Description

This is primarily for gaming. I have never owned a PC and have been a Mac and console user since Atari 2600. I sold some of my consoles for this setup. I am so glad I did. What a huge difference in gaming! The build was mind boggling at first because the first GPU that was sent to me was DOA, and since it was my first build and first PC I had a hell of time troubleshooting and figuring it out! Other than that it was easy and it looks great!

I am using the NT-06 for the CPU, its overclocked at 4.4 GHZ, voltage at 1.235 it idles at 38 C on all four cores and goes up to 55 C during heavy gaming. I had to learn how to install windows, learn bios and and how to use overclocking tools as well as monitoring tools. Prime 95 I want to OC to 4.6 but the temps will go past 80C during stress testing if I do becuase the voltage is raised to 1.4 to be stable. I might go to the TD-03 Slim cooler and see if I can keep the temps down during stress testing if not, I am happy with this setup. The GPU is OC'ed and I am so close to touching 1500 MHZ using Unigine Heaven and MSI afterburner. The GPU stays under 60 C too.

I plan on building a few more using mitx cases, and a monster tower in the future. I spent two weeks researching, watching videos, learning what is what, and only 1 day building it. The parts took longer to get here than anything. The peripherals well I had none since I am been using mac books since 06, and have only been through 2 macs and they are both still running strong!

All in all I would highly recommend this setup for someone who has patience and is willing to put in the time to research exactly what works and what doesn't for your setup. If I can build this so can you for sure. I originally had my eyes setup for an alienware, but after more research I knew it wasn't for me, then I was going to purchase a pre-built, again I realized that pre-buit was not for me as they wanted more $$$ with less performance parts.

My next plan is to stuff a GTX 1080 in it. Not bad if I do say so myself for a first time builder and for my first PC. Oh the main reason I switched from console to PC was because of VR. Let me know what you guys think and if there is anything I can improve or do to make it better. Thanks. Oh one last thing I might switch to the SS 500 SFX PW SP because it has the bigger fan and flat cables as well to make installation easy.

Part Reviews

CPU

Stable overclock at 1.235V in this small case with the NT-06.

CPU Cooler

Works great but this is my first one so I really dont know much about cooling except they are supposed to keep things cool, keeps my OC'ed i5 6600K in a mini itx at 38C idle.

Motherboard

Wow what can I say, glad I got this motherboard it works flawlessly for my setup.

Storage

Windows took a whole 11 seconds to install, I am impressed!

Video Card

First card they sent was DOA, and you can not unlock the voltage unless you flash bios. Other than that its a solid card, almost at 1500 MHZ and average FPS 59.5 on Heaven! So I am taking its really good.

Case

The best looking case to replace my gaming consoles!

Power Supply

Needs a bigger fan like the 500 series, does'nt make any sense.

Operating System

Installed on my SSD was only 11 seconds from a USB, and I like windows 10!

Monitor

I have read horror stories but I got lucky and this was a great buy for the price, gaming looks amazing on it!

Keyboard

Nice light up show, easy to configure, extremely durable solid construction! Keys are very clicky though.

Mouse

This mouse has all the bells and whistles that I never knew existed, I am never turning back to another mouse!

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Love your final setup pic man

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you means a lot, hope to improve on it in the future.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like a pretty nice heatsink / fan, you usually see heatsinks like that with the fan pointed towards the motherboard but the one you have looks like a better design

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Firefly is such a waste of money but... ugh I want it xD

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree but it looks so freakin cool.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice for a first build from a fresh PC user! :)

I will eventually like to build in a small and slim case like this or the Fractal Design Node 202.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, it can def be done, I was thinking about the Node as well but this one for some reason caught me more so.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

what do you mean exactly by horror stories?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The tons of reviews complaining about dreadful amounts of light bleed, I don't have any problems with it though. Looks clean and crisp, price was great.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Optimized build, no words even from an optimization enthusiast.

Good luck with your computer.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I really appreciate that.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

NICE! Super like! Looks nice neat too. I love that cooler, what's the mobo temps like?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! Neat and clean is what I was attempting to do. The mobo temps are around 38 C, seems like a little on the high side, but I do live in an all year round hot climate, although the ambient room temp is 26 C.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Just did a very thorough stress test and the temps were around 41 C.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the sibling case ML08B and I have the same elevated temps. I'm getting up to 50 C so you're doing ok. That cooler is probably doing a better job than mine. :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for that, I was worried that I might be cooking the MOBO. I really don't know much since I am very new to PC and building.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, only suggestion is that if you want to change your cooler go for an AiO water cooler. Something like the h80i is a reasonably priced single fanned radiator cooler.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, and thanks for the suggestion, I seriously want to water cool so I will def look into to the H80i.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Would that even fit in this case?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes according to this post http://www.overclock.net/t/1466816/silverstone-raven-rvz01-rvz02-ml07-ml08-ftz01-owners-club/1190#post_22183443, but I may consider the TD-03 first considering the reviews.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

clean build and setup... congrats +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I was definitely trying to keep it clean, I may have gotten a little carried away with the LED lights on the peripherals but those can always be adjusted.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend Corsair over SS for SFX PSU's.

Nice job! HTPC's are fun. :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, it was def a fun build. Makes me want to build more in the future.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, those Corsair sfx PSUs are surprisingly well-built! They're carrying the torch for SFX performance.

Barring some strangely inconsistent acoustic results in the 600W model reviews, the Corsair SF line is also darn near silent.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I hope to do more in the future.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I was planning on using pretty much the same components for my next build once I get a GTX 1080 (except for the CPU Cooler and peripherals). My only concern is if over clocking is doable in such a small case?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! I am doing a build almost identical to yours (literally the only difference are the memory being lp and the ssd brand)!

How is it going for you so far? Would you have changed anything? Especially I am curious about the CPU cooler's performance. How is the noise/heat level?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome build bro, I'm planning on doing the same case model, I was wondering adding a slim optical drive for reading CD any issue fitting on this particular case? I don't know who added a slim optical drive let me know please

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

You should have waited for the gtx 1070 due to its low price point.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I totally agree, but unfortunately I just literally found out about the GTX 1080/1070 4 days ago.... but I still have 20 days to return the GPU and possibly upgrade to the 1080/1070 just don't have an exact release date on them and I want to game, either way I am happy with it. Maybe sell the 970 later down the road when I get the 1080.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I have been scouring for pre-orders and no luck on the 1070 or 1080, honestly I prefer the 1080 founders edition for OC.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad I could help

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

LoL thanks its my old chair that survived my military career.