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Struggle Sandwich
by boxxybrownn
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Description

CPU- Its very good and runs really well, the overclock was hard because I didnt win the CPU lottery and recieved one that struggles at 4.2ghz, so for now i'll be stuck at 4.0 trying to raise it little by little.

H60- very quiet, even when its right in front of me (nearly 1 foot distance between my ear and the fan). Its probably the best cooler for this case.

RAM- I got this for a really cheap price thanks to /r/buildapcsales.

SSD/HDD- the Sandisk is a refurb that i got for a pretty cheap price, it loads Windows 8.1 in about 6-10 seconds which is very quick for me and helps the loading times for the few games that i have on it. I would like to upgrade one day to a 500gb - 1tb SSD but the prices are very expensive and I would like to hold back on PC part spending. The WD CBlue is really good too and provides a lot of space for my excess programs/games, its the best 1tb HDD you can get on the cheap.

780 Classified- This Card is the most difficult thing to fit in this rig, it takes 10 minutes to remove/place this card in and can be tedious because you have to fit the power connector in a tiny spot with little breathing room. Besides that, it is extremely fast and provides me with 780ti-like power, but I've had a hard time finding the right overclock for it and it doesnt help that BF4 crashes whenever you overclock your graphics card.

Case- THIS CASE IN MY OPINION IS THE PERFECT ITX CASE, the Bitfenix Prodigy is everyones go-to case for ITX but it is too large for me and this can fit any dual slot graphics card you wish to put in it. It also surprisingly fits a decent amount of hard drives and i could probably fit 4 more SSDs in it if i wanted (I wont though), and it doesnt come with a built in PSU which was a plus for me as i wanted a high amount of wattage for my overclocking.

PSU- its good, thats really all I have to say about it.

Monitor- Korean monitors are awesome, this is the cheapest 1440p monitor you can get and its really beautiful, there is no need to buy an overpriced Asus or LG.

Thats it, I hope you guys liked it.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle37.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load71.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Dual Classified ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate993MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load84.0° C
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AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 17 points 8 months ago

Lemon.

 
 
boxxybrownn [Submitter] [1 Build] 32 points 8 months ago

I didn't have a banana

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C3156 [1 Build] 6 points 8 months ago

I think the compact foot print of that case is awesome. My only concern would be adequate air flow for cooling. Nice work sqeezing all the components in there.

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

I own this case as well; it actually moves air very easily. Front fan fills the entire case with positive air flow and has ventilation on all sides of the case. The GPU gets fresh air from the sides and front plus can exit out the side and back. This is a very good case for a Mini ITX that has great air flow and highly recommend it.

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

The Fractal Design Node 304 has much better airflow if it's something you're worried about. But this case isn't bad either.

 
 
xIMcCloud29Ix [3 Builds] 5 points 8 months ago

Did you really get a Classy for only $506? Also nice build. I like the comparison to the 360 and NBA 2K ftw

 
 
boxxybrownn [Submitter] [1 Build] 6 points 8 months ago

I got the classy on the cheap, and few people in the masterrace enjoy sports games.

 
 
xIMcCloud29Ix [3 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Yeah, I just hate how they ripoff PC players by stripping half of the features for it. No support :/

 
 
a_slow_descent 1 point 8 months ago

but the features they don't have are pointless in my opinion. You can play myplayer mode and build a franchise. that is all that matters.

 
 
xIMcCloud29Ix [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Mostly, that's all I ever liked was myplayer. Still don't like the features strip though.

 
 
a_slow_descent 1 point 8 months ago

half the features, half the cost. Im okay with it.

 
 
Kirito95 3 points 8 months ago

Well done on this build. I was wondering how well the H60 performs in that case?

 
 
boxxybrownn [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

It performs really well, my overclock only raised the temperatures by about 6C and its still really quiet, I sit about a foot away from the fan and it doesn't bother me at all.

 
 
Kirito95 1 point 8 months ago

Wow that's really impressive. And to think I almost switched the H55.

 
 
rfontoura 3 points 8 months ago

Really nice build. I don't believe you paid only 64 for the memory. Nice bargain.

