Mini ITX Build Log
It was only a few months ago that I decided to move from an eGPU setup thanks to @itsage. As of this week, I have ordered all the parts for my mini ITX build. However, I do not have parts in hand as I haven't been home since I started ordering the components 2 months ago. If you're interested, here's my parts list as shown in pcpartpicker.com: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/omardesu/saved/vPxFGX
CPU: Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($409.99)
CPU Cooler: Noctua - NH-L9i 33.84 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99)
Motherboard: ASRock - Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($159.99)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LED 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($147.99)
Storage: HP - EX920 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($78.99)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB GAMING Video Card ($379.00)
Power Supply: Corsair - SF 600 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply ($114.46)
Case Fan: Noctua - NF-A9x14 29.72 CFM 92mm Fan ($15.95 @ Amazon)
Other: DAN Cases - A4-SFX V4-B Mini ITX Desktop Case ($199.00)
Knowing that my 1070 Ti was going to depart my ASUS XG Station Pro when I build this PC, I ended up picking up an ASUS Arez Vega 56 last week so I could use it with my 2014 Mac mini and 2016 MBP 15" in Mojave and Bootcamp (if needed).
Stay tuned to this post if you want to see the PC build.
In addition to the PC build, I can share some testing of the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac with internal GPU and eGPU (will test both the 1070 Ti and Vega 56). Even though this MB has 1 single TB3 port, it is only running at PCIe x2 speed which is the same as TB2 @ 16Gbps. Unfortunately there were no other mini-ITX boards that had full TB3 bandwidth when I made the purchase in Feb (still don't think there are any TB3 equipped MB's today other than ASRock, I'd have to do more reasearch).
Perhaps revisit post? The format was lost, and this site isn't interpreting the markup correctly so it just looks like a bunch of links and metadata, housed in their tags...
Sys1: MITX Desktop in InWin Chopin
i5-4570 + 1060 6GB + PCIe 1x adapter (over USB3.0 copper)
Sys2: Dell 15 Latitude 3542
i3-4030U + 1060 6GB + mPCIe adapter for PCIe 1x (over USB3.0 copper)
Sys3:Dell 14 Inspiron E5450
i7-6500U + 1060 6GB + NGFF M.2 A/E --> mPCIe adapter
+ mPCIe adapter for PCIe 1x (over USB3.0 copper)
@b_Wesley edited the post. Some formatting is still funky, so another edit is coming soon!
Finally got back to the good ol’ US of A to get my hands on the parts listed above which were waiting for me at my cousin’s house. Everything... except the case which is supposed to ship in May.
Since I don’t go back to the US often, I couldn’t help but do a part functionality test and build the system up — caseless! Didn’t want to go back overseas and find out that I had a bad component. So here’s what I ended up with (in my hotel room):
Luckily everything works fine. The only things that are missing is my 1070 Ti, case, case fan and a 3D printed duct for the cooler fan. The one thing that I did worry about and still am worrying about is that I have to fit all of those components into a case that’s smaller than a shoebox!!! It’ll be a learning experience for sure!
Will update again once I get the case.
Sure thing @itsage. I just got word that the cases will start shipping May 3rd, so hopefully I'll have it all ready in 1-2 weeks.
Well... the case is supposed to ship as early as today May 3rd... I already prepared the materials to reduce CPU temps via the fan duct that Dan had provided on his website. Since the original design couldn't accommodate my high profile LED ram, I attempted to modify the duct... here are the results:
Looking good so far! I have a couple ASRock motherboards and they can accommodate overclocking of both CPU and RAM very nicely. How do you like the Z390 Phantom?
@itsage I haven't had much time to use the Z390 yet (just in the "test components" pics). I barely got my Dan A4 last Friday in Taiwan, but I when I actually got it it was time for me to leave Taiwan to go home for time with wife and the kids. All my components are in Taiwan and I plan to build it in my hotel room... I'll be back on Monday, so the build should be done within 24 hours!!! I'm debating taking my eGPU with the Vega 56 so I could do all those comparisons. When it's all up and running, I'll take some pics and post it for sure!
Finished my REV1 build in the V4... everything is working fine. I threw in some pictures of my ASUS XG Station Pro eGPU for comparison. It was quite unfortunate that I couldn't fit the Strix Vega 56 in the case though...
Things to do:
1) new cabling
2) add LED's
3) add fan under PSU
4) swap 512 Gb SSD with 1 Tb
As for the fan under the mobo, I did put a Noctua 92x14mm under there. It's a tight fit, but the mobo is right up against the fan but not putting any pressure on it. I decided to put the fan there for now as it would be a PITA to do it later. I plan on getting another 14mm fan to put under the PSU (not sure if it will help any, but I'll give it a try).
Note: the jpegs are a bit overexposed as these came directly from my DSLR (too lazy to edit the raw files at this point), so please bear with them...