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Phantastic! - White/Black AMD Mini ITX for Bedroom Projection

by fundando

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23 Comments

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Details

Date Published

Feb. 8, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 1, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

980MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.5GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C

Description

See my full sized rig here https://pcpartpicker.com/b/LHsJ7P

Before building this baby I was trying to come up with a solution to play videos and some basic games in the bedroom with my projection setup. I tried Apple TV (previous model) and Chromecast but was not happy with either. Chromecast was slow and apple tv felt limited. I then tried building a Raspberry Pi Version 2, but it could not even handle some of my favorite SNES games without lagging. I the bought an Asus Vivo Mini UN42-M023M and I was actually pretty happy. I spent hours getting it setup and was rocking all my favorite MAME and snes games with no problem. Then next day I came home to use it unfortunately the tiny msata drive had actuall completely failed to the point where it was not even visible in the bios on the mini pc or on any other computer using a usb adaptor.

At this point it was decided that if it was going to be done right I had to do it myself. I initially put this together in a Antec ISK 600 case and although it worked the GPU would quickly climb up to 99 C. I decided to go with the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX so that I could get much better airflow and cable management. At the same time that I bought the upgraded case I also bought more fans, some lighting and sleeved cables.

I am very happy with how it turned out. The aesthetics are beautiful and perfomance is snappy for gaming or anything else I throw at it. The only difficulty I had was finding a good spot to put the lighting, but in the end it worked out. If you look closely you can see the IR receiver peeking out of one of rubber grommet cable management holes. I mounted the remote for the lighting on the back of the case using some velcro.

Tell me what you think!

Part Reviews

CPU

Price to performance ratio is all there. I picked this because I wanted something with very solid on board graphics. CPU OC'd to 3.6 and GPU is OC'd at 940mhz. I haven't actually tried to push it more than that. I am overall pleased with the performance and I can even run modern games like Project Cars and MGSV at lower setting getting good framerates.

CPU Cooler

Fits nicely in the case and keeps my pc nice and cool.

Motherboard

For the price you get quite a bit. I am a big fan of MSI boards because they really give you a lot for your money. 4k support, plenty of usb ports, dvi, hdmi, displayport, bluetooth, wireless ac, m.2. If I would have been more patient, I probably would have spent the extra money for the A88XI Version of this, but I wanted to buy all the parts and build in the same day. I Only wish the M.2 port was not in use so that I may put a nice PCIE drive in eventually.

Memory

This is my third set of this ram. Load up the XMP profile in the BIOS and it'll immediately clock itself to 2400. Great ram and it always works.

Storage

Nothing too special about this drive. It is not the fastest, but the price was right. 526.1 read 376.5 write.

Storage

What a good budget storage drive should be. I was initially thrown off by the low profile. 206.0 read 196.4 write

Video Card

It can handle everything I throw at it and the look fits with my theme.

Case

What a great case to work in! Looks great, has plenty of room for cable management and tons of options when it comes to cooling.

Power Supply

It's an Antec. It works beautifully like it should and I have more than enough power for anything I could ever fit in this case.

Comments Sorted by:

KB_Evolved 5 Builds 3 points 27 months ago

It's late and I read Bathroom for some reason. I thought you were the greatest person alive for a second or maybe just needed to see a doctor to be in there that much.

Very nice build. Always love a Phanteks case and I really hope to get to build in that one day.

fundando submitter 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

lol. Maybe one day I will build a bathroom rig.

Khifler 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Nah, just mount a monitor in there and get a Steam Link. That way, you can just pause your game, turn on the Steam Link enabled pooputer, and get back to the same game right there :)

RErindi 1 Build 3 points 27 months ago

Very nice build! And finally the MSI R9 380 is getting some love. I have the 2GB version of that, and for the price it's hard to beat.

fundando submitter 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Thank you!

Red_Eagle 2 points 27 months ago

Good build and pretty colors

fundando submitter 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Thank You!

ABorderlineBuff 2 points 27 months ago

Really nice job. :) I know it's hard to cable manage in that case, but you did it justice. +1

fundando submitter 3 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Thanks!

sc2020j 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

+1 Very nice build, but i have a question are the gpu's fans loud?

fundando submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Actually it is nice and quiet.

IMANice16 2 points 26 months ago

Maybe hide the LED bar in a corner next to the window. It will look better if you can't see the LED's. Cheers!

fundando submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

There's no room. This little case was not built with lighting in mind.

milesknight 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

really nice but why a apu and gpu that cant crossfire?

fundando submitter 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

This particular card fit the theme best and I wanted 4gb of vram.

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

why would he bother getting a gpu to crossfire in a itx format?

milesknight 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

more performance i guess. I just doesnt make sense to me to get a apu and then not use it for its graphics power, why not get a cpu and a gpu?

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I think you are missing what I was trying to say....ITX format= only 1 PCI-E slot. So he could only USE one graphics card anyways lol. I agree the CPU is a bit weird but meh. His choice. Plus its perfectly fine for what he is trying to go for.

AidinLMcLaurin 3 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

APU's are CPU's with GPU's built into them. So you only need 1 PCIE Slot to crossfire with an APU. Dual Graphics is the term associated with Cross-firing an APU. To be honest the builder would have been better off with a proper CPU but the APU could easily meet all of his gaming needs.

dublinheights 1 point 25 months ago

Nice build. A few questions, how is your gaming performance with this cpu coupled with the gpu you picked? Is there any bottleneck? Are your frames good in some new games? Thank you!

petrakeas 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Nice build. Usually, in such a small factor case, GPUs with open air cooler like yours don't work well because they are close to the PSU at the bottom and also spread the heat to the case, which has limited airflow compared to a bigger case. Back-blower coolers are usually preferred.

Did you notice any overheating problem with your set-up under load for long duration?

antoine211994 1 point 4 months ago

Is your from intake and the rest exhaust?

RiggerGuy 0 points 9 months ago

You can get a better deal with 1050 ti.