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Snowflake | Haswell | mini ITX

by hanate


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CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


This build is months overdue since I've been caught up in other tasks.

I will be using this as my main machine for university work, some gaming, occasional video editing and a little 3D modelling.

I think the GeForce GTX 660 is ok for my needs, I'm only going to be gaming sometimes. I looked at AMD Radeon 7870 but I couldn't find any blower design cards which is necessary for my chassis. My graphics card came with free assassins creed III.

Before people complain I know it's not an "EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB" rather it's a "PNY GeForce GTX 660 XLR8 2GB" Both are reference cards with the same specifications and warranty - also the prices are very similar with EVGA being £6 more. I did this so it ends up in the Graphics Card section and I could put temperature for it in.

I chose the Core i5 4570 since it's plenty fast and I'm not going to be overclocking in this build. The temperatures are OK. However during 100% load there's a 7°C difference between the coolest and hottest core. Why can't Intel move back to fluxless solder?

Everything works well, airflow is good and temperatures are good. I placed the CPU fan in reverse so that I get the wind tunnel effect going with the PSU fan.

There are some issues though, one being that this case is small, so small that it was difficult to assemble everything, plus cable routing is difficult.

The included AP141 fan is good but quite loud, I'm going to be searching for a replacement fan.

The machine is running Windows 8 Pro considering I have paid for it. I have also used Start8 by stardock since I can't stand the metro interface - I'd rather not see it ever again.

The overall WEI Score is 7.8

Unigine Heaven 4.0 Extreme Preset – 31.5 fps | Score: 793

Unigine Valley 1.0 Extreme Preset – 39.7 fps | Score: 1661

3DMark http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/783752

High resolution gallery http://imgur.com/a/UQe5C

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candy 2 Builds 1 point 61 months ago

Such a sexy case...

pbfrias17 1 point 60 months ago

I'm planning on making one pretty much like this other than the cpu and mobo. Any reason u chose that specific mobo btw?

Your temps look great too. This makes me even more excited to build inside of the ft03 mini :D

hanate submitter 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

Sorry for the belated reply.

That was the only motherboard out at the time when I purchased my build. I originally wanted to put the gigabyte board but the caveat is that the gigabyte board has a very bad CPU position.

I recommend this board / asus's one since they're pretty much equally priced and are both really nice boards. Also try and go for a k processor if you do go for z87 boards. I didn't since I don't plan on overclocking.

hanate submitter 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

Here Here, the stock fan in the FT03-mini is loud.

But it is difficult to find a fan that matches the stock fan for static pressure and directed airflow.

The noise blocker you've sent is nice, but looking at specs, the noise levels doesn't seem to differ that much from the stock fan.

I actually wish thermalright would do the ty-140 with proper 140mm mounting holes. http://www.thermalright.com/html/products/fan/ty-140.html?panel=0

The ty-150 is no good as it has ball bearings and is louder without performing that much better.

Ktk 1 point 59 months ago

I see, I haven't gotten it yet, but it's based off a source on hardforum (there's a 60something? page on ft03 mini there... :)

On specs, i feel like range specs are fairly misleading; I don't think it's possbile to have a fun be quiet on load - I'd expect minimal sound while on idle or low work environments - maybe I was recommended this because the sound intensity curve (as a function of speed, or load) is better for the blacksilentpro.

Then again I haven't tried one. And yeah, I took a gander at the TY-143 too.

RedLaser 0 points 61 months ago

That cable management needs some work. You should have brought an unlocked processor for that motherboard. Why do you have a 120gb HDD when you already have a 3tb HDD? How did you get windows 8 professional for £14.99?

hanate submitter 1 Build 2 points 61 months ago
  1. I tried my best with cable management, there isn't much room or anywhere sensible to route/put cables. I cable tied them down where I could.

  2. No, I need VT-d which the unlocked processors don't have. Also I'm not going to be overclocking. I only bought the "Z87" motherboard since it was the only mini itx board I could get my hands on at Haswell launch. A week later now I could have gotten a gigabyte H87N-wifi which also has the features I want whilst being cheaper and having more warranty.

  3. It's for other OS's like ubuntu or even hacintosh.

  4. It was from an unused upgrade offer that I didn't install on my laptop since I didn't get around to it then.

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 61 months ago

yeah, the FT03-Mini is pretty cramped. Linus Tech Tips did a build guide with that particular case, and even with a modular power supply things were cramped. stellar case for what it's worth from a quality manufacturer, though.

that being said, this is still a fantastic build. hope you're happy with it :D

hanate submitter 1 Build 1 point 61 months ago

I love this case, it's the perfect size for my desk. I chose the non-modular one because people said it was quieter. I'm very happy with my build, it's fast and snappy, using an slower anything is now painful.

senstalex 2 Builds 1 point 61 months ago

Are the cables short on that psu?

hanate submitter 1 Build 1 point 61 months ago

Sorry for the long reply.

Yes the cables are short, but plenty long in a mini ITX case.