Description

Hey and thanks for visiting the build.

Updated the rig over the past couple months and this seems to be the end result. Updates include: Zalman fan controllers, Phanteks pmw fans, EVGA psu, various cables, and a cold cathode to match case led lights.

This rig is used for gaming and a variety of school programs. Hope the pictures suffice (iPhone camera) and if any questions need answers don't be afraid to comment.

Part Reviews

CPU

Didn't plan on overclocking and i'm not into extreme editing so this was a clear and cost effective choice.

CPU Cooler

This thing is a pita in a case this size but definitely gets the job done and aesthetically it matches the case.

Motherboard

No frills, durable, with all the options needed for my applications and at a great price.

Memory

Team elite ram. Chose color to match my theme and amount for gaming and light task. No issues yet.

Storage

An ssd for boot and bragging rights. Plenty fast for consumer applications like mine.

Storage

The 1st one i received was DOA, RMA'd it for a small shipping fee and we are back up and running. Silent and speedy drive that is more than enough space for me.

Video Card

Great card, no over heating issues, stuttering, coil whine, and runs the applications and games that I own on high - ultra (games may vary). There are a small army of deals on this card at any given time so keep an eye out if interested.

Case

Beautiful case in my opinion with tons of modular bits. Great air cooling and water cooling support with tons of space for ssds. Not the smallest itx case ever but allows for the majority of air-cooler towers and 1 full length Gpu.

Power Supply

Haven't had the psu very long but I was thoroughly impressed with the cabling design and the build quality at first impressions. Not a small power supply by any means and it was a battle to fit the large diameter cables in with no tension and get the cable management up to my standards. probably a little over kill for my needs but I wanted to be assured that I will be able to run all that needs to be run at a comfortable pace for the psu. Plus at the time of purchase this psu was on sale for less than most reputable 500 watt options.

Operating System

Haven't had issues yet.

Case Fan

Great case fan (I have 5). Moves tons of air while remaining relatively silent (hooked up to fan controller). Had a Phanteks case so these fans were a no-brainer aesthetically. A little expensive I found various discounts on these and jumped on them. Got them all for under 40 usd :). I have the fan controllers in an array so to promote positive air pressure throughout the case (cumulative cfm for intakes is higher than exhaust) to compliment the dust filters in combating dust build up.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work with this build! Looks great and for what you needed. What was the price for your GPU since you mention a good deal was out there? Thanks for sharing and enjoy it! +1

And I am very sorry about your hard drive... I am always sadden when it fails. I hope you get a new one soon and does not fail anytime soon. I know it can happen to any part in reality.
  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the kind words! I got mine a couple months (summer/early fall) back for 160 usd.

Yes the passing of a hard drive is always sad but fortunately I have replacements until the problem is solved.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean and sleek looking build! The cable work you did was excellent, I never really see people put there towers on a shelf above them, it's interesting

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to keep it off the floor as best I can and one day I was cleaning up the place and bam it hit me, put it up top. The desk seems sturdy enough to hold it up there and there is a spot to route cables down but it is kinda nerve racking because that computer is not a light weight by any means.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm loving the black on black theme! +1 Looks really good.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man really wasn't intentional until the end but I'm glad it worked out the way it did.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been looking at this case, is there any or much difference using the two 140mm fans in the front instead of the included 200mm fan?

Also great built, massive fan of ITX builds +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

It gives a tad bit better direct airflow to components according to a number of reviews but nothing that should keep you up at night if you choose to stick with the 200mm fan. It's 110 cfm with the stock 200mm fan and roughly 164 cfm with the 140mm tag team. The dba is higher with the 140s but I cant hear them and I sit less than a foot away so don't worry about noise with quality fans like these (at about 90% using fan controller). The static pressure is greater with the 140s due to the smaller size and higher rpm and that helps move more air pass that front plate and mesh fan filter but the exact difference I can't tell you but again it's probably not a life changer. I mainly got the fans due to a sale I saw and I can reuse them in a future build if I choose. Hope that helps. Had to delete the other comment because it wouldn't let me edit it and I wanted to give you a little more info one your decision. If you still have questions about the intake setup I would definitely look up 200mm vs dual 140 intake setups and see what you can get from the professionals at goodle :]

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man,

Nice build it looks very clean and sleek, I am also building a pc with a very similar color scheme and I was wondering about the cold cathode that you used it looks like it puts out a lot of light, would you recommend it over an LED strip?

Sincerely, Gin

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I like cathodes for the even light they distribute but I have seen some very elegant looking led light setups. Honestly it's a matter of taste as I personally think you can't go wrong with either.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the CPU cooler cover up RAM slots? I'm thinking of using the same case and cooler, I was just worried about the clearance and such.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You can check picture 5, the fan on the cpu cooler only almost touches the ram. So you should be good.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thanks so much!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope plenty of clearance. The cooler is made to minimize ram clearance issue because it's kinda offset to the left (in my current orientation).

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thanks a bunch!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Also you can offset the fan (move it further on the cooler) to clear the RAM slots as well if needed. Sorry for the late 2-cents

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Np thanks a lot!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, what did you mount the Phanteks fans with? I bought the same case and fans, and the screws from the fan don't fit into the case. Did you have to drill out the screw holes? Thanks.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I'm going to buy those same Phanteks case fans. Are they loud and do they release a good amount of air pressure?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, is the CPU cooler touching the GPU back? Any difficulty to fit these parts? What if I use a GPU with backplate? I have the same mobo and looking forward to buy that cooler...