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Tight fit but works!

by Jawarski


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Date Published

March 28, 2014

Date Built

Jan. 28, 2012

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

17.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C


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.

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kylepatrickswan 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Not sure what idle temps are (were) for that card with the stock cooler, but from first glance, I would say that you didn't get much by slapping that closed loop cooler on, although it's awesome. I have two things on my mind: would re-positioning the rad to the front of the case improve temps, and is that closed loop system even still good (closed loop coolers have a short lifespan and I'm wondering if you're nearing or passed that date)?

Jawarski submitter 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Unfortunately I'd have to cut the drive cage in order to put a rad in front. Mind you this is an nzxt tempest 210. Initially the cooler was going to go on a 760, but it won't fit in a lian li tu 100. The closed loop on my 960T is still good and was purchased months after the pc was built.

Akut 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

This thing must be loud as hell... I suggest you get a larger case, as it looks too damned cramped in there. Make sure you have more air being pushed in than whats being pushed out to keep positive airflow. It will lower temps and prevent dust from getting in that case.

Unfortunately, this rig won't game for more than 2 years, at least if you plan on buying the newest AAA titles as they release. The Phenom is probably already starting to show age, and that 6870 is too.

But enough nitpicking. You should have no problem gamging on MED settings @ 1080p, at least for this year.


Jawarski submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

The rig is quiet due to having a fan controller and setting all the fans on lower speed. Two fans in the front as intake, two on the top as exhaust, two on the gpu rad as intake, and two on the other rad as exhaust. I don't plan on doing gaming on it since I have a new pc built to do that. With the cpu and gpu oc'd, it still plays things on high settings no problem.Idles at 18c on all four cores and 33c on gpu.

Akut 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Ahhh. Independent fan controller. Smart move :D

lt-smith 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

i don't think i've seen a graphics card with a green PCB for years lool

Jawarski submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I got the card in early 2012 on sale for $150 I think. This was initially a budget pc to play WoW.

ownerbeast 1 point 18 months ago

there are so many things wrong with this build

Jawarski submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah like most the components shouldn't fit in it lol, maybe I should rename it the shoehorn build.

ownerbeast 1 point 18 months ago


edman545 10 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Would both radiators fit next to each other on the top two spots? Might make it look a little cleaner. Nice OC on that chip. My PII 965 wouldn't quite hit 4 ghz

Jawarski submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I would if I could! This was essentially the first pc I ever built, so the case was chosen for it's low cost at the time. If I knew then what I know now...

JailBreak 7 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

this has to be worst PC i have seen in terms of looks and part selections. I mean have you looked at your PC before u decided to take pictures? -1

Jawarski submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

If you bothered to even read, you would see that it was the first pc I built two years ago. Not everyone has the money to buy a 780ti.