I plan on using this as a triple boot setup to run windows, steamOS and maybe hackintosh. I went for the most efficient setup that could still run the latest titles. Will add updates after some benchmarking. With this build my goal was a small & quiet gaming rig.

CPU: I went with the Core i7 4790S as it only draws 65watts, enabling a cool and quiet setup. Got a good deal at Microcenter.

Video Card: Amazing video card, super fast, runs cool all at a great price. I picked this up at newegg when the free game deal was going on. Only drawback is the card is soo heavy it causes the motherboard to sag a bit under the PCIE side. I was able to mitigate this by tucking part of a power cord under this part of the motherboard to hold it up better. The sagging is minimal though.

MOBO: Good Z97 for the price, not necessarily flashy but built well and is future proofed to work with the upcoming broadwell 14nm chips. Only complaint is the blue heat-sink doesn't match the rest of my build. Got this on newegg.

Ram: Love this ram, most efficient quality ram out there. Low profile, aggressive timings and only needs 1.35 volts. Plus it can overclock up to 2133 if I ever need it to. Got this on Tigerdirect.

Liquid cooler: Picked this corsair H100i refurbished from Newegg for a great price, keeps my cpu 27c at idle and is absolutely silent with the SP120 quiets I added to it.

Case: The Corsair 250d is the best HTPC i could find to suit my needs. Picked this up on Amazon.

Power Supply: Efficiently supplies the perfect amount of power for this setup, anymore would have been overkill/waste IMO since this setup only draws ~300 watts. Got this on newegg.

Monitor: This ASUS monitor is amazing, 144hz @ 1080P is perfect. Got this on Tigerdirect.

Keyboard: My first real mechanical gaming keyboard, it makes gaming more enjoyable. Got this at Frys.

Case Fan: Replaced the front fan with the quiet edition. Got this on tigerdirect.

Optical drive: Already had this Bluray Burner from my last build

Windows: Already had this from a while back.

SSD & HDD: Had both of these in my last build.

Mouse: Had this already.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 just for the name.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, this is my first attempt at this kind of build. Hope to have some pictures of this running Mac and steamOS soon.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I read recently that some people had issues trying to fit GTX970 gpus in the 250D. Did you have any problems installing your card?

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Certain GTX 970s do not fit. Specifically I know the Gigabyte one is too long. The ASUS Strix and the MSI Gaming barely fit and the EVGA models seem to fit easily as well. There are ITX versions of the GTX 970 coming out sometime soon that will allow for a more compact build than this without sacrificing performance.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

the heat pipes on the MSI card you have comes REALLY close to touching the top of this case but I have used that same card in a build similar to yours. Nice build here, looks good! The last build I did in this case I used one of the ITX 970 cards and it allowed for some more room (for cable management) but overall it was not that much of a help and I would definitely recommend the full size cards for their overall better performance

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Only drawback is the card is soo heavy it causes the motherboard to sag a bit under the PCIE side

the problem is not the GPU, but the first production of this case had a flaw so the GPU sits lower than it should making pressure on the board. There is a fix from corsair.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the free ssd from

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