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Mini-ITX high-end gaming build with carbon-fiber mod (great cable management & airflow path)

by bobby0825

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135 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 29, 2014

Date Built

Sept. 20, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

967 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

Description

I only applied two 2.5" SSD+HHD. The two 3.5" HHD space has been used for cable management. I think this is the best airflow path for Corsair 250D. Please leave comments if you have any better idea.

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jimmystempura 2 Builds 7 points 54 months ago

This is one sweet baby, love that carbon fiber wrapping!

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 2 points 54 months ago

Thanks. Carbon fiber film is cheap but great look. All the film + metal sticker totally cost $15 with shippping

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Nice to see you again. Thanks for your advise. XD

jimmystempura 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Hehehe.

Pcjulian12343 1 point 37 months ago

so hows the psu?

jstar 5 points 54 months ago

Those high quality shots and that incredible cable management...Sir, you did fine, you did fine!!

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks. I enjoyed my shots too. :P

Charizard 2 points 54 months ago

Those LED's light up my day, I feel kinda warm inside.

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

but waste more energy. lol

lemonademolotovz 0 points 53 months ago

am i the only one who's realised that he hasn't put any fans on the radiator?

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Yeah, you are the only one didn't see the radiator fan lol.

lemonademolotovz 0 points 53 months ago

can i ask why?

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Can I say no? XD

jopers1986 2 points 54 months ago

I love how empty the front is! Thought i did a good job on mine, but turns out to be an embarrassment!

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 2 points 54 months ago

You sould show off your work. :)

hanss 1 Build 2 points 54 months ago

Wow this build is one of the most beautiful things I have seen.Great Job!!

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks^_^

Control 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

well done man, it looks great

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks :)

MrBeastshaw 15 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Stellar cable management!

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks. WOW, You have a lot of AMD builds with great cable management.

MrBeastshaw 15 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Thank you. I've got a non-AMD build in the works in this case actually. Your build has really pumped me up to make it as tidy as possible.

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Can't wait to see your build.

SleathX1 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

I sure do like those decals, and the carbon fiber of course! Great part choices also, +1

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks.

IIIAVIATORIII 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I love it man. Amazing pictures, beautiful interior and exterior. Nothing less than a +1. This is one sweet PC.

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Your 2011 alienware build still looks great in 2014.

IIIAVIATORIII 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks dude! :). I'm going to update my main PC soon. Fix up the cables, add some new parts, change up the liquid cooling, etc.

maestro35 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

This build looks fantastic - I love to see the mini-ITX machines, and this one in particular really didn't skimp on anything. I must ask, though, why the Xeon? Over a comparable i7, I mean?

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 3 points 54 months ago

Xeon almost has no difference in performance compare with i7 at the same level. And it comes a lot of benefits which i7 doesn't have: 1. Sever grade quality 2. No useless Intel graphics 3. Less TDP & heat 4. Less cost 5. I hate overclocking

actechy 7 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Nicely done! +1

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

;P

Sed8Op8 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I just spent half the night trying to fit a h60 in one of the 2 side spaces on the 250d the one closest to the io would not fit because of the size of the io blocking the cooling tubes and where you have your h60 the 24 pin power connection was blocking them so I settled for putting the h60 in the front where my 200 mm fan was going to be ....I'm so bummed I might try again and see if I can get it to fit but I think the asus h97i mitx blocks both side option due to placement issues 8( anyways AWESOME build man awesome!!!

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

H100 is the best solution for 250D.

brelovix 1 point 54 months ago

Nice build. Awesome set of pics, always have to appreciate when people do that. Like the carbon too aha. +1

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Yeah! Thanks

awepicness 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Very nice. Made me reconsider getting the 250d again. +1

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

250D is a solid, flexible, well designed and value case.

PacificNic 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I think you should set the 80mm fans to intake, but I don't know how much that would help. Just a thought.

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 2 points 54 months ago

Setting 80mm fans as exhaust help the case take out the hot air from ACX cooler quickly and my GPU temp droped from 78C to 72C. If set as intake, the income airflow will fight against with ACX cooler to jam the hot air at the left top corner of the case.

PacificNic 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Ahh okay. Good on you for testing it (y)

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Just out of curiosity how long did you take to make that final picture of the mouse including the potitioning of the parts on the side. :P

The Carbon wrap together with the great use of LEDs and the perfect photo quality make this build stunning +1!

