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This http://pcpartpicker.com/user/cdchasdaniel/saved/3nrD is my old 2009 build, which was my first with things added along the way. I've been using this old computer to do Web and Java development, 3D rendering, Lord of the Rings Online, and general everyday uses. It has served me well but with the latest expansion of LOTRO I was getting very bad lag and consistently low FPS. Plus using this old thing was like sitting on the last row of a 747; LOUD! I was tired of the huge heavy case and I wanted a smaller one to move from my desk to the family room so I can stream WatchESPN on the big plasma TV. And it had to be quiet!

At first I only wanted to spend $500 so as you can see I've gone way over my budget. Fortunately, I got a bonus at work and despite the fact that half of it was taken out for taxes I still had enough left to build this baby. I had actually picked this list a week before Phillip did the video of the mini ITX build on March 3. That really gave me the confidence to go with this arrangement.

The compatibility messages for PCPartPicker said that it can't confirm that there would be enough space for the H55 fan and radiator. But I confirmed that it was be the same depth and the H100i that he used. It was a very tight fit but it does fit.

I did struggle with cable management only because my hands just don't fit in there too well to be able to zip tie things together. I also didn't work in a area that had enough light. I found myself using the flashlight from my iPhone just to plug things in. I also had trouble with one corner post of the backing place of the H55 not staying through when I mounted the motherboard. I was able to connect the cooler but the post was not coming through the hole while I tightened. Finally it popped through, which scared the crap out of me! But all was well and it seems to work great.

I used the GPU from the old computer, bought it last year and I can't say enough how awesome the Samsung EVO is. Windows 7 boots up in maybe 15-20 seconds.

Of course I bought this CPU, cooler, and PSU with the thought that I will probably overclock. But not for a while. It's screaming fast already.

But what I love the most. The peace and quiet. :-)

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you run into any problems with your MOBO?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Not one bit. Although, I'm not pushing hard with OC'ing or anything like that. It's totally fast enough for what I do. The wireless works great, although it only works on Windows and not Linux so that's kind of a negative if you use Linux and need the wifi capability. Speaking of Windows, everything is snappy and fast, all the hardware components are operating smoothly with no crashes.

I guess if I were to complain about one thing. I'd say that having only one header for a chassis fan is unfortunate. The H55 fan and the front fan both need a place to plug in and I had to choose which one would be better to plug into the board. The other had to be powered by the PSU using a connector that I just happened to have but it did not come with the case or PSU.

I'm now going on 5 years of using ASRock mobos (this one and the previous one) and I must say I'm very happy with them.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

If the Asus Maximus VI Impact was the same price as the ASrock which would you have purchased? ASrock still? Idk, I have your ASrock motherboard and any GPU heavy game lags for me and Im running a GTX770. Yes the power cords plugged in to card and MOBO and all recent drivers downloaded. Aside from my PSU which came with the silverstone SG08, 600W broze, I know all my other hardware is fine. Thanks for you reply.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have gotten the ASUS without a doubt. But ASRock is great if you have less demands and want to save a few dollars.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome. I'm doing a similar build soon too. Thanks for the cooler information as well!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. One thing I noticed the night before last, however, is that the GPU is getting hot. I set all the graphics settings to ultra on Lord of the Rings and was experiencing high frames/sec. After a couple hours I decided to check the temps and the CPU looked great. However, the GPU was around 145F. I started playing with the fan profile on the Precision X EGVA software and got it to cool down some but it worried me. However, I understand now that GPUs can handle pretty high temps and I've read that I should worry if it starts getting into the 180-190F range.

Still, I added a new fan in the back and am considering getting a bigger better fan for the front.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

An additional note on that. I needed a special PATA 3 pin connector for fans to plug in the additional fans since the MB only has one spot for a chasis fan.

I plugged the H55 into that spot but I'm wondering if I should have plugged the front bigger fan in there. I may have to play around with it.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

what game is this ?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Lord of the Rings Online

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the evga650 fit? not sure weather to get this or the corsair450. the corsair is more expensive so i'll probs get the evga.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

It fits just fine. No problems at all. I'm not sure about the corsair but the evga650 has a 10 year warranty. That was pretty big for me.