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Hey everyone, have wanted to build something for a while so for my project I built a Mini-ITX mid-range gaming rig. After some careful selection of parts (within budget) I gathered this combo of parts which should do me fine.
I really liked building inside the Fractal Design Nano S, it's a perfect size and I had no plans on expansion cards or SLI GPU's in this rig.
For the theme I went with a green/purple/white scheme which I thought The Joker represented well, and it was lots of fun painting the Dominator RAM top bars and putting it all together. With the Deepcool RGB LED strip it really makes it all pop!
I won't bore you with much more description stuff, there's nothing groundbreaking about the parts selected which you don't already know! :)
Some things I still need/want to do: - PSU cable cover - Maybe some sort of design on the front of the case
Thanks for looking!
Great budget chip, but the Intel thermal grease is crap so I didn't have much overclocking headroom without getting to 85 degrees.
Solution was to de-lid and apply Cool Laboratory Liquid Metal Ultra - now @ 4.8Ghz 65 degrees max temp - 20 degrees cooler! 5Ghz should be no issue but I like the fans on quiet
A great looking and performing CPU cooler kit. Keeps stock CPU temps around 30-35 degrees and does a great job during overclocked freq's.
A great option for a Z series m-ITX! All the features you could want in terms of overclocking. I've been running 5Ghz stable but have dropped it until I de-lid the 7600K for a bit of temp headroom. USB 2 and 3 headers, lots of fan headers, great stability, wireless, bluetooth etc. Gigabyte did a great job in the GUI of the BIOS (like all previous Gigabyte BIOS).
My only gripe with this board (it's enough to drop it 1 star) is the fact it does not have an Optical output on the backplate, which all motherboards in this range have and you would expect a gaming board to have. I have rigged up an optical output using the 2pin SPDIF on the board, and got a +5v source from a USB header to solve my problem.
Great budget GPU. Solid/stable overclocking capability. No backplate is a bit ugly though.
Selected a SFF PSU so it gave the GPU some room to breathe in the Nano-S case. Great PSU, it's dead quiet in my system even during solid gaming - I can't even tell if the fan is on!