Description

This is a pure gaming build with some light photoshop and 3D rendering in mind for college. All screenshots taken with an old iPhone, please bear with me.

CPU: I own this CPU for about 2 years now and it still runs rock solid. I was able to get away with an 4.0GHz overclock with the EVGA mITX Cooler at stock voltage but my temps were almost breaking 70C at 25-28C ambient room temp when I'm gaming.

CPU Cooler: This is one pricey cooler for it's compact size and performance.... I included screenshots of the 92mm CPU Cooler being perfectly compatible even with the Optical or DVD Drive installed. Hopefully pcpartpicker can re-update their compability issues with the case and air coolers. Due to the placement of my motherboards CPU Socket, I had to remount it the other way and the hot air is pushed right to the back of the graphics card along with the aid of positive pressure. The card sucks it in and exhausts it out causing my GPU temps to be a bit higher but my CPU is much cooler at the expense. I have tested the CPU fan pulling air from the heatsink but the temps weren't as good as pushing air through the heatsink...

Thermal Compound: I bought it when it was cheap and it spreads really easily. You just can't go wrong with MX-4.

Motherboard: I bought this board at Newegg as a combo deal with my i5 3570k. It's been about 2 years and it performs very well and overclocking is a piece of cake.

Storage: My cousin gave me the SanDisk 64GB and Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD as he is planning to upgrade his old rig nor use it in his newer build as both drives already gotten a few dozen writes on them so they aren't as fast as those out of the box. I use the Sandisk SSD to hold My Download, Picture, Document and Music Files and the Samsung 840 Pro 128GB will hold a few lesser games. My primary SSD is my Kingston HyperX 3K as a boot drive with a majority of games split between it and my Samsung 840 EVO. Everything opens up blazingly fast, I just can't bring myself to using dedicated mechanical hard drives anymore.

Video Card: I bought this card last summer, It was like the best deal I ever made on just released graphics card and the price got slashed half a year later. I was hella mad. But it was worth it, runs cool for a blower design graphics card. This card is the perfect 1080p killer.

Case: I bought this case last month on Newegg, it had a promo code that dropped the price from $89.99 to $80.99 along with a $10 rebate that I already mailed to Corsair. Everything about this case feels great but the dust filters feel a bit flimsy and fragile....I might slap some Demci filters on later if they rip apart.

Power Supply: I bought this on Newegg this week that also had a $10 rebate card. It is very compact and it makes cable management very easy in the 250D. I recommend this power supply to everyone who wants to get the 250D case and wants to hide the cables better. 100% japanese capacitors, gold guarantee coverage and only $79.99, huge steal I would say. This deal swayed me away from the EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W power supply which was more expensive..

Operating Systems: This operating system is very lovely, I just can't get myself to ditch this and grab Windows 8 or 8.1.

Case Fans: I bought all these Noctua fans at Platinum Micro and they sell it quite cheap along with free ship. These are incredible, the only noise I hear is the air they pull and blast into the case. I run positive pressure in the case so it should keep dust accumulation inside the case minimal. Update: I added two NF-R8 Fans to the case as exhaust, look at the last pic for details. It was quite expensive for just two 80mm fans but I guess it's worth the quality.

Keyboard: The tactile feedback is very satisfying, tack tack tack.

Mouse: It's so lightweight, and the rubber grips is such a game changer. I'm digging the new coating idea, you can still grip on very firmly even if you have sweaty hands.

Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 5 points

It's too bad you were only able to get a GTX 680-style blower on the GTX 770 instead of the standard NVTTM model.

Very nice build though.

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

The cooler has the GTX Titan internals and the shroud is a new design for the EVGA blower style cards. When I bought this card, EVGA still hasn't released the NVIDIA OEM models yet.

  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

Well, pretty much all Nvidia reference and reference-style blowers nowadays use a single vapor chamber + fins + memory pads + radial fan, so performance doesn't vary that much. Plus the GTX 770 blower's fan is the same as NVTTM and its placement is also identical. It is, however, the build quality, materials and LED lighting that sets NVTTM apart from the others.

It still looks great though; I like what EVGA has done with the GTX 770 cards by putting gold accents on all the cards regardless of blower/ACX type. I wish they'd do the same for the GTX 780/780 Ti, which don't look as good, and the GTX 760 which looks ugly as f***.

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

EVGA saves cost by using plastic shrouds but what catched my eye was the simplicity and the golden accents. I agree with you though, the silver accents on the 760, 780 and 780 Ti aren't really great. And I would also prefer the black accents on the 750 Ti and GTX Titan Black too!!

  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

By the way, you can still do a 4.0GHz OC @ stock voltage on the 3570K. Just under 70°C is perfectly fine. My old XPS 8500 has a i7-3770 that does 73-81°C load on the Dell stock cooler @ stock speeds, and it's been running fine (not that it's ideal, but you get what I mean). And I have ambient temps of 18-23°C.

