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Tiny, all done!

by Conroe


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Date Published

Nov. 3, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.076 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


This will be a gaming rig. I held off on the video card until I could measure to see what will really fit (and I save up some more money.) A GTX 970 is the plan. Maybe I can find a shorter PSU so I can use a video card longer than 170mm.

I wanted to go with a 6600K and a z170 motherboard but for the extra $130 at the time I decided it wasn't right for this build. I want to keep it lower power to keep the heat low in this little case. I do wish I had spent the extra $30 on a Z motherboard so I could overclock the RAM. I'll try tighter timings. I'm going to get a better HSF anyway.

I like this case but cable management is a nightmare, even with a modular PSU. I'm going to have to work on it.


I got the Zotac 970 because it was less money even with buying a small PSU so it would fit. (Jet.com 20% off deal.)

I also went ahead and bought Windows 10. Installing Windows 7 was a major pain and it never would update to SP1. I tried twice and it failed at 11% both times so a gave up and just installed 10 without a key.

I'm also going to install my old hard drive.

The memory works at 1T 12-13-13-33 2133mhz. I haven't benched it but I hope low latency has the same effect on skylake performance as faster memory speed seems too..


Have all the parts now. The small PSU makes working in the case better (at least there is space for extra wire now.) I wish it was a quiet. It is untill windows loads. Windows 10 idles at 45% cpu usage (I wonders what it's up too?)

The GTX 970 is about 10 times better than Intel 530.

Part Reviews

Video Card

I bought this because it is the most powerful card that would fit in my case and within my budget. It does not disappoint. Ultra at 1080p and I can't hear it over my PSU.

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ROG2000_PCs 5 points 41 months ago

I recommend that you use an R9 380 or 390... Very good cards for the money.

bobdude_01 3 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

I definitely second that!

Vergere 7 Builds 4 points 41 months ago

+1 for the external internal disk drive.

mscomputingservices 2 points 41 months ago

A 970 would be nice and there are itx 970's out there, however have you thought about something like an R9 Fury X or even an R9 Nano instead? I'm sure both of those cards would fit your small form factor.

Conroe submitter 3 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

I only plan on spending around $300.

sirnicko1 2 points 41 months ago
Conroe submitter 3 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

That is the one I leaning towards.

sirnicko1 1 point 41 months ago

I don't own it, but from what I've seen, it does a good job, plus it will fit in every case. Especially yours

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Looks cool! Asus makes a great ITX 970.

bobdude_01 3 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

This build is very noice!! Great PSU with a good looking case, and a solid processor. As said before, if you are going to get a graphics card in the $300 dollar range, an R9 390 is a better choice than a GTX 970. +1 Awesome Build!


eeem1214 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I have 6600K integrated GPU which should be the same and it does make the temps go a little high but you can get a lot of fps out of it surprisingly, im also hoping to see if the 380X is real. at 250$ its going to be a winner for AMD

Edit: i wonder why everyone says its going to have 4, like why not have 6

RusKiller 1 point 41 months ago

Should have gotten an unlocked i5 instead of skylake.. Great build/plan anyway +1 if you get a 970.

RazerGamer 1 point 40 months ago

Great build, i suggest getting the gtx 960 or 970! I have one for my new pc build and it works great!

Conroe submitter 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

I'm either going to get the Asus itx 970 or the Zotac and a sfx psu so it will fit. The cost is about that same. I can use another psu. I took this Antec out of my old rig. I should have the money for it this week.

RazerGamer 1 point 40 months ago


zacR 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Gigabyte make the best cooled mini 970, don't look at the Asus one. If you want to play Fallout 4, I'd say Nvidia over AMD, the Red team doesn't do too well with titles that have intense CPU to GPU communication. Here is the best ITX 970 https://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn970ixoc4gd

Conroe submitter 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Finally finished. It did Firestrike 8100, the Intel 530 was 825. Now It's time for some games. I'm not getting Fallout 4 because my kids already have it on the xbone.

johnsilver 0 points 41 months ago

+1 on a well built pc. I agree with mscomputingservices that an R9 fury x or nano might just be the way to go just because you have a small form factor.

RazerGamer 1 point 40 months ago

Dude why would you have a $700 graphics card with a $170 processor IN a $500 build??

johnsilver 2 points 40 months ago

I honestly wouldn't but those were the only 2 graphics cards that i had seen, when i made the post, for small form factor builds that had good reviews. I dont normally look into small cases so i don't have as much experience with other small form factor graphics cards.

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pegotico 2 Builds 0 points 41 months ago

don't know where you read this or got the idea that the integrated graphics from skylake is better than the AMD. I would agree that broadwell is but it is way more expensive to the point that its better just to buy a cpu plus a GPU. Here you can see that AMD apu beats the integrated graphics of the 6700k.


Conroe submitter 3 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

There will be Iris pro skylakes and it will be more powerful than broadwell's.

pegotico 2 Builds 0 points 41 months ago

that is future, I'm talking about now... and based on broadwell being so expensive that getting a CPU and a dedicated GPU would give you better performance at about the same price, we can probably expect the same.

Conroe submitter 3 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

It's really only for lap tops and all in ones anyway.

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pegotico 2 Builds 0 points 41 months ago

I agree that broadwell prove that but at what price? Don't think everybody can get their hands on a broadwell cpu.. The king of integrated grahics for now is AMD.

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