Description

This is my gaming/photo editing build. It has been serving me well for years and it has been upgraded very regularly.

The build was in a Silverstone KL06 but when the Define Mini C TG went on sale, I had to have it. The KL06 is a great chassis for the price, but the Mini C TG is on a whole different level in my opinion. 140mm intakes vs 120mm, a full glass side panel, and better cable management. The quality alone of the Mini C is far beyond that of the KL06.

I spent hours on cable management once I got everything moved into the Mini C. It is by far the best my cables have been but it can always be better. There is alot going on cable wise: two 8 pin for CPU, one 6 pin for PCIe slots, 24 pin of course, 6+8 for GPU, two SATA for drives, and one molex for RGB strip.

Overall, I am super happy with how it turned out. Very quiet and more than enough power for me.

I run the CPU at 4.6GHz 24/7 with 1.275v. It has proved to be very stable and maxes out at 79C on the hottest core from stressing. The 1080 Ti runs at 2050MHz on the core and about 5870MHz on the mem with a max temp of 72C from Time Spy. Gaming typically yields in the low to mid 60s on the GPU and in the 50s to 60 (sometimes) for the CPU.

Obviously I am a Noctua fan (pun intended lol). My other build is running all Redux now but I actually do like the brown and have no plans on changing to Redux or Chromax in this build.

The HX1000i is complete overkill but the build was running 980 Ti SLI when I originally built it. Was still overkill but I wanted to not have to worry if I wanted to add anything. I obviously had no idea how effective and powerful Pascal would be lol.

The heat shrink tube on my D14 fan clips are to stop the clips from shorting out the GPU as they are touching a little.

Let me know what you think! Always looking for ways to improve!

Part Reviews

CPU

This has been a great CPU. Keep mine OCd at 4.6GHz with 1.275v for 24/7 use. It games great and photo edits great. Will probably upgrade to 5960X, 6900K, or 6950X once I feel I could utilize the extra cores.

CPU Cooler

Love Noctua and love this cooler! I adding a 2nd P12 to the back for 3 fans total. It keeps my 5930K running at good temps even when overclocked to 4.6GHz

Motherboard

I can't say enough good about this mobo. I have one complaint that I will get out the way, the M.2 slot is only up to 10gbps, so not much faster than a 2.5 ssd. Other than that, this mobo is perfect! Great heatsinks on the VRM and PCH, dual 8 pin for the CPU, a 6 pin for the PCIE slots for stability, and its mATX so you can have a small build! My system has been stable and completely reliable. I will always have a workstation class mobo for my main rig after having this board. I also love that it is not over the top with bright colors or fancy lights.

Video Card

Very impressed with this card! Runs cooler and quieter than I expected for a blower cooler. Glad it doesn't have that ugly green on it that is on the FE cards. Easily holds 60 frames on every game I have tried at 3440x1440 with max settings! was able to OC mine to 2050MHz on the core and 5870MHz on the memory.

Case

The is by far the best quality case I have used! (I've owned Air 240, Jonsbo W2, Silverstone KL06, and Cougar QBX). The case layout out perfect with plenty of room for cable management and drives. Really like that it can support a big cooler and 140mm intake fans.

Monitor

Really love this monitor. After a little calibration it puts off great colors and good contrast. Its a VA panel so no light bleed like the IPS panels are known for.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

this is the ideal air cooled setup, classy and as good as it gets

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Yes, direct airflow with all the air moving in one direction; in the front and out the back.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, those Noctua heatsinks look MEAN! I gotta get one to replace my 212 EVO at some point.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I highly recommend that! And now they make the Chromax black fans if you are not into the brown. Everything Noctua is expensive, but worth it. The D14 I am using came out in 2009 if I am correct, and it still performs great! The D15 that replaced it is just a few degrees cooler.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

very cleanly done. definitely had an ultimate goal in mind when you built it. I can see form your description the function still does come before the form and status for you. +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Yes basically I hate noise lol. The build is very quiet even with the 1080 Ti Turbo. If you have enough cold are coming in to the case, the GPU fan will not have to run as fast :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Come on where is the dedication, I want to see some beige or brown cables. :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't tell you how many times I have almost done this lol. But my white cables were expensive and show whatever color I have my light strip set to very well.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just giving you a hard time the build looks great. Some custom beige and brown cables would put it over the top though, just sayin.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I really might go for it one day! But, at the moment, the idea of having to redo all cable management makes me want to cry lol

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I know that feeling. I really need to redo all of mine but I'm going to wait for a big upgrade before I go through the trouble again.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Well look who’s back changing things up again ! ;p nicely done Mr. Harper. I went to the same case too. I got some pictures at the very end of my nano s build. Waiting to put on my raijintek Morpheus 2 heatsink when I get home - hopefully tomorrow, then I’ll make a dedicated post.

I know you said you aren’t gonna go chromax, but I wanna see 3 120mm chromax fans on the D14 ! You know you wanna buy more pc parts ! :D

Asus sure does make that top pcie close to the cpu for their mATX mobo. I guess that’s just the nature of the design.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I had to grab the Define Mini C TG! So glad I did, by far my favorite case so far. Sweet! Thought about trying that heatsink on my GPU too.

I can't! I like my P12 fans too much! The Chromax F12 fans might would preform better but oh well.

Yeah they do, I've thought about switching the GPU to the 2nd slot and my M.2 card to the top. But it does fit how it is so its staying for now.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that glass looks so much better in person than pictures. Your pictures do a pretty good job though.

I feel ya, and in all honesty I would rather have noctua's colors than all these RGB fans I see(RGB overload). Its satisfying to buy products that have such long utility too. The suggestion I saw for noctua colored cables would be legit ! ;P

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I don't want to even admit all the time I spent on those photos lol. Used a tripod and edited them :| lol.

Yeah I am not into the RGB fad. I like my RGB strip but it can only show one colour at a time. So I just put it matching my current wallpaper and put my Blackwidow and DeathAdder matching it too.

I really might get some custom cables one day... But I can't bare the thought of redoing my cables after spending so long on them lol

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the wide theme haha

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

well dam i know for a fact u will never have a problem with poor airflow lol u made sure of that nice i love first time i ever seen someone use the Noctua fans this way ....very intelligent for u to do it because all the air flow looks like it will be directed from the front too the back perfectly well thought out ...good job overall

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yup that was the goal. Good airflow moving in one direction.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think the rgb would look as good as that with a deepcool rgb 350? The one you have isn't available in Australia and there isn't a single good video i can find of it showing off the teal/cyan.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not have any experience with that kit, but honestly, it would have to be as good or better than what I have. Mine is like the cheapest you can find and to be honest they are pretty poopy. Don't get me wrong, the colors look great! But they do not match the color on the remote at all! The plain blue, gree, and red match the buttons on the remote of course, but every color in between is looks different on the lights vs what the remote actually has it labeled as. If Razers light kit was compatible with Synapses 2, I would have already bought those as a replacement. But I refuse to buy something that only runs on beta software.