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I've always wanted a mini PC :) this is my second completed build and one that I'll probably stick with for a while. I found many of the parts at a decent discount through either Amazon or Best Buy (I work at BBY, so there's some deals now and then there too :D)

What do you guys think?

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  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

nice clean build +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks nice! However corsair SP/AF fans would look much nicer in that case.

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

I had one NF-F12 on my hands already and I didn't want to have to mix-n-match / buy two fans, so I just got another one (I wish they made redux NF-F12s :/)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks awesome. nice build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy crap i need new pants. so beautiful. I think im in love. <3 <3 <3

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

It's so kawaii

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

You did a good job of getting all the parts in there... You might want to think about making the ODD bay go bye-bye though. Nice build otherwise. +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the 80mm fans quiet? I've heard that in general 80mm are loud, but I wonder if the Noctuas minimize that. Also is there enough clearance for the GPU's heat pipe and the top of the case? Looks great!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

They're actually quite loud when running at full load, I have them plugged straight into the PSU through 1 L.N.A. that is then split with a Y cable between the two - now they're dead silent! And also, yes there's plenty of room for the GPU heatpipe.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

that's cool man

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The only thing that would get me worried is those hoses sitting right on top of the ram (the ram can get pretty warm and may melt the hoses)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The hoses only contact the left of the two DIMMs, and barely at that; I can see why that may be an issue, but these RAM sticks have pretty enormous heatsinks, so I'm not too worried about it!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

speakers?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

No idea, they're really old and sound (kinda) okay, but I'm getting new ones soon as these have a constant feedback-like noise that occurs regardless of what they're plugged into and it drives me crazy.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

klipsch pro-media 2.1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Weird placement for a subwoofer. I'm pretty sure they're just huge magnets.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the Mouse as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The G502 is a very good mouse. My mom and I use one (we only have one, as it is her computer) and it's just.. Awesome... Logitech made some awesome improvements from the G500 including fixing the double-click issue.

If you like lighter mice, however, I wouldn't really recommend this mouse as it is pretty heavy even without the weights (IMO). Then again, I like using a low DPI, so it tires me when I constantly have to pick up the mouse, but if you're using the mouse for the higher DPI settings (up 11000 or so DPI), then go ahead. If you like a lighter mouse, I'd recommend a G402.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you very much

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, I agree; very awesome mouse, especially for the price!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

dat case!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! +1 from me :) Could you please tell me where you got that unicorn sticker? xD

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

My buddy gave it to me as a gift :) He got them from Redbubble!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a 250D as well, always good seeing this little fun box. Everything looks great! How much noise (if any at all) do those 80mm fans generate? I'm looking to get those as well for mine.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

They are honestly really loud at full speed, but with an L.N.A and a Y-cable, they're nice and quiet now. Just did a test, system is 34db at idle!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How'd you get the kingston ssd for 30$? good deal friend, better build.

enjoy!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

My buddy sold it to me just to get it off his hands, and thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! Yah, it wasn't quite what i expected also..... Read Write speeds were not what was promised on the 3rd firmware update, and from what I know there still isn't a way to go back to v2...

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

that's nice right there

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

upvoting for unicorn.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the silver thing under your Acer monitor?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

That's my Moto 360 :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Any reason for going with a closed-loop cooler and a non-k processor?

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

I went with the 4790 because I don't plan to overclock really, and i got the H100i because I work at Best Buy, and they're only 70 bucks new from there :)

Edit: The other reason for the non-k is that I'm also a freshman in college, so im a cheap-*** D:

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Like you're build. Looks clean and nice. If i was to change anything it would just be your graphics card to a 290x 8gb version, but that's only me

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I definitely thought about a 290x, but sound is a huge factor for me too, and this MSI card is dead quiet; also I had trouble finding a reasonably priced 290x that was low on the dbs :L

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

OH.That makes scene the 8gb version is defiantly pricey.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

your CPU no support 2400 mhz in ram , I prefer amd by apu and hybrid grafics o dual grafics ,but i undertand you for you pc is for high rage

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Any thermal issues with the aftermarket GPU cooler in this case? I am looking to do a build with this case and a GTX 970 and want to stay away from the reference blower models if possible. I have read for ITX builds the blowers are better, but the 250D looks like it may have enough airflow to not be an issue.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope no issues so far, I used to have the PNY 970 with the blower and I sold that to get this MSI one. The case has a big enough cutout to accommodate a non blower without heating issues, so that's what I did!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you noticed any noise difference between the PNY and the MSI?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep definitely the MSI one is much quieter and a little cooler too.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

What made you want to switch cards? What differences have you noticed?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely noise level, as I went for the quietest build possible

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a sweet build. Super clean, in fact. Great cable management. Virtually identical to what I've been planning. I hadn't thought of putting the 100i up front and putting the noctuas on the side. I'm assuming that you're using pull through the radiator out the front, right?

