Description

I present you my mini-ITX build. I wanted something really compact, a little bigger than a current generation console but much more powerful.

MOTHERBOARD: Went with the MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC. The reason why I chose this particular motherboard is that I wanted the computer to be easily expendable in the future. The motherboard is the foundation of any computer and this is why I decided not to cheap out and went with the superior Z170 chipset.

CPU: The 6th generation i3-6100 dual-core is cheap and surprisingly fast. I increased the CPU clock from 37 x 100.00 MHz to 37 x 108.10 MHz which gives a reliable 4.0 GHz overclock from the factory 3.7 GHz. It's been running great so far and it hasn't bottle-necked my system.

MEMORY: G.Skill has always been my memory go-to brand when building computers and I made no exception this time. I am really satisfied with the Ripjaws V Series and 16GB is more than plenty for current and upcoming AAA titles.

PRIMARY STORAGE: I consider the Samsung 850 EVO one of the best SSDs on the market at the moment.

SECONDARY STORAGE: I'm using an 750GB Hitachi Travelstar I was given for free as a secondary storage drive.

VIDEO CARD: Using a MSI Radeon R9 380 4GB. Hopefully this graphic card will be strong enough for a few years.

CASE: I really like Silverstone's RVZ02B case, the design is fairly compact and well thought out.

POWER SUPPLY: Silverstone SFX-L 500W power supply.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 5 points

Looks great! I would love an internal photo more. Great part list too. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you for the comment. I added an inside picture too.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciate the internal photo! It looks clean inside, a lovely job. :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Such beauty

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it does look nice.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahhhhh I love it. I'm pretty smitten by the RVZ02B, too. Very smart component selection. Enjoy!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the comment. Lots of thoughts went into the selection of the components particularly for the case. The RVZ02B is great, I couldn't be happier with it!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I just built an i3 6100/GTX 960 and I love the i3!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

The 6th generation i3 is a great processor. I am very impressed with it!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build man. love the desk lay out too. very minimalistic.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the comment. I like to keep things simple!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the R9 380! Exact same card I have, I just need a mobo to put it in. I'm excited to get off this Pentium G640 and 7750 Sapphire to a 4690K and the 4GB 380.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the comment. This build actually started with an EVGA GTX 950 but I switched over to the R9 380 a week afterward. Nothing wrong with the GTX 950 but I prefer the R9 380 raw power and performance instead.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

isn't this i3 hyperthreaded? regardless cool build but like most i would love some inside shots.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the comment. I added an inside picture and will add another tomorrow. The 6th generation i3-6100 is indeed hyperthreaded. It has 2 cores and 4 threads.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you swap out the LED in the case? It looks more red in yours than the orange in all the other images I have seen.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The case came with three LEDs, two were orange and one was red. I took out the two orange LEDs and kept the red one in the center. Instead of plugging the red LED in the HDD activity pins, I plugged it in the power pins where the orange LEDs used to be. The lighting is now bright red!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your cpu temps under load? I'm concerned that the smaller form factor means less air flow in the case, leading to the cpu being too hot. Overall a very nice build!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not concerned with the cpu, it stays cool under load. The R9 380 on the other hand gets pretty hot. About 60-70 ºC with the fans on 90% speed playing DOOM.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you change the front panel led red? Looks cool!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The case had three LEDs (two orange and one red). I removed the orange LEDs and kept the red one. Then I plugged it to the power pin.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for helping the other guy. Sorry i didn't read my messages!