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After I upgraded my personal computer, I had an i5-6600k and an MSI GTX 970 just laying around. My girlfriend had her computer, which only had a Pentium G3258 (great processor, no issues with it) and a Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB, so I decided to revamp her computer. I ditched her old parts and gave her a brand new Skylake processor and a new motherboard to go along with it. Now, some of you might say, "Why are you using a stock cooler on an overclocking CPU?" My answer to that would be "I don't have enough money yet to get her an AIO Liquid Cooler."

Moving on to building. Disassembling her old computer wasn't that hard. I was the one who built it in the first place. When I opened up the computer, I was horrified at my own cable management so I definitely decided I would fix that. Also in the photos, there is a kit off 16GB corsair LPX ram. Working with that ram was a nightmare that would take hours of typing just for me to explain what happened. I ended up giving her PC a kit of 4x4 G.Skill Ram that would ultimately match her build as well.

I would say I'm pretty proud of this build. Small, compact and fairly powerful as well. If I were to change anything, I would definitely change out the power supply and the CPU cooler right away. The network card is amazing, no issues with that as well. The motherboard looks amazing and has enough features and USB ports to satisfy anyone looking for a micro atx PC build.

Please recommend me some modular power supplies, preferably with sleeved cabling so that this build would look better. Also, recommend me some air coolers that could fit in this tiny chassis unless you guys think that AIO liquid cooling would probably be the best for this little but powerful PC.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd love to have internet speeds like that. +1

  • 43 months ago
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Solid build!

As for cooling you could go for a AIO mounted on the top of your case. Based on a youtube video i saw (alert me if this is incorrect) you can mount up to a 240mm raditor on the top! That gives you alot of options to work with such as the Corsair H60 as a 120mm radiator at a reasonable $50 or the Corsair H100i v2 as a 240mm radiator at $100 on amazon. Also swapping the rear fan of your case for a 140mm airflow fan would be a great upgrade from the stock 120mm (if you are still using it)

As for modular power supplies, there are plenty of options! For a fully modular PSU, the EVGA SuperNOVA 650 is a great choice coming in at $80 with a full set of braided sleeved black PSU wires. You of course can change these wires by ordering some of the color of your choice from retailers such as EVGA themselves or Cablemods and etc. The PSU is also GOLD CERTIFIED =D.

Great build and i hope everything goes your way!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this is actually a lot of information! I've always been drawn to corsair power supplies and always thought that they were pretty expensive, I totally overlooked the fact that there are other manufacturers as well! Thank you so much for the help! One question though, you said swap out the 120mm exhaust fan to a 140mm. Will it make that much of a difference or can I keep the stock fan on there?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Changing the fan will make no difference at all.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Bigger fan generally gets you more airflow for the same noise level. Varies by model, of course.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, BUT the difference in cooling power will not be very much at all. In a normal case fan, as long as it moves SOME air, moving a little more air will make no difference.

My components stay the same exact temp with my case fans on max and on min.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The bigger one will be quieter and more efficient! Its definitely not a requirement but it never hurts to have a larger exhaust fan! A great fan for something like this would be the Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Make sure it is not a NEX ebay psu. Those are not great. You only want the g2, gs (not 750), p2, b2.