Description

This is my first build in years. I wanted something small yet powerful to keep on my desk for work and play. Ultimately I went with an mATX over an mITX form factor for the two extra RAM slots and because I favor a more traditional case layout. So far (~1 week) I'm very happy with my build.

*Edit - As suggested by nervozer4, I plan to swap the rear radiator/CPU fan with a front intake to see if my CPU temps go down.

*Edit 2 - It was a success! My CPU temps have dropped 5-8 deg C under load and my GPU temps have dropped about 3 deg C.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I was determined to try water cooling, and for $30 the Seidon 120V is solid. +1 star for the $20 rebate. I had to apply more thermal paste than I was accustomed, and it took me three attempts to get the block/paste situated properly. I ended up adding a thick line of compound across the CPU rather than a blob. The pump is the only thing I hear at idle CPU load, and the CPU fan becomes audible under increasing load.

Video Card

This card hardly breaks a sweat on whatever game I throw at it! I'm currently gaming at 1900 x 1200 at 60 Hz, and the GPU has yet to kick its fan above ~55%. It's making me want to upgrade my monitor sooner.

Case

I really like the size and the features of this case. I have a rear 120mm radiator exhaust fan and two front 120mm intake fans, and there seems to be decent (but not great) airflow based on my temperatures. Very quiet at idle, and reasonably noisy under load. Cable management was tricky but doable after smooshing the side panel shut, which will leave a permanent imprint in the sound-dampening foam.

I docked one star for the following reasons: 1) would have liked another ~1/8" behind the mobo tray for cable management, 2) top panel arrived without one of the magnets that hold it in place, and 3) their website claimed that the case came with 2 XtraFlo fans, which have 4-pin PWM headers, but the case instead arrived with completely different 3-pin fans. The customer service rep. said it was a marketing error, which is irritating because the fans were a selling point.

Power Supply

This seems like the most premium product in my build. Came with a protective storage cloth and a canvas storage bag for the cables. Even the box smelled like quality. *Edit Haha, yes it smelled so good. Plenty of extra power cables, velcro cable ties, and a 24-pin PSU tester were included. It runs so quiet that I wonder if I'll ever hear the fan whirring!

Keyboard

Great bundle for $30. The keyboard feels solid and looks good. The mouse is also nice but a little too large and clunky for my liking. I also wish I could sometimes turn off the mouse LED.

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 5 points

Awesome build! +1 from me

  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

"Even the box smelled like quality."

I... well... I'm going to shush

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Technically speaking, of course!

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  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Very tidy build, kinda wishing I did a mATX one now :P

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! Yeah definitely a great size for me this time around. Mid or full ATX would have been too much.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

+1, Nice build! :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! Like many mITX builds I see, it's lots of power in a small package. Do you think you'll attempt any overclocking with the 4790k? I could see a stable 4.5Ghz being squeezed without much effort. I hope this build serves you well.

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! Yes I'd like to overclock. I'm currently getting familiar with stock performance and temperatures. Not sure how the Seidon 120V will fare at higher clocks.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build, had the same cooler, my pump died after 9 months,wish you luck. cpu temps look quite toasty but that is probably because all the hot air from the gpu is being pulled trough the radiator as well.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

That's terrible. Did Cooler Master replace your unit? I did expect the CPU temps to be lower, but maybe it's the heat from the GPU like you mentioned. Would it help to place the radiator at the top and an extra exhaust fan in the rear?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I would have to pay shipping myself (the shipping cost would be 30euro where i live so it would not be worth it anyway) since the shop i bought it from went bankrupt. It died like this: first 8 months it ran, 50% speed constant usual noise as you described, then it started rattling a bit after starting the pc, just for 5 minutes, then it was normal again. and now it is rattling always at all speeds.

Now to your problem: I would put a fan on top of the case. As an intake it would help the cpu temps most( know that from my previous personal build http://pcpartpicker.com/b/3FPscf), but your pc would get quite dusty as well and unfortunately you be able to hear the pump even more since you removed the top silencing cover. I would just experiment, try putting the rad in the front of the case as an intake and keep the fan config(2front intakes 1rear exhaust)(this is what I personally would do), your gpu tems seem to be good anyways so there is room to sacrifice. Cheers and good luck. keep us posted I am curious myself

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Great suggestion. I'll try swapping the radiator for one of the front intake fans. My cooler rattles loudly for the first couple of seconds after I power on, but it stays quiet after that.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the CPU cooler effective? I'm really not sure if I should have the Seidon, or stock cooling. Please help D:

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  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

I just noticed this feature as well. Looks like I have a lot of work ahead of me...

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

21 builds!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yep, I'm addicted to posting :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Sam, I was wondering does building PC's for other people just pay well, or is it fun? Or both? I really enjoy building PC's and was wondering whether it would be a good job / sidejob to go into? :p

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It's extremely fun! I do not do it for the money, it's mostly for something to do besides gaming or consuming every film I can get my hands on. It has sort of turned into a side job, but I really don't care about making money as long as I come out even.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Well keep them comin!! I like watching peoples builds.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I will! :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I found a button that says "Edit" somewhere in Saved Parts List -> Completed Builds -> Edit -> Parts Reviews, and from there you can select each part to review.

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