Looks great, and you definitely seem like you had fun! Question, though: Why not save substantial money and just get a GTX 1080 versus the Titan X Pascal? Just curious if you're using it for anything other than gaming.
Thanks so much for the kind words!
Yes! Haha you are very correct. Another user asked me about air flow a few months ago, but I was stubborn enough to believe I had it right. Fast forward to the end of December, and I realized my mistake, so all is good now! Thanks for the comment :)
Oh really? I've seen multiple benchmarks that say the difference in FPS for various mid to high end CPUs is largely not noticeable. What kinds of benchmarks are you referencing?
I would bet money on an i5 + 970 outgaming an i7 + 960 anyday. Gaming bottlenecks are heavily dependent upon GPU performance, not CPU, although some games, like Metro: Last Light, may be more CPU dependent than others.
Awesome, thanks! It did not come with the LED strips; I bought them separately from Amazon, and they're made by a company called Satechi. The RGB strips should be listed on the build components section as a 'custom part'.
Sorry for the late reply, I've been busy with moving to a new place this past week. You could honestly go with any style GPU you wanted, given that you keep the open grating panel installed on the GPU side of the case. If you try and put the clear side panel over the GPU, you would severely impede fresh air availability to any GPU excepting a dual-blower style GPU like this ASUS Turbo that pulls fresh air in from both sides of the card.
As far as temps under idle and load, I did some quick testing and measured the following:
Idle CPU (5min after cold boot) : mid-twenties Celsius CPU
Max CPU (15min Prime95 SmallFFT/max heat) : CPU cores in Celsius (62/62/61/61)
Idle CPU (10min after Prime95 SmallFFT/max heat)) : CPU cores in Celsius average 28C
Idle GPU (5min after cold boot) : 30C
Max GPU (10min Kombuster Furry Donut v2 | 1920x1080 8xAA) : 74C w/ 53% fan speed (custom fan curve)
Idle GPU (10min after Kombuster) : 28C w/ 28% fan speed (custom fan curve)
Nice! I wasn't aware of those latest drivers, so that's pretty sweet! It just goes to show, yet again, that this card will battle for placement among the 980s, although I didn't expect the Nano to dethrone a 980ti!
Well, to start, any game that utilizes the Mantle API. Other than that, there are numerous games where the different cards edge each other out. Here's a short video testing some popular games right now. I'm not fully versed in the complete technical differences between the two cards, but I've seen numerous benchmarks where the top performer for comparable NVIDIA and AMD cards swap back and forth.
I'm really curious about what your reasoning behind the component selections is, but I'm just going to assume that you'll be saving up more for a GPU? It's true that you could've gotten a ~500W PSU, saved money by going for a budget mouse/keyboard combo, and gone for at least a case. You could at least do some video editing with the CPU alone, but certainly no serious Full HD gaming missing a dedicated GPU.
Is there a reason why you didn't include a GPU?
From my rough understanding, the r9 nano seems to outperform the GTX 970 most of the time, match up with the GTX 980 for titles that don't favor rendering on NVIDIA or AMD, and exceed the GTX 980 for titles that benefit from AMD's architecture, but not quite reaching the 980Ti.
Haha that's awesome, fair enough XD
I agree with IwannaPC and tiny_voices. For extremely low budget builds and non-critical computing goals, I would say an affordable EVGA or Corsair are just fine. To be fair, there are some duds at the low end, but there are also a fair share of solid affordable choices for these brands. I was recently shown an awesome PSU review compilation list from another PCPartPicker user at RealHardTechX, which confirms that there are really good quality low end PSUs from EVGA or Corsair.
To the OP, I would definitely upgrade that PSU as soon as possible. Especially with the holiday sales going on, you could probably snag a great PSU for $20-$25.
Your CPU idles below room temp?? What's your thermostat set at?
Great job! The green and black looks incredibly sharp.
Thank you so much! I really appreciate you checking out the video and up-voting this build :D I'll hopefully keep going with new builds in the future if people would like to see them :)
Thanks so much!
Nice build! The black and red looks sick.
Nice build! The custom work is an awesome touch :D
Very true! The point still stands, though, that I preferred to put an Intel/NVIDIA combo in a small space versus AMD components of near equal capability. The Mini ITX form factor wasn't the strictest criterion :)
Oh, well the RGB LED strips I'm using here are really simple to use, just like the LOGISYS branded ones. There's a small controller box, about the same size as the old cold cathode ray inverters for case lighting, and it's simply powered by one 4-pin molex connector. There's a simple wire connecting to the LED strip itself and then an infrared receiver for the remote.
There are some good overviews on YouTube that probably do a better job at explaining it than I am haha XD
Very cool, thanks for sharing! I really like the reviews over at HardwareSecrets, as well. They do some really extensive testing!
Oh! Hahaha, yeah, PCPartPicker admins must be AMD fanatics XD.
