Description

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.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/13002498

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

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.

Motherboard

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.

Storage

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.

Video Card

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.

Case

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.

Power Supply

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.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Build! Love miniITX builds. great job on removing that drivebay.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Oooh, very premium! +1

Those are some sweet OC's!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I am thinking of doing a very similar build, and was very happy to see proof that the h80i fits. I would like to put an ODD in - mainly because I want a blueray player for my TV, would you still be able to fit the h80i with the optical drive in place?

Thanks for posting the build, looks great!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the H80i will still fit with the drive tray in. I had originally taken the drive tray out so I could mount the radiator hoses on top. Mounting the hoses on top would have left more room for cable management on the right side of the case. After I removed the drive tray and test fit, the mounting holes didn't line up and at that point I decided it wasn't worth further modification to be able to mount the hoses at the top. Everything still fit just fine. It was actually a very easy build.

The way I have the radiator and pump installed is the best way they fit. I test fit the pump in every direction as well.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

There are also Extrenal USB, ODD's you can get and also with an enclousure to make them look good. That is my setup with My Core V1 ITX with no ODD so I have a USB ODD.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

This build just made me want to do a Mini ITX build, awesome build man. +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

So good. I love this. Power density ftw!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering why you had a drill there. You removed the drive bay!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Love mini ITX builds

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm impressed that you could fit that card in that case, great job.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hay! What was the experience with the mobo?

Was there anything exept WiFi problems? And how did you update your BIOS? USB stick or the online thing? Why I ask is due to horror stories where users even 2 weeks ago having HUGE bios problems. Like updating BIOS brickt the motherboard..... (Needing to go back to included CD bios to have a working PC)

One of the big things was XVM? Or whatever it is called when selecting the overclockt ram settings. And your sticks are that kind that the BIOS hated. G.Skill memory that is. Have you changed somethig like that in your BIOS? Have you even updated the BIOS? I'm not going to rip out the mobo 5 times out of a mini ITX PC due to some * refusing to make working produkts.. Hard enuf when inside a full tower PC...

Allot of the reviews talking **** about the BIOS are quite old now. But I like to know how it is nowdays.. The BIOS was unstable and half the time did not boot / Crasht when gaming... How mutch have you done yet with the PC? I love to get myself a Mini ITX PC but having motherboards like this is out of the question..

Only Asus got the BIOS options I need. Thx for replying!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the motherboard did ship with an old BIOS and should be flashed. Which is fairly common with all manufactures. I pretty much expect to flash the BIOS every time I buy a mobo. I downloaded the flash to a USB stick from the asus website and flashed the board from the stick. I have never had an issue flashing a BIOS. I have never "bricked" a board.

The XMP settings for the RAM work great. Super easy.

From what I saw in available z170 mini ITX boards, I would definitely buy this one again. The 5ghz channel on the wifi was my only issue at first, but I have replaced the antenna and that has been resolved. Now I have no complaints other than the 5ghz antenna that comes with the board is weak.

I take the online reviews with a grain of salt. Especially from people that say their motherboard came "dead on arrival" or that they "bricked" it. Considering I have NEVER received a mobo DOA, and have NEVER bricked one either. I find it very hard to believe it is anything other than user error...

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the question being quite stupid before. But I was about to pull the trigger on the Asrock ITX card 9h ago. but checkt the BIOS options. And it was a deal breaker for me. And only brand with what I call good BIOS is Asus. ( But have no Asus mobo so far) My gaming PC got struck by lighting like 50% of my household electronics so I'm stuck with a phone... Grate.

Trying to find a mobo for ITX builds are a pain. If you go for aircooling that is. (me) Maximus Impact is expensive and have no true advantage over the pro gaming. But reviews are calling Pro Gaming out. But what you are telling me is that's not the chase anymore. Thx!

Read the reviews for the last 6months on Newegg for example. Dead WiFi and horrible BIOS / Boot problems. With Asus apologising for the mobo being crap. Like dam. Some had to send it back to bios flash. With a 20% chance of working.

I don't have a 5Ghz WiFi AC and I'm happy to skip WiFi 100%. But broken BIOS updates? No way. Thanks for making it a matter of swaping mobo and not the hole part list!

Only sad part is that the m.2 slot is not a full lenght one. And no Type C 3.1 But I can live with that. Still a grate mobo if it works. ; )

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

If I was building an air cooled mini-ITX computer, I would buy a locked cpu and the ASUS H170I-Plus D3 motherboard. That would instantly save like 150 bucks between the heatsink being included with the cpu and the cost of the mobo.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea. But what is the point in getting a Nividia GTX 1080 :) Or something better in a few years time? Like a GTX 2160. And I'm quite CPU and GPU heavy. But have no reason for a huge chassi but HDD storage. Hate SLI.

Water cooling is awsome and all. But I'm that kind of person that keep my rigs for 5 years + before upgrading Mobo / CPU / Chassi. And I don't trust a AIO water cooler to stand the test of time. Changing AIO coolers every 4th year is not fun. A year later or 2 it's time to upgrade the PC with all new stuff anyways... My old PC was running a Intel Gen 2 Quad.. Not unlockt.. R.I.P :c

Anyways. Not trying to build a super small ITX like your monster. Going for a huge ITX chassi with massive airflow for it's size. Buying a Noctua NH-U14s making mobo compatibility quite limited. But keeps a I7 6700k with a mid range overclock more than happy! But it's not a shoebox like your monster.

But nice of you to recommend a more normal and price efficient setup. But the price diffrent is small vs the ~ 0.6Ghz difference it makes having a mutch better optimized board for OC and gaming in general. And I refuse using a stock cooler. Way to load trying to sleep next to it at load.....

Have a nice time with your NAS gaming PC ;) And thx agen!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I want to do something very similar. I have had the Elite 130 for a while now but haven't had the time to build my gaming PC yet.

I plan to build mine very soon and you have given me the inspiration to do so!!

I have one question though, where did you mount the SSD?

Thanks!!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The SSD is an M.2 mounted SSD. It plugs right into the motherboard and fastens with a set screw. No cables, no trays, none of that.

There is a photo of it in photo 12. It is plugged into the back of the motherboard right above the cpu socket.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, minimalist style.

I think I'm convinced about getting this case. Awesome job mentioning it fits a full size GPU. Thanks.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Tiny!