Description

This is the first full build I've put together in 6 years. The aim was to build a powerful yet simple ITX system that was modern as well as future proofed in features.

  • ITX Case & Mobo
  • Wifi & BT Enabled Mobo
  • Kaby Lake Support (Ryzen isnt here yet with R3 or R5....)
  • Fast SSD + Big Data Drive
  • AMD Freesync 1080p Monitor + Good mid-range performance (hence the RX 480 4GB)
  • Pentium G4560 for decent performance (I've moved to i5 7500 as of 3/13/2017 )
  • I bought an OEM Win10 Pro key from reputable key reseller store

Important Notes :-

1) The motherboard has only space for a single Fan Header (besides the CPU Fan header) so I've used a splitter (check for fan splitters; $8 for 1 to 3 splitters) to allow both case fans in the Elite 130 to run

2) I reversed the smaller 80mm fan so that It'd "exhaust" out the hot air directly from the CPU space; This was important because otherwise all fans (including the RX 480 double fan) would be pulling in air and nothing really pushing anything out

3) You can replace the 80mm fan with upto a 120mm "slim" fan; Normal case fans are 25mm in width, but slim versions are 15mm and would fit the space of the stock 80mm fan. This is not essential, but just an idea incase you have some hot powerful components inside this case

4) I removed the side panel (front left side of case when looking from back-to-front of the case) and the top middle frame/bar to allow more space for by large hands to work inside the case :D

I'll be adding more inputs and thoughts, along with pictures, over the next few days. I'm also loaded up with information on modifications and potential future upgrades so if anyone has any questions about this please shoot me a note! Thanks for reading.

UPDATE 1 : 3/13/2017

  • Installed the i5 7500 to balance out the RX480 for 1080p/144Hz gaming
  • After 12 hour CPU stress test using Intel Extreme CPU Tool, the max recorded CPU temp was only 67 Celsius !! That's actually quite awesome, especially since I'm using the stock CPU Cooler, and the Stock Case Fans
  • I believe me having reversed the orientation of the smaller fan might have helped a bit

Regards, Vishnu

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Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for GameCube. :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Right on! :) Thank you, I'm excited to make the change to i5-7500, from the Pentium G4560 CPU - I think it'd balance this machine nicely.

Are you a GameBoy/Nintendo user? I'm an old-school (relatively) GB & GBA/GBC lover, who cant get over the cuteness/awesomeness of Pokemon RPG!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I'm a huge Nintendo fan. :) The GameCube may be my favorite console, as it was my first Nintendo game system that I started collecting for.

Enjoy your new PC!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you !

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice, would love some interior shots of the assembled pc though :] +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey! Pics have been added for more clarity :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

yes! I will add some more pictures later tonight :) I've been playing far too much Alien Isolation (and getting frustrated at the "hot spots" of the game)

The interiors arent as clean as I'd like, but its quite and the temps are stable so I'm not worried about cabling as much.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Had one of these cases, brings back memories :-)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I initially struggled a lot with the case. Then I realized I could remove a bunch of parts, and that made things much easier.

I've learnt a lot (and made some memories!) through the process of building this PC :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Gamecube? You just killed the gamecube!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

:D

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build. I have the case myself. Only issue I had was getting the Corsair H90 to fit which was right under the psu without pressure on it. I had to rework it a number of times before it was just right. +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the CPU cooler height is < 55mm I think, I'm sticking to stock intel coolers for now (currently using the G4560, moving to the i5 7500 this weekend) given the low thermal output.

I'd really like to build this into a Ryzen ITX build, but for now I am satisfied and happy with the build.

How does the Corsair H90 work for you? Do you have a 95W CPU in your build?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That's not a gamecube! +1 :P

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha ha

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely custom painted case!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Its the stock black colored case! Not customized :) !

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

huh really it looked green in the first photo

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I Blame my OMD-EM1's Auto WB setting! :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

well there we gothen!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Removed that nasty photo, and added some newer, cleaner pictures :D

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point
Sexy mITX build dudee!! +1
  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on making an ITX build as well in the Silverstone SUGO13 and use a stock cooler for the G4560. How are the temps with the stock cooler? When youre gaming or using heavy applications, what is the max you've seen? Great build btw.

PS. RAM in pics is red, was yours not red or did you paint?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

@Azizg95 The RAM sticks themselves are Yellow (its a thin fakey metal cover from the RAM Maker...)

The RAM slots were RED, stock - no modifications done. Maybe I've linked the wrong Mobo? :( I've the MSI B250 Gaming Pro ITX AC (Wifi) Board - Stock RAM slots are RED.

PS : I'm adding more pics ! :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh no I meant the ram dimms. They're red on the parts list but yellowish in pics no biggie though

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I think GEIL released a few different versions of their RAM. Mine's the FORZA edition (Isnt that a racing game?) in Yellow, so it might be the version difference.

Thanks for bringing it up, I'm sure others might have a similar question! :)

Regards, Vish

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice new pics!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you ! :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

But can it run Wind Waker?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe with an Emulator? :) (not been in the emulation scene except for Android GBC emulators)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

dolphin works well, although I hate dolphins. Wind Waker is by far my favourite game btw.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You hate dolphins? According to the Hitchhiker's guide, they are the true Earth MasterRace....... :D

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

stop reminding me :'(

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I might build the same PC but, mod the case and a different GPU if you don't mind

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh please go ahead!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Went with a g4600 instead of a g4560 because of better base clock and $10 cheaper... Idk why people find the g4560 so good if the g4600 can do a slightly better job for $10 less