Description

My purpose for this PC for the present is to run server files and possibly use as a media PC. My intentions for this computer for the future will be adding a GPU and using it as a mobile gaming computer and/or hopefully installing Steam OS to use it as a Steam Machine.

Component reviews to come, system was just assembled today, haven't even installed an OS yet. Though I must say assembling in this small of a case was quite a lot of fun and a challenge, you can see from my pictures the cable management isn't terrible despite my choice of using a non-modular power supply. The CPU temps at idle are a little on the high side and I will be adding a cooler master 120 water cooler in the near future to maintain low temps considering I won't be giving this machine a break once all the server files are up and running.

December 30th 2014 update

I have now added the 120V liquid cooler by cooler master and I'm happy to report that my cpu temps dropped 16 degrees at idle. Since I was getting steady lower temps I decided to put this machine under some stress so I loaded up a game server file (7DTD) and was pleased to see the work load barely stressed the system. Only dissapointmet is the amount of noise the cooler master radiator fan makes though I am entirely sure I can tune this to be more appeasing in the bios just didn't feel like messing with it last night.

Being that this was my first water cooler and my first ITX build I have to say cooler master made it as simple as it could possibly have been despite the significant space constraints. Almost every component on the ITX case is removable for easier interior access and the water cooler was no harder to install than a new fan and cpu air cooler. I am very pleased with this build and hope it maintains low temps and stutter free gaming for years to come.

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

nice

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

What about the GPU or the OS?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Currently using an old copy of Windows 7 for the OS and I will put my current gaming rig's gpu in when I upgrade my gaming rig but that isn't going to be happening anytime this year. For server work loads a gpu isn't nessecary, especially with Intel's onboard graphics included with the CPU, it's even possible to play light workload games on just the cpu.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

did you have to flash bios?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry for the late reply, no I didn't have any trouble with the BIOS needing a flash, not to say that it hasn't happened to me in the past...

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I'm not messing with SteamOS yet, I'm not very versed in Linux and don't feel like climbing that learning curve. But I'll definitely look into booting into steam big picture when I'm not using this little guy for server work, I do love steams streaming feature and it works flawlessly on this machine even without a gpu.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

the temps are high because its and mini itx tower witch have no air flow because there so compact

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

From what I can see, there's an unobstructed airflow path from the front 120mm to the CPU (other than that bundle of cables hanging there). I would suppose that the small exhaust fan is also installed, so 46°C is actually kind of high for idle temp on a i3-4160.

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

I don't know how the PSU is mounted but the fan should be facing UP cause if not, its gonna be fighting for air with the cpu cooler, the only reason the psu should be mounted with the fan facing down is when using a water cooler. (to help get air out of the case)

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, reverse that PSU and it should help a bit. You also might want to consider swapping out the stock cooler. Maybe with something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/zalman-cpu-cooler-cnps8900quiet

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup I appreciate you guys inputs, before i got the water cooler I tried flipping the psu over so it drew air in from outside of the case it my cpu temps did lower a few degrees but now that I have the water cooler the temps dropped a few more degrees and I was able to have the psu intake air from inside the case again. Thanks for all the comments!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I'm hoping the ssd prices keep dropping and I might grab 2 or 3 in the next few months and try a raid0 setup just for kicks. But I just added a 120mm water cooler and the temps are much more acceptable, and hopefully remain stable for the long term.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

ah interesting, and yea i'll be picking up hopefully large hdd for server/media files soon