Description

I built this as a gaming/development pc. This being my first build, I found a company with a good reputation (EVGA) and decided to get as many parts from them as possible. I also really liked the design of the Hadron case because it had a side panel window, would fit on my desk, and could accommodate an optical drive. This thing is packed to the gills and I wouldn't have it any other way. Originally the build used a Samsung 840 EVO 120GB, but I upgraded to 2x 250GB 850 EVOs in RAID 0 in February as I was running out of storage space on the 840.

The initial build cost for this was only $1215 but I quickly learned most slim slot-loading optical drives don't work with case because the eject button is on the wrong side and I needed to spring the exorbidant $50 for the EVGA approved drive.

I am also operating with the philosophy that I will put between $250 - $500 into the build every 3 - 6 months to keep it current and the current build price reflects the first 2 sets of upgrades (SSD's and Keyboard/monitor).

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Much better than the stock cooler. It dropped my cpu idle temps by 10C and my load temps by 20C.

Motherboard

Looks awesome, supports fast RAM and overclocked processors, otherwise performs like any other mobo.

Case

The case looks amazing and does a good job with airflow. I found that cable management was difficult due to the form factor, but many other mITX cases intended for performance builds are nearly double the size of this case, so I applaud EVGA for making such an amazingly small case.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

From my calculations your price to performance is not the best. you could have gotten alot more for the price of $1745

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I call it naive first time builder syndrome and won't be suffering from it again. Additionally, my initial build cost (before I upgraded anything) was actually only $1245. I've added the keyboard, monitor, and ssd's since then, but started with a $90 Samsung 840 EVO 120GB which I filled up too quickly.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

cable manage it bro

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I've seen a few Razer themed Green builds in my time on here, but nothing quite like this.. +1 because of the parts but you truly probably could have gotten some other quality parts. Don't get me wrong, I love EVGA. They have helped me troubleshoot and been on 24/7 tech support.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

So are your ssd's in raid? Nice build+1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, and I get 1000+ MB/Sec Sequential Reads and writes. If I had another Sata Port and SSD I'd be maxing out the onboard Intel RAID Controller.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm...I've been thinking of doing that just heard horror stories about insane raid 0 failures

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Most people say it reduces the life of the ssd's because there's a lack of TRIM support, but TRIM support for RAID configurations has been in the Intel RST (Rapid Storage Technology) driver since at least 2013. I use part of the 1TB data storage drive to make OS backups about once/month. Everyone will try to scare you, and honestly the only noticeable change it made for me was that instead of seeing the VS2012 splash screen for 2s I see it for a little under 1s. Everything else launches instantly.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build +. I am thinking of getting the EVGA Stinger Motherboard also and wonder how do you like the Intel 7260 Wifi kit? Was it tough to install? I am debating between the mobo you have and it's wifi twin.

Thanks

Kee

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

When I bought the board, the wifi version wasn't out yet. The wifi version is basically just the same wifi card I have pre-installed. The installation isn't hard, just go with whatever's cheaper.

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

Those SSD's are what skyrocketed the price. You could have gotten Much more performance for that price. Also you should have went with a TB HD.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, but I already had a 1tb hard drive in the build for data/game storage, I just happen to have a lot of programs as well and when my programs hit 100GB out of 120GB, I chose to upgrade the ssds to maintain performance. (The ssds in the RAID 0 configuraton are about 10x faster than my spinning disk hard drive.)

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I needed an optical drive, and that's the only one that would fit... If only there hadn't been so much mis-information out there about what slim slot-loading optical drives would work I wouldn't have wasted $20 on a drive where the the eject button didn't line up with the case. (EVGA had the drive custom made for their case)

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Also just re-reading the comments on my build: I can't SLI 980's in an ITX build although thanks to birthday money and tax returns I am doing an upgrade to an i7 4790k and a 980 for my Oculus Rift, which is on its way to me.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I need to upgrade before my oculus rift dev kit 2 comes in, so I can actually use it well when it comes in. I've been putting off this upgrade until it was actually necessary.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

The Rift was gift. Now I'm just getting the hardware so I can use it and use it well.