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Hermes

by tristinpflugradt

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8 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 8, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.594 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

Description

Customer build. Powerful and portable. Had to have on-board WiFi. $1200-$1300 budget with peripherals included. Nice monitor matched to the 1070. Managed to make it work!

What does PcPartPicker think?

CPU - Nice little quad-core. Decent clock speeds. Definitely enough to not bottleneck the 1070. Good balance of price and performance.

Motherboard - mITX, on-board WiFi, works. Not the ugliest thing in the world. Has a wonderful layout for an ITX board. Overall, I like it.

RAM - 8gb x 1 stick. Standard 2133 mHz RAM. Nothing special.

Memory - Should have been 240gb, but with budget and the 1070 being squeezed in the SSD at 120gb still meets my customers needs.

GPU - Wonderful wonderful card. Super quiet. Ultra everything @ 144 FPS on 1080p. Can't ask EVGA for anything better. (Except the front of the card, it's a little ugly).

Case - This thing was magnificent to work with. Super small, very clean, super simple. Love love love it. One of the best ITX cases on the market.

PSU - Nice fully modular PSU, 80+ Gold. Hate the flat ribbon cables. Nightmare to work with. Spend $5 extra for the G2. Better cables.

Peripherals - Simple keyboard (fit in the budget, functions, very minimalist as he will upgrade to mech later). Showed him my mouse for my rig, needless to say he fell in love (RGB - something I don't have. I'm jealous). Monitor is matched to the 1070, Freesync which sucks because Nvidia but I couldn't squeeze a G-Sync monitor in on the budget. Does it's job admirably. Very good monitor for the price. Can't complain.

Overall this build was a breeze and I had a lot of fun. It came out very clean, is quiet, portable, and will last for years to come. And we stayed in budget. He loves this build and I'm very fortunate to have been it's creator.

Thanks for looking!

  • I present to you. Hermes, the Messenger God.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Nice basic motherboard. Header layout is wonderful. WiFi works, not the fastest, but it works. Overall, I think it's a decent mITX board.

Memory

It's RAM with a heatspreader. Looks good, nice and cheap, does everything all the other 2133 RAM does. No complaints.

Video Card

I've actually bought 2 of these cards for separate builds and I'm in love. It's based on the reference board, so it will fit anywhere a reference 1070 will fit. It's got a nice overclock from factory, looks stunning in a vertical motherboard configuration and handles every title I've thrown at it on 1080p Ultra at 144 frames.

FTW only if you "need" RGB. Otherwise, this card is more quiet and equally, extremely capable.

Case

This case will fit an EVGA 1070 SC! No need for a reference card. Layout is nice and simple. Case is sturdy and very well put together for the money. Nice tiny mITX case capable of fitting a full size graphics card (is tight and a little difficult but do-able).

Overall very pleased and would buy again. A white LED 200mm fan would do this case justice.

Comments Sorted by:

peypey 1 point 32 months ago

FreeSync monitor but a GTX 1070? May I ask what led you to this combination?

tristinpflugradt submitter 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Price. Also combined with the fact I didn't know it was Freesync when it was bought.

peypey 1 point 32 months ago

Ahh makes sense. G-Sync does cost more

tristinpflugradt submitter 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Yeah. I needed the cheapest 1080 @ 144 I could get and this fit the bill.

Kreuzer 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl and leds!

DudeGuy65 1 point 31 months ago

Were you able to fit that Evga 1070 in there without cutting into the case? I got the FTW version which looks almost identical, but the power cables won't fit because they land right in that inner/outer chassis divider. Now I'm gona have to dremel away some clearance. FTW version also has 2x8 pin power connector to make it that much more difficult. Should have gotten the exact model you have here.

tristinpflugradt submitter 5 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

The FTW won't fit. Custom PCB is too tall. The SC is the reference board and will fit without mods. You could get on Reddit and post on /r/hardwareswap and pick up the SC for just a trade. But no case mods needed, card fit, but just barely lol.

Yadro 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Nice build and good job with the budget you had. Lots of HW for little $$ into a small case -- well done sir. Photos are excellent.