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This is the final version of my build (until it isn't ). I have reconfigured this build a few times, 3 CPU's, 3 Videocards a RAM upgrade, more, larger SSD's and now feel present the final form. I am adding lots of pictures from over the course of the past year and let them speak for themselves. The GTX 980 was an open box from Microcenter, it was new with only a tear in the box! If you have the fortune of having a Microcenter within a few hours drive, make the trip.

The Xeon is OC'd to just under 4ghz on all threads and has the utility of an i7 with the cost of and i5. Thanks for looking and build on!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build; I'm running a xeon I picked up for $200 at my local microcenter. The place is fantastic.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Giant gpu in m-itx, +1 for sure. Nice work

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! What voltage do you have the processor at to attain that overclock?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I am running the Asus AI Suite 3 for the OC, all the settings are automatic and dynamic to the task at hand (I'm not good at overclocking manually). Clocks out at 3978.5Ghz ,set with a 102 bclock x 39 multilpier with a vcore of 1.064.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for fitting all that storage on a Tt V1!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, and still one more SATA port to fill!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent monitor. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I love Ultra-wide 1080p gaming, G-sync would be great but cost is not worth it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Picture 5 gave me a heart attack. Still a nice build though!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll second that...heart attack and nice build! :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

See above for more heart attack goodness!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Watch this video of fixing the socket and feel your heart stop!

https://youtu.be/yHuDNJ-xVpY

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Microcenter shopping!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What is your internal temp and is it quiet?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Very quiet, the 80mm Noctua's are near silent, more noise of airflow than anything. The C1 is great too. Its sits on my desk and is barely noticeable. If it was on the floor, you wouldn't be able to hear it. In long gaming sessions CPU reads 65c, and 980 about 75c with fans at 30%.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm trying to build something similar to this and am considering upgrading the power source to 1000W, what do you think of this? I'm scared I might raise the temperature.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

For an ITX build, you're better off going with a lower wattage power supply, 600-700 W is plenty of power for a 6700k/4790k and a 980Ti. My PSU is overkill and newer hardware is trending down in power consumption for both CPU/GPU making more heat, wasting more energy. When I bought my PSU, I was looking at worst case, single GPU like AMD's 290x/390x which 650/700 Watts is recommended. Although I went with the GTX 980 which requires 520 minimum.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Cute Build :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think this build can handle a 1440p 144HZ monitor?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes and no, 1440p is well within the 980 4gb ability but don't expect 144hz worth of frames from any current gen. GPU. on AAA titles. Running Battlefield 4 at 2k (ultra wide 2560x1080p), this rig push around 90-130 fps on Ultra.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice compact Xeon Build!!

How were you able to find an EVGA GTX 980 Backplate? They are out of stock everywhere and I'm unable to get one.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I picked it up direct from EVGA website, it was last September though. Almost bought one on Ebay but they were a rip-off on there.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you handle the size of the C1 with the USB 3.0 cable / ram on your MB? I've seen this cooler in other builds and with it flipped there is no room for the 2 exhaust fans.

I ran into this issue with a Raijintek Pallas earlier with the USB cords being too stiff and the cooler overlapping just a bit too much! This was on a H97i MB, so same orientation as yours. I'm coming up with a new system build now, and the MB will have the Ram/USB header in the same spot too.

If you have a photo of the clearance of the ram and USB 3.0 headers with the cooler, that would be awesome! Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

The 3.0 header/cable and the C1 do not play nice at first, the cable is very stiff. Heat and a little force is the only answer. The cable pushed up on the C1 but subsided with use. The heat from the CPU cooler (and probably the videocard) made it more pliable and sag some. The cable does have a small indentation from the C1 fins. I will try and update the pics to show the clearance of the cable and ram too.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for that note! I found out that EVGA and some other companies make a low profile USB 3.0 header cable to essentially make a 90º angle for tight issues like this. I might order one to avoid this / make for a cleaner look!

Thanks for the updated photos as well!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Smart update packing a Xeon CPU in there, quite a strong little box.

What's the ASUS GPU you had in there that looks like it barely fit? I am evaluating the possibility of using this case with a sizable GPU.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s an Asus gtx 780 3gb Direct CU ii, if I recall correctly, which is 5.8” wide, and would bend the motherboard when installed. I only had it in there 2 weeks before replacing with a 980.

The Xeon worked great even up to be paired later with a gtx 1080. Since then I moved the cpu/mb/Ram to my spare PC and have moved to a Ryzen 1600 in the Core V1 for my main gaming rig. Good luck on your build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Xeon in a mini-itx?!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Works amazing for gaming and Youtube! It was a toss up between the Xeon and 4790k, the Xeon won because it was $70 cheaper.

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