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Handsome Hack v2

by rarskies


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Date Published

June 19, 2017

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Updated my old build with a better processor, more RAM, quieter PSU and a nice newish case that doesn't have much information about it on the internet. Thought I'd just put this up there to provide some pics for the internet and also let people know you can fit a 180mm PSU in this case pretty comfortably even though the specs say you can only get 170mm in there.

Yeah so this computer is just a daily driver at the moment, hopefully will last me the next few years with a decent amount of RAM and an i7. I will most likely be upgrading the graphics card in the next year or so to bring this baby up to speed as a gaming machine, the GTX 960 can't really handle any new games at 3440x1440. Will probably go for a gtx 1070 or 1080 when the new Vega GPUs come out or when the next gen Nvidia ones come up to cash in on cheap second hand prices. The new 10xx cards are also now compatible with OS X Sierra which makes it a no-brainer. I actually have a GTX 970 as well but the card is too loud for my liking at idle, so while I'm not playing games l just let the quiet 960 stay in there.

I run my fans really quiet at idle (300 RPM) and they ramp up to about 800-1000 RPM when the motherboard heats up. Temperatures in this case are pretty decent, obviously not as good as some more spacious ATX cases with 6 fans but I like how the motherboard is oriented vertically so hot air exhausts out the top.

Building in this case was pretty easy compared to other tight ITX cases I've worked in largely because you can remove both glass panels and get right in there. The aluminium looks great and strikes a nice contrast with the sleek looking dark tempered glass. I've considered getting a small strip of white LEDs to light up the graphics card, but will likely only do that when I upgrade and get a sexy new Graphics card to show off.

About my part choices - went for the s cpu because apparently it performs just as well as the regular 4790 and if it's a bit cooler that's a bonus, definitely enough for my needs (Uni work, gaming, emulation and occasional video conversion). Also got it pretty cheap. The PSU is definitely excessive to my needs, but scored it second hand for a good price and it's still got 8 years left on its warranty. Also runs with an "Eco mode" which means the fans don't run even under full load (beautiful silence). I am running with the H7 because it was the best air cooler I could fit in a previous case, it's a pretty darn good cooler, pretty quiet and powerful for it's size, still swapped out fan for a noctua just for that sweet silence. The Dell ultrawide monitor cost me a bomb but it was totally worth it, can have 3 documents side by side, hot action for getting **** done. Also great for gaming, very immersive and the subtle curve is enough to make you feel a bit closer to the edges.

I've got a bit of a bodgy situation at the moment in regards to the wifi card, with the rp-sma cables hanging out the back connected up to antennas behind my monitor, waiting on some laptop antennae to clean that up a bit. Also the wifi card is attached with a zip tie to the GPU which isn't optimal, will move it some place cooler pretty soon.

Temps: (Max temps)

Idle (Completely Silent) --- CPU 25c/522RPM --- GPU 33c/0RPM --- Case Fans 400-500 RPM

Furmark Burn in Test (Noticeably audible sitting on my desk but pleasant tonality) --- GPU 70c/2400 RPM --- Case Fans 550-650RPM

Prime95 Blend (Gentle gush of air audible if I press ear to case - otherwise silent) --- CPU 64c/830 RPM --- Case fans 550-650RPM

Torture Test for one hour [furmark + Prime95 small FTTs] --- CPU 71c/767RPM --- GPU 70c/2400RPM --- Case fans 800-950RPM --- This last setting was noticeably louder than just CPU testing but only marginally louder than GPU stress testing, confirming the GPU is the loudest thing in the build.

Please keep in mind these tests we done on a fairly cold day for Australia (about 15c), it can get up to 40c in the middle of summer so assumedly temps and noise will go up as well.

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sbNRO 6 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Temperatures in this case are pretty decent, obviously not as good as some more spacious ATX cases with 6 fans but I like how the motherboard is oriented vertically so hot air exhausts out the top.

We need numbers ! :)

rarskies submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Alright, give us a couple of days when I've got some spare time I'll chuck some up

rarskies submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Some rough numbers up there, let me know if there's anything specific you'd like to see

sbNRO 6 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Mostly people post idle and under load temps both for CPU and GPU. Thanks

timless 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I'd imagine if Apple actually made decent non-iMac computers they'd look like this

rarskies submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks, that was the general plan, couldn't afford to drop nearly 5k on a Mac Pro that doesn't even game very well. Sure it's pretty but you can't upgrade or repair ****.

Vergere 7 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

it's like a big fat Twinkie, the best kind! Much love!

rarskies submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks hombre, had this guy in mind when I was building him actually https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Tam

Australian equivalent of the Twinkie

MannyPCs 2 points 11 months ago

Another great looking hackintosh build, +1

And that monitor and case look sexy

rarskies submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Cheers, heaps of new aluminium cases have been coming out the last few years, allowing us pc builders to put a bit more classiness in our builds.

MannyPCs 2 points 11 months ago

As well as tempered glass, that is becoming the new thing

_Sanic_ 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago