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My Wife's Mini-ITX Gaming PC

by DasLeo

Description

This was my first mini-ITX PC build.

  • i5-6600K @ 4.6GHz (1.254v vCore)
  • Asus GTX 1060 STRIX @ 2038MHz Boost Clock

Edit 11/7/2017

Replaced Front Panel Connectors with Nanoxia F-Panel Extensions (Red)

Edit 1/7/2017

Removed Seagate Momentus 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Added Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid

Added Thermalright TY-14013R PWM Fan

Added Nanoxia SATA 3.0 Sleeved Cable (Red)

Added Roccat Kova Optical Mouse

Added SteelSeries 4HD Mouse Pad (Black)

BIOS Settings (Overclocking and RAM related stuff only)

CPU and OC

Ai Overclock Tuner [Manual]
BCLK Frequency [100.00]
FCLK Frequency [1GHz]
ASUS MultiCore Enhancement [Auto]
CPU Core Ratio [Sync All Cores]
1-Core Ratio Limit [46]
2-Core Ratio Limit [46]
3-Core Ratio Limit [46]
4-Core Ratio Limit [46]
BCLK Frequency : DRAM Frequency Ratio [100:133]
DRAM Odd Ratio Mode [Enabled]
DRAM Frequency [DDR4-2666MHz]
TPU [Keep Current Settings]
EPU Power Saving Mode [Enabled]
CPU SVID Support [Auto]
CPU Core/Cache Current Limit Max. [255.50]
Min. CPU Cache Ratio [Auto]
Max CPU Cache Ratio [39]
Internal PLL Voltage [Auto]
CPU Over-voltage Restrictor [Off]
Extreme Over-voltage [Disabled]
CPU Core/Cache Voltage [Adaptive Mode]
- Offset Mode Sign [-]
- Additional Turbo Mode CPU Core Voltage [1.258]
- Offset Voltage [0.008]
CPU VCCIO Voltage [1.00000]
CPU System Agent Voltage [1.10000]
PCH Core Voltage [Auto]
CPU Standby Voltage [Auto]
CPU Load-line Calibration [Level 5]
CPU Current Capability [100%]
CPU VRM Switching Frequency [Manual]
Fixed CPU VRM Switching Frequency(KHz) [300]
CPU Power Duty Control [T.Probe]
CPU Power Phase Control [Standard]
DRAM Current Capability [100%]
DRAM Power Phase Control [Optimized]
Fixed DRAM Switching Frequency(KHz) [300]
Intel(R) SpeedStep(tm) [Enabled]
Turbo Mode [Enabled]
Long Duration Package Power Limit [Auto]
Package Power Time Window [Auto]
Short Duration Package Power Limit [Auto]
IA AC Load Line [Auto]
IA DC Load Line [Auto]
Security Device Support [Enable]
Active Processor Cores [All]
Intel Virtualization Technology [Disabled]
Hardware Prefetcher [Enabled]
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch [Enabled]
CPU C states [Enabled]
Enhanced C-states [Enabled]
CPU C3 Report [Enabled]
CPU C6 Report [Enabled]
CPU C7 Report [CPU C7s]
CPU C8 Report [Enabled]
Package C State limit [Auto]
CFG lock [Disabled]
PCI Express Native Power Management [Disabled]
DMI Link ASPM Control [Disabled]
ASPM Support [Disabled]
DMI Link ASPM Control [Disabled]
PEG - ASPM [Disabled]
VT-d [Disabled]

RAM and Timinigs

DRAM Voltage [1.200]
DRAM CAS# Latency [15]
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay [15]
DRAM RAS# ACT Time [35]
DRAM Command Rate [2]
DRAM RAS# to RAS# Delay L [7]
DRAM RAS# to RAS# Delay S [5]
DRAM REF Cycle Time [467]
DRAM FOUR ACT WIN Time [28]
Memory Scrambler [Enabled]
DRAM SPD Write [Disabled]

Comments Sorted by:

Issacsweg 1 point 26 months ago

Wow, your wife is a gamer!

DasLeo submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Not really, just a bit Sims 4, Anno 2070 and Portal Knights. But why waste money for a Surface Pro when building a small PC is more fun and cheaper =D

Issacsweg 1 point 26 months ago

By the way I really like this build in fact I might actually use most of the stuff used in this build

Mar5Kid 1 point 26 months ago

Great job with the overclocking achievement in particular !

Can you please share your Mobo settings to achieve the 4.6 overclock ? Detailed settings breakdown would be appreciated.

I'm going to use same Mobo and 6600k CPU but Noctua 12 cooler to try and achieve 4.4/5 OC. I'm hoping I can possibly get away with lower volts. I don't want to OC to the point where I have to compromise with noise and heat. I'm an occasional gamer and happy with 1080p60 max detail using 1070 gfx card.

