This is a build for my mom, so the biggest load it will ever be under is likely some google sketchup, maybe some photoshop or light video editing. Anyways, a few notes on the build. The clearance for air coolers is abysmal, and since the power supply would be right on top of it, it make no sense at all to use one and still hope to get decent thermals. Hence the AIO, which by the way, if you're building in this case make sure that the tubes have hinged fittings, and short tubes, otherwise it will never fit. Also, The 3.5" drive was pressing up against the PSU cables (in a way that I didn't like), so I would get sleeved cables to avoid power supply damage.

Thermals. The elephant in the room with this build (specifically this graphics card). It really isn't bad on the GPU side (obviously it was bad, but less bad than I expected), and this cooler could only sustain 4.9ghz on all cores, granted that during aida64 the CPU was at 95 degrees, and the GPU was obviously off the charts (101 degrees). Thermals may be ok, but god help you if you are using this at a desk, as it totally drowned out by gaming rig under full load.

TL;DR, don't put this much hot hardware in a small case and expect it to be quiet or cool. But if you can get over that, Its actually not bad at all for the price.

Part Reviews


No complaints, I have built with this and the 8700k on a cumulative four motherboards and all have been able to hit 5.0ghz, and this can match my 8700k in most games.

CPU Cooler

Performs like an aio should, doesn't have any software, so no opportunity for suckage there, but the pump is coolIT not asetek, and is really loud. Also this, and the 240 variant that I had seem to have air in the loops. Definitely like that it comes with an RGB cable splitter and a controller though. (despite the controller being powered by molex.

Thermal Compound

Pretty good, but very runny.


Super high quality, I actually dropped it on its face onto my keyboard, actually knocking off one of the soldered on m.2 standoffs, and the board powered through all the way to a 5.0ghz @ 1.4v on an 8700k, with its RGB shining bright.


It works, however not really well, as it is hot, has ugly stickers, a cheap as hell shroud that shifts when installing, and overclocks worse than northwood (in a slightly different way, it didn't actually die).


Under used in my opinion, got respectably NVME performance with a realtek controller that I forgot the name of right now, and flash made by nanya, so it was not affected by the price fixing by Micron, Hynix, and Samsung.


Need a reliable, cheap, fast spinner? Segate has your back.

Video Card

If you can get over the noise and thermals, it actually has surprisingly good price/performance. 1 star down for thermals and noise, one star down for being discontinued in support.


Good airflow, no gaps left, fits basically any reference nvidia card by ~1mm. Definitely don't try and build with anything other than an AIO, I would recommend against 3.5" drives, and don't even think about using a non-modular power supply. Standard ITX issues.

Power Supply

Awesome stability, however it is really hot and loud. But then again that is probably due to the build it is in.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a nice little build. Did you open that gpu and change the tim? +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely. Not only was the tim drier than California, there was a blanket of dust a almost a half inch thick in the fins that blocked any type of airflow… it was bad.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

As you said, Fermi no longer has official support from Nvidia. It's something to keep in mind, as WebGL becomes more prevalent.

If I were in a position to step up to a different used card, it would be the GTX 960.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

The next card to go into this system will probably be a quadro, as this is a 3d modeling machine.

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