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The Little Cube That Could

by xL-Jee-

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Date Published

May 24, 2016

Date Built

April 22, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

Description

Hello there, I recently got into the idea of building my own PC last summer when I got tired of watching YouTubers playing PC games. I then spent the next few months educating myself on how a computer works, what parts our necessary and how to pick the best parts. It took a lot of hours researching each and every part until eventually I came up with this build. I already had the PS4 from 3 years ago and I got the XboxOne to replace the PS4 due to more of my friends playing the Xbox, I'll be selling the PS4 so I can buy a graphics card and because it's not needed anymore.

(The pictures show how I started it out and how I improved my cable management as I went on)

                                                                                       ------The List------

I wanted to build a PC that would be easy enough to upgrade and would allow me to play some games at High-Ultra with 40-60 fps. It also had to be portable enough so I could take it around with me when I go round to my friends or my dad's . I also wanted it look proper, like it had been built by professionals who know what they are doing.

                                                                                       ------The Build------

I started out with just the CPU, the motherboard, the ram, the SSD, the case and the psu. I didn't get the rest until about a month later as I figured since I had some money laying around I would put it into the PC.

Everything went smoothly enough, except my case came with two broken case feet, but Thermaltake sent me out two replacements free of charge which took only four days to get to me. Originally I had tried to cable manage from the start, but I had made it too difficult for myself as I was trying to route the cables in the worst places possible. I recently decided to get the zip ties out again and try to finish my mess, I think the outcome is pretty good?

Other than the case problem everything went well, the PC booted from the USB and I installed Windows 10. Then I started to panic as my PC wasn't detecting my router and I couldn't find the WiFi settings. I asked my friend who had built a few computers, and he told me to use my old Surface Pro (1st Gen) to download the WiFi drivers and all the other needed drivers onto the USB and open them up on my PC. Once I had done this everything else worked, my PC found my router and since then I haven't had any problems with my PC.

I also decided to make my own homemade dust filters out of some magnetic sheets and some fiberglass mesh and a bit of super glue, they came out pretty good and catch a fair amount of dust. I also bought a pwm splitter so I could hook up all of my case fans to one header and control it through the bios. When I installed the 80mm fans they rubbed against each other, so I fixed this problem by loosing some of the screws.

                                                                                       ------Afterthoughts------

So I think I did alright, did I pick the best parts, within reason? Also, I was considering getting either a used gtx 970 for around £110-£140 or getting the new gtx 1070 if it is around £270, what are your thoughts on that? Also, I am from Northern Ireland so I couldn't get some of the better parts eg. Cryorig M9i shipped to me as we are considered "not Mainland UK" and to ship some things here would cost the price of the part I am buying, so because of this I tried to buy everything off of www.amazon.co.uk as they will mostly deliver to me either free or a small charge. Also, one last question. I have my CPU locked at 3.6ghz so that it doesn't jump around. Is there anyway to increase that on my motherboard? Or if I had wanted to do that, would I have had to get a Z170 motherboard? I didn't want to overclock initially, but I'm just wondering if I can lock it at 3.9ghz or higher than 3.6ghz.

Cheers for all your help PCPartpicker and thanks to anyone who directly helped select my parts.

Josh

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor for gaming and general tasks. I got it for the price of the i5 6500.

CPU Cooler

It's a great cooler, but I had to oil the fan with sewing machine oil because it was buzzing at low rpm. It's fixed now but the fact that I had to do it is why I'm docking two stars. I'd get the Cryorig M9i if you can instead of this.

Motherboard

Great motherboard, works like a charm. Had no trouble with this and the bios was easy to use. I got this because it was cheap enough and it had WiFi and Bluetooth.

Storage

It's very fast for what I need and it's cheap.

Case

I love this case. Love it. It's got plenty of room for all my cables and it is so easily modded, I added my homemade dust filters and in the future I will be able to add water coolers and radiators to the side vents.

Power Supply

The only good modular PSU that doesn't cost £75+ It gives good clean power and was recommended by the pros such as JonnyGuru.

Case Fan

They are quiet once you've set a custom fan curve for them, and my only gripe with the is that I had to loosen the screws for one of them otherwise they would push against each other and cause the blades to hit the plastic ring.

Mouse

Great accurate mouse, I figured if i was going to try out PC games, I should at least have a good mouse. Only gripe is the first one came with bad sensor rattle so I sent it back to Amazon and they sent me out a new one which luckily didn't have any sensor rattle.

Headphones

Got these when I got the PS4. They have survived being dropped a few times and are decentish.

Comments Sorted by:

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 4 points 21 months ago

WAIT FOR THE 1070

-I can not stress that enough, the huge leaps that NVIDA has made with the new cards is amazing and you will not find a better price/performance than with a 1070.

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Ok i'll wait for the gtx 1070 then. If it's not faster than the gtx 980ti should I get one of those used for around £280-£300? Or is it going to be faster than the gtx Titan X aswell as the gtx 1080?

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

the GTX 1070 is said to be faster than a Titan X. Just recently I found some benchmarks for the card here: http://videocardz.com/60265/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070-3dmark-firestrike-benchmarks It's going to be faster than A 980ti (Also cheaper) and it has more VRAM. I would definitely go for a 1070 over a 980ti any day of the week.

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Ok i'll get the gtx 1070 then, how long do you think it'll take until the MSI, EVGA equivalents of the cards are released?

OccamAsylum 12 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

That's also something I want to know.

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Yeah, you think they'll come out before the end of June?

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OMGriffinz 2 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

WELCOME TO SETUP REHAB

Align the poster with the monitor, or put it aligned to the side so you can see the entire thing.

... ehh, this is actually a good setup, have nothing else to say lmao +1

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

It's not a poster, it's this old map I have had from years ago, I'll probably get rid of it to make the setup look better, cheers for the input.

OMGriffinz 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Hey, you put lots of work into your setup compared to most people on this site and thats why I reward with +1

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Cheers for the +1 and yeah, it took at least 3 hours to zip tie and organise all the cables into sections. It's worth it though as it looks really clean and it is easy to keep clean.

LB315 1 point 21 months ago

The Intel cpu you bought isn't a "k" series which would allow you to overclock it any further, I think there are a few motherboards made by Asrock which can get around the locked feature of Intel CPUs but there might not be one in a mitx size.

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Here, I'm still looking trying to upload photos and I never finished, what happened?

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I have like another 50 photos which are still trying to be uploaded

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Never mind, it is uploading them now.

jos999 1 point 21 months ago

Great to see someone making the leap over from console to pc! Great build!

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Cheers, means a lot.

MarcEbrainz 1 point 21 months ago

Nice build! Anyone have any information on how expensive the 970 or 980 will be after the 1070 and 1080 are released. Building my rig this summer, and I'm wondering if I could maybe snag a 970 or 980 into my build. Cheers mates.

ATXON 2 points 21 months ago

No, nobody really knows, but I already see 980s selling on ebay for 50 bucks less than they were before the 1080 was announced. Once pascal hits retail my guess is they will be at an all time low.

MarcEbrainz 1 point 21 months ago

Cool, I'm looking forward to Nvidia putting out pascal, so hopefully I can get a 980 for a good price. That would be amazing! Cheers mate.

OMGriffinz 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

980 is at a weird price... $200 more than a 970 although an OC version of the 970 would give you the same performance. $100 less than a Ti which is overall waay more powerful.

MarcEbrainz 1 point 21 months ago

I guess I'll go with a 970, and oc it!

OMGriffinz 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

I agree... Sometimes (if you are unlucky) you get the card that cant handle a minor OC (like mine :/) but usually you can OC your card fine

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks and I'm not sure on the prices of the used cards, though hopefully they're dead cheap after the new cards come out.

MarcEbrainz 1 point 21 months ago

Yea, ditto.

EngageDynamo 1 point 21 months ago

Don't get the 1070, it has so many problems and on paper, it looks like an unfinished product, made to bring in money as fast as possible. I'd wait for what the 480x can do, for cheaper then the 1070.

