Description

This is my new home PC / Gaming rig. Decided to upgrade the monitors for this build and completely blew up the budget.

Maybe maybe getting a little obsessive on some things, especially internal cabling. I wanted to see how clean I could make a small case. Everything here is standard except:

  1. Removed most stickers from the components. A heat gun / hair dryer really helps here.
  2. Re-sleeved and re-sized the fan cables. I ran them inside one of the top C beams and down the back corner.
  3. I shortened and re-sleeved the front panel wires (except the USB cables).
  4. Mounted the SSD up front with 3M double sided tape.
  5. Used wire ties and anchor points to lock down all cabling.
  6. Used Ensourced custom PSU cables.

I can sleep better at night knowing there isn't a giant rats nest under the hood. The Ensourced cables are wonderful. They are very easy to customize on their website including exact length, color, and color pattern. First time I've used them and will definitely do it again on the next build. They are not too expensive on a small build that has a limited number of cables.

All fans are plugged into the Mobo. I had to use a splitter on the front two. I'm using the default ASUS BIOS fan profile to run all case fans and CPU fan. When its idle the stupid thing is so quiet I can't tell its on. When the monitors are asleep the only indicator is the blue light. I accidentally shut it down often thinking I'm turning it on.

My only gripe is the distance between the PSU and graphics card. Its the only thing tight in the whole case. Wish they could have mounted that PSU vertical somehow. Otherwise the case is the best I have ever had.

Added: Important point from a comment. Custom PSU cable lengths are: Mobo: 12" CPU: 24" PCI8 and PCI6: 6" SATA: 6"

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 5 points

Thanks, now I feel the need to custom sleeve all my cables and redo all my routing :-/ Jokes aside, great clean and small build. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build man :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I love how straightforward this build is. Simple, neat and tidy.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Sadly not featured this is beautiful.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Mind not using the term OCD? Unless you're diagnosed ;P

Other than that, this is the type of build I dream of.

  • 48 months ago
  • 4 points

Sorry. Removed it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy cable routing, Batman!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great!

Whenever I see such a huge cpu-cooler with a smaller ITX build, I regret getting a Noctua D9L for my Corsair 380T case, everyone should get the biggest cpu cooler they can :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

If only your case had glass panels to display your attention to detail.

Great job

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Renuncié mi trabajo hace tres semanas. Estoy muy perezoso buscar un otro :/

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Translation: I quit my job three weeks ago. I'm too lazy to search another.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

a nadie le importa

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

porque su nombre es Miguelnotrabajo...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Best online name ever... forward thinking. I've been trying to quit my job unsuccessfully for years.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

¿Qué trabajo es?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Applications engineer for mixed-signal semiconductors. I design algorithms for Lithium-Ion cell monitoring and handle battery pack cloning prevention through SHA based encryption. Then I come home and night and shoot stuff in the face on my PC.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This should be featured! +1 such an awesome build, amazing cable management and great part selection! What monitor arm/stand do you use? I wanted to set up a second monitor in the same vertical orientation.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what he used, but I just got this one a week ago, the reviews and price made it a no-brainer:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005C2A3VW

Took like 10 minutes to set up.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll look into this

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Its an Ergotron vertical stand. I could not find the model number (maybe underneath?) I've had it for many builds and just keep re-using. It cost more than the original 22" monitors I had on it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, looks great

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those real furniture?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes real, but most likely Chinese made. I added 3 coats of clear finish to the desk as soon as I brought it home.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build guy! Love the cable management, how are the temps? Great build

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not yet checked the temps while gaming. I just picked up the latest Crysis during the last Steam sale. I'll crank that up and check the temps then.

I did notice the 980TI card has no hysteresis on the fan control. Under medium load the fans sit there and Shake like the card is giving them 1% duty cycle or something.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Really like this build. Super clean and cable management is done absolutely perfect. I mean just look at those tie down points lol. I also hate the psu bracket. It makes the space between the GPU and the PSU pci-e cables very tight. Absosluty a deal breaker for me on this case just like the Corsair Air 240's "tool-less" GPU bracket is. That thing is so loose its not even funny :/

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Should Be Featured, I love this, Nice, Simple, and Straightforward. Definitely Love the components you chose to go with this all. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for air cooling!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Very clean. How do you like those monitors? I was thinking of getting the same ones myself. At their native resolution, can you see text and icons okay or do you have to zoom/enlarge?

