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First Time Build - Mini-ITX Gaming Box
by derekyan0624
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Description

Took me about a month of research to settle on this set. I have never assemble a complete build before so there was some learning curve throughout the process. It took me over 8 hours to compete the build because I ran into different difficulties with this small case.

The graphic card did not fit in with this already small sized PSU so I had to take off the metal bracket that hold the PSU in place to create more room. The biggest difficult with this build is how all these wires get into the way so I have to assemble parts in a particular order to make it work. Also, it is important to get a maximum 140mm in depth PSU at least if you are planning to go with a big GPU, since mine just barely fit the case with it.

I made some attempts for cable management but looks like its too tight to do anything good with it. This PC runs silently unless when I run games like bioshock infinite with it.

So far I am extremely happy with this build. Please leave any comment regarding the build! I will be overclocking the gpu and cpu over this week and post the result.

So far, my GPU is fortunately voltage unlocked and I am able to run at best 1250/1550 so far. The fan does get pretty loud thou.

edit: Looks like I am only able to overclock my cpu upt o 4.3 ghz so far!

Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.2GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.5GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle31.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load70.0° C
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SrgtMacfly [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Glad do see someone finnaly uses this case to game!! I love mITX rigs. I was planning for a very long time to get a node 304 and get mITX rig built, just waiting for the new CPU line

 
 
Divdor [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

I am really warming up to these little cube builds. Nice Job!

 
 
Noob616 [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

I'm looking at building something very similar: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Noob616/saved/1rBY

Nice to see more of these builds so I have something to look at for reference.

 
 
Oliver [4 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

Great Choices!

 
 
lenoz [2 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

I call you my case/mobo/SSD friend, although you obviously did something very different to me! Good work on the extra attempts at cable management - having done my build recently you get a definite up vote for that alone as much as anything, you genuinely have done a lot better a job than many people will realise to give you credit for.

 
 
derekyan0624 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks for the comments!

I am checking out your build and it looks very neat and tidy! Great job with that!

Its definitely a lot of fun building this. I started from 4pm and didn't realize it was 12:00 already when I finished.

 
 
randomjester 1 point 19 months ago

Hey derekyan0624, how do you like the Asus VS248H-P monitor for gaming, particularly for FPS games? I'm thinking about getting that same model but probably in the 23" (VS238H-P). Has it been good for gaming or do you wish you would have gotten a different monitor? Thanks

 
 
derekyan0624 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

The main reason I got this was because it was at a warehouse sale for less than 150 CAD. Its a decent monitor so far for gaming so I can't complain about it. Quick respond time according to the spec.

I'd say this is on par with other brand of similar spec monitor like samsung or dell. If I had the choice I'd probably went with a Dell one thou.

 
 
Piroko 1 point 19 months ago

Looks great!

 
 
rjc34 1 point 19 months ago

The only minor issue I see is the mobo. Sad that Gigabyte locked the voltage on it! Still, given the airflow and cooler retrictions, you've done pretty well at 4.3GHz on the CPU.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 0 points 19 months ago

Love these little builds!!! Great job.

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randomjester 2 points 19 months ago

That PSU is 100% Full Modular.

 
 
derekyan0624 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

A non-modular PSU would definitely make this easier to assemble!

 
 
PickItApart 0 points 18 months ago

Any issues with the Cooler Master Evo and GPU fitting in together?

 
 
derekyan0624 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Not at all. It is a easy fit.

 
 
BevanGachett 0 points 16 months ago

ITX or GTFO