Description

The inspirations for this build came a couple months ago when my parents changed out their PC, they had been using a 2012 Dell Inspiron 660s with a 3330s intel core i5 and 8gb of RAM, No GPU. I am a person who likes small builds, granted none of my previous builds have been small. I had a lot of fun building this PC, even with some of the headaches that came with making it work, especially with the GPU, but we'll get to that in a moment.

I currently have an intel core i5-3570k in the system running at a modest overclock of 4.1GHz at 1.275 volts and that is cooled very well with the H7 cooler from Cryorig which i have pointed at the intake fan at the rear of the case. As for the GPU I have not overclocked it at all, i have left it with factory settings where it boosts to 2077MHz no problem and it only gets to a very acceptable temperature of 69 degrees Celsius.

Getting the system put together was a nightmare and a half, on several occasions i thought i had broken some things. The most obvious modification i had to make to the case was the demolishing of the HDD cage to get the GPU to fit into this case. when i bought the GPU i had measured the clearance that i had for putting a GPU in, but the card was longer than what Amazon said it was and i had to spend 1 infuriating hour banging the crap out of the STEEL HDD cage with a 5lb hammer till the GPU would fit in the case.

the other modification that i had to do was to mount the PSU in the case, the original unit was a 100mm Chinese PSU and the new one was a full centimeter longer so i had to smash the original PSU holder flat with the motherboard tray so i could figure out where i would need to double-sided tape the power supply in place.

other than that the assembly went without headache, but the booting and installing of windows did not go so well. it took me about one hour to find that my gaming keyboard was not letting me access the BIOS and select a proper boot device. And when i was finally able to do so, the computer decided that none of the already installed files on my SSD and HDD should be accessible to me. another hour of troubleshooting later and a live chat with Microsoft we're good to go, it all works just fine. :)

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome and terrible. I dig it.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the name

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

really cant tell any different about this thing when it is closed, that's where the name came from.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahahahah, that drive cage. Hilarious. Imagining the things said when furiously smashing it with a hammer. +1 for rage mode.

On a side note, an angle grinder or dremel with a cut off wheel would have worked wonders here. Might be worth the investment if you plan on hammering more in the future. ;)

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

didn't have an angle grinder on hand so i did the best with what i had. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Sleeper PCs are awesome!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

modification

banging the crap out of the STEEL HDD cage with a 5lb hammer

That's my kind of modification

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

it's just not as rewarding if you cut it out with a Dremel.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Not only did you get the cable snakes handled in that case, your desk and under desk cables look fantastic.

Great upgrade job.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you, this is the build that took me the longest to source for a reasonable amount of money considering the hardware that is in it, and it still manages to best the 6th gen i3 I had before which surprised me considering that the CPU is from 2012.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Shoot that 3570k can sit at 5GHz on all 4 cores if your lucky. It may be old, but it's fast.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I really do not have all that much trust in the VRMs, Chokes, capacitors on this board considering the previous owner of the thing left the PC on all the time.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm I hear you.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

where'd the drives wind up?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

they are buried in the 5 1/4 bays up top.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

ok, thanks.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd have put the fan on the other side of the cooler given where the case fan is. Removing that HDD cage in it's entirety would clean the insides up a bit. Otherwise a nice build!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

background???

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

mikael gustaffsen 3840 by 1080 (type it in google)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

thx

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the desk set up a lot, what desk is that and how big are those monitors?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Lorell 65" desk top:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017V4RXCU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Monitors 27" 1440p Acer: Acer - K272HUL Ebmidpx 27.0" 2560x1440 60Hz

and thank you. :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice medium power sleeper, the one issue is that I own one of these ACTUALLY prebuilt. I can tell you, at least with the new version of this one, it could pack more punch than this. It has up to i-9 CPU and pretty much any GPU you can think of.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

eh, I really don't need more power than this for what I do on this thing.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

My goodness....that desk cable management...it’s...it’s beautiful. I’m in love <3

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

why thank you, but even with this temps are still in the mid to high 80's

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I was referring to the cable management going down the leg of the desk and being relatively unseen (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

oh. my bad

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

from my understanding newer 660's came with M.2 or smaller 2.5" SSD caddies in them, but the case I had for working in was a Sandy-bridge era case (late-2011, early-2012) so neither option of those was cheap for a 350 dollar office PC when my parents bought the thing. I really wish the thing did not have the drive cage in it because as you could probably imagine 104 pound 5' girl swinging a 4 pound hammer is not the most effective way to deal with a steel HDD cage.