Description

I wanted to have a machine that was compact, but a power house. I didn't want to skimp on the parts. But, I didn't want to have a monster tower either. I use this machine for gaming and entertainment such as Netflix and want not. I work from home and I like to have a machine that can get the job done along with my work machine.
About the only problem I ran into was the case I initially chose. I first bought the Corsair Carbide series Spec M2. I liked the looks of the case. However, the radiator for the H110i GTX was too large to fit in the front of the case. That was my fault. I didn't discover the case/cooler decoder ring for Corsair cases and coolers. Also, it had limited space for the PSU as well. The RM850 was longer than the maximum for the case. It fit in the space, but the cables were scrunched into a ninety degree angle. I overnighted the Corsair Obsidian 350D MicroATX case. I have to say the build quality for the Obsidian series cases put the Carbide series to shame. But, I suppose you get what you pay for. Plenty of room behind the board for cable management. Just barely enough space for the cooler. I actually had to bend the support for the top drive bay flat to allow the cooler to fit. The case has 2 optical drive bays. But if you're going to use the same cooler I did, then one of your bays are going to be partially occupied by the radiator.

EDIT (2016-02-21): I've posted a final picture of the performance benchmark gains from overclocking the CPU/RAM and Video card. I was able to gain 952 points in the overall system score for PassMark PerformanceTest. Taking it from 6,645 to 7,597. Not fantastic compared to the Xeons out there. But, for what it's worth I'm wasn't looking to build a $4k+ system for minimal gain.

Follow up (2016-02-26): I just wanted to post a follow-up now that I've had the machine for about a week. I must say I'm very satisfied with the build. I came from having an Intel i7 920 on an Asus Rampage Extreme board with 12GB RAM. I was a little hesitant to upgrade because my machine 'was running fine.' Little did I know building a system like this made me realize I was over looking many of the quirks, stutters, and wait times. I was blaming it one Win10. It was well worth building a new system. There is no stuttering in games, lag or long load times anymore.
People also asked about why I had 64GB RAM. With the new motherboard there are a couple of programs such as RAMCache and RAMDisk. RAMCache does similar to when using your flash drive as a boost (Whatever they call it.) Gave my PassMark score an extra 300 points on the overall performance. RAMDisk allows you to choose a folder or folders to load up into memory instead of on disk. These two reasons and the fact that I use multiple VM's at a time convinced me very well that the 64GB is worth it. I was pretty fortunate in the cpu lottery as well with the 6700k. I was able to clock it to 4.9Mhz. I was also able to overclock the gpu for additional gains (210+MHz core and 500+MHz on memory clock.) Not really sure if I can actually tell the difference. But, it's still running stable.

Part Reviews

Storage

This thing is fast. Loaded it as the boot drive and Windows just flies. It has enough space for windows, several games, and then some. I didn't have any issues in setting up as primary. I just made sure the BIOS and anything other updates were applied.

Case

I have to say the build quality for the Obsidian series cases put the Carbide series to shame. But, I suppose you get what you pay for. Plenty of room behind the board for cable management. Just barely enough space for the Corsair H110i GTX closed loop cooling.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

This is a beautiful mATX build. I hope it gets featured

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks added more photos.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

You might wanna cover up that serial number on your M.2 drive, dude.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

took down the image. what's with the serial number?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It's just a good idea not to display it, since it's relevant to your warranty and what-not.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, check out my Obsidian 350D Build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks brilliant man. I love how well you compacted it without it being messy inside. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

GG on posting your serial number. Should try and avoid it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

took down the image. what's with the serial number?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Its the unique number for your part. Used for warranties and stuff. Just good practice not to display it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That power supply is killing the color scheme. o:

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thought about coloring it some how.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You can just take off the sticker.

I don't know if it would void the warranty though.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Great job on the cables.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Better take down that cereal number. I've never much liked frosted flakes. ; )

JK, nice build man. I'm loving the minimalist black and red aesthetic, even though it's a common choice. Make sure to play some Fallout 4 on Ultra settings for me; I'm currently gaming on a potato.

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll have to try it out. Never really had a reason to play good games on an old comp. But, definitely considering it now. I'm leaning towards Oculus Rift and the EVE Valkyrie game. Want!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Why so much ram?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

VM's sql server testing

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Add some more pictures, only three doesn't doesn't do this part list any justice!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Added 4 more pictures. Just for you. Thinking about posting in game screen shots or something.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

really nice build. i like what you did utilizing that case, nicely put together.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, sir.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

For that price on the case, I would have went for a Phanteks Enthoo Pro, which is a full tower that is just a little bit larger than a mid-tower, but has tons of room and expansion features.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't want a large case. I wanted small as possible and still fit everything I wanted in there. I've had a full size tower before that held my Asus Rampage 2 Extreme extended ATX board and still had room to park a Volkswagen Beetle. The case was an XCLIO A380BK. I loved to look at it and I could shove everything in it. I just hated moving it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I see, it's not that much larger, but as long as it is poses no major problems and you like it, then it is fine.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

can someone explain to me whats bad about a serial number being shown?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I am also lost as to what that's about

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

On the table you atomizer Zefirus v2

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Horizon Tech - Arctic Turbo

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

NICE BUILD! I love those Corsair Obsidian cases.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I am very pleased with the case. Good solid case.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

love that black and red aesthetic, the yellow on the power supply ruins it a bit tho

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. Still trying to think of what to do with it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You vape bro?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, sir.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It's...

It's beautiful...

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build. Have you thought about painting the yellow parts on the PSU red?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thought about it. It's gonna take some precision painting. Another guy was talking about the optical drive being gray. I'm posting a couple more pictures where I 'blacked' it out.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man ! Hows that gpu working for you cuz Newegg put that card and the AMP! OMEGA in 550$ dollars. Im really tempting to buy one, or should i wait for pascal ? Thnx in advance

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a good card. It does everything I want to do. Although the pascal cards look very tempting.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't think I'm going that overboard on the looks. If I wanted to, then I would rather wrap it or paint it. The configuration I have for the radiator, fans and direction is for the convenience of cleaning the radiator when it starts collecting the dust bugs. Easy access to the area that will be collecting.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I've colored it black. Picture 6.

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