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This is my dream mini-itx build. I became almost obsessed with the idea of having a high-end enthusiast grade pc crammed into such a tiny form factor... So much so that I sold my old mid tower system and started from scratch on this new machine.

So far all I've really only gamed on it. It's really not meant to be anything else. I've hosted a few game servers off of the 1230 v3 and it's held up very well.

The only planned upgrades are for the ram (upgrading to 2x8gb 1866mhz) at some point when ram becomes an actual issue. I find that 8gb is just fine for gaming.

The only real issue I've had with this build was with PSUs. I've been through 2 of them because of coil whine. Actually found out that coil whine goes away after a few weeks or months of running the new parts... I wish I would have read about that before wasting around 30 dollars on shipping.

One minor issue that you have to keep in mind with these compact builds is heat. I was reaching 70c on the hottest core of the 1230 v3 with the stock cooler. I eventually opted for the h80i water cooler since it's about as good as it gets for cooling that fits in this case. I worried about clearance issues with how thick the radiator is but I had no issues. If you look at my pictures you can see that I was even able to fit my SSD between the radiator fan and the motherboard.

All in all I'm pretty happy with this build. I mean it runs cooler than my mid tower build did thanks too the h80i. It's around triple the performance at 1/3 the size. Don't let the high price tag scare you. You will definitely get your moneys worth out of this machine if you like cranking games to max and watching them run silky smooth at 60+ fps. The 780 is one of the best priced single card solutions out there. If your on the ropes between either the 780 or 780ti I'd say take a look at the rest of your build. If your sacrificing anything to get the extra $200 for the 780 ti I'd say step up those components before going for the 780 ti.

Final notes -

SSD: The Samsung Evo is one of the best selling/rated SSDs on the market totally worth buying.

CPU: The Xeon E3-1230 V3 is basically an i7 4770 without the internal graphics. Runs cooler & with less power draw.

Cooler: The h80i is the best water cooler at this time that fits in this case at $55 refurbished this was a steal.

MOBO: GA-H87N-NONWIFI... Pci 3.0, Usb 3 that's really all I cared about. Gigabyte is a reputable company.

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport... Runs cool low profile cheap memory. Perfect for a mini-itx build.

PSU: SeaSonic 650w Gold Cert Mod... Don't cheap out on a PSU. SeaSonic is a very reputable company.

HDD: WD Blue 1tb... Cheapest 1tb drive. Also one of the best rated.

Case: CM Elite 130... No complaints. This case fit all my hardware and then some... Psu juts out of the case but w/e.

GPU: 780 SC... Amazing performance. It will blow you away. I recommend the EVGA ACX SC over this model for temps.

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Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Not bad for what it is, but I'd definitely spend some money on some good peripherals for the thing! A lot of people don't seem to realize that good peripherals can really make or break the experience. Look into a mechanic keyboard and a nice mouse to go with it :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your comment Funkbass, I plan to upgrade my mouse eventually but for keyboards I think I'll stick with my k120. I've been through 2 of them and loved both. I do understand the difference between membrane and mechanical keyboards and I hate to say it but I prefer my mooshy keys haha XD.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Fair enough, it's all a matter of personal preference. Just wanted to make sure you were getting the most out of this beastly rig, which it seems you are! Enjoy!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

That kind of monitor and a gtx 780? What's the point in that?

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for the comment CaptainWoopy, Ill be buying a G-Sync monitor later this year when I have the extra money. Edit: Also to clarify the monitor was purchased for my previous build.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

That's great mate. I hope you'll enjoy your fantastic build.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the look of your build. I have actually been looking at building a high end pc with very similar component selection. The pictures of the H80i all but confirm which direction I am going now. I like how you showed the progression of your build especially when you put the PSU in there. Makes me feel claustrophobic just seeing that but that's the beauty of these compact cases.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment demoman, I'm glad you liked my build! It was really fun to work on. Good luck with your build. =)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! That graphics card looks huge in that little case

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Any problems getting the Corsair H80i to fit in the case with the Asus 780 Card?

Could you still get 2 fans on the radiator?

I'm looking at a very similar build with the Coolermaster 130, H80i and an Asus 780 GPU :-)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Two fans works on the rad. It get's a little snug with everything in there but everything has run fine. Temps are holding up and the only real issue I get is dust. The gpu is pulling in so much dist that it's causing temps to go up a bit. If you tape dust filters over the side vents you should be fine tho.

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