Description

Hey! Like my last few PCs I've done on here, I'm selling this one on Craigslist. As of time of writing I have not sold this one yet, and I am currently pricing it at $775 (Ik, a little bit of a ripoff but it's still better than most prebuilts at this price, so arguably im doing people a favor).

Anyways, this is my first Mini ITX build, and I really liked it! Overall I would recommend these parts for sure; they all delivered pretty well. The PC is very small, even compared to my Corsair Spec 01 in my personal machine, which is fairly small for a mid tower case. Sorry about the lack of internal pictures; it's hard to get internal pictures of this build because of all the parts.

AMA me about the parts if you're thinking about buying them or anything.

Also the cat on the couch is Axel and the one next to the PC on the ground is Zion.

Part Reviews

CPU

Performs pretty well for the price

Motherboard

I've never thought of ASRock as being very good, but I was pleasantly surprised by this mobo. After I finished installation, it worked great, and the wifi was actually quite fast. However, I have a few gripes with the installation.

The main issue is with the installation of the wifi. There is an manual booklet with the mobo, but it says nothing about the wifi. I figured out how to do it though. For the record, you take the wires with the gold things at the end, and plug it into the tiny gold ports on the wifi module, which you can find using the diagram of the mobo in the manual, and then put the other side through the holes in the IO shield and secure it with the nuts.

The issue with the wifi installation for me wasn't the lack of instructions, however. It was that it was EXTREMELY difficult to plug the cables into the TINY gold ports on the wifi module. It took me a good 15 minutes and a decent amount of force to plug both in, and that's with the motherboard out of the case and no other components installed If you have a fully assembled system and the cable came out somehow you'd probably have to disassemble a bit to get it into a good enough position to plug them back in.

That was my main gripe with the board, but I also had some strange issues with the CPU fan. The custom curve controls were acting very weird for me. Whenever I set the fan speed to below 50%, it would turn off (surprisingly, at idle the temps were still about 50 with the fan off), and when I turned the speed over 50% it would jump to about 2500 rpm, which is quite loud. The fix is to go into advanced mode in the bios, then manually change the CPU fan mode from "auto" to "4-pin". Then it worked as expected.

All that being said, the mobo worked great after installation. The BIOS is nice and easy to use, it boots quickly with Fast Boot enabled in BIOS, the wifi is fast, and the logo you see on boot isn't gimmicky and weird like on MSI and Gigabyte.

Memory

Great, cheap DDR4 RAM. Even though there's no heatsink, it looks very slick. And in this mini itx build nobody's going to see it anyways.

Storage

I wanted this as a boot drive in this system, and it sure delivers. It's booting up in about 10 seconds with this.

Storage

I'm really, really tired of reviewing this.

Video Card

This is a great card. PowerColor isn't exactly known for making high-end versions of cards, but this really feels like one. The build quality feels great compared to any other GPU I've worked with, and, although it's not marketed as ITX, it's fairly small, at about 8.75 inches. The fans also look really cool for some reason.

Case

I bought this just because it was the smallest case I could find that supported decently long GPUs and a full-size ATX power supply. However, after building it I was thoroughly impressed. There were no major issues with the case, and it ended up as a great build largely because of this case.

The build experience went very nicely, and there was no BS involved like crappy hard drive mounts and stuff. The manual is relatively thorough, and if you get this case, definitely follow it, even if you're a veteran builder. You have to build it in a certain order to fit everything in. It looks pretty decent overall, but I ended up wishing I got the mesh version, because the front isn't solid color like in the picture.

Clarification about what drives it can fit, because it doesn't say clearly anywhere: It has one 2.5 inch mount on the bottom, and then it has a thingy on the top which can fit either one 3.5 inch device or 2 2.5 inch devices. So, up to 3x2.5 inch or 1x2.5 inch and 1x3.5 inch.

Power Supply

I couldn't find any reviews of this PSU, but I took a gamble on it and it's working fine. It is designed by SeaSonic, but they outsource it, so it's not manufactured at their standard facility, hence the lower quality than most XFX PSUs. It also smells REALLY bad out of the box. I've dealt with 10+ PSUs. They all smell bad. This one smells worse. Not an issue though after it airs out a bit.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 12 points

That cat looks mad.

Do you use M.A.D C.A.T.Z peripherals per chance?

serious question, and a +1 from me

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope, no mad catz stuff

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Okay

  • 42 months ago
  • 6 points

Is it an aftermarket cat? I have one too... The mad catz are expensive.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clever!

  • 43 months ago
  • 6 points

But the real question is, does it blend?

  • 43 months ago
  • 5 points

Good question, brb

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Whenever I set the fan speed to below 50%, it would turn off (surprisingly, at idle the temps were still about 50 with the fan off), and when I turned the speed over 50% it would jump to about 2500 rpm, which is quite loud.

