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Mini ITX "EM Drive" Main Desktop

by Marshone



Date Published

July 30, 2015

Date Built

June 19, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


First build used for gaming, schoolwork, and anything that requires a PC. I chose Mini ITX so it will be easier to set up at college if I decide to, plus the case looks really good. The i3 works fine, the only time it has been put under %100 load was in GTA V, but it stayed around 65 Celsius and never stuttered.

I have already added an SSD since I built it. My plan for upgrading is -

SSD > i7 + CPU Cooler > Next-Gen HBM GPU

Update 9/9/2015 - Overclocked the GTX 960

Part Reviews


Probably the best CPU for the price


Wifi works well, but is tricky to install

Fast boot times


Sturdy and looks good

Comments Sorted by:

kurkuro 2 points 39 months ago

how did you get the silver intel badge?

Marshone submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Ebay, I think it was meant for laptops but it I like it

Kreuzer 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

LeeJn 1 point 38 months ago

I don't mean to get up in your business and attack your upgrade path, but out of the goodness of my heart I must say that the 4160 upgrade to an i7 won't yield nearly as much benefit as spending the same money + the sellback cost of your current video card on a stronger card would yield.

Also, what kind of CPU temps and noise do you get? I plan on using the i3-4370+GTX 950 in a super slim itx build and am concerned about temps and acoustics.

Marshone submitter 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

I read the i3 would bottleneck anything stronger than a GTX 960, plus I'm sure upgrading an i3 to an i7 must be worth it on some level or we would all have i3's.

When all cores of the CPU are at 100% (GTA V), I never really see temps above ~66 C, 70 C at the most, and this is with the stock cooler. It does not get very noisy either, certainly not enough to bother or distract me and I sit right next to my PC. Keep in mind that I have two 80mm case fans right above the CPU fan to help with removing hot air.

LeeJn 1 point 37 months ago

Aye. Thanks for the information.

leonccyiu 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I gave a +1 as I use the same case. I went with the G3258 instead. I find the proportions of the case a bit strange as in the sides are more rectangular although the more square shaped front looks taller. I find the case a bit large although I see you've filled in your case more than I have.

Do you find the front 200mm fan noisy and have it running at 800rpm constantly?

Marshone submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I don't find it noisy, but I have it running at 700 RPM. I can hear the noise it makes, but It's pretty close to "silent" compared to the other fans in my system.

leonccyiu 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Really? Do you mean the stock CPU cooler or the 80mm fans? Tbh I think you could probably get away without the 80mm fans. You can also use the Zalman Fanmate 2 voltage controller to manually adjust the front fan speed

ozi2708 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Really nice looking build mate. I am wondering how are your fans performing, I am thinking of the same case with the same fans. How are the fans noise and how did you connect your fans in the system? Thanks in advance.

cwuzzell 0 points 39 months ago

I would like to tell you that you NEED something other than the stock cooler on that CPU, but after looking at the pictures, I would say you have no room to do so. Otherwise, great build!

Growliff1234 3 points 39 months ago

I beg to differ, it can't be overclocked so there is absolutely NO reason to bother with another cooler.

Marshone submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Probably only room for water cooling

Also, thanks

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BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

well, it isn't all that short of a case, but something like this should do good reguardless (although you may have to clip off the tall part of the ram heat spreaders) it's rated for 95w but with good airflow it doesn't have any problems cooling 125w processors (namely the 8350)

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Marshone submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

The motherboard has Wi-Fi and I wanted something reliable in case I go for an i7 later

960 runs cooler and uses less power, and I think Nvidia has better drivers. I also prefer GeForce experience over Catalyst

I added the SSD later

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Marshone submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago


I don't want some cheap-o motherboard regardless, it's the hardest component to replace. My family desktop has AMD and I have used Catalyst.

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Marshone submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Ah I see what you're saying