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The name comes from the default system name, DESKTOP-PHSAGSM, when I opened the system tab. Thats what I saw in the letters and it kinda stuck. Sorry PretaxSkydiver, you gave me an idea for a name but this one feels more my own. As for the parts, pcpartpicker only had the ram listed in red, but mine is the same, only black.

As for the CPU, 4 cores and 8 threads are great and it turbos up to 3.8GHz on all cores under max load.

The Enermax liquid cooler works great during my GPU/CPU stress test, it reached equilibrium at 60C. But be aware that it is a huge pain to install and the instructions were horrible. I read through it all, realized i should just look for what went where in the diagrams then did it on my own. I found a use for those odd circular pass throughs on nearly every case by mounting the cooler outside of the case. I think it makes it a bit unique and keeps the internals from being so crowded.

Motherboard is great. Easy UEFI with custom fan curves and a ton of options I've never seen. MemCheck button is cool and had no trouble loading the memory's XMP profiles. The fact that the board supports a max memory clock of 1600 doesn't bother me.

The RAM works as expected and as it should. Low latency and it looks nice.

The Evo was a gift from my grandma. Part of payment for building her gaming PC. Yes, my grandma has a gaming PC. I'll be posting that in about a month when her GTX 1080 arrives. I suggested 1070. She picked 1080. She also wanted bragging rights that her computer is better than my uncle's.

I haven't bought the WD Black yet. Temporarily using a 1TB Hitachi drive. I'll clone everything over when I get it

The R9 Nano is amazing.This is a bit more detailed than the rest because PretaxSkydiver wanted to know what I thought about it. I wanted the most power I could fit in the box and it definitely delivers. Like nearly all Nanos, there's coil whine but isn't too noticeable unless you have an ear within a foot from the case. I set up a rather aggressive fan profile that keeps in about 60C under gaming load and at 70C in Valley Benchmark. I don't have any throttling in gaming but in Valley, the lowest the clock dropped to was 932MHz. If anyone was wondering, it sounds similar to a raccoon being thrown into a jet engine when the fan is at 100%. I am an avid headphone user so I don't notice any noise. From what I've tried, it works flawlessly in 1080p and 98% in 1440 (via down scaling). I've tried tried Shadow of Mordor with high textures and SSAO with everything else maxed (vram suggested) I average 120fps/1080p and 70fps/1440. Similar story in Tomb Raider (2013) at the Ultimate preset with TressFX. For the hell of it, I ran Elder Scrolls IV : Oblivion at 4k maxed, not modded, and was getting upwards of 225fps averaging more closely to 165fps.

The case is great. I like the layout. Airflow it a bit difficult (hence AIO Cooler) and I moved the included fan to the top as another exhaust. So it's all negative pressure and pulls in air through the entire bottom of the case. Cooling works for my hardware rather well. The case is surprisingly light and is all aluminum powder-coated/anodized. Very sturdy and all the panels come off. Only cons being that the fan slots above and below the PSU seem next to impossible to occupy as well as the 2.5 inch mounting spots. Also there are tiiiiiny screws that are easily lost

The PSU does exactly what it should without even a hiccup. It handled my CPU/GPU max load test no problem that I ran for a couple hours using the Valley Benchmark and the Stress tool in CPU-Z.

The only upgrades that I can really see are all peripheral. Perhaps some case lighting. Feel free to comment or leave an opinion

Edit: I've added an LG 25UM56 2560x1080 ultrawide and an old Acer X223w and upgrading from an inline mic to a Neweer NW700 with a Inno phantom power supply arriving later today. Still running strong and doesnt flinch at the new 2k resolution. And no, I'm not using eyefinity with the bizzare monitor setup. Just love the multitasking.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Now that is when you need a really small mini ITX card

  • 45 months ago
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Hell yeah man! Looks great! Thanks for the details on the Nano I'll definitely look more into it when planning to upgrade my GPU later this year. That glass side panel is pretty nice (a lot better than mine). The radiator on the outside isn't the best but understandable in this case. +1 bro and enjoy!

  • 45 months ago
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Thanks Im already loving it. Its good acylic or possibly plexi but Im going to have a glass panel cut within the next month or so theres no chance of scratching

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How in the world did you get the radiator on the outside with the CPU block on the inside? Great to see that Xeon CPU, +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

By removing the fan and grill and angling the block right so it'd fit through the 120mm hole. I was lucky the grommet holes were cut in to the edge of the hole and that they were the right space apart. No power tools needed.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build is awesome. Your Grandma is awesome. Great job!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I kinda got her into gaming with diablo 2 and 3 when she had a dual core APU. Then my uncle got her into ARK and that system couldnt handle it so adding a 750ti helped agood bit. Right now she still has her 750ti but now with a 6600k.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Your grandma has a gaming PC, while my gramdma refuses to use a mobile phone. Hey, at least I'll get the feeling of shame if my grandma rekt me at some FPS.

Great build BTW. +10 for the Nano.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish my grandma would play fps. She likes more casual games and usually plays daily when its slow in her shop. She couldnt stress enough that she wanted her games to look great and run like butter. Shes the "All in or nothing" kind of person.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Xeon/Nano. Very unique build. I love the E3-1231, so much bang for your buck.

  • 45 months ago
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Also: Holy ****, your grandma has a gaming PC? WUUUT.

  • 45 months ago
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Thanks, I think so too. I've never seen the same combination but they work very well together. At ultra settings the Xeon sits around 30% load and around 50 degrees, usually high 40s.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend the Xeon over the 4690k? (I've done a lot of research btw, I'm just wondering whether you'd recommend it)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Not if youre interested in overclocking. My xeon runs at 3.7 on all cores due to the cooling and does better than an i5 for anything that benifits from hypertheading. I just need more monitors so I can do more at once.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Was there any way of fitting the radiator on the inside of the case?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably, Really tight though.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This is my second ITX build. I enjoy the challenge of building a compact pc as well as having a lot of power in a small space