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Haswell Mini-ITX Build *** Blue Dream

by vlad007

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18 Comments

Details

Date Built

June 10, 2013

CPU Clock Rate

3.0GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

Description

June 2013 : I currently use this as HTPC in a dual screen setup. 24 inches Monitor and 40 inches TV. I really like the case, very well designed. Was hesitating between A10 Build or Ivy Bridge with low-end video card but finally decided to wait for Haswell.

The HD4600 does a good job in gaming for a integrated GPU. Tried Skyrim and couple other games at Medium at it runs well. I will add a dedicated GPU for more intense gaming in a couple of months but for now the Haswell does a great job.

After looking at ASRock B85M-ITX, I realized this motherboard was 20$ cheaper with the only difference in USB ports. All parts work well except for the Wi-Fi adapter. I live in an apartment and it has some reception problems.

RAM was bought around December 2012. Saved 30$ because of this. Thermal compound was from a previosly built PC but used it again.

**EDIT : January 5th 2014 : PSU was Replaced with Antec HCG-520M

Comments Sorted by:

sketch24 7 Builds 5 points 27 months ago

If you care about anything in your system, trade in that raidmax power supply for a seasonic, xfx, PCPC, or corsair ax/hx/tx power supply. That power supply is crap and will make you pay when it decides to fry all the other high end components in your system.

NinjaSlayer69 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I AGREE!

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Xerdia 2 points 27 months ago

Corsair GS Series PSU's would be a much smarter choice. They have a blue LED too. Besides you could have installed a blue LED fan yourself.

yusaf123 1 point 27 months ago

You would seriously risk your components for aesthetics?

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DjArtifact 1 point 27 months ago

Dude, it doesn't matter replace that PSU.

sketch24 7 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I agree that you probably aren't risking anything with a lower draw system without a GPU, but you have to realize that the risk is there with this crappy of a brand. Looking at the components isn't the same as doing a load test, testing ripple, and testing efficiency.

rhandyrhoads 5 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

I can hear that power supply falling down and crushing the CPU fan in my head. Besides that please get a real mouse.

miniclipgamer 2 Builds 3 points 27 months ago

I can see that power supply failing and taking everything with it. Raidmax is most certainly not known for their reliability.

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Djangosp2 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

What do you think of that case? I'm thinking about building a mITX Kaveri APU system and I was considering this case.

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Black5Lion 2 points 27 months ago

Might want to hold out. Cooler Master announced an upgraded version (Elite 130) at computex which has a mesh front and other stuff.

Djangosp2 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Kaveri isn't coming out until late 2013 or early 2014 so I'm in no rush :) thanks for the info!

Smily 1 point 27 months ago

Nice PSU... the blue LED is worth it.

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itzzjason 1 point 27 months ago

i highly recommend getting a new psu. raidmax psu's are horrible
and secondly, your psu is sucking up all the air away from your cpu. the psu fan is supposed to be facing up, towards the ventilation holes on the top of the case

jackrzucidlo 1 Build -2 points 27 months ago

Planning on putting a GPU in there?

rhandyrhoads 5 Builds 3 points 27 months ago

An observant person would see that he mentioned it in the description.

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jackrzucidlo 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Oh sorry didn't see that. What's the clearance on that case?

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jackrzucidlo 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Just don't make a purchase before taking measurements

lutzee 4 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

With my own build I've found there's some space above where the graphics card would sit, beside the PSU for unused cables, depending on how high the graphics card you are getting is going to be. Also the cables tie well to the bottom of the case and also there's space to get ties around the bars at the top between the cover. Mine has plenty of air flow through the case to the back.