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When the GTX 980 ti was announced, I started drooling even before reading up on the details. This obviously means that I was out of my mind and absolutely had to have one in order to convert my mITX server into a LAN box. Why would I want to do that when my main primary gaming PC already had 970 SLI? There were many excuses but they all simply boiled down to..."because I have to." I don't even go to LAN parties for goodness sake!

The problem is that they were mostly out of stock by the time I gathered the cash and the ones that were in stock were overpriced. After several days of stalking newegg and other various sites, I finally received the glorious email notifying me that they were available. I rushed to my computer (again, my already extremely capable and awesome primary gaming PC) and placed the order ASAP. I did it! I finally got my hands on Gigabytes 980 ti and to sweeten the victory, it wasn't even the reference card. I then drove it home from newegg will call pickup, in a seat belt might I add, and was ready to drop it into my mITX Corsair 250D obsidian. There was only one problem...

IT DIDN'T FIT!

I was so caught up when ordering and I didn't check the dimension on the card prior to placing the order. There was no way I was returning this puppy so I purchased the Bitfenix Prodigy instead and performed a surgical case swap. Let this be a lesson to everyone when it comes to having patience. I clearly have none and was punished by it. I've also got the case of "overkill or die" as I am planning on just selling this mini ITX with one of my 970's from my main rig, and purchasing another 980ti for SLI in order to replace my current 970 SLI in my main rig.

Why would I do that? - "because I have to"

Compatibility notes:

  1. H100i fits in bitfenix prodigy BUT, you pretty much lose out on putting anything in the bay. I might of been able to get away with including my NZXT sentry 2 since it's pretty hollow on the inside but the tray that supports the bay blocks the airflow for one whole 120mm fan.

  2. The second drive cage will not fit with the GPU. The G1 series tends to be long but I don't even know if it fits with any other standard size GPU with only two fans. I tried to take pictures in case anyone was curious.

Personal gripe: I absolutely hate how the panel connections are on the side door. It's a pain in the butt to open for various system tweaks. It also nullifies the hard work that was put into cable management when I close the lid and am forced to shove the braid back in front of the 200mm intake.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been wanting to do a mini itx build like this for a while myself, but I always end up going big. Great little build! I think its a good idea to put the ti in your main build and put a 970 in this one, but I'd keep it instead of selling it!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks for the kind words. I do think of keeping it but I honestly wouldn't ever turn it on, haha! I suppose I'm not too strapped for cash at the moment but I could always get into complete water cooling for the first time with the cash I get from selling it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh great pics too! forgot to mention that in my initial post.

If you do end up getting dual gtx 980tis, then it would be worth it to go for the full custom water cooling loop just so I could see the pics when you're done.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! My second 980ti is actually shipping from Texas as we speak but it might be quite some time till I dive into water cooling. I need to my homework and I have a feeling that it's quite a bit to learn in order to do it right the first time.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, thanks for all the photos! you fit quite a lot in that case +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Besides my primary complaint with the panel, it was actually a breeze to work in. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to fit a 240 radiator and full size GPU in an iTX case.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't you swap the side panels? I seem to remember being able to do this on the Phenom... although there is the problem of the 2.5" drive bays in the side panel.

Edit: Thought the drive bays in the panel were a point of difference between the Prodigy and the Phenom, but they're not.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I noticed that trick being performed by Linus on one of his build logs but the GPU intake will be choked if I perform the same action on this chassis. There would be no clean intake although, the intake never had a filter anyway. Jeez.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

What a lovely and amazing build you have here. I also love on how you made it black with purple LED. Looks absolutely beautiful. Well everything about it is beautiful is what I should be saying. Sorry to hear about the panel connectors, you seem to have manage to wrestle that enough to the point you showed who was boss. Enjoy your ITX build, it's a work of art.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you Eltech! I love the purple and black look as well. It reminds me of obsidian. It's a great build, but can it run minecraft?

;)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Like over 9000~ !

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This is one sweet rig! I normally don't like this case but you've made it look awesome with the LEDs and the way you organised the gear inside.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Eddie! I'm glad you like the LED's. I sometimes feel as though they look like they drown out the clean look inside but the pictures that uploaded are more dramatic than it really is in person. The LED's are more toned down and actually accent the build rather than overwhelm it.

Thanks!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I not a massive LED person myself but it suits your build so well. The more I see it the more I like it! If I ever build a small form factor pc I'll use your build as a bit of a blue print!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

That's very flattering. Thank you.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I spy Ikea Linnmon....( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) I wanted to do three monitors on my corner desk portion as well (as I own the same desk set) just no room for my studio monitors :( . Your build looks great. Lots of power in a small form factor, something always great to see.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

You have a good eye! Haha! I'm a greedy desk person and I love how this setup allows customization with a cheap price tag. I literally have the desk spanning completely across 2 of the 4 walls in the room.

Thanks for the kind words.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Got any plans to get a new PSU. 600w is minimum for ref 980ti so I think you might be getting a bit dangerous with a factory overclock. Nice small build though.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello,

I thought about that as well and it is cutting it close if I were to OC. The only reason that PSU is in there is because it was repurposed. I will say however that I hardly OC and as it sits right now, I have about 100W of overhead (according to pcpartpicker) and I'm not sure if these numbers are the same for a reference card.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

You could measure wattage from the wall. If you don't have a meter someone you know may or just buy one. Depends how concerned you are.

Had a look though and this review would indicate you are OK. http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/gigabyte_geforce_gtx_980_ti_g1_gaming_soc_review,8.html

EDIT: then again maybe not: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GTX_980_Ti_G1_Gaming/28.html

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting reads. Thank you for providing me with those links. I need to look into this further.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you buy it. sorry Im new

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello Aviators. You can't actually purchase completed builds on this site. It's more of a community website for like-minded individuals to share their build logs. It also acts as a go-to for knowledge and pricing.

I suspect if anyone does sell their builds, it would be offline and through craigslist or offer up.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

What size monitors are those? I'm planning on doing 3 x 27" on the WSGF stand and on the linnmon corner desk, just wondering how much overhang there would be? Great build and setup though

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a great question. The monitors are 27 inches. The model is BenQ XL2720Z and that's the exact stand that I have minus the top mount. They actually fit perfectly HOWEVER just as Linus pointed out in his review, they do hang over but not by much. This is only when I wanted them in more of a cockpit style, rather than a wall.

Video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-raKOW9LUc

Also, if you get something with a slimmer bezel it will fit even better. I'm sure that BenQ XL2720Z models are about as wide as they come which is less than ideal for multi monitor setup. Even if you went with the slim bezel in the center that would help out.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

All I can say is THAT CHAIR! How dare you treat your back so badly mister! Forget about the PC for a second. Young man, I demand you go and buy a proper, ergonomic chair right this instant! That is unless you want your next $100 going to a chiropractor! That thing is for dining on, not gaming!

That aside the end result of your swap looks awesome. You have a portable GTX 980 Ti accompanied by some awesome components. That's quite a feat. Builds like this make me kinda wish I went for a smaller build. I will keep smaller, more portable builds in mind next time. Though I doubt I may ever go for one due to issues with component size (as you mentioned) and upgradability. Also noise and cooling becomes an issue with smaller builds.

Either way. Solid build 9/10. Now focus on your back!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha! Thank you for the kind words Value. What the pictures do not show, however, is that I have a DX Racer F series Zero edition chair. I only sit in that "dinner chair" when I build because it keeps me upright.

You are too funny. :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank goodness for that mate. I'm really happy to hear that. Trust me, as someone who sat on a chair just like that for too long back when I was just a lad, I had 1 too many trips to the osteopath. No joke.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats quite a setup you have here sir.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It was a blast to build.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything looks great man, good job! Just one huge eyesore. Why aren't you using Displayport intead of DVI? Use that beastly card to it's full potential! DP > All.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

DP is only necessary if you need to push the refresh rate past 60hz in 1440p resolution.

1440p, 120/144hz: DP > DVI____1080p, 60/120/144hz: DP = DVI

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I was actually looking to get this exact card and run triple monitor if you have the time could you send me some benchmarks? Love this and the obsidian build 1+!!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

You got it. I will send a personal message this weekend when I have time to run it.

Thanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I was considering this case for my build until I switched it up.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I'm really glad you did switch it up because your build is refreshing. It's nice to see other cases on here. In fact, your one of only seven owners on this site.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job on the build. All that power in that little box is most impressive indeed.

But I have a question about the air flow.

