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Fire Cat - Mini ITX, first PC build

by Scout1138

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9 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 5, 2016

Date Built

Sept. 12, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.632 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

Description

This PC was built for Zbrush (3D sculpting program) which relies almost entirely on the CPU, and for VR/Gaming, hence the need for a high quality GPU. Because of my professional background (film editing) and an interest in music production, I future-proofed with 32 GB of RAM even though it's a bit overkill. I went with the Mini ITX form factor so it would be portable for VR Gaming. It's also a replacement for my 6 year old Macbook pro, which kindly waited until the PC was completed before it died (RIP buddy.)

Build Notes:

Kraken fit is tight but not impossible; involves some careful screwdriver work and finger crossing. Originally installed with fans on top, later flipped the orientation (moved fans into case) for a much better configuration.

Had to order Internal USB port expansion (thanks to the Panda Build for the tip) in order to use the Kraken and the Hue+. Kind of a pain in the butt, but worth it for the amazing lighting.

Hue+ installed with included magnets - very handy as surface is not flat enough to use sticky backing. I love the "Candlelight" setting on the Hue+, the flickering combined with the red and black theme is fantastic.

Planning to add more storage (another SSD, likely a 1 TB) in the near future.

Scroll wheel on mouse squeaks already - but not the end of the world as I mostly use a Wacom tablet/Ps4 controller. I will likely switch to a wireless mouse in the future.

Went with a relatively inexpensive display - coming from using a 17' laptop for the last 7 years even this size feels luxurious.

Update: Fire Strike Benchmarks (No overclocking) added to images, and here: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/16499738

Thank you to everyone involved with this site, and all the previous builders for your expertise, couldn't have done it without you!

Comments Sorted by:

tylerthegamer44 2 points 26 months ago

I like the pictures, looks good. Can you run and post he firestrike score please.

Scout1138 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you! Fire Strike score posted.

Electroman01 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

This is a very nice first build. That lighting really makes it look more finished

MTHD 2 points 26 months ago

Nice build +1 Why 32GB ram though?

Scout1138 submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Thanks, and good question...description updated. "Because of my professional background (film editing) and an interest in music production, I future-proofed with 32 GB of RAM even though it's a bit overkill."

Jbock 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Like it, clean

NekoTheCat 2 points 26 months ago

Beautiful first build

bigg_critter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

love the build, the room setup, and that lil fire breathin feller! : ) +1

xSingularity 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Amazing build, IMO, you should;ve gotten a red dragon mouse and a red dragon keyboard (like the kumara) it would've fit the build a bit more