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Corsair 250d Mini-iTx Black Box V.2

by wodurrah

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17 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 22, 2015

Date Built

March 21, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.48GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

Description

Ok now i see when you start building computers all you want to do is spend your money on that...its addictive. So this build is in its final laps...not much else I can add. I went ahead and added a i7 4790k. Def wanted a 8 thread so i can do my editting...the ram is amazing. I have it overclocked to 3000...Also made an astonishing buy. My first idea was to buy a second samsung evo ssd and raid them to get close as I could to 10gbs...but then I watched a random youtube video about a m.2 drive that had speed above sata3 speeds...the xp941 120gb runs at the 10gbs speed of the m.2 that is on the underside of the asus z97...I reinstalled my windows and it is blazing fast. Now I have three sata ports open if i ever add anymore storage. Plus buying one m.2 samsung is about the same price of two samsung ssd in raid and there is less failure possible with no raid 1. At this point the only point of dissapointment is the gtx 960 ftw...its perfect for my current set up and does everything I want at 1080p but the 970 would last me two to three years. I might be upgrading the 960 in a year if not two. But it is silent as hell. Hole system is quiet.

Very happy, only last thoughts is I wish I had gone with the Corsair Carbide 240. The 240 can take Matx or mitx...and with a Matx I would have had a system that was just as small but i would have better cable management and an extra Pci slot for a sound card or some other future ugrade...like usb 3.1

Perhaps one day i will make that move and build out a super cheap build with my G3258 chip and a anniversary board. But for now i'm super pleased. Please comment I love nerd convo.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

I tried out three boards from Microcenter...I tried the gigabyte + Asrock mini itx z97s...both were okay but this Asus is polished. From the Bios to the support and the placement of ports on the motherboard it is perfect. Mini itx because of its size has to give up some things that larger boards have...But with a cpu and two case fan headers this thing is well done. I would have appreciated six sata ports instead of 4, but I plan to add a M.2 at some point which further gives this board exceptional customization.

Video Card

Found this open box at microcenter for $160...I grabbed it like it was a crime. I cant imagine another card being better for $160. I will not be buying a monitor and I use this PC on my 1080p TV so 4k gaming is not a dream of mine. And in the future If i have $1000 for a 4k tv im sure I could afford another $300 for a GPU...but I have played Battlefield and Call of Duty on this card so far at mostly utlra settings and have not had a hiccup or any issues. Usally hovering around 50-70 fps. Nice.

Case

Small size but all the space you need to do pretty much anything but SLI...I would love one day to have a system with a 240mm radiator for my i7 and a 120mm radiator for my GPU...this case is pretty and even with my air build it keeps everything neat and clean.

Power Supply

Wish it was fully modular. I got at Microcenter for $60 on sale and its nicely done for the price...the sleeving it better than the pricepoint and comes with more than enough additional periperhals and what not...Quiet too

Comments Sorted by:

violetrainxx 2 Builds 3 points 28 months ago

Nice first build, congrats! Also, you can edit your prices too :P

wodurrah submitter 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

how...if u show me Ill be your friend ; )

violetrainxx 2 Builds 3 points 28 months ago

Edit your partlist, click the gear on the right side of the part, click marked as purchase and change the price :)

dsargent7 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Good job. That pentium chip is a little underdog, but it'll get the job done for the most part.

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

10 out of 10! I love taking good quality parts and stuffing them into tiny cases! +100 BILLION from me!

8kchiadr 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

huge fan of that case!

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

That's quite an overclock for the stock fan. How are temps holding up? Any plans on upgrading the cooler prior to replacing the chip?

wodurrah submitter 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I can clock it to 4.2 on the stock cooler just had to bump the cpu voltage a bit. Day to day i run it at 4ghz as it is way more stable...but even when stress testing both cpu and gpu at the same time my system reached a max 70 degrees...

The stock fan is so good im at the point where I wouldnt even replace it for another air cooler...but when I upgrade to the i7 i will def grab a h100i...to be honest the system doesnt seem complete without.

kingawesome7 1 point 12 months ago

I too have a pentium g3258 overclcoked to 4.6ghz for the core clock and 4.5ghz on the uncore/cpu cache and it is a beast getting a 7.8 in windows index for cpu calulations per second...!!! Games run smoothly at 1080p with no stuttering... System is still responsive like my 4790k....Just not as powerful obviously in video editing as well as musicproduction....

I currently am waiting for a 4790k rma to happen as mine decided to take a sh1t on itself with the integrated memory controller and all. And plus the gold contact pads are messed up for some apparent reason..... Hope this one runs cooler and overclocks better!!!!

Cheers!!!

Elucii 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

The FTW model of the 960 comes with a backplate right?

wodurrah submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

yes it does and it is beautiful...

Elucii 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Benchmarks?

wodurrah submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

too lazy...i will post soon

Elucii 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Alright! I just mean pretty much any other games you play on it.

wodurrah submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Oh i have played most of the AAA titles...I have pc connected to 1080p tv so there is no need for blistering speed of a 970...Battlefield, Call of duty advanced warfare, batman...everything works well...usually i dont even set the levels for the graphics. The nvidia game engine does it for me

ocd 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Swiftech 240 expandable Aio that could cool a cpu and gpu.

wodurrah submitter 2 Builds 0 points 28 months ago

In the original picture I had a clearance MOBO that I didnt like its IO so i switched up to the ASUS which is perfect.