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The "Who says it can't be small and powerful?" PC build

by Bricewalkuh82

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134 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 1, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 10, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

Description

So going into this I figured 2 things. A blower style card and water cooled CPU would do best for this. I wanted to rule out using ACX 2.0 style fans (or equivalent) so I tried a R9 390 Windforce. That raised my CPU temps by 30 degress. I opted for a blower style 970. My temps (under full load) are 80 on the GPU and 50 on the CPU. I'm satisfied with that and considering all the wire stuffed in there, quite fankly I'm impressed.

EDIT 1: Thank you so much for all the advice, compliments, and +1's. I'm super stoked on the fact that my build is a featured build!!!

EDIT 2: I'm not sure if this is allowed but for those of you who wanted to know the difficulty and process i went through, this is a time lapse I did when building it. https://youtu.be/wt_nz-eEN5E

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Gooberdad 7 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

Wow that thing is crammed full. The airflow must be a pain for that little case, but 50 doesn't sound bad at all especially considering there are no spots to put any more fans. Great decision going for that style gpu so it doesn't put any of the hot air into the case. I understood the water cooling as soon as I saw your pictures. No space for air cooling to get air in and out of that case. I wonder if reversing the water cooler fan would lower your temp. +1 for the build.

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Yeah, I would seriously consider a modular power supply next time since those wires make airflow restricted to about 20% of the radiator. The stock cooler actually fit but under full load hit 80 degrees so i added water cooling. Thanks for the up!

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Hey no problem. I like the small powehouses like yours.

shadowbyte918 4 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

wow, I love the paintjob on that case. In black, it's pretty boring, but in white, the case looks really good. Nice build

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yea, the white can be seen through the front mesh which gets irritating if looking from the wrong angle

Yutang 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Good job on the painting! What did you use?

Also, I feel like you could benefit from a (semi)modular psu to clear up some of the unnecessary cables. (I'm looking at you molex o_o)

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Yutang 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

facepalm.

First time I've seen it.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

i thought they were already added on PCPP... Silverstone also has a pink one but i don't think its available yet.

Yutang 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

O_o
OOoooh a pink one hey??

SquareOreo 1 point 18 months ago

Luckily you got a reference cooler that blows out air through the back...

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yea, blower style is the way to go for this case.

Apollo5C 1 point 18 months ago

Crammed full of power! Surprised you get those temps with that many things blocking airflow. +1 for the ITX, we don't see enough of them anymore!

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks, I wanted to try something a little smaller than ATX lol

ÐËÄÐPÖÖL 1 point 18 months ago

That thing looks like a clown car at the circus.....CRAMMPED! Pretty nice build though and grats on featured build! +1

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Haha It sure does, Thanks!!

cakuma 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

aww darn beat me to upload my itx build. Nice build nonetheless, and a good choice on the blower style video card, as my ACX2.0 continues to dump heat everywhere in my case.

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yea, I was skeptical when buying a graphics card because i figured that would happen.

mlw05 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I'll be honest, when I looked at the first picture, I thought it was a microwave xD

Nice to see someone being a bit more ambitious and doing something different though. +1

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Haha, alot of my friends say that! Thanks!

SomeJoker 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

You certainly crammed it in, man. Great job, and congrats on featured build!

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Thanks man!

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS ON FEATURED! This looks awesome! A bit cramped in there. I would have gone for a modular PSU though. + all the 1's

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I agree, maybe next upgrade will be a modular PSU

keensight21 1 point 18 months ago

Small and powerful? Me gusta ;)

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Me gusta too

SXTC 1 point 18 months ago

I don't want to be the one to dust that case :S

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

It is in a pretty dust free environment but yes, It will be a ***** to dust haha.

Zenos 1 point 18 months ago

Ooh, a lot o' mustard in there pal! But the size makes up for that :O Also be careful with dust, especially with this machine because of all the wires exposed, further making airflow difficult in the cramped space. Just a tip!

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Thanks for the tip!

fuadhossain09 1 point 18 months ago

lol thought it was microwave in the begging. XD but great build!

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Haha thanks!

mrfaosfx 1 point 18 months ago

sexy lil build.

