Description

This is an updated version of a build I did a few months ago. It is loosely themed off the NetFlix original show Altered Carbon. It originaly had a I7 6700 and a 1080 in it. Those parts were sourced out to another build for a family member.

At first, I had planned to go with a new gen Ryzen chip but the new itx motherboards were not out. I came across this 9900KF with motherboard bundle on sale for $500 and picked it up. I had concerns about trying to cool this chip on air (have not had a lot of luck with AIO's). Decided to go with the Dark Rock Pro 4 over the Noctua because it fit my theme better (although the new all black noctuas are out). This Dark Rock is huge! If you are going itx, you don't need to worry about motherboard aesthetics. You are not gonna see it.

Dark Rock Pro 4, well its big. My original RAM, Corsair vengeance RGB would not fit. The Hyper X barely fit with a little modification to the cooler. Wanted to try and just use the center fan so I could see the RAM. The be quiet fan was extremely quiet but did not pull in a lot of air. (135mm x 23mm) The Noctua NF-A14 provided way better performance although it was a bear to squeeze in there. Had to take the top off the cooler and slide fan in from the top. This was also the only way to install the cooler. Temps really surprised me. 68 degrees under full load at 4.8 GHz all cores. Some of the cores will hit 74 degrees max. (just let ASUS 5 way optimization do its thing).

As for case modifications, I made a new front panel out of carbon fiber. Made it flat and raised it up some for better air flow. I really like this case but air flow is not greatest. New front panel vs stock front panel was a 16 degree difference in cpu temp. That was alarming. I added carbon fiber plates both front and back to use as cable pass throughs. I spent a lot of time on cable management on this one. Especially the back. I used para cord sleeving and made all cables to length. I also modified the case to use 2 tempered glass panels instead of one so I could see behind the motherboard tray. I made a back lit acrylic panel to cover the back of the motherboard. There is a lot of RGB controllers and wiring in this thing. I had to make a lot of custom SATA power cables for this. Only place I could put it all was up top. This is the biggest ITX case I have ever worked with but you would be amazed at how quick you can run out of space. Decided to put in a 5in LCD screen in it. Use Aida64 to create the sensor panel. Because of the location I put the screen in, I had to use a SFX PSU with adapter plate to make room for the LCD screen. All the carbon fiber panels are 2.4 mm thick from Composite Envisions.

I went with the Zotac RTX 2080ti because it is one of the very few cards that is a true 2 slot card with a decent cooler. As with most zotac cards I have own, they run hot unless you replace the thermal paste. I use noctua NT-H2. Brought my temps under load from 88 degrees and thermal throttling to a more reasonable 66 degrees. Using 140mm intake fans and an SFX power supply really help here. The smaller psu has about an inch gap between it and the psu shroud. This allows plenty of air to get to the card.

For now, this is kind of a trophy build for me. It will be replacing my current gaming rig that has a 6700k and 1080 in it. Gaming Rig. Its a little over kill for 1440p, but why not.

Comments

  • 20 days ago
  • 9 points

First of all, superb cable management!! Great executed! I wonder what program you run on the incase-display. I have one as well in my current build, displaying Wallpaper Engine most of the time, which looks good but isn't very informative nor helpful. big +1 for this beauty of a PC

I call feature for stunning cable-management and of course a very unique case-mod.

  • 20 days ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for your kind words. I am using Aida 64 sensor panel. I like it quite a bit. Easy to customize and add pretty much any sensor you want to monitor. Plus you can choose any background you want. Found out about it on you tube. There are some people doing some amazing with this.

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome! Thanks for the info man, I'll look it up now.

  • 19 days ago
  • 4 points

This is a beautiful build man, and your cable management is impeccable, dayum!! +1'd!!!

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I really appreciate it.

  • 20 days ago
  • 2 points

super clean and I love the theme. The stat display is a cool addon

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. The show is kinda dark and gloomy so I wanted it to kinda of represent that. Not to flashy but but still neat and clean with special touches that you kinda have to look for.

  • 16 days ago
  • 2 points

Upvoted for badass air cooler inside Mini-ITX case.

  • 14 days ago
  • 2 points

Cable management! +1 Great build! Congrats on feature!

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Nice details. Your work has paid off!

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Carbon fiber PC mods usually sound cool in theory, but look tacky in execution, this... is not tacky.
This looks super-car classy, the carbon fiber looks appropriate here. Well done.

two questions: -The GPU under-load temps dropped 22 degrees just by changing the thermal paste?!?
I've tried the new Noctua NT-H2 paste. It's decent. I'm using it right now on my CPU/GPU. But it isn't anything extraordinary. It's performance is within a couple degrees of the other pastes I've tried (NT-H1, arctic mx-4, thermal grizzly kryonaut). I would guess if the temp really did drop that much just by replacing the stock paste, that the cooler wasn't properly mounted/tightened down from the factory.

