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Mini ITX Monster

by markasoftware

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52 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 25, 2016

Date Built

May 20, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

980 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.9 GHz

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

Description

Hey! Like my last few PCs I've done on here, I'm selling this one on Craigslist. As of time of writing I have not sold this one yet, and I am currently pricing it at $775 (Ik, a little bit of a ripoff but it's still better than most prebuilts at this price, so arguably im doing people a favor).

Anyways, this is my first Mini ITX build, and I really liked it! Overall I would recommend these parts for sure; they all delivered pretty well. The PC is very small, even compared to my Corsair Spec 01 in my personal machine, which is fairly small for a mid tower case. Sorry about the lack of internal pictures; it's hard to get internal pictures of this build because of all the parts.

AMA me about the parts if you're thinking about buying them or anything.

Also the cat on the couch is Axel and the one next to the PC on the ground is Zion.

Part Reviews

CPU

Performs pretty well for the price

Motherboard

I've never thought of ASRock as being very good, but I was pleasantly surprised by this mobo. After I finished installation, it worked great, and the wifi was actually quite fast. However, I have a few gripes with the installation.

The main issue is with the installation of the wifi. There is an manual booklet with the mobo, but it says nothing about the wifi. I figured out how to do it though. For the record, you take the wires with the gold things at the end, and plug it into the tiny gold ports on the wifi module, which you can find using the diagram of the mobo in the manual, and then put the other side through the holes in the IO shield and secure it with the nuts.

The issue with the wifi installation for me wasn't the lack of instructions, however. It was that it was EXTREMELY difficult to plug the cables into the TINY gold ports on the wifi module. It took me a good 15 minutes and a decent amount of force to plug both in, and that's with the motherboard out of the case and no other components installed If you have a fully assembled system and the cable came out somehow you'd probably have to disassemble a bit to get it into a good enough position to plug them back in.

That was my main gripe with the board, but I also had some strange issues with the CPU fan. The custom curve controls were acting very weird for me. Whenever I set the fan speed to below 50%, it would turn off (surprisingly, at idle the temps were still about 50 with the fan off), and when I turned the speed over 50% it would jump to about 2500 rpm, which is quite loud. The fix is to go into advanced mode in the bios, then manually change the CPU fan mode from "auto" to "4-pin". Then it worked as expected.

All that being said, the mobo worked great after installation. The BIOS is nice and easy to use, it boots quickly with Fast Boot enabled in BIOS, the wifi is fast, and the logo you see on boot isn't gimmicky and weird like on MSI and Gigabyte.

Memory

Great, cheap DDR4 RAM. Even though there's no heatsink, it looks very slick. And in this mini itx build nobody's going to see it anyways.

Storage

I wanted this as a boot drive in this system, and it sure delivers. It's booting up in about 10 seconds with this.

Storage

I'm really, really tired of reviewing this.

Video Card

This is a great card. PowerColor isn't exactly known for making high-end versions of cards, but this really feels like one. The build quality feels great compared to any other GPU I've worked with, and, although it's not marketed as ITX, it's fairly small, at about 8.75 inches. The fans also look really cool for some reason.

Case

I bought this just because it was the smallest case I could find that supported decently long GPUs and a full-size ATX power supply. However, after building it I was thoroughly impressed. There were no major issues with the case, and it ended up as a great build largely because of this case.

The build experience went very nicely, and there was no BS involved like crappy hard drive mounts and stuff. The manual is relatively thorough, and if you get this case, definitely follow it, even if you're a veteran builder. You have to build it in a certain order to fit everything in. It looks pretty decent overall, but I ended up wishing I got the mesh version, because the front isn't solid color like in the picture.

Clarification about what drives it can fit, because it doesn't say clearly anywhere: It has one 2.5 inch mount on the bottom, and then it has a thingy on the top which can fit either one 3.5 inch device or 2 2.5 inch devices. So, up to 3x2.5 inch or 1x2.5 inch and 1x3.5 inch.

Power Supply

I couldn't find any reviews of this PSU, but I took a gamble on it and it's working fine. It is designed by SeaSonic, but they outsource it, so it's not manufactured at their standard facility, hence the lower quality than most XFX PSUs. It also smells REALLY bad out of the box. I've dealt with 10+ PSUs. They all smell bad. This one smells worse. Not an issue though after it airs out a bit.

Comments Sorted by:

IwannaPC 11 Builds 12 points 34 months ago

That cat looks mad.

Do you use M.A.D C.A.T.Z peripherals per chance?

serious question, and a +1 from me

markasoftware submitter 6 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Nope, no mad catz stuff

IwannaPC 11 Builds 3 points 34 months ago

Okay

CheesecakePC 6 points 34 months ago

Is it an aftermarket cat? I have one too... The mad catz are expensive.

Victor_the-_- 2 points 34 months ago

Very clever!

cbalmaceda 2 Builds 6 points 34 months ago

But the real question is, does it blend?

markasoftware submitter 6 Builds 5 points 34 months ago

Good question, brb

pegotico 2 Builds 3 points 34 months ago

Whenever I set the fan speed to below 50%, it would turn off (surprisingly, at idle the temps were still about 50 with the fan off), and when I turned the speed over 50% it would jump to about 2500 rpm, which is quite loud.

Issue with this motheboard..

The fix is

Asrock address this issue with bios update 1.30

I would recommend to update to latest bios 1.40

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/H110M-ITXac/?cat=Download&os=BIOS

DO NOT use the windows bios. Use the instant flash, copy to usb drive and update from within bios.

