Description

Hopped onto the itx bandwagon, used for HTPC, light gaming @ 1920x1080 (Bioshock, Skyrim, Borderlands, Dolphin etc.), Plex server.

Runs everything surprisingly well, 45+ FPS with BL2 and Bioshock on ultra with no noticeable frame drops. Skyrim runs 60+ on ultra, Dolphin is maxing out at 60 FPS. It pulls around 40 watts idle and 80 watts running prime95.

The case is tiny, if you haven't seen the pictures yet. There are no cable management options and airflow is nearly stagnant stock so I did my best and cleared the space between the heatsink and the 4x40mm fans. Modified and mounted an 80mm fan to the side (there were no holes for it and it was hitting the HDD) to cool the GPU and HDD. Machined a new adapter plate for the SFX PSU as I didn't have enough clearance to put a side blowing tower cooler (to direct the air to the back into the 4x40mm fans).

I may have overpaid for performance I got but it's the price I paid for going small.

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Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I really like the case.

Those little fans are so funny. They're almost hilarious. But I like em'. :)

+1

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. I agree on the fans, they're hard little workers.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you use to mount the 80mm fan? Double sided tape?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I countersunk two perforated holes and drilled/countersunk one more hole to mount the fan with 3 screws.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

The only other place I usually see 40mm fans are in 1U power supplies or something lol.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I like the comparison pic with the r4 lol

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

i3 with a Z87? Why not a H81/H87? Apart from that looks good!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I got it for a pretty decent price at microcenter and I chose it because it had onboard wifi/bluetooth(it was the only itx left that had it). Plus, I can always upgrade to an unlocked cpu to take advantage of it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I also have a DIYPC case. It almost seems as if they require modifying to be operable. That being said, You did a kickass job, all I did was dremel the **** out of mine. Very classy and well done, the psu adapter is beautiful and I just want to say this build is inspirational. that cpu cooler is a pretty sexy color too (If computer parts can be so) Well done, enjoy.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, you should post yours. I was very close to ripping open the top panel to put a 120mm rad for a CLC because nothing would fit inside it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the mini builds. Nice job.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I am building a similar mini pc, and I was wondering how did you manage with the fan cables? My motherboard has 1 4-pin output and I can't seem to find a cable, that splits the 1 4-pin to 4 2-pins.