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Build #8: Gaming Build in the Corsair 250D

by JasonUK



Date Published

May 5, 2014

Date Built

May 1, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.07 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C


Here's a 1080p gaming build that I have built for myself. The majority of my builds so far have been mid-ATX, so I decided that a change was due! Some of the components were salvaged from previous builds, but I have left the prices on because of the new 'search by price' feature on PCPP. Here's a bit more info:

CPU - The i5-4670k is a great CPU for gaming, among other things. I have kept it at stock speeds for now, as overclocking would be a waste at the moment - I won't be doing anything intensive (yet!).

CPU Cooler - It's quiet, and it'll allow for some pretty decent overclocking. Really easy to install and looks great too. I will not be overclocking at the moment, only when I'm looking to get some performance gains in the future.

Motherboard - I haven't used all the features yet, but from what I've seen so far this is definitely worth the price premium. Not only does it look great, it is packed with features.

Memory - Corsair is a solid RAM brand, so I had no problems buying this RAM. Mainly purchased for its colour, but runs great as well.

Storage - I was able to salvage two SSDs from previous builds, and so I decided to put them in RAID 0 for a total of 465Gb usable storage. Plus, the added speed is nice.

Video Card - I managed to get this at a great price, as it was an open box item. It still has the warranty, which is useful! The R9 280X performs really well at 1080p, and will play all [my] games at Ultra. The Asus cooling solution is quiet and cool.

Case - I'm glad I bought this case - it's ridiculously easy to work with and has surprisingly good cable management options too. Since I'm not using HDDs, I removed the 2 trays and decided to use that area to store extra cabling. The result means that the front intake will be able to provide a bit more airflow to the motherboard/RAM. Aesthetically it's great too.

Case Fans - Bought for aesthetic reasons, and also because they're quiet. Also salvaged, so they're a bit dustier than I'd like!

Power Supply - An extremely quiet PSU, since the fan doesn't spin until it's under a certain load (40% I think). I also appreciate the fact that Corsair have aimed to reduce coil whine, and producing cables which match almost any build. I was originally going to shorten the cables but, in the end, I couldn't be bothered.

Peripherals are a Corsair M40 mouse, and a Corsair K70 keyboard (Red keys).

Any critiques or comments, please let me know! I'll try to respond to all questions.

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actechy 7 Builds 14 points 59 months ago

Holy smokes, one of the cleanest ITX builds I've seen to date, really well done!

JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 5 points 59 months ago

Thanks - the 250D has some surprisingly good cable management options.

Kiburi 1 Build 8 points 59 months ago

Rather impressive cable management for such a small case! Really like the build too! +1

Eggman772 6 points 59 months ago

lol looks like the heat sink pipe was not going to fit in there. Nice build +1

JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

It almost didn't - I have about 5mm headroom!

farm_on_fire 1 Build 3 points 59 months ago

Im really starting to like that 250d

tabascosauz 3 Builds 3 points 59 months ago

Watch that heatpipe. I would've gone for another model of 280X, preferably without a protruding heatpipe. There have been numerous reports of heatpipes on Asus 2nd-gen DCII models (780/Ti, 290X) significantly warming the window to a dangerous temperature/burning a hole in it.

Otherwise, great build!

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Firebomber4 3 points 59 months ago

Very nice build... I always wanted to build a mini-ITX... this is a really good reverence :D +1

MonkeyKing1969 2 Builds 3 points 56 months ago

A very nice, very neat build. I really like all of the Asus Maximus boards...except for the placement of the SATA ports on the ITX.

xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

Wow. Great build, and great cable management for an ITX case. +1

ali975 2 points 59 months ago

Seriously good build, especially for just over £1000. I love M-ITX builds they remind me of the GameCube,(only better) my favorite console.

18hockey 1 Build 2 points 59 months ago


absolutely beautiful.

Jeremy9000 1 Build 2 points 59 months ago

This is great! Amazed at how tidy the build is in such a small case

PolishXlion 2 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

It's beautiful! And that cable MAnagment! OH MY GOD +1million

Retroman 2 points 59 months ago

man that case is beautiful ;)

Gamer_Seer 2 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

Hey nice build could you check out mines I am unsure if it's is as good as it could be

solomyn 2 points 59 months ago

Very nice build! I have a quite a few of the same parts in my first build. Truly inspirational!

Skinnyjeans21 1 Build 2 points 59 months ago

This is the ABSOLUTE BEST compact build I've seen... the cable management is astonishing!

TooGood 1 Build 2 points 59 months ago

LOVE this build.

Tellement 3 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

Nice build! I love that case. I'm looking to build something very similar to your build for my GF. +1

nedamike 2 points 58 months ago

Awesome mini-ITX build, very well done! This is my next build. What are your temps like with this case?

JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Thanks. Here are the approximate temps:

  • CPU - 30C idle & 57C load
  • Motherboard - 25C idle (not sure about load, but it's decent)
  • GPU - 30C idle & 60C load
Zedzer 2 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

DANG, such a nice build... +1

Vidiot 2 points 56 months ago

And the award for the best cable management in the Corsair 250D goes to ... JASONUK!

Valky 2 points 54 months ago

Great Build, Looking to build 3rd PC first Micro. Tired of Jumbo boxes in my library lol. Very Clean +1

How is the noise level of fans etc under load. This will be purely a gaming box. Im going to be using a EVGA 780 ACX card. Same cooler .. Thinking about your power supply and fans.

TheBogger 2 points 53 months ago

+1 Great build love it!

jacwa1001405 2 points 49 months ago

very very clean cable management. I have the same case and I have trouble with the managing because my motherboard has the outputs by the exhaust fans. Any tips?

JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

The cleanest way to sort the cabling, in your case, would be to route it through the gap where the HDD/SSD brackets are. This would mean that you'd lose the ability to mount [probably] one of your SSD's, but it would help make your build look quite tidy.

themadweaz 2 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Solid build, will probably perform exactly the same as my own pc :). I even have the same mouse and keyboard.

You could have saved a some money on a few parts with = performance, (namely, the 2 ssds, mobo, cpu cooler, possibly the psu), gotten 1600 ram, and made up the $$ difference with a better graphics card (780ti possibly depending on how much you could save). But other than that, i love it. Looks great, will perform very well.

JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

Thanks! I mentioned a couple of the part choices in the description e.g. the 2 SSDs were salvaged from a previous build, so I just decided to put them both in. But yes, if this were a brand new build I would have definitely picked some slightly different parts.

RubenHoskens 1 point 59 months ago

hows the keyboard and the mouse?

JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

The mouse is great - comfortable to hold and easy to change the sensitivity when switching between Windows and games. I'm not a fan of the keyboard though - but it's personal preference. I just can't type properly on a mechanical keyboard. I've tried for about 2 months now, but I still can't get the hand of it so I'll probably go back to membrane.

Moon_Rock 1 point 59 months ago

Does the mobo have 3 pin or 4 pin connectors

JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

4-pin fan connectors.

Moon_Rock 1 point 59 months ago

k, thanks

IamApropos 3 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

absolutely AMAZING build / love all the pictures and all the hard work you put into cable management. Masterful!

The only thing I'd do to make it easier to clean is have put the h100i fans in pull so that all you need to do to clean it is clean the radiator instead of needing to take the fans off to do so.

again thanks for sharing your build it is out standing.

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IamApropos 3 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

agreed with those fans it does look rather nice.

GilChris95 1 point 59 months ago

In that case I would have gone with a blower style. Wouldn't want my other components getting too warm. Still nice build.

masrawy_remix 1 point 59 months ago

Hey did you have any problems with inserting the graphics card ? does the asus cooler fit wel in the case ? what about this copper pipe on top, does it block the case top slide or scratch it ?

JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

I had a little trouble getting it inside - it fits in if you insert from a certain angle. I can't remember how I did it to be honest, so I'm not much help!

The heatpipe is about 5mm away from the top of the window - the top portion of the case slid on without any issue. I ran a few games for about an hour and felt the window, and there was very little heat. I don't think this is going to be much of a future problem.

Michaeltechroom 1 point 58 months ago

like that part you pick

robinkle 1 point 57 months ago

Would it work to reinstall the 5.25" bracket in your build?

JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

You would have to reposition the H100i so that the tubes were on the other side. Then you should get it in.

robinkle 1 point 57 months ago

Thanks. :)

Wheelzz 1 point 51 months ago

Does the fan grill included with the case fit on a 140mm fan?

Awesome rig!

FraggerFilms 1 point 50 months ago

Is there enough space to put the dvd drive mount in with the video card?

dirtydogg 1 point 48 months ago

Work of art brother!!

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

did you ever solve the motherboard warping? This is caused by the GPU siting lower than it should thus making more pressure on the motherboard and causing the warping... Corsair finally solve the issue for the revised build and there is a part they will mail you to solve the problem..


nyccandyman 1 point 45 months ago

Question on your CPU cooler, do you have it in-taking air or blowing air out of the case?

AminNausin 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

does it matter if your motherboard power cable is a bit loose on the power supply side? and also can you tell me if the two parts of the motherboard power cable on the power supply side have intersecting cables?

JurrianK 1 point 36 months ago

Is there a significant difference between the standard 140mm fan that comes with the case and the af140 apart from silence? I'm asking because I'd like to build in this case as well and I'm wondering whether I should get an af140 as well.

Puzuka -11 points 59 months ago

I really like the build, +1, it is really clean and good part picks except for that video card, a 770 benchmarks similar but has awesome nvidia features such as G-Sync, Gamestream, PhysX, etc.

Your next project you should do is change that wallpaper. lol

jaggysnake57 1 Build 6 points 59 months ago

Did you read the comments above?

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JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I matched it to the text on the motherboard, rather than the case. It's one of the few orientations that this case will accept unfortunately!

I tucked the cables away where the HDD would normally go, as I only had one SSD at the time.

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JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

It did initially - it's quite common with this particular card. I applied some VRM heatsinks to the exposed VRM (there were 12 in total!), and it ran without any problems. I don't have this PC anymore, so I can't tell you how permanent the fix was unfortunately.

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JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Yes, it was set to push air through the radiator and out of the case.

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JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 3 points 59 months ago

I work in IT. I build more as a hobby, than anything else. Once I'm bored with a computer (which doesn't take long), I'll either sell or salvage the parts and build a new one.

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JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

What would you have picked instead?

jaggysnake57 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

Yeah what you would you pick

Ech0loation -1 points 59 months ago

I'd pick a GTX 770, but only because I think PhysX looks neat <3

jaggysnake57 1 Build 2 points 59 months ago

not £175 your not. thats 760 money, which benchmarks slightly lower

Ech0loation 1 point 59 months ago

I thought the 770 was about £170, my bad.

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JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Thanks. Indeed, I did notice that issue slightly when I installed the GPU (especially since the Asus cards are quite heavy). Short-term it should be fine - I'll just have to keep an eye on it.

Randude14 3 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

How's your motherboard? I'm really wanting to get this Case in my next build but might have to look towards a different one unfortunately :/

JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

It's running without any problems - I wouldn't worry too much about it.