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Mini ITX Gaming Cube

by sh4ne

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19 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 7, 2016

Date Built

July 7, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

21.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.51GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

Description

I decided I wanted to build a desktop PC because I was tired of sending in my Lenovo Y50 in for repair (avoid Lenovo laptops, IMO. I've had 4 different models in for repair in the last 18 months, two of which were in for repair at least 3 times for hardware failures). Plus, laptops have inferior GPUs (or at least, seem to become obsolete much faster), so I decided I wanted something decent that would last longer, and have the ability to upgrade easily in the future. I also recently acquired a Ultra Wide 1440p monitor, so I wanted something that could power some 1440p gaming.

First I purchased a MSI B150I Gaming AC motherboard. That motherboard had coil whine, so I am returning it. I'm sort of glad that happened, because the ASUS B150I motherboard I got instead has some better features (USB C port, RGB LED Strip), and is virtually the same price.

Try Jet for parts. Prices are generally higher, but are sometimes cheaper with the first-time user promo discounts (15-20% off, up to $25 off). Otherwise, try make purchases with a credit card that has price matching, so you can get a refund if you see a better price in the coming months.

I first purchased the MSI 1070 Gaming GPU. Unfortunately I did not pay attention to the width/height of the card (~5.5"), so there was no clearance for the power cables to plug in with this case (Core V1). I did not want to have to buy any special low-profile cables or make modifications to the case, so I am returning the card with my credit card benefit (Newegg has a replacement-only return policy for GPUs), and got the FE card, which is 1" shorter. The Gigabyte Gaming 1070 also would've fit in this case (despite the case dimensions saying otherwise for the length), but it was not available at the time, so I ordered the FE card instead. I would probably recommend trying the Gigabyte card if you are reading this now (it is $20 cheaper than the FE). However, the FE card seems pretty good so far. The fan is pretty silent (despite always being on, about 1100rpm idle), and I imagine it runs a little hotter, but I don't mind the looks of it. I would've liked the logo to be RGB color customizable like the non-FE cards, though (and fan-off during idle).

Part Reviews

CPU

Good for my needs. More energy-efficient than the K version, and the stock cooler is perfectly adequate since I'm not overclocking.

Motherboard

So far so good. Has a cool customizable RGB LED strip along one side. Has a WIFI adapter antenna with a magnet to attach to the top or side of the case. No coil whine, unlike the MSI counterpart that I had originally purchased.

Video Card

Runs a little warmer than the non-FE cards, and the fan is always on (idle around 1000rpm). Fan is very silent, though, and the performance has been great!

Case

Excellent, affordable, small, mITX case. Fits full size PSU and GPU. Some GPUs are too tall/wide though! Avoid GPUs that are over 5" wide (for example, the MSI Gaming 1070 is 5.5" and there is no room to plug in the power cables). The case WILL fit cards such as the Gigabyte Gaming 1070 lengthwise. however (which is longer than the case specs said will fit).

Power Supply

Fan-off when idle. So far so good. Powers my mITX build with a GTX 1070.

Monitor

Sweet. Does have some light bleed though, in darker rooms (slightly blue in one corner, while the opposite side is slightly orange).

Comments Sorted by:

DoubleCakes9001 2 points 8 months ago

+1 for pupper

xDiiThy 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

I have the same case and getting the Gaming X 1080Ti when it releases most likely, I will cut the case and make the power fit you could have cut that beam while also keeping metal bits outside of the case, or cutting first before inserting any parts to avoid shorting them, a small cut would have made it possible to fit the power cable which is exactly what I am gong to do, case modding :)

Update just noticed the front doesn't close as well, i'll probs cut that as well.

sh4ne submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

You may have to cut the top case panel for clearance of the 6pin, as well as the metal frame. For the 8-pin, you would need to cut the front panel most likely.

It just looked like too much work for me, and I had a hard time thinking how it would be done without it looking kinda shoddy. It might work better if you could get some low-profile cables, though. Good luck!

xDiiThy 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

I looked at low profile cables, they really aren't that low profile so I was thinking to cut away at the front panel but only that beam part on the bottom of the top side so that if I close the front panel the cables could go into that slot and still not have anything exposed outside the case, I did diagrams on paper with measurements, it'll work even if I had three 8 pins to connect.

raysfan98 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Great build overall, my friend! I see where you mentioned Jet.com in the description, and I was wondering if you had purchased any components from them, and how you felt about that company as a whole?!

sh4ne submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Jet is basically just a marketplace for sellers. Items are usually fulfilled and shipped from a "Jet trusted partner," which are generally fairly large, somewhat well-known companies. You can tell because of the return address (sometimes). I have had only good experiences so far. You can also waive a small "free return" fee during checkout to save a few more bucks.

However, prices are often higher unless you use a new-user promo code, which can then make it cheaper than any of the stores on PCPartPicker. Try TRIPLE15 for 15% off your first 3 orders over $35, or 20% Off Your First 2 Purchases when using the Jet android app with code FATHERSDAY - you should probably buy each expensive component separately since the limit is $25 savings per order with promo codes. Make multiple accounts with different emails if you need to. You should also know that prices and stock fluctuates sometimes as well. I would try check prices once in a while, and just buy elsewhere if the pricing doesn't work out.

raysfan98 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks very much for your response! This will allow me to save about $30 on my CPU now as even with the higher base price, it is cheaper in the end! Thank you so much! Best of luck with your builds in the future!

sh4ne submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

No problem. Even better, if you have a credit card with price protection, you can make a claim if the price drops in the next 60-120 days (depending on the credit card). If not, this method with Jet is still pretty good.

Thanks and good luck!

raysfan98 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you so much! Absolutely great advice! +1 to you my friend!

FigKing 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Do you think the EVGA FTW 1080 would fit in that case?

sh4ne submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

What's the height? Anything 5" or less would fit for sure. Anything 11.6" long or less should fit as well.

FigKing 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

The height is 5.064 inches and length is 10.5 inches.

sh4ne submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Yeah that should fit

FigKing 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

So two PCIe 8 pin connectors would fit with a half inch of clearance?

sh4ne submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I would say so.

Kreuzer 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl and leds!

nubybuilder 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Beautiful!

I have recently purchased that monitor and I am looking to upgrade my 970 so I was wondering what is your usual fps on certain games with your current config! thanks .

Again just beautiful!

Miragemonk 1 point 7 months ago

I just completed my build in this case as well, with a stock 980. Thinking about a 1070 upgrade tho...do you think this 1070 would fit?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-487-259

I know the FE's will fit in this case but was hoping to get something just ever so slightly beefier. Love your build tho, these little cases are a dream to build in!

sh4ne submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah, that card would fit

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