Description

Introduction

This build is an upgrade from my previous desktop computer built in September 2009 (i5 750, Radeon 4870, Antec 900). The requirements for this build weren't complicated: I needed portability and a decent amount of power. I didn't have a specific budget in mind, instead I focused on parts that would meet my needs for the next several years.

I was abroad during the process of planning this build, so I had the opportunity to purchase most of the parts over several months. I got some good deals and don't feel like I overpaid for anything. /r/bapcsalescanada was helpful, but I managed to find most of the deals myself.

Clocks

Overclock tested using Prime95 28.9 S (one hour) and IntelBurnTest. Temperatures hover around 64-67 during stress testing and idle around 22-28. Delidded using CLU for TIM1 and MX4 for TIM2, which dropped temperatures about 15 degrees. Since the chip doesn't hit 75, I haven't tested temperatures with the fan at max. Will attempt to overclock the RAM at some point. Not aiming for overwhelming performance, I'm focused more on stability and low temperatures. The Ultra Kaze dropped temperatures about 5-8 degrees at load compared to a single stock fan.

  • CPU: 4.5GHz at 1.33v, 100MHz BCLK, 45x, 1GHz FCLK, 4.5 Cache
  • RAM: 3200MHz at 1.35v, 16-18-18-36

Benchmarks

Just CPU benchmarks for now.

  • Cinebench R15: 753
  • Cinebench R15 Single: 196
  • Super Pi 1m: 8.123s
  • Super Pi 32m: 7m 2.969s
  • wPrime 32m: 7.581s
  • wPrime 1024m: 240.341s
  • Geekbench 3 Multi: 15429
  • Geekbench 3 Single: 4824
  • HWBOT x265 1080p: 19.93 fps

Additions

Purchased a PSU adapter that will hold the PSU closer to the top of the case. Not necessary, but it gives me a little more room to work with inside the case and improves the look of the back of the computer.

I caved and purchased a Scythe Ultra Kaze. 38mm fans fit the remaining space nicely and this particular fan has better performance than the included fans, even if I had space for both. Looked at a couple others on this list, but the Ultra Kaze was the one that stood out.

May paint the case, I prefer unbranded cases and a new color could be nice (almost certainly white).

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Incredible AIO cooler. Very good build quality, easy to mount, good quality fans, great performance. The radiator is thicker than most AIO coolers (45mm). This won't be a problem in most cases, but if you are tight on space realize that you may not be able to mount both fans in push-pull. The pump is silent and the fans run very quietly, even at full load.

Be careful when mounting if only using one fan. The length of the screws means that you can't attach the radiator directly to your case without pushing your screws entirely through the radiator. There is nothing stopping you from doing so and the fins are thin enough that you won't notice while screwing it in. If you would like to attach it directly you will need to purchase much shorter screws or accept the (hopefully minimal) performance impact of screwing right through the radiator.

The only change I would make is adding a copper radiator as opposed to aluminum. Some users might also hope for heat pipes that bend where they connect to the CPU block (in the same way as most Corsair and Cooler Master products), but their softness seems to make up for it and they had no trouble squeezing into my case (though I am using an SFX power supply).

In the Sugo SG13 I'm using one fan pulling air from the front of the case and pushing it through the radiator into the CPU area. Was worried that using only one fan would hurt performance, but it doesn't seem to have affected the heat much.

Motherboard

Great motherboard. Only complaint regarding installation was the thickness of the IO shield, which made it a bit tricky to set the motherboard directly against the standoffs. Even after installation it still sticks out a bit far for my preferences.

Feature-wise, the motherboard has been great. Overclocking is a cinch and everything about the motherboard is very easy to customize.

Case

Amazing little case. Looks great, somewhat decent build quality (exceptional considering the price), and fairly good air flow considering the size. Have yet to put a GPU inside, which may affect my rating down the line, but I don't foresee any problems.

I've seen some complaints about the lack of dust filters for this case, but that seems to mostly be solved for using the positive air pressure from the recommended AIO CPU cooler. I may add on custom dust filters for the PSU and GPU windows when I start stressing the system enough for their fans to actually draw air.

I'm not a big fan of the front panel connectors. Their placement, attachment, and cabling leaves a bit to be desired, but other than that the case works quite nicely.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Why does this not have more upvotes?? Very neat for such a small space. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

More pics please!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Added!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Looks like a very solid build! :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, more pics! Almost identical to a build I'm planning to do, even though I'm going with air cooling.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Added! Which air cooler were you planning on using? I've heard good things about the AR06 and a couple other low profile coolers, but wasn't confident that they could keep my build cool (especially overclocked).

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking about going NH-L12 with a single 92mm fan and using the 120mm as a front intake fan. Should be more than adequate for an i5-6500.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard good things about the cooler - should definitely be sufficient.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Question about airflow: how does positive airflow reduce dust--compared to negative airflow?

With positive airflow, there's more air coming in than leaving. Since dust travels with the air, wouldn't there be more dust entering the case and less of it leaving?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair question. In this case the front (and only) intake has a dust filter whereas the sides don't. In other cases, positive pressure tends to make it easier to regulate where the air comes from, the idea is that some intakes would allow more dust than others.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Any weird noises from the PSU?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

None at all. The fan is actually off most of the time because I'm not running a GPU yet.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This is basically my "waiting for pascal/polaris" build currently shipping to my home.

I have opted for a Bitfenix Prodigy case, and different brands of ssd/ram, but I am glad this is working for you.

Is the i5 still running stable 4.5 ghz at 1.33? Thats basically my OC goal!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, it's running great! I'm waiting for some CLU in the mail, once that arrives I'll be delidding to see if I can bring the voltage a bit lower. I'll let you know what clocks I get once I've done that!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply.

I have just finished my own build and am running 4.7 Ghz stable at ~1.3 volts. The liquid freezer 120 is amazing with the z170i!

Have been using the automatic Asus OC tool and it figured out the values on its own. 4.8 is where it crashed.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, sounds like you got a great chip!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Are u sure that OC CPU Speed is correct?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. Seems like I've got a decent chip, haven't even delidded yet.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey this is old now but you just used the one fan on the Arctic cooler right? I just did this exact build today but with a Gigabyte board instead and I can't get the second fan in. Are we losing a lot of cooling this way?

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the late response. Unfortunately you cannot fit both included fans into the case---there isn't enough clearance. I purchased a fan with a width of 38mm (the included fans are 25mm each) and used that instead. That particular fan ends up moving more air than both included fans combined, with the downside that it is also louder than the two included fans combined.

Cheers, Ashton

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