Description

For this build I wanted the most power I could possibly pack into a small rig. I wanted my rig to have no limits, so I could feel confident throwing anything at it. Small enough to take it anywhere with me and because of that the handle at the top was a must. This is my first build, but I had some experienced builders help when it came to picking the parts and getting me started down the right path.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

The Mother Board ASUS Maximums VII Impact mini itx The mother board was the first thing I picked out and this one stood out from the rest the moment I saw it. And I really feel that out of all the mini itx mother boards out there this one is the best! If you really want it all ASUS made sure you got that with this one. Even six months after having it, the mother board is always ahead of me when it comes to compatibility and solutions to adding more to the rig.

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 5 points

Yay pictures of boxes, my favorite.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

your right, I hate it when people do that! here you go

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. How about some pictures of the rig from a distance?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

put some more pictures up

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Any feedback on asus board and m2 storage? Any overclocking yet? Looks good.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I would have gotten a bigger m.2 but at that time there wasn't many choices and got very pricy when looking into something over 250 gb. other than that it boots fast! 3.4 sec's from power button push to discord loading up. that's with no log in.

Mother board is good, no issues with it, ever. has good software if you need it. wish it had more fan pin connectors. it only comes with 4 and the case has 3. that's more than enough but if you want to keep it all connected to one thing you wont be able to.

haven't over clocked it just use it gaming and work.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does that gpu perform, i.e how hot does it get under heavy workload? Is it rather quiet?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

The GPU requires two 8 pin connectors to work and an extra 6 pin one for extra power so it does get hot on heavy load. i don't really use the 6 pin one very much. the fan noise is equal to rest of the case but on heavy use it gets loud.

On normal work load it hovers around 40-45 c and when gaming it gets up to 80-86 c. fan positioning helps a lot and dusting it out every now and then.

I mainly got it because its a beast of a card. it takes up 3 slots and fills up the entire space in the case. corsair never intended to have a card this sise in the case but it fits nice and snug in there.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm wondering about the SM951 and M7i compatibility, I've seen people having major issues with the SM951 on this board and ASUS doesn't supply any drivers for it because it's an "OEM" drive. I have an M.2 and want to upgrade to the M7i but my M.2 is SATA-based, not PCIe, so I'll have to replace the both of them and I'm not finding too many people having them work without issue.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I tried to do as much research as I could before buying the m.2 but my main concern was making sure it was the right one (m.2/PCIe/3.0x4). I never came across anything about the SM951 storage drive and M7i files having issues. I haven't had any issues with so far with any thing concerning storage, that I'm aware of. if I would have known about the PCIe Lanes and how that may affect performance I would have probably rethought it back then, but I'm quite happy with it now and don't see anything draw backs.

I only use it to boot the system so that might be a reason also.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I made that comment over 2 years ago, haha, but thanks for getting back with me!