Welcome! It's me again, time for a new journey - code name: Project 99
Intro & Objective
My goal for this build is create a super compact, yet nimble and deadly mini-ITX custom loop system equipped with the heart of AMD Ryzen 3700X, the body of Phantek Evolv Shift, and powered by the Team Group Memory and Seasonic Power Supply with a few surprises to come. I want to thank Team Group and Seasonic Power Supply for sponsoring this project!
My vision of the project is to show size isn't always the key factory when it comes to performance, you know what they say, sometimes, big thing come with smaller packages.
Before I get into the build-log, there’s one more thing… and that is the name #99 and where my inspiration came from.
Her name is 99!
Spoiler Alert, do it at your own risk
As you probably figured, 99 isn’t just some of these random numbers I decided to use. There's a tradition within Japanese folklore that when an object, usually a tool of some kind, or a weapon, or say, a cyborg turns 100 years old, it becomes alive & develops sentience, known as a "Tsukumogami". So to prevent that from happening, when something reaches the age of 99, it’s has to be destroyed…
Here’s the link on Wikipedia if you are interested to read more https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsukumogami
While that actually explains a lot (just read through, it will all makes sense), I call her 99 because it’s actually one of her real names. She’s also known as Gally/Yoko/HK-BR035 from original Japanese manga and OVA, but most of you might recognize her as Alita/99 from the movie Battle Angel Alita.
(http://theopenscroll.blogspot.com/20...-decoding.html) “She is a creation from an age of despair. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death."
That’s right guys, if you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I’ve been teasing the theme/concept for a few month now, but no more secret! An angle falls, a Warier rises! Now tell me a better way than doing a Battle Angle tribute in a mini-itx custom loop build!
Below are list of the hardware I will be using for the project.
CPU: AMD RYZEN 7 3700X 8-Core
Motherboard: GIGABYTE X570 I AORUS PRO WIFI
Memory: Team T-FORCE XCALIBUR RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 - Special Edition (Sponsored)
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 1660Ti Mini with a little surprise
Starting with some Team Group T-FORCE XCALIBUR rams
Personally I think these so good without the RGB lights
And then these is the Ryzen 3700X!
X570 I AORUS PRO WIFI
WD SN750 Black! I really like the beefy head spreader, so bad it's a bit too wide and won't fit into the X570i, I ended up using the 970 EVO instead.
Lastly there is a honorable mention on the 2060 Super FE
Long story short, I ended up returning the card as it turned out to be a water cooling nightmare, smh nVidia... I ended up get a GTX1660ti mini instead from Gigabyte, it's slower but got it for 50% of the cost I paid for the 2060EF, it's probably one the best nVidia card you can get for $300 unless you are looking at the 2nd hand market.
Now let's get down into the more interesting part.
Would have been nice to use SN750 with that heat spreader, I ended up fit in the EVO970 with the original EK heat-spreader. It's tight but will work if you remove one of the brackets off the heat-sink.
For the record, you can also mount a 2nd M.2 SSD at the back of this board, but I had no luck with mounting the SN-750 with that "fat heatsink". In my experience, these M.2 drives runs pretty hot these days, so not sure if I want to add the 2nd one without any cooling element.