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

I'm really happy you like it. Actually all the photos didn't take me long time to finish include the last one.

alex591 1 point 54 months ago

This is a typical pictures say more than text (not a bad thing :D).But the carbon fiber and the stickers are just beautiful.

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks. My title is longer than other's. LOL

LokStock 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

really nice build, great job :)

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks.;)

skiskate10 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Where did you buy that carbon fiber?

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

On eBay. It is pretty cheap.

chodamoyer 1 point 54 months ago

Impressive to say the least.

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Haha, thanks :P

Elvyn 1 point 54 months ago

How is the MoBo?

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Great Mobo for Xeon.

Hyperstorm 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

So sick

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

I am sick :P

Hyperstorm 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Where did you find that spider logo?

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

You can just search "metal sticker" on ebay. There is huge list of selection.

Hyperstorm 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks. I'll give that a go.

Zlatin 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Wow, she's a (Surprisingly inexpensive)beauty. Love the LEDs

Zlatin 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Same mouse, btw :D

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Yeah, it's a sexy mouse

raibbl 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

MAN! This is pure awesomeness! I wanted to comment on the Xeon, why not take an i5 since the build is for gaming ? could have saved more, although im not sure about bottle necking,

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 3 points 53 months ago

This Xeon is equivalent to i7 4770K. The old Xeon series is not for gaming but the new Xeon E3 (just a "re-named" Haswell i7) uses high quality i7 then disabled integrated GPU and overclocking.

JoeBroni 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Very nice cable management, sweet build.

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks. ;)

iamwildbear 1 point 53 months ago

Hey hows that H60? I am going to get one for my build and i was just wondering do youu have to maintain it alot?

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

If you have full dust filters on you case and set the radiator fans as exhaust and pull, you may never need to clean it.

alnakib80 7 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Ahhh my next case, I want to use my spare 4770k and make a TV Room/Gaming/Lan Rig... whats it like to work with? nice build will go with the red theme too since I will drop in a z97i gamin ac by msi...

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

This is a great itx case and you caj put blueray drive on it for living room entertainment.

alnakib80 7 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

yeah gonna use my pioneer bdr in it i think because I barely use it in my study!

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

my rig over 80% of the time is for study, 20% for entertainment. lol

Sed8Op8 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Your build is so clean everytime I look at my htpc I am ashamed lol you really made this case shine and given me the inspiration to try and get my 24 pin and other cables tucked in the drive slots neatly. Also the way you folded your USB 3 front panel connection is awesome all around very well thought out and next to flawless cable management. Makes my 250d put its head down in shame hehe.

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks. I think you did awesome work on cable management too. your ATX and ITX give me a lot of new idea to deal with cables.

Sed8Op8 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

I tucked the fan cables beneath the fans to right above the drive bays and fixed the hd audio front panel because it wasn't tied down. I just put in 4 hours doing a case swap and had to quit and hopefully finish sometime after work during the week I was just to burnt out from running cables one way then Realizing they would look better some other way. It will be worth it though transferring my atx over to the enthoo pro by phanteks added a seasonic 760 plat and a gigabyte g1 970 all the main components are in just 2-3 hours of cable management,drivers,stability testing and benchmarking etc FUN Stuff hehe I actually do enjoy the first hour or 2 of it. It's just when my back hands eyes and brain start hurting from being bent over in a case for long periods do i get a little burnt. Anyways man I really like the carbon fiber on your build could you explain that process to me a little bit more!

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

I love my carbon fiber style too. You already did great job on 250D. if I use 3.5 HDD, I'm sure I cannot get cable management done very well. BTW, you should find a comfortable place to assemble your PC lol.

GanjaBeast 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Super nice and clean build! Extremely jealous

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks. You have a nice build too.

iConnzz 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Nice build!

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks.

TheSlapster 1 point 53 months ago

Did you do anything special to get the GPU power cables from getting bent by the top panel? It took me a few tries to get mine to close (MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR) and I'm still not happy with the way they're bent. I did find a seller on Ebay making 90 degree 6-pin & 9-pin cables, may try them to take the strain off of the original ones.

Gorgeous job, btw! Makes me ashamed of my interior, I'll have to go back in & clean it up!!

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

No, I didn't do anything special. The flat VGA cable came with PSU was perfect for this case. I was lucky. lol

franwasd 1 point 53 months ago

Nice beast. Loved the OCD!

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks :)

franwasd 1 point 53 months ago

By the way, are those 50 degrees under max load? On a H60?