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

damn right it is

TexasTrev 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Love itx builds. The free SSD is a little deceiving concerning price. Storage in general is a little questionable given the 5400 bulk drive and 128 SSD, but great CPU/GPU!

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yea both the SSD and HDD were hand-me-down stroage from a friend. Thanks, I wanted the 4690k but a 4590 will have to do.

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you all for your advice, helpful comments, and +1's. It is greatly appreciated!!

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I'm pretty sure this is the smallest ITX case that can fit a full size GPU.

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

There is one that is .5 liters bigger but its the shape of a gaming console, so its really a matter of shape rather than size

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

It can fit a full size GPU?

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I believe 10.5in

simstarz 1 point 18 months ago

that case is horrible still a nice build :P

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

It's really just a frame, not much else but thanks!!

Chroma 1 point 18 months ago

I really like this build, mostly because it has the components that I want for my own personal build, and its in a small (someone said microwave-looking) case, which I think is really unique. If you go to the full price breakdown, it says that there are compatibility issues... but I figured I would ask the guy that built it. Are there really any issues? And if so, how can they be fixed because I really like this build and I'm considering copying your sort of style for my first build! Thanks, Chroma

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

So, PCPP cannot determine if the card will fit, the answer is that it will fit. I believe this holds 10.5In cards. The next one is that the motherboard does not have USB 3.0 headers. So the solution is a cheap $5 USB 3.0 to 2.0 adapter. The next is PCPP did not know what size fans fit the front, the H60 is confirmed as fitting. Lastly the motherboard did not need a bios update, seemed to work fine. Hope this helped!

mrfaosfx 1 point 18 months ago

Perhaps in the future, recognized builders can submit data to the website to append information based on builds and improve the overall experience for others building.

Leroy_noel 1 point 18 months ago

Damn, thats a tight fit man

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yes, it definitely is

KaiserSenpai 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Does it get hot?

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Not too hot, the GPU lows quite a bit of the hot air out of the back so the case pretty much stays cool

KaiserSenpai 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Oh ok, it looks nice tho!

SXTC 1 point 18 months ago

If its a tight fit like Leroy_noel said, it will most definately get hot XD

Pasteurized 1 point 18 months ago

wow that is simply awesome, and it works! also note I need a 970 for $285 lol no rebate shenanigans either.

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
henrychan 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Why are there 2 sticks of RAM in the picture but only 1 in the part list?

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Ah, seems I made a mistake. It is still the same brand ram just 2x4gb instead of what PCPP says 1x8gb. My bad.

AeliosZero 1 point 18 months ago

Haha I built something similar to this with an i5 6600K, 16GB Ram and A GTX 970 (Blower style). The temps were 40 degrees Celcius for the CPU under load and 50 degrees Celcius for the GPU. Runs great!

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Niceeee, Congrats on the build!

elvenson 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

well done, and on a killer budget. Surprised you managed to pack it all in with a non modular psu of all things. Tight spaces in there

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah thanks, it was quite a pain with non modular

danny6787 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Sweet I was thinking about getting this same case for an HTPC build. Good thinking on the blower style card, you don't have much room for air to move.

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yea, surprisingly the temps turned out decent enough for me to be satisfied

BillyBroken 1 point 18 months ago

Wasn't even finished planning my first ATX build when I stumbled upon this case and fell in love with it. I hope to build my next system with it, so I'm glad to see one up on the featured build.

All I've read about it says it's kinda difficult to build into so I'm looking to it as a challenge, would you say it was a fun build overall or more frustrating than anything else?

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

It was super fun, I actually did it in my dorm room in college and thanks to its small form factor i needed very little space to work with. If you know what you're doing it it pretty easy. I made a time lapse if you would like to watch (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt4s6peqsZc) I don't have the GPU installation in the video because it hadn't arrived yet but you get the idea

GoalsHQ 1 point 18 months ago

This title sounds like my ****, oh wait......

yuri_psycho@pc_enthusiast 1 point 18 months ago

guys i'm new to computer build so is this good enough? any critic? i'm looking for $2000 build or under but it exceed a little which is fine for me http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8px3rH

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

The Power supply is wayyy overkill but other than that it looks good! I Look forward to seeing it done!

yuri_psycho@pc_enthusiast 1 point 18 months ago

oh?? then i might change to corsair rm 650w then well glad to hear that thanks!

joeisalsocool 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Nice build! Yours is almost the same as mine. I think out of the whole build, the H60 was the hardest part to install. Way too many mounting options! Looks great! Enjoy!

