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Yellow lunchbox

by keepitwarm

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26 Comments

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Date Published

Aug. 17, 2015

Date Built

Aug. 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.114 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

First PC for about 12 years.

I set myself a budget, and stuck to it. Well I tried my best, only $117 over.

I got the smaller form factor,as I had seen it in a local shop, as a completed build, I saved myself over 1000 dollars and for a much higher spec building it myself, this site was a great help.

Was easy to build, although the wiring is a bit tight in places, made good use of cable ties inside.

Case has a god sturdy handle, I like carrying it from office to lounge depending what im playing. Cities skyline looks amazing in full high detail.

Runs fairly quietly, and the GTX970 chews through anything so far ive thrown at it. (only have 1080p screen so far) ( this site was so helpful in me avoiding the GPU that was slightly too long)

Standard cooler on the CPU, as i wont overclock it for a while.

Will be used for gaming and light video editing mostly.

I have a Synology NAS for storage so it didn't need more, just yet.

Just added more photos, I was trying to capture the essence, of excessive cables, but thats what you get for the small form factor. Everything is still accessible. I look forward to adding a cooler onto it, although ill save that for much later.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Good board, and the on board graphic support isn't too bad either, runs basic stuff really well. Have yet to experiment with all the options, it has many. The WiFi antenna seems a bit naff but has a magnet built in so it stick to the case. Had no issues with drivers and windows 10, used the ones that came with the disc, ( didnt bother with the wifi and bluetooth ones as already working fine)

Memory

Not sure how to review ram, but yes they work well, solid build and easy to install, and who doesn't love free stickers.

Storage

Speedy woosh woosh. Its a thin drive, that comes with an optional plastic frame to make it a bit thicker if needs be. Helps the machine boot from off in about 6 seconds, install times are a dream.

Video Card

So far, have only tried the following games,(1080p) with all the resolution settings set to max, which is high or very high, Portal, Star Trek online, and Cities skyline, looks amazing and runs so smoothly, using windows 10 there was a drive update on the 13th august, comes with software for overclocking etc. Its quiet, and the fans only kick in when needed, which so far isnt that much.

Case

Great case, really sturdy and solidly built. Very happy with it.

Minor first world issues for me. The lights are quite bright on it, and on the fans and about the grill, would be nice to have the on/off option.

Only bad build thing, the plate where you screw the power supply to, the paint flaked of a little revealing the metal underneath, and the screw holes seemed threaded badly. Its at the back though so you don't see it.

Power Supply

Probably over the top for my needs, so i was future proofing myself a bit.More cables that you could shake a stick at. Great quality as i would expect, the only thing that caught me out was i needed a 4 pin for the motherboard, and only had an 8 pin plug, didn't realize this split in 2 so it could be used on smaller boards.

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Twee 6 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

its beautiful! since its a lunchbox, guess you taking it from place to place. I was planning on getting that case cause color options, haven't seen that many builds with the yellow version.

keepitwarm submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

They had black and white options too, I think its just the three colours.

Minecreeper117 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

great build! reminds me of the times when we had star wars lunch boxes

bmccarthy8989 10 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Could you post more pictures?! I like these small form factor builds and detailed photos can go a long way to help others that are trying to achieve the same thing. From what I can see, looks good!

keepitwarm submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Have posted more pictures, I tried to show how thick the side panels were too that come off, and the gap between the GPU and case, with cables.

The front one clicks off and on too for easy fan access, it even has a little light on it for above the CPU.

bmccarthy8989 10 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks! That's a pretty slick case. In this case I bet it would of been nice if the PSU companies made some semi-modular PSUs with a shorter 24pin for use in small builds like these. But seems like you managed it well either way. Thanks again for the pictures, really helps!

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keepitwarm submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Uploaded more pictures for your pleasure.

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OnilEssallal 1 point 43 months ago

I like the looks of this mini itx case don't know why some people don't if i ever do a mini itx it would be with this case unless i'm on a budget :P

Btw nice build like it alot+1

More pics would be appreciated…

keepitwarm submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Uploaded more.

OnilEssallal 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks mate

Growliff1234 1 point 43 months ago

Is it possible to install an OS on an NAS for another PC to use... That would be so cool...

keepitwarm submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

The NAS I use is a synology DS1511+ its about 3 or 4 years old now, its got its own OS, i think there is some grunty ones, you can but that would do that, not sure. Transfers rates are reasonable for file storage etc, but certainly not to boot from, so i just use that as my default download location for things and sharing remotely and locally.

BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Those cases are pretty cool, cable management always seems to be a mess though :/

Durann31 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I love the name!!! and great build!

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Nice build. Love this case. You will probably run into issues with that SSD though. I'd probably return it for a better unit.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7763/an-update-to-kingston-ssdnow-v300-a-switch-to-slower-micron-nand

keepitwarm submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

In the past i have always gone with Samsung , I think it was the 840 SSD, I haven't run any benchmarks, I wonder if it is the newer ones, only i do live in NZ, and well, we can be a bit behind sometimes.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

It's likely yours as well. Any manufactured after March 2014 are bad.

keepitwarm submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

mmm, hence the pricing. Ill see how it goes.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Yeah, it is cheap for a reason.

CvBrendon2k5 1 point 43 months ago

how are the temps of the great yellow lunchbox

keepitwarm submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Wheres the best place to look for the temps?

Jovie918 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

bios

CODEMaster00 1 point 17 months ago

Do you still have this case in 2017?

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keepitwarm submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

mmm, I don't think it would fair well under water :)

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keepitwarm submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

The led's on the front are bright enough too

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keepitwarm submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I just added another picture to show how truly bright those LED's are in the dark. be more useful if they put on on the back over the panel.

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