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Mini ITX Quiet Gaming

by ChaMbuna

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27 Comments

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Details

Date Published

Dec. 5, 2014

Date Built

Nov. 30, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C

Description

The CPU cooler and motherboard combo were an extreme tight fit... extreme in the sense that I had to 'stretch' the cooler up a bit by reshaping the heatpipes. This was less than 3mm though, so felt pretty comfortable doing it. It was well worth it for the level of quietness. CPU cooler fans are running at 900RPM.

A small gap was cut in the optical drive tray for the GTX 970 heatpipes to fit. This doesn't interfere with optical drive. So both are in use.

The PSU and GPU are a great combo for this case. No fitting problems at all. Lots of room due to modular flat cables.

Love the dead silence of the whole system. it is sitting only 2 feet away but is inaudible (GPU fans aren't spinning). Remains very quiet during games, when you can't hear the system anyway unless you turn of your sound.

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Blackie_Sheen 1 Build 5 points 52 months ago

damn nice work. I would like to see load temps in such a cramped space

Wynn 2 points 52 months ago

Kinda curious about the load temps as well.

ChaMbuna submitter 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

will measure this weekend.

ChaMbuna submitter 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

I have finals, so only played for 30 minutes. added max reported load temps to build details. hope it helps you out.

Wynn 1 point 52 months ago

Thanks, let me know what they are after 2+ hours if you could when you get the time.

ChaMbuna submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

updated the temps after 2 hours of play.

Wynn 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks for the update!

MockSeventy7 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

I like your willingness to cut a bit of your case off. Lots of people probably wouldn't.

Anyways, great job and have fun with it!

ChaMbuna submitter 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

The optical drive tray comes out. It's not structural to the case and it's not visible, so why not 'adjust it' so you can still put in an optical drive? :)

Saberhunt 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Wow... Talk about extreme innovation. Looks great, seems small, and "sitting only 2 feet away but is inaudible". Great job!

Tentons01 1 point 52 months ago

Awesome! Love the parts you picked out. It's also nice to see someone going for the MSI 970 instead of Gigabyte! MSI is definitely my favorite 970, I have the MSI Golden Edition and I love it

ChaMbuna submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

the Gigabyte has no chance of fitting in this case :)

optimusgaming 1 point 52 months ago

what is the gold edition?

Tentons01 2 points 52 months ago

Is a limited edition version that MSI put out. It's only available on Newegg though. Comes with full copper heat sinks and heat pipes and a bit higher clock rate. $50 more though and they are only making 2-3k of them

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127837

optimusgaming 1 point 52 months ago

Dats real nice... If only i had the money.

Bladedrummer 4 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

I like the parts list, the concept and the build. I will argue that there is no such thing as "quiet gaming" today. All GPUs are pretty damned audible if you push them to their limits. Unless you want them to bake. :D

ChaMbuna submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Still, I would call it inaudible when not gaming but still quiet when gaming.

This thing has great airflow though, CPU pulling cool air from the top, GPU pulling cool air from the side(unfortunately not filtered), PSU pulling cool air from the bottom :)

Bladedrummer 4 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Thanks for the reply, looking forward to seeing those load temps!

Sed8Op8 3 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Holy **** I can't believe you fit that cooler in there lol not mention the 970! Anyways great build! Over the years I've had to slice into some cases in order to get some things to fit and have used everything thing from a repurposed dremel (works pretty damn good) to metal snips. I'm curious what you used to cut that as it looks a little jagged. You should be able to sand/buff/file that to a more smooth and even look and feel fairly simply . Anyways great stuff cramming that all in there lol!!!!

ChaMbuna submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

I got quite lucky on the cooler. the MBs CPU socket sits quite high up on the board, which caused the cooler's heatpipes to 'stick out' the side of the case 3mm. I was able to easily 'reshape' it by temporarily removing the central metal piece that supports the cooler. This was the only orientation that had any chance of working so I went for it.

If the CPU socket would've been centered on the board, the GPU had no chance of fitting so in the end I was lucky the CPU socket sits where it sits.

I'm not as concerned with how the cut looks. I freehand plasma-cut it, so it's already less jagged. I still sanded the bumps and can rub fingers along all sides. It's smooth, even-though it doesn't look it :)

Sed8Op8 3 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Lol man mad props for the "ima make this ***** fit one way or the other" attitude! Looks like it paid off.

Koncepsis 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Nice mitx build. Good to see others are doing this too. Good job.

mrseadonkey 1 point 52 months ago

hey i was wondering if their is any coil whine on your gtx 970 and how loud the video card is?

ChaMbuna submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

I am not hearing any coil whine. The whole setup is inaudible at desktop. Audible when gaming and sound off but still quiet.

Steinway.Cao 1 point 51 months ago

This mobo have the M.2 slot like Asus RoG mPCIe pieces? Is there any problem with the M.2 SSD so far? Can you use it as your boot drive? If yes, is it hell faster than 6Gb/s SSDs? Anyway, I love the case, look really sleek. And good build too. I am getting myself one of those MSI G4 OC. Red and black hmmmm, put a playing card deck in there also...

ChaMbuna submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

I have the Tanscend 256GB m2 SSD and I use it as the boot drive. Performance is about the same as you can expect from an SSD though not as fast as the latest 2.5 inch models. price performance 2.5inch SSDs are better value. In such a small case the ability to install an extra 256GB underneath the mobo is great though.

Steinway.Cao 1 point 51 months ago

OH one thing i totally forgot to ask you about the M.2. Are you storing many things and working mostly on it? Like, you edit photos or videos, rendering, or some heavyload? I just want to check the temperatures because people say this kind of drive puts out a lot of heat. Mine is next to the VGA, so, I don't wanna fry that MSI piece anytime soon.