Issue with this motheboard..

The fix is

Asrock address this issue with bios update 1.30

I would recommend to update to latest bios 1.40

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/H110M-ITXac/?cat=Download&os=BIOS

DO NOT use the windows bios. Use the instant flash, copy to usb drive and update from within bios.

Instructions

http://www.asrock.com/support/BIOSUI.asp?cat=BIOS8

BTW, nice build!!! :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

You selling it for $775 on Craigslist with the CAT included?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

lol, no cat

  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

O man, that could have been a purrrrrrfect deal

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh no, the puns, THEYYY BURRRNNN.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

MaxTheMoose you cat to be kitten me... He/she earned that one... Ahh I love mewments like this

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

no.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

standard sized cats

I'm eager to know how much it'll sell and how long it'll take. I'm so totally not good at all to sell computers. I get ripped off all the time. I enjoy building them.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Well you can look at my build history; I've sold a few before and posted them on here. There are also a few I've sold which I didn't post on here. I've sold a total of 9 so far. Generally i charge a markup of about $150, sometimes more, sometimes less, and it usually takes a bit less than a month to sell.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

That moment you realize that the OP really built his computer to replace his cat, and its the same size. :P jk

+1

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

that cat is T H I C C

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Be sure to check if your ASRock motherboard supports overclocking locked Skylake 14nm CPUs (ASRock Sky-OC). It's unlikely, but it would be a pleasant surprise for you if it could.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think their non-z series mobos support that

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking mini ITX build, and cat.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I just love that Sugo.

Great build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

What type of performance are you seeing in CPU heavy games? (e.g. Fallout 4)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

As I'm selling this on Craigslist I didnt actually install any games on it. However, for fallout 4 specifically, it looks like the i3 4130 can get pretty decent frame rates, and the 6100 in this build is more powerful than that, so I'd guess about 60 fps on high

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

hi, I am looking to build a pc with a 6100 and an r9 380, I was wondering what kind of fps you are getting on games at 1080p, and what settings, want to know if this is a good build, i have a fairly small budget and am maxed out with the 6100 and r9 380. Also would i be better getting the 380 or a gtx 960 4gb

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, if you're at 1080p this PC can play almost any game on high settings at 60 fps or very close to it, and many games run on ultra. Since I'm selling this on Craigslist though I couldn't test any myself. The 380 is generally speaking better than the 960 by a significant margin (10-20%), so I'd have to recommend the 380.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I know Axel wasn't too enthusiastic about this build, but I am. It's good to see that Sugo fitting everything. Been thinking of getting that case for a portable PC.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you show a few more pictures on the cable management? It looks like a pretty tight fit with that ATX PSU. I'm building mine soon too, so I hope it's all able to fit without restricting air flow too much.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

the last picture is about as good a shot as I can get of it without removing the PSU or GPU, because that's the only side with a clear view. It's not that hard to work with, and my temps were decent on GPU and CPU.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

how would this computer run with dayz im not too picky on graphics im really new to computers so im not too sure how this would do. would you recommend this to be my first build?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

This could probably max out day z. I'm not sure if I would recommend this as your first build because it can be somewhat tricky to build in the small case without any experience, the new graphics cards from AMD that are releasing in about a month probably will be better than what's available now, and if you mainly are just wanting to play day z you could get a cheaper PC that still runs it well

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

what would you recommend for a first build? and im looking to play games like total war games but dayz is my main priority

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend waiting a month until AMD's new graphics cards are released on June 29th

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

now what if i just buy a bigger case?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a Ryzen 7 1700, a B450 mini ITX mobo, 8 gigs of ram, the case, a highly rated 50 dollar psu (semi modular is good) a RX 580 8gb, a 500 gigabyte Samsung EVO, and that’s it!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The cat is OC edition?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nitro Shed technology Inside(tm)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol love the cat for perspective on the case size. So the case is about 1.5 cats large?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

What about the CPU temperature?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't exactly remember, but very acceptable <65 all the time I think

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That cat just made my day.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

This is awesome! Doing a build with this same motherboard as we speak :D will post when done!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Post now!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey nice build! I'm looking to buy that psu, wondering if it's a good choice

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't heard anything back from the guy that bought this from me, so I think it's working well. I had no issues whatsoever with it.

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

CATSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • 43 months ago
  • -1 points

Monster? With an i3 and R9 380? Or were you talking about the fact cat in pic 3? : P

  • 43 months ago
  • 5 points

Well it's pretty damn powerful for 1080p

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

What? Who? You mean your cat?! °_o

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Dont be so sassy philphaser... i3's are capable of a lot of stuff... But wouldnt the R9 380 be a slight bottleneck?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy moly... it was a joke! With a hint of truth. ; )
Also people seem to be pretty lighthanded on downvoting these days...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Baha, my thoughts exactly!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

; )

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