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I wanted a compact PC, but still have some opportunities for a future upgrade so went with micro ATX. The fan of the CPU cooler hides the second RAM, I know.. I could remove it but since I have overclocked my CPU, I want to play it safe and decided to keep it for better thermals.

Took a fast NVME SSD for everything I run frequently and a 5TB Hard Drive for all my other stuff. I also use the Hard Drive for backing up my laptop's data.

The 2k resolution and 165Hz is perfect for my GPU. I run all the games at 140-200fps easily.

If you have questions/suggestions don't hesitate, I'd be happy to hear them! :D

Also, please don't insult me because I pre-ordered the RTX 2080, I waited about a year for the new gen of GPU's to build my PC so when it got released, I got it immediatly. I know it sounds very dumb for some people, but I do not regret it at all.

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  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

The airflow in that small of a case could be interesting...

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I have one 200mm in the front and one 140 at the bottom as intake, and the one a the back and top blow air out.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

It's actually not that small of a case, and has tons of airflow. There are 2 fully vented panels, 1 window panel, and a bottom panel with a PSU vent/filter, all can be positioned in any place you wish. Then the front and back are vented, and comes with a 200mm fan in the front (which I've since replaced with a better one). Plenty room for adding either air or liquid cooling.

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  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Quick question about that case. Are the side panels swappable? I really want to be able to mount the window up to or at least away from my face because I can't find a version of this case without a window.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes it can be done easily. The sides & roof & maybe the bottom where filter is as well - can be swapped. I had the itx version of this cube case it is the same way. I, like you, prefer the side window roof mounted or on side opposite of my viewing. If you have any sort of rgb you'll see it through the mesh anyway. Less I'm your face.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

You can switch the position of every panels, sides, top, and bottom, so if you want to move the window to an other position you can. Thanks to this flexibility you can even put the motherboard vertically (it comes this way by default).

I know there is this same design without a window but it is a Mini ITX case: Thermaltake Core V1.

I found on Thermaltake's website that you can buy an extra side panel window, so I am sure you can find a way to get a regular panel and exchange the window one if you don't want it.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

is that cooler pretty good? I am gonna pick up 2700 and i want a dark rock 4 or this to cool it

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Be quiet is one of the best brand for CPU air cooling with Noctua. My Drak Rock Pro 4 cools my OC i7 8700k very well, even though it's usually a very toasty CPU. So I would definitely recommend the the CPU cooler I have. Just make sure that you have enough space with all the different components because it is BIG.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

How much clearance do you have between the heatsink/fan and the ram? Did it give you any issues? I was thinking about getting the same cooler and ram setup but am worried about the ram height possibly being too tall to fit.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

It is indeed a tight space arount this area. Something which is important to note is that I have 4 slots of RAM sticks but only used 2. one of the unused RAM slot is the closer to the cooler. This first RAM slot is not under the fan but the metal part of the cooler, which is a bit lower than the fan. I can see that with these Corsair RAM it would be fine, but 2mm more and it wouldn't so if you are planning on using the closest RAM slot to the cooler check the height of the RAM so it doesn't exeed mine.

For the other 3 RAM slots there is no problem as you could even move upward the fan of the cooler with the included brackets. (I did not need to do that).

By the way it is also possible to remove the fan just above the RAM as there is an other fan in the middle of the cooler. If you are not planning to OC your CPU you could take it off, that's what I did at the begining to better see the RAM sticks :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for such a detailed response. Takes away all the guess work and worry :). I really appreciate that.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, thank you very much for describing the ram clearance. I’m sold on the looks, the cooling is a bonus!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking at 2666mhz ram (8gb x 2-4) @ 2x8gb (110$ on Amazon) for my i5-9600k w/dark rock pro 4. It is only 1.3 inches tall. No rgb though. compared to his Corsair @ 2 inches.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Uh well 1440p isn't 2k :)

Its more like 1.7k

Going to ask about the RGB RAM when the heatsink covers most of the RGB?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay didn't know, thanks!

From the view I have at my desk I can see one RAM stick clearly, the other one is partially hidden by the CPU fan, I know it's a shame :/ As I said in the description, I could take this fan off but I am a bit worried about my CPU temps.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Just curious on why you bought the RTX 2080 but didn't wait to pair it with the new 9th gen cpus from intel? Regardless its a nice build +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

First I wanted to wait for the 9th gen CPU as well but back when I got the GPU it wasn't soo clear when they were gonna come out, so I decided to go with the 8th gen.

Thank you :D

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

When the cooler covers your glorious RGB

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous man. I am gonna try and follow in your footsteps with slightly worse specs with a 2600 and rx480 haha

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Still sounds like a powerful build, good luck!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the dark rock pro 4 impact the first pcie slot? Would your ram fit all 4 slots under the Dark Rock pro 4 or does ram need to be shorter?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

It is definitely a tight fit between the cooler and th GPU. They do not touch but they are only a few milimiters away from each other. There was however no problem mounting the gpu after the cooler, everything went smoothly. As for the RAM, I could put two additional RAM sticks if they're the same height or lower than the ones I already have. The stick closest to the cooler would barely fit, but I am pretty sure there wouldn't be any problem.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your assistance Assimyl.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

very awesome build! what temperature does your cpu get at idle?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! So i checked for about 10min and this is what i get:

Min: 30 C Max: 43 C Average: 33 C

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, if you look at my build, I'm trying to put the dark rock pro 4 on the mpg gaming carbon ac with corsair vengeance RGB ram.

The vengeance RGB ram is the similar height as your RGB pro ram. How did the ram clearance work with your ram and CPU cooler? Can you put the ram in the first and/or second slot? Did you have to move the front cooler fan up? Is it a tight fit?

Please let me know, I'm gonna buy my build soon

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a very tight fit, as I am not using the slot closest to the cooler I am not 100% sure the first Ram stick would fit. Because the first slot is under the metal part of the cooler which is lower than the fan. The other 3 ram slots are under the fan and there is absolutely no problem for those, I didn't even have to move the fan up, which you can if you need to.
So, after looking very closely I believe the ram stick could fit in the first slot. Just note that you wouldn't be able to see the rgb of the ram as it would be under the metal part.

Hope I helped!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

did you put your power supply outside of this case? (Im new to building pc)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

No, the power supply always goes inside the case. I do not know any PC which would have it outside. You can't really see it on the pictures but it is at the bottom of the case at the back (under the graphics card). If you have more questions don't hesitate to send me a personal message, I'd be happy to help.

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

4.8Ghz at 1.170v Cinnebench score: 1517 Max temp 80C

I could certainly go higher but I want my CPU cool enough to keep it for many years.

  • 16 months ago
  • 0 points

Whoa, you need to delid that’s way to high.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all necessary... Having these temps during stress test is totally fine.

While I run games it goes to Max 77C Which is again totally normal.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s not nescesary in the sense that your not thermal throttling....however considering that you stated that you don’t want to go higher so your chip will last longer, you can apply your logic by dropping most likely another 10c by delidding. Plenty of builds with higher clocks and lower temps with the same cpu and cooler.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure I could, but I wanna keep my warranty intact. Also these temps are really fine by me.

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