Description

my first computer was commodore 64, then i had some pentium and then for very long time i was gaming on playstation and laptops ( though i had always so called gaming ones) Then i thought to myself last year i should come back to roots and build me a gaming pc, on which i could also use autocad. Well, i did it finally!

To adress prices: i had 300 USD worth gift cards/coupons for amazon

I couldnt use any of those for GPU at the time of purchase, but i've save anyway! :) for another prices - i was haunting for offers/flash sales or sales in general, as for fans i was very lucky to catch them at almost 45% discount prices! All another parts (almost all of them) were purchased with some kind of discount. It took some time and patience to get the parts, but well worth it considering the budget. I can say here, that living in Iceland might have advantage to choose from US and Europe shopping sites as we are kind off in the middle. The biggest trouble was with case as i had to pay a lot for shipping and customs :-/

Setting it all together was breeze, cable management need a little thought, did not had any trouble. Best experience with packaging was with EVGA and Bequiet products, the worst with Gigabyte GPU - i was actually really surprised how this expensive part was packed.

I overclocked cpu up to 4.7 Ghz just to see how far i can go, but after some stress test running (Aida 64) to make sure i can go that far with no problem when need it i downclocked to 3.8Ghz.

I would like to thank PCpartpicker as this site was/is very helpful and full of interesting ideas, which influences me and "in return" to this site and its users i will do an honest review of all parts - from point of view of first time builder, so i hope that info i will share might help to someone with deciding.

review of the case:

i was in search for case with horizontal MB tray..there are not so many options though. one day i came across this one and i was sold.

+build quality is very good

+easy to modify, as its most of the parts held by screws

+cable management is tight, but i suppose for case this size its on the better side

+i was very pleased with the boxing, especially that the window have protective film on it from BOTH sides

+its sturdy, does not flex even when i stripped everything out and only the skeleton was sitting on my desk

+good dust filter for PSU

- be careful with the screws they tend to strip easily, especially the ones which held the MB tray on place

- front dust filter is lame, its there but i am going to upgrade to magnetic one, looking at silverstone atm

-stand offs for PSU are all metal, i put some stand off to minimize potential vibrations

no more negative inputs come in my mind.

my custom cables and lighting are from ICEMODZ. Mundi is great guy, helpfull and is from Iceland as me! :)

Part Reviews

CPU

i invest a lot time to choose a cpu and i end up with this one. all i need for my use and a bit more. in my case not worth it to go with 6700K and i am happy with the performance.

CPU Cooler

Its really big. well packed. setting it up is easy, just see the vid on youtube as i did. it took me like 10-15min. performance is very good and it is really quiet! when i turned off all my fans and let only this cooler run at 100% it was crispy quiet! very happy and satisfied with this product.

!! this cooler do not fit out of the box with this mobo. i needed to do a little modding. heat pipes were way to close to ram and it was bending the first slot unit. its easy to bend the most outer heat pipes in, just few mm and it fits perfectly and no loss in performance.

Motherboard

i choose this mobo as it has what i wanted and needed and a lots more. bios its very easy, allsuite is superb to monitor/overclock and set up fans i give it 4 stars as there are some minor flaws (in my opinion) that product in the price range and line should not have. otherwise happy so far.

Storage

i wanted to go m.2, i choosed this one as it was cheap, and enough capacity for me as its only used for OS and apps i use. 4stars because i expected a bit more then it offers-speed wise. dont take me wrong its still very good! well, money spend well here anyway.

Storage

no brainer this one. has good reviews, use it for my games. loading and transfer time are very good.

Storage

this was laying around so i decide to use it as my backup and movies drive. for 2016 its slow, but since i have it, didnt think about buying new generation would be worth it.

Video Card

what to say..well, all you need to know is on youtube or forums. its big, its fast, its cooled down well. i dont have any coil whine(so far) i do not plan to OC just yet white led is blueish

took down the 1 stars as i really did not like the boxing of this one. shame that such a awesome piece of hardware have so lame packaging.

Power Supply

got it cheap it has good reviews love packaging of this hardware. EVGA know how to please their customers. with eco mode its really quiet i think that the fan did not spin in my case yet, even though i stress my pc enough.

Case Fan

love it. silent pwm fan. build quality is extraordinary, moves a lot of air. fits in my build, was on sale..really no brainer.

Case Fan

i cant say i love this one as the 140mm. build quality is extraordinary, but it is not that dead quiet fan as the rest of the Be!quiet fans i have. after some try and fail attempts to minimize the sound, the best solution is to put extra rubber washer to take the fan further away from casing. i think that the fan is silent on its own but the sound of the air moving when on high rpm is annoying. well, i minimize that sound with the washers, but still, i expect a bit more. but then again maybe if i did not have the 140mm version i will be not complaining at all. also note that now i have the case under the table and do not hear them until the fans kick in to higher RPM when my CPU reach 40-50 Celsius range

UPDATE

after some tweaking, i realize that the annoying sound is caused by the case-as there are many options for different size fans. so i cut away all the fastening points i do not use and all its crispy silent now. so i also change to 5 stars now

Monitor

like it a lot. coming from 60Hz 1080 monitor..its blast. i had to return the first one as it was damaged on arrival. i did not even bother to try it. so it was not return because of dead pixel or light bleed. i noticed that there is some glow in bottom right corner, but nothing drasticall and also after i set up led lighting behind the monitor its almost gone. 4stars for the tiny bleed issue. but it might be the IPS glow, hard to say for me as i do not have another monitor in that range to compare. i got it cheap so i am not gonna return it because of it. if something change i will update.