Not to mention that you said your board was getting old, and quality Z77 boards are harder and harder to find nowadays, let alone a quality mini-ITX Z77. So you may as well...the 250D is made for ventilation.

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

I do have my CPU overclocked to 4.0GHz on stock voltage and it almost peaks 70C in 25-28C ambient temperatures. I try to keep my CPU as cool as possible and I may look into some liquid coolers if I need the performance gain.

Yeah, my motherboard is getting a bit old but it still fares very well. It was among the cheapest and most popular mITX board that supported the LGA 1155 socket. I searched up some benchmarks and reviews of the board before the purchase and it competes very well.

Maybe I forgot to add this into my description but the front intake fan is just for directing air towards the hard drives and power supply. The side panels are meant for the direct airflow towards the other key components.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 5 points

Awesome build! But watch out, I can see your mobo bending like a lot of them do with the 250D. Put a little piece of electrical tape under it or something to prop it up. Mobo companies won't honor warranty if the board is warped.

  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

there is a small extra piece that comes with the 250D that lifts the GPU weight to relieve the MOBO from the tension. You can order it online for free at this link: http://forum.corsair.com/forums/showthread.php?t=127904&page=2 scroll down to mid page you will see a corsair technician giving info about that piece and how to get it for free. It only takes minutes to apply for one. Please dont be lazy :D

  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

I already have the booster piece/shim or spacer installed onto the case but there is still some slight bend but nothing serious. I already contacted Corsair to ship me a few more. But Justin hasn't replied back to me for a few days now.

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

My motherboard warranty expires soon and the bend or warps is not permanent. When I realign the motherboard over the standoffs and screw it down, the warp is gone. Thanks for the suggestion though!

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Loved all of it. +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

WOW, Noctua family collection. lol. BTW, my build has been updated. Come and take a look.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job, the cable management is stellar and that PSU is truly amazing, I'd go as far as saying the best price to performance PSU out there and with the gold guarantee it's just a great deal.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, the power supply is the best purchase I ever made!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Such an overpowered system in a small package, but all those SSD's though. Does it have enough storage capacity to fullfil your needs?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I only keep the games that I play actively on my SSD's so I still have more than enough storage. I can just uninstall games that I have finished completely to reserve space but as of right now, I still haven't exceeded more than 50% of storage on each of my other drives.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

It must be glorious to be booting everything at blazing speeds...

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm drunk in speed, I can never go back to mechanical hard drives unless I really need to.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

The beauty of Noctua!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

They do have their own unique flavor. I do prefer this color scheme than the new Noctua Industrial fans because people can tell right away that it's a Noctua premium fan.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Such power in such a small factor, nice build!!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Very clean. +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Very pretty! Noctua and EVGA always make a good combo! Congrats.

Caroline

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

The power supply is so amazing for the features it offers for that price point. Oh and btw nice build, the Noctua fans seem to blend well with your EVGA components!!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, all those components cramped into such a lil box. Nice job with the cable management and it seems that most of the cables are tucked below the hard drives trays, no?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Spectacular, just spectacular.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man, those SSD's too OP. Have fun.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I liked it alot since you clearly showed sort of a budget build and it gets the job done whether its for work or even gaming. Not bad for a machine with 4 SSDs clearly good for editing work quick in no time :D

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

The black and brown mixes very well in your case but sadly you got red ram though. I love what you did with the cable management too, +1.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Very solid and stylish build love the 770's design. ****** good cable management too!!!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh thanks.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and clean!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build! I was just wondering if you found it better to have the cpu cooler fan pointing out the rear, towareds the 80mm exhausts? Nice cable management, too, btw.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

And one more question: how are you powering all the fans? I've only three fan heads on my mobo in the 250D, so it's a nagging thought.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

hey check this out http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bn4vXL there all tested parts i bargained for at craigslist

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this is an old post, but I'm curious about how your gtx 770 is holding up for 1080p gaming?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I no longer have it but it held up pretty well when I had it even though I couldn't crank up max settings on all games at 1080p.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the response!

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Pretty nice +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Wow, awesome build bro. But here's a way you could have saved a hell of a lot of money. First you could have changed your RAM to DDR2, trust me on this it'll run much faster, get rid of 3 of those fans, who needs them seriously? Trust me on this. Speaking of fans, you may as well rip the fans of your graphics card, they're not needed - trust me, they just drain your power and increase your electricity bill. And that motherboard, you can rip most of the silver bits of since they're just there for show - they give it a cyber feeling.

Anyway hope you consider my tips and maybe one day you'll own a rig as sick as mine!

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, the photos aren't really crystal clear but it's definitely above average quality. Thanks though.

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