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Good Things Come in Small Packages

by CornishPasty79

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I wanted something small, quiet and powerful for gaming and Hyper-V so opted for an i9-9900k, 32GB RAM and an RTX 2080 in a NZXT H200 case.

I would've preferred to go down the AMD route but Microsoft still haven't enabled nested virtualisation in Windows 10 for Ryzen.

I replaced the two stock case fans with Noctua NF-S12A fans as the chassis fan header on the motherboard ran the stock fan at full speed which was noisy as hell.

CPU Idle: 27c

GPU Idle: 28c

Case Temp: 35c

Noise: 25db

Edit: I think I screwed the GPU in slightly too high as the ports on the back weren't level. Dropped it a few mm and added another picture of the GPU from a different angle.

Edit: Two more pictures added. One with the GPU stand that came with the case and another with a piece of lego propping up the card. Thanks for the suggestions smithd4 and JoeyDelgadoJK.

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sodom 4 Builds 4 points 4 days ago

very nice, H200/i is an excellent case.

how is your cpu and gpu temp under load?

Mode__ 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

I would also like to know; mostly because I have the h400i and my 2080TI AORUS Xtreme gets to like 85c when gaming, considering RMA'ing.

sodom 4 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

I like H400 case, 85C sounds too much... I have h200i and 1070Ti ftw2 and max reach gpu temp is 72C. do you have front fans?

Mode__ 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Front rad 280mm, two top 120mm, one rear 120mm

sodom 4 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

unfortunately, this sounds like gpu cooling problem. try to return this gpu and change with another model...

Mode__ 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

I am gonna RMA it and just get the same card but hopefully this ones fixed.

JCMsergox 4 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

In an H400i? Sounds like an issue with the card. It should have ample breathing room with the extra space below it. Would recommend RMA as well.

CornishPasty79 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

Thanks. Not sure what the tools of choice are these day to stress hardware but I ran the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility for 30 minutes and 3DMark Time Spy and both the CPU and GPU maxed out at 74c. Will be installing my games over the weekend but happy to try anything else for you.

sodom 4 Builds 2 points 4 days ago

thank you for the answer, that is a really good temps in itx case. enjoy in great pc and games, cheers :)

BillyBroken 4 points 4 days ago

Minus the sag, super clean. Nice color matching just prop that gpu up with something, please.

Eltech 20 Builds 3 points 4 days ago

A GPU brace is a possibility to help with the sag. I had to do this for a 3-fan GTX 1060 6GB. I purchased this which worked out really well and can adjust this particular GPU brace.

Black Version
Red Version

It's a beautiful build regardless but yes that GPU sag is very noticeable and needs some type of GPU brace. Certainly different options to resolve this of course. Unless the GPU is being pushed against the CPU cooler than that's unfortunate... then the CPU Cooler will need to be re-adjusted or may have to change it but functions for now.

CornishPasty79 submitter 1 Build 4 points 4 days ago

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll look in to that.

Eltech 20 Builds 3 points 4 days ago

No worries. And thanks for sharing your lovely build. Enjoy it.

ChosenWon 2 Builds 3 points 3 days ago

Good recommendation on the sag. That is my only gripe with the build also.

THIS BUILD IS BEAUTIFUL!

chaz69 1 point 3 days ago

You could try routing the gpu power cables through the upper gromet as to pull/lift the gpu so it doesnt sag.

CornishPasty79 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

Thanks. The sag annoyed the hell out of me the second I installed it and the red cable management bar, which isn't completely flat, makes it look worse still.

smithd4 2 Builds 2 points 4 days ago

My H200 came with a little adjustable height plastic stud that clips into the holes on the PSU shroud and props up the GPU - check the case accessories bag. See here https://images.app.goo.gl/DtV3PiPABhDaPTPT8

CornishPasty79 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

OMG, that's not the weird looking thumbscrew thing that didn't fit anywhere is it? :(

smithd4 2 Builds 2 points 4 days ago

yep - that's the one. Edited my previous answer with an image link...

CornishPasty79 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

Thank you.

CornishPasty79 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

I've added a picture with the GPU propped up now and it's almost dead level. The cable management bar isn't flat so it still makes the card look like it's sagging.

BillyBroken 1 point 4 days ago

Yeah sadly the color scheme just makes it super noticeable.

CornishPasty79 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

If it wasn't for the fact that cm or two of droop will eat me up inside I'd probably leave it because the windowed side of the case will be facing the wall.

