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The Mini Fridge

by skemble

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38 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 20, 2014

Date Built

July 17, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

Description

Hello again! It’s been a few months, but I’m back. This time around I have a “not supposed to game on it” build. The intent of the system is for inventory management, light photo editing, general multimedia usage, and of course multitasking. I built this for a good friend that I lived with for a while in college. He’s trying his best to move away from the late nights of HoN and into a work only setting. His biggest concerns were that the computer was fast, quiet, and small. Coming from an Athlon x2 6400+ and a 9800 GTX, this is a nice step up.

Goals for this build:

  • Fast, quiet, and small.
  • Under $1000
  • Leave some room for a future video card.
  • Maybe, possibly play some HoN (shhhh…)

PARTS:

  • CPU:

The i5-4690 is pretty damn solid. I picked this CPU mostly because I had a ton of extra room in the budget and also because my friend likes to multitask. It will allow him to handle all the things he needs to get done for work as well as play some games and, in the future, throw in a decent GPU to feed the demons.

  • COOLER:

Since he was concerned with sound, I threw in this little cooler. I wanted something small that I wouldn't have to worry about compatibility. While the cooling ability is a little left to be desired, the fan makes no sound. I was actually blown away by how quiet it was. Temps were perfectly normal, though Prime 95 was a little higher than expected. It’s probably due to the ambient temp being a little higher than normal, summer time, and my inexperience with mITX airflow.

  • MOTHERBOARD:

I have to give Asus a high five with the new coloring. The 87 boards were pretty ugly, in my opinion. The H97I is a rock solid little board. The port layout was perfect! All of the front panel, SATA, USB3, and 24 pin connectors, were on the side next to the PSU, making cable management very simple. Word of advice, connect the front panel cables before putting in the PSU. The new BIOS is pretty nice and of course Asus Suite is legendary.

  • MEMORY:

I needed something low profile for the cooler to fit and I've used ADATA a few times before. I felt safe going with some standard 1600, CAS 9, 1.5v memory here. Nothing too flashy, just simple and effective.

  • STORAGE:

Had do have a SSD on this one and Samsung makes some of the best. This thing is lightning fast. Reboots in roughly 5-7 seconds and snaps around. The new user was having difficulty keeping up with it. For storage I went with the usual 1TB WD Blue.

  • CASE:

I’ve always been impressed with Fractal Design’s cases. This is no exception. Other than the fact that it looks like a mini fridge, I really enjoyed working in it. All of the cables are nice length, there are plenty tie down points, and the fans are super quiet on the medium and low fan settings. I worked the cables so that there is plenty of room for a future GPU.

  • PSU:

This PSU was pulled from his old system. The case itself was a dust bucket, but the PSU was in very good shape. I tested it with my multimeter and everything checked out just fine. I was very happy that it was semi-modular as case space was not at a premium. The cables all tied down nicely and I was able to route things the way I had envisioned. Newegg link for full info


CONCLUSION:

This one turned out the way I wanted. It’s quite fast, the quietest build I've done to date, and nearly the smallest. I stayed well under the suggested budget and blew the new users mind with how it performed for the money. I was happy to be able to reuse the PSU and I may just have to pop the 9800GTX into something to see how it runs. I’m always excited to build and play around with computer stuff no matter how old.

I built this late at night and I have very poor lighting in my office. That is my excuse for the later pictures looking a little dreadful.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Post them below, in a PM, or on my Facebook page. I’m never far away from a computer and always respond!


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Twitch I plan to build all of my future builds live on Twitch. I also like to do giveaways for Steam games, so follow me to keep up with all the action!

High Res Pictures


Hope you enjoy!

Comments Sorted by:

ShadeeS 3 Builds 5 points 56 months ago

Hey, just seen your facebook page about posting this, really nice work you done!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

Thank you! I really appreciate the feedback and following me on Facebook! :)

ShadeeS 3 Builds 4 points 56 months ago

No problem dude!

babachicken 5 points 56 months ago

if its by skemble, i have to upvote it

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

:)

alextargaryen 3 Builds 4 points 56 months ago

you've done it again! :) Excellent build!!! Really like the HX-520!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Thanks man! :) It's an oldy goldy!

