Description

I saw ampedsil's MicroATX Gaming Build on here and liked the concept, so I decided to go with something similar for my first build.

  • I'm blown away by the graphics and load times after coming from a low/mid-end laptop.
  • It's not completely silent, but quieter than my laptop, and practically inaudible for light tasks when set behind the side of my desk.
  • The motherboard is the maximum specified MicroATX size (9.6x9.6 in.), so it was a bit of a hassle figuring out how to place it in. That's why the optical drive is out in the second picture.
  • For the case, having a little less drive cage may have helped significantly with the motherboard, though it appears already shortened a bit in that area. Also, using any fan as a side intake at a medium-to-high RPM tended to produce a loud, annoying buzzing. Otherwise, the side panels, thumb screws, filters and such are very nice.
  • I had a 2.2Ghz Phenom II on my laptop and hardly ever hit 100%, except with occasional transcoding, so I figured the 965 would be a decent deal. Overclocking was a delightfully frustrating experience, but I eventually reached something stable. The CPU-NB is running at 2600Mhz.
  • I've got it running on a dual monitor setup with a Dell S2440L (currently $199 on Amazon if you can wait a bit) and a KDS VS-5 (I got it from a friend for free years ago and it refuses to die). The keyboard and mouse are the Microsoft Sidewinder X4 and the Logitech G500.
  • And, yes, I have since put the last few screws in my motherboard

Comments

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the KDS lol

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

It actually runs at 1400x1050 despite being 15 years old. Things get a lot smaller when moving onto it.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

"refuses to die" hard to find that quality nowadays

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget build.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering how the experience was with adding a watercooling kit. Was there any problems?

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a little confusing installing the backplate on the motherboard, and later working with the retaining ring, but nothing I wasn't expecting as a first-timer. The thermal compound was pre-applied in a circle, and I was a bit worried as it didn't cover the CPU entirely, but the temperatures seem fine.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, and are you running a push n pull config? Because im really intersted in this case and I need a water cooler so thats why i'm asking questions :)

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

•Yes: it's a push/pull configuration with two 120mm fans as the front intake. The push fan (F12) is snapped (no screws needed) into the front panel where the fan that came with the case used to be; and the pull fan (P12) is screwed into the radiator, rather than the fan that came with the Kuhler 620. The radiator itself is screwed into the metal wall dividing the front panel area from the main case - I'm not sure if the screws for that came with the Kuhler, or were just leftovers from some other part of computer building.

•There are two wires coming off of the pump - one to receive power from a 3-pin header, and another to supply 3-pin power to the included fan (which isn't used here since the P12 and F12 are 4-pin PWM).

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

How much voltage did you use to reach that clock speed? My NB is at 2600 mhz as well but with 1.25 volts.