  • This case always struck me as one of the few that would really benefit from a hybrid cooled GPU, or even a blower-style cooler. Where that GPU is forced to sit; slammed up against the PSU shroud, and partially encased inside that metal box, looks like a perfect way to choke off an open-air shroud style cooler. In one of the pics it shows the GPU fans spinning at 2300+ rpm under load, that isn't loud? Like, really noticeably audible? I'd just be curious to see how a blower style cooler would perform in comparison to the two-slot zotac.
    For reference: Bitwit (Kyle) did a really good video on this exact topic a couple years ago, the results were pretty surprising:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiDZNT7mxLQ
  • 19 days ago
  • 3 points

You would be correct about the thermal paste. The paste applied from zotac was very excessive and dry. The cooler was making very poor contact with the chip. Some of the thermal pads were not making contact at all. I run a very aggressive fan curve. The card is actually fairly quiet, even at max speeds. The psu shroud is well ventilated but still chokes off the card some. Using a sfx psu allowed for more air gap and minimizing cable clutter underneath better allows for air movement underneath the shroud from the bottom intake fan to reach the card. I have only used blower style cards twice. A reference 980ti and a gigabyte 1080 turbo. Both cards ran extremely hot and were annoyingly louder. The real choking point of this case would be the intake. With the side panels on, It is a fairly quiet system.

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for that reply. Interesting, and good to know. That carbon fiber is so good! I’ve used some fake carbon fiber wrap before (3M DiNoc), but the real thing looks so cool!

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

See I have a place in my heart for this case as I also modded mine because of air flow ... but this ..... this takes things to the next lvl! I'm truly in awe of the mods made on this build!! I'm pretty sure I smell a feature!!

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

I gotta know where did you get the metal cable combs? I need to get some in black

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so very much. I loved your Bumble bee build! It was because of your build that I saw the potential of this case. I cant thank you enough for that. As for the cable combs, they are Nanoxia cool force cable combs. You can get them from their web site or amazon. They only come in silver or gun metal gray. I used the 3mm ones. They have them in 4mm if you are sleeved with PET. I painted mine. If you want to change colors on them, I would suggest the silver. I used metal cast paint. It is a transparent anodized paint. Come in red, gold, blue, green, purple, orange and shadow black black chrome. The more coats, the darker the color and less transparent. You asked about the lcd screen in PM. I used a 5in monitor from amazon (largest I could fit in the opening). Picked this because of the location of the hdmi and usb2 connections. I wanted them to be facing the front of the case. I made a mounting bracket from carbon fiber so it could be mounted from behind and sit flush to the side of the case. Using a sfx psu ensured I had clearance for the lcd. Just make sure you have an available usb2 port on the mother board or internal hub (corsair commander pro) and you will loose a hdmi port on the GPU. I look forward to your future builds.

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the words of kindness & advice. Do you happen to have a link for the LCD you used? Also would you be interested in making some $$? I'd like to commission you to make me an enclosure like yours to fit the case. I think the openings are the same dimensions but I can measure & double check. If this is something you would be willing to do please name your price.

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

This is the lcd screen I used. LCD screen I think that the opening on the evolve X may be different. take some measurements and compare that to screen size.

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build!

I have a bit of a random question for you... I have a few SSDs and I’m thinking of mounting them against the PSU shroud. I have custom RGB covers for them. I was wondering how much clearance is there between the PSU shroud and the side panel? Could I fit an SSD + cover in that gap?

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

I guess that would depend on the thickness of you ssd cover. From the side of the PSU shroud to the edge of the case is right at 15 mm. or just a bit over 9/16th's. Roughly about the width of 2 standard SSD's stacked on top of each other. You should be fine.

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Did you have a problem installing the Dark Rock Pro on the motherboard? The heatsink on it scares me.

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

It was tight. No clearance issues with mother board heatsinks. Only issue was the cut out in fin stack for clearance of ram. I guess the socket on the asus z390i is a little closer to ram slots. I had to file them back a little. Only way I could mount it and use center fan was to remove the aluminum top plate (4 screws), mount the cooler and then slide the fan in from the top. Mounting the cooler to the mother board and then installing in the case was not happening.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Wtf? 1700$ for GPU and 39$ for pc case? He-he. Super cool build man.+1 But Y inside a toaster?

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

You probably read it wrong because it is around $1300 for the GPU.

  • 14 days ago
  • 2 points

Well, I am in Canada so it shows some prices in CAD some in US doll. :) but it does not change the meaning right?

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, if I paid 1700$ for GPU, I would have stoked out. It was rough paying 1200. The case was on sale. I was initially wanting the all black one but was 89$. I guess the black and red ones are not as popular. It was my first trip to a micro center and I kind of lost my self control. I almost always build itx PC's. I like the challenge. And besides, this thing is absolutely huge compared to my other builds! The smaller the case, less carbon fiber. Thanks for your compliment. I really do appreciate it.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Clean AF

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so very much.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Very clean work! You did a great job.

