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Knox (build + monitor & headphones)

by blackmilk



Date Published

Sept. 21, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 20, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.178 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C


Previously: "BreadBox" This is my first build so I am very excited, and the goal was to make a smaller, low budget, mini-ITX PC, aimed toward 1080p gaming in almost all games currently out, color-coordinate it a little, make it as portable as possible, and get some good bang-for-your-buck and keeping it all under $1000 (got some stuff on sale, etc).

I only recently installed the graphics card due to lack of funds, but the i5 4460 processor was surprisingly pretty strong. I wasn't interested in overclocking for this build, and with the way it handles everything, I don't think I will want to. I had never had a dedicated graphics card before, but I think I made a decent choice going with gigabyte's GTX970, it is very quiet, and stays very cool. This thing handles everything I try with it at 1080p, no lag whatsoever.

I use my Jawbone Jambox portable speaker as my main speakers because it hooks up with bluetooth and it sounds better than you'd imagine, I live in an apartment so I can't blast it all the way, but I can take it with me and use it anywhere I want. highly suggested if you are looking to make this rig as portable as possible.

**I rated almost all of the parts because I only had positive experiences with everything.

My next upgrades will to be to get a mouse/keyboard, and more storage. All of which I can do without for now. My only issue so far is dealing with windows 10 compatibility issues with certain games, but it can't exactly be helped..

Part Reviews


no problems at all, I used it's graphics for a month before I could buy the GPU, and I was in no rush because it handled everything so well, stays very cool, and unless you are planning on Overclocking, it works perfect. good price too.


I love this thing, the Bios is easy to work with and everything looks very well built, and you get a lot with the bluetooth and wifi, etc. for $87, the only issue I had, like many others was with the wifi antennas, they are pretty difficult to screw down, and it's hard to get a tool positioned to tighten it, but it works nonetheless.

Video Card

very quiet, looks beautiful, and costed about as much as similar 970's. It handles everything I throw at it, Tera looks and runs beautifully and farcry 4, etc. all work great.


I believe I made a great choice in choosing the elite 130 case as it made everything a breeze to work with. very customize-able, and there's a lot of room, tons of drive space,and the gtx 970 fit perfectly. Just make sure to think about the order of how you are installing the parts.

Power Supply

I originally bought a 430W version, but it only had 1 PCI-E connector, ang the GTX970 requires 2. 500W is more than enough though.


The Acer H236HLbid 23.0" monitor looks beautiful and I haven't experienced any problems with glare, being an IPS, the colors are perfect, it's not distressingly bright, and the viewing angles are perfect.


The Superlux HD668B headphones sound amazing and for $40, they really can't be beat. The Monoprice ones come close, but I read there is some noise and the bass is overpowering. I've done a lot of research before ordering and they sound incredible. you may want to get an external amp to boost the volume if they aren't loud enough, but they can handle everything and the sound stage is perfect. comes with a detatchable cable and 2 sizes of cord, you can hook up a bluetooth receiver and it will be a bad *** headset.

Comments Sorted by:

wilhelmpeltzer 1 Build 3 points 41 months ago

No thermal paste? ALSO Awesome build!

blackmilk submitter 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

yeah I've been meaning to get some, the CPU came with some on it, but it wasn't very much. I'll have to put some on soon, and thanks!

Mariomash 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

Nice job

Hussein.H 2 points 41 months ago

I like it!

SNESchamp 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

I love that pic of the Windforce card. +1

semikeyxy 1 point 41 months ago

Does this one run Gta V?? Also, very good build.

blackmilk submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

It should, I play mostly MMOs but I'll update when I get the chance to try out GTA V

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Looks great! I love this case. I would probably recommend replacing this PSU though. Although 500w is plenty, this PSU is meant for low power office PCs and is not designed to power high end GPUs. It has poor 12v regulation. Something like an XFX or Seasonic 550w would be much more appropriate. I'd replace it.

blackmilk submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

thanks man, I'll look into it!

Mackilroy 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Great little system! A friend of mine just built a computer in that case and we had a devil of a time routing cabling. Once it's done it looks fantastic though.

blackmilk submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Thanks! yeah wire management is tricky, but now that everything is in, I can clean it up a little better. I had it all nice before I put in the GPU, then I had to move the SSD and all the wires had to be moved. It gets good airflow though, overall its pretty fun to work with.

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blackmilk submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

for the hard knox life hehe

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blackmilk submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago