Description

Built my first rig a year ago, finally getting around to writing a tad about it.

Build thoughts:

Should not have gone with a triple slot card - fits with too little room to spare in the bottom PCIe slot when using this case.

Highly recommend connecting all necessary fan headers before installing the CPU cooler if using one similar in size to the D14. It was a pain connecting the fan header under the cooler afterwards.

D14 overhangs two of the RAM slots, so installing two more sticks while keeping the cooler on was a very tight squeeze (the remaining two empty slots were the ones under the cooler).

Benchmarks:

Unigine valley bench in pictures was complete 8/31/14 using 14.4 (I think) drivers.

Firestrike score of 9877 on 10/21/14 (http://www.3dmark.com/fs/3031931)

Other thoughts:

The D14 sags a bit on its own, but the side fans prop it up!

Asus mobo Bios/software is fantastic.

Excellent for small rooms in cool climates.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

jesus for some odd reason the micro atx mobos seem smaller in todays computers lol

1+ for awesome layout and if ur busy at all could ya lay me down some waffles :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The small case makes the cooler looks ridiculously massive.

+1 just for that.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for all the kind words.

Don't have the Spaceheater with me over the summer , and I don't have load temps on hand.

From what I recall, CPU temps when under moderate loads such as gaming were very good. Can't remember stress test specifics but IBT probably hit the high 80Cs.

As for the GPU, averages in the 80Cs for games (such as Battlefield 4 and Metro LL). If I forget to disable 0RPM case fan "silent mode", it'll inevitably hit 95C and start throttling. The three side fans blowing directly onto the card have proven invaluable. Ideally, the card would be in the top PCIe slot, but the D14 prevents that so for better temps either the card goes or the cooler goes.

TLDR; Rig not on hand. Can't remember stress temps. For heavy gaming CPU does well. GPU gets really hot, but stops short of throttling. Small-rig-problems.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice SFF build. I'm moving my small but TUF from a fractal arc mini to a rosewill legacy U3 so let's see how that cramming goes. +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

Its so cute and i hear toasters make for great heating units

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

I love the first pic of the leaning tower of stuff which makes an expensive pile when it falls

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

got to love this case... probably the smallest micro atx case and you can pack all that hardware....... nice build!!

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