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I promise it's only small because it's cold.

by Hushbuild

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36 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 7, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 23, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

985MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C

Description

I've been a pc gamer for well over 15 years now but never actually built a pc myself so I figured i'd try my hand at it with Skylake. I wasn't desperate for an upgrade as my current computer would have been fine for another year or so but once I got the idea to upgrade in my head it was difficult to get out.

The PC had to fit three criteria: 1. Be small enough to easily move. (Im a uni student and travel a lot). 2. As quiet and fast as possible. 3. Play witcher 3 on ultra at a reasonable frame rate.

Other Thoughts:
Quite easy build, loved every moment of it. If you are wondering why the mobo was so cheap I got three deals on them. Dabs gave me £20 off if i bought it with a cpu (And i did). Then Asus were running the £20 off deal for end of year sales. & then finally quidco gave me (or will give me) 3% of the total dabs bundle + £10 for signing up with them. Yay.

Whilst the aim was to play Witcher 3 on ultra. I will mainly use it to play Supreme Commander using the ForgedAllianceForever client. If you like RTS's you should definately check it out, we have a great active community!

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great cpu! managed to get a stable 4.4 oc at 1.260v. Stays nice and cool.

CPU Cooler

I was never gonna go with watercooling because I wanted a tower air cooler, but with this cases clearance a lot of them were incompatiable. This was one of the few that fitted perfectly, works great & matches my black and white theme! winwin!

Motherboard

I needed a board that was cheap but good for overclocking on & settled for this. I was nervous at first because all its reviews on newegg are terrible with some even saying that its m.2 didnt actually support pcie without a hyper kit. I got scared when the mobo wouldnt detect my 951 & neither would the windows installation software. I scoured the net for days looking for a solution, all the tech sites and youtube but nothing that they suggested worked. I got the solution by accident by reading an amazon review of the product. Turns out, all i had to do was get a usb boot of windows 10 which would recognise the drive, install on that which would make the mobo recognise it to. How odd. (A good way of getting people to upgrade to it though i suppose).

Memory

Reasonable deal on black friday. Does the job well.

Storage

Use it as a boot drive, tempretures never go above 43 degrees & boot up is 7 seconds.

Storage

I chose these instead of HDD's because I hate the sound HDD's make. Both with be used to store games.

Video Card

Got a decent deal on this on black friday and I really wont need more than 2GB. Its a stepping stone card that im just keeping until AMD's new line up comes out. Plays witcher on Ultra at a solid 40 fps which is a lot better than my previous one playing the game on low at 23 fps haha. I wanted to plasti-dip the shroud white so it matches the rest of the case but even when i unscrew everything the heatsink will not seperate from the bottom part of the gpu. I've tried like 3 times, I haven't missed any screws so I've just given up haha. If anyone has any advice though that would be great!

Case

The second I chose a mini itx format I knew this was the case I wanted. Unique and well ventalited and a great handle to make it easy to move. Attracts dust like a hoover though, thank god for dust filters.

Power Supply

Wanted a quiet, semi modual psu with a good build quality. Be quiet! met all of these easily.

Operating System

Bought windows 7 but upgraded to windows 10 as I previously said. No issues with it apart from it enjoys making firefox crash a lot. No a clue why.

Case Fan

wanted a better intake fan than the LED 140mm the case comes with that was black.

Case Fan

The phantek ones I've actually got arnt on pcpartpicker so these were the closest ones. At first i was gonna go with some Nannoxia ones that could push more air & were 8 decibels quieter but they didnt match my build sooo. Do regret it a little bit though as these phanteks are louder than i thought they would be.

Keyboard

Wanted a mechanical keyboard with cherry mx blues, only issue is the red Leds so i keep them off.

Mouse

Great mouse, nice and solid. Black and white so fits my build perfectly.

Comments Sorted by:

AION-MC EKWB 18 Builds 11 points 15 months ago

+1 just for the build name alone lol Great build

floridaboz 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

agreed

commodore64 2 Builds 4 points 15 months ago

"I was in the pool! I was in the pool!" - George Costanza

Apach3 3 Builds 3 points 15 months ago

I wouldn't worry too much about size. Give it a workout and it'll get a little bigger...

What? Heat tends to expand metal!

