Description

A few months ago I decided to go mITX with my build. The color sceme should have been black and red, but the black version of the case wasn't available in my region at the time of building this, so I went with the white one. Most of the time I am using this PC for gaming, some times I am running some VMs, and for occasional programming. Also at the time of building this PC I had it set up next to me, now it is sitting in one of the tables legs. Here are the parts...

CPU - Intel Xeon E3-1241 v3 - I wanted a Xeon because of the lower Vcore compared to an i7. I chose this Xeon because it has 4 cores and hyperthreading.

CPU Cooler - Noctua U12S - I got this one because I didn't want to go with the stock cooler. I got the U12S used for 30€, I spray panited the top and the sides of the heatsink black and red.

Motherboard - MSI H97I AC- I chose this motherboard because of the AC WiFi, and the rear I/O

RAM - I got this RAM because the Kingston Beast RAM Sticks I had before didn't fit below the CPU cooler.

GPU - MSI GTX 980 ti gaming 6G - I chose this one because I read some reviews and it has e big cooler with 0 rpm mode. Also It went with the colour sceme.

SSDs - I wanted to go full SSD in this build because it should be sitting right next to me, and on my last build I didn't like the sound of the HDD.

PSU - Thermaltake Paris 650 - I got this from my previous Build and I wanted to reuse it for this one. At the time i bought it, i got it for 60€

Fans - Noctua Fans - I went with Noctua Fans because they are very high quality Fans and also they are Silent.

Feel free to leave any tips and sugestions in the comments.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Xeon's forever. I swiped a 1246 for the iGPU as I didn't yet have a GPU.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

At the time of buying that xeon I already had the GPU, so i decided to save some money and go without an iGPU, also i thought, that it would bring better temps without the iGPU.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point
Noctua. So silent, so good.

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I just love these fans, the color doesn't really match with the most builds, but the just work perfectly.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

How quiet are those Noctua Industrial fans? I'm looking at replacing my Rad fans with them, but I can't find a good review talking about their sound levels. I know at 2000rpm they're louder, but do they seem really quiet otherwise?

Really cool build though, I like how well it fits in your desk!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

First of all, thanks.

I have the fans connected to a PWM fan hub, and in that configuration I can't really hear them, when the PC was right next to me, i could barely hear the fans. Maybe I can look at the current rpm setting in the evening and post it here. I just know that die AF14 ULN is running with a low noise adapter, for better CPU temps.

It fits that well into the desk, because I built. The desk around it, I am glad that it worked out that good, considering I have never built a desk before. Thanks to my father who helped me a lot ind the process of building this desk.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh good! I will definitely consider grabbing some of those fans then! Ah yeah, that makes sense then, haha. Glad the desk turned out well! Again, really great build!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Any particular reason you decided to go with passive cooling?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, i got the CPU cooler used without the original noctua fan, and the one that came with it was very loud, but the airflow from the fan in the back os enough to keep the temps ok

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

What fan hub are you using for this build?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I am using this one from Amazon (sorry for the german link) link

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I wanted to go with 4 cores/8 threads because, I occasionally have some VMs running, also I am some times doing some programming, I figured, some more threads could help.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks