I haven't posted a build here in a while and I really liked this one. Good price/performance, ITX, OC'd, really sweet and simple.
Just a couple points on the build and the photos.
The case came with an external drive bay. I didn't want it but it was riveted in. I drilled out the rivets and removed it. It didn't hurt the integrity of the case at all. This case was actually really easy to build in.
I bought a lot of parts from Amazon Warehousedeals. They are great. Amazon is pretty forgiving with their return policy so a lot of returned items end up in the warehousedeals that are still brand new. I got that PSU for 68 bucks, free shipping, and nothing was wrong with it. It had never been opened.
The pcpartpicker compatibility check claims that the H80i GT will not fit in the Cooler Master 130, but it does.
There was terrible GPU sag on the mobo. The ITX standoffs are not in particularly great locations for horizontal mounting. Especially with a full size video card, that is a lot of weight sitting at the end of the pci-e slot. I saved the sagging by installing a custom section of foam under the pci-e slot, made from the PSU packing foam.
The overclocking went really smooth. 4.7ghz on the CPU @ 1.32v. 2500mhz on the RAM. 1140 core clock and 1610 memory clock on the GPU.
Not super loud either. At 100% load during stress tests and benchmarks the CPU runs 66c with the fans @ 44% rpm and the GPU runs 77c with the fans @ 56% rpm. That is with auto fans on the GPU and the Balanced profile on the Corsair Link for the H80i GT. In actual gameplay I have been getting much lower temps. The CPU doesn't break 40c and the GPU tops out at 65c with the fans running at 39%
The build photos aren't great. I know. After I was finished building I took the machine outside for a few better photos. Hopefully they aren't too bad.
Great cooler. Was able to overclock to the limits of my cpu and still had cooling room. Running my 6700k 4.7ghz @ 1.33v doesn't go over 60c in a little itx case. If I wanted to push the voltage, I am sure I could get to 5ghz with this cooler. I am convinced that 120mm iao's are plenty capable of cooling most overclocks. I don't see spending the extra money on a 240 unless your running a cpu/gpu loop.
Great little motherboard. Very easy to overclock. Lots of features with the Asus AISuite. Only issue is the wifi. The 5ghz channel crashes randomly. I have the lastest drivers. Hope Asus can find a fix for this.
I don't know why more people aren't using M.2. Super convenient. No ssd trays, no sata cables, no power cables, reasonably priced, and fast.
This has got to be the best GPU at the 300 dollar price point right now. I got crazy overclocks with this card. The crimson drivers are great. Would recommend Sapphire cards to anyone.
The price is great. Size is perfect if you want a small case but still want a full size video card. There is plenty of room to fit any 120mm water cooler. Lots of ssd space. My only complaint about this case is the 3-pin fans.
I keep buying these evga supernova power supplies. Between the G1 and G2 I have bought at least 4, probably more. They are 80+ gold rated, fully modular, solid cables, and a great price.