Great little build! Nice and clean. Looks like you were able to get good quality parts at a good price. I really like that GTX 960! Well done, and thanks for sharing.+1
Thanks for the nice comment. I'm sorry I don't have any more detailed photos of the MOBO, but the owners manual for the H97N-WIFI has good diagrams and instructions, so you should have no problems making the correct connections. (Be aware that there is no fan connection for the 80mm exhaust fan that comes with the Elite 130.)
Here are a few tips that will help with cable management:
1.) Before you begin; straighten out all of the cables. Use your hands to gently massage out all the bends, kinks, and twists so that all of the cables lay smooth and straight. If you know that a group of cables share the same connection points, you can loosely bundle them together with wire ties. (Note: Wire ties (twist ties?) are the plastic coated metal ones, zip ties are plastic.)
2.) "Dry fit" all of the cables. Carefully route the cables through the case and connect them to their proper terminals. Try to ensure that all of the cables are run; "Square, Level, and Plumb". Use wire ties to temporarily secure the cables. If there are any cables that interfere with airflow or "just don't look right", reroute them until you are satisfied. Avoid sharp bends. Mold the cables so that they naturally line up with their connection points.
3.) Once you have all the cables run nicely, double check your connection points. Gently wiggle and push/pull each one to ensure you have a solid connection. Start the computer. Make sure everything is working perfectly. (I ran mine for 24 hours before moving to the last step.)
4.) Secure the cables. At this point you should have nothing but wire ties holding everything together. Begin replacing the wire ties with zip ties. Strap on the zip ties, (snug but not tight) so that the "nub and tails" are aligned with each other, and that they are nicely spaced. When you are satisfied; gently tighten the zip ties. Carefully cut the tails off near the nubs, and use your fingers to roll the nubs out of sight. Make sure you remove all of the wire ties.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions. Please send me a link when you finish your build!
Sorry for the delayed reply. I was planning on posting a small cable management guide, but I lost my notes, the dog ate my homework, life got in the way, etc...
I had a look a some of your builds and I my jaw hit the floor! You are a master builder! +1 to all of them.
Please send me a link when you finish your CM Elite 130 build. I would love to see it!
I love the tropics. Panama is an amazing country! My dad moved here about 15 years ago, and I came down several times for vacations and just to visit. I fell in love with the place. (Soy un gringo, pero me encanta la gente, la cultura, y la clima.) Thanks for the nice comment!
LOL! I bought a 99 cent bag of zip-ties, and took a little time straightening out the cables. Check out some of the other builders on this site. Especially "Skemble". That guy is good! But thanks for the comment.
You are right. I bought everything here in Panama so all the prices are about 20-30% higher than normal. I could have bought all the parts from Amazon or Newegg, but the shipping costs would have been a lot more.
Well, here it is...
Yours looks a lot cleaner, but I love my lil' baby!
I'm glad to see you noticed the low TDP. I wanted an efficient rig, but I am really surprised that the total load is under 150 watts, maxed out. When the budget allows, I would like to get a full sized GPU and a quad-core CPU, but for now it handles everything I can throw at it. Thanks for the nice comment.
Thanks! The case was really easy to work with. I removed the side HDD bracket and the 80mm exhaust fan that came with the case, so there was plenty of room.
Great link, thanks. I didn't know those were available. I'll see if I can get a set.
Thank you. The semi-modular PSU really helped a lot.
Thanks for the comment. The main reason I put the PSU facing down was because I have a serious dust problem here. Also, I wanted it to act as an exhaust fan. The air flow is really great, but I understand what you mean. I ran the Intel diagnostic tool and it said everything was 20-40C below max operating temp, but 80C seems way too hot, even with the ambient air temperature at 35C. I'll definitely go with water cooling when I upgrade.
Still needs a little bit of work...(IMO) If you look at some of the best rigs on this site, you will notice that the cables, hoses, etc., are carefully hidden. Your motherboard and CPU are great. The only problem I see, is that the GT 740 is disproportionately weak compared to the rest of your rig. Should be fine for streaming videos, light gaming, general use, etc,. but you have plenty of room for upgrades in the GPU department.
Overall, its a sweet build. (Needs more green...lol,) Thanks again for the great post!
(I´ll be posting my build next week)
Gumby on steroids! = "HULK SMASH!" Looks amazing, only weak spot is that GPU. Nice build and great description. Post some more photos of the "guts". +1
Nice! I really like the before and after shots. Those custom cables look great! I normally use "CAT 5" for my ethernet connections, but I might have to get one of those new wireless kittens...
Clean, cool, and color coordinated. I like it +1
+1 for the bargain hunting. I just bought that same monitor for $230... Plus all the other parts are a fraction of the retail price. Sweet rig for a sweet price, well done!
