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Edit: This machine has performed fantastic. Temps. have been a slight concern, but nothing alarming. I should have went with Windows 8 as I use that OS on another machine now and really enjoy 8.1.

I haven't had a chance to pull down temps. and add'l performance info. because I don't have a great keyboard/mouse combo for getting things done on this rig yet. I'm posting this from a Macbook, in fact.

I first want to start by thanking the community here for sharing their builds as the completed builds for this case are what helped me finalize my build.

I elected to build a rig over getting one of the new consoles due to more versatility and power. I will be using this as a media hub for pulling off a NAS via XBMC, running emulators (hopefully through the aforementioned XBMC) and play the latest games at, hopefully, higher specs than I would've had I went that direction.

The biggest criterion for case selection was a 12" max height. This slowly led me from a desired mATX case to this mITX. This was my first build since some old junkers in HS (graduated '04, ugh), but it went extremely smoothly and I'm very pleased with the outcome - for the most part.

You'll notice I have over-clocking compatible components, but no over-clock. This is something I'd like to do in the future, but feel I'll get pretty beastly performance for now without OCing, and it allowed me to use the stock cooling across the board.

After removing the side hard-drive mount I eliminated the ability to liquid cool and have two drives plus the optical. I also took out the side fan because the daughter boards on this MoBo. I have the mechanical drive mounted on the bottom and the SSD under the optical tray.

I made the tough call to have the PSU exhaust the case. This is based on some reviews of the case from Amazon. Cooling seems pretty good, but I've yet to stress test the unit and have exactly zero games loaded right now. Believe it or not, there was method to the madness of the cables and the front fan has a straight shot to the drives then MoBo CPU.

My two biggest gripes:

The IO shield with this MoBo is padded and too thick. It will bulge.

Cable management. Not a fault with the case due to all the zip tie points, but I have a modular PSU and had to use ALL of the cables. This was two too many from my perspective. The mechanical drive and SSD were about an inch too far apart to be able to hit the optical, SSD and mechanical with one rail. While my MoBo supports chassis fans the front fan needed it's own chord from the PSU effectively crowding the case further.

Justifying buying this over the console ended up being silly based on the cost, but I have a long list of applications and games for which I'll get my use out of it. Hopefully with future aftermarket cooling and OC dreams it can stay competitive for some time.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and recommendations to help future builders as it did me.

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  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

770 4Gb could get you into some 4k gaming when TVs get cheaper. I really like the build good job.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback. I do intend on using the 4GB of VRAM even though I'm not doing so currently.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

why do you have an xbox right above it... you'll never use that thing again with the monster you just built!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

GTA V - That's about it

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I think there's a PC release rumored isn't there?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

At that point I'll show my XBOX the door. The resale value is crap, so I might as well keep it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Just saw your build, good job! For me too PCPP was a huge help, in fact I've been using it 7-8 times a day for a few weeks. Funny that, after a couple of months of researching, I just ordered all the parts for a very similar build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Kciu. Based on your build, any advice for me? I'm getting all the parts on Monday. I did go overboard with some of this stuff: I know I didn't need 2400 MHz RAM (or 16GB) (but somehow because of a NewEgg deal is was cheaper then the 1600..) MOBO is probably overkill too, but fell in love with it from all the reviews. I do have the H60 liquid cooling, I'm hoping it will fit in there since I also have a fairly large PSU and a ODD. I'm not sorry for overspending on this though, I can afford it and my wife will only let me have fun like this once every couple of years so I make the most of it :D.

EDIT: Just realized you have a ODD in there too, and that our PSUs are of the same size, only mine is a 750W. Well then, your build just confirmed that mine should be just fine as long as the H60 doesn't interfere with the rest of the stuff...

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

That'll be a sick build. You may not "need" the faster RAM, but it's sure a bonus! I leave so many programs open I could use the additional memory. Plus faster? Touché. I'd say just be prepared for the WiFi/Bluetooth combo not to feel secure when attached to the Mobo. If you're OCD IT'll drive you crazy, but that's the way it's designed.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting point. I might take it out completely, my build will sit right next to the router and I plan to wire it anyway.

Do you use this with the TV in the screen shot? What size is the TV and how far do you sit from it? I just got a 65'', but my living room is pretty large, I'm about 14 feet away from it and I always feel I want to go closer to actually be able to see anything (my laptop is plugged into it right now).

I'm also not sure how to make the best use of the sound card, do I plug it into the tv separately from the hdmi cable, or into the sounds system..

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

55". I sit about 10' away. Use the "large" setting in the OS' appearance. Not too bad. I try to launch everything from XBMC anyway.

I run the sound through HDMI, so I can't comment on the card, but the WIFI is better than my laptop's. Doesn't help you, it sounds.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

love that case, and good job putting it together..+1

  • 74 months ago
  • -3 points

Interesting build. Why did you get the Maximus VI Impact? Also, why the PNY 770? You could get a cheaper one and get better performance. I don't think the extra 2 GBs of VRAM make a difference.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I bought all components from Microcenter to get the CPU/Mobo combo. I initially went in wanting a cheaper Gigabit mobo, but they only had two mITX boards that could OC, and I have future plans to go that route. Plus the $$ ended up matching up pretty well due to the combo discount along with the always cheaper CPU. It's a pretty sick board, but, yea, it's capable beyond my uses at this point in time.

I really wanted to go with the 4GB on the GPU after research. I eventually want a higher definition setup. This option may cost more than it's worth, honestly. I opted for the PNY due to a solid rebate, but I've seen this for cheaper online since.

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