Description

Based on builds I've seen on this website, decided to build a compact gaming machine. I have a 1080p monitor so parts are mostly midrange, but I think it should be more than enough for most modern titles.

Scavenging parts

All prices listed are actual prices I bought the parts for, with one small remark - I live in Thailand. After a crypto market fall I was able to grab a new gtx 1060 for a small change, 4000 THB which is equivalent to 125$. Also in my attempt to save money I bought a second-hand barely used i5-8400 from a guy who thought it's overclockable :D. Asrock B360M itx/ac is probably the cheapest mini itx intel 8th gen motherboard and also it has a wifi which is pretty nice, so I decided to give it a go. The case, ML08B-H was a hard choice, but I really wanted something small and compact just for aesthetic purposes, and overall it looks good. Even though I've seen hundreds of photos and probably watched all the builds with this case, I still thought it was smaller and was a bit disappointed when I received it. It is very light though. As for RAM, I just grabbed the cheapest 2666 8Gb stick available, not a lot of thoughts here, honestly. Same for PSU, I don't really have a lot of choices in this form factor, so I decided to go with the most common PSU for this case.

Assembly

Very new experience for me. The most bold thing I've done with PC before was putting GPU in the PCI slot and that was kinda scary atm. The whole reason for doing this was that I didn't like any case that I've seen in shopping malls in Bangkok. After all turned out to be surprisingly easy, though some cables made me sweat a bit when I tried to manage the space in case. I might need to readjust them if I decide to put ODD inside, but that's fine I guess, not that scary anymore :D. Asides from cable management, not a lot of difficulties, this case is pretty clean and easy to build. Just wanted to say thanks to all the guys who posted their builds in this case, because without you pals I wouldn't have done this whole thing.

Thermals

So far I just keep the case open because I like how it looks, so thermals are really fine. I'll do some edits when I close it and run some testing.

EDIT 1:

So, I finally closed the case and did some testing on thermals. CPU seem to be doing really fine even with panels and dust filters on, maximum temperature I've seen was 65C. GPU has taken the dust filters poorly and temperatures rose up to 77C in Unigine Heaven benchmark. Seem to be a bit better without a dust filters - around 72-73C, so I'll leave it like that.

Part Reviews

CPU

Easily jumps to 3.9 Ghz whenever it's necessary. Thermals are really good as well.

CPU Cooler

Works really well so far, keeping my i5 8400 cool and nice

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Iam curious why you went with Intel instead of the much cheaper ryzen 2600, not that it's a bad choice but I just want to know why.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I was actually thinking about this. As I said in description, I got cpu second hand for around 180 $ which is cheaper than ryzen and maybe I'm superficial here, but from what I've read, i5 8400 has a bit better thermals than ryzen 2600. Anyways, later I read that ryzen is a much stronger option for a video editing and stuff, so if I would've been given a second chance to choose cpu, I'm not so sure which one I'd grab.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a ryzen 2600 and love it- I haven't noticed any thermal issues, and with the stock cooler it sustains a solid 3.6GHz on all cores, only a bit below your chip's maximum boost. The hyperthreading/SMT isn't essential for gaming, sure, but overclockability is definitely a factor, especially if you're already shelling out for an aftermarket cooler- mine has a Wraith Spire rather than the stock Stealth (leftover from a friend's build) and overclocks to 4GHz on all cores fairly easily. Plus you can catch it for under $170 :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I read that Intel Pcs make better gaming PC's. I also heard intel holds it value more. Now for this guys case he should've purchased the 9600k as its on sale currently and would have been a much better option for value. Being a noob and researching this I found a lot of people pushing me away from AMD. Unless you understand PC's really well its hard to want AMD when people praise Intels CPU's even with lower benchmarks.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Everywhere I read I found that the 2600 was the better budget choice. Personally I have a 2600 oc to 4.2 under 70°C on a dark rock 4 and it performs amazing

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm I think If You Use An filter For fans ..Thats Will Be Better... Cus The Dust Problems

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I'll mount the case covers and dust filters in a couple of days:)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Filters aren't always necessary, especially if you live in a low dust environment. I don't have filters on my PC and it's rarely necessary to clean it. They do restrict air flow and in a mini-ITX build you need as much cooling as you can get

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The i5-8400 still beats the 2600 and even 2600x in gaming by a good margin. It also uses slightly less power which is critical for a mini-ITX design. ITX motherboards might be a little cheaper too for Intel.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is amazing! Very cool Mini ITX build well done!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your feedback:)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

nice ffeeeet