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Introduction

This is not a tiny mITX build. It's a mATX gaming rig that doubles up as a workstation. This is also about putting back the storage capacity into a small system. Most importantly, this is all about shrinking that CaseLabs T10 shenanigans that I put together years ago, and cramming as much as I can into a mATX so I'm still upgrading from the T10 build. I'd like to have something that I can move around more easily, although I will miss the T10 a bit.

Why not a smaller CaseLabs?

I've been eyeing mITX and mATX cases for over a year, and I've never found one small enough that can support my 4-drive RAID array with all the hardware I want, until now. I understand that a CaseLabs Mercury S5 would do just that, but I did not want a "small" form factor build that would be larger than a good number of ATX cases. If I wanted to do a large build like I have in the past, CaseLabs is a no brainer.

Just a fair warning, I do have a DSLR, but I'll be taking pictures with my phone because it's less time-consuming to process/upload them. tongue.gif

The case of choice is a Bitfenix Phenom Nvidia Edition:



Why Nvidia Edition?

It was $59.99 at the Egg on Black Friday, and the regular one usually goes for $100, so there. redface.gif

Fine. I'll try to put some efforts towards debranding this thing. I'm cheap. Forget about the fact that I'm switching from a CaseLabs T10 to this.



Hardware List

  • CPU
    Intel Core i7 5820K
    I'll only be running a single card, and I don't need the higher amount of lanes from the 5930K.
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte X99M Gaming 5
    Currently the best micro-ATX X99 board out there, and the only one in this form factor with a dedicated slot for Wi-Fi card.
  • RAM
    32GB (4x 8GB) Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400
    The build will partially handle workstation tasks so it doesn't hurt to have more headroom.
  • Graphics Card
    Sapphire R9 295X2
    This is the single most powerful card that can be converted to a true single slot card, plus a 290X outperforms 780 Ti in SolidWorks. I can't afford a nice FirePro or Quadro yet, and I'd like some balance between workstation and gaming performance, and at just around $700, a 295X2 seems to fit the bill. Certainly did not want to downgrade from 2x 780 Ti's.
  • Power Supply
    Cooler Master V750
    Rebranded Seasonic and repackaged to be 140mm in depth. Gold rating but has been tested by reviewers to be able to sustain Platinum.
  • SSD
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
    Too lazy to reinstall Windows. It's being reused.
  • HDD
    Seagate Constellation CS, 4x 3TB RAID-5
    This is the reason why I've had hard times trying to find a case
  • Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster ZxR
    This is part of the reason I wanted a true single slot graphics card. The ZxR has a daughter board.
  • Capture Card
    AVerMedia Live Gamer HD
    There's still an empty space in the new rig and this card happens to be lying around, so.....
  • Wi-Fi
    Intel 7260HMW 7260NGW
    The best Wi-Fi card I've used so far.
  • Cooling (closed loop)
    • CPU: Swiftech Apogee Drive II
      I'll be pulling a DDC out of my current rig and keeping it as a spare. Makes perfect sense to get a combo block that is based off of a DDC.
    • GPU: Koolance VID-AR295X2
      w/ EK 7990 single slot bracket since they don't sell the 295X2 bracket separately, but same thing. Koolance just happened to have a clearance on this block.
    • Radiators: Hardware Labs Nemesis 240GTS and 120GTS
      240GTS for top, 120GTS for rear. They're good for low speed fans.
    • Fans: Deepcool Gamer Storm GS 120 PWM
      4x on 240GTS push-pull, 1x on 120GTS push only due to HDD clearance. This was a bit of an accidental discovery as I was looking at non-sleeve bearing low profile fans (20mm thickness). They turn out to be surprisingly good.
    • Miscellaneous: Monsoon fittings, Tygon E-1000, Koolance QDCs
      The QDCs will be used to fill and bleed the loop using my tube reservoir. Once the loop is bled, the reservoir will be disconnected, and the loop will operate closed.



