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i5 mini Skylake PC

by NBH

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29 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 22, 2016

Date Built

April 16, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.61GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

After my 4.5 year old PC started to develop a few issues like randomly rebooting and making some strange noises I decided to not waste money on it replacing components and invest in a new PC.

Requirements were it had to be small, my old PC was small so I was restricted by the size of shelf I had to place it on. It also had to be very quiet as it is in my living room. At idle I can't hear it running at all and at load it is very quiet. I was tempted to build a fanless PC but glad I went with this instead as it is practically silent during basic use like web browsing and watching videos.

I wanted to go for standard sized parts i.e. ATX PSU and mini ITX motherboard as my last PC used non standard size parts which was expensive and restrictive when replacing broken parts or trying to upgrade.

It is probably a bit over powered for what I do now but it was built for a few years to come.

This was my very first full PC build (previous PC was a barebones) so I was pretty happy with the outcome, everything worked and it booted first time.

I took the photos quickly I will add some better ones soon.

Part Reviews

CPU

I didn't necessarily want a k processor but this was only a few pounds more than the 6600 so I thought I might as well get it to match the Z170 over clocking chipset.

It has been running fine and is pretty cool and with fans on 50% and only just audible it gets to 64C.

CPU Cooler

I was looking at this cooler and the NH C14S but decided the latter was too big and I wasn't sure about the top down air flow in a case with fans which flow from front to back.

I wanted a fan cooler so this was the best Noctua one that would fit sue to the 140mm max. height.

It works well and is quiet although I haven't over clocked yet.

Motherboard

I looked at this motherboard and the B150 version but decided on this one as it wasn't that much more expensive.

So far it has been great, everything works and 3 fan headers so I can control CPU, front and rear fans independently. The audio output is loud and great quality, finally I can listen to music on my PC.

I find the built in fan control works well you just have to set it up right. Asus monitors the CPU temp through a different sensor, not the cores like some software so I just set the fans to ramp up at a lower temp as it generally sees the temp lower than the actual core temp.

Storage

This was taken from my old PC, I secure erased it and started again but its great, fast, silent and cool temperatures.

Storage

Also recycled from my old PC, bought to replace a HDD which was hot, noisy and causing vibration.

Case

I think this case is great, it fits standard size parts yet the case is small and easy to build in and has a clean look. This was my first ever PC build and I had no issues whatsoever with the case. I like the way the sides and top are accessible individually plus the vents have dust filters.

Power Supply

I got this PSU for the potential to add a GPU in the future. The ECO mode is great, no fan spinning under 25% load so most of the time the PSU is completely silent.

The modular cables are great for my case, only the required cables are plugged in instead of the mess of unused cables I had before.

Case Fan

I replaced the 200mm case fan with this Noctua fan so that I could control it via PWM so at idle it is at minimum rpm and silent.

Case Fan

I added these fans to the rear to exhaust any hot air and used the included splitter cable from one of the fans. I was expecting them to be noisier but they are very quiet.

It is possible to add a second fan onto my CPU cooler. If I did I doubt these fans would be required as the second CPU cooler fan would be very close to the rear of the case but I guess these help with general case air flow.

Comments Sorted by:

FACUNDO 12 Builds 7 points 14 months ago

+1 for being a noctua - fan!

Did you get it? lol

Testiculos 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

HUEHUEHUEUHE You funny :D

LechnerFlo 4 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Oh i konw you. You are really a Noctua Fan. +1 for that

FACUNDO 12 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks

NeonThought 4 Builds 3 points 14 months ago

Spiffy. Much love for the Mini ITX. I hope they continue to grow in popularity.

Jesdf 3 points 14 months ago

Not enough fans. 0/10

Jokes aside, great build!

jamesbeawesome 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

+1, I love that you've chosen to overclock (judging by your mobo. choice) on air cooling, it makes a change here.

texasmayne 3 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I was going to get the Suppressor Case, but went with the Core V1 in my latest build, because it was available in white. I hope they make the Suppressor in white. And I also went AMD, but If I had a higher budget, my build would very similar to yours. Nice job overall. Would like to see more pics.

rarskies 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Really sweet, clean build, I was going to build a very similar one but girlfriend crushed the upgrade because the thermaltake f1 case isn't as pretty as a Jonsbo one I'm running at the moment (apparently) but look at this gorgeous thing. Maybe I'll show her these pics to change her mind but she won't understand the understated practical beauty of the beige fans....

Do you plan on chucking a graphics card in the future?

NBH submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Thanks. My wife said this case was bigger than my last PC (Shuttle XPC) so she wasn't initially impressed but I'm keeping it now. I may add a GPU but I don't really do much gaming on my PC as I've always had a console. However, with the rumour of a new 4K Playstation coming out I'm ready to ditch console gaming and do everything on my PC.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Very nice build! Interesting to see you have all noctua PWM fans BUT you are not taking advantage of them.

If you check on page 1-16 of your manual you will see that only cpu_fan header has PWM setting on 4th pin. This means that if you connect a pwm fan to the other headers the fan will run at full speed, using the low voltage adapter will help reduce speed.

