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I built myself a new computer in the Fall for gaming and working in Adobe CC. It's great and it got me wanting to build another system for my wife to be able to play games with me.

I realize there's no real point in getting a 6800K if using a dedicated GPU and that I could have saved some money by getting an X2 760K and less expensive RAM , but I was initially planning on having to put this together then wait at least 3 months before I would have the extra cash for the GPU. Shortly after assembling everything else I got some extra side work and decided to grab the GPU to finish it off. I also like the idea of being able to run it from the on board video if the GPU fails for some reason.

Case - I've really become a fan of Cooler Master cases this year. I hate their goofy looking logo, but I enjoy the slick designs of their newer cases which have a very solid build quality feel to them. I was originally planning on going with the Elite 120, but decided the 130 matched my other case (CM 690 III) better and was designed for better air flow, with the support for a water cooler if I ever decided to go that route on this build.

GPU - After receiving the R9 270 yesterday and getting everything together I am VERY impressed. I am amazed at how this little thing performs for the price. The 270 has the easiest overclocking ever (slide everything all the way to the max) and games look awesome on the 55" TV at 1920 x 1080. (Side note, I really dig the AMD Gaming Evolved-Raptr program with its game optimization feature.)

Storage - I used a Samsung 840-EVO SSD on my last build, which I love, but I didn't think I really needed an SSD for this more budget minded setup. I was about to go with a regular HDD and a buddy suggested trying a Hybrid drive. I liked the idea of that and haven't used one before so put in a Seagate Hybrid drive and took another 1TB HDD out of the old computer this was replacing. So far I'm really liking the hybrid drive. It's a nice middle ground in speed and storage capacity, without being ridiculously expensive.

CPU Cooler - The Noctua NH-L9 is so well designed. It fit perfectly allowing the RAM to be installed easily and has a good 1.5" between the fan and the PSU. I ran Prime95 for hours with no errors and the temp got up to 62 which seems great for such a small case and no liquid cooling.

OS - Went with Windows 8.1. I hated it at first on my other computer, but now that I've gotten used to it I enjoy it and it performs very well.

I think this will be my last personal build for the next few years, and next time I'll probably go back to using Intel & Nvidia, but these last two AMD builds have sure been a lot of fun.

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Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

nice job, I really like the small form factors of those mITX builds, makes me want to make one so badly and I would but y'know...money and stuff... :/

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for posting a mini ITX build that doesn't cost $1500. I'd like to build an affordable steam box for the living room.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I really love this case and am doing this case for a build here in the next few months for my parents. Ill be water-cooling it tho, I want the challenge....lol

Was there a reason for placing the storage where you did?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no plans on having an optical drive on this rig and I liked the convenience of them being located right at the top if I ever need to get to them. It probably would have been better to have them on the bottom with the intake air flowing over them, but I'm not particularly worried about it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

that cooler is not able to handle the 6800k under load,better get something like an H60 or a seidon 120V.With 65mm you don't have may options. Under loads is where you will see the difference with another cooler.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It is definitely able to handle the 6800K under load better than the stock cooler.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe in a bigger and better vented case the nh-l9a could do better. Just be careful.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate the cautionary warning. The specs on the CPU show the max operating temperature to be 74 C. After running Prime95 for hours the highest it has gotten to is 68. I'm sure it would be better with a closed loop water cooler, but for how quiet the NH-L9a is and for not being intended for use with over 65w TDP processors, I'm quite pleased.-

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a graphic designer and gamer and use Adobe CC as well. I considered this CPU, but am ultimately going with the 8350 as I do some video editing and heavy photoshop use, being a photographer on the side. I'm building a very similar setup and was just wondering if you had any recommendations for a PSU. Mine estimates about 340w, and I'm looking at getting around 450 - would that suffice, or should I go with something similar to yours?

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Kind of depends on the GPU you are going with, but most likely 450w should be sufficient. I was originally planning on going with a 450 on mine which is plenty for the setup, but got a good deal on the 520w Seasonic I went with.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know. I ended up going with a 500 last night. I'll be putting it together friday night :D

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