The Build

GS 120's hiding perfectly inside the top panel.


Radiator test fitting, so far so good.


Rig prepped for water.


The old reservoir being reused as a fill device.


After Distilled water + PT Nuke PHN and only 2 minutes of bleeding.


Drives ready.


Everything finally mounted. Yes that's Velcro on the QDCs.


Everything closed up and running.


Size comparison with the old and less powerful rig.

Edited by NuclearCrap - 3/20/15 at 12:21am
Powder Keg
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 5820K Gigabyte X99M Gaming 5 Sapphire R9 295X2 32GB (4x 8GB) Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
(4x) Seagate Constellation CS 3TB [RAID-5] Swiftech Apogee Drive II Black Ice Nemesis 120GTS Black Ice Nemesis 240GTS 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Koolance VID-AR295X2 Windows 8.1 Pro Dell U3011 Logitech G710+ 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Cooler Master V750 Bitfenix Phenom Nvidia Edition (debadged) Logitech G700 Corsair MM600 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Beyerdynamic T1 Onkyo A-905FX2 Onkyo D-152E 
AudioOther
Astro Mixamp AVerMedia Live Gamer HD 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4278U Apple Intel Iris 5100 8GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
256GB PCIe SSD OS X Yosemite 13.3" LED-backlit 2560x1600 "Retina" display Apple 
PowerCaseAudio
MagSafe 2 power adapter Aluminum unibody Audio Technica ATH-ESW9 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4500U Sony NVIDIA GT 735M Patriot 2x 8GB DDR3-1600 1.35V 
Hard DriveOSMonitorMouse
Samsung 830 256GB Windows 8.1 Pro Sony 1080p IPS w/ N-Trig digitizer Razer Orochi 2013 
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Intel Core i7 5820K Gigabyte X99M Gaming 5 Sapphire R9 295X2 32GB (4x 8GB) Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
(4x) Seagate Constellation CS 3TB [RAID-5] Swiftech Apogee Drive II Black Ice Nemesis 120GTS Black Ice Nemesis 240GTS 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Koolance VID-AR295X2 Windows 8.1 Pro Dell U3011 Logitech G710+ 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Cooler Master V750 Bitfenix Phenom Nvidia Edition (debadged) Logitech G700 Corsair MM600 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Beyerdynamic T1 Onkyo A-905FX2 Onkyo D-152E 
AudioOther
Astro Mixamp AVerMedia Live Gamer HD 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4278U Apple Intel Iris 5100 8GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
256GB PCIe SSD OS X Yosemite 13.3" LED-backlit 2560x1600 "Retina" display Apple 
PowerCaseAudio
MagSafe 2 power adapter Aluminum unibody Audio Technica ATH-ESW9 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4500U Sony NVIDIA GT 735M Patriot 2x 8GB DDR3-1600 1.35V 
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Subbed! Should be fun to build
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Intel 730 256gb SSD Intel 530 256gb SSD Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD 
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Deepcool Captain 240EX White Windows 10 Pro AOC G2460PF 24” 144hz FreeSync EVGA 750w G2 
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Subbed, love compact powerhouse workstations thumb.gif
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Subbed!
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate 2TB SATA3 Maxtor 2TB Black LG DVD-RW Cryorig R1 ultimate 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit BenQ VP2210 BenQ VP2210 Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 
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EVGA SuperNova 1000G2 NZXT Phantom 820 Black Roccat Nyth Steel Series Worgen 
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i7 3770k Maximus V Formula EVGA GTX 780 Classified Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866MHz 
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Awesome. Your build here is the closest that I have found to my build.

Mine is an ASRock X99M Extreme4, i7-5820K, R9 290, Nvidia GTX 770 (i modded it so that it would be a single slot GPU with my waterblock), with an Dell PERC H310 (LSI 9240-8i) with my RAID0 SSD array.

Here is a very poor quality picture that I snapped last night. I still have a lot