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"Project Carbon" - luggable large M-ITX system

by Chevy_Monsenhor



Date Published

June 18, 2018

Date Built

June 15, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.7 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

43.0° C


"Luggable in British (ˈlʌɡəbəl), adjective, informal: (esp of computers) portable, but with difficulty"

Preciselly what defines this build, its not a portable system, its a luggable system with no compromises.

It all started when i bought the case and motherboard with the idea of making an HTPC for my living room. It was supposed to be a simple 2400g build and nothing else, but it just went downhill from there, got too excited about the Ryzen platform that i decided i was going to sell my X58 system as a whole and build this one as a "luggable" workstation, just so i could take wherever i wanted, when i wanted. I tried to make the system as reasonable as possible, but in the end it still came out with a few kinky parts such as the RGB Thermaltake Toughpower 650w PSU, which was supposed to be an EVGA 750B3, but the store damaged it before shipping so i got this model as an upgrade free of charge, the IMPOSSIBLE to find new CM HAF 915R case, which i managed to find brand new in box and a BD Burner which was a total necessity. The day i built it was the coldest day of the year on my town at 0ºc and yet the CPU diode temperature under stress test managed to hit 83º and sit there, not ideal, and since i could only fit a thick 120mm rad and some fans in the empty part of the case, i decided to go with the Corsair H80i V2. It hasn't arrived yet, so i can't vouch for it, but i think its going to do the trick.

I reside in Brazil and bought everything locally just so i could have them in a reasonable time frame, which should explain the "inflated" prices, i just bought one stick of RAM from Newegg (because i couldn't find a matching stick locally, so i'll have to wait).

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Sonprep 2 points 10 months ago

nice build. very balanced in terms of hardware +1

blockbuster4664 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

I mean I guess you could say RGB power supplies are kinky.

This a pretty cool and unique build, well done

Chevy_Monsenhor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Yeah, i mean't kinky as the PC itselfs goes, its pretty a non-RGB affair all things considered, just the PSU that has the little fan ring with LEDs...

blockbuster4664 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

No not in terms of the pc just in general I’m saying

droem 2 points 10 months ago

IBM Model M? Why?

Neat build. +1

Chevy_Monsenhor submitter 3 Builds 3 points 10 months ago

Opportunity and general preference, for US$20 i couldn't pass it up! And i really like buckling springs, better than any Cherry or Cherry clones.

droem 1 point 10 months ago

Ah, I have never touched a Model M keyboard before. Good luck!

zopanta 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

My Node 202 is luggable too. İ guess better than a you might have a backache if you wanna move it built anyway. Did you consider getting a 1440p monitor with this hardware? Great built. Congrats.

Chevy_Monsenhor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I did but i couldn't find one in my price range here in Brazil at the time, so i stuck with the 1080p Viewsonic. I also game with this setup on a 4k TV, so no worries there, but the 1440p monitor is an upgrade i'll do as soon as i can!

Panicmyth 1 point 8 months ago

Can you tell me how that ssd performs? It seems like a great budget for 500GB but I am wondering if it does the trick well? Was considering Samsung but I saw this unbeatable price, your opinion?

Chevy_Monsenhor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Oh, hello! Only saw your comment now. On my system, running CrystalDiskMark 6, it reads at 550mbps max and writes at 470mbps max. For me its more than enough, the hardware on the SSD itself seems to be pretty robust as well, with Nanya TLC modules and a Physon controller, so it should last me a few years at least.

Panicmyth 1 point 8 months ago

Sounds great, thanks!

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Chevy_Monsenhor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Great graphics card indeed, i love it! Took a good OC right out of the box and kept the temperatures in check, better than my old Strix...