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Collegiate Honor Society reward

by Gooberdad

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Date Published

Jan. 10, 2015

Date Built

Jan. 10, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.19 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C

Description

Edit; August 2017. While setting up my son's college pc, I adjusted his overclock to 4.6Ghz at 1.275v. Working great. Have him a little boost over the 4.3Ghz it was at before.

Edit; July 2016 I purchased a used GTX 970 that looked like new and replaced the old GTX 660ti. Wow what a difference. My oldest tested it and was surprised at how much of an improvement it was over the old GPU. Using my wattage meter I loaded the GPU and CPU getting a total of 324 watts. This is lower than with the old 660ti. I am relieved since i went so cheap on the PSU. Glad the new tech made last year's tech prices plummet. Now it's a proper little gaming machine. No I am not changing the little Corsair CX for a better PSU since my testing shows substantially less watts than it can sustain and due to my case modifications the psu will always have nice fresh cool air coming in from the side porthole. Besides, my son loves it and that makes me smile.

For my son. You're working so hard in college to get great grades. Here is something to relax and game with.

I needed something small enough to fit on a shelf, but still wanted performance. The smaller I got, I noticed that the dimensions just got switched around. Either longer, wider or taller than I wanted. The PSU was moved, or the cpu cooler was given lots of space, etc. I couldn't get myself to do a 90° laying over graphics card htpc build. I decided to write all the component sizes down and check them against the inside case dimensions. That's when I hit gold and chose the "incompatible with the listed components.." Rosewill Legacy V4-S mini tower. Once I received it, I verified the internal dimensions and mapped out the positions. I wanted it quiet for the dorm room, but still able to move air.

Overall I'm so pleased with this setup. I really like the look and foot print. This was the most fun design so far. I think I will build it again for myself with different design fan grilles and guts.

Ok, I built this as a modifiable gamer. Small form factor pc with water cooling added. Air cooling in this case wouldn't work with any over clocking due to the very limited space between the cpu and the psu. I flipped the PSU inlet to face the left side (as seen when facing the case) and added a porthole to the side for it to breath. I added a porthole to the top of the case to hang the CPU radiator and fans. I added two portholes and filters to the bottom of the case with two silverstone ap122 fans staggered around the hard drives cage to push air to the video card and past the video card to the cooler fan inlet. I replaced the small factory base feet with stainless steel drawer knobs to raise the bottom for more ventilation. I drilled the hard drive cage to add the mounting holes for the ssd. I had to really work inside of the case to get the wiring tied up tightly next to the access panel to make sure the cpu radiator, graphics card and fans could breath. I used my older 2GB gtx660ti graphics card for now. Now with a GTX 970 SSC as of July 2016.

This was a blast to put together. Going against recommendations of using a different case because of displacement and cooling is a thrill when it works. At one point trying to squeeze the radiator/fans and PSU in I realized my measurements were off. I had cut the four upper fan/radiator/grille holes just slightly too far to the right and forward causing the radiator tank to hit the ram cooling fins. When I turned the radiator 90°, the PSU wouldn't fit. I had to remove a small piece from the upper fan where it wasn't sitting flush. I had to reduce the height of three fins of the slot 2 ram heat sink. I over tightened one of the the fan/radiator/grille support bolts and stripped out the threads. Applying plumber's epoxy to the bolt threads and letting it sit overnight upside down after installation fixed that. Oops! I also forgot to install the main motherboard power connector before mounting the radiator and fans and using that epoxy. Double oops !! That power connector was terrible to get plugged in with all that cooler the way.

When I first started it up, my wife and I heard this obnoxious loud ticking noise. I found the front lower fan contacting a rough piece of the aluminum case floor. I had to smooth out the floor so the fan wouldn't hit. Fun fun fun.

I took it to my son at college and added an LG IPS 22" monitor and a set of speakers. He was super excited. I added a picture of the initial placement in his dorm room.

Oh man this thing is quiet. The fans and that Nepton 120xl are super quiet. I am surprised. I wish this cooler was still sold here in the USA.

I hope this inspires people to see beyond the limitations of a case, and feel free to modify one to meet their needs. Don't be afraid to get out the hole saw and cut that case up. They make a lot of great fan covers to protect fingers from getting into the spinning blades. Go for it!

Thanks for looking and voting.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU, but not as easily overclocked as the old 3570k. Got it to 4.6 GHz.

CPU Cooler

Fantastic 120mm cooler. Very quiet.

Motherboard

Great little motherboard. Has worked well the year and a half.

Storage

Great performance and no issues.

Video Card

Super nice GPU. Great 1080p performance and can be picked up around $180 in great used shape as of July 2016.

Case

Love the size and look of this case. Modifies easily to hold a 120mm AIO water cooler and fresh air in port for a flipped psu.

Power Supply

Good cheap psu. Beware of overclocking with this unit. Use a wattage meter to test your system to make sure you don't push past its normal limits and operating temperature. Otherwise buy another psu that has more power and is made for gaming.

