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Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 11:06pm On Aug 11, 2016
I found an exceptional deal to get the renowned Silverstone FT03-Mini(including a SFX 450W 80+Gold PSU and a slot-loading CD Drive) and will be downscaling from a full ATX case to a Mini-ITX case. The plan is to harvest the CPU, RAM and a case fan from my monster build and sell off the remaining components to raise funds to buy a Mini-ITX motherboard only. So watch this space!

I like the Silverstone FT03-Mini for it's footprint and how the airflow is designed. Heat naturally rises; with the intake fan at the bottom of the case, it aids the natural movement of heat. wink

The new case next to the old.

Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 11:22am On Aug 16, 2016
After selling my i7-4790K processor, HyperX Fury DDR3 RAM, Asus Maximus Ranger VII motherboard, Case, R9 290X, 3 Radiators and a few case fans. I've been able to raise enough funds to buy the core components so overall cost significantly reduced.

Parts List
1. Intel i7-6700K
2. Asus Z170i Pro Gaming motherboard
3. Hyper X Fury DDR4 2400MHz 16GB RAM
4. Gigabyte GTX 1070 ITX OC Editon.
5. Self made braided cable sleeves in black, orange and light grey
6. 140mm Thermaltake Riing fan (white LED)
7. 120mm Thermaltake Riing fan (white LED)
8. Fractal Design T12 - AIO liquid CPU cooler
9. Samsung 950 Pro 256GB SSD
10. Samsung 1TB HDD
11. Samsung 2TB HDD
12. Phanteks PWM fan hub
13. DVD/CD Writer
14. Silverstone FT03-Mini case
15. Silverstone SFX 450W PSU

Building will start hopefully by end of week and I will post step-by-step build log.

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Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 10:19am On Aug 17, 2016
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Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 10:10pm On Aug 17, 2016
BUILD LOG - DAY 1

I prepared my work space. This is a 'ghetto' method here using a cardboard box to protect my desk from scratches while building. I proceeded by preparing the case (Silverstone FT-03 Mini) by removing the side panels and the external ports to get rid of loose wiring, then installed the I/O shield on the the case. Finally, I installed the M.2 SSD as that needs to be mounted behind the motherboard.

I expect my processor to arrive tomorrow as I need that to carry on.

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Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 10:11pm On Aug 17, 2016
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Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by bertoseve: 1:15am On Aug 18, 2016
Bro! am feeling ya! am on the front role in this your very interesting class.least i forget congratulations on you new build shocked! cheers mate! smiley
Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 6:40am On Aug 18, 2016
bertoseve:
Bro! am feeling ya! am on the front role in this your very interesting class.least i forget congratulations on you new build shocked! cheers mate! smiley

Thanks bro, another new build is being planned so watch this space wink
Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by hancock(m): 6:57am On Aug 18, 2016
Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 7:03am On Aug 18, 2016
hancock:
Hmmm.... you remind me of me some years back grin grin
https://www.nairaland.com/1475841/building-home-theater-pc-htpc#18772143

Nice build. Do you still have it?
Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by hancock(m): 7:10am On Aug 18, 2016
AKBliv010:


Nice build. Do you still have it?
still do. even though i have not been chanced to be using it for quite some time now due to work wink
Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 4:49pm On Aug 18, 2016
Build Log - Day 2
Processor arrived today cheesy.. but before throwing everything into the case I like to do a quick boot test by connecting the core components and testing if the system boots. This will save a lot of heart ache if something was wrong, you won't have to tear down the whole build.

There's always that moment when I think, what if it doesn't boot. Glad it booted, I can now commence with installing the components in the case.

Yea, I see it too..the 'ketchup and mustard' cables...my braided sleeves arrive tomorrow so it's all get customised.

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Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by bertoseve: 7:41pm On Aug 18, 2016
That's good, am holding my breath here shocked shocked shocked.... which it was a video, so the feel could be more real

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Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 8:07pm On Aug 18, 2016
I removed the Pro Gaming sticker on the motherboard PCH heatsink as I didn't like the red. It will mess up my color scheme of orange and black. I used a heat gun to remove the metal sticker and some isopropanol to soften the remain glue residue.

The hoses that came with the original liquid cooler on the Fractal Design T12 were to long so I removed them and replaced them with fittings I already had. I had some clear tubing and thought I go for some orange coolant but decided to stick with black hoses instead...aww well...some mods for the future perhaps.

Installed the liquid cooler and ran another boot test and it's all good cheesy Booted into Windows 10 with idle temps at 32C was expecting better but I think the water loop hasn't bled properly.