Corbindalllas 2 points 15 months ago

+1 GREAT Build, How well does that GPU perform on other games? Im getting an Asus

Hushbuild submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Hey thank you! I got pretty much the same on Metro last light max settings @ 40 fps average, i havent really had the chance to test other games! But once I do i'll let you know!

Corbindalllas 1 point 15 months ago

Ok Thanks m8

PhatTuna 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

What's your definition of decent framerate? cuz you won't be getting no 60 fps on ultra in 1080p in Witcher 3 with that card.

Hushbuild submitter 2 Builds 3 points 15 months ago

hello! On ultra I get a pretty 40 fps, Its not 60 no but I dont really need 60 frames in a non-sweatfest game haha

biggles5107 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Holy SSD storage Batman.

ROG2000_PCs 2 points 15 months ago

ASUS MX239 monitor? My dad has an MX279, the series is great for color accuracy.

Hushbuild submitter 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Its a Vx239! you were close! but yes, coming to an ips panel really opened my eyes!

ROG2000_PCs 2 points 15 months ago

There are so many things right with this. Good job!

Hushbuild submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

This is my fave comment I think:p Thank you!

XaqNautilus 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Just needs an LED fan up front to really make it pop, but still +1

Hushbuild submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

No!no!no!No! My last computer was alienware and its completely killed LEDs for me, hate anything flashy now haha.

JafferAli 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Another mini build? The name made up for it. +1.

Solid Build m8.

SnakeTbh 1 point 15 months ago

nice, I like how it looks beside your monitor

ccpolarbear 1 point 15 months ago

10/10 title and nice build!

auldae 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Awww, too bad. Seriously tho, great build. Love this case. +1

MisterNoisy 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Looks ace. Great name to boot. +1 for sure.

vVTyfighterVv 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks for letting me know about the FAF community. I have been a fan of the original Supreme Commander for years and I got the FA expansion in a humble bundle about a year ago. I haven't really thought about the game recently, but now I have got to play it again with this mod.

Hushbuild submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Yay! Aslong as i got one person to join I consider this build a sucess! haha

drasch 1 point 15 months ago

Great build! Matches with your monitor very nicely and how do you like your keyboard, I'm thinking about getting one.

Hushbuild submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

I love it! I dont like the red backboard it has but thats just a visual issue. Its great, very responsive and easy to clean! I would definately reccomend it to you!

ÐËÄÐPÖÖL 1 point 15 months ago

Great Build!

NeuronX_X 1 point 15 months ago

Nice build!

Hushbuild submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks!

snessim 1 point 14 months ago

If you rearrange your fans for positive air pressure, dust shouldn't collect on the filters or seep in through the cracks of the case - otherwise, great work!

Hushbuild submitter 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Can you give me some more info on this?? I thought i had postive air pressure. (3 intake 1 exhaust) but the dust build up is crazy

snessim 1 point 14 months ago

Interesting - for some reason, when I commented this I assumed the pressure wasn't positive. I can't for the life of me recall why I thought that!

Try to look up the exact CFM (Cubic foot / minute) those fans push and more importantly look at the % of max they're running on. This should allow you to calculate the actual CFM in/out of your case (assuming 100% is an individual fan's rated CFM) and give you some insight into the issue. Is the numbers are close, try to get your input fans running on a higher %, or conversely your output fan running slower (Although this will cause the case temps to be slightly hotter, potentially reducing your stable OC).

In theory though, you should get absolutely no dust in the build as long as there isn't negative air pressure - it shouldn't even be able to get in with neutral!

thenrycoop 1 point 14 months ago

Cool build, and where did you get those black and white fans? I am looking into a black and white build and those black and white fans would go perfectly!

Hushbuild submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Hey man, very few places sell them anymore I got them from Scan.co.uk but they only sell the white ones now.... but if it helps they are called PHanteks -F120S

CDPC 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Did you notice any issue when putting the H7's backplate on the back of the mobo? I'm having a clearance issue/incompatibility. http://imgur.com/a/MudHK

Hushbuild submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

No sorry, I had no issue at all! goodluck on solving it!

CDPC 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I don't see how you wouldnt have unless you just tightened the backplate over those electronics (not sure what effect that would have in the longterm).

I just shaved off the edge of the backplate over where it mounts on top of them and didnt have any issues afterwards.