The need to build a new rig arose when I first came across the Apevia X-QPACK 3 case in one of the videos made by Bitwit on YouTube. It was considerably smaller than my previous PC case which was the Corsair Carbide Air 540 and having the ability to mount the motherboard in a horizontal orientation sealed the deal for me. I was getting tired of my 4-year old rig with its GPU sag and I wanted to build something that is compact but still a monster at ultra. I know that there are other PC cases out there that might do the same job such as the Thermaltake Core V21 but I was not that keen on its aesthetics.
I waited out a few months before the Intel Core i7-7700K was finally released and then came the agonizing wait for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. I was a bit indecisive in the beginning as to whether I should go for the Founders Edition GPU or get one from a third party manufacturer. Despite the many reviews saying that the Apevia X-QPACK 3 was roomy, I was still a bit skeptical and I ended up going with the Founders Edition. A decision that I do not regret making.
As I was putting together the parts list, I had a black, white and grey neutral colour scheme in mind and thus, Venom was born.
Due to the limited airflow in my case, I did not go crazy with its overclocking. Kept it running stable at 4.5GHz with 1.2V.
A little bit snugly but it was a gamble that I chose to make knowing that there might be case compatibility issues. It still fits fine and performs as it should nonetheless. Mounting it onto the motherboard was a breeze and the fans are quiet on idle yet still bearable on load.
Runs perfectly fine. The neutral colours of the motherboard is a definite 10/10 from me.
Glad I went for these low-profile RAM. The outermost cooling fan from my CRYORIG R1 Ultimate rests just nicely above the sticks. I tried overclocking with the XMP profile and left it to the motherboard to make its own adjustments but the the performance to noise ratio was not worth it so I kept them running at stock instead.
More than plenty fast storage to have my OS installed on and my games and programs running.
All other files can just go disappear here until I find the need to retrieve them. Sure, a HDD does not run faster than your typical SSD, but it does feel nicer on your wallet for the amount of storage you get.
With the limited airflow in the case, the blower style GPU is definitely the way to go. For overclocking, I went with the MSI Afterburner. To those who are not too keen on the fan noise, I suggest that you leave the GPU fan running at 50% with the temperature limit set to 65 degrees Celcius. Of course, the trade off would be having to limit some of its powers but at least you will be gaming with a little less worry about waking someone up or heating up your room.
With the currency conversion and shipping taxes, the case was not so cheap by the time it reached my country but I wanted it so badly so I had to deal with whatever shortcomings the case may have. And quite a few it does have. The plastic panels scratches way too easily. One of the inner plastic stud that holds the panel was missing. Trying to pry open the front panel was a bit frustrating and one of the screws that secures the front panel fan was rounded so I had to hammer it through. Other than those issues, cable management is okay for a case this size. And if you are like me and hate the glaring case LED, you can choose not to plug in the cables onto your motherboard. You guys are lucky that the price you pay for reflects on the kind of quality control that they have on the case.
I wanted a small modular PSU and this fits the case perfectly. Cables are a bit stiff but manageable. Just make sure to plug in all the necessary cables before sliding it into the PC case.
Works as intended. No complaints.
The fan got pretty loud on load especially when I was gaming despite tuning it with the Fan Xpert 4 software from the ASUS AI Suite III. I found a workaround to it by setting the Q-Fan Control in the BIOS to ramp up according to the motherboard temperatures rather than the CPU temperatures. Now my ears do not bleed anymore.
Monitors have never looked this sexy.
Compact and minimal. Programmable keys could be made more customisable and the white lighting looks abit more bluish rather than white. Other than that, no complaints.
The lighting distribution was abit weird. Some parts appeared white while some appeared bluish despite having the colours set the same. Other than that, no complaints.