Description

UPDATE 08/06/20178 - Better photos, removed HDD and added a 860 EVO.

Most parts came from my old ATX build. I'm only using the top 180mm (intake) and rear 120mm (exhaust) coolers. After running a stress test for 10 minutes (all cores @ 4.4GHz) the max temp was 72º C. CPU idle temps are around 26º C.

My PSU cable is quite weird so that was the only position I could make it work. I can't use the 120mm side fan unless I find an adapter.

Part Reviews

CPU

Runs warmer than I expected (full load), coming from a 2600K. That's the only bad thing I can say about it. It's a beast.

Thermal Compound

I'm not impressed. I read a lot of good reviews but in the end it's almost the same as my old and cheaper TC. Tried to apply in different ways and the result was the same.

Case

It was a pain to build for the first time but now that I understand how the case works it's quite nice and relatively easy to move things around. Of course not as easy as a full tower.

This case needs a lot of planning but I think it pays of in the end. It was the only SFF case (available where I live) that could fit most of my old ATX build parts while having decent air cooling options. All of that with 23 liters.

It's ugly af but it's small and cool.

Power Supply

Reviewers say good things about this PSU and I agree. But what I can say about it is that cables are too stiff and the sata energy connectors are so tight you might damage your disk, so be careful. Occasionally I can hear coil whine (not much) but that might be something with my network. If it gets worse I'm sure SeaSonic would send me a new one.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Not bad at all. GTX 1060 is the GPU I would go with for this build.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It could use some work on the cables but it's fine for now. Once I get the GPU I'll know if I need more coolers.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

As with any build, cable management helps keep the look neat and organized, will help with airflow. You're off to a good start.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Cough AMD 480 Cough cough

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Really good cable management considering the case size. If you can't wait for the GTX 1060 you could always pick up an RX 480, just my two cents.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm waiting for benchmarks and I'm not from the US so prices fluctuate a lot. AMD would need to have some huge advantage over NVIDIA to be worth it for me (bang for the buck) since I had some bad experiences with them in the past.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough, I've had plenty of issues with AMD drivers in the past so I see what you mean. While AMD has improved them greatly over the past year, I still think Nvidia just does their software/drivers better period and doesn't look like AMD will catch up to them in that regard.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

and doesn't look like AMD will catch up to them in that regard.

Based on reviews amd and nvidia drivers are equal. Some people even say amd drivers are better at this moment.

Nvidia drivers arent issue free. I had issues with drivers, and havent updated since i found a stable one.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I had tons of problems with NVIDIA drivers but they were all manageable and easy to fix. But the admin panel is sure showing its age TBH, and they hide certain features depending on driver version so you need to resort to 3rd party programs. And Geforce Experience goes on an infinite loop when you want to update and you're not using an admin account (for security reasons). None of the "fixes" I found on the web solved that.

So it's not like you're safe from these things with any of them but I'm still worried about AMD drivers and overheating. I'll wait for benchmarks and reviews.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points
Very good build. Your PSU is one of the best PSUs available on the market. :-D

+1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Good to know!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build mate +1 for that

Why did you go for a overcloakable CPU with a non-OC motherboard?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Most parts came from my old ATX build. The motherboard is new and I have no plans to OC.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

damn what a waste though it has capabilities though So what Graphics card are you going to get for ur build??

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I paid almost the same as the 4790 and when I want to upgrade in 3~5 years I can sell it easier and for a higher price.