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As I am now spending more and more time gaming at my friend's (we do regular LAN weekends) and my girlfriend's, I thought I would finally take the plunge and make a more LAN friendly Mini-ITX build. The last time I had finished a complete build was back in 2010, and after seeing Parvum's awesome cases the decision to start this was made.

The stars also happened to align and I got lucky with a LOT of the components here (so some of the choices were made for me in that regard):

CPU: I work for a reseller and we had this in the unreturnables for cheap, I basically picked it up for the same price as the G3258 so it was a bit of a no brainer. I'll probably switch it out for an i5/7 later once I have more money and this can go into a HTPC/gaming rig for either my stepdad or girlfriend.

Motherboard: Was looking at Z97, then saw that Scan had this Z87 on sale for under £70 so thank you very much.

Memory: Cheap and fitted the colour scheme of the rest of build.

SSDs: Got for a bit less through work, I was going to only get the 250GB but then a cheap 500GB turned up after I had already gotten the 250GB, so I thought screw it and just got both.

GPU: Again got this cheaper through work. Could have gotten an R9 270/280 for better value for money buuuuuuut this draws so much less power and the fans don't even kick on until I start gaming. Plus my last few exeperiences with AMD have been... less than stellar.

PSU: Needed an SFX and Silverstone is pretty much the only game in town :S read reviews with people saying they have issues with the noise under load but it's been fine for me.

Case: I love it. Parvum guys turned round having it in a custom colour within 2 weeks and didn't charge any extra for it. It's more work to build and to maintain then any other case I've had before but I honestly don't care because it is so pretty.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

NICE, I love seeing Parvum builds, Whats your gpu and cpu temps? +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is amazing! +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. That is so awesome! For my next build I think I'll want to do something similar to that.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Must admit I really do like these cases, innovation at its best, love the colour +1

Bonus is not long to wait for the new revised Veer 1.0 for best of both worlds.

Good choice on parts, pretty much similar to our last one, see you took advantage of the Z87 from Scan aswell, cracking board for the price. Especially since their newer Z97 version is plagued with issues yet this one is perfect apart from layout.

Cant fault your choice of cooler, I know you aren't overclocking but having that fitted means you can pretty much turn fan to lowest possible speed for complete silence. Just managed to get an i5 4690K at 4.6Ghz with cooler so future upgrades for you shouldn't be a problem.

Just curious though, why the GTX 960, why not go for the R9 285 slightly cheaper at moment and especially if you decide to go higher resolutions than 1080p as 285 is a lot better performing card especially at 1440p.

Curious though what are temps like as it is. Have you overclocked GPU at all? Was initially buying this for build just completed but choose Inwin 901 instead purely due to it needing SFX PSU

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) GPU choice came down to two things finally: 1. I got it cheap through work and 2. this box is doubling up as a HTPC in my room at the moment, so I wanted something that could game at 1080 but still be as silent and low power as possible. I still almost went down the AMD route though (I have a 7950 in my main rig and performance wise it's been great, although it went through two RMAs ;_; )

Haven't overclocked the GPU yet, I'll be playing around with performance and temps tonight. So far cooling performance seems decent after its 24 hour burn in period.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Why was the wireless networking antenna like that?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Just the position I put them in once I unplugged the cabling to make it easier to pick up and put on my desk for photos XD

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That is really nice. And so small! I didn't know motherboards could be that small.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

damn that is really cool. I have not seen that before. very nice!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

you should have fliped case around

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

This is very very nice, I would say perfect. Try adding some support to fix the gpu sagging. Same happened to me on my build and I somewhat fixed it.