 
 
boxxybrownn [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

/r/buildapcsales my friend, they are refurbs but I couldn't pass up on that deal

 
 
sogden24 [2 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

I love these mini builds. Great job!

 
 
boxxybrownn [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks

 
 
Electrospeed 2 points 8 months ago

Noooo... not on the carpet... :P

 
 
Zachypoo [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

I'm a huge fan of the mini builds! Looks beautiful! How do you like the board? I ended up going the z87i for mine.

 
 
boxxybrownn [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

It's really good, the BIOS could use some work but besides that it's awesome, I was considering making this a hackintosh but my dad's mac was messed up and wouldn't download the tonymacx86 files correctly.

 
 
xshadowinxbc [2 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Nice job. The only thing is that the 780 Classy is a bit of a waste there because without the proper cooling (AIO or water cooling) you're not going to be able to use its full potential. Then again considering the price you got it for, it's fine. Consider the zip tie method for an AIO cooler on it, you would probably be able to get some massive overclocks with that.

Also, since you probably don't have room for many HDD's I think you shoulda went ahead and invested in a 3-4TB.

That's about it really. Relatively solid choices all around, for once.

 
 
boxxybrownn [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I wanted the title of being one of the few people with a classified in their itx build, and it can still overclock pretty high so it can last me a couple years. I doubt I'll have a need for 3-4tb of space but I might consider a large ssd in a couple of months.

 
 
xshadowinxbc [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

That's fine. I notice you don't have a good audio setup though. Might consider that as the next frontier. Here's a topic with my experiences: http://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/20558-the-importance-of-sound

 
 
ck3 2 points 8 months ago

nice lemon

 
 
Erikus [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

That's a real tight fit! Awesome build, looks put together real well! You could get a slightly better overclock with a better closed loop cooler, but hey, you can only go so far with a 120mm rad.

 
 
boxxybrownn [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

I took my overclock to 4.2ghz and it froze on me several times and I began to conclude that I might be one of the most unlucky overclockers because people all over are showing how they can get to 4.5-4.8ghz. Do you think it's the h60?

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

I think you just got unlucky. Do you mess with voltages?

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boxxybrownn [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Yes, and it seems that whenever I go above 1.2v I experience crashing. Do you have any advice?

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

The motherboard you have doesn't have a heatsinked vrm, so it may not be a good overclocking board

 
 
boxxybrownn [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

If you look at overclocked lga1150 mini itx builds on this site you'll see people getting to 4.4-4.6ghz on this same mobo. Idk, I didn't win the CPU lottery I guess

 
 
WickedRG 1 point 8 months ago

why that monitor?? if this is for gaming i dont see why this monitor was chosen.. yea it is 1440 or what ever but 8ms response time for gaming is horrible.. just wondering no hard feelings

 
 
boxxybrownn [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

I dont notice the response time, and if I did i can overclock this monitor to help with that and up the refresh rate. And also, look at the price, its a steal to get 1440p at the price point.

 
 
xxvolwarexx [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I've been planning on buying almost the exact same parts for my new rig! :O

+1

 
 
Matty [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

really nice build, and great work to get all those components in there!

 
 
bstranger [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Nice build. It looks frustrating... lol

 
 
zSyzygy [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

For all things to give a visual size comparison, you sir chose a lemon. +1

 
 
xxvolwarexx [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Is there a way to mount the radiator upright?

 
 
jcynavarro 1 point 7 months ago

I'm new to all this and I was wondering if this would be good for a home theater PC? which will have a bunch of retro games in it as well, and a back up of my Bluray movies..

 
 
boxxybrownn [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Yeah, this is great for those things. If youre not interested in a graphics card you might want to find something even smaller than this.

 
 
JeremyB796 1 point 6 months ago

I was looking to buy that monitor...it's great looking...

that whole build looks REALLY solid...don't worry about the cpu though...the benefits aren't that great... You'll still get great performance at 4.0GHz...

I myself am going to get an X-Star 1440p monitor, you see a great benefit with the resolution?

 
 
spursuk 1 point 2 months ago

I think perhaps the H75 would be a give better cooling

 
 
RedstoneDJ -1 points 4 months ago

If you ever have the option between Win8 and Win7, go with 7. It's much better.

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cgilmore024 [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago