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Mini-Itx Home Office

by Mithyos



Date Published

March 30, 2016

Date Built

March 24, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.68 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C


Built, for my needs; and what may come down the road.

Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor: Ah the brain of ones machine, and this one it dances between mid range; and high end meeting my needs in photo editing, and novice 2D game design.

Noctua NH-L9i CPU Cooler: This will provided a very quite; and stable cpu. "Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet CPU Cooler not available<--->Corsair H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler did not fit the tight build.*"

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste: Best around in my books with the longest life, and even distribution with thermals.

MSI B150I GAMING PRO AC Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard: Never cheap out on components a motherboard is the frame one builds around, and with Military Class 4 it brings stability including humidity protection, and on-board surge protection the list does go on, but a key point is never pick a board due to its name read the specifications. [Note this board is not, for over clocking I choose that so as to extend its life, and raid well not needing that either, for it intended use.]

G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory: Well these were the best priced low-profile ram set I could get that meet my needs.

A-Data Premier SP550 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive: No moving parts, and with more than enough room, and will fit the case like a glove.

GIGABYTE GTX 690 Video Card: A salvaged part that more than supersedes my needs, but to sell this I would not even get close to what it offers.

Antec ISK600 Mini ITX Tower Case: Perfect format to fit the small space I have available including room, for the vanishing disc reader in low profile.

EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply: The MB may be the body well the PSU is the Heart, so I needed a combo effect with thermal stability; and energy efficient PSU supply; an it is well priced as full modular PSUs go. [Note I required a full modular to properly meet case design layout allowing, for full cable management on all parts.]

Dell P2314H 60Hz 23.0" Monitor: Last salvaged item, and it works as intended, so until it dies this will do me just fine.

Upgraded to windows 10 due to windows 7 hardware support limitations, yet this machine will meet my needs, for a long time to come.

To everyone who read this thanks, for taking the time.

P|S Uploaded by this very build.

Cheers, Mythaios.

Update with 3dmark Benchmark: http://www.3dmark.com/pcm7/1038788

Part Reviews


Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor: Thanks to motherboard I am running at 3.68GHZ, and boy does it run cool. This CPU continues to surprise me, so I will update in after a few month of use.


CPU Cooler

Wow this has to be the quietest Thermal cooler in such a low profile. I Do enjoy it when a manufactures claims are on the nose. Only time will tell if it maintains the integrity of what I am currently not hearing. Will update in a few months maybe six if unchanged.

Thermal Compound

Thermal paste well it works not much else to say.


This board is just, so darn simple to configure with a clean bios gui, an the options oh my they go above, and beyond. A side from lacking raid capability this board is a dream to work with.

A little caveat is they have within bios the option to enable windows 7 compatibility mode, for installation. Now you do not have the full function of the board due its primary os of support Windows 10.

Very nice, for those of use still upgrading.


Well they fit the format, and worked from the get go.


Sturdy, and a lovely finish also fits my GTX 690 like a glove. 'Modal PSU mandatory unless using onboard graphics.

Power Supply

The options the study stable, and whisper quite PSU that has eco mood I mean it is great, an it works amazingly in a tiny mini-itx build.


The screen does what I need swivel tilt, or even plug up to 5 additional devices into it with a pc connection. Sadly it supports older formats, so hdmi is not support unless you have a hdmi to dvi adapter.


Great keyboard though still getting use to the key locations.


The mouse is finicky with any sort of fiber, or dust particle, but that could be a setting; or driver related issues I'll update in moth or to if I sort it out.

Comments Sorted by:

UnicornWarriorrr 3 points 35 months ago

What kinda performance you getting from that 690? (Maybe some benchmarks even?)

+1 for 690

Mithyos submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

I'll have a full test run with benchmarks within the next two weeks.

Zveir 9 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

+1 for 690

sniperpro 2 points 35 months ago

i clicked this because i saw a 690, nice build

xDiiThy 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Why no Z170?

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

"Never cheap out on components...." Looks like a cheap out.

Maybe not. Maybe the i5 6600k was chosen because it's clocked a little higher than the non K model and he isn't looking to push the cpu to 4.5ghz

xDiiThy 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Not on B150

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I5 6600 base clock is 3.3 ghz

I5 6600k base clock is 3.5 ghz

Both at stock settings turbo up to 3.9 ghz.

