If you have any questions feel free to ask, I'm happy to help with anything I can.
My main priorities for this build were:
Futureproofness, I want this computer to be able to play the most demanding games at high settings for many years to come.
Silence, which is why I went for all noctua fans and no spinning hard drives.
Sleekness, I made sure to have as few RGBs as possible, this ties into the futureproof idea because I believe an all black build will age much better than a RGB rainbow build - edit: I've added some RBG LEDs but I have them all set to white, and its nice to have the option to do other colors.
Compactness, I've had a giant computer tower for far too long and its really annoying to move it anywhere, plus I wanted something that could sit on my desk and look good.
- I migrated my windows install onto the NVME SSD and it boots a few seconds faster now, plus I can use the whole 2TB samsung for games.
- I manually overclocked the 9900k because the Ai overclocker in the Asus UEFI set the core voltage way too high, now its steady at 5ghz with a voltage of 1.27v instead of 1.39v - 1.40v.
- I decided to add a cheap $14 RGB LED strip to the case because I wanted to be able to see my build better, plus it now acts as a desk lamp.
6 Month Update
Still going strong and its as fast as ever.
The dust filter and airflow layout has worked perfectly so far, I've had very little dust in the case so far, I've just made sure to vacuum out the filter every month or so.
Other than a few software hangups there's been no problems.
I wanted a bit of a unique look for my build and I also wanted the build to be as black as possible, the problem was that I didn't want to wait another few months for the black version of the Noctua NF-A12x25, and I also didn't want to settle for a lower performance fan.
So I had to find a way to make the Noctua fans black, I thought about spray painting them but it feels wrong to spray paint a Noctua fan, and I was worried about somehow messing it up and making the fan off balance or voiding the warranty.
Eventually I came up with the idea of just making a type of covering for the exposed edge of the fan, so I thought about having my brother 3D print a part for it but I figured it would be too fragile because of the nature of 3D printing and I had the idea of using aluminum because its cheap, easy to bend and it would take a coating like paint or vinyl well.
I settled on the idea of using carbon fiber pattern vinyl wrap because its really cheap and I love the look of carbon fiber, plus it would look way more unique than just black spray paint, and it turns out its incredibly easy to use. So I got a piece of sheet aluminum from my local hardware store and cut out a slice with a jigsaw, then I sanded it down to remove all the burrs and get it close to the final width, and after waiting a few days for the vinyl to arrive I just cut out a piece and stuck it on there, easy peasy.
Then, during assembly of the build I just stuck the carbon fiber aluminum part onto the fans with a few bits of double stick tape, super easy and really good looking.
Vinyl Wrapping The Cable Management Bar:
Since I had a lot of the vinyl left over I figured I'd continue the theme of carbon accents, so naturally I chose to wrap the cable management bar too, this was very easy because NZXT expects that people might want to mod that bar and so they made it really easy to remove with only 3 screws holding it in.
I wanted the part to look totally smooth except for the NZXT logo, so I chose to fill in the water cooling reservoir mounting slot and whatever that square slot is at the top of the bar, so I just used simple wood filler and a bit of sanding to make those slots unified with the surrounding material. And so after a few minutes with a pair of scissors and a hairdryer, bing bang boom, you got a carbon fiber cable management bar.
Finally, the last mod I did:
The bare white exposed edge of the PCB on the graphics card was annoying me and messing up my black theme so I did a quick scribble with a sharpie to make it black, and it worked shockingly well, I was afraid it turn out purple since the ink for the black sharpie is actually a dark purple, but luckily it worked perfectly.
This processor is Incredibly fast, it handles an all core 5ghz overclock with no problem. I guess I won the silicon lottery because mine only gets to about 70c with synthetic benchmarks, during real world usage and with a 240mm AIO water cooler it only gets to about 40c - 50c.
Works great now that all the bubbles are 'settled', I had a bit of a problem getting it working initially because there were a lot of bubbles in the pump, but after a few restarts and a bit of jostling the bubbles have found their way out of the pump and now it works fine. As for the cooling performance, it works great, its able to keep my 9900k at 70c during a benchmark and 45c - 50c during gaming with an all core 5ghz overclock.
Another thing I should mention is that I haven't had any problems with NZXT's CAM software, at the time of writing this (10/13/2019) it seems that they've worked out most of the bugs with their software, the only thing I can gripe about is that it uses a weirdly large amount of RAM, about 400MB.
This is a very solid and well built Mini-ITX board, it came with all the ports I could've wanted, plus it was able to overclock the 9900k to 5ghz on all cores with no problem, I would definitely recommend this board to anyone looking to build a high end Mini-ITX pc, just make sure to rip off that stupid looking ROG sticker on the large heatsink, luckily its easy to do so.
Also make sure to manually overclock your processor because the Ai overclocking feature in the Asus UEFI tends to crank the voltage way too high, it had the voltage at 1.39v - 1.40v for me, when my processor is stable at 1.27v. So instead of using the Ai overclocker just look up a overclock guide, its way easier than it seems, even for an overclocking novice like me.
This is some good looking low profile non RGB ram, and it runs at the advertised speed, no complaints here.
Probably one of the cheapest dollar to gigabyte NVME SSDs you can get, not the fastest transfer speeds ever but still way faster than a sata drive. After migrating my windows install from my sata SSD to this NVME I'm getting boot times of about 22 seconds, when it used to be about 30 seconds with my old sata SSD.
Fantastic SSD, pretty fast and really large capacity, definitely worth replacing your spinning hard drives with one of these.
This is the best looking double slot RTX 2080 Ti you can get at the moment (in my opinion) and it'll run anything you can throw at it, the only bad thing is it runs pretty warm out of the box, but that can be easily fixed with an undervolt, mine used to run at 80c but after I did an undervolt it runs at 65c in 1440p games and 75c in 4k games, plus the clock rate is higher after the undervolt.
The build quality and design of this case is fantastic. If you want a Mini-ITX case that's easy to build in (even if you have huge hands like me) and supports radiators and large heatsinks, all while looking really good, then this is the case for you. The construction is almost entirely steel with a thick and durable powder coat paint with a matte finish, and there's no sharp edges on any of the metal so don't worry about cutting yourself. there's a reason why this case is so popular.
Does what it says on the box, its super quiet and easy to work with, definitely a great power supply.
Initially I was worried after unboxing these for the first time, they feel kinda cheap at first but once you install one you'll be a believer, they're pretty much silent and they move an impressive amount of air, and you'll be able to run these at higher RPMs because they're so much more quiet than other 120mm fans.
Absolutely the best fan you can get at the moment, and totally worth the really large price tag, especially for radiators. These move a ton of air even in restricted applications like on a radiator with a dust filter behind the front panel of a case, and if that's not enough for you these fans can do all that whilst being almost silent, I only start to hear mine when they get close to 2000 rpm, truly impressive.