The camera I used is on loan from a family member; it's a Nikon D7000 using a 50mm lens.
Thanks! Sorry, what was the question? Are you wondering why I chose Intel/NVIDIA over and AMD system?
Haha, a friend thought it was a microwave at first XD
Thanks! That would be awesome :D
Thanks! EE is where it's at ;D. Well, beyond the 80+ gold and modular stuff...no not really lol. I would've gone with a white PSU, but those are incredibly rare, so I would have to mod this existing one. I liked that it has a single 12V rail, which is nice for the possibility that I would ever load it up. Split rails usually aren't that big of a deal, but it's just a personal preference to have one.
Thermaltake PSUs are generally made with high quality components, and it's a brand that I trust. Check out this site for some information on PSU tier ranking. Beyond that, the price was right at the time, so I could've easily gone for another PSU if this one wasn't on sale at the time that I bulk purchased everything.
Thanks for the comment!
Much appreciated! :D
I really do like the motherboard, although there have been mixed reviews on Newegg. It hit the sweet spot for feature set, form factor, and price for me, so I was willing to take a gamble on it. If you're planning on overclocking, though, you'll need to look elsewhere. This chipset doesn't support that, but overclocking is less and less important in gaming now anyway (minus the exceptions like Metro: Last Light, and other CPU heavy games).
It doesn't have a lot of cable management options, but there is certainly room underneath the motherboard to stash cables. I highly recommend getting at least a semi-modular PSU, if not fully modular. The PSU in this build is Semi-Modular, and I had no issues finding places to stash the cables :D
What kind of processor are you looking to get? Are you looking to overclock?
Yep! There are little raised platforms to screw into.
Ah, thank you! I was looking at the FX-8350, oops!
Thanks! This case is fantastic for the Mini-ITX form factor. If you like the lighting options shown here and in my video, $30 is hard to beat for a remote controlled 2x 12" LED RGB strips. The tape backing that comes with the Satechi LEDs is 3M branded, so it sticks really well. Logisys has some nice offerings for remote controlled RGB LEDs, as well, on Amazon. I think the Logisys ones will strobe a single color, which the Satechi do not do.
Thanks a ton! I appreciate the kind words :D
A special thanks to all others who supported this build with kind words and votes when it was first uploaded. Thank you to Stuart_Munto, Godzlegend1, aceventtura, Ropota, JuniorVid, EdInk, McNoobster, Elias7235, blaze1234567890, and Dr.Bomber.
Here are some answers to common questions when I uploaded this build previously:
User Faizan posted a great Skylake based build that was only about $100 more than this one. Unfortunately, that would put it out of the $1000 +/- $50 budget range, but if people can swing that little extra bit, it might be worth it! Thanks Faizan!
User Wcschuyler commented, "very nice but confused on your air flow." Thanks for the comment, and air flows in a roughly positive pressure scheme here. The majority of air intake is induced by the large front 200mm fan while the GPU pulls air in from the left side of the case, as well as the right side interior, and the PSU pulls air in from the underside. The GPU is blower style, so it exhausts air out the rear of the case along with the CPU and PSU exhaust. It makes a little more sense when viewing my video overview linked in the description at the top! Thanks for the comment!
User imapie4688 commented, "This ingeniously built PC will even do Normal settings 1440p." Very true! I'm realizing more and more that this machine is more powerful than I initially intended. I have yet to encounter a 1080p game that runs consistently lower than 60 FPS :D Thanks for the comment!
User Ropota commented, "nice build. I heard that 970 gets pretty loud. Louder than a reference 970. Is that true?" Yes, and no. Most of the time, the fan makes a strange buzzing noise that is not the usuall 'whooshing' sound of a high RPM fan. The buzzing seems to vary in loudness over the range of RPMs, but it's not terrible. It is, however, louder than other GPUs. Thankfully, there are guides out there to tweak the firmware and enable fanless operation when you're just browsing the internet or doing near-idle computing tasks. I'll make sure to upload a video of that soon to my YouTube channel :D I suspect that enabling fanless operation up to 60 degrees C will allow for almost complete silent operation for low power computing tasks. There is so much air flow in this case, it's ridiculous, by far the most free breathing build I've made yet.
User Faizan asked, "How big really is that case? Nothing in the pictures to compare it to! Great build, though! +1." Thanks! The case is actually very small! I'll post a picture here soon of it sitting on a typical brown metal folding chair. It'll surprise you with how small it is!
User Bee66 commented, "Just one question, what is the height of that graphics card? from motherboard PCI to the top. Thanks!" The graphics card height, minus the male PCI connector, is 4 1/4", but make sure to allow more room for the 8-pin PCI connector. I allowed for 5", considering that. Thanks for the comment!
Okay thanks, it at least helps to know that some other people aren't having this intermittent issue. I'll try some more involved things on my end.
Just to test, I'll try commenting to this thread...
edit: So I can comment here, but can't reply or comment to anything on my completed build guide.