ATXON 1 point 21 months ago

1070 is going to be hella powerful, no doubt about that... but if you're patient you could snatch up one of the frigging dozens of cheap as hell 970's people will be selling when they jump ship for pascal. Once pascal is retail launched, check ebay to see how cheap people will be selling their 970's and 980's. If the price is good enough just get that, it should be fine for non VR 1080p. Hate to break it to you but there is no way the 1070 is going to come close to 270 pounds.

ATXON 1 point 21 months ago

Oh! and +1 for the cool case and waiting on a new GPU.

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Cheers and yeah I'm waiting for either price drops or for the 1070, though I'm in no rush

OMGriffinz 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Watch this if you are way too hyped https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbNlpCgd1J4

Kreuzer 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Custom made or diy? Or did you buy them online? And yeah it's a nice case.

Kreuzer 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

100% custom made.

Danmondy 1 point 21 months ago

Are you sure those cards will fit in this case?

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I'll find about by adding them to a partlist and see if PCPartpicker detects any problems

LinkTech 1 point 21 months ago

Wait for Polaris, RX 480 is $200 USD, or about £138 GBP

Lilypop 1 point 20 months ago

You don't need to deploy the two 80mm back fans if you have the front 200mm fan engaged.

I have the same case, twice, one of which uses a i5 4570 (84w TDP) and found that the back fans contribute only 1 or 2 degrees at full load (which for me is around 60C), and nothing on idle. Those two fans although quiet contribute as much noise as the CPU cooler. I would suggest you disengage them and see what you think. I am sure those back outlets are only to be deployed if you have to remove the front 200mm fan to fit a full length GPU or Water CPU cooler.

If you are looking for improvements - and I am not saying you should :) - I use a Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet Heatsink and Fan c. 50 GBP. It's nice an copper looking (it isn't, only the pipes and base are copper) and the cooling performance is first class (I don't OC). System is near silent with a quiet rush on full load (as silent as I have seen for such a powerful processor). That said I have a Asus H87i mobo which allows the 200mm fan to be controlled down to 10% loading (on the other system I have to use a potentimeter to do this to 50% loading as the other mobo runs it flat out, which most definitely is not quiet). The front fan is silent till about 60 to 70% loading when you can hear the wussss of it pulling the air thru the front dust cover. This is louder than any sound from the CPU fan so you want to avoid ...

They have upgraded this case with detachable side dust filters, V2?. Better would have been a controller for the front fan, imo. And yes those extremely cheap looking plastic feet do break very easily - you can get as set of four sticky rubber replacements for 3 GBP - touch quieter and will not slip when you plug a stick into the USB port. Otherwise a superb case, the best I have played with in the sub 50 GBP range by far.

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thank you for your in depth response. I made the dust filters myself and I sort of agree with your statement on the two 80mm fans. If i had just spent the money on a nicer cpu cooler instead, I think that would have been the better option, though the fans are quiet.

Lilypop 1 point 20 months ago

Ah well, I bought the cpu/mobo as a second-hand bundle and the fan came with it. Frankly I won't spend £50 on a cpu fan. My AMD version of this box uses a £10 Arctic Alpine 64 PLUS which I think looks cool against an all black inside (GPU has a while trim). Anything white takes up the colour of any internal LED lighing! It's quite a nice effect with white fan blades.

Lilypop 1 point 20 months ago

Forgot to say, you can get a molex LED strips ( two of, single colour, 9 LEDs) for around £5. With this case you can hide the strip away on a top side edge and combined with white fan blades it all looks fairly cool. Anyway if is doesn't what's £5?

xL-Jee- submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

It sounds bad what with everyone wanting RGB lighting, but I don't like lighting inside my PC. Though thanks for the suggestion.

RandomTheWolf 1 point 17 months ago

Have you got a graphics card for it now?

monsto 1 point 15 months ago

I'm looking at this case and I cannot stress enough how appreciative I am that you took you pictures IN THE ******* SUNLIGHT. Nothing around here is more annoying than people taking pics of their build in the dankest corners of their dungeons.