LeMonarque 3 Builds 4 points 56 months ago

Is he not keeping the 9800 GTX? Not for HON of course... A lot of HON?

I've said this before but I'll say it again: never a dull skemble build! Great build and great pictures. :D

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

He let me have it. He didn't really have any use for it and the dedicated graphics will handle HoN no problem. Thanks for the positive feedback sir!

Gearzyy 1 Build 3 points 56 months ago

How could I not +1 a Skemble build? Well done as always!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Oh geeezeee :)

QuantumEssence 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

Beautiful.

There are no other words needed.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

blushes

malcar11 4 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

So beautiful!!! Congrats! love the case, the parts selection. Good job!

Caroline

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Thank you kindly! :)

Zethyr8 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

Great description, lovely pictures, awesome design, and extra credit for practically cutting the budget in half. I give you all the +1's I have. I'd love to see more pictures of the inside of the case to see how much room is left for a GPU.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Thanks! I was in a hurry during the build and the lighting was awful so I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked. However the 9800 GTX is 260mm long and there was at least an extra inch, inch and a half of extra room. Since the PSU is only 140mm it didn't block anything.

SpicyPickle 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

Excellent as always!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Thanks! :)

SpicyPickle 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Hey, I know this isn't the right place to do this, but you always come up with great part lists. Example above :) Could you make me a part list around 600-700 dollars for a rendering machine. I'm gonna run Linux so no need for an OS and I need an Nvidia GPU for Blender to work with GPU rendering. Also, I would like a small form factor build.

If you don't have the time to make a list, no problem. I understand.

Keep the builds coming!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

I'm playing Mafia 2 all night, but shoot me a PM and I'd be happy to help you out with a list!

canders 7 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

Always enjoy your builds. Thanks for posting.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Always enjoy your nice comments! Thanks for checking out my work.

joelboning 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

I was waiting for this build. Nice job Skemble! Makes me salivate over that form factor

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Thanks man! Haha I really like mITX too. It's just so tiny and powerful!

Norm101 3 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

As always, another fantastic build, Sam!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Thank you kind sir!

MicahDubs 2 points 55 months ago

You never stop amazing me...

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Haha thanks! Don't forget to check out all of my builds if you like that one. I do a build about once a month or so so keep your eye out for future builds!

Hman1250 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Nice camera shots, which camera are you using? Oh my bad, yeah pretty nice build, what is your GPU?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

I'm using a Canon T2i and this doesn't have a GPU.

hjj174 1 point 56 months ago

Boy, RAM is getting mighty expensive. When I purchased mine in February, there were many under $70, now not so much.

JMaxchill 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Very nice! How's that cooler working for you - I'm considering getting it for my build - Athlon 760K hitting 69C in the BIOS :S

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

It's not the best at cooling but extremely quiet. Mounting mechanism is a little weird but overall it's great for sff.

yolomir 1 point 51 months ago

Hey, very nice build. Have you experienced any problems with the PSU? Just asking because I'm planning to use this CPU, but I have an oldy PSU: XFX Pro 450W, but it's not "haswell ready" (just like the HX520 in your build). Did you disable the C6/C7 power states to make it work, or even though it's not officialy haswell ready it works fine anyways? Thanks, and sorry for my bad english! :)

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Thank you! No problems stated from the user of this build. I also didn't do any sort of modifications to it. Just plugged it in and let it rock. I'm sure the XFX will work just fine!

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skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

You could put any GPU that would fit into this case, but I would probably go with one of the new GTX 960s, that are rumored to release this month. If you need something ASAP, then go with a 280/280X.

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skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

A Corsair H50 or H55 might fit in that case, you may even fit a H80i. No worries on the questions, I'm happy to help.