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I bought all the parts before PCPartpicker flagged any compatibility issues, but everything did fit. It didn't fit well, but I'm a mechanic and I can come up with some interesting contraptions. The GPU was a nightmare. I had to twist/flex the PCB to get it into the case at an angle, then line it up with the MOBO through the use of some pretty severe force that I'm betting no one else would want to try. There is no slot or space for a 3.5" HDD, but there is a spot for a slim DVD drive. I installed the SSD into the slot for the slimdrive, and I ziptied the 3.5" HDD underneath that just above the intake fan and the PSU. I also removed the bracket for the two SSDs that is mounted in the bottom of the case, it left room to hide cables afterwards and leave a clean tunnel for airflow.

I use this mainly for gaming and video editing. I do travel a lot because I'm in the military, and this small rig has been pretty awesome. I can play all my games, emulators, and movies as well as edit professional style videos with Adobe Premiere Pro thanks to the 3TB HDD inside.

If I could change some things about my build, I would definitely have gone with a GTX 760 instead of the 270X because Asus builds one that is much shorter and would fit better in the case. That's pretty much my only complaint, I was scared I was going to break my brand new graphics card just trying to get it in the case.

I originally had an FM2 MOBO and an Athlon x4 760k in here, but I upgraded to the I5 4690s (The s version because of the lower TDP in this small box.) I have since also removed the Corsair H55 and am using just the stock intel cooler for the CPU.

Update* Geekbench score Single Core: 3758, Multi-Core: 11429 Cinebench OpenGL: 116.41 fps, CPU 538 cb Realbench Image Editing: 100923, Encoding: 66525, OpenCL: 31131, Heavy Multitasking: 55600, System Score: 57318

Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

maybe an itx gpu would've worked a lil better. This one isn't out yet but they do make others I believe. http://us.msi.com/product/vga/R9_270X_GAMING_2G_ITX.html#overview

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, definitely. However, my next build will be in a Corsair 250D which will fit a full size graphics card.

  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

Why do you need an ITX build?

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't like something that's going to hog all the space in my office. I also tend to move a lot since I'm in the military, and having a more portable rig is a lot more convenient.

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Could I get a picture of how your setup usually is (with the case all sealed up)? Sorry, I'm just really interested. Nice build!

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

I just posted a finished pic of it right after I booted it up for the first time. Funny, but I built this in a hotel room while I was traveling.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you post some new pics with the Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid? I'd love to see how you did it.

I really want to OC my CPU in this case and I don't think the Noctua will be enough.

Also, is there any way in hell someone could get an NZXT Kraken G10 in there or any other liquid cooling option for the GPU?

Is the MSI GTX 760 ITX the best mITX card out there?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm uploading the pictures now. Like I said, its cramped in there. This is not meant to be setup like this, but I don't mind tinkering. I took the rubber mounts for the stock fan and mounted them to the corsair fan that's attached to the H55 and swung the water tubes to the outside so the radiator's deeper dimension was horizontal rather than vertical the way you normally see it. It worked for me, :D

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! New pic is great.

Why did you pick the H55? Do you think a slightly thicker radiator would fit? H55 is 27mm, but do you think 38mm would fit for the H80i? I see your Corsair fain (25mm wide) and I'm hoping my Enermax of the same dimentions will fit.

I plan on keeping the ODD tray and mounting my SDD/HDD on the bottom.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

No, a thicker radiator will not fit. It already won't fit with the tubes on the top or bottom sides. It is touching the RAM the way that it is. I have low profile memory too, so I really don't think a thicker radiator will fit unless you can mount the fan to the outside of the chassis which would make it look ridiculous.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Color of the I/O Shield? Or picture of it?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

The I/O shield is black with silver outlining for my new motherboard, the H97i by MSI with my 4690s CPU on the LGA 1150 socket.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

the way your hdd is mounted makes me a little scared because normal when some thing is at a angle, and that spins a lot it normal decreases the performances and life span. But relly cool build, i may make one of these for my self, also how much does it way?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've just decided to take my chances with the HDD. I'm not sure how much it weighs, but I can carry it around quite easily with one hand on the handle.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the 760k ever bottleneck the 270x? I'm trying to configure an itx build for a friend but there are no AM3+ ITX motherboards because i was originally going to go for the FX series

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

it shouldn't (just slightly overclock), and take care of the cooling as the stock one sucks.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't noticed any bottlenecking from the CPU, however I've actually underclocked the CPU to 3.6GHz with Turbo turned off.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

that horrible case tho couldve saved 50 dollars and got a prodigy

  • 64 months ago
  • 0 points

this would be a nice card for your build , http://us.msi.com/product/vga/R9_270X_GAMING_2G_ITX.html#overview

  • 65 months ago
  • -1 points

cooling a 100 watt TDP cpu with a 65 watt noctua NH-l9a, that's crazy!!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

The athlon 750k and 760k are only about 60 watts max tdp. It says so on the box.

Newegg, along with sites like CPUWorld and CPU Boss, are all wrong and I have no clue why.

  • 65 months ago
  • -1 points

you're a funny guy!!! the 6700 is 65 TDP and the 6800k is 100 TDP, the 760k is the 6800k with the gpu disable. CPUWorld and CPUboss are both correct (strange you are the first person to say this). I have the 760k and nowhere in the box does it say 60 watts. Get your facts straight.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, but there wasn't a whole lot of options for CPU cooling in this case. It works, but I won't defend the fact that it is definitely not ideal.

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

the problem is the motherboard, the asrock itx 88 lets you install other heatsinks like the samuel 17. I have the gigabyte too and the samuel 17 wouldnt work.