Description

For gaming and general-purpose computering, also some development here and there for me. Built two of these, one for me, one for the wife. My computer was one of the original Athlon dual-cores, hers was an aging/dying laptop, so we both needed something new. She had never moved her laptop since we moved, so we got a desktop. Her desk is fairly small though, so we got an ITX. I originally wanted something with a smaller footprint, like the FT03 mini, but the cost of that (and associated things like PSU and slim slot-loading BD burner) was too high overall. So, this is still a smaller footprint than (most) micro-ATX builds, and shorter as well, which she liked.

No real problems, but getting everything in the case was very tight. The Seidon cooler had some minor gripes - the standoffs weren't indicated in the instructions that they have a mobo-side and a non-mobo side. Maybe this is common knowledge but I haven't built anything in a long time and hadn't come across it. The rubber grommets on the fans to the radiators contacted the fan in one instance, so I had to jury-rig pull it out of the way so it didn't make a horrible noise.

I added temps I've found to this build - these are with fan speeds set to their quietest setting, I can keep temps lower if I crank the fans. Overall case noise is fairly quiet, but definitely not anywhere near silent. I don't mind a little background noise, my typing on the keyboard is far louder.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty standard. Pretty awesome. Gotta love these small rigs.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I would love to make something in an Elite 130 too; I like the fact that it can fit so much for something so small.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :)

Yeah, it got really tight building it though - everything fit so snugly, but it all fit.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good. I've always wanted to try one of those mini builds but that cable management looks like a real pain in the @$$.+1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Its actually not too hard...

In the pictures it always looks worse than it is. People tend to keep the cables out of the center of the build for airflow so all of the cables are on the outside

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. I have the Cooler Master HafXB and loved it at first, still do, except when I have to get at the underside and reroute a cable because of a change.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

It's a little bit of a pain - I've been thinking about getting some custom sized cables made up, just to avoid the big loops of cable you have to hide here-and-there. It took me probably 4x as long as building a bigger case just to deal with the cables and compactness.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Everyone seems to be planning on using the same parts as me! XD

Great setup!

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  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

My guess is they have different computers to prevent stumbling into each others internet browsing history ;) Helps keep the marriage sane.

"Ummmm...honey that was a popup. I never visited that page."

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

"Accidentally clicked on it... I swear"

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

"Accidentally clicked on it...and my credit card information just entered itself in. I have no idea why UPS just shipped me a mail order bride from communist Russia"

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

"Gotta hate autofill... Dontcha?"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

She doesn't care what I do on my computer, and we both use our computers simultaneously, so that's why the need for two.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't want the mods to ban me, so I'll refrain from making misogynistic jokes. Just make sure you have separate bank accounts when you move in together :)

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Occasionally, yeah. We both played WoW a ton a few years ago, but then we had a kid (and another) so gaming has been off the list for a while; but it's something we look to fondly, so we'll pick it up again.

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