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SFX_MODz build #3

I plan to bring many new ITX builds to the forefront of the PC community as new technology is made available. I have a strong passion for building PCs in general but my heart lies in the Small Form Factor market. There is just something about squeezing the most performance out of the smallest system while leaving behind very little footprint that absolutely excites me! So lets get to the build:

For this build I was looking to take the unlocked Pentium G3258 and give it a liquid infusion via a Cooler Master Seidon 120V CPU cooler and stuff it all inside of a Mini ITX Sugo case running Windows 10 with DirectX 12 and see what this little chip could do with a low end graphics card, boy was I blown away!!!! This tiny brick scoots!!!

CPU: The Pentium G3258. Awesome chip! Unlocked for YOUR pleasure! LOL :P

CPU Cooler: Took a few tries to get this cooler positioned to fit under the larger than usual SFX PSU but all turned out super fantastic! This CPU cooler is the beesneez!!! The Pentium runs super cold at 25C in performance mode and 31C in silent mode (BIOS fan settings for SYS and CHA fans).

Motherboard: The motherboard is by far my favorite for Intel budget builds and the mSata slot on the underside for a tiny SSD is one of the best features I've seen of all ITX boards EVER!!! Love the A-Tuning app for easy overclocking as well. Managed to get 4.0GHz super stable with very little voltage increment.

Memory: Cheap and 1866MHz so it does a fine job. Room for one more if I ever need it.

Storage: Awesome little FAST mSata SSD from Crucial! Partitioned with a 32GB OS drive and a 87GB media drive for steam and a few games.

GPU: The R7 260X from XFX was the PERFECT fit in this budget build and it had just enough room to squeeze in before bumping into the radiator. With DX12 and Mantle beta this little card is ROCKING 1080p at 60FPS on HIGH setting in all my games!!!

Case: Sugo SG05 in WHITE! What more do I need to say...Seexxxaaayyy!

PSU: I threw around the possibility of a cheaper PSU and I even considered the Silverstone 450W modular SFX but this 500W was $5 cheaper and CAME WITH the flat modular cables that cost $25 extra! SCORE!!! This 500W is known as a form factor called SFX-L which is just a tad longer than normal SFX. I was a little concerned at first if it would run into my fan but all that was put to rest once it was mounted. Rock solid PSU by the way.

Case Fan: I mounted a Blue LED Kingwin 120mm up front replacing the stock SS fan and I stuck the stock grill of the SS fan onto the rear 120mm fan on the radiator.

You could stuff similar components into a cheaper case or even toss around a different PSU but in the end this little box looks fantastic and the pictures don't do it justice!

This baby purrrs and is SUPER COLD!!!! I'm absolutely loving this setup for gaming at only $550 to boot!

The Aesthetics of this build put it over the top and I haven't had this much fun building a PC in a LOOONG time!

If you've been thinking about delving into the Anniversary Edition G3258 Pentium, I say go for it!!! It is well worth the $50 price tag. Paired with a water cooler and a $100 GPU it can do some amazing things!

I hope this build inspires many more like it and I really hope you enjoyed my build as much as I do! I plan to build many more ITX machines of all different types and purposes in the future!!!

If you have a suggestion of some type of ITX build you would like to see I'd love to hear about it! Who knows, It may just be my next build!!!

+++ SUCCESS!!! I now have a stable 4.5GHz @1.25 Vcore. Temps are sitting at 28°C with fans in Silent mode! +++

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  • 63 months ago
  • 5 points

Holy mother of pictures!

+1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I apologize for that. I'm actually going to go in and delete some of the unnecessary ones. I just wanted to give a good depiction of how everything went into the case from start to finish in order to help out others who may want to build something similar.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, that was not a complaint at all! I love it when people go nuts taking pictures as it really showcases their accomplishment.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

This isn't small, it's the size of a planet!

+1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, that "planet" is about 4 inches tall :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

... that's the joke.

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

PLUS ONE

There's nothing cooler to me than seeing these kick *** little ITX builds with real-life budget parts used intelligently and built skilfully. Great job, can't wait to see the next one!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

This is such a nice little build. I really like the SG05 and this is the first build I've seen with this SFX-L PSU (which I really want for my next build) +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! This is my second SG05 build, I did one in black with a core i5. The PSU is quite nice and the flat cables were a BIG added bonus! I recommend it for sure.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That's just one of the reasons I wanted it. Good price, semi-fanless mode, quieter 120mm fan, plenty of wattage, and gold rated. I was planning an SG05 build for a long time until Silverstone announced the SG13 and then I planned for that but I have made one final change and will use the Rosewill/Jonsbo U2 case instead.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That Rosewill case is very nice although it is very limited as to the length of a dedicated GPU. I do like the SG13 which would be nice to do a future build with.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I understand that. I do have good mini ITX 970 options available. In my case, I'm picking up ASUS' option.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I just did a build with that motherboard and CPU. Lovin' it. Easily overclocks to 4GHz and runs cool even on air. Will definitely be using that CPU in some future builds! Nice build!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of temps are you getting on air? This setup I have is really cold compared to what I saw with the stock cpu cooler on air (40+C). I will probably try an push this chip up to about 4.5-4.6Ghz pretty soon and see if it holds with the low temps.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

29º C on air @ 4.0GHz. Cooler Master GeminII M4 cooler. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/KDyfrH

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 My hero <3

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for small form factor builds!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang, I read it "intel pentium 4 5ghz" at first and i was like dafuq could anyone build mini itx with 5 ghz pentium 4. Nice build btw, always love this cute case.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

you can get A LOT better overclock with that cooler. my friend and i spent 35 each and bought the same cpu for ***** and gigs. we got 4.4 on the stock cooler and got really good temps.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely. I'm positive it will overclock higher but for longevity this is a sweet spot and it works beautifully for everything I need it to do. I will play around with it some more to see how it handles 4.6ghz when i get some free time to tinker.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

you can probably get it higher, but watch the voltages.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it up to 4.5GHz pretty easily but I don't think I want to go any further. It's stable and fast so I'm happy!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

thats a nice overclock. sadfully my fx 6300 can only hit 4.3 with the 4+2 mobo design (currently on 970 chipset)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I just wish there was a AM3+ mini itx board because I would really like to do an AMD FX build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get dx12 with a 260x? i have a 270x and i only get dx11.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It's built in to Windows 10 preview which I'm currently running on this build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think you could still run a slim optical drive wit the sfx-l psu?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

If you mounted the PSU upside down you would have a few mm of space for the PSU intake fan which I'd personally rather not do but I've seen others do. This would mount the modular cables lower to possibly fit the optical drive mount in place.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I am planning on doing a custom ITX full water loop in one of my next builds. I already have a Thermaltake Core V1 that I plan to use for it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Just used the Thermaltake Core V1 in my mini build. A lot of room in such a small case, can't wait to see what you can do with a full custom in it. +1 for the build, even though my fingers are tired now.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'm still picking out optimal parts for the V1 build so that one will take a little longer to plan out. Thanks for the +1.