Built this computer in early 2012. I didn't bother to post it until now with the upgrade. I recently bought an Arctic Accelero Hybrid 2 gpu water cooler for my mini itx build, but that was wishful thinking that it would fit.
I have a Phenom 2 960T processor in it overclocked to 4ghz at 1.4v with a Thermaltake Water 2.0 pro. The gpu is an HIS Iceq 6870 1gb overclocked to 975/1150 with the new water cooler and backplate. It was a tight fit, but I managed to get it in there. The rad is only held in at the bottom with 2 screws, as the cables behind it won't allow me to fully mount it. With the fans all on the fan controller, it's real quiet and for an older pc it still gets things done.
The memory I purchased back when 8 gig kits were around $40. The ssd was originally a corsair force 3 that went bad and the Seagate hd is an addition. The original cooler was a Cooler Master 212 plus that still had great temps, but I bit the bullet on the all in one water to find out how well they perform.
The fan controller was bought after I started adding more cooling into the case (which is small enough as it is). I have two rosewill blue led fans in the front, 2 noctua fans on the new gpu rad, 2 thermaltake fans on the cpu rad (I tried other fans, but the stock ones that came with it were better), a rexus fan and scythe slim intaking from the side, and 2 NZXT 140mm fans exhausting on the top. With the fan controller, the noise is at a minimum and I can increase the speeds when needed.
This was my first pc I built and don't plan on getting rid of her.
|Date Published||March 26, 2014|
|Date Built||Jan. 28, 2012|