Description

1st time build, wanted general gaming nothing amazing and price limit £700

OS- Windows 7 OEM

CPU- never gonna overclock so chose non k and used stock cooler and pre-applied paste

Mobo- Again not gonna overclock , had right number of sata for my needs and cheap

GPU- mainly on cost and saw Amazon deal and went for it

PSU- wanted at least semi modular as never done cable management and its a small case to fit in (pic shows damaged unit that arrived but CCL were great and 1 hour after getting RMT the courier was at door)

Memory- wanted branded and thaught the low profile might help

Storage- already had the 500gb HD but wanted and SSD for quick start the limited games i actually put on system

Case- small is really nice

All went quite smooth once I knew where to put the connections and ignoring the damaged PSU. Only problem as you would imagine is cable management, sooo many ties used but it seems to run ok

Tested unit with PRIME95, 10 mins and it got to task 16 with CPU temp of 61c at max. GPU tested for 10 mins with FURMARK and temp of GPU stable at 81c (I think those temps are ok). 3dmark 11 (free) if anyone uses that cloud =16299, Fire Storm = 5358, Ice = 149758

A few things I had to look up and change in BIOS, the memory was showing as 1333mhz so forced it to 1600mhz but main bios page still describes 2 x 1333mhz although has it running at 1600mhz, had to set boot priority and mess around a bit for comp to show 2nd hdd. Never really touched BIOS before so thats all I changed.

Any thaughts welcome

2 weeks in and have amended temps as during relatively non intensive sessions CPU temp now goes up to 68 (I think I read somewhere when using stock cooler to allow 200hrs of use for pre pasted thermal grease to settle in so am not overly concerned of this temp rise over time)

Have also been back in, added the 2nd stock case fan (80mm), removed the dvd drive as now OS on I can't see me using it and if I need one I have an external drive I can use. This now frees up a drive space so I can stuff cables out of the way a little more. Finaly have turned PSU upside down so that it is pulling clean air in and then out exhaust at rear as per case instructions for air cooled systems. Not much difference to be honest maybe 1 or 2 degrees cooler.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build. I had looked briefly at this case before deciding to use a microATX mini tower.

I would suggest that in a small form factor build you should look into using a fully modular PSU with some Silverstone PP05 or PP05-E cables. They are made for short runs and work great in confined spaces.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Very true the excess cable was an annoyance and the distance between connectors, like I had to use 2 sets of cables for the sata power connectors ssd, hdd on 1 and then a 2nd on the optical drive so I have 3 connectors just hanging, I so wish I could just take some clippers and cut off the excess. Corsair have started to release single braided cables but not for CX range yet. Still, it is good PSU

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Surprised you decided to take on a mini ITX case for your first build. Nice job!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I had 3 builds saved here with the other 2 using mid atx but surprisingly the mini itx worked out the cheapest and I do believe it looks the best.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting, I have looked into doing one and it always comes out pretty expensive.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

usually mini itx cases require sfx psu which its more expensive.. with cooler master 130 you can use usual atx psu.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! A real challenge for a first build, I'm sure. I did a very similar system about a month ago so I know what it's like to work in that case. You did good!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I thaught I checked out all the 130 case builds, that is awesome cable management, so much clear space.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! At first I had the small fan powered directly by the PSU (my mobo only has one case fan port), but the fan seemed a little loud to me so I ended up just disconnecting it and removing it from the case. My temps have been fine so far without it. (I actually wonder if the fan was slightly defective because it almost had a clicking sound, which is what I thought was too loud.) Is yours pretty quiet?

Since I posted my build I have recently added a regular HDD to my build (just mounting it on the floor of the case) in addition to my SSD. I have it running a dual-boot situation where I boot into Windows 8.1 for Adobe Photoshop and games, and then just use Ubuntu for everything else. (No real reason other than I started using Ubuntu a year ago on an older laptop and just really like it.)

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry I jumped to conclusions looking at your pics, I see you stated you didn't use in your write-up. Like yourself I didn't use the small fan, I might try it at a later date but couldn't even tell you if it was noisy. I checked a few builds on youtube and no-one seems to use it

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a nice little build. Well done.

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