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And to a slow comes the proloooooooonged journey, of making my first rig. This build initially started from, none other than Youtube. After seeing a couple videos where people had managed to squeeze and emulation machine into an NES shell. Being the Nintendo fanboy I am, I decided that this would be no big deal, and I hastily saved my money and order my parts. As I'm hoping others have, I let the excitement of building override my need for research. My first build consisted of the same processor, two 80mm fans, the single ssd, a different Gigabyte wifi motherboard, as well as a Noctua Nh-L9i. While it turned out okay, I underestimated an emulator's need for GPU power, amongst other things, like the viability of a picoPSU. Once again I was at a loss. But while I may lack patience, I am not short on tenacity. So off I was to my local Micro Center, where I picked up a Cooler Master Elite 130 Case. I was able to fit all my components in there, and wala! After purchasing a PNY Geforce GTX 750 ti, I was all ready to go. I thought, until I figured out about chipsets. I was unable to overclock my Cpu (main reason I bought the K series) due to my mobo's chipset, and once again was in need of a fix. So I reached out to my friend and convinced him to buy a second spare build that I made using a different Cpu and power supply along with the Cooler Master Elite 130. I was able to use this money, along with some other good finds to get to where I am now. This build is not exactly where I want it but it is getting there. I know that my PSU can most likely not handle an overclock as adding the 780ti is pushing it's 550 watt capabilities, so I am in search of a different one in time. Also, I am in need of a viable backup system, as I am integrating XBMC and emulators into this which will call for a very intricate setup. Other than that and another stick of RAM, this machine is right where I want it. It took a lot of hard work and tinkering, but if performs perfectly. Thank you to everyone on Tom's Hardware forums amongst other resources for helping me get it to where it is. As for the parts, there are countless reviews on all of them, but I especially commend the M.2 SSD as my OS fully loads in about 5-7 seconds from hitting the power button. Also I must say the Corsair 250D is a great choice for a mini build, also the H80i works perfectly in this build, keeping the non-Oc'd Cpu at around ~22C when surfing and looks great with the customizable LED. The only downside to it is the pesky Corsair link headers, which easily broke off on my first one.

Please keep in mind when commenting that: a. I am aware the post is lengthy, but you are not forced to read it. b. This is my first ever real endeavor in PC construction, and constructive criticism is welcome. c. I am always open to sharing more in-depth opinions on these products if you want to ask. Thanks!

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

how in the world did you fit a h80i in there!?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It wasn't as bad of a squeeze as you would imagine. I removed the 5 1/2" drive bay for for instance the optical drive, and that allowed much more vertical clearance for the loop. Also I mounted it to the front fan mount which can be either 120, 140, or 200mm. Fits great and looks awesome!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

you can mount H100i, H90, H60, H55 and all kinds on 120 or 140 mm radiators in front

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

NIce build!! +1