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UPDATE 3: 20JUN15, Switched out the ASUS with the Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X and it definitely runs quieter and cooler but it is a VERY tight fit. Ill need to bend the left side mesh panel out a bit to keep the turbulence of the fans down but it is worth it. Picked up an NZXT fan controller for my 3 cougars that I will put in soon. Problem is the disk drive is going to have to go. Might pick up a slim usb one for those times when I need it.

UPDATE 2: 15JUN14, Just bought an ASUS R9 290 DCU2 and it is running too hot for use on some games. I got it for $400 on amazon and knew it would run a bit hot because of heatsink design for AMD. but anything over 85 especially stock clocks is terrible and unacceptable for gaming. Ive seen other people with this case run alot better temps with some different comparable cards from other companies. Thinking I might have to return this awesome card because the damn thing can't stay cool.

UPDATE 1: The 4 wire CPU cooling fan that came with the cooler does NOT reach the CPU fan connector on the MOBO. Instead it is hooked into the chassis fan connector. It is still able to be adjusted using the Asrock utility so not a huge issue.

I have a mid-tower somewhat dated gaming PC and decided to go with a new build. The SFF really peaked my interest the last few months, and with some nice cases out there I decided to give it a shot. I am very happy with build quality regarding the Elite 130 and just last night I hooked everything up together. Eventually I will purchase a enthusiast GPU and a SSD and use for gaming but for now I just wanted to get it setup for my overkill HTPC build :)

What worked well: 1. First to note, no faulty parts, everything booted up fine except for the fact I forgot to plug in the coolant pump :/ 2. The little PC looks great and is relatively quiet. I may mess around with some push-pull ideas but for now the stock fan and rad are keeping my cpu at 35c on idle. 3. The system even with an HDD boots quite fast. Ill update with some testing in a bit.

Issues: Other than deciding the preferential location for the HDD, there were two issues 1. The cables for the PSU are VERY long but it is to be expected with a normal ATX PSU. 2. The PSU really pushed down on the rubber hoses for the CPU cooler. Since performance and price are very similar between Corsair and CM Seidon, I would recommend considering Seidon for this application because the hoses are much more flexible. I may also return the DVD drive and replace with a small external to velcro on top to acquire additional cable real estate.

So basically the only issues so far are cable management which doesnt really matter to me in a windowless case(as long as airflow is not impeded)

Like I said I will update with some more load testing and some pictures but no overclocking for a while.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

The Dog look so CUTE

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it does, which breed is this mate? And what GPU are you going to use? I am worried about the CPU cooler and PSU size, Which will be the best combo to avoid tube bending and bad cable management?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Such computer. Much power. Doge.

Dem cables though.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

/Report hahaha. He is a very enjoyable PITA!

I thought of getting a new PSU but the options arent financially worth it to me. What I might do is dump the internal dvd drive and cram as many cables in there as I can. Otherwise temp wise it is great. I still dont have a video card.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure how much you were willing to pay for the power supply but I got the Seasonic G Series SSR-550RM (~$80) for my build. It's semi modular so I was able to take out most of the cables from it and cut down the amount of cables in the case.

Also, adorable dog :D.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you run into any problems with your MOBO?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Other than chasing my dog and tripping over the HDMI cable plugged in, causing it to be loose now....No it works great but I sorta like the Asus utility looks better. Same features though.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd love to do a micro build like that but I'm sure I'd mess something up. I'm debating between an ASRock or Asus mobo right now... I guess its whichever Microcenter deal is better.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the ASrock, but in retrospect I would have gotten the Asus Maximus VI Impact.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, not sure if the 290 is built the same as the 270x, but this review said that the cooler vents into the case and not out the vent on the back. Not sure if this is why you were getting heat problems.

http://lanoc.org/review/video-cards/6724-asus-r9-270x-directcu-ii-top?showall=&start=2

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I would use a different vendor for R9 290s since Asus lazily just used the same heat sink for the 780s when the Hawaii GPU is smaller than the GK110. Still 290s run a few degrees warmer and are louder than 780s.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

the 290 and 290x can run at 95c. running at 85 is normal

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry for delayed response. The breed is Shiba Inu. Fun dogs! I ended up selling this setup for a great price and buying an H440 case full size z97 mobo and bumped up to 4790k for like $180 more dollars.

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