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Work Mini-ITX

by dc


I spend most of my day RDP'd into other machines. Other than that I only use this box for SQL Server Mgmt Studio, Outlook, Office and Web surfing. I travel to customers sites occasionally so now I can just take my whole box with me Instead of using a laptop. I wanted something that wouldn't make much noise and would fit nicely on my desk.

CPU: Like I said I only needed some for basic tasks that would put off little heat. CPU Cooler: I didn't use the cooler I have listed but I wanted to include it so hopefully it keeps someone from getting screwed like I did. This cooler does not fit the 1150 socket like retailers state. The MB back plate is not set up appropriately to secure the socket to the board itself. Not Zalman's fault as it doesn't say it fits Socket 1150 anywhere. MB: This make the second ASRock I've bought and I'm happy with both so far. B85 chipset is all i need for a basic setup like this. I was going to get an even cheaper ASRock but it didn't support a USB3.0 header that I will probably never use. SSD: You can't go wrong with these newer Samsung SSD. I guess I wish the cases were aluminum though instead of plastic. CASE: This thing is awesome. Any Mini build like this is super hard to install compared to a full size build but Rosewill has really done their part. Making plenty of railing to zip-tie to and an area up front for holding all the header wires. Also, the 140mm fan is great for box that is less than 1 square foot. PSU: You have to at least have a semi modular PSU for something this small. I've never had a problem with the cheaper Corsairs, and at this price point it's a huge value.

***The final cable management is not pictured!

I don't claim to be an expert. Everything included here is basically my opinion.

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Levyrat 2 Builds 3 points 59 months ago

A stuffy old tech writer approves this build. There's a subtle wisdom in that motherboard choice, and my inner businessman loves the cost.

I just ordered parts for my first miniITX build, and I chose the same PSU for the same reason. I wish they had a 300W version, though. Not a lot of selection in that power range at the moment.

8gxe 1 Build 2 points 59 months ago

Small and efficient. What's not to like.

Electrospeed 2 points 59 months ago

Excellent choice in parts, probably spent more on the SSD than you should have, but hey, it's fast, why not.

dc submitter 2 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

I've never seen the SSD I bought any cheaper. Have you?

Electrospeed 1 point 59 months ago

Well, the 120GB model is $90 all the time. I was just commenting on spending more on storage than any other part in your computer :P but it's fine with me, the 840 EVO is one hell of a drive.

dc submitter 2 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

Yeah it's kinda weird right? I have 100GB of software to install so the 120GB wasn't an option. Oh well. :)

Electrospeed 1 point 59 months ago

Ah, well that would be a limitation, yeah :P

aylafan 4 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Don't forget to install the Magician Software and enable "RAPID" mode. It really does double the speed on the Samsung 840 EVO.

actechy 7 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

Love that case, and nice work on the build! +1

hartjo1 2 points 59 months ago

Love it. Do you think that there would be any way to cram a full-sized video card in there? Given that the dimensions of the box are all smaller than a full-sized card I'm guessing no. But perhaps some magic using a riser?

dc submitter 2 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Well i know that the case takes up to a 7.87 inch card. With that said I found that Zotac cards seem to be smaller than others so theoretically I could have put a GTX 650 ti or small 660. Also, if you wanted to use a dremel you could cut a section out of the front and take advantage of the extra inch the front cover provides, which would def allow for big cards.

candy 2 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

Builds like this are awesome, they're so small

TyrantPotato 1 point 39 months ago

Thank you for leaving that bit in about the cpu cooler. Exactly why I came to this build.

LittleScooby 1 point 38 months ago

Hello DC. Thanks for leaving the part in about the cooler:

"Not Zalman's fault as it doesn't say it fits Socket 1150 anywhere."

However, Zalman states on their website that this cooler, the CNPS2X is supposed to work with 1150 sockets. Here is the link.

http://www.zalman.com/eng/product/Product_Read.php?Idx=790 The 1150 is the second socket listed for this cooler. (It also lists 1151 which is why I am interested).

I'm guessing they added that to the website in the past year or so since your build was completed. I wonder if they made a hardware revision to make it fit with 1150's now or something.

Just curious if you can elaborate on why it didn't fit correctly on the back at the time of your build if you happen to remember?

I just ordered this cooler for an itx-mini build in the Cooler Master Elite 130 and I'm curious if I should cancel my order on the Zalman. I was planning on using it with a 6700K on a Gigabyte Z170N-Wifi (Socket 1151).

Having a hell of a time finding a decent 95W+ low profile cooler that will fit in this case. :(

I wasn't planning on overclocking at all, just that I couldn't find a 6700 in stock at the time so I went with the 6700K.