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The black Pearl
by zizux
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Description

I wanted to build a small compact not too loud gaming machine so I could move it between rooms for gaming at a computer and gaming on my big tv.

I cut out the drive bay (well drilled the rivets out then removed) and mounted the radiator for the H60 right behind the fan the case comes with, and then mounted the fan that comes with the h60 behind it for a push / pull config.

All in all the build required a fair amount of planning for the cables and such. I also tried a configuration with a normal 3.5" hdd. Which will work I just don't need it now with the larger SSD.

This thing is about as fast as they come, without multi gpu's. Games on my 3 24" monitors great. I mostly play SCII, BF3, DIRT3 (on the TV) and a few others from time to time. The 7970 came with "GOLD" offer so I'll have some new games to check out soon.

I'm happy with how quite it is, on the silent profile it runs 25 C for the cpu at idle and I almost can't hear it at all.

DRAM Voltage is in theory supposed to be lower but I'm running it at the 2133 its rated at with the XMP profile without issue.

3dmark test was done without any overclocking. Running with the fans in silent the cpu only hits 67 C running at full tilt it doesn't go above 61 C

Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle25.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load61.0° C
XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.43Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP9005
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DjArtifact 9 points 11 months ago

Nice case, I love seeing a mitx build that is actually small cough cough prodigy cough cough

 
 
Sabotage 3 points 11 months ago

I row in a boat with the same name.

 
 
noob_for_life 1 point 11 months ago

nice build!! but isnt that keyboard a little overpriced?

 
 
zizux [Submitter] [4 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks. The keyboard and mouse were purchased from bestbuy some time ago with rewardzone points. I've used Dell Multimedia keyboards forever. I've tried to use the micro buttons on the keyboard but haven't been able to get them down to a science.

 
 
PickItApart 1 point 11 months ago

You can edit the prices on your own instead of using newegg or NCIX prices. It helps to reflect the true prices.

 
 
PickItApart 1 point 11 months ago

Why the Elite 120 instead of BitFenix Prodigy? Bitfenix is more expensive but better air cooling.

 
 
dkevelx 1 point 11 months ago

Prodigy's also much bigger. Size could have been a factor. The Elite 120 is a couple inches shorter and thinner.

The Prodigy is so big that they're making an m-atx version without even changing it's outer dimensions.

 
 
itzzjason 1 point 11 months ago

can i see your monitors/tv setup?

 
 
zizux [Submitter] [4 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

My desk is dirty. :( I'll add one after I clean it.

 
 
itzzjason 1 point 11 months ago

i don't care. most guys are messy anyways. i just wanna see the setup since i'm interested in getting a multi monitor setup

 
 
zizux [Submitter] [4 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Added one of the monitors :)

 
 
itzzjason 1 point 11 months ago

didn't you say you had a tv hooked up too?
are all 3 the same monitors? are they mounted to a stand?

 
 
zizux [Submitter] [4 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

TV is in the other room, which is why I wanted something small to make transporting it between locations easier.

Screens are all the same brand, mounted to the wall. The center one is a 3d one though.

 
 
itzzjason 1 point 11 months ago

add the monitor models to the part list!
what sizes are the monitors? and do you happen to know the longest distance between the left and right monitors? (the distance measuring straight from the left edge of left monitor to right edge of right monitor)

 
 
ilian11 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Small and efficient! This is awesome, good job!

 
 
canders [6 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Wow. Love the small builds. Lots of power in a small space. Up vote.

 
 
whitespace 1 point 10 months ago

Great build! I have a similar rig... same motherboard, CPU (not overclocked) and cooler (without the additional fan), but in a Fractal Design Node 304 case.

However, I'm rather curious as to your reported motherboard's "System" temperature? I get comparable CPU temperatures as you (27C idle, 65C under load) but my "System" temperature is up at 51C (when idle, at reasonable low-noise fan speeds). The system temp will start at 36C on a cold boot, but gradually creep up to 51C over the next 10-15 minutes. Under load I've seen a max of 58C, so I've not been too worried, but an idle temp of 51C does seem rather high!

What is your experience with the "System" temperature?

 
 
malcar11 [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Hello! Still have the Thermaltake tr2 PSU? I was wondering, how has it worked untl now? thanks!

 
 
DannyVekslender [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Cable management in it's best :P (Just kidding)

Great build!

 
 
SrgtMacfly [1 Build] 0 points 11 months ago

Would look sweet in a Hadron!

 
 
zizux [Submitter] [4 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

? What is a Hadron?

 
 
dkevelx 1 point 11 months ago

It's a mini-itx chassis made by EVGA. Has a big side window and integrated 500w 80+ Gold PSU. It also has spots for two 120mm fans on top, so you could put in a H100 or something similar, if you wanted to.

The air flow is a bit iffy (especially for the GPU), but it's pretty good considering its EVGA's first case.

Personally, I think the Hadron looks nice, but it'll also probably be way more expensive than a Elite 120. I personally think the Elite 120 is an awesome case.

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

I watched a review on the Hadron today and while it is nice, it definitely has some flaws. Too many flaws for its $189 price tag.

 
 
dkevelx 1 point 11 months ago

My main concern with it is that the airflow doesn't look that good.

From what I saw, there's only the two fans on top for airflow.

If you can stick a fan in front of the PSU, in the floor, at least the GPU will be getting some air, but I haven't seen any inside shots.

 
 
SrgtMacfly [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

agree, I want the water cool one!

 
 
dkevelx 1 point 11 months ago

Honestly speaking, I don't think the Hadron Hydro's single 240 rad (which, as far as I can tell, is what it is using) is big enough to dissipate the heat from the CPU and GPU at load without the fans running at a really high RPM.

Ideally, I want at least 240mm (assuming 30mm thickness, at least) of radiator space per heating element, so the minimum for a full loop, for me, is 480 (for one CPU and GPU).

I wouldn't bother water cooling a mini-itx build because most of them can't fit the amount of radiators that I would want to make a quiet and cool build.

But that's just me, personally.

 
 
zizux [Submitter] [4 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

AH, I never saw that while looking for an ITX case. I wouldn't have got it regardless. Considering its $140 more then what I paid for the Cooler Master.

 
 
SrgtMacfly [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Well stated, just need to remember that it does come witha high teir 500watt gold power supply!

 
 
xSWATxBadkid [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Hmm, ~$45 for the CM case and ~$80 for a decent PSU. It still seems like a rip off to me lol.

 
 
SrgtMacfly [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Oh I am not gunna deny that, total waste of money lol