Description

Hey everyone, have wanted to build something for a while so for my project I built a Mini-ITX mid-range gaming rig. After some careful selection of parts (within budget) I gathered this combo of parts which should do me fine.

I really liked building inside the Fractal Design Nano S, it's a perfect size and I had no plans on expansion cards or SLI GPU's in this rig.

For the theme I went with a green/purple/white scheme which I thought The Joker represented well, and it was lots of fun painting the Dominator RAM top bars and putting it all together. With the Deepcool RGB LED strip it really makes it all pop!

I won't bore you with much more description stuff, there's nothing groundbreaking about the parts selected which you don't already know! :)

Some things I still need/want to do: - PSU cable cover - Maybe some sort of design on the front of the case

Thanks for looking!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great budget chip, but the Intel thermal grease is crap so I didn't have much overclocking headroom without getting to 85 degrees.

Solution was to de-lid and apply Cool Laboratory Liquid Metal Ultra - now @ 4.8Ghz 65 degrees max temp - 20 degrees cooler! 5Ghz should be no issue but I like the fans on quiet

CPU Cooler

A great looking and performing CPU cooler kit. Keeps stock CPU temps around 30-35 degrees and does a great job during overclocked freq's.

Motherboard

A great option for a Z series m-ITX! All the features you could want in terms of overclocking. I've been running 5Ghz stable but have dropped it until I de-lid the 7600K for a bit of temp headroom. USB 2 and 3 headers, lots of fan headers, great stability, wireless, bluetooth etc. Gigabyte did a great job in the GUI of the BIOS (like all previous Gigabyte BIOS).

My only gripe with this board (it's enough to drop it 1 star) is the fact it does not have an Optical output on the backplate, which all motherboards in this range have and you would expect a gaming board to have. I have rigged up an optical output using the 2pin SPDIF on the board, and got a +5v source from a USB header to solve my problem.

Video Card

Great budget GPU. Solid/stable overclocking capability. No backplate is a bit ugly though.

Power Supply

Selected a SFF PSU so it gave the GPU some room to breathe in the Nano-S case. Great PSU, it's dead quiet in my system even during solid gaming - I can't even tell if the fan is on!

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

But will it blend?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Dont inhale this stuff!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

that is the question

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks awesome! Looks like you did some painting on the motherboard heatspreaders- i like it.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Build love the theme and the execution is beautiful well done good sir...

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking build, lots of detail in the GPU backplate

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that backplate! +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the GPU backplate. +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

if you are running a 7600k & a 1070 maybe you should have gotten a higher refresh rate moitor to get the most out your componenets. but otherwise nice build

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's definitely on the cards. Would be happy with a 1440p 100+hz

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks all! Lots of talk of the monitor which I've had for about 4 years so didn't put a price in the part list. Definitely need to upgrade to something better :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! What do you think about the motherdoard? I'm planning to make an itx build and it's one of the candidates but I can't find much on the web.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I have no complaints other than the fact it has no optical audio output in the backplate. It does have a SPDIF 2-pin out on the board, but as you need 3 pins for Optical (as it's powered) you have to get a SPDIF & Optical connector, wire the 2 pins (Ground & SPDIF) to the pins on the mainboard, and wire power +5v from a spare USB header on the board (I will be using the spare USB2 header). Not difficult, just annoying.

You/others may not want optical so it may not be a concern :)

The rest of the features are great, all the overclocking features, it's stable as, and the audio card is good enough.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you able to hook up a Sata HDD or SSD once you have a GPU on the board? I'm thinking of buying this board

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep definately - the SATA ports are to the left of the memory slots and not obscured by the GPU at all. Cable can be tucked in between the GPU and the RAM slot

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

where did u get your cables dad?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi I got them from pccasegear.com

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I 'd love to make an m-ITX build myself some time. How does it perform in terms of temperatures ? Also, have you painted the RAM slots on the motherboard black ?

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  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

My thoughts exactly!

Maybe do some custom paint on the inside of the case?

Other than that, awesome part list. Solid components throughout!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much!

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  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

you want a monitor that costs an arm and a leg? how bow dah

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Call that an arm and a leg? take a look at this

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

dude, thats both arms, both legs, and your firstborn child.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Worth it though. 8K!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

indeed- one can still type with their nose and the child can be replaced.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Worth it :P

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

yes it is.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks my friend! Take no notice of the monitor price, it's not correct :) it is a cheapy

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

~$400 for a monitor is nothing, $1000 for an Acer Predator is insane. Granted I see your point that the specs on said monitor are somewhat weak sauce vs its price tag.

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Probably such a dated monitor that its out of stock anywhere, so the one vendor that has it is marking it up. It was likely only ~$120-150 when it was new.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep spot on, think I paid $200AU about 4 years ago, so is probably a $100 monitor now lol