Keyboard

fits my theme and i like the clicking.. AL body is nice touch, backlighting has no flaws so far arm rest could be a bit longer/deeper but i have big hands, i would recommend this keyboard right away. i have white WSAD keys on the way so it will add to the look. will post picture when arrive.

Mouse

as i stated before i have rather large hands and this one is perfect fit.also it fits to my theme! :) i would definitely recommend this mouse to people with large hands.extra weights are good for me, as i like when the mouse have heavy feel. there is a lot ways to set up this mouse as you like to. i like the firmware utility a lot

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 5 points

my first computer was commodore 64

+1 ;)

  • 45 months ago
  • 5 points

Awesome build and great reviews too man, nice work. +1

... Did anyone else read this description out aloud with a heavy Russian accent? Just me? Hmm, maybe too much FPSRussia for UNi hey.. It got me wondering though, so I googled Tölva. Turns out it's Icelandic for 'Computer'. Heh, there you go - I'm way off. :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

hehe..i was wondering if someone will point it out!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I noticed too. Next time, capitalize your i's.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

i say hell no

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build!

Cable management looks great, thanks for sharing.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a beautiful build! :-)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Why is you keyboard and mouse listed so cheap?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

i had about 300USD gift cards on amazon. thats why some of my parts are listed cheap- all the listed prices are the ones i paid for my stuff. note i bought my parts during cca 4 months time

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks. I thought there should be a purchased in brackets but i was wrong.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive setup, attractive cable management and color schemes. Rate this build. Would trade for my EX.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

From the looks of it, that m.2 is mounted on the back of the motherboard? If it is, that's the first time I've seen that but I guess a mini ITX gotta save space somehow.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

yes its on back side. i was worried a bit about overheating this m.2 drive but i have one of my intake fans blowing fresh air in its direction (the front bottom one) and temps are good

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work bud. That 980Ti' inverted in that format does certainly look sweet, very nice. Cable management is also top notch, very nice work.

I see another be quiet fan, love their products and used to run the Dark Rock Pro 3, its a lovely beast, though I found it so hard to mount!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I love everything about this. The case looks awesome.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you booting from the m.2? My same MoBo doesn't recognize that EVO m.2 so I can't install Windows. Hopefully the replacement drive I ordered will fix this.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

yes.win 10.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you post your bios settings, I think it's a hardware problem, but maybe I'm missing something in the bios necessary for m.2 boot.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

what windows you are installing?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows 10. Did you make any changes to the bios? Also beautiful build and thanks for any help!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

no i did not. i had only m.2 disc connected to mobo when installing win 10.i install from usb.thats all i have i cant help you more as i am not a expert. sorry man!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ayy, finally someone with the same keyboard.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, I love how a mini itx build can end up being the size of a full atx build. good job bro +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice looking!

That case is absolutely massive for the hardware that's in it...I guess I'm not a big fan of that form factor for cases. Any reason you went with a mini-ITX mobo instead of a larger one? it looks like it has room for micro-ATX...for a similar price ya could get a micro-ATX mobo with more ram slots and a few more PCI slots. Might not need them immediately, it would provide more flexibility in the future.

Regardless, nice build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

hi, its really simple - mobo i use have all i was looking for. i did not found micro-atx board with all i wanted and there was always some trade off. i agree that micro-atx board could give me more flexibility, but i dont think i will need to upgrade soon. Also i get this mobo on good price. Another thing is that i wanted to achieve, and i think i did, that when you look at my case you will see only/mainly 980ti.

regarding the case - after i decided that my new GPU will be 980ti, i was looking only for cases with horizontal mobo mounting as i was and i am very pleased with the look of it. i went the bigger route as i want to be sure i could achieve good airflow. case fits perfectly in compartment under my table

anyway, its all about personal taste i suppose :-) thank you for you input though, always good and fun to exchange some facts :-)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the detailed and nice reply!

Yes, cases in particular are heavily influenced by personal taste. While I wouldn't buy this case for myself, your overall setup is spectacular and it clearly works very well for you.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This definitely puts a tickle in my pants I'll give you that. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the anti-static mat. Well done.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That case looks a lot like the Case Labs S8. Still prefer the S8, but your case is one-sixth the price!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The Dark Rock is almost bigger than your motherboard! Awesome build, +1 :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That GPU doe....

