This build was completed late May/early June 2012. Take that into account when criticizing it.
This PC was built primarily for gaming. I wish that the cooling were more efficient. I'd like to be able to overclock it a bit more, as CPU overclocks seem to make Dolphin run faster. I chose not to overclock my GPU for now, as I value less noise over higher framerates (I have most games locked at 59 w/ v-sync). In the future I may overclock more, or just buy a new GPU.
I had to sacrifice my slim disk drive and HDD and SSD slots so I could use the radiator and two fan set up for the H60. I probably should have gotten the SG08 instead of the SG06 so that this could have been avoided, or I should have just gone for a different cooler. I have my SSD velcroed to the side of my PSU, and I have notebook HDD velcroed near the front of the case. I wish I had room for a full size HDD to record gameplay, but the notebook HDD will do for now.
I love how compact my system is, as I take it to and from college with ease. I definitely recommend building a mini-ITX gaming rig. It weighs in at only 12.2 lbs.
**Edit: Sorry that the pics are in a random order. I've also included a screenshot of my fan curve for the GPU (note that the EVGA FTW only has a minimum of 30% and max of 80%). I could easily have lower GPU temps, but I choose for it to be quiet above all.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||£162.17||Amazon UK|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H60 74.4 CFM Liquid||£59.50||Novatech|
|Thermal Compound||Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g||£11.27||Overclockers.co.uk|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155||£112.84||Amazon UK|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333||£67.75||Amazon UK|
|Storage||Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" SSD|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB||£304.04||Amazon UK|
|Case||Silverstone SG06BB-450-USB3.0 (Black) Mini ITX Desktop w/450W Power Supply|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm||£20.54||Scan.co.uk|
|Optical Drive||Samsung SN-208BB DVD/CD Writer|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.8GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||38.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||70.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||1189MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||6208MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||32.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||70.0° C|
|Extreme Preset Score||X3262|
|Performance Preset Score||P8631|
|Entry Preset Score||E10320|