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Phenom-enal: A mITX Build
by plgdg
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Description

DISCLAIMER: This build is out-of-date. I will be posting an updated version with my custom loop and other new parts soon(tm).

Quick and dirty build description:

  • SFF gaming build
  • This build was merely a shift from ATX to ITX
  • Recycled some parts from my previous build
  • Cable management could use a little more work, but it's passable until I get sleeves
  • Will add a custom CPU/GPU water cooling loop (240mm top rad + 120mm front rad)
  • Will replace 3.5" HDD with a 2.5" HDD and remove 3.5" HDD cage to make room on chassis floor for reservoir/pump
  • Will get new GeForce 800 Series video card when they're released :)

Part comments:

  • Standard gaming CPU...
  • CPU cooler is only temporary until I purchase my custom loop
  • Motherboard is great... Compared to the Asus Impact it lacks some features, but I still love it (especially the black color scheme and the internal I/O cover)... ITX has everything I need and nothing extra
  • Great quality memory... just wish I would have gotten black LP model instead
  • Great SSD and I got it for a killer price... Absolutely love it
  • Standard 7200 RPM HDD...
  • Really nice video card and I love the backplate I purchased for it... Handles mostly everything I can throw at it... Kinda wish I would've gotten a 770 instead, but I'll just upgrade when the 800 series comes out this year ;)
  • The case... It's basically a rehashed Prodigy ITX... Hate the handles and feet on the Prodigy, so I opted for the Phenom... Airflow is the only issue with the case, but can easily be remedied by some modding
  • Standard Quiet Edition Corsair fans...
  • DAT 230mm FAN! I don't like builds with over-the-top LEDs and stuff everywhere, so I opted for just this one white LED fan to allow visibility of the case hardware when powered on... Nice, subtle touch
  • Power supply is amazing... Excellent efficiency and dead silent... Well worth the extra money
  • Windows 8.1... Don't hate... Great OS after actually taking the time to learn it... Boots in under 10 seconds with my SSD
  • NZXT Grid fan hub... No room for a fan controller in the Phenom, so my trusty ol' Grid does the trick just fine... And it's got some subtle white LEDs on it, too
Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate980MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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skemble [10 Builds] 2 points 2 months ago

Nice choice on the fan hub! Slick build, looking forward to the future ideas!

 
 
plgdg [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

Thank you :)

 
 
daphillenium 1 point 2 months ago

can you explain how that works? I'm curious and might buy one if it does what I think. I've got the bitfenix prodigy with a gigabyte h87 wifi mobo.

It only has 1 4 pin connection. I've got all three pin fans. So I'm using molex 4 pin to 3 pin fan adapters on 3 of my fans, and i've got the other 3 pin fan hooked up to MOBO. I'd like to add 1 more fan.

I tried looking at newegg info on it, but would I basically plug my 5 fans into this, and then run one wire to the MOBO or PSU?

 
 
plgdg [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

The hub can connect up to 10 fans at once. That being said, I wouldn't advise connecting all 10 to a single mobo header. You should check the power rating for the fan header on your mobo and make sure not to exceed that limit if connecting the hub to the header. It also comes with a hub->molex connector for this reason. I currently have mine connected to the mobo fan header directly, as I only have 2 fans plugged into the hub at the moment. Once I get a push-pull config on a 240mm rad, then I may need to switch to the molex connector instead.

 
 
xx116xx [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Nice job stuffing it all in there :P Balanced, well chosen parts. I love that case...

 
 
plgdg [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

I even stuffed some of the thinner cables between the motherboard tray and the top of the power supply :) lol. Keeps them from cluttering up the sides of the power supply.

 
 
zlogs [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Nice choice in parts and nice build! I seen where you were wanting to upgrade the 760, but a good thing to look into is the step up program from evga. If you get enough money to cover the difference for a 770 in the next 90 days they give you full price for your 760 to trade up. I paid $89 to trade up to a 770 from my 760, thats why i've always went with evga is so i can have assurance that if something comes out in the next 2-3 months i can upgrade. Other than that, the only thing i would change is the liquid cooler if i was building from the start. You can get a h100i for about ~89-100 dollars now. Hope I helped!

 
 
plgdg [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

The video card is from about 6 months ago... it handles all the games I currently play, so it's no big deal. I'll just upgrade when the 800 series is released sometime this year :) The H80i is also from my previous build and is only temporary in this build. Half of this was done with reused parts. It was mainly a project to move from a full-size ATX form factor to an ITX.

Thanks for the help anyway!

 
 
actechy [3 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

I like it. Hoping to build myself a miniITX system for a HTPC at some point. Good parts! +1

 
 
plgdg [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks! mITX is interesting. Takes a little more skill to build and manage cables in such a small space.

 
 
PieroLadhur [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

dude, i love it!

 
 
cmd_cnsl [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

About how big is the BitFenix Phenom? I know people tend to choose BitFenix over Cooler Master Elite models for mini-ITX, but I can never tell just how big the things are.

Sick build, by the way. Much approve. (Insert thumbs up here.)

 
 
plgdg [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

It's bigger than the CM Elite. However, due to the extra room, there's much more customization options and room for better cable management. Imagine a 1-foot cube... that's more or less the size of the Phenom.

 
 
Highwlaker [1 Build] 1 point 10 days ago

Stupid name, description, and gpu. -1 ;-)

 
 
18hockey [1 Build] 0 points 2 months ago

Looks a bit dusty, you might want to clean it out. And please update it when you add your custom loop, I'll be really intrigued to see how that looks in a mITX case.

 
 
plgdg [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

I did afterwards. That was only because it was sitting on my floor for a while as I built it and managed cables and stuff heh.