BillyBroken 1 point 4 days ago

I'd just paint an eraser black and be done with it. Or stack some neoprene with electrical tape. The gap on the bottom is to thin to notice anything shoved under there anyway. But yeah my OCD made me get a vertical mount for my case...

TorqDawg73 1 point 4 days ago

Ya thats a big and heavy gpu.

legendarypoet 13 Builds 2 points 4 days ago

That came together really nicely! Well done.

vincent_2006 2 points 4 days ago

nice build!

JoeyDelgadoJK 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

Vincent is that you!

vincent_2006 1 point 4 days ago

yes im vincent! lol! and who r u?

vincent_2006 1 point 4 days ago

are u the famous joey delgado from yt?

JoeyDelgadoJK 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

No but your the kid that calls me a gay Mexican at our lunch table! (Btw I'm not Mexican)(I'm not gay either)

ChosenWon 2 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

Lol love it, Are you sure you aren't either of those things Joey?

vincent_2006 1 point 3 days ago

no, u must hv the wrong person bc im 12 and go to ASCS in va

JoeyDelgadoJK 1 Build 1 point 2 days ago

Oh well, I'm 12 and i go to citrus springs middle school in Florida

JDawn747 1 Build 2 points 4 days ago

This is /r/perfectfit material

JoeyDelgadoJK 1 Build 2 points 4 days ago

Dude that graphics card is bending I would recommend you put some legos under it so it won't bend (I'm not joking)

CornishPasty79 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

Added another picture with lego supporting the card, not sure if that's what you meant but it makes it look more level at least.

JoeyDelgadoJK 1 Build 1 point 2 days ago

But the red and black lego under it and maybe another lego to make it look better

sodom 4 Builds 2 points 4 days ago

you can also try to fix gpu sag with this method, maybe it works for you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOXYE3hx_JY

Holden1226 2 points 4 days ago

I dont know, but does or can this setup involve windows 10?

CornishPasty79 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

I've got a full/retail copy of Windows 10 from my old build so I didn't include it in the cost.

ThePixelDestiny 2 points 4 days ago

Dude that looks so nice! How many FPS can you hit on a average game?

CornishPasty79 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

Thanks. Need to reinstall my existing drives and then I'll get Steam and a few games installed. I'm using an Alienware Ultrawide monitor so hopefully the FPS will be a lot better than before. I'll update my OP with some benchmarks over the weekend.

atomgray88 3 Builds 2 points 3 days ago

Looks great all you need one of those LCD screens reading of important info for your pc or a team group SSD in that side drive imo haha. Looks great though that Chromax is very hot. F in chat for GPU sag it is no fun. +1

CornishPasty79 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

Thanks. I did consider dumping my two existing Samsung Evo SSDs for a Samsung Pro simply because of the colour of the square but common sense overruled my OCD and they'll be installed on the back plate instead.

bluaci 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

do you have any intake fans?

CornishPasty79 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

No. I did plan on installing one but I watched a review of the case on Gamers Nexus and they seemed to think the stock layout was as good as any.

ZeeKnight 1 point 4 days ago

The Graphics Card is $810 on the low end to $1135 on the high end. other wise nice build (I clicked on this because of the graphics card and the processor with a lower total price) Im gonna use this build as a template. :)

CornishPasty79 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

Thanks. I'm from UK and it cost £690 but I just noticed the card doesn't provide a price when set to US.

ReG-Gunner.YT 1 point 4 days ago

Holy cow thats one big CPU cooler. I woulda went with Liquid cooling on that Type of build, But each to their own.

CornishPasty79 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

I had a Corsair H100 before this cooler but it was noisier than the Noctua and eventually started leaking around the seal. Swapped it out before it could do any damage and haven't looked back.

davedavesally 1 point 4 days ago

I have a small build with a big video card and air-cooled CPU. My video card was heating up my CPU so I rotated my CPU heatsink 90 degrees and moved its fan on top to pull instead of push. Now I have a gap between CPU and GPU and they both run cooler. Here is a pic:

https://i.imgur.com/Is33xS0h.jpg

Your CPU heatsink is obviously too big to rotate though.

atomicdeathray 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

Good Things Come in Small Packages

Indeed they do

Mr.Sinister 1 Build 1 point 2 days ago

Great build an execution of the color scheme! Seems to be a popular case.