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Father & Son mITX Gaming Rig

by cinajj


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Date Published

Sept. 20, 2016

Date Built

Sept. 20, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.12 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz


This is not the first computer we have built together. The first was in 2008 when my son was 9 years old. His upgrade in 2012 was an mid-range MSI laptop. He wanted to spend his graduation money on this system and the budget was $1200.

Most of these parts were purchased at JET.com using the TRIPLE30 code. My father-in-law created an account to double dip the savings. Overall saved $180.

Freesync monitor determined which video card to buy. He chose the Gigabyte to match the motherboard.

m.2 SSD is very fast and saved us cable clutter. Computer boots from off in 16 seconds. His laptop had 140GB of used space after 4 years. I figured 256GB would suffice for now.

Everything went together smoothly. The NH-L9i is the easiest cooler I've ever assembled and came with NT-H1 thermal compound.

Part Reviews


Love the features on this board. Wifi works great and the LED's set to pulse make it look alive. If overclocking is not for you this is a great choice.


Few complaints. Plenty of room to work in and it can handle a large video card. Lots of venting with filters on the sides that pop right off for cleaning. Front panel USB cable is unnecessarily large.


Really like the picture and features for the price. Freesync does make a difference in fast moving games and was much cheaper compared to Nvidia options. Black levels are good and the OSD is easy to work with.

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Chuck38 3 Builds 3 points 31 months ago

Looking forward to the update! :D

bobby567 3 points 31 months ago

Can't halt for the update! ;)

Blackops010 2 Builds 3 points 31 months ago

cant wait for update lol, why no hd?

cinajj submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

M.2 SSD is good for now

EN9ITY 1 point 31 months ago

isn't your rx 480 hot?

cinajj submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

After 15 min of Unigine_Heaven-4.0 maxed out the temp was 66 C

EN9ITY 1 point 30 months ago

66C?????? , i watched jaytwocent's video and g1 gaming is like 82c. you sure?

bidomo 1 point 30 months ago

Not all cards perform equally, remember, some CPUs can be OC'ed like extra 2Ghz and others only 400Mhz. Same with GPUs

OsoAlgo 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I might build almost the exact system, although I think the SF 450W should be enough. How's noise overall?

cinajj submitter 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

Almost inaudible.

Issacsweg 1 point 28 months ago

And crossfire mode

mohamed97 -3 points 31 months ago

why rx480???

MannyPCs 3 points 31 months ago

Why not? It's a good card isn't it?

tadashi 2 points 31 months ago

In a small case I would rank a GPU's TDP priority higher than bigger cases with ample cooling.

bidomo 1 point 30 months ago

this case can cool that GPU without problems with the extra fans

RhettRO55 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Why not?! Is there anything inherently wrong with choosing that card?? This appears to be a budget friendly full build and that card would fit the mold.

mohamed97 0 points 31 months ago

the gtx 1060 is mush powerfull...draw less power ...and same price...so why not the gtx 1060??

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

You didnt answer my question, what exactly is wrong with choosing the RX 480?? Is there something truly wrong with choosing this card? what about that card makes it unworthy to be utilized??

The 1060 may have better power and better performance, but the 6GB versions of that card are much more expensive than this version of the RX 480 which is an 8GB version. Ever think they might have wanted to use that instead of a 1060? I suppose next you're going to give them crap for not using a K CPU? It might have been what the son wanted. Perhaps keep an open mind about peoples logic on why they chose a specific part instead of automatically assuming it was a dumb move.

ryanp83 33 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

what mohamed97 means is that you can get a GTX 1060 6GB version for that same price and benchmarks shows that it beats the RX480 in performance. I think a better question would be, why did he not go with a GPU that has a blower style cooler for this case. I have built in this case before and heat is definitely an issue. I would highly recommend a GPU with a cooler that expels the heat OUT of the case. I hold no allegiance to AMD or Nvidia but if I can get a card that out performs another card for the same price then why not? No one said it was a dumb move; just trying to figure out the reasoning behind the choice. Also, no one will "give him crap" for using a locked CPU (non K) because in small cases like this overclocking is not a great idea anyways; plus his motherboard does not support overclocking...

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

If I recall correctly aside from FE, there is only one 1060 blower style and Asus makes it. Pretty much same price tag for this area but you arent given as good a cooling profile and blower style cards are noisier than re-circ cards. Mobos dont have to explicitly "support" overclocking, I have a G3258 OCd on an ASRock H81M-ITX and another OCd on an ASRock B85M0ITX. And these are in U-NAS mini server cases. You can still get a modest OC on a case that doesnt provide stellar cooling or airflow. Granted OCing a low TDP dual core Vs an i5 / i7 are 2 completely different things.

mohamed97 0 points 31 months ago

i didn't say it is a dumb move...just don't say thing that didn't happen big guy

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mohamed97 2 points 31 months ago

yes...but i was talking about the us prices....the gtx 1060 is same price as rx 480 and better so why not....but if the rx were cheaper then why gtx 1060...get it

ryanp83 33 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

agreed, but the parts shown here are listed in USD and on newegg you can get a 6GB GTX 1060 for $249.99 so mohamed97 poses an excellent question

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