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So I was sitting at my 4 year old craptop a few weeks ago thinking what new console I should get (I own a 360 now), and my roommate who just built his own full tower convinced me to have a go at building my own console replacement. I wanted to play ultra 1080p at 30+ fps, and be able to do so a few years from now. So i pieced together what I wanted and finally rush ordered all the parts with the few free days I had off. I went all newegg because it seemed the most reputable vendor and I'm new at this building business.

So then I was building at the first thing that came to mind was, "This is case is so small, awesome". 4 hours later I realized it was a lot harder to build in a small case. It was a great experience and everything is working fine, I've tried a few games at the temp never got above 50 C for the CPU and 55 for the GPU.

NOTE: If you are building in this case, install parts in the following order. It will save you hassel. Storage (including power and data connectors) -> PSU -> Motherboard -> GPU -> headers.

CPU: One hell of a CPU. It's many times faster than my old laptop and stays relatively cool (I haven't overclocked yet, though I easily could).

Cooler: WOULD NOT RECOMMEND WITH CASE. Great cooler that works great, but in this case there is less than an inch of clearance between the radiator/fan and the GPU. The tubes touch the back of the GPU, and unless I want to kink the tubes, it's going to have to stay that way. Also comes with thermal paste already applied, so you do not have to buy your own.

Mobo: No problems so far, the built-in wifi is a must have since there's only 1 PCIe slot (which is taken by the GPU). Also stays cool, has USB headers, can support 1866 and up for RAM. It has all I want at a reasonable price.

RAM: Pretty self explantory, I needed RAM with < 1.5V because that's all the processor can support. This was pretty cheap and a had good ratings.

Storage: A SSD for my OS, and 1TB for games. Both work well, and with the special adapter I bought, I could fit another SSD very easily.

GPU: It was cheap, and very powerful. I heard horror stories from other buyiers, but mine worked like a charm. Very quiet, and the gaming app is very useful. I highly recommend this card.

Case: It's the only mini-ITX case that supports a full sized PSU. That being said, building in it was extremely difficult, and with my huge hands, it took many tries to get certain screws in.

PSU: If you go mini-ITX, you NEED a modular power supply. Unfortuantely, this one is massive and cuts down on a lot of potential wire managment. The fan has yet to turn on, which means it's either defective, or is too powerful for my build. Either way, would've gone with a smaller, less wattage equivalent in the future.

OS: Full version of windows so I can install it on many computers. Don't judge me.

I also bought an external disk drive to play my old Age of Empires 2 disc. Build maxes out game no problem.

EDIT: After playing Dragon Age Inquisition for a while, I had to remove the side panels so my GPU and CPU cooler could breath. It's not much of a hassle, but it dropped a noticeable 15-20 C when I did.

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  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Personally I think the case is just bad... But for the rest of the build nice and well done! Awesome specs for a $1200 pricepoint!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

It was the only non-cube case I could find that could fit a full sized PSU and for a cheap price. But it does have it's problems.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

There was the silverstone rvzo1b...

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

If it fits it sits... +1 .

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

These power supplies might have saved you some trouble with the space and cable management. http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/power-supply/#p=1&t=10&m=63&sort=a9

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I might change it later when I try to mod the case.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

A nice PC, yet a case that doesn't deserve those parts (IMO) Nice build though.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't think an OC'ed 4690K is the best thing for a mini ITX tower. And it's a little overkill for an R9 290. A GTX 970 with the just the 4690 would consume less power and would save space.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

not at all if you look at an actual steam machine it consumes as much power as this pc

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Good point. The GTX 970 just seemed more expensive, and I'm new at this. I wanted to have plenty of overhead with the CPU for future upgrades.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't listen to the fanboy. The 290 is better performance for less money. Just because the 970 consumes less power does not make it the better option.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done! I'm thinking about getting this case next. I love steambox cases. would you recommend it?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, I like the look and dimensions for the case. However getting adequate cooling is difficult, and usually playing new games (like Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age) requires me to remove the side panels for airflow.

If you like it, buy it. I've had no significant problems yet, and I'm happy with my purchase. I'm sure you'll be the same.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Would you say an h100i fits in here? I'm between this and obsidian 250

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm honestly not sure. If it does, it'll be a very, very tight fit.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm having the same case, I have a h55 cooler, and I just cant fit it in, how did you do it? can you show me some instruction or pictures? and I bought a R9 280 graphic card, basically the rest are the same.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

You have to really bend the tubes almost to the point of kinking them. I oriented the tubes towards the back end of the case and was able to finagle the rest in place.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Same, it's been 6 months and no issues. Runs great and still plays all new games at 1080p no problem.