So currently in planning my build for a mini-ITX, I'm finding that air flow is a very important component not to be missed. Specifically when it comes to having a positive air pressure within the case (meaning more air being pumped in, than being pumped out). But I'm concerned with the setup I have planned, and worry I might have an issue. I nearly have the same build as yours, except I chose to go with the Corsair 380T case (although was close to choosing the BitFenix Prodigy). So currently, the case would only have one 200mm intake fan on the front, but one 120mm exhaust fan on the back, and the two 120mm exhaust fans from running the Corsair H100i GTX cpu cooler. This setup seems like it would create a negative air pressure within the case. I've been trying to do the math with how much airflow (CFM) the 200mm fan would move based on the 3 different speeds from the fan-controller built into the case. And then subtracting the average airflow (CFM) from the 3 exhaust fans. But I still cannot seem to get a definitive answer based on the outcome. Now I know I could just swap the fans in the cpu cooler to make them intake, just to be safe, but I would rather keep them set up as exhaust.

As you have the same number of fans within a nearly identical case, do you happen to know what kind of air pressure you have within the case? And/or if you have any issues with airflow based on just the basic/normal fan speeds?

If you have any info you could provide me with, it would be most helpful. Thank you in advance!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello clarkiebear. You might be dissecting the airflow possibilities a bit too much in my opinion. Positive airflow vs negative airflow mostly revolves around the dust factor and how to maintain a clean environment. Yes, positive airflow pressure does help keep the dust out by forcing the air to leak out of the cracks but in my experience, this benefit is minuscule. This margin is even less definitive if we have no dust filters on the intakes. Regardless of positive airflow, you will still have to clean your interior but just not as much.

I cant say (from a mathematical standpoint) whether or not my setup is positive or negative, but if I had to guess, I would lean more toward the negative. Again, this bothers me little so long as the GPU has fresh air and the CPU has a place to exhaust the heat. If the temps are within safe range, I am happy. If you cared about keeping your setup positive, I would suggest the following configurations:

  • Front = intake
  • rear = intake
  • side = exhaust,
  • In this setup, heat will come through both directions and be sucked out the side. Since this is small form factor, I suspect that the h100i fans will be close enough to successfully pull the heat from your GPU without letting it linger for too long.

or

  • front = intake
  • rear = exhaust
  • side = intake
  • In this setup, the flow is more front to back and I guarantee this will be positive. The only drawback is that you will be exhausting the CPU heat in the chassis BUT I bet this will only make about 3-5 degrees difference.

Try and play around with it and see what suits you best. The heat should be perfectly fine with a 980ti and even cooler with something like a 970. Good luck to you!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey syntaxerrur. Thanks for replying so quickly.

So yeah, I think you're right, I'm probably way over-thinking it (as I do most things lol). All I would have to do is keep an eye on the temps of the CPU and GPU, and adjust the air flow accordingly. It does seem pretty simple after all. Oh and your suggestions on the different fan setups were awesome, man. That will definitely come in handy.

Thanks again for taking the time to post your build with all those awesome pictures, and for helping me out. Much appreciated!

Adios!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

How many slots does that case have for HDDS?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Without long graphics cards = 6 HDD and I believe 2 SSD on the side panel.

With long graphics cards = 3 HDD and I believe 2 SSD on the side panel.

If you needed storage, you can always buy the low profile GPU's. Also, be sure to swap the h100i to the other side. I learned that after the build.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean by swap the H100i to the other side? Did you switch it after the pictures or did you have to switch it to what you have in the pictures. I'm in the process of a putting together a build with this case at the moment.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

What non-light fan options would you recommend? I'm really a huge fan of class when it comes to pcs and this one looks really nice [if not the nighttime rainbow]

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the backhanded compliment. ;)

I'm joking and completely agree with you. If you'll notice, 6 out of my 8 builds all have LED fans and furthermore, are only from corsair. I really dislike this pattern as I feel it reflects that I am too scared to venture out and instead, care more about "flash".

I did see some bequiet fans that looked so dang good. Simple, elegant and effective. That is a trio of features that cannot be ignored. I believe it was this model?: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/be-quiet-case-fan-bl046. Let me know if you find a gem as I too am on the hunt.

Also, I was never a fan of Noctua because of the ugly brown, but sometimes I wonder what it would be like to snag myself a couple of the most highly rated fans and throw them in a build that actually needs the improvement...

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Radox. There is something appealing to a having a very tiny PC with a single GPU that can match (and slightly outperform in some cases) the frame rates of a bigger SLI setup.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you jipster69. It means a lot coming from you as I see you on here quite often and admire your comments.

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