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After debating on a micro build in the past I settled for a Xfire 6950/2500K setup in a Corsair 600T case as I felt I'd be missing out on performance. The PC was hot and heavy easily heating my living room and quite loud to boot. It was a absolute pain to take with me and quite annoying.

Enter MicroTRON, the latest advancement in micro gaming rigs.

CASE
Silverstone SG05 450W

MOBO
ASUS P8Z77-I DELUXE

CPU
Intel 3770K

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB 2133Mhz

GPU
Nvidia Geforce GTX 680

COOLING
Corsair H60

SSD/HDD
2x OCZ Vertex 4 128GB RAID 0
2x Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB 2.5"

The performance of Crossfired 6950s, the abilities of a 2500K @ 5.0GHZ (with 3770K overclock) while being galaxies smaller and lighter than a Corsair 600T.

Everything should be able to be crammed in quite nicely with some persuasion. I'm aiming for a $2k price point +/- monitor/mouse/keyboard.

Expected build time is around July depending on availability; early Fall at the latest. I'd like to be ready for Arma 3.
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post #2 of 10
Just a heads up, you're gonna need to do some modding to fit those drives in with an H60. Consider air cooling.
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post #3 of 10
Should be an amazing build with that GTX680 for sure. Uncompromising power wrapped in a small package. As far as heat with the GTX680...taken from Guru3d:

"System in IDLE = 144 W
System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 307 W
Difference (GPU load) = 163 W
Add average IDLE wattage ~10 W
Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 173 Watts

That's really quite a feat considering how powerful your system will be. With your previous crossfire set up that was probably almost 500 watts. So should be a lot cooler and quieter this time around.
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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sbao26975 View Post

Just a heads up, you're gonna need to do some modding to fit those drives in with an H60. Consider air cooling.

Thanks for the tip! With Velcro I may need to get creative with placement and drop the 1TB HDDs and upgrade to 256GB SSDs; use my NAS (Netgear Stora 2x1TB RAID 0 mod). After using a H70 on a high volt 2500K @ 5.0GHZ there is no way I'm going to fit an adequate air CPU cooler in this case and overclock comfortably. Ambient temps in the case right next to a 680 and a PSU dumping heat isn't going to help a micro heatsink, only option is to pull air from the outside and utilize the surface area of the H60. With the 10 phase design of ASUS's ITX board along with the SG05's 24+8PIN ATX PSU I should be able to overclock along with the "big boys".

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Should be an amazing build with that GTX680 for sure. Uncompromising power wrapped in a small package. As far as heat with the GTX680...taken from Guru3d:

"System in IDLE = 144 W
System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 307 W
Difference (GPU load) = 163 W
Add average IDLE wattage ~10 W
Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 173 Watts

That's really quite a feat considering how powerful your system will be. With your previous crossfire set up that was probably almost 500 watts. So should be a lot cooler and quieter this time around.

It's a balancing act for sure. It seems the whole build will be just within the overheads of space, thermals and power. It wasn't until a ITX mobo worthwhile of overclocking came out (10 phase), Intel die shrink and Nvidia's more efficient video card (and that just barely fits) that such a build would be anywhere sane.

The old sig build peaked 700-900W but keep in mind I was powering 6 HDDs (4x 1tb, 2x SSD) and a 2500K @ 5GHZ. It's going to be staggering to see the power differences at near the same performance.
Edited by zorrobyte - 4/16/12 at 6:10pm
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post #5 of 10
I don't think you could fit four SSDs into this case without completely blocking off the fan from the mobo. There's just no place to put them. If you do stick with just 2 2.5" drives, you'll still have to mod something as it only supports one. You could fit them into the ODD tray, but that would still take some modding.
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I don't think you could fit four SSDs into this case without completely blocking off the fan from the mobo. There's just no place to put them. If you do stick with just 2 2.5" drives, you'll still have to mod something as it only supports one. You could fit them into the ODD tray, but that would still take some modding.

I think I'm going to Velcro them to the PSU and take out the ODD tray all together. Mobo only has 2x SATA6 ports, 2x SSDRAID.

There have been crazier solutions:
450

Water cooling?

H80 with a
327

It's been done before..
500

"Decent" temps with a GTX 580 and a AMD 1100T which are warmer chips on average.

Of course a 100CFM fan? Something to thought experiment with.
Edited by zorrobyte - 4/16/12 at 6:39pm
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post #7 of 10
Everyone's talking about that 10 phase asus board, hopefully it comes out soon, I wanna see a review! Also, fitting all that in there is going to be quite the feat, good luck and subbed! thumb.gif
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Samsung 830 128GB Ek Supreme HF White Acetal/EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Dell U2913WM 2560x1080 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128GB Ek Supreme HF White Acetal/EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Dell U2913WM 2560x1080 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Shadow_Foxx View Post

Everyone's talking about that 10 phase asus board, hopefully it comes out soon, I wanna see a review! Also, fitting all that in there is going to be quite the feat, good luck and subbed! thumb.gif

Thanks! I do have some waiting time for part availability and pay but I'm on board this build. Migrating from my sig rig to a Qosmio X775 560M laptop is bearable but just barely. I find Battlefield 3 hard to play and Arma is almost unplayable at decent settings. I've resorted to picking up Starcraft 2 for the time being. It's going to be a challenging build and I'm known for just slapping things together but I'd like to put time and effort into this build to make it world class.

Part II is going to be fitting all my gear into a pelican case as I have one for my laptop and it ROCKS! LAN parties will never be the same wink.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by zorrobyte View Post

There have been crazier solutions:
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How'd he do that? This is very relevant to my interests.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by zorrobyte View Post

Thanks! I do have some waiting time for part availability and pay but I'm on board this build. Migrating from my sig rig to a Qosmio X775 560M laptop is bearable but just barely. I find Battlefield 3 hard to play and Arma is almost unplayable at decent settings. I've resorted to picking up Starcraft 2 for the time being. It's going to be a challenging build and I'm known for just slapping things together but I'd like to put time and effort into this build to make it world class.
Part II is going to be fitting all my gear into a pelican case as I have one for my laptop and it ROCKS! LAN parties will never be the same wink.gif

Migrating from crossfire 6950s, an SSD, and a quad core to my 3 year old MBP with a 5400rpm until I can get home from college has been very painful for me as well sad-smiley-002.gif No gaming period lol. I miss GTA and DiRT, and being able to have word and chrome open on the same screen tongue.gif Not to mention instant load and restart times smile.gif I am also thinking of moving to ITX with that board, carrying my 70 pound storm scout back and forth to school is just not as convenient as one might think tongue.gif
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Phenom II 955 BE (4.4Ghz @1.52v) NB @ 2870 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1 [F4] Dual Reference XFX 2GB 6950s (950/1437) 1.25v 8GB Gskill DDR3 1333 CL7 @1412 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128GB Ek Supreme HF White Acetal/EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Dell U2913WM 2560x1080 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 955 BE (4.4Ghz @1.52v) NB @ 2870 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1 [F4] Dual Reference XFX 2GB 6950s (950/1437) 1.25v 8GB Gskill DDR3 1333 CL7 @1412 
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Vertex II 60GB, 2x Caviar Black EK Supreme HF, EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Ultimate Alienware AW2210 1080p 
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