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

Yes, 100% CPU load. That is one benefit from Xeon

franwasd 1 point 53 months ago

Wow that's amazing! How would you rate it as a gaming processor? Because it's supposed to be a server cpu right?

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

Some Xeon versions are not good for gamming but others are just exactly same as high-end i7 CPU. My CPU is equivalent to 4770K.

dc 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

How did cut the carbon fiber to fit the case? Very nice build.

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Actually it is not very difficult. You can check the video on YouTube about how to apply carbon firber film on a car.

asperity 1 point 53 months ago

beautiful pictures..

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks.

jacwa1001405 1 point 52 months ago

cable management is supreme

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Thanks. Actually I updated my cable management recently. It is even better than the one in the picture.

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mariothetec 1 point 52 months ago

will you be able to fit a h110i or h105 cpu cooler. Considering using this case for a build.

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Im not sure but I think it could fit most of 120x240mm radiator. BTW, H60 is pretty enough if you do some easy overclocking.

AAABattary 1 point 41 months ago

This case won't let you use thicker radiators so stick with ones that are no more than 30mm thick unless you want to use low profile fans which aren't really recommended for pushing air through radiators.

VirusZParadox 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

This is one of the few completed builds that has enough pictures to satisfy my curiosity. The 8th and 9th pics make it look amazing (they all look amazing, but those two are especially cinematic or something.)

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I'm happy you like it.

keensight21 1 point 50 months ago

What games do you play on this Beast?

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Anything. :)

Tony.C 1 point 49 months ago

Awesome job! This looks amazing!

My question would be is the machine noisy?

I am planning to build something similar to this and was wondering if I used the H100i cpu cooler and replaced the radiator fans with silent fans if it would hinder the cooling performance.

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

My machine is quiet even under load. I applied the speed reducers on my case fans. H100i actually is not a good one for this case because it is noisy and block the most important airflow path for exhausting GPU hot air. Single fan radiator cooler is already overkill for non-overclocking CPU.

SteelePCBuying 1 point 47 months ago

Looks great, and gives me inspiration during my build!

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

My pleasure :)

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

you should be careful as that gigabyte board has a thinner PCB. I don't even think the H60 is making good contact with that board.

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Maybe you are right. But the temperature is pretty good so far.

jrizy 1 point 45 months ago

the wire management just makes this very very nice job

MasterAli 1 point 44 months ago

Did you carbon fiber wrap the cooler tubes too?

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I wish I did XD It is the original tube of H60

MasterAli 1 point 44 months ago

Huh, they come textured then. Looks better than solid rubber.

ap002 1 point 42 months ago

Awesome build, love the carbon fibre, thinking of using the same CPU, how fast is it? Also did that cool Xeon sticker come in the box?

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Thank you. This Xeon is already overkill for all games unless you have multiple 4K monitors. I bought the metal Xeon and Geforce stickers on eBay. The original one doesn't look good on carbon fiber surface.

skybeam 1 point 41 months ago

why did you go with a xeon for a gaming pc?

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Most Xeon E3 are i7 disabled stupid integrated graphics. Same performance, lower TDP(Heat and power consumption), server grade reliability and lower price. Why not choose Xeon? XD

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

THE BEST, cable management I've seen in this chassis. Well done!

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks XD

ChewbaccaLovesBanana 1 point 38 months ago

Benchmarks pls

MEC-777 9 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Sweet build! You did an awesome job with this. :) How's the Xeon for gaming? Been thinking about upgrading my i5-4570 with this same specific Xeon (prices for i7's are insane in Canada right now). edit Never mind. Just saw a few comments up you said it's overkill for gaming. ;) Question answered.

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Xeon is awesome. I am in Canada too. It is not a good time to build a high end PC because of the currency we have right now.

Tay_Crofton 1 point 37 months ago

Does rthe h60 cooler light up?

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

No. XD

CaptainSnorlax 1 point 28 months ago

how did you carbon fiber wrap the fan holes on the sides?

Want-a-pc-kid 1 point 23 months ago

Better graphic cards would be a plus but other then that pretty good.

bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

It is almost the best graphic card when I built it. The 900 series hasn't came out.

Chadack 1 point 15 months ago

Whats with the intel Xeon? is this a gaming machine?

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bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Because my hardwares are not that popular. lol

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bobby0825 submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

You can search "carbon fiber wrap" on eBay. Easily can find a lot of carbon fiber wrap for cars. Then, pick one you like.(make sure the size can fit your case)