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the little black clips that keep the PSU Sleeved cables in order? I have the 850 Supernova fully modular, and the cables are nowhere near as neat and orderly as yours.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

search internet for CABLE COMBS. There are many styles and colors to choose from. I have mine from Icemodz. hope it helps!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, unique build. Thanks for mentioning ICEMODZ -- have been on the hunt for quality LED lighting and decided to go with ICEMODZ after seeing your build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that skin on the hard drive just something from dbrand cut down to size?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

it is a M3 carbon vinyl sticker bought from amazon. I used a exacto knife to cut it down to size. cheap and fast.can be removed.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a beautiful machine man. My ONLY critique would be that you went with a SATA based M.2 drive instead of a PCI-E. It's a confusing field right now with M.2 but if you are going to spend the money one M.2 you might as well take full advantage of it and get the PCI version.

That and the 5400 RPM Mechadrive. Cheap... yes. Worth saving $20 vs a 7200RPM? Eh...

Other than that... It's one of the nicest air cooled nodes I've seen.

Well done sir.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

the 5400 RPM was laying around so I just use it. did not buy it. ( well, I bought it like 2009 or so ) I agree with you with the m.2 - it is somewhat confusing and I might have made mistake here. When the time comes i can always upgrade. Thank you for pointing it out though!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Love the build!

One question: Why a mini ITX mobo in an mATX case? Even if you don't feel you need the extra RAM and PCI slots, you never know how you'll feel in a year or two's time! Plus if you have the room then... why not?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I've already answer simular question :)

hi, its really simple - mobo i use have all i was looking for. i did not found micro-atx board with all i wanted and there was always some trade off. i agree that micro-atx board could give me more flexibility, but i dont think i will need to upgrade soon. Also i get this mobo on good price. Another thing is that i wanted to achieve, and i think i did, that when you look at my case you will see only/mainly 980ti.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, thanks! sorry I didn't see this

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem :-)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

With all the benchmarks and DX12 tests, people still buy the GTX 980 Ti over the R9 Fury X, and when we point out that AMD GPUs are better than Nvidia's in recent DX12 benchmarks and in new games like Hitman 6 with DX12 settings, people say we're "AMD fanboys". Also the R9 Fury X is watercooled, so you don't whine about AMD card's being hot. All in all, great build, but it's pointless to buy this GPU over a 620-650$ R9 Fury X, specially that you didn't get the 980 Ti for a nice deal, that's of course, only in my opinion.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I think, that this is about personal taste - same product is loved by some and hated by others. There is no way, in my opinion, that there exists some piece of computer hardware which is perfect for everyone. When I started on planing my build, R9 was on one of my part lists, but in the end I went with 980Ti. Many people I believe, including me, also buy their GPU for the looks. Not only though!! :-)

I dont find R9 Fury X attractive. Maybe you do not find 980Ti attractive and prefer other design. All of hardware has its ups and downs and trade offs.

And this diversity makes our PC world so unique, is it not? :-)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did u buy ur parts? They're so cheap

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazon - using gift cards

UK overclockers - when parts i wanted were on sale

and some others minor webshops from europe

I bought my parts during cca 4 months, checking webshops daily and waiting on flash sales and etc.

I was also lucky, that i overcome shipping cost and custom taxes on most of my parts.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

good build man

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is definitelyn the "DANGER" inb4 Breaking bad

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build bro ! Really like how that card looks with the way the motherboard is mounted!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

you could have bought ring fans to go with that gpu.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

why not a 4th fan , nice build , and good price on that mobo

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

what case is it

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Anidees A17M

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Were did you get the carbon fiber "sticker" for the HDD?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazon..search for

3M Scotchprint 1080 Carbon Fiber Vinyl Flex Wrap Black

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool! Thank you! Btw, looks great +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

wait, was this ever featured?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, it was

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That G1 Gaming 980 ti looks boss in that window. Nice build, awesome wiring job. Simply +1 for me.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

"!! this cooler do not fit out of the box with this mobo. i needed to do a little modding. heat pipes were way to close to ram and it was bending the first slot unit. its easy to bend the most outer heat pipes in, just few mm and it fits perfectly and no loss in performance."

this. how you did it?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

hi.sorry for late answer. i used rounded clip and slowly applied pressure. actually it was very little needed to make the ram fit.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

ayy lmao

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

dammit, now it's bugging me too!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for pointing it out..will fix it asap *update : i think i fix all of my quites - thanks again! :-)

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I've gotta say, those photos look great. They're well focused, quite sharp with some nice camera angles to match. You've put in a solid effort here and have included a decent amount of photos.

Except for picture 11

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah..i was excited it has posted at first try..so out of focus.but then you can feel the excitement there! :-)hehe

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you! i did indeed invest a lot time into choosing my parts. i think i started with 3 or 4 partlists here..and then i work it through using formula:

what i want×what i really need×budget

hardest decision was on combo GPU&monitor when i think of it.but since i first boot up i love it and have no regrets of the extra money i put in this combo.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question: how do you make big text? pls

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks c:

It should be in the formatting help page V

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  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

thank you. dark rock is awesome covering the red bits on mobo so i didnt had to modify it! :-)