Description

Aimed for a good price to performance, while wanting a quiet small clean build.

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor My previous cpu was an i5-3570k and was fine for gaming and light multitasking but when streaming and heavy multitasking It seemed to be overwhelmed. So I thought i should move to a hyper threaded cpu.

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D9L 46.4 CFM CPU Cooler Love Nocuta coolers and fans for their performance and silence. Not huge fans of the color scheme but with the case I picked out it won't show.

Motherboard: Asus H97I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard I don't plan on OCing so I went with a H97 with a brand I trust.

Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory My last build had 8gb of ram and was fine until I started heavily multitasked. I know I could've gone cheaper and improve the price to performance ratio but I wanted lower cas latency and lower voltage.

Ssd: Sandisk extreme pro 240gb I got this as a replacement due to a ultra plus model dying on me. So I put the price of the original ssd i purchased.

Case: i got on sale and it is huge for a mitx but i like it. Good design, great fan filters which i really like, and lots options for fans and rads compared to other mitx cases.

Gpu: Asus strix 970 Nice and quiet card with great performance. Only requires one power connector.

Cd burner just cause i had one lying around. (in pic not on list)

The system is pretty silent except when the gpu fans kick in hyper drive which is only when being stressed. The stock case fans were noticeable but with some low noise adapters they are quiet. I also replaced the exhaust fan with a spare corsair af(i think) I had and is quiet. The case was pretty easy to build in but going with a shorter cpu heat sink would've made it easier.

Edit: Also had this typed up before i knew about separate parts review. Not only was I lazy to do cable management there is not much options with motherboard due to odd placements of fan inputs and sata ports.

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Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice man. Ik TomsHardware featured this case one of their recent builds. Would love to see more pictures.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Soon as I get home.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

"Current Rig," hilarious. It's like naming your month-old cat "Kitten." Nice build/More pictures.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! I'm now thinking of using your build with custom liquid cooling!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I think that's a great idea. I initially wanted to build this with liquid cooling but decided ill save the money for it on a more extreme build. Also I cant wait to see yours.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

here is the link to my prospective build had to get higher speed ram tho

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i might use a caselabs x2m

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

A custom loop with a locked cpu, honestly don't get it... I would say to get the 4790k.....

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the Xeon perform? I'm planning on using that in my build as well.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

It's pretty much an i7 without integrated graphics.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Prettty much. I'll upload more pics and information when i get home.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The xeon perform just as good as an i7 equivalent without over clocking, better in some case... It can also turbo up to I think 3.8ghz so if you wanted a little more speed it is there! Plus it is a server grade processor they are TOUGH!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

performs*

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW! I just completed a build to and I have a xeon e3-1231 and gtx 970 strix too! Good job! Have you tested it with firestrike? If so could you post your score?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

More pictures please :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Sure thing, soon i get home from work. :)

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

what's the problem with that heatsink?

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