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The black Pearl

by zizux



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



I wanted to build a small compact not too loud gaming machine so I could move it between rooms for gaming at a computer and gaming on my big tv.

I cut out the drive bay (well drilled the rivets out then removed) and mounted the radiator for the H60 right behind the fan the case comes with, and then mounted the fan that comes with the h60 behind it for a push / pull config.

All in all the build required a fair amount of planning for the cables and such. I also tried a configuration with a normal 3.5" hdd. Which will work I just don't need it now with the larger SSD.

This thing is about as fast as they come, without multi gpu's. Games on my 3 24" monitors great. I mostly play SCII, BF3, DIRT3 (on the TV) and a few others from time to time. The 7970 came with "GOLD" offer so I'll have some new games to check out soon.

I'm happy with how quite it is, on the silent profile it runs 25 C for the cpu at idle and I almost can't hear it at all.

DRAM Voltage is in theory supposed to be lower but I'm running it at the 2133 its rated at with the XMP profile without issue.

3dmark test was done without any overclocking. Running with the fans in silent the cpu only hits 67 C running at full tilt it doesn't go above 61 C

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DjArtifact 10 points 51 months ago

Nice case, I love seeing a mitx build that is actually small cough cough prodigy cough cough

Sabotage 3 points 51 months ago

I row in a boat with the same name.

noob_for_life 1 point 51 months ago

nice build!! but isnt that keyboard a little overpriced?

zizux submitter 5 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks. The keyboard and mouse were purchased from bestbuy some time ago with rewardzone points. I've used Dell Multimedia keyboards forever. I've tried to use the micro buttons on the keyboard but haven't been able to get them down to a science.

PickItApart 1 point 51 months ago

You can edit the prices on your own instead of using newegg or NCIX prices. It helps to reflect the true prices.

PickItApart 1 point 51 months ago

Why the Elite 120 instead of BitFenix Prodigy? Bitfenix is more expensive but better air cooling.

dkevelx 1 point 51 months ago

Prodigy's also much bigger. Size could have been a factor. The Elite 120 is a couple inches shorter and thinner.

The Prodigy is so big that they're making an m-atx version without even changing it's outer dimensions.

itzzjason 1 point 51 months ago

can i see your monitors/tv setup?

zizux submitter 5 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

My desk is dirty. :( I'll add one after I clean it.

itzzjason 1 point 50 months ago

i don't care. most guys are messy anyways. i just wanna see the setup since i'm interested in getting a multi monitor setup

zizux submitter 5 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Added one of the monitors :)

itzzjason 1 point 50 months ago

didn't you say you had a tv hooked up too?
are all 3 the same monitors? are they mounted to a stand?

zizux submitter 5 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

TV is in the other room, which is why I wanted something small to make transporting it between locations easier.

Screens are all the same brand, mounted to the wall. The center one is a 3d one though.

ilian11 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Small and efficient! This is awesome, good job!

canders 7 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Wow. Love the small builds. Lots of power in a small space. Up vote.

whitespace 1 point 50 months ago

Great build! I have a similar rig... same motherboard, CPU (not overclocked) and cooler (without the additional fan), but in a Fractal Design Node 304 case.

However, I'm rather curious as to your reported motherboard's "System" temperature? I get comparable CPU temperatures as you (27C idle, 65C under load) but my "System" temperature is up at 51C (when idle, at reasonable low-noise fan speeds). The system temp will start at 36C on a cold boot, but gradually creep up to 51C over the next 10-15 minutes. Under load I've seen a max of 58C, so I've not been too worried, but an idle temp of 51C does seem rather high!

What is your experience with the "System" temperature?

malcar11 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Hello! Still have the Thermaltake tr2 PSU? I was wondering, how has it worked untl now? thanks!

DannyVekslender 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Cable management in it's best :P (Just kidding)

Great build!

Khymihohiu 1 point 36 months ago

Hey, i just bought these parts to make my PC.

Only the video card is different, my video card is GeForce GTX 550ti.

But a lot of people was saying to me, to change this Power Supply because ain't 80Plus. And they say, this Power Supply will burn my PC. Remember this isn't the 80Plus Bronze. It's another model.

So can i use this Power Supply? I don't have money to buy another. Do i have any risks with this?

Link of my PC parts



mehmetg 1 point 35 months ago

Price point is disappointingly misleading. There's no way this system can be built for less than $1000. It is a general problem on this site, nothing personal.

Muttonsourdough 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Dzzaaaaaammmnnn. Sweet@ss build dude. +1

SrgtMacfly 0 points 51 months ago

Would look sweet in a Hadron!

zizux submitter 5 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

? What is a Hadron?

dkevelx 1 point 51 months ago

It's a mini-itx chassis made by EVGA. Has a big side window and integrated 500w 80+ Gold PSU. It also has spots for two 120mm fans on top, so you could put in a H100 or something similar, if you wanted to.

The air flow is a bit iffy (especially for the GPU), but it's pretty good considering its EVGA's first case.

Personally, I think the Hadron looks nice, but it'll also probably be way more expensive than a Elite 120. I personally think the Elite 120 is an awesome case.

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

I watched a review on the Hadron today and while it is nice, it definitely has some flaws. Too many flaws for its $189 price tag.

dkevelx 1 point 51 months ago

My main concern with it is that the airflow doesn't look that good.

From what I saw, there's only the two fans on top for airflow.

If you can stick a fan in front of the PSU, in the floor, at least the GPU will be getting some air, but I haven't seen any inside shots.

SrgtMacfly 1 point 51 months ago

agree, I want the water cool one!

dkevelx 1 point 51 months ago

Honestly speaking, I don't think the Hadron Hydro's single 240 rad (which, as far as I can tell, is what it is using) is big enough to dissipate the heat from the CPU and GPU at load without the fans running at a really high RPM.

Ideally, I want at least 240mm (assuming 30mm thickness, at least) of radiator space per heating element, so the minimum for a full loop, for me, is 480 (for one CPU and GPU).

I wouldn't bother water cooling a mini-itx build because most of them can't fit the amount of radiators that I would want to make a quiet and cool build.

But that's just me, personally.

zizux submitter 5 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

AH, I never saw that while looking for an ITX case. I wouldn't have got it regardless. Considering its $140 more then what I paid for the Cooler Master.

SrgtMacfly 1 point 51 months ago

Well stated, just need to remember that it does come witha high teir 500watt gold power supply!

xSWATxBadkid 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Hmm, ~$45 for the CM case and ~$80 for a decent PSU. It still seems like a rip off to me lol.