Lian-Li 011 Air Mini Z690

by Dhru R Posted on: 2/18/2022

Build Description

I set out with a goal of creating a 4K capable gaming PC. With games becoming increasingly cinematic, I wanted to build a system which would handle higher-resolution scenarios, focusing on creating a more immersive experience. The game I'm most looking forward to, so far this year, is "Elden Ring". Thankfully, I was able to obtain the parts I needed, prior to the game's launch later this month. The journey was a challenging one, much like the games I enjoy, so I guess it's fitting! Like many others, the GPU was the most challenging part to find. Ultimately, I got my chance by entering my local Micro Center's random selection process (on a cold, unforgiving, winter morning nonetheless). One difficult decision was going with a DDR4 motherboard over the newer DDR5. Ultimately, I went with DDR4, because I felt it offered greater value and decent performance, too. Once DDR5 has matured a bit, and is less scare, I hope to upgrade my motherboard.

Favorite Feature

This is my first build on the new Intel LGA 1700 Socket. The chassis is the Lian-Li 011 Air Mini. I set out to build a capable gaming rig, with a 12700K CPU, Aorus RTX 3080 Xtreme and selected the Lian-Li Galahad AIO to keep temps regulated. Since this cases is optimized for air-flow, I included 3 Lian-Li Uni 120 SL fans on both the top and bottom. The 240mm radiator is mounted as a side exhaust, with an additional 2 Uni 120 SL fans. Combined with the fans included with the case (2 - 140mm for front intake + 1 - 120mm for rear exhaust), the total number of fans utilized is 9. The Uni SL fans provide a more subdued RGB ambiance, as the fans themselves are matte black. For additional flair, I used the Lian-Li Stimer Plus line of cables, for both the GPU, and Motherboard. Speaking of which, the board is the Aorus Z690 DDR4, with 32GB of memory. I'm using an M.2 NVME for the main storage solution. Lastly, the PSU is a fully-modular 1000w unit.

Parts contained in build

Intel Core i7-12700K Alder Lake 3.6GHz Twelve-Core LGA 1700 Boxed Processor - Heatsink Not Included
Intel Core i7-12700K Alder Lake 3.6GHz Twelve-Core LGA 1700 Boxed Processor - Heatsink Not Included
Qty: 1 $349.99
Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Elite AX DDR4 Intel LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard
Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Elite AX DDR4 Intel LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard
Qty: 1 $269.99
Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Xtreme Overclocked Triple-Fan 10GB GDDR6X PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Xtreme Overclocked Triple-Fan 10GB GDDR6X PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
Qty: 1 $1,129.99
Lian Li O11 Air Mini Tempered Glass ATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Black
Lian Li O11 Air Mini Tempered Glass ATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Black
Qty: 1 $109.99