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This is hands down the best case I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Not sure if it's the components, the perfectly proportioned case, or a combination of the two.

I'm a little crazy when it comes to cable management. The prep work for this build took about 20 hours, 6 full tear downs and two bloody hands from making my own cables.

I essentially built this around two components, the motherboard and CPU, which were gifted by sheer chance. That gave me the kick to start selling off all my old crap I had laying around, to come up with this...

It's uses include: Semi-console killer (racing sims), ****, web browsing and work. (and in that order)

For mods, I simply removed the ATX power supply mount and made a super short SATA power cable. At 5.75" (146mm) it's just enough to get the job done, without any extra. I had to use 2 donor power supplies to make this happen, but the end result, in my opinion, finishes everything off perfectly.

FAQ's: Why the 5 year old 2600K?? - I got the machine to fully boot in 14 sec, that's more than enough power for me.

250GB drive, that's it? - We have a 4Tb NAS in the house, no need for extra storage.

Watercooling? for what? - Never got into it, wanted to try it. May even try my hand at OC'ing. Haven't done that since the Athlon XP days.

Sheer chance? - They didn't need them at my work any more, was in PC recycle pile, I jumped on it lol

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  • 47 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 for 2600k, +1 for cable management, +1 for "Semi-console killer (racing sims), ****, web browsing and work. (and in that order)" blahahahahaha

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice cable management. Tough task to do in a small case like this. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! the fully modular SFX was really the winner here, would have been a huge pain with anything else.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. 14 sec. boot time has nothing to do with the 2600K because even a system with a CPU 4x less powerful could achieve that lol. Awesome build nonetheless and the 2600K is still a great CPU especially for gaming.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Didn't think water cooling in a mini itx could be pulled off, but you have proven me wrong.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I really tore my hands up trying to get that thing in there lol. Totally worth it though!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I'm glad I went with a full tower, I never would've been able to manage in that thing.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

r/nocontext

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Very good case and cm.

+1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't know they had ITX MBs for Sandy Bridge... that's freaking awesome haha. Sandy Bridges are still amazing after all this time, esp OC. $285 is not bad for a 970, not bad at all. And you have EVGA as well so that means when Pascal comes out soon, you can Trade-Up! :)

Superb build! +1!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been trying to figure out the step-up program actually. The $285 is from one lucky *** eBay auction lol.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you have to register online with EVGA and then you have 3 months to do so. at least that's how it worked with mine. Though sadly the 980 ti came to late so mine was pretty much wasted lol ;)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

i have a NZXT H440 White case but i love this more lol , its a cutie case :3 love the build! +!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

dude pascal drops in a month. wait.....if you can.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Na, Dirt Rally @ 90FPS on Ultra settings is right on the money for me!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

true. specs to specs though show the 970 pascal would have the same specs as a 980ti. so wait another month and get basically a 980ti for the price of a 970 now.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

cause its just one month to be on a better card. polaris is another option.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

2600k Throw back to life love these tiny powerful muthas!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How big of an investment is to get all of the equipment for custom cables?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

For me, was free. I used this guide: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/5438-how-to-remove-to-atx-power-connector-pins-without-special-tools/ and sacrificed a power supply that I had laying around.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey +1 for an amazing build! I need your help, i wanna get this case and take in it a new pascal 1070, BUT if there is a 1070 mini, i'll try to do a little modding in there! So, my question is: would it be possible to cut, and make shorter the case, using same PSU (and no radiator, just a low profile heatsink, like cryorig C7)? there is no any special thing in the chassis that wont let me cut it? Thanks for your answer

EDIT: PLUS I'm from Venezuela, so if you know what situation we are going through, you already know that i CAN'T go to a store and see it for myself, and i have just ONE CHANCE to buy it on amazon and bring it here by ship, so if i cant do the modding, i'll buy another case! Again thanks for your answer!! :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The case, as it sits, is wide open inside. Too much cutting and there wont be any structure left, lol I want to say that the 1070 will be 10.5" just like the 1080. You wont have any clearance issues there. The H60 radiator is also only about .25" away from the card. I highly suggest watercooling in a tiny case like this. Good Luck!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, im using an i5-6500, no OC, and with an aftermarket cooler it will be more than enough. Another point is that im looking for Nvidia release a 1070 mini, like they did with the 970, and if not, i'll use de 10.5'' and no modding. What i'm looking here is to make the case same size as the mobo. Thanks, congrats for the amazing build!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Tell your PC I feel sorry for it.

WHY ****?