Description

Originally this build was created in 2014, starting as a MITX build with an elite 130 and a GTX 750 Ti with 8gb of ram. This system served me well for quite a while but I decided to upgrade quite a bit this year. First was the video card, a GTX 1060, which does play much of the games at 1080p ultra/very high settings easy. Before I could do this I had to change the Logisys (yeah I know, a pretty low end) PSU so my pc wouldnt blow up (it was fine with the 750 tho)

Before I was able to get stable frames 8gb needed to be upgraded to 16gb, as games like GTA V and Forza were just a stuttery mess and constant pagefiling was an issue. Next, the card did spike up to 80 celsius when overclocked and some noticable coilwhine was being caused by the position of where the card sat in the elite 130, so my latest upgrade was to the 88r from corsair. It is a very nice case, and especially roomy for its form factor. I'm sure if my motherboard wasnt MITX and MATX my cable management would be better. I also have 5 case fans to ensure any overclocking business was no issue like in the elite 130 (can confirm, temps decreased by 10 celsius)

CPU temps were not really that bad, maxing at 76 celsius, but I rly like the look a large heatink in the PC so I got the biggest one that could fit in the case without scratching the window. This brought my temps to 60 celsius during heavy gaming.

Overall I am really pleased with the build so far, and I plan to do incremental upgrades every few months and possible go with an r5 cCPU later down the road, cause i5 usage is becoming an issue in some of my games.

EDIT: Oh yeah, the hotswap bay is there just cause and I know my monitor is pretty dirty :P

Part Reviews

CPU

Nice CPU, has held its own for roughly 3 years and maybe for another year.

CPU Cooler

Mainly for looks, but it does keep temps lower than stock cooler and quieter under load

Motherboard

A decent motherboard, but features are really limited, such as 1 chassis fan only and no USB 3.0 front panel support

Memory

Its ram, nothing to rave about

Storage

Just needed 2tb hdd for now, and this one is good but its friggin loud. will get an ssd later on

Video Card

Very nice plays all games maxed or very high above 60 fps, Just a warning tho if you place the video card in an elite 130 there is a banshee-like sound it makes :/

Case

Nice and roomy case, would definitely recommend especially for the price

Power Supply

This gives me extra headroom if I ever plan to get a power hungry GPU later on or if I do OC for my CPU later on. Semi modular design also made cable management very easy

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

So let me get this straight: This is a big Mini ITX build? Or a Small Big Mini ITX Build? Or a just a small ITX build?

Still looks great!

+1

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Dam. Didn't think of that one

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I have the same CPU and graphics card in my build. I'm waiting for another year or two to upgrade my cpu as well. I haven't seen any bottle necks gaming at 1080, but upgrading to a newer gen I5 or I7 will be necessary in the coming years.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Why did you get the hotswap 5.25" bay adapter thing? Also which forza do you run? I have a g4560 rx470 system with 12GB of RAM and am having trouble running Forza Horizon 3. It either looks bad, stutters or textures appear and disappear randomly.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's forza horizon 3, the game is extremely demanding CPU wise. shadows also pop in my game to tho...

Oh yeah the bay is if anyone in my house needs to use the PC and they can just swap the HDD with their :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough. I could trade in my CPUs and about £60 for a used i5-6500 but I don't really play forza horizon 3 that much. Just curious to see how it performed with one. The use of that bay is pretty awesome imo.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha ty and yes I wouldnt change ur CPU for just one game for the time being especially since u dont play it much, tbh forza is still a little broken on pc :/

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. It plays seriously well on an Xbox compared to what I would expect. It is really broken.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Although some other people with similar specs get decent frame rates and it looks decent.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

wont get my pc parts until september but when i get them i will post the build on pcpp

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