DasLeo submitter 1 Build 3 points 26 months ago

Hey Mar5Kid,

I've exported the BIOS settings and removed the useless stuff (UEFI CSM etc.). Just checked your Nano S parts list and my hint would be not to use high frequency RAM as the Z170 Pro Gaming (ATX and Mini-ITX) are a bit ****** with high clocked RAM. When you check the ASUS compatibility lists, you will only find a few functional RAM modules on higher freqs, mostly ones with less voltage or higher timings. You won't notice any difference in gaming performance from 2666MHz to 3200Mhz.

I'm also using 32GB Kingston HyperX Fury 2666MHz on my Z170 Pro Gaming (the bigger ATX board) because there are so many people complaining about PCs not booting to POST with not validated RAM on high freqs.

For the OC, just start with Ai Overclock Tuner on Manual (NOT XMP!) Set all the RAM timings and the RAM voltage correctly, keep other RAM options on Auto. Keep the VCCIO and System Agent voltage on Auto, I've adjusted mine to keep MB temps a bit lower, but that's something you should do later, when everything else is stable. Fix the CPU Cache freq to something low like 39 otherwise it will make your OC unstable. Also the CPU Cache will get you nothing in performance when you overclock it.

Set the Digi+ VRM Options as above:

CPU Load-line Calibration [Level 5]
CPU Current Capability [100%]
CPU VRM Switching Frequency [Manual]
Fixed CPU VRM Switching Frequency(KHz) [300]
CPU Power Duty Control [T.Probe]
CPU Power Phase Control [Standard]
DRAM Current Capability [100%]
DRAM Power Phase Control [Optimized]
Fixed DRAM Switching Frequency(KHz) [300]

Then you can start in Adaptive Mode with negative (-) offset of 0.008v and a Turbo Mode Voltage of 1.35v which is safe for all Skylake CPUs @ 4.4GHz. Sync all Cores and start with a Ratio of 43. Boot to Windows, run prime95 v27.9 with 1344k FFT and watch your temps and vCore in e.g. HWiNFO. After 15mins you can raise your Ratio to 44 and repeat the steps. After 15mins you can raise your Ratio to 45 and repeat the steps. After 15mins you can raise your Ratio to 46 and repeat the steps.

When you get BSOD or a worker stops on Prime95, it's getting unstable at that point and you reached your CPU limit. Just go back to your safe 45 or 46 ratio and start lowering the Turbo voltage by 0.010v. Test in Prime95 -> Lower again -> Test in Prime -> Lower again. Until you found the minimal voltage at the optimal frequency.

My i5-6600K is also able to run at 4.7GHz and higher, but the voltage jump from 4.6 to 4.7 is way too high (100mV and more), which shows me that 4.6 is the sweet spot for my 6600K. I personally use the Adaptive mode, which lowers the voltage on idle. Some people say you have to disable C-States, Turbo Mode, Speedstep etc. but that's only needed if you want to reach 5.1GHz and higher and hey, I paid for that features, it lowers my temps, keeps my system silent and increases my CPU/MB lifetime.

If you need more help, check this guide: Skylake Overclocking Guide With Statistics

And as always, here comes the standard footer: I'm not responsible for any damage on your system made by overclocking.

Mar5Kid 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide the extended explanation as I'm sure Its going to save hours of research and forgo some headaches. Thats the best present that I could have got for chrismtmas.

I'm also glad to read that you have been able to successfully OC with leaving the Adaptative mode on. It's something that i would also prefer to have on for the same given reasons.

The corsair Dominator memory was donated by a friend after he upgraded. I will give it a shot and if it's a no go than I will sell it and buy the same tried and tested RAM as yours. Now i just need to wait a little longer for the mobo order.

Fraglepuss 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Awesome build

comics 1 point 25 months ago

Would you be able to help me out? I'm trying to figure out the wires from the case to the motherboard, I have one left and I dont know where to put it! heelpp!! :P

nurban512 1 point 23 months ago

Awesome build. I'm looking at the Evolv ITX with a H115i but am/was concerned about enough airflow getting through the rad and out the top slit vents. What kind of temps are you seeing with your OC and did you do any temp testing on the stock clock?

DasLeo submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Hey Nurban512,

I already added the CPU Temps for idle and load, see left bottom of the page. The Noctua fans are pushing really hard, so the air flow is more than enough. I normally use the 2000 PWM models because of silence, but I had the 3000 ones laying around.

In my Fan curve I set it to the absolute minimum and it's super silent. I also throttled the fan curve a bit down after I added the exhaust fan in the rear.

My initial plan was to delid the CPU to replace the paste under the heatspreader with liquid metal, but after I setup the system, I recognized that it's not necessary with those temps.

Don't know what the temps are without OC but it's unimportant because the H115i is a beast in AiO cooling.

DasLeo submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Please keep in mind, when you use the H115i which is a 280mm radiator, there's not enough space in the rear for a standard fan. I chose their thermalright thin fan.

If you want to use a standard fan in the rear, you better take the H110 from Corsair.