I too have a mini itx board that only has one pwm fan header and im running all noctua pwm fans of that header. The thing is that you shouldnt go over 1 amp on that header ( i wouldnt recommend connecting more than 2). So im using 6 pwm fans but only 1 header. Im using the swiftech

https://www.amazon.com/Swiftech-8W-PWM-SPL-**-Way-PWM-Splitter-Sata/dp/B00IF6R4C8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1466870750&sr=8-2&keywords=pwm+fan+hub

There is also the silverstone

https://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-System-Cables-Black-CPF04/dp/B00VNW556I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466870750&sr=8-1&keywords=pwm+fan+hub

You connect all fans to the hub (connecting the one on cpu cooler on first channel just in case it fails). The hub is powered by the PSU so you wont damage your header. I have my header on auto and you cant hear anything. The loudest fan is the one from the PSU.

NBH submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks for the reply. The fan headers on the Asus Z170i motherboard seem to support PWM so the fans sit at minimum rpm at idle and keep the PC very cool. It lets me change it to PWM in the BIOS and via Speedfan so maybe that page in the manual isn't quite correct?

On the specs list in the manual it says:

2x chassis fan connectors (4-pin) for both 3-pin (DC mode) and 4-pin(PWM mode) coolers control.

Mananoy 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Hii do the dust filters actually work? And does the front openings have them too?

Very nice clean quiet lookjng build!

NBH submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

The dust filters don't seem to be that great, I still get dust inside but without them I guess it would be worse.

The front panel has a small air intake on the left above the power switch, on the right hand side it has a longer air intake, both of these have dust filters but they are not removable.

This is where I have the sensor for the led remote control, hidden behind the air intake on the left.

Spedfrom 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Wow, this is an incredibly similar build to what I'm planning! Would you mind telling me, or posting a link, to the LED lighting you used? I'm using the same Noctua case fans for extraction and the same Noctua CPU cooler, but will replace the stock fan on my Thermaltake Core V1 Snow Edition with a Cooler Master Megaflow with blue LEDs. If your LEDs are easy to use/control, I might also replace that fan with a 200mm Noctua intake in the front of the case and achieve the same White case/Blue LEDs effect :)

Congrats on your build!

NBH submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks for your message. The lights I used were these ones:

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/sYdFf7/tingkam-full-kit-rgb-5050-smd-2pcs-18leds-30cm-led-strip-light-with-24-key-remote-controller-for-desktop-pc-computer-mid-tower-case-the-2nd-generation

Unfortunately Noctua don't do a 200mm fan yet so the 140mm is the best you can get at the moment.

esojsounds 1 point 4 months ago

Nice build! What fan hub controller do you use btw?

wwalt02 8 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Just using the intel cooler that came with it. Keeps it cool though

NBH submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks. No fan hub controller, all fans are controlled via the motherboard using Speedfan. The Asus Z170i motherboard has 2x case fan headers so the rear fans and front fan can be controlled independently.

esojsounds 1 point 4 months ago

Ah okay, thanks for the reply. One more question: I'm getting the same CPU cooler, 2 80mm fans and case as yours, but do you think we could fit more fans in there somewhere? I'm afraid this won't be cool enough to OC a 6700k to 4.4-4.5, what do you think?

NBH submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

If you want the best possible CPU cooling I would get another 92mm fan and put it on the back of the CPU cooler. You may not need the 80mm fans if you do that as they would be very close to the extra fan.

You could possibly put a fan on the right hand side and blow air onto the CPU cooler from the side, whether that will make temperatures any better I am not sure.

If overclocking is your main aim I would also look at AIO coolers. I have my 6600k overclocked to 4.4Ghz and the temp maxes out at about 69C but the 6700k runs a little hotter.

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jamesbeawesome 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

False. Overclocking on an air cooler is NOT dangerous, some people even overclock on STOCK coolers. This guy has an ample cooler for overclocking, and could easily overclock past a 4ghz mark without serious repercussions. In a lot of cases, it's better to air cool an overclocked cpu then to watercool (Depending on the models used)!

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jamesbeawesome 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

He won't fry his cpu. You are either delusional, a troll, or just know nothing about computers at all. And judging by your profile and part lists, it seems the latter is the most likely :)

Anyhow, if you'd like some help learning about computers instead of blurting out about topics you have no clue about, then we're all here ;)

NBH submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Over clocking is more for the future. If the air cooler can't hack it I can get a water cooler. I'm sure I can get 4.1ghz out of this set up no problem.

jamesbeawesome 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I agree. Hope you enjoy your pc :)

Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Agree, since you can get a moderate OC with an AMD chip with this cooler, with the lower TDP on the 6600k I am sure you`ll be just fine.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Please tell me you are joking....

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I don't think you know how a cooler works....If you didn't go air cooling the only option would be LN2 or something of that like.

Bexy 5 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Who told you that rubbish lol actually this system is fine for a moderate OC probably around the 4GHz mark no problems :)