A few weeks ago I decided to convert my old build: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/ZXr7YJ into a mini-itx build.
Why? Because I wanted to and my brother wanted some of the parts I couldn't use for this build. To be honest I tought it would be easy to get everything togeter that it actually works and fits, but I was totally wrong...
This was definitely the hardest case I've ever built in. First off there was the part selection and the search for a small mini-itx case which should look cool, be able to hold a 30cm GPU and being not that big. After one hour of search I finally found the Sharkoon Shark-Zone C10, which was the perfect case to me.
Ok, Case done. What's next? There was the CPU cooler. I definitely wanted to go with a watercooling all-in-one setup. As I wanted an optical drive in this build I had to go with a 120mm radiator and fan. The only problem was, that I wasn't quite sure if the breadth of the radiator would fit with the optical drive, and unfortunately there wasn't any detailed plan of the measurements of the case. Finally I just guessed, that it would fit, and it actually fit into the build :D
What to do now? The mobo was the second problem I had. I wanted to buy a Asus Maximus VII mobo because of the OC abilities and the features it had, but finally went with the H97-N wifi because the ASUS board was't available anywhere in switzerland. Today I can say that it was a good turn to buy the gigabyte mobo; I saved some money and there were no problmes with OC at all.
All parts together?, let's start! You can probably guess that I ran in problems, because everything is so tiny and there was just no room for my fingers. I learned fast, and realized, that every part has to get mounted in a special order to not have this problem :)
Finally built the PC. Let's boot! Hmm. This thing does nothing at all... Let's think. Did I forgot to plug a cable in? No. *Unscrews one half of the PC: Oh, the ATX12V 4pin cable is plugged in the wrong way (EPIC FAIL). Guess what I searched 2 hours for this error :D (But I'm already familiar with this 12V ATX cables, because I fail nearly every build on them)
After everything worked I realized, that I now had a cute little PC in my hands. But not for long, because this thing got really loud and really hot.
Now I'm proud to present you the loudest and most hot-running PC I've ever built :)
I just talk about the parts I bought for this build. My opinion about the other ones you can read them on my other build (Link on the top):
Silverstone TD03 Lite:
I decided to buy this one because it was thin compared to the other radiators, mainly to increase the airflow. Unfortunately the fan is 25mm thick, and I'm planning on buying a thinner fan which should be a bit quieter (Maybe there is something like this on the market). The pump is quiet (You'll probably never gonna hear it, because the fan is much louder). Well the Fan is loud, might be the OC I did.
Collaboratory Liquid metal pad:
Was hard to install, but it worked. I can't tell you how much it differs from normal thermal paste but I hope it was worth it.
Gigabyte H97-N wifi
Well as mentioned before kind of a plan B. It's a cool mobo and performs well even under OC conditions. The only negative point is the software gigabyte delivers with the board. There are much bugs in the programs, which make them nearly unuseable.
Sharkoon Shark Zone C10
A good-looking mini-itx case (which is a rarity in my opinion). Some people might hate yellow, but I like it. As the Case is something very personal I think everybody has to decide by themselves with which cases they should go. The quality is solid not to mention for the price of 40-50USD. And not to forget the door plate. (Isn't that cool? :D)
Silverstone 600W SFX
I went with the SFX version, to have more space for my fingers :D 600W because of the OC. This was a part I was surprised of, because of its good quality and durability. Why Durability? There was one time I hadn't mounted the feets of the case. I didn't realize, that the PSU couldn't get any air because of that. After 30mins of gaming with heavy load on GPU and CPU the pc switched immediately off. I think that's profing the quality of this PSU. 30min without any cooling at heavy load is impressive in my opinion. In the end this thing was so hot, that I could barely touch it.
After wrecking PSUs I can go over to the temps:
CPU idle: 30°C
CPU load: 85°C (Well never run Prime 95 it would wreck my cpu with the max tdp of 170W, the cooler can deal with something bethween 120-140W)
GPU idle: 39°C
GPU load: 86°C (Due to the axial fans there is lot of heat catched in the case. Most of it gets trough the Radiator, which of course decreases the cooling-potential of it)
I don't need a heater anymore :D
My I7-4790K runs now stable at 4.5Ghz with a voltage of 1.263V. That's definitely the maximum I can get out of it, because of the cooling performance.
The GTX980 TI was factory overclocked to GPU: 1152Mhz Mem: 1735Mhz. I managed to push it up to 1530Mhz (boost, core: 1290Mhz) and the Mem to 2004Mhz. With the Powerlimit set to max (110%) and the max Overvoltage (+87mV). It seemed to be stable in most of the applications and games I use, but there were two games which couldn't take it. Due to the poor airflow in the case and this two games I decided to back up to a core of 1250Mhz and left the mem at 2004Mhz. I set the Power limit to 100% to prevent more heat and went to an overvoltage of +45mV.
This setting is now stable and gives me a small fps boost.
I play at a resolution of 2560x1440px
Armored Warfare (Vsinc on): stable 60fps on Ultra settings
GTA V (Vsinc off): something around 40fps on Ultra settings with full shaders, full details (max people, vehicles, etc), FXAA and 8x MSAA
T be honest I can play nearly anything at least at 60fps.
Maybe I forgot something but nobody will care, so have a nice day and thanks for reading :) TeyKey1