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Overview: Built a new system using some spare parts and new purchased parts to sell. I won't leverage PCPP as a marketplace, so if you are at all interested just send me a message.

Building in a Micro ATX was hard for me. Great case, great looking, but oh my goodness. It's a hellscape for someone with hands as large as mine. Can't fit anything anywhere. I would try to plug in the CPU power cable and then it was like nope. Nope nope nope. But I got through it and had the bright idea to switch the power supply with my current system since the EVGA has more wattage. That went...hahahahahahahaha. The results? Not terrible??? Question Marks????? You tell me, I really tried. Can't go back in there, man.

I also bought parts as part of this whole thing to upgrade my other system. I'm keeping the prices of those at $0 so I can show the market price of the Micro ATX system for potential buyers, but if you must know, the 980 Ti was $679.99 from Newegg, and the Dell monitor (a dreamy piece of equipment, by the way) was $689.99 on a Newegg Flash sale.

CPU: This is a fun story! In my original system, a molex cable slid through the back panel and fried the CPU and motherboard through the backplate, so I had to RMA both of them. Motherboard and CPU came back in two weeks, put everything back together, and it works! Then another CPU shows up a week later! Yeah! What?

I hit up SuperBiiz and say "Hey guys, this happened" and the valiant rep insisted "Yeah it would show if we were missing one" so I say "You are" and we do this until it gets really, truly uncomfortable. So I say "Alright, I just...keep it?" and the rep assures me "It's all yours" and so here we are! Awesome!

CPU Cooler: Technically, I didn't have to do this, but the lack of airflow in the Phenom really bugs me. On my R4 with this cooler, this exact CPU maintains 28 C at idle, whereas in this case it idles at 36-37 C. I'm sure without it it would be closer to 50 C, which could be workable - I don't know - but if I'm selling it to someone, they might not care to clean dust out of the machine, let alone ever open it, so I don't want to leave them in a precarious situation.

Motherboard: My other system is H97 and that's been great, and this one's blue!

RAM: Also blue! Nice!

Storage: SSD for fast bootup and installing primary software. Bought two other hard drives to setup RAID 1 but once I decided I was selling it, I took the second one and popped it into my R4 because that only has 1 TB aside from the SSD, and my recent design work has been buying up lots of real estate.

GPU: My trusty 770. Runs like a champ, but I have upgraded to a 980 Ti (also pictured). The MSI model is quite the scrumptious piece of hardware, and I have been graced with the privilege of a backplate this time. I played through all of the Witcher 3 on the 770 with High-ish settings, and pretty much everything else on Ultra. Holds up well. The 980 Ti can run The Witcher 3 on 3440x1440 at Ultra WITH Hairworks at >40 FPS though, so guess who's finally getting around the New Game Plus?

PSU: I didn't add the XFX TS550 to the list because the EVGA actually went into the Phenom at first. Problem there: it's a large thing, so a longer card like the 770 literally sits on top of the PSU when in the first PCI slot. It's massively uncomfortable to look at, so it is not pictured. I immediately switched the power supplies (convenient, too since 980 Ti does actually draw more power than the 770), completely forgetting the modular/non-modular issue entirely. About an hour of various maneuvers with my gorilla hands and some truly nightmarish cable management later, I think I did alright. Again, you tell me.

Fan: To help with the airflow situation. I considered having it pull air into to the CPU cooler, but that would force hot air into the case, when I want it out as quickly as possible. Also, blue!

OS: I could have been lazy and just did Linux, but I think I'd get more reception from potential buyers if it's got Windows, so it does.

Monitor:* Using the original monitor from my old build. I actually paid $120 for it originally, but I guess the market price went up after a newer model came out. I also listed the Dell 34' Ultrawide because I'm in love with it. For designers and photo editors looking for an alternate solution for dual monitors, this is beyond excellent. The gamma is not as present as it should be, but the Dell Display Manager software lets you customize it to something reasonable, and color reproduction is excellent. There is a bit of IPS glow around the edges, so blacks may be a little off if you like to take up every inch as you work, but in my experience it is a very, very small offset, and only present around the corners and edges.