Also, the price of your motherboard looks high. For $250.00 you could have gotten the Asus Maximus VII Impact. Is there a reason why you went with the motherboard that you did instead of the Asus Maximus VII Impact?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

So far I am getting used to them. I had to buy reading glasses for the very first time when doing the cable work for this build. Everything is really small and I find myself adjusting the zoom level of every window I open. For gaming they have been fantastic so far.

That price probably is high. I could not find the receipt so I went with the website recommended cost. That was the one component I bought local because Newegg was out and Amazon didn't carry it. I had a Maximus in my last computer and found that I didn't use most of the features. This was the same chipset and had all the features I did use so I went with it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean and tidy. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Great parts and very clean. Nice+1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, cable bondage in the afternoon. \o/

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

very clean and nice :) +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive!!! +1 indeed (would +10 if I could)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous! I want to build a hardcore rendering shoebox for my 3D applications with the same case and its so great to see that a small case like this doesn't necessarily means to have a rat's nest inside. Cool stuff mate enjoy it!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of GPU temps do you get?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You know they have sets of cables designed for smaller cases right? That would be the way to go, since you hats loose cables.

BTW, Nice build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. Started with build with the Silverstone SFF cable set while waiting for the custom ones. That still created a huge bundle above the power supply that blocked most of the free room in the case. These custom ones are probably 1/3rd the size of the SFF set.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Really awesome build. Mine won't be so organized with 6 HDDs :D.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I liked your idea of the SSD up front. That is good thinking.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

+100 for your monitor setup.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

beautiful build, man.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

A Fellow left handed gamer?

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes sir. Strangely enough at work I'm a right handed mouse user and at home everything is left handed. Shame to all game designers that don't make the keypad key bindings fully adjustable. Shame!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, annoys me too, when i cant adjust the key bindings i have to use right handed, i have an ultra wide mousepad that makes it easy to switch side, but i'm kinda used to both, i prefer left tho

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing and very inspiring! I'm soon ordering parts for a similar build (Skylake platform), intended for 24/7 HTPC usage and occasional gaming. It's critical that this PC must be extremely silent when idle or during light usage, it's going in the living room and I don't want my family to get disturbed by any fan noise.

I'd almost made my mind up on buying a huge 160mm Seasonic Fanless PSU (adding a bunch of work like having to tape it to the chassi, which in turn creates grounding issues that I'm not confident enough to solve) and a bunch of premium case fans. However you've seemingly cracked the code to blissful silence with this setup, using the stock fans and all.

I've now spent days researching parts and just want a confirmation on a great setup with silence in mind. You were probably clear enough when stating "I can't tell its on" - could you perhaps repeat that sentence or preferably tell me a bit more about the noise levels in your build? Also, if you've had a look at the temps by now, I'd be delighted to know. It'd be of great help.

Thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry but I never did look at the temps. I got busy gaming and lost interest in the data. I can say it makes it through the Texas summer heat (76F-80F indoor because my office windows face south into the sun) playing or watching anything I want. I'm the one that overheats and have to crank the air condition down just to make the office bearable.

As for the noise, I can say it is dead quite while out of games. The GPU fans are off and all the other fans cruise along at their lowest RPM setting. While in games though the GPU fans kick up and basically hit the noise levels you see reported in video card reviews.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Great to hear. Love those custom PSU cables! I'm definitely gonna order some of those. Do you think I'll be safe using the same lengths as you, having one or two of the HDD brackets in place?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not sure. I immediately dumped the HDD brackets when I got the case. I have no idea how much clearance there would be between the bottom of the bracket and the top of the power supply. Maybe try to find an online picture?

I can say there is no room to run the power cables on the side of the power supply. They have to go over the top.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried. The 24 pin has crossed cables in it so when its that short it looks like a bundle anyway. The 90 degree turn just blew it up worse. Brings up an important point however, my cable lengths are:

Mobo: 12" CPU: 24" PCI8 and PCI6: 6" SATA: 6"

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The carpet? No sir. The first 8 pics are from the assembly lab (kitchen counter top) and the last pic is in my office. It that one its sitting just right of the monitors on top of the desk.

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