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Marcus Lee
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Most of these parts I had originally in a Dan Case A4 v3, but due to the fact that over time I kept upgrading my parts such as my cpu went from a core i5 9600K to an i9 9900K, and my original RTX 2070 I knew it was time to just do a complete case transfer.

Since I had already invested into the Mini iTX form factor I knew I would have to pick a new case to accommodate this, thus I picked the biggest itx case that i could think of, the NZXT H200. For cpu cooling, I had already been a big fan of Noctua's products from using their fans and the L9i in my Dan Case. Fortunately, I was lucky to have a friend who just happened to have an old Noctua D14 laying around with its original 3-pin 140mm and 120mm fans. For the rest of the case fans I decided to just go full send on Noctua fans, 3x A12x25 PWM fans as well as one additional A12x15 PWM fan for top exhaust. Spent about 3 hours on the whole case transfer, and I can say I am pretty happy with the results and how it turned out.

CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor
Definitely not the best value CPU around but definitely gets the job done if you want the "best" for gaming. I currently have it at an OC of 5.0ghz at 1.30v and boy is it a toasty one. Would still definitely recommend Ryzen 3000 cpus though if I hadn't purchased my Intel motherboard in 2018.

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 64.95 CFM CPU Cooler
For something that came from 2009 this is definitely a solid air cooler. Swapped out the original fans to 2x Noctua P14r redux fans for the PWM function and just the overall aesthetic of having two of the same size fans on the cpu cooler. I was super surprised that the original mounting hardware was a perfect fit for my modern hardware (tbh this is probably because Intel's 115x mounting hasn't changed much over time). Installing the cpu cooler into the case was definitely something you have to do last because of how big the cooler is. Overall I am super happy with this and don't really have any complaints with it.

ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard
Super solid motherboard, has one of the best VRMs for a mini itx on the Z390 chipset. I/O is super dense with 6 USB type-a ports and 1 single USB C 3.1 gen 2 with support for Thunderbolt 3 but at half speeds i believe. Also huge plus for me was that it had two spots for m.2 SSDs which was great. Honestly a great motherboard, with a simple grey aesthetic. One downside was that the ASRock polychrome software is really glitchy, but I only have it for my RGB strips so its no big dea. Lastly, the motherboard is lacking a USB 3.1 gen 2 connector which impacted my decision on picking the NZXT H200 over its new brother the H210. Overall a great motherboard.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
Works as expected. Definitely overkill, but I got this on sale back in 2019 so can't say I'm not happy about that.

SanDisk SSD PLUS 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Had this old SSD laying around, decided to use this as a scratch disk for OBS recordings. Works fine as expected.

Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Works as intended, using this as a storage for some of my games.

Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
Super fast, super convenient, no cables, no clutter. Bought this right before the 970 Evo Plus came out which kinda bummed me out, but I got my second 970 Evo on sale because of this so not a complete loss.

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB BLACK GAMING Video Card
Decent card, gets the job done with little coil whine from here and there. Kinda regret not getting a card that has a backplate but I had orginally purchased this for my Dan Case A4 which you can't see the PCB, but in the H200 you can. Other than that solid video card for my 1440p high refresh rate gaming.

NZXT H200 Mini ITX Tower Case
Super happy with the case. I definitely recommend to those who are thinking about buying the "smart" models such as the H210i/H200i to just skip those and get the regular ones. I ended up picking the H200 over the H210i just simply because my motherboard doesn't support the USB 3.1 gen 2 connector on the H210, thus I picked up a used H200 which was fine with me. The overall boxy aesthetic is simple and minimal. This case is definitely only gonna attract those users with a very specific use case scenario. In my case I had the Noctua D14 given to me before I had purchased this H200, so I was left with very few options on iTX cases that could accommodate that. Overall, this case is great, many mounting points for fans as such, but I would definitely consider using a SFX power supply for those who want more space in the power supply shroud for cable management and/or better airflow for video cards.

EVGA SuperNOVA G3 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
Power supply itself is great and works fine. Cables that came with it are kind of thick and have that jacket sleeving with it, hard to bend around for cable management in my opinion. Other than that its a fine power supply.

Noctua NF-P14r redux-1500 PWM 78.69 CFM 140 mm Fan
Overall great upgrade from the original 3-pin fans that came with the Noctua D14. Honestly I don't mind the grey color that the fans come in. Definitely a good buy in my books.

Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM 60.1 CFM 120 mm Fan
Best 120mm fans hands down. Super quiet at higher rpms.
Color(s): White
RGB Lighting? No
Cooling: Air Cooling
Theme: Industrial
Size: Mini-ITX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
$ 390.20
Intel - Core i9-9900K
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 8
Integrated Graphics: Yes
Motherboard
$ 398.86
ASRock - Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC
Chipset: Z390
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: Mini-ITX
Memory
$ 529.94
Corsair - Vengeance LPX (3200MHz) (Black) (2x)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 32 GB
Graphics
$ 1,169.88
EVGA - GeForce Black Gaming
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 2080 SUPER
Interface: PCIe x16
Storage
$ 59.99
Samsung - 860 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 500 GB
Storage
$ 179.98
Samsung - 970 EVO 500 GB M.2 NVMe SSD (2x)
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
Storage
$ 36.34
SanDisk - SSD Plus
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 120 GB
PSU
$ 203.50
EVGA - SuperNOVA G3
Wattage: 850
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
$ 79.99
NZXT - H200 White/Black
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 29.90
Noctua - NF-A12x15 PWM (Brown)
Size: 120 mm
Case Fan
$ 89.70
Noctua - NF-A12x25 PWM (3x)
Size: 120 mm
Case Fan
$ 29.90
Noctua - NF-P14r redux-1500 PWM (2x)
Size: 140 mm
Cooling
$ 89.95
Noctua - NH-D14
Type: Air Cooler
Accessories
$ 15.99
Accessories
$ 24.99
Estimated total value of this build:
$ 3,325.99
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