This is almost identical to my build! When I first saw the box photos I thought for second that I posted early, lol. (My rig is finished, but I want to wait a month before I post, so I can give a good review of all the components.)
Very well done, great photos and cable management. I hope it is working as well as mine! I'll be posting mine at the end of the month, so you can see your evil twin, lol. +1
Nice little build for dad, +1. (Bonus points for the Mini-ITX and the SSD!) I am building a similar rig for my first build. The parts should be here any minute now... Come on, come on, come on!!!
Wow, what a bummer. I have been looking at a lot of small case builds on PCPP, and I'm sorry to hear that you don't love it. Its one of the nicest rigs I've seen. My plan is to build a solid little rig, play it for a year or two, sell it, and then see whats on the market. You really should give yourself more credit for creating such a sweet little rig. Thanks for the heads up though.
STORM TROOPER -Let me see your identification.
OBI WAN -You don't need to see his identification.
STORM TROOPER -We don't need to see his identification.
OBI WAN -These aren't the droids you're looking for.
STORM TROOPER -These aren't the droids we're looking for...
LOL! It does look like a Storm Trooper! Well done.
Thanks for all of the good info, especially for mentioning that the i3-4160 handles TERA over 50fps. I love the small case builds, (MICRO-ATX, MINI-ITX). The only thing I would add is an SSD. Other than that, it looks sweet. Definitely +1
Sweet build. Its got everything I like, except an SSD. The photos are great, they really help first time builders, like me. Thanx for posting.
That side case modification is awesome! The cable management is amazing! I love this build. I am planning to use the CM 130 Elite for my first build, and this is a great inspiration. (note to self, buy more cable ties...)+1
Cable Management 101:
1) Ensure connectivity. (Make sure that you have a solid connection between both ends of the cable)
2) Ensure that the cables do not impede or restrict airflow.
3) Use the "Square, Level, Plumb" rule: Run cables vertically or horizontally whenever possible
4) Use the 360 degree rule: Run cables with a minimal amount of bends. The total amount of bends should not exceed 360 degrees. (Excess cable should be routed discreetly and not "bundled" or doubled up)
5) Ensure that all cables are properly secured to the case.
Good looking build + nice pics. That Zalman HSF looks wild! Is it cool and quiet like advertised? I would also love to hear your thoughts on the GA-H97N-WIFI; Any pros or cons? Either way, +1
A slash of a sinister red grin and this would be perfect...
Wow! That is tiny! Great build for the budget. Excellent description/explanation of the parts and overall performance. Thanks for posting. Very helpful for first time builders like me. +1
The cable management is flawless! (Just messin' whichu;)
I look forward to seeing the finished rig.
Well done. I really like the clean look of the compact atx/itx builds. Aren't you worried that you may need four optical drives and eight HDD's in the future? (lol jk!)
Wow! A PC that doubles as a vacuum cleaner! But seriously, you make a great case example, (pun?) for the disadvantages of negative pressure air flow. Hopefully, one of the experienced builders here will be able to explain air flow and cooling in more detail to help you reduce that dust accumulation.
Sweet build! But don't leave it out in the yard too long. (It might end up breeding with some mongrel PC and you could end up with a litter of unwanted Raspberry pi's...) +1
Nice little build. I like the mini itx and your rig looks very well thought out and very clean. Thanks for sharing! +1
Looks like good value for the money to me. I'm putting together a very similar build with the i5-4690k and a R9 280, but I want to OC. Your rig looks great and your cable management is a LOT better than some of the "rats nests" I've seen on this site. Great job! +1
Nice build, good pics, and good description. On the 13th photo, it looks like that bundle of cables may be impeding airflow from the front intake fans to the GPU/CPU. No big deal, I like your build, so +1. Thanks for sharing.
Great looking build! 4.8GHz @67C with the H80i is awesome! I would love to see more details on the OC.
On a side note: Demons, regardless of color, are notorious for their fierce independence and their reluctant allegiance to their one true master. (Hint: It ain't you.) As long as don't leave the computer alone in a room by itself, you should be fine....
Sweet build! All of the components look rock solid. The white, black, and red color scheme is beautiful. The cable management is first class. My only recommendation is that you ensure all of the shipping costs are prepaid before sending it to me;)
It's SOOOOOO BLUUUUE! I like it! +1
Did you have any BIOS issues with the i5-4690 on the B85M motherboard?
Super clean build. Great cable management and nice pics. I would really love to see OC numbers for the G3258 on the Z97 PC MATE with the 212 EVO. (I am looking to use these parts for my first build;) Thanks for sharing +1