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Small PLUS Mighty

by SJW96

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Date Published

June 25, 2018

Date Built

April 29, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.366 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

They say that people's PCs are like their owners... (I am 5"6' after all)

This is my personal build which I use for gaming (mainly eSports + older titles), and a fair amount of programming from time to time. This build has been through a few different transitions and is made up of parts accumulated from deals, from my old work (PC World), and from the world of ebay. I'm not saying this is the best value for money build ever, but most of the parts here are generally good deals. (The ram was purchased during the start of the ever waging RAMpocalypse, and the Crucial SSD... Well I don't know about that xD)

I will mention that the pictures shown here are of when I F I N A L L Y got round to cleaning the machine out, putting it back together again, and actually taking photos this time around :)

This build started in a Thermaltake F1 Suppressor around October last year when I snagged the second hand i7 for £170. I used the new (at the time) 200mm noctua fan. Temps were great. Noise... Well... Let's say the questionable build quality of the Thermaltake chassis really let down the otherwise functional design. It liked to rattle. It was also pretty debatable even being "MINI" itx in all honesty.

EVGA SSC 1050ti - I got this on an Amazon warehouse deal just before GPU prices went crazy, but just after I sold my old r9 280X for the same price I bought it for 2 years prior. This was in my old FX-8350 for a short time, also (I need to get round to posting that build on here!). Brilliant card and design but was a little on the loud side for an idle card (no 0-rpm fan mode :( ). Never went above 65 degrees C however, on a very quiet fan profile. This was also what was making my machine rather annoying when just web browsing, netflix, working etc. So I came to the most logical conclusion. Take the fans off. Stick a Noctua fan near it. Hope for the best. Thus, the idea of shrinking to the Metis Plus (with its very convenient 120mm fan spot on top near the GPU) was born, and after a couple of weeks, fiddling meticulously with zip ties and those very annoying power led switches, the build was done.

Extras: RAM heatsinks for £2 from China to cover up the ugly RAMpocalypse-induced green sticks. I also bought a very overpriced (paid £10) for the cable to adapt the 4-pin Noctua fan header to the 2-pin GPU fan header. LOVELEH braided cables... Gives me 10%+ frames per second, of course.

White lighting because RGB isn't my thing. I like poo coloured fans after all.

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Deals:

  • Kingston FURY 480GB - deal from Ebuyer back when RAM was cheap, and to an extent SSDs. Bought for myself on my Birthday in August, 2016. At £80 I couldn't refuse!

  • Monitor - brilliant for CS:GO and fast paced games. Yes, the 1050ti can manage this! Got 20% off the full price at the time through my old work. Not the best panel in terms of colour and brightness (it's TN), but it's FAST.

  • Toshiba 240GB SSD - This isn't the exact model, but's very similar. Older liquidated stock from work with 50% clearance lines + staff discount. Not bad for £17.50. Wouldn't use it for an OS though.

  • Processor, MOBO bought second hand.

I went with slim SATA cables from Silverstone which really helped in terms of cable management and looks. Would 10/10 recommend these, albeit a little pricey! Again. B R A I D E D C A B L E S

In terms of actually mounting the drives, I used adhesive pads and created a kind of practical monstrosity... The SSD Sandwich. It's actually quite practical for cable management.

Happy with the noise levels at long last. The temps aren't bad either. Even for prolonged gaming periods. Then again, I am based in the UK.

Let me know what you think of it peeps. I look forward to your feedback.

Can I also mention that SJW in my username are my rather unfortunate initials - this account was created before I came across the term of Social Justice Warrior...

Don't judge the desk cable management ;)

Comments Sorted by:

sodom 4 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

beutiful, I have similar machine in my metis :)

SJW96 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you, I believe I up voted your build in the past! Very clean

freindlybuild 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

I like the mutilation style that you've done with the gpu +1

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

White lighting because RGB isn't my thing. I like poo coloured fans after all.

I love noctua too!

Don't judge the desk cable management ;)

Overall you did a great job! Also looks good under the desk... I have to work that part... :)

SJW96 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

The desk never used to be that neat xD

meiling888 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Dude. That noctua cooler looks amazing! I never knew they had one like that for mini-itx and great job on the wire management. I should have went with a SFX psu instead of my full sized for better room on my own raijintek metis plus build.

SJW96 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

It does require an adapter, but it makes cable management so much easier, it meant I could tuck 3 SSDs behind it, and cables to the left of it, also.

The cooler does bits, especially with the second fan, it means you can run them at the lowest RPMs possible. If I'm not mistaken you could probably fit a larger noctua cooler in this case. I believe I've seen a 120mm fan tower cooler before in a similar build!

Dude, considering you used a full atx semi modular PSU, your build is very very neat indeed. I wish I had the patience to cable manage like you did xD

meiling888 3 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Ha ha ha. I actually had to redo the wiring anyway because I have to replace the faulty HD audio USB 3.0 ports on my Metis. Had to take out the damn PSU and re-seat it, so my wire manage ocd was hot like a live wire XD

bctrent 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

This is so itty bitty! I like it haha. How do setups like this run with games being mITX?

ApeWithRock 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Could you fit a 3.5 HDD on the floor of this build? What about behind the PSU? I am looking to get this cooler because my roof HDD is blocking my GPU airflow and a 92mm cooler might allow room. If a 3.5 HDD will fit under your cooler, could you please tell me how much left over space you would have? My mobo's CPU sits about 20mm lower than yours so I wonder if a HDD will fit on mine :/

SJW96 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Unfortunately this build has since been rebuilt into a different case due to upgrading to a better GPU :(

There are standard mounts for a 3.5inch HDD on the floor of the case only. However if your CPU is 20mm lower then I really doubt it will fit, but it's hard to say.

ApeWithRock 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks man. I doubt it will fit so I went ahead and bought a SFX PSU which I can hide my HDD behind.

Pumpkincurry 1 Build 1 point 24 days ago

i love this case!

BenBuildsABeast 0 points 8 months ago

How is that 1050 Ti pushing 240hz may I ask?

SJW96 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

For CS:GO, very easily. Overwatch for example, I run with mixed settings at about 150. Really depends on the game. The G sync helps regardless.