Description

This is my second system build; the first was in 1994; it cost more, and it was a 40 MHz'386. I've been through a few commercial systems since then. I decided to do a custom build more than a year ago and it has taken me that long to acquire the parts. This build is mostly for games and personal CAD projects.

Parts selection started with the case. I liked the horizontal motherboard orientation, removable panels, room for full-size GPU and lots of fan mountings. I was interested in something other than a standard tower-type case, and even though it has a fairly large footprint for a mini-ITX case, it's sufficiently compact for me. It is not easy to work in; the order of assembly is important and you'll frequently have to remove something to get to something else. Changes are not to be made lightly. I imagine this is true of most ITX cases, however.

For the motherboard, I liked some or the extras, but the layout of connectors and the number of fan headers was particularly appreciated. I did have to update the BIOS before it would work with the 4690K, and the BIOS flashback feature made that very easy to do.

I chose the Trident X memory because of the removable fins, in case I wanted to try to fit a large air cooler above it. Eventually I decided that it might turn out to be too difficult to get such a cooler to fit. I expect to get a 240mm all-in-one water cooler eventually. In the meantime the Cryorig has been a great improvement over the Intel stock cooler. It fits just fine in the available space. It is very quiet and allows me to run a modest overclock. I did discover that the initial speed of the fan is low enough to trigger the the board's low fan speed alarm, so I had to change that from 600 RPM to 400.

I've added the cat to the listing as requested, but as I no longer have the original packaging, I can't give too many details. I'm pretty sure it's a one-off design.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 6 points

The cat model/price is not listed, fix that please. Nice build.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

at least tell the website you got it from

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! And I like the 'cat tax'. :-P

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow finally another 250D build. +1 for ITX and the case :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I would look into replacing that PSU if you want to upgrade your graphics card as it is not a very good unit i would take a look here and go with either a tier one or tier two unit.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree that would be a good idea, and the limited power was one reason for choosing a Maxwell-based Nvidia instead of AMD.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok that's fair enough Hope you have fun with your new build.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

How'd you get the 970 so cheap? Nice build

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The price for the 970 was a combination of a Newegg sale price and a rebate from Asus.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Lucky you. : )

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I beat you: I got a PNY blower 970 for $270 :P

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

That is some VERY nice RAM!!!!!! DDR3-2400 with a CAS of 10! I should have got that, but I was on a budget. (DDR3-1866, CAS 9 for $35)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! One question thought why is it called the jolly Roger? My four year old brother has a lot of pirate ships that are from a show where they call their pirate ship the jolly Roger?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it's named for Captain Hook's ship from Peter Pan and derivates thereof. My wife was binge-watching Once Upon A Time while I was planning the system, so I kept hearing about it, and with several Corsair-branded components, it seemed like a good name.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I forgot, also, there's a pun there; since the motherboard is from Asus' ROG series, it can be called the Jolly ROGer.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! I'm working on my own 250D build, but will start slowly and upgrade over time.

Did you have any issue fitting the GPU? I have read that the DirectCU versions may touch the top of this case and heat it up, but I wanted to check what your experience has been.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The 5-1/4" bay has to be removed to install or uninstall the GPU, and the supplemental power connector to the card is a bit cramped. There's about an 1/8" of clearance between the heat pipe and the top panel of the car; they are not touching. The top panel does warm up a little in that area but nothing alarming.