Gshocked 1 point 14 months ago

Did you have any problems with the power supply? The silverstone website says 140mm (5.5") is the max or 150mm without drive bay and with 9.3" gpu. Your PSU is 5.9"

malfeasance 1 point 12 months ago

please upload the timelapse video

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Just updated the link, sorry about that!

malfeasance 1 point 12 months ago

I built mine slightly differently, but it works like a charm! thanks for the build! I just have one question, when you first applied the thermal paste to the CPU, did it run a little hotter? I'm currently at around 32-35 idle and 58-66 on load on a 4690k

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Those temps are pretty similar to what I get

Bor3alis 0 points 18 months ago

Did you water cool the cpu just cause of the limited space for anything smaller, or do you plan on getting an overclockable cpu in the future? Great build by the way

Aarodynamics 1 Build 0 points 18 months ago

He watercooled it because with the stock cooler temps were hitting around 80 degrees under load.

The stock cooler actually fit but under full load hit 80 degrees so i added water cooling

piemancoder 0 points 18 months ago

Congratulations on the featured build! :)

That is a beautiful computer, and I love that it's ITX! Worth a plus 9001.

Faizan 1 point 18 months ago

How do you write in a bigger font?

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Faizan 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks man!

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m0_2 1 point 18 months ago

tnx guys

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks!

KaziproductionsHD 1 Build 0 points 18 months ago

Good you went with a 970 and modular PSUs are the best :)

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Agreed

turkey3 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Uh, that's not a modular PSU.

KaziproductionsHD 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I know, I was telling him that modular PSUs are the best, hence next time he should go with MODULAR

mjc4wilton 0 points 18 months ago

I would of opted for a modular PSU if possable, bit easier on cable management which may need some improvement with this case

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I agree, I was on a bit of a budget hence the lack of a 980ti, but yes a modular power supply would do me some good here.

turkey3 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah, the EVGA 500W unit I wouldn't recommend for powering anything higher than a 750Ti. Modularity doesn't matter much, the PSU is sort of low-end for powering expensive components. My opinion of course :) but based on truths.

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M3RICA_ 7 points 18 months ago

Bah. That's what people with little computers say to rescue their self-esteem.

+1, I have nothing against little computers.

carston05100 0 points 18 months ago

I have used the large computers for a long time even I know that the smaller computers can still be powerful

toaster98 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

whaaat he is back !

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

did you create your Facebook fan page for all the pcpartpicker admirers and followers..

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kingawesome7 1 point 18 months ago

What is that supposed to mean???

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XxD34THxX 3 points 18 months ago

I'm still waiting for an app

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Very tru, Thanks for the up!

kingawesome7 1 point 18 months ago

"Who says it can't be small and powerful?" THATS WHAT SHE SAID!!!!!!!

I also have one question....HOW/WHERE IN THE HELL DID YOU GET A GTX 970 FOR THAT PRICE!!!!!?????????

And by the way...Nice Build!!!!

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I got it on Reddit on /r/hardwareswap

kingawesome7 1 point 18 months ago

Do you happen to know if the warranty transfered to you or not??? If so i think that i might be able to get a 980 for 400 bucks...

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Guy selling one here for cheap, ask him.

Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

It didn't not a big deal though.

vekspec 5 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

or you can get one off Amazon with some 'free' gift cards from Paypal MasterCard and get one like mine for $189! :D

kingawesome7 1 point 18 months ago

Wait...how???? Im lost...LOL

vekspec 5 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

sign up for a Paypal MC and get Points back. they give ridiculous amt of points back and their E-Gift cards for Amazon are like the lost costing ones I've seen across my credit cards. so for about 8000 pts, I got enough gift cards to get 970s for 50% off!!! LOL!!

shhhh don't tell them lol

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Bricewalkuh82 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I tried the gigabyte windforce 390, raised my cpu temps wayyyy to high to be practical.