another drive for a long time.

Video Card

Won't give a final opinion on this yet as I am in the process of RMA'ing it for a card with no coil whine. Yes, it can get loud and hot because of the blower style cooler, but for a smaller build like mine it works great and helps move hot air away from the CPU as well. In fact the card design is probably the reason why I can overclock the 7700K so well with just a Cryorig H7.

Case

Gorgeous little case and half the reason I wanted to go Mini-ITX in the first place. It was a joy to build in and has just the right amount of amenities to make a first-timer like me comfortable with the build process.

Power Supply

Solid PSU, very quiet and efficient. No complaints here.

Case Fan

SO MUCH BETTER than the stock case fans included with the Nano S. I bought one at first to see if I liked it, and once my wallet recovers a bit I will probably swap out the other case fans for their corresponding Venturi models. Another protip: the Asus Z270I only has 3 fan headers (CPU, chassis, and dedicated AIO pump), so while the two front case fans are connected to the chassis header with the Nano S's included fan splitter, I used the low RPM adapter that came with this fan to connect the back case fan to the AIO header so it doesn't spin crazy fast. Saves a few bucks on buying a dedicated fan hub.

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blockbuster4664 1 Build 3 points 8 months ago

When the cooler and GPU are so big you can't even see the motherboard

blockbuster4664 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Seriously this is a really nice and clean build, plus that GPU gives it the power to crush the settings on any game

rosenjazz submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks so much! One of my philosophies when picking out parts for the build was to waste as little space as possible, and I'm really happy how it turned out.

Dreamsandlies 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Is the keyboard a massdrop keyboard? (not brand, but in one of the drops) Good looking build +1

rosenjazz submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

It's a TADA68 from Originative Co.! I was in their second group buy before they renamed the keyboard to SABER68. And thank you!

Arichikurukuto 2 points 8 months ago

Nice build. Got to let us know how the GPU holds up when you the replacement.

rosenjazz submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Yup, will update once the RMA completes

Dilbob 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Nice build! Kind of a weird question, but how long is your table? I'm trying to find a good size for mine and you have about the same stuff I'd put on it.

rosenjazz submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Not a weird question at all! I'm at work now but I will get back to you on this

Dilbob 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks!

rosenjazz submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Ok I measured and my desk is 29.5''H x 60''W x 29''D

Dilbob 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks! Looks like I might need something a little bigger than a 47" table

MattyC51237 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Nice build. Looks clean and sharp. I'm curious what audio equipment you have in that setup?

rosenjazz submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Thank you! My speakers are Audioengine A5+, and the headphone amp you see with the blue LED is a Garage1217 Project Polaris. The headphones are the Hifiman HE-500 with a custom bestintheverse braided cable. You can also see an Apogee Duet 2 peeking out from the top in photo #3 - I was previously using that as both a DAC and audio interface, but obviously that no longer works because it's locked into the Apple ecosystem. I plan on selling it and picking up a Schiit Modi 2 Uber and maybe a cheap Focusrite Scarlett for music practice.

MattyC51237 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Anytime. Thank you for the equipment lists. I am looking to build my next new big rig and I want to take my audio up a notch or two and your setup looks spot on for some of the ideas I have for my build. Thanks again!

Blacksm1le 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Mini Power :-)

Project460 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Clean clean clean. +1

jay960 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Define Nano is definitly a great case ! nice build, good job !

Ethan805 2 points 7 months ago

Regarding Coil Whine - For someone who spared no expense on this rig, I hope you have a g-sync monitor with g-sync enabled to drastically avoid it altogether?

If not: enabling Fast-Sync will also help reduce severe coil whine.

rosenjazz submitter 1 Build 3 points 6 months ago

Yup, I have an Asus PG279Q G-Sync monitor. I also figured out later that I had to configure G-Sync to work both in full screen and windowed mode. Now the coil whine issues are fixed

jakubs11 2 points 5 months ago

How did you manage to mount Cryorig H7 on this MOBO? Cooler's backplate is overlapping some of motherboard's componenets, which in my opinion makes Cryorig H7 incompatible with Asus ROG STRIX Z270i (I own this particular setup and had to cut little pieces of backplate with a knife so it wouldn't damage MOBO).

BodiXDDD 1 point 6 months ago

Gpu temps when gaming?

rosenjazz submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Depends on the game. For maxed out 144 Hz modern games it goes up to 80 C. For heavily modded Dark Souls locked at 60 FPS it hovers in the high 50s and doesn't spin up beyond 50% fan speed

Luckiestluck 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Im to the part on my pc where i am looking for a GOOD 650watt psu, i stumbled apun your build, tell me why you chose the EVGA supernova G3 instead of the G2 or NEX

BuildaBhuda -1 points 8 months ago

I would recommend to convert this PC into an AMD. With the new Ryzen R5 series coming out you could save a lot of money AMD get 2 more cores, and 4 more threads. Overall fantastic PC, good job!

rosenjazz submitter 1 Build 5 points 8 months ago

Thank you! I am not going to buy Ryzen.

BodiXDDD 1 point 6 months ago

May I ask you why not?

rosenjazz submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Mainly because there weren't (and still aren't) many good ITX boards for Ryzen. Also for my specific use case of mainly gaming/emulation/home use, I stood to benefit way more from a faster clock speed than more cores.

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rosenjazz submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

I know right? Awesome case, still big by ITX standards but minimalist and easily portable. Thanks!

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