Description

Built this for a friend of mine: Cheap, small, fast. I was concerned about room, everything fit together pretty easily, although not much space for cable management, and the antennas that came on the H97 board were unable to be tightened down so that they supported their weight, the back panel was typical thin tin, and the nuts that were to screw down to it didn't tighten far enough to secure them, so they flopped around. Kind of disappointing but not a deal breaker. Easily overclocked the chip to 4.4 ghz with good temps.

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

EEEP! Tight like tiger.... but not bad all in all. Agreed on those thin tin POS back panels. Could always look at local stores for external antenna's with smaller receptacles to try and fix that. Unfortunate that the GPU is blocked like it is to but such is the world of ITX. I almost always do APU's just for that reason, simplicity. but +1 from me

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I just don't see enough AP references.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/ziggurat666/saved/F4PcCJ you can have a lot of fun with APU's and little cases ;) and that APU will run 720p and 1080p and acceptable levels for the non-enthusiast

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Really good looking build, and it should kill most any offline game and quite a few of the online ones too. Going on line is really the only place this CPU chokes up, that is something you want 4+ cores for.

I hate most all ITX cases, they could be designed so much better and most can be made a lot smaller (this being one of the smaller ones.) The PSU is a major limitation on size but they could be made smaller as well for the lower wattage needed for ITX cases. I have never understood what the designers put the CPU under the PSU when making these cases rather then the other way around (which there is room for). If you are using an air cooler the PSU and CPU fight for air with that setup. /rant

Really good looking build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

55C under load with a water cooler... and to think some people want to make 4.4ghz on stock heatsink and fan...

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

The Asrock H97m-itx/ac supports overclocking for the G3258? Was that feature added in a recent BIOS update?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Not terribly recent but yes

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Thanks for the heads up. I was thinking of building an HTPC/gaming rig for the living room on the cheap. The z97 version of this same mobo is $20 more.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a few b85 boards out there that let you overclock the AE too if you really wanna go cheap.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

love the build bro. nice use of your budget :) most likely would have done the same!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

As for the antennas, just get some washers and put them on the inside of the I/O panel when you feed the antennas through. Lets the bolt get more snug against the I/O panel stopping from the antennas from spinning. That was the first thing I did whenever they didn't sit in place. Otherwise +1 for the build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job with the build, so tight everywhere!

I'm surprised you went with the 110 elite instead of the much roomier 130.

[comment deleted]
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What games do you play? and hows performance?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all nice pc... I have kinda same specs could u help me out with overclocking...thanks in advance

Processor: Intel Pentium G3258 MOBO: Gigabyte b85m-d3h GPU: Sapphire R9 270 RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB PSU: Circle 500W(Going to upgrade soon)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry for the late response, my procedure was a little different because of the different motherboard, but I found this tutorial online that looks to be just what you needed, if you haven't found it already. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LazZv1FIwQ

I'd also suggest you check out Giga's website to update the motherboard's bios, it looks like if you're running Win10 it's necessary for the AE (g3258).

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4567#bios

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your reply..i figured it out like 2 weeks ago. I have one more question ..do you experience any kind of bottleneck because I think my G3258 is bottlenecking my R9 270...

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I was warned that online play might bottleneck, because the dual core can't manage the network and the video card at the same time. The person I built this for plays pretty much strictly kerbal simulator, and it runs amazing, looks amazing ,even with lots of plugins.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

JollyWombat, what procedure did you use to OC this mobo/cpu combo? I have the same thing and it won't let me adjust the clock ratio... as far as I can tell the BIOS is up to date. any tips?

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

I just used A-Tuning after upgrading the Bios, but I did it in Windows 8, that might be your problem. I googled it for you, and found this post http://forum.asrock.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=535&title=writing-to-you-from-a-h97mitx-ac-g3258-on-win10

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I just logged in to this account and got this message 26 months later, but thanks for your answer