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Simple and Elegant.

Decided to go AMD route as done fair few Intel recently.

Used the X4 860K which is basically A10 7850K without the onboard APU.

Choose the Palit Jetstream version purely as I have used both GTX 970 and GTX 980 Jetstream versions lately and they are some of the fastest Overclockable ones on the market, just shame cooler is on the larger side (Almost Triple Slot)

Case is the Inwin 901. Its ITX format only with solid 1 piece Aluminium with Tinted Glass Side Panels. Very nice case and fairly easy to work in. Air flow is major flaw. You have 120mm intake and bottom and room for 90mm Rear Exhaust fan. Obviously in this instance I have mounted Cooler internally which completely obscures the already hidden IO back panel of motherboard and restricts the amount of space further for plugging in all required cables, but in this instance I have used angled extension cables for USB and separate powered USB 3.0 Hub.

Processor clocked to a modest 4.4GHz and with the AIO Corsair cooler is pretty quiet. To mount the Radiator internally (Inwin advertises the cooler to be mounted externally) I have used a Raijintek Aeolus 13mm PWM Slim fan, runs extremely quiet and even full speed is only 1400RPM. Fits inside nicely, some not too cramped. There is enough room to mount a second fan for push/pull If you desire, only issue in this would be access to usb sockets on rear of motherboard. You can buy angled version but the usb plug is still a decent length out of the rear Panel. Easiest solution, decent USB 3.0 AC powered Hub form one of the 2 front USB 3.0 sockets.

Airflow as always with this case is problematic. The PSU fan is on top and as its directly under Graphics card is the air intake for PSU is already warm. Choose the GTX 960 over anything else as the heat from this card is minimal even under load. It pays to get the best fan for your money, needs to be PWM for added user control and high airflow at minimal noise.

Asrock Motherboard used over any other ITX version from likes of Gigabyte, MSI due to fact is the half height slot mini PCIE slot also takes SSD, the other Manufacturers ITX versions are purely for half height wireless card only. Using mSATA SSD tidies up the build and means less cable and clutter.

Gaming Wise, you are fine with anything at 1080p, even 1440p is possible in some games.

Not tried anything out on this as yet, been sat on my desk for a week and only managed to install OS and 6 hours tress test so far and check everything functioned. Though you can get the jist on performance, GTX 960 decent all rounder, faster than an R9 270X overclocked it is just as good as GTX 770 and is tit for tat with the new R9 380. AMD X4 860K is as good as any i3 processor.

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Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

This build looks really good, and a very interesting spot for the optical drive. My only concern is the GPU placement, it looks like it would not have any ventilation. More of a tower design issue if they did not put some vents in, I think they should have had the mobo on the other side so the GPU would be on the top where it could have vents on the case.

(You mentioned ventilation issues in your post)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

GPU is an issue, but saying that I know I mentioned airflow etc but belive it or not I ran a Powercolor R9 290 PCS+ in this same case, triple slot triple fan and it never went above 70 degrees. Most of time it hovered around 65.

I have a couple of Gigabyte GTX 970 ITX versions, they are little single fan offerings and one of those in this case playing ARK gets to over 75 degrees with 100+ Overclock with an i5 4460.

Intake fan helps a great deal on this case as GPU basically uses take sit all, but non blower style card can get warm but in case of this card, quick run of heaven saw 65 degrees at stock. Reference card would look and work lot better .

My main gripe isn't with placement of GPU its the no after though at all for PSU, the restricted airflow and the bottom mounted PSU with fan taking in the really warm air, blows your PSU temps and efficiency out of the window.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How do your 970's run ARK?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Not very well with i5 and clocks at 1400 and Memory at 7500 its averages around 30FPS on High at 1080p. Tried playing at 1440p and no chance at all. Has annoying pause every 10 minutes or so where game just freezes for few seconds.

Lot of work to be done on this game.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

how does the 980 do in 1440?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

With Ark wouldn't know, never got to use GTX 980 except for couple of benchmarks, though its a 980 so any game at 1440p would run perfectly fine.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

that case is so sexy :o and good choice about the CPU ! :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

i really like these inwin cases. very nice

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This build would be a beautiful background, because of how neat this build is put together.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks and appreciated. Looks little better now, shortly after I posted this up today I decided to take off panels and redo all cables, also added some braided extensions for PCIE as the second 8 pin was just sat there doing nothing

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the case but very costly

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

They are but I managed to get 2 of them for £79.99 each brand new from ebay. Made offer and they accepted along with my 10% off paypal voucher.

Just wished UK market would get the Black Versions

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

the outside of those cases look so nice but then i see the inside and i cringe imagining trying to manage cables and water cooling hoses.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Takes a little planning before you start but can confirm the setup I have with cooler fits perfect. Only downside in this instance is OCD concerns, the logo on pump is the wrong way but other than pretty easy as some practice (I have made 3 different setups in this case).

Best thing about this unless you read indepth reviews is the DVD drive cables are pre wired, just slot in and connect cables to PSU. Also the bays for both the 3.5" come with fixed SATA/POWER combo connections which are just the right length to reach any motherboard as long as sata ports are on the outside edge. The only cabling you really need to worry about is the 24 pin ATX, 8 pin CPU and PCIE connection, rest are already there. Making it neat and tidy is always the fun part. Though Modular PSU is an absolute must

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

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