Operating System

It's ok. Stable. Looks nice. Had to turn off all the windows "Spyware".

Case Fan

Nice and super quiet.

Headphones

Nice inexpensive usb headphones.

Speakers

Nice speakers. Sometimes on sale at bestbuy for $29.99 under another name and silver color.

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overclockingfreak 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

The cable management looks like it was a pain, that is one reason I did not go with the Corsair RM as it has Ribbon cables, so I went with the EVGA SuperNova 750 G2 as it is a Super Flower Leadex rebrand.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

It was a pain, but since it's not visible I pulled all of them up to that opening above the video card and tired them all there as I closed it up.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

I didn't know that out was a rebrand. I have another build that has an EVGA 750 gold.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Cool deal. Yeah the cabling is much better and looks nicer on those.

overclockingfreak 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

May I recommend getting some Cooler Master JetFlow fans as they would do good at getting air past all of those cables. http://us.coolermaster.com/product/Detail/cooling/jetflo/jetflo-120.html

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

That a great idea. It would litter the prime 95 run I'm sure.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Lower not litter sorry

Jizzandapuss 1 point 50 months ago

Pre-applied thermal paste on the Coolermaster ?

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Nope. It came with some, but I had a larger tube of another make. Diamond 5 something. Picked it up on sale a while back.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

To be clear, this nepton 120 had a huge heat sink/pump with s huge copper bass. It had no thermal paste preinstalled. I also did not use the provided thermal paste. I used Artic Silver Ceramic 2. I dint know why I was thinking it was diamond 5 something or other. I've added it to the list, but I purchased a larger tube of it s while back. I like how it works.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Thank you PcPartpicker for this wonderful website to learn about and build these fabulous machines.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I think I should get my son a gtx970 that is 260mm or less and then repost this build. All that new stuff in it but leaving a leftover card I pulled from my old pc doesn't feel right.

tdxloki 1 point 49 months ago

Cool build. I was considering this case but I thought it might get too hot. What did you use to cut holes in the case?

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I used a 4.5" hole saw and my drill. Works great with 120mm fans.

tdxloki 1 point 49 months ago

Very cool/creative. Its a nice cut. Thanks for posting about this build!

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Thanks. It's an easy way to get more air.

Hazi59 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Very nice. I have a love hate relationship with Mini ITX builds. Challenging but rewarding. Nice build.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Thank you. Yeah a small form factor psu would have been smarter. Would have helped inside that case a ton. I wish this one was still sold here in the US

Hazi59 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Yeah, most of what I have seen with Small Form Factor PSU's are the EVGA G3 series or the Corsair SF series. I just finished a mini itx build and was able to utilize a Seasonic M2II EVO 650 Watt into my Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV Mini ITX case...seasonic PSU's typically are in that sweet spot of 150 mm length range. :-)

JustinAngers 1 Build 0 points 50 months ago

No video card?

TGK_Gaming 1 point 50 months ago

In the 8th picture, there is a GTX 660 Ti

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

I find a similar card on pcpartpicker and posted it with the other small parts. Also the monitor and very similar speakers at same price.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Well shoot "I find"..Dammit I found..

geogeodude 0 points 50 months ago

Learn to read the description.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Shoot not a problem. It's an older card I had. I've still git an old gtx 260 1.8 gb ram too. Didn't see an option for the 660ti so left it blank.

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Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

This one was a blast to get running. Those fan grilles are sold at .....I'll find out

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Directron has a few models of both plastic and steel grilles. There are other places that sell them, but I think that's where I got these. The first ones I bought in gold atomic design by mistake. When they arrived I realized I had ordered gold by mistake and my oldest picked the yin,yang chrome as he liked them better. I agreed and ended using them once painted metallic blue on my youngest son's build.

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Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Absolutely so far. I should have waited till it was on sale. I told my son he can buy a 970 for a massive upgrade, add long as it is not longer than 10.3" or taller than 5.8".

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

I'm loving the whole setup. My son loves it too. I will build this again for myself, but maybe give it more ram, s GTX 970, and the 4790k since it will be mine:). 70 ° full load is fantastic at 4.3 ghz. I think. And it's so quiet.

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Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Finally upgraded to a used EVGA GTX 970 SSC for $176 from ebay. Tight fit, but what a massive improvement and pull less wattage overall than the previous setup. Glad the new 1070 came out and drive prices further down.

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Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Hey you are still getting on here. Hope you are well.

Yeah that new to us video card was like a damn puzzle trying to make it fit. Just too damn tight in that little case.

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Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I replaced the 660ti with a gtx 970 and it is almost touching the power button. I had to scrape it past to get it to fit but it's in there now.

Oh case modification. I suggested to reshape the case side panel if he couldn't figure out a good position for the cooler radiator or cut a hole and create a spot for the radiator that works referencing this build.