"Maybe the i5 6600k was chosen because it's clocked a little higher than the non K model..."

So if this is the case, he gets a slightly higher base clock even on a B motherboard when using the k model cpu. It may sound stupid, but it may be the reasoning for the apparent mismatch.

This would have to be verified by the builder.

xDiiThy 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Still the same max turbo, a bit confusing but its alright. If not overclocking the choice on the 6600 non-k would have been better, 3.68 to 3.9 in comparison to 3.3 to 3.9 in terms of no overclcoking capabilities has the 3.3 to 3.9 winning nonthenless the k could have been cheaper or more accessible.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Yeah I'll agree with that. Since the max is the same, why spend extra for a feature you cant use.

Overclocking on a B board is limited at best. I had thought intel was trying to go full no overclock "nazis" mode unless you get the k cpu and z mobo.

I hope the builder gives more information as to why the combo or it was just a mistake and now too late.

tadtheman28 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Nice Mini-ITX build. Compact and powerful

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Powerful build. +1

ignafiltro 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

I was just planing on getting a used 690, so 10/10 for the 690, but why not a tower cooler? like dude, ITX doesn't mean low profile lol.

Mithyos submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Low profile due to space limitations, and design functionality. I say build within your budget, but make certain it fits, and does not constrain other functions. Bigger is not always better.

AlmirPreldzic 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago


As someone who used to own a GTX 690 until it fried in a mini-itx case due to overheating, I would humbly suggest You sell that card and buy a blower type card for this build. Unless of course that is the EVGA version of the card and You were wise to register the card with EVGA and purchase the $60 Limited Lifetime Warranty for the card. It's none of my business man, but I just don't want You to lose money and have to go through needless frustration like I did. I didn't have a lifetime warranty on mine, only the standard 3 year with registration. I'm currently using the gtx 980 which is about equivalent to the 690 and in some newer games it performs better plus it doesn't get as hot and has a lower power consumption.

Mithyos submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Actually the layout of the intake, an output regarding airflow circumvents heat related issues. As to power consumption well the PSU manages very well allowing, for lower power consumption. I picked the parts, and case due to how well they work together.

As to the warranty well the card is two years old, and been in use six months, so with it being a Gigabyte the coverage is only three years. My game usage is limited, and when used I play seekers notes hidden mystery. Keep in mind I will change out the card in the future, however if it does fry on me I have a back up card mid grade to fill the spot. I do appreciate your warning though.

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AlmirPreldzic 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

No offense, but I'm not going by any "manual". I'm going by actual real life evidence and experience. The front of the GTX 690 vents hot air and when that card is under load and the hot air has no place to go it will destroy the card eventually.
It happened to me in my current case which is the Silverstone FTZ01S even though this case has venting holes for the air to escape at the top but it still fried the card. I'm now using an open fan design EVGA GTX 980 Superclocked ACX 2.0 and haven't had any issues. For these types of limited airflow cases though, a blower style card would be ideal.

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AlmirPreldzic 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

No worries T. Matzelle. I'm just here to offer an opportunity for others to learn from my mistake and not lose $$$ needlessly.

That's a really cool case and one badass card. Respect from one dad to another, although my 3 year old is plenty happy with his Samsung 8.0 note lol.

Next time You open that thing up to clean and dust it, just take some pictures and make a post. I'm sure there are others who would love to see that badass mini-itx "console" sized build.

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GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

I love this for the 690!

MinhTungMT 1 point 32 months ago

HI! Can you overclock your cpu using this MOBO I mean above 3.6 :v

dragoon20005 4 Builds 0 points 35 months ago

*inserts pokemon wild pokemon theme


a wild GTX690 appeared!!!

Mithyos use rattata

Mithyos throws pokeball at GTX690 but it misses!!!

GTX690 use gust on rattata

Its super effective!

Rattata uses tail whip

GTX690 defenses fell!

Rattata use Quick Attack

Its super effective!

Mithyos uses Ultraball

GTX690 has been captured!


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sniperpro 1 point 35 months ago