Description

PURPOSE:

Build a fast (4.0+GHz) but power efficient (low TDP ~ 170W) system. Primarily used for software engineering. Occasional video editing, gaming and streaming.

PROS:

Fast when OCed (4.0 GHz CPU, 3000MB/s Memory).

Quiet and power efficient even at full load.

CONS:

MSI B350M took over a year to publish a stable BIOS. Using a new Nuvoton SIO chip which still lacks driver support for Linux.

MSI B350M killed an M.2 NVME SSD during a sudden power spike/outage. Had to buy UPS to prevent power spiking/outage.

EXTRAS:

Built custom ARGB microcontroller (ATTiny) and +5V LED lighting. Completely powered and controlled internally from spare mobo USB header. Also installed models of the Burj Khalifa and Galileo Seven.

UPDATE:

Thanks for the comments, I changed out the water cooled AIO for an air cooled UFO.

Also downgraded the monitor to 75 fps.

Kronos also has a custom built RGB projector weapon.

Sorry about the RGB wiring, it is still a WIP so will cable manage when final.

Also pictured above Kronos is Praxis (iSmart mini computer and hub as web server stack, backed up by APC UPS). Added addressable RGB under lighting.

Updated the pictures.

www.standard3d.com

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

can you get better pics of the system

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Done, thanks. The old pictures were prettier but not much detail.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, it's great to see someone using an Inwin 301 case. Love your patience in this build on making it money-free as possible.

  • James
  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

It turns out when you aim for speed that it also power efficient, you wind up with mid-range components. High end components are more power hungry, generating more heat.

Don't forget the hidden expense of the electricity a system consumes over its lifetime.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good computer for a pretty good price. Good components and performance for what you plan to do. The only problem is that I can't really see the pictures that you provided, but in general, it looks pretty cool.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Updated pics.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Can the power supply cover be removed??

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

It is holding up the PSU. Here is a video of someone modding the 301's power cover:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ML11Wq5T-Q#t=1m46s

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

How is your psu working? I am thinking of buying the same DA500 by deepcool but the new modular version..

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Almost 2 years running 24/7 and no problems. Kronos is only 170W, optimal draw for the DA500. Yeah the new version has prettier cable management.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for replying man, I just ordered 1 and yeah the new one is fully modular with black flat cables and the build quality is also better. :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

And btw I have a suggestion for you sell your 1050ti and buy rx570 4gb. it is only 670aed on gearup.me if you live in dubai and it will give you 20-30 more fps than your 1050ti and your monitor supports Amd freesync as well so you will get buttery smooth gameplay with that..

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

1050ti is much more power efficient than rx570. The goal here is an efficient work station, not a hot battle station. 1050ti is still way better than any gaming console, and I know how to get my freesync monitor to sync with my Gsync card. 1080p@75fps all day long.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

As you wish man. But rx 570 is cheaper and performs 20-30% better than a 1050ti, Power efficiency doesn't really matter the difference is only 5-10% more power and that will not cost you even a dollar per month but it will give you 20-30% more performance for less money and btw you're calling RX570 a hot battle station when you don't know that usually a 1050ti runs hotter than an rx570(good quality sapphire card) and that's my personal experience. But anyways, If you're happy then just be happy. That's all!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I question your numbers, you seem to be anecdotally comparing the worst 1050ti with the best rx570.

This build is all about best performance at lowest TDP. Again, efficiency not price. My research showed that mid-range components were best suited to this goal.

NVidia GPUs are well known (obviously not by everyone) to be more efficient than similar AMD products.

BTW the 560 is more similar overall to 1050ti (eg. both are directly powered from only the PCIe slot) than the 570 (extra power rail required from the PSU).

In computer engineering, "hot" is a measure of TDP, which is a measure of efficiency, not merely temperature.

A "hot" system is overclocked for performance with little or no regard for efficiency.

I am always happy to point out flaws in a salty argument :) I also don't believe "that's all" I will hear about it.

Happy Holidays!

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Please note I took your advice and downgraded the cooler and monitor. I can buy a whole whack of microcontrollers and ARGBs with the savings!

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually it looks better with the G100 UFO air cooler. The AIO had soft line tubing that were hard to manage aesthetically. There is no increase in performance, actually the new monitor is half the fps.

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