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Downsize the Upgrade

by Guapo



Date Published

Nov. 6, 2017

Date Built

Nov. 4, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

0 mHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

0 mHz


We had a LAN party this weekend and it was the excuse I needed to retire my kid's old Phenom II build. We went from a large Cooler Master HAF case from 9 years ago to a Phantek mini itx case. It sure made it easier to move around.

I Frankensteined the build a bit by using most of parts from the older PC. I swapped in a new CPU, board, RAM. The build went off without a hitch. It got a little tight connecting some of the pins, but with a little better planning it would have been easier. I was also able to use a Ryzen 1700's cooler I had laying around.

I think it turned out well. My other boys were jealous of their youngest brother's new tempered glass/RBG spire cooler build.

Part Reviews


Picked it up on ebay for $120. It overclocked to 3.7 on a Spire cooler on stock voltage and no increase in heat. It's a huge upgrade over the Phenom II. 4/8 cores & threads for the price was pretty awesome. Very happy with the CPU. Game play is very smooth.


Great board. I went with the Gigabyte gaming micro build on another build and this ASRock is the better board. There are more fan headers, better LAN, better BIOS (which was updated to the latest out of the box) and everything just worked right away. I have no complaints at all. Everything is running smooth and stable. Best part - it was on sale.


Turned on the PC for the first time, loaded up the BIOS, selected XMP 2.0 and boom - 3200 right away. No issues whatsoever. Perfect. Got it on sale to boot.


Old Drive #1. It's pretty quick, but small. Loads up Windows pretty quick and keeps on trucking along. It's been a solid drive - very reliable.


Old Drive #2 - it's slow. Not even sure if it's this Seagate.


OId Drive #3 - another slow sucker. It's a WD, but I think it's 320gigs.

Video Card

Pulled from the Phenom build. This has been a good GPU over the years. It still plays everything I throw at it. I'm using a 24" Dell IPS monitor @ 60hz and I'm getting about 60 fps or more on everything, including PUGB. It's a pretty decent GPU and you can find them for way cheap on ebay.


Pretty slick case. It is easy to work in. There is decent cable routing. I think it looks really sharp. The tempered glass has a slight tint on it, which is a nice touch. I'm not a big RGB guy, but the lights here are subtle and add to the black/red look. It's also light weight and easy to move around. There are a couple of issues: 1. There is no front case fan. It's also a bit weird to mount a 140 fan. There are 4 screws that came with the case that'll work, but if you want to do two 140's, you'll have to find some extra screws somewhere. 2. The way the GPU mounts into the case is off center. I took some photos of how the 760 sits in the back of the case. You aren't able to use the HDMI slot because the case gets in the way. I used a DVI to HDMI adapter I had laying around. 3. The GPU runs pretty hot - like 83c. It's really close to the PSU shroud and I think a blower style or hybrid would work a little better here.

Power Supply

This thing is a few years old now and has been really solid. Very stable. Quiet. Wish it was full modular, but I think the red highlight looks nice inside the shroud.

Comments Sorted by:

Bartholemew 1 point 16 months ago

Nice LAN party build!

Samuel9 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I love the black and red aspect! +1!

Zeromus725 1 point 10 months ago

May you tell me the dimensions of the ASRock AB350 Gaming-ITX?

Nice build by the way +1

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Guapo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Will do. I ordered one of those new Chromax Noctua front case fans yesterday. I'll open it up and take some better photos once the fan arrives.