Instructions

http://www.asrock.com/support/BIOSUI.asp?cat=BIOS8

BTW, nice build!!! :)

creedman7 16 Builds 3 points 34 months ago

You selling it for $775 on Craigslist with the CAT included?

markasoftware submitter 6 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

lol, no cat

creedman7 16 Builds 4 points 34 months ago

O man, that could have been a purrrrrrfect deal

MaxTheMoose 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Oh no, the puns, THEYYY BURRRNNN.

CheesecakePC 1 point 34 months ago

MaxTheMoose you cat to be kitten me... He/she earned that one... Ahh I love mewments like this

Ender_Mist 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

no.

gugu96 19 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

standard sized cats

I'm eager to know how much it'll sell and how long it'll take. I'm so totally not good at all to sell computers. I get ripped off all the time. I enjoy building them.

markasoftware submitter 6 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Well you can look at my build history; I've sold a few before and posted them on here. There are also a few I've sold which I didn't post on here. I've sold a total of 9 so far. Generally i charge a markup of about $150, sometimes more, sometimes less, and it usually takes a bit less than a month to sell.

tomtomj2 9 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

That moment you realize that the OP really built his computer to replace his cat, and its the same size. :P jk

+1

Thabet 2 points 23 months ago

that cat is T H I C C

oldfan13672 1 point 34 months ago

Be sure to check if your ASRock motherboard supports overclocking locked Skylake 14nm CPUs (ASRock Sky-OC). It's unlikely, but it would be a pleasant surprise for you if it could.

markasoftware submitter 6 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I don't think their non-z series mobos support that

Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Good looking mini ITX build, and cat.

twinn 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I just love that Sugo.

Great build.

thetortuga747 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

What type of performance are you seeing in CPU heavy games? (e.g. Fallout 4)

markasoftware submitter 6 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

As I'm selling this on Craigslist I didnt actually install any games on it. However, for fallout 4 specifically, it looks like the i3 4130 can get pretty decent frame rates, and the 6100 in this build is more powerful than that, so I'd guess about 60 fps on high

Applehead1314 1 point 34 months ago

hi, I am looking to build a pc with a 6100 and an r9 380, I was wondering what kind of fps you are getting on games at 1080p, and what settings, want to know if this is a good build, i have a fairly small budget and am maxed out with the 6100 and r9 380. Also would i be better getting the 380 or a gtx 960 4gb

markasoftware submitter 6 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Hey, if you're at 1080p this PC can play almost any game on high settings at 60 fps or very close to it, and many games run on ultra. Since I'm selling this on Craigslist though I couldn't test any myself. The 380 is generally speaking better than the 960 by a significant margin (10-20%), so I'd have to recommend the 380.

BodaciousBuddha 1 point 34 months ago

I know Axel wasn't too enthusiastic about this build, but I am. It's good to see that Sugo fitting everything. Been thinking of getting that case for a portable PC.

rhapsody15 1 point 34 months ago

Could you show a few more pictures on the cable management? It looks like a pretty tight fit with that ATX PSU. I'm building mine soon too, so I hope it's all able to fit without restricting air flow too much.

markasoftware submitter 6 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

the last picture is about as good a shot as I can get of it without removing the PSU or GPU, because that's the only side with a clear view. It's not that hard to work with, and my temps were decent on GPU and CPU.

JocularGannet 1 point 34 months ago

how would this computer run with dayz im not too picky on graphics im really new to computers so im not too sure how this would do. would you recommend this to be my first build?

markasoftware submitter 6 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

This could probably max out day z. I'm not sure if I would recommend this as your first build because it can be somewhat tricky to build in the small case without any experience, the new graphics cards from AMD that are releasing in about a month probably will be better than what's available now, and if you mainly are just wanting to play day z you could get a cheaper PC that still runs it well

JocularGannet 1 point 34 months ago

what would you recommend for a first build? and im looking to play games like total war games but dayz is my main priority

markasoftware submitter 6 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I would recommend waiting a month until AMD's new graphics cards are released on June 29th

JocularGannet 1 point 34 months ago

now what if i just buy a bigger case?

FiveSquared25 1 point 4 months ago

Get a Ryzen 7 1700, a B450 mini ITX mobo, 8 gigs of ram, the case, a highly rated 50 dollar psu (semi modular is good) a RX 580 8gb, a 500 gigabyte Samsung EVO, and that’s it!

AridaneAM 1 point 33 months ago

The cat is OC edition?

markasoftware submitter 6 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Nitro Shed technology Inside(tm)

Rolo473 1 point 27 months ago

Lol love the cat for perspective on the case size. So the case is about 1.5 cats large?

anas99 1 point 26 months ago

What about the CPU temperature?

markasoftware submitter 6 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Don't exactly remember, but very acceptable <65 all the time I think

narwhalz 1 point 26 months ago

That cat just made my day.

jonaskvale77 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

This is awesome! Doing a build with this same motherboard as we speak :D will post when done!

FiveSquared25 1 point 4 months ago

Post now!

Agedcrib22167 1 point 1 month ago

Hey nice build! I'm looking to buy that psu, wondering if it's a good choice

markasoftware submitter 6 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I haven't heard anything back from the guy that bought this from me, so I think it's working well. I had no issues whatsoever with it.

philphaser 12 Builds -1 points 34 months ago

Monster? With an i3 and R9 380? Or were you talking about the fact cat in pic 3? : P

markasoftware submitter 6 Builds 5 points 34 months ago

Well it's pretty damn powerful for 1080p

philphaser 12 Builds 3 points 34 months ago

What? Who? You mean your cat?! °_o

CheesecakePC 1 point 34 months ago

Dont be so sassy philphaser... i3's are capable of a lot of stuff... But wouldnt the R9 380 be a slight bottleneck?

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Holy moly... it was a joke! With a hint of truth. ; )
Also people seem to be pretty lighthanded on downvoting these days...

Firewalp 21 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Baha, my thoughts exactly!

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

; )

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