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Black & White first microATX build

by dangeor



Date Published

June 19, 2017

Date Built

March 15, 2017

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I've been searching for a while for a component to build a system around, and when I finally found the MSI H270M motherboard I felt it was the time. I love how they managed to get those balanced white-grayish looks that contrast very well with the very simplistic case i chose from Fractal Design: the Mini C model.

I packed an i5 7500 alongside a GTX 1060 6GB for optimal performances in programming/gaming/overall experience at 1080p, while also maintaining the price withing the budget. The 16GB memory, 250GB flash storage and 520W power supply complete the nuances of black and white, while rendering the build complete.

I've been using this one for 3 months now and I'm very happy with the results. Hope you guys like the way it turned out and I let you know I'm open to future upgrades/suggestions.


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pengxs972 1 Build 3 points 11 months ago

Should have gone with Ryzen, but the combination of parts is not terrible. I bought a 6600k right before the launch of Ryzen. I regret that decision

dangeor submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

At the time of the build the ryzen 8 and 7 where the only ones on pre-release and they didn't quite fit my pocket, so I went for this one. Thanks for the comment.

Tetsuclaw 4 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

I have never really understood the H270 chipset and why it exists. It basically costs as much as Z270 that can do what it does and can allow overclocking and for locked CPUs there is always the b250 chipset. Well you need Z270 and H270 to run SLI but it's better to use a higher single GPU than multiple low end GPUs since game developers don't take the time to ensure compatibility for a sub 1% of their audience. If someone wants to run 2x 1080 TI then chances are they are going to get a K series chip anyways for overclocking.

AMD chipsets make more sense, A320 for the cheapest barebones PC, b350 chipset allows overclocking and is mid priced too, then x370 for enthusiasts with more PCIe slot options for SLI and such. Intel needs to allow overclocking on mid range motherboards instead of charging a premium for it. I say this because I love overclocking lol.

I know you said you bought that motherboard for looks but this nagging on chipsets is more aimed at Intel lol. Great build though with that hardware I can see it gaming well at 1080p or 1440p on most games just fine.

dangeor submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I'm glad you brought this up, because I can't say I do not agree with you. At the time of the purchase I wasn't so sure it was worth too, at least in terms of performance, but I embraced the possible loss.

Leveraging the motherboard's design, which is really appealing to me, in comparison to the availability of overclocking, I went for the first one. Mostly due to it being my first build, hence my lack of experience in the overclocking world. I am aware of the lack of scalability when it comes to SLI and I haven't been planing to do it.

On the other side, the price may be justified given the novelty in its aspect, the quality of the materials and the benefit of having multiple types of usb ports alongside one m.2 slot (which I can't wait to fill with a PCIe ssd). Although these arguments don't clarify on the existence of the H270 chipset, they are merely some particular pieces that strengthened my desire to build around the arctic motherboard.

Thanks for your comment!

ortizalexf 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Not mini itx, but Micro atx. Looks great though. Very clean!

IncognitoGamer123 2 points 11 months ago

He said 'miniATX' so he was closer then you think.

ortizalexf 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

haha right? lol

dangeor submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Well, let's just say it's an alias of mine to alleviate the confusion. haha

dangeor submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Yep, you're right. Thanks for the correction. I knew there are 2 smaller than ATX versions of motherboards but I went for "mini" as it sounded naturally bigger than "micro".

IncognitoGamer123 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah that would make more since, but the motherboard company's think different.

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dangeor submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion. I will sure do, but as I did with the motherboard, I'll wait to stumble upon something that will go along aesthetically with the rest of the build.

sparklingjuice02 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

what is the noise level like with 3 fans and the stock cooler?

dangeor submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Haven't measured it, but the build is very quiet. In idle you barely hear it, while on load it hums pleasantly. I assume it is mostly thanks to the case's sound dampening layers.

Staro 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Have a look at the Cryorig C7. I was planning to use it on the same i5 7500 until Ryzen showed up, and it looks perfect for your colour scheme.

dangeor submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

That one really fits the build. Thanks for the suggestion! The only problem is I couldn't find it in my country... I'm really into buying it now, so I think I'll order it from abroad. Thanks again!