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Compact Gaming/Streaming/Rendering Rig

by Jordie619

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26 Comments

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Details

Date Published

June 2, 2018

Date Built

May 27, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.556 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11 GHz

Description

I recently decided to upgrade from my 4790K & GTX 1070 PC. I wanted something more compact, but I didn't want to compromise on performance.

I went with the Define Meshify C Mini, first off because it looks very pleasing, and secondly, because it was easy to build in.

I already knew I wanted the 8700K because I do a lot of gaming. But in my free time, I like to upload to Youtube and stream to Twitch.tv. This is where my 4790K was letting me down. Streaming and playing a game on the same PC needed more than 4 cores/8 threads. I didn't want to go with Ryzen because gaming performance isn't the best, and I've had some issues with a few AMD builds in the past.

The reason I went with an air cooler instead of an AIO liquid cooler is because the performance of my Corsair H100i GTX let me down big time. It got worse temps than my old Noctua NH-D15 and was much louder. I liked my Noctua Cooler but boy was it ugly, I did some research and found the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 and fell in love because it was not only pleasing aesthetically but also performance wise.

As for the 1080 TI, I upgraded from my 1070 mostly because I play 1080P 144Hz. I prefer performance over looks, and although the 1070 is a great card for 1080p/1440p, I wanted more FPS. The 1080TI is kinda overkill but I sold my 1070 that I paid $320 for, on Ebay for $600 and found the 1080TI from someone's personal gaming rig for only $700. I would have been dumb to pass this deal up.

As for temperatures and overclocking. I delidded the 8700K with liquid metal and I am pushing 5Ghz @ 1.325v and temps never go above 75c.

Next plans are to upgrade storage to a WD Black 500GB NVMe SSD as my C: drive and to get rid of the HDD and go with a WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB PC SSD as my storage drive.

Part Reviews

CPU

No issues streaming and gaming at the same time. Premiere Pro renders are super fast. Can't ask for a better bang for buck processor.

CPU Cooler

Looks great and performs well, it runs silent and cool even with a 5Ghz delidded 8700k.

Motherboard

Great compact motherboard, great bios and great OC features.

Memory

Ugly imo, but got a great deal on them. Runs quick and low latency with an XMP profile.

Storage

Cheap and great speeds, couldn't ask for more.

Storage

Going 3 years strong, still has good read/write speeds.

Video Card

Best card out right now.

Case

Easy to build in, aesthetically pleasing, good airflow, and very compact.

Case Fan

Great cheap bright white led fans. Can be daisy chained via Molex Connectors.

Comments Sorted by:

Samuel_Gadient 2 points 9 months ago

Ketchup & Mustard is underrated

Jordie619 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

It's ugly but I pulled the PSU from my old build, it's semi modular so the 24 pin and cpu connector is the only cables not changeable and they are ketchup and mustard cables lol.

Gnarlybacon8r 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

You could do extensions to get rid of ketchup and mustard if that is in your budget.

Jordie619 submitter 1 Build 3 points 9 months ago

I plan on ordering some white ones here soon!

ginnjoose 2 points 8 months ago

Impressed that you delidded all on your own! This is definitely something I want to do with my next build. Were you nervous at all?

Jordie619 submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

My first time I was very nervous lol it took me about 3 hours on my I7 4790k. This is the third chip I delidded so it wasn't so bad this time around. It's not so bad, just take you time and watch a lot of videos before you attempt it yourself. I recommend "Gamers Nexus" guide on Youtube, it's one of the best videos out there on delidding. I also have a Youtube video if you are interested but it's more of a vlog than a tutorial lol.

EASTER_EGG 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Definitely a big upgrade, looks clean!

Jordie619 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you!

Gnarlybacon8r 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

In the picture of your RAM, the most visible RAM was not fully installed, some of the connector was not fully in the slot. I assume that you fixed this after seeing the picture, but I still wanted to let you know in case you didn't realize. :) Overall love the build!

Jordie619 submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Good eye, I didn't even notice that in the pic, but yes I had to reseat the ram later in the build anyways due to the cooler. Thank you!

CJMyers 1 point 9 months ago

I like the build. But not a fan of the ascetics of the ram, also it doesnt match the ram in your list. Would of liked to see some better psu cables too. Nasty ketchup and mustard. But besides that i like it. Powerful computer!

Jordie619 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

The cables are Black up until the connector which I don't understand, reused the PSU from my old PC so hoping to get a new one soon. Also good eye on the ram, I originally intended to use the pair from my parts list but found an amazing deal on this kit that I couldn't pass up on. I ended up paying $130 for a 16GB kit 3000Mhz. Will change up the ram in the part list though. Thank you for the feedback!

EASTER_EGG 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

You got a good deal on your RAM, 130 dollars for 16gb DDR4? That's crazy! 16gb of 3000mHz in australia costs 260 dollars if we're lucky.

Jordie619 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Jesus, most 16 GB kits of 3000Mhz here in the US is around $160. I found mine on reddit/r/buildapcsales and got lucky to grab them before they went out of stock!

EASTER_EGG 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

USA is so lucky

Hucos 1 point 9 months ago

Is there any clearance issues that you have with the cpu cooler and the graphics card? It looks like the cooler is pushing the gpu. Otherwise, very good build!

Jordie619 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

There is a tiny gap between the two, they don't touch but are very close. Also, thank you!

Hucos 2 points 9 months ago

Your Welcome! : )

Pewpewcuun 1 point 9 months ago

What are GPU temps like under load?

Jordie619 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Highest I've seen is around 76c, average is around 73c. I'm using the preset quiet fan curve in EVGA Precision XOC

zaboca 1 point 9 months ago

Your desk seems to be under some stress in the middle. Nice build.

Jordie619 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I think it's the way the picture is took. I can't tell if it is in real life lmao. It probably is though lol the monitor stand is pretty heavy and there is a ps4 beside it as well. Pretty cheap desk lol. Nice attention to detal and thanks man!

VivaLaPalmer 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Does the DRP4 touch the gpu? They look pretty close.

Jordie619 submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

It doesn't but it sure is close! lol

CosminD83 1 point 6 months ago

Looks amazing. Have the exact cpu+mobo+cooler, and was wondering if they fit and how would it look like. Thank you for posting this.

Jordie619 submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Thank you! Everything fits great together, I had no issues with fitment and nothing is touching at all. I am surprised how good the temps are in such a small case as well.