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theRedPill - A mini-ITX power build in red and black.
by soulctcher
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I know you'll look at the pictures first, so please do. I am still drooling over my own shots, and I'm the one that took them. I feel blessed to be able to build this rig. For comments on some of the pictures, you can view it via my Imgur album here: http://imgur.com/a/zTaA7

I've been building machines for decades now, but I got away from it about a year ago and was running on an ASUS G75VW-NS72 gaming laptop as my most recent machine. That thing is an aircraft carrier, but for a laptop, is a great gaming machine. My needs have changed, and I realized that I missed tinkering; which is impossible on laptops. So I went for a build that would be somewhat compact, look really good, and perform at the same time.

Some thoughts on the parts:
The BitFenix Prodigy is a great looking case, but I had to get the window panel to be able to see a little of the inside of the case.
The i5-4670K is great for gaming. I won't really be running VMs or doing anything that Hyperthreading will be a necessity.
The MSI Z87I GAMING mini-ITX mobo is brand new and works great. I would state that I wish there was one more fan header on the board, but it's ITX, so I can't complain too much.
The real killer is the 780Ti GAMING with the Twin Frozr non-reference cooler. What a card. This thing will push the limits of the display for sure.
Speaking of display, I lucked out on my QX2710. I can't find a single bad pixel. The display is very clean, colors are vibrant, and it should overclock to at least 96Hz.
Liquid cooling is great, but my budget excluded me from a custom loop for now. The H100i fits the bill in the meanwhile.
I'm a huge fan of the Samsung SSDs (who isn't?) and wanted to go strictly solid state for storage. Any long-term stuff goes on the NAS, so I don't need too much room.
I love the AX 760 power supply...I just wish it was a few mm smaller to put a little less stress on the cables.
My Ducky Shine II with MX Brown switches and green LEDs comes from my work setup. I swapped my KBTalkingPro to work and brought that home for the build. (If anyone has a Ducky Shine II with MX Brown and red LEDs, I'd be up for a swap.)
The Logitech G700 mouse was not my first choice, but with my budget, I had to keep it. I was using that at home with the old ASUS on the Corsair pad that I'm also bringing to the build.
The SteelSeries Siberia V2 Blue headset is a fantastic headset. I'm stuck with the gripe of wanting the red ones. (Again, if anyone wants to do a swap for the blue ones, let me know.)
Windows 8.1 has corrected some of the obvious mistakes made in version 8. Once you take a little time to configure a few things, it becomes quite useable. It's not my favorite version, but it's an improvement.

As a side note, I picked up a Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 for my non-gaming needs. With a QHD+ IPS screen and a boot-up time of 4 seconds, it's a great laptop! Highly recommended to complement your gaming rig. (As a bonus, it performs as a tablet with relative ease.)

My to-do list: Replace the case fan and radiator fans with something a little quieter. I'll probably go with quiet versions of the AF and SP series to maintain the red/black theme. Sleeve the cables I'm using. They aren't horrible, but I'd like to make custom lengths and sleeve them for the nicer look. Replace the SATA data cable that came with the mobo. Eventually I'll get a custom loop for liquid cooling. * I'd also like to put a window on the opposite side so you can see into the case where most of the guts are actually visible.

If anyone has any questions, I'm more than happy to answer. Enjoy!

Lastly, the build information from PCPP: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $219.99
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Purchased For $109.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $79.99
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 750GB 2.5" Solid State Disk Purchased For $399.99
Case BitFenix Prodigy (Red) Mini ITX Tower Case Purchased For $101.98
Power Supply Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $139.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) Purchased For $99.99
Keyboard Ducky DK9008S2-BUSALG Wired Gaming Keyboard Purchased For $0.00
Mouse Logitech G700 Wireless Laser Mouse Purchased For $0.00
Headphones SteelSeries Siberia v2 Headset Purchased For $0.00
Other MSI Z87I GAMING AC LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard Purchased For $199.99
Other MSI GTX 780Ti GAMING GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card Purchased For $699.99
Other BitFenix BFC-PRO-300-RRWA-RP BitFenix Prodigy Window Side Panel - Red Purchased For $19.99
Other 27" QNIX QX2710 2560x1440 QHD PLS Matte Panel Monitor Purchased For $373.48
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $2445.37
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-31 16:30 EST-0500
Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate-
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate-
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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jaredt 9 points 11 months ago

Dear god the pictures, so many, so pretty... +1 definitely

 
 
soulctcher [Submitter] [2 Builds] 7 points 11 months ago

I couldn't stop taking pictures along the way...for science!

 
 
jaredt 3 points 11 months ago

FOR SCIENCE!!!

 
 
DragonFireXY 2 points 4 months ago

Has science gone too far?

 
 
soulctcher [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 4 months ago

Never!

 
 
Muneem2 1 point 11 months ago

And there's nothing wrong with that either! We love pictures :)

 
 
Kabob [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

The pics, they never end but thoroughly enjoyed them nonetheless. Quite an epic build

 
 
jean9910 [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

I really enjoyed the post! If I had a time machine I would go back and make my own computer EXACTLY like this one! I love that case to death only thing I would have went with white and no glass personally but kick ass! love it! I hope it runs great!

 
 
soulctcher [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! It does run great. I've only scratched the surface for things I'd like to do with the rig.

 
 
Dubonfire 2 points 11 months ago

I really like your build nice and clean big thumbs up

 
 
soulctcher [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Sorry for the pictures coming up in random order...follow the Imgur link for chronological. Something is odd about the way that PCPP handles pictures uploaded in bulk.

 
 
cgilmore024 [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Probably the most pics I've ever seen for a build on this site! Great job, looks like you had a lot of fun!

I just got the mATX version of that mobo. I'm looking forward to trying it out.

 
 
Matty [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

My finger hurts from going through all those pics! still really nice build and enjoy!

 
 
soulctcher [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Go ice that finger down and get back to clicking!

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

imgur album isnt working :/

 
 
soulctcher [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Fixed.

 
 
hitmaniac [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Sexy Build with great pics and parts!! I wish I could make one like this in future (can't afford for now).

 
 
soulctcher [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! It was an absolute blast putting it together. I treated it like a ritual, with all the pics, the Dew, and staying up into the wee hours of the morning.

 
 
hitmaniac [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

I feel you!! I went through the same experience while making mine

 
 
Downloadz 2 points 11 months ago

What an amazing build! Loving the red! +1

 
 
canders [6 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks for all the photos. Nice build.

 
 
soulctcher [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks for looking! I appreciate the feedback.

 
 
KuruptNightmare [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

So many pics. But all awesome. That's an awesome build.

 
 
soulctcher [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you. It was a blast building this rig!

 
 
Moon_Rock 2 points 7 months ago

how did you connect all the fans?

 
 
soulctcher [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

The two fans that are for the water cooler connect into the block. Then I connected that to the cpu fan port. I connected the rear fan to the mobo, and that was that.

 
 
D3ck3rCain 2 points 4 months ago

+1 I really enjoyed going through your pics.

 
 
soulctcher [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

I really enjoyed building it and taking the pictures. It's been running like a champ.