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Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 8:52pm On Aug 18, 2016
Absolutely pissed off at the moment, this power supply doesn't have zero-rpm mode so the fan is always on...returning it and picking up one up the Corsair SFX 450W instead. When PC is idling, I like silence. I'll never recommend the silverstone SFX 450...hell no!
Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by bertoseve: 9:00pm On Aug 18, 2016
AKBliv010:
Absolutely pissed off at the moment, this power supply doesn't have zero-rpm mode so the fan is always on...returning it and picking up one up the Corsair SFX 450W instead. When PC is idling, I like silence. I'll never recommend the silverstone SFX 450...hell no!
Is it so much of an issue if the fans don't have zero-rpm mode? i think there are more salient properties to consider ,like efficiency maybe?
Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 9:05pm On Aug 18, 2016
bertoseve:
Is it so much of an issue if the fans don't have zero-rpm mode? i think there are more salient properties to consider ,like efficiency maybe?
It's a preference for a mini-itx system that will be placed of a desk. For a larger sized system placed underneath the table, I won't mind. The Corsair just like the silverstone is an 80+ Gold PSU so they are both efficient.

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Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by bertoseve: 9:14pm On Aug 18, 2016
I see,just like a laptop with really noisy fans, i know that feeling...at the threshold of an inspirational idea breakthrough, one needs absolute silence , which i prefer to describe as absolute peace

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Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 9:18pm On Aug 18, 2016
bertoseve:
I see,just like a laptop with really noisy fans, i know that feeling...at the threshold of an inspirational idea breakthrough, one needs absolute silence , which i prefer to describe as absolute peace
Haha! like that phrase "threshold of an inspirational idea"...but you get it

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Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by bertoseve: 9:24pm On Aug 18, 2016
yes!!! but on a serious note, quite a number of us who spend most of our time staring at screens either for work or fun get to that critical point from time to time. but sadly fewer of us know this, glad you are one of those who know this..
Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 1:49am On Aug 19, 2016
New PSU and custom sleeves left

Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by Babysho(m): 8:35am On Aug 19, 2016
Nitori game.
Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 8:54am On Aug 19, 2016
Babysho:
Nitori game.
You'll have to help me understand what you mean bro..
Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by bertoseve: 9:50pm On Aug 19, 2016
AKBLiv have you taken delivery of the Corsair SFX 450W? your students wait......
Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by bertoseve: 9:56pm On Aug 19, 2016
AKBLiv have you taken delivery of the Corsair SFX 450W? your students wait......
Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 12:05am On Aug 20, 2016
bertoseve:
AKBLiv have you taken delivery of the Corsair SFX 450W? your students wait......
Yes, I got it this morning...it's works as intended...I've been battling with the custom braided sleeves hence the silence.
Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 12:12am On Aug 20, 2016
Build Log DAY 3

Picked up the Corsair SFX 450W...it's a teeny power supply too.

Also received all the materials required for customising the cabling and after countless attempts to get it right, wasting 50% more pins for the GPU, I finally got the hang of it. Trust me, youtube video can't save you till you start..I learnt to do it my way and it works. Still learning so I expect it to improve.

Sorry for the poor lighting...these energy saving bulbs get 'yellow' fever

Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 12:59am On Aug 20, 2016
New member of the family cheesy Gaming performance will be tested soon with an overclocker Intel Pentium G3258.

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Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 7:07pm On Aug 21, 2016
I had some serious issues doing the cabling as I forgot to note down the pin numbers so ended up getting two pin outs wrong. With the help of my pals online got it sorted and now it works like a charm.

Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by KazukiIto(m): 11:06pm On Aug 21, 2016
Congrats on your new build. PC gaming is an expensive hobby. I gotta work harder!! Cheers.

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Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 11:00am On Aug 23, 2016
The TPM Module arrived today. This provides encryption for may data on a hardware level rather that software that can potentially have it's code hacked.This module enables bitlocker to be used, a must for my OS drive and Home folder..some important stuff in there.

On the right is the old TPM module used on my Maximus Ranger 7

Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by AKBliv010(m): 2:22am On Aug 24, 2016
So I decided to try the EVGA GTX 750Ti Superclocked in my new build being a small form factor and I'm completely blown away. Now you see, Project Cars is a very demanding Racing Sim and the GTX750Ti (ok it's paired with an i7 processor) but this card was churning out 35FPS on Ultra setting..Maxed out. With some image quality tweaks it'll hit the golden 60FPS....
It also recorded and transcoded the video shown beating swagifted time on Laguna Seca grin

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Re: Mini-ITX Gaming PC by swagifted(m): 6:26am On Aug 24, 2016
AKBliv010:
So I decided to try the EVGA GTX 750Ti Superclocked in my new build being a small form factor and I'm completely blown away. Now you see, Project Cars is a very demanding Racing Sim and the GTX750Ti (ok it's paired with an i7 processor) but this card was churning out 35FPS on Ultra setting..Maxed out. With some image quality tweaks it'll hit the golden 60FPS....
It also recorded and transcoded the video shown beating swagifted time on Laguna Seca grin
and here i am doing 30 sumtin fps max on 720p with settings at medium... The pain of an intel integrated graphics

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