  • 14 days ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. Man, your Rugged Ryzen build is wicked cool!!

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks for checking it out! These BeQuiet Dark Rock coolers are great, huh?

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

I am really impressed with this one.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the feature! I knew it's gonna happen ;)

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so very much. I greatly appreciate it. It caught me by surprise. There have some amazing builds posted this past week.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't surprised at all. Good case mods deserve a feature especially when they come with such an outstanding cable management.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

That carbon fiber looks amazing. Great Job!

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I have been working with it a lot lately.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

What kind of chess board is that, if I may ask? Looks awesome!

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

I got it in italy a long time ago when I was in the Army. It marble.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

wow i can't find words to say clean well thought out well themed but i was wondering you have only one corsair fan why do you have all the corsair controllers in there? i mean the commander pro the node the hub? could please explain how you configured theme? and how long it took you to put all the build together? thanks

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

There are actually 2 Corsair 140mm front intake fans. Bottom one kind of hard to see. Feeds GPU through the shroud. I have 5 140 fans, 2 of them have rgb, 6 led strips and rgb ssd all controlled by Corsair Icue. I also needed the usb2 hub of the commander pro for the lcd screen. I wanted individual speed control of the fans and more separate lighting zones. It took me awhile to sort this all out and plan all my wiring runs for it. On an atx board this may not be necessary. But on itx where fan, rgb and usb 2 headers are limited or non existent, this is what you gotta do.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

WHAT IS THAT CABLE MANAGMENT BRO CLEAN MY CABLES

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

This is the most effort I ever put in to it

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  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

np

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Digging the cable management and the side LED display for temperatures! Well thought out build.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, for the most part, it came out as I imagined.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

The show was amazing and so is this build. Feature for sure!

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I really appreciate it. Can't wait for season 2.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

damn i love the cable management

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I wanted the cable runs to be clean and some what different. I bet it took me over 2 weeks to make all the cables and get the runs right.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Ooooh that's hot.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so very much.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

This has to be the best ITX build i have ever seen! The cables are perfect, the lights aren't too over the top, and the custom features are executed with extreme precision and quality in such a tiny case. The LCD screen looks amazing. I want to give a big thanks to you for answering basically every comment with actually helpful thought out responses.

This build definitely deserves to be on the featured list.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your kind words. A friend of mine turned me to this site a few years ago and it has been nothing but helpful. The responses I have received from other builders when I had questions has always been positive. The kindness from other builders and the ability to visually see it through their posted builds is what makes this a wonderful site.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

You got the processor with a good motherboard for 500; where?

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Micro center. My first time ever visiting one of them. It was awesome! They had some odd pairings of cpu and motherboard combos, but when I found this one, I couldn't pass it up.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

I don't think I could either. Are both new?

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

The processor was new, the motherboard was refurbished. Came with full warranty.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Nice deal

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Damn! Nice!

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

this is one of the nicest computers i have ever seen man, shes truly beautiful.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

I really appreciate that. Thanks.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, this build is just ridiculous. Definitely give homage to the show!! Anyways I'm looking to do a build in this case but I was just wondering if there is any space to put rgb strips anywhere besides the bottom in between the PSU shroud and the glass? I want to use noctua fans and the nh-d15 so I was hoping to still get my rgb goodness out of some strips if there is a way to stick enough of them in the case. Thanks

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

I didn't run any lights between the PSU shroud and glass. Caused a lot of shadows and interfered with the LCD panel. I run one strip on the top edge mounted just behind the lip on the top fan tray. I also run a 4 in strip in the top fan tray behind the top front fan to illuminate the cable pass through. On the backside, I run a strip down the front edge and along the bottom. So, you could run a strip along the bottom and top. Also, you could use a fan ring halo (Phanteks or silverstone) on your noctuas. (120mm or 140mm) I have used the Phanteks ones before and like them a lot. halo ring build

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok yeah that makes sense! Thanks man much appreciated

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

WOW.. what is this? I mean this is on another level. The cable management is incredible. Well done :D

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so very much.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! how did you showed all info in the 5'' LCD screen?

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. On the LCD screen, I used AIDA64 sensory panel. I believe that you would need a purchased licensed version. Not sure if you could on the trial version. You can monitor anything that your motherboard will provide. It allows you to select what kind of graph or gauge you want to display, range, colors, fonts, size whatever. Its really customizable. I had to watch a tutorial on Youtube for it, but wasn't to difficult to use. You can even create your own graphs and gauges. There was a Jarvis Iron Man one on youtube that was awesome.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

What did you use for the carbon fiber? Got a link, or some brands to try? I plan on doing two custom panels in my Evolv X and acrylic sounds real boring compared to this.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

I get all my carbon fiber from Composite Envisions. They have cloths, rigid plates, tubes, pretty much anything you would need in many sizes. They also have different colors and patterns. (compositeenvisions.com)