Others: Wi-Fi adapter. Worked (still works) for my R4 system, so it ended up here as well.

Alright, that's it, judge me as you will.

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Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 5 points

What a lot of the community on here like (including me) is uniqueness. No ones going to judge you (expect the jealous losers) but great work man. We get sick of seeing 4790k's and liquid coolers with red themed builds. Nice to see some uniqueness of someone building something they like :)

A + 1 from me!

  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks! Yeah, I love the community here. I would have been clueless on my first build without all the tips everyone gives each other here. The community lends truth to the fact that not all of the PC Master Race is comprised of elitist Internet trolls. I actually got my last job maintaining servers because I learned to build from this site! Supportive and practical!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah! like me! sees xbox 360 games and quits pcpartpicker forever.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, that belongs to my girlfriend's little brother. I have a PS3 and PS4! Good to know if you want to update that restraining order!

As much as I love PC gaming, Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid will always be console experiences for me. Just part of being born in the 90s.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Makes sense, the pathetic thing is I only have a console right now, but in a matter of days I'll have a nice gaming pc! How does this look, ignore the processor I'm hopefully going to upgrade to an i5 or i7 later this year and I have heard that any intel CPU from the past 4 years will not bottleneck a graphics card. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jM7F23

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, consoles aren't pathetic! I'm still a fan of the plug-and-play mentality on weekdays. No shame there.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

But, you have special eyes.

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

This is the consolation I never knew I needed. *tears*

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

wow! wink

+1

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Free CPU and Luke? And a Xeon? Wowiee +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Luke's derp face is the pride of my desk.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. I laughed quite a bit. I'm continuously bouncing between a mATX and a mid tower build, and it's builds like yours that push me towards mATX.

Cheers!

(I should tell you that your pictures DID NOT make me want one. Look at that cable catastrophe! (Not your fault!) There's no room to do anything!) : P

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

But yeah, seriously, the space on the other end of the case is razor thin. Pretty much only the I/O cables can fit over there, and even if you wanted to do that they're on the wrong door. Still don't get that design decision. Even with a modular PSU it was cramped. That being said, I've learned my lesson about putting full-sized video cards and tall CPU coolers in Micro ATX systems - those are strictly for ATX and up for me from now on.

And if it makes you feel any better, I re-did some of the cables, bundled them up stiffly above the PSU and partially reinstalled the strange internal 5.25" bay as a container for them. Unwieldy to put together, but it looks more pleasing. Well, rather, less hideous. Let's face it, unless you really put some work into it, most computers look horrendous on the inside. The I/O cables still make me cringe when opening up, but it's much cleaner.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Beast setup; love the props D.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 from me

Quick question, where did you get the portal thing from? it looks awesome!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e9cc/ ThinkGeek makes them and they sell out often. But, it also comes back in stock often. Amazon has it, but don't pay more than $30 for it! That's the actual price.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, here in the UK it's £42 on amazon

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

That's sucks, that's like $65 here. It may go back down if ThinkGeek gets more in stock. I got it as a gift, so I wouldn't know how quick theyes sell out once they're back.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

me flipping through those photos: omg please tell me he cleaned up those cables nope nope nope HOT Damn look at that monitor!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

If it makes you feel better they tuck in on top of the PSU when it closes. Unfortunately I can't get a picture from the top. It's just that the case I/O and power cables are moronically placed on the most commonly used access panel, so they yank everything out when opened. It is a straight up poor design decision and should have been placed on the other side to keep the I/O cables from being intrusive. I like the case, but this is what I hate about it and it makes building ten times harder than it ought to be.

But yeah DAT MONITOR THO. I love it dearly.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

does your motherboard support turbo boost intrested in buying plz reply need help!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine looks exactly the same inside!!!