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"Six" - The Mini-ITX Fragbox

by cryhav0c

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33 Comments

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CPU Clock Rate

3.3GHz

Description

Strictly meant to be a lean, mean, portable gaming frag machine with a lot of speed and the ability to go anywhere, as well as being affordable and practical for other purposes as well.

$600 total from Black Friday sales.

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IamApropos 3 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

Very good build. Reliably known SSD, and very balanced system. I enjoyed viewing your pictures, you put in a lot of work I can tell in making the build nice and clean looking.

cryhav0c submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Thanks! Cable management with this case is definitely difficult. Longer wires end up being better because you can route them around the frame.

Malenskii 2 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Very sleek. I really like the way it looks!

Spirafall 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Tiny and tidy. :)

cryhav0c submitter 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

Exactly! Haha. And quite a powerhouse at only 15lbs.

superaman 1 point 60 months ago

Looks really nice, how is the cooling on the system with such tight spaces?

cryhav0c submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

It's actually really good. I mounted the PSU upside down to blow air out of the case, the GPU I bought vents air directly out of the case as well, so really the CPU is the only thing that's generating heat inside, and it's a new dual core, so it does pretty well for running a stock cooler.

Xareh 4 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

I'd have loved to have seen this kitted out with Z77 and a 3570K... but this is a pretty great build nonetheless.

ZombieHippie 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Look at my Romeo Build if you want to see a Z77E + 3770K :D http://pcpartpicker.com/b/BLO

Black5Lion 1 point 60 months ago

Great build! :D needs more pics! :) i am planning to make a similar build but with a better processor and weaker gpu because i can upgrade that later.... anyways please tell me what you think :) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rmxz all the parts are from amazon.

cryhav0c submitter 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

My main concern is heat. It's a small box and there's very little room for cooling inside.

Black5Lion 1 point 60 months ago

heat isn't much of an issue to me as i use my netbook daily and type on its keyboard while its at 65c-78c so anything under 65c should be good enough for me xD

cryhav0c submitter 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

It's a good build but keep in mind that the 1155 architecture only has one year of life left. Next year is the tock, and in 2014 you'll have to buy a new mobo if you want to support the latest processor architecture.

Black5Lion 2 points 60 months ago

hmm..... i also read they are putting the specs for ddr4..... do you think it'd be worth it to wait for a while? i'm not in much of a hurry. and of course waiting, i could save some more money to put into a better build..... i'm just tired of my ps3 games costing the price of a new heatsink for each one :/

morisato 1 point 60 months ago

I like The Build i am looking at something simmilar For A Steam Box to go in beside my ps3, wii u etc.. And hdmi into my 58 inch tv. For a HTPC/Steam Big picture gaming box. The new console of choice! I plan to run a 3770k i am getting from intel retail edge in mine, and I am just considering if i want the 520 series 180 gig ssd, or if i will just splurge and grab a 512 gig ssd, I plan to go all ssd for my Steam box.

Black5Lion 1 point 60 months ago

get 2 180gb in raid 0....... should be interesting :)

cryhav0c submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Just be careful about heat build up. Those quad cores run really hot.

aighamdi 3 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

nice build! I'm considering the same case to use for a build dedicated to media and some gaming. but I'm concerned about power supply clearance. how are you managing the cables on the other side where the little fan is located?

caveant 1 point 53 months ago

I am considering using your rig, (same CPU's and MoBo and Video Card). Do you think you can give me some benchmarks?

cryhav0c submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

I get pretty good scores across the board. I can tell you that I can turn everything on high for basically every game and get 30+ fps except for Metro and the other heavy hitters.

Forbiddina 1 point 52 months ago

nice build but why not a his ghz edition 7870 for 199.99 . atleast now, it might not have been avalable back when this was built

LookTopHats 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Hows the RAM?

cryhav0c submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

It's great. Why do you ask?

LookTopHats 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Really cheap atm compared to others; RAM really exploded lately in terms of price, not sure why?

Hydro 0 points 60 months ago

Could have gone with a 830 for a bit less, and probably better than the Vertex 4

cryhav0c submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Yeah, my biggest regret for this system is that I bought the hard drive before I saw a 256gb drive on sale afterward. I'll probably add a second drive down the road.

tr4656 0 points 60 months ago

The Vertex 4 is actually better in that its faster and is just as reliable with the Marvell controller.

tr4656 0 points 60 months ago

Probably would have chose another case but still a good build overall.

Hydro 4 points 60 months ago

He wanted it to be mobile

cryhav0c submitter 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

What case would you have picked?

Iron_Roids 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

I would have picked the bitfenix prodigy personally. Its slightly bigger but comes with handles. But this little machine looks like a great all rounder.

cryhav0c submitter 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

That was the case that I initially planned to use. However, it's MUCH bigger and just the case weighs more than this entire rig does. The CM120 is under 8 pounds out of the box whereas the Prodigy weighs over 17, and is just too large to practically haul around like I wanted. As is the case with all components clocks in at just a hair under 16 pounds, which is damned impressive considering some gaming laptops hit the 12 pound mark with their power brick included.

Iron_Roids 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

I didn't realize it weighed that much... 16 pounds barely a dumbell. Good Job!