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In the last build I talked about doing a full loop water cooled ITX build. Well that build is still being worked out and pieced together. I wanted to try a slightly larger ITX case to jump into the R9 series GPUs while retaining a CPU liquid cooler. This entire build draws around 300w of power.

CPU: Core i5 4690 3.5GHz, it does a good job and I wanted a mid level Intel Core chip for this build. I understand most people will figure that this board is for overclocking and hence the water cooler, so why the locked CPU? Well I already had the CPU and I chose that over the unlocked Pentium that I have simply for local resale value. If the buyer knows what they are getting they can leave it as is for good performance or they can upgrade and OC all they want.

CPU Cooler: I used the Seidon 120V in my last build which was MUCH smaller than this build and it worked flawlessly so I had a second go with this cooler! Excellent cooler and looks good.

Motherboard: Awesome little ITX board that has a number of high end features and is my favorite Intel ITX board.

Memory: 8GB of DDR3 1866MHz memory of the Kingston Fury flavor. Great ram!

Storage: 128GB mSata SSD running Windows 10 Tech Preview mounted on the underside of the motherboard in the standard length msata port. Solid and fast!

Video Card: I could have found a better or cheaper alternative to the R9 270 that I picked out but it fit the blue and white theme that I had in mind when I started the build. It's a pretty good card and handles games without much stress.

Case: The Core V1 is very versatile and I was able to mount a SFX PSU into this case with the adapter plate that came with the PSU and it worked out really well for better underside cable management.

PSU: I had a second go round (used in my last build) with this lovely little 500W SFX PSU from Silverstone. It's a bit pricey but it includes so many features that are well worth the price! A breeze to install and cable management is made much easier in a case such as the one in this build.

I threw in a couple of 80mm UV case fans from Coolmax that I picked up at my local MicroCenter for about $6 each and they look awesome!

I'm running Windows 10 Tech Preview and love the direction that Microsoft is taking with the new OS as well as DirectX 12 !!!

Altogether I think this build turned out quite nice and we will see what kind of value it has when I put it up for resale in the next few days.

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

That is one cool pc!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for checking it out!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice parts, nice pics, nice build. +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch! Quick easy mid week build LOL

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I gotta ask...you have a Z board, and water cooling...on a locked chip? I would of got the K chip and overclocked it. I love the board, my most recent build was based on this board. Hard to beat for that price for sure. Nice build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a few G3258 chips on hand that I could throw in which is an option. I built this PC for resale locally and figured the i5 would net a higher price tag regardless of the locked CPU. If the right buyer wants a different chip then I can accommodate that. We shall see when I start to get some offers once this thing goes on my local craigslist.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! Good luck! :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Really clean and lots of room due to your cable management! Looks nice. Nice choice of parts and what fans are those?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! They are coolmax UV crystal led 80mm fans.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build, I love all the parts choosen and the setup.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Much appreciated.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I have that cooler in that case too. Question though: Z board + water cooler but locked CPU?

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

somebody didn't do his research I believe also that's a Z87board so no upgrade to 14nm possible I await the OOPS from the OP patiently

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not concerned about the possibility of upgrading to next gen cores. This build was put together with spare parts and is for resale. I understand what you guys are saying though.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I already had the CPU so an unlocked CPU wasn't an option at the time of the build. I used the cooler to boost performance by simply keeping the CPU as cold as possible. The possibility of a K CPU is there for whoever will need it.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

What games do you play on this and how well do they run?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I mostly play racing games. I have them maxed out and they run perfect at 60fps in 1080p.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

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  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

on pic 32 you can see COOLMAX (not OP)

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

The two 80mm fans are Coolmax UV crytsal LED case fans. I picked them up at MicroCenter for $6 each. You can hear them but they aren't too loud.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you kindly!