Description

This was my first build in years, and I do mean years. (Prior build was a 486!). I use this PC as test machine for some graphics apps I use at work, plus I wanted to have a proper look at Windows 8.

For the first iteration, I used the stock CPU cooler, but when running Seti@Home drove temps to the low 90's, I decided to try the H60. I had to dissemble and re-build the whole machine to get the H60 mounted, and that gave me a chance to clean up some of the cable management.

The Bitfenix is well built and I like that it is modular. I removed all the drive cages and case fans. It looks a bit bare. At some point, I'll probably get a fan splitter cable and re-install one of the case fans as an exhaust.

I like that under normal loads that it runs almost totally silent.

The Z87N-wifi would benefit from an extra fan header, 2 more SATA controllers and 2 more RAM slots, but I suppose all mini-itx boards would.

I had to mount the H60 radiator "side-ways" as installing it "up-right" didn't leave enough space for the front USB 3.0 cable connector.

The PC is not very photogenic, or I need better lighting to showcase the finished product 8-).

UPDATE: added a few better pics showing the graphics card installed. I added an exhaust case fan to the rear roof mounting point

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Where is gtx650.interesting to see and whole complete building..

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hope the new pics show the gfx card fit better 8-)

  • 59 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice mini build! though i dont really think you need that much RAM, but hey, nice to have the headroom isnt it

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. You can never have too much RAM ;) I sometimes run a VM via virtual box, and then the RAM comes in handy.