Description

Why I built it

Built for gaming and to shun the non-backwards compatibility of the latest consoles. ;)

I based this build on pcpartpicker's i5 / 250D combo, but changed a few parts:

  • I wanted more RAM. This was both for futureproofing (two slots on mobo means less room for future expansion) and to eliminate the need for a pagefile.
  • I opted for a larger power supply. The EVGA GTX 780 Ti specified at least a 600w PSU on the side of the box, so I went for a Corsair CX750.
  • I swapped out the SSD and went for the Kingston unit over the Samsung. This was because the Kingston offered faster read/write speeds for pretty much the same price.

Issues

  • It was definitely a tight fit for the H100i. In the end, the lower of the two cooler pipes presses on the back of the USB2 / PS/2 port block and is pushing the block toward the back of the case. I'm concerned that the connections for this block may eventually break due to the constant pressure. I'm not planning to use those ports, so hopefully this won't be too much of an issue for me.

*With hindsight, I wish I'd spent the bit extra on a modular unit because in a case this small, all those unused cables really do get in the way (they're stashed away on the floor of the case, hooked under the front fan casing as much as possible).

*The power cables from the GTX 780 Ti make it impossible to fit the optical drive bracket. The connectors alone sit too far proud of the card, so the flush fitting required by the bracket make it impossible to install it. I'm solving this problem by spending £20 on a USB DVD writer.

*The CX750 does not come with an 8 pin PCI-E connector, so I had to use a 2x 6 pin to 1x 8 pin converter which came with the card. This does add an unwelcome additional length of cable into an already cable crowded case, however.

Overall

Generally, I'm very happy with the build. It boots from cold to password screen in around 10 seconds which is awesome. For all of the spaghetti cabling inside the case, the top cover does a great job of concealing it when attached, as the window sits directly over the motherboard, making it difficult to see inside any other areas of the case.

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Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice build good luck on any future additions and I would suggest replace the power with a modular one if not you found try cutting the cables and covering the end with electrical tape just an idea :) also very impressive boot time

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The future additions point was why I maxed out pretty much all the options from the start. ;) The PSU cables are tucked away now, so aren't really an issue anymore. They were more so as I was building it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

You people need to stop making me so jealous! I really wanna do a mini-itx now, hahaha. Nice build, pretty powerful.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Ran standard 3DMark (not 11) on it last night, scored 9123 in total running all tests, putting it better than 89% of all results. :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

*very powerful

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it wrong that I was slightly disappointed it wasn't 90%? ;)

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Not at all, I got 57% haha

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

You got a really good deal there for the cpu :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Prices are not including 20% VAT, 'cos ebuyer only showed me ex-VAT prices in my history. :(

So, according to Windows calculator, it was really £173.16.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

"Built for gaming and to shun the non-backwards compatibility of the latest consoles. ;)"

This alone gets you a +1! I did the same! ;)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you run into any problems with your MOBO?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey dude, sorry for the slacking reply.

Nothing major. Wi-Fi antenna has come a bit loose (I think I could re-tighten it if I had the right tool / could be bothered), but other than that it's all good. :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think you could take one more photo that shows the whole completed build? I'm going to make a pc that is extremely similar so it would be great to have a reference to what it would look like.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, can do. Anything in particular you're looking for? Overall shot of the innards?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Basically just a top view that shows off all the parts. Maybe one looking down through the window too. Thank you so much.