I can't see, but did you swap the corsair radiator fans out for Noctuas?

The reduxes are listed as the 80mm fans, but the rear exhaust fans look like the typical PWM tan&brown Noctua fans? Is this a PCPartpicker error?

Also, did you try to build without the two 80mm exhaust fans? I'm curious as to what the temps/noise were like without them.

I am also trying to build the quietest PC possible. I'm struggling with water cooling with the h100i gtx and using a Noctua 92/120mm cpu cooler. Did you consider air cooling only, or were you always going with Corsair's water system. I'm considering this only because of the noise from the pump. Does it bother you?

You're going to laugh, but I was going to leave the ODD cage in as well and mount a handle on top (with bolts down through the ODD cage) to make it a LAN box. Ha!

Thanks! Again, super build.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

First off, thanks for your nice words!! Next, (1) yes I did swap out the h100i fans for 2 NF-F12's, (2) yes, they are Noctua redux 80mm fans at the rear, (3) I did try it out before without the fans, but my system was slightly starved of air due to only having (now) 1 Noctua NF-F14 140mm, and 2 2 NF-F12's exhausting, the 2 80mm's seem to help balance out the intake/exhaust. (I've since cleaned up the build A LOT, and swapped the stock corsair 140mm fan at the front for a Noctua 140mm)(Ill post pictures when I get back to my dorm, the cable management looks much less clunky at the front of the case now, only the ATX cable is really noticable) (4) I did not consider air cooling in this build due to the low clearance on top of the CPU for coolers (that and I get the h100i through Best Buy for a good discount) (5) My system is very very quiet even at full load, the pump hardly makes any noise, (6) that sounds like a really cool idea lol never though about installing a handle :p, (7) I decided to remove my ODD cage, as my cable management is much better and I feel like the cage is putting a lot of pressure on my H100i tubes and me no like that :(, like I said Ill update the pictures when I get back to my dorm!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for responding. You touched on my exact question: intake vs exhaust. Generally, I've read that you want to maintain at least slight positive pressure in a build. If you don't, all of the cracks will suck dust into your system, defeating the purpose of the dust filters and decreasing the heat dissipation of the components as they slowly get insulated. Also, I would think that you would want to promote video card heat exhaust through its grating. If you had negative pressure, you'd be pulling that heat back into the case.

As I read what you're saying: You've got 2 NF-F12's from the radiator exhausting heat. The Noctua NF-F14 140mm up front is also on exhaust (reverse, through the dust filter). The 80mm Noctuas are then pull air into the case? Since there aren't dust filters on the 80mm grills, why didn't you intake through the front and exhaust with the two 80's? Alternatively, you could have used the 80's and the single 140 to intake air and exhausted it out the sides.

I am absolutely not criticizing your build (as some annoying people do in their comments on this site). I think what you've done demonstrates superior aesthetics and build skills. I'm only trying to organize my build to minimize noise using this very minimal case. I'm also interested in knowing why people did what they did. Looking at other builds like this, I can see that the H100i does seem to hit the ODD cage. I've read that these tubes are fairly unkinkable, but I can see why you took it out, especially if you weren't using it.

Regarding the handle... I looked online. You can buy all kids of handles for luggage. It wouldn't take very much to drill out holes and bolt one onto the top. Since the top slides off as a removable panel to work on the components, I guessed that it wouldn't be too reliable as a sturdy support for a LANbox. Examining the ODD cage, I think that using it as well to bolt a handle onto the case would result in a very stable arrangement. I have access to lots of drills/dremels and I'm very handy with that kind of stuff.

I'll look for the photos. Thanks again.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The photos are up now, and about the airflow, I do actually have the front 140mm and the 2 rear 80mms as intake and the 2 120mms on the h100i are exhaust!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh. I see the rad now. You mounted it with the hoses toward the front. Did you use a fan in the front?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, I use a Noctua 140mm fan, the fit is really tight and I have to route both tubes over top of the fan, but it works pretty good now that I've taken out the ODD cage!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

So keeping the ODD cage is a bad idea? I'm going for a similar setup with the H100i and I wanted to keep the cage to insert my fan controller into. Will it be a dangerously tight fit?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

If you position the H100i with the hoses at the front as I did, then yes you can keep the cage in, but it is a very tight fit (I was worried about the pressure I was putting on the hoses). I only took it out because I don't really need the optical drive, anyways.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you see the 80mm fans through the top window?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes you can see them!

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah OP might as well.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Because i like that it covers all of the cables, and I will be installing a Bluray drive in soon also, just haven't gotten my hands on that yet.

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