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Red-Themed Mini ITX Gaming Setup

by kylejacks4

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9 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 21, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.3GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.0GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.1GHz

Description

This is my new PC that was upgraded from an AMD FX-8320 and a GTX 780. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad PC, but I wanted an upgrade. Here is it's parts list if you're interested. I wanted to start fresh with a new PC, so I did some research on new parts, and I finally ended up switching to Intel after 2 years with AMD. I feel like I made the correct choice there. I also wanted to try AMDs new line of Graphics Cards, so I bought the R9 390, and I'm definitely not disappointed. All of the parts for this build were bought before their newest line of RX 4XX graphics cards came out. I would have picked up an RX 480 I knew it was coming out. I went with a Mini ITX PC because I am going back and forth between my mom and my dad's houses (About every 3-4 days) and it's a lot easier to move than a full-sized PC. I'm really happy with the way my setup turned out. With my recent computers, I always switched parts and bought new ones constantly, and hopefully this computer will get me through the next few years without having to swap anything out. The cable management on the inside of the case was surprisingly good. The 5.25 bay tray covers a majority of the cables, and I was able to zip tie them together without it looking bad. But the cable management on my desk, that's another story. I had to wire all of my required cables for my compute, and on top of that, I had to wire my IKEA Dioder LED wires, which are unnecessarily long, and I had to run my Coaxial cable and an extension cord to my TV shelf above my desk. It ended up taking me about 9 hours to cable manage everything, but I'm happy with the way it looks.

If you have any questions for me, feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for taking a look at my newest project!

And if you're wondering, the camera I used was the one on my Samsung Note 5.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU, does everything that i need it to do.

CPU Cooler

Keeps my CPU at 23 degrees idle and 50-55 degrees max in games. The pump is a little noisy, but its not loud enough to bother me.

Motherboard

Good all-around motherboard. Has all features that I need. Just wish it had a few more chassis fan ports.

Memory

it's RAM, can't say much besides the fact that it works.

Storage

I took this SSD out of my old PC, boots up Windows super fast, and suits my needs in speeds and storage capacity.

Storage

I use this to keep the majority of my games on. I can't complain, it's quiet.

Video Card

Great Graphics card. Runs 99% of all games maxed out settings at 60 FPS. The fans have yet to turn on during gameplay, keeping the PC a lot quieter overall. I wish I waited on my GPU purchase until the RX 480 came out.

Case

Good size, good cable management, nice looks. Can't complain.

Power Supply

The fan stays off 80% of the time, and when its on, its barely audible. This power supply is very short, which makes it good for small cases like mine. It works without a flaw.

Case Fan

Good looks and performance, a little loud though.

Case Fan

It's quiet and moves a good amount of air, no complaints.

Keyboard

Great Keyboard, I love the sound of the switches and the lighting is very vibrant. The audio and usb pass-throughs are very handy. The software is a pain, as it always crashes and closes by itself.

Mouse

The lights are nice looking, the scroll wheel and all buttons work great, but the sensor on this mouse is simply bad. It randomly stops working is crucial moments in games, and wont work until you unplug the mouse and plug it back in. I would way rather use the DeathAdder Chroma over this. Not worth the money IMO.

Mouse

I bought this on sale for $39.99. Great mouse for the price, lots of great features and the software is a lot better than Razer's software.

Headphones

I bought these used, and are definitely the one piece of equipment that I think is more than worth the price I paid. The microphone quality is superb, the sound quality is awesome, and the bass is the best part about this headset. Would definitely recommend.

Headphones

The sound quality of these headphones are amazing, especially for the price I got them for. They are comfortable, and block out a big portion of the sound.

Comments Sorted by:

Asynchronous 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Sleek build +1 for style and aesthetic.

I'm a little curious about the GPU though, because you could have picked 290x and gotten slightly better performance for cheaper. Regardless, I'm pretty sure that upgrade will last for quite a few years down the line.

The_Boom_Boy 1 point 13 months ago

+1 all of these small form factor builds coming out lately

NozGaming 1 point 10 months ago

What desk is that?

kylejacks4 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Its actually an IKEA counter top. I cant remember the name but its around $40

vigo0008 1 point 6 months ago

Is the motherboard compatible for cup overclocking

kylejacks4 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

no

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vigo0008 1 point 6 months ago

Thnks Bro

ChrilleMeister 1 point 2 months ago

It's been a while since you've posted this build, but I'm interested in this case. I got the MSI R9 390 as well, and I was wondering how the card fits in this case, regarding how "fat" the card is - taking up 2,5 slots. Have you encountered any issues with the clearance of the GPU in this case?

kylejacks4 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

It's a tight fit and kind of awkward to get in. it barely fits at the front and at the top, and the power cables are hard to get to fit in the top panel and you have to take out the the CD drive bay thing, but it all fits if you squeeze it in.