Original build: Friday, September 13, 2013
Original build components: Intel Core i7-4770K Corsair H55 Asus Maximus VI Impact Mini ITX G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x8GB OCZ Vertex 4 256GB Hitachi Ultrastar 4TB PNY GTX 780 CM Elite 120 XFX 750W PSU LG BH16NS40 Bluray
Purpose of this machine: 1. Max out all PC games at 1080p 2. Max out all emulators (Dolphin, PCSX2) 3. Rip my PS3 games (The LG BH16NS40 drive was selected for this reason) 4. Heat up my room in the winter.
The radiator and fans for the H55 had to go into the hard drive bay, which was supposed to be for, well, hard drives. I ended up strapping the mechanical HDD to the side of the cage in front of the motherboard with some zipties. The SSD found its way to the side of the PSU.
Radiator fans blow air straight out the front of the case, while the GTX 780's cooler blows air straight out the back.
Cables are a mess, I know. Nothing much can be done as far as cable management goes in a case this small. I also didn't attach the wifi wires to the I/O shield, instead I routed the wires through a hole in the case, looks much cleaner that way. The wireless antenna attaches magnetically to the case.
Boots up Windows 8 in 9 seconds. I'm pretty happy with the build overall.
Edit: I changed the faceplate and cover to white ones. Extra photos added.
Revised build: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Upgraded memory to 16GB, max supported by the motherboard Storage changed to 2x512GB SSDs for boot, and 2TB for data.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$250.00 CAD|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid||$50.00 CAD|
|Thermal Compound||Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g||$0.00 CAD|
|Motherboard||Asus MAXIMUS VI IMPACT Mini ITX LGA1150||$227.00 CAD|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$120.00 CAD|
|Storage||Western Digital Green 2TB 2.5" 5400RPM||$0.00 CAD|
|Video Card||PNY GeForce GTX 780 3GB||$420.00 CAD|
|Case||Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower||$50.00 CAD|
|Power Supply||XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V||$105.00 CAD|
|Optical Drive||LG BH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer||$50.00 CAD|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00 CAD|
|Monitor||BenQ GW2750HM 27.0"||$0.00 CAD|
|Keyboard||Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Ultimate||$70.00 CAD|
|Custom||CM Storm Mouse|
|Total (Canada):||$1342.00 CAD|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.6GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||28.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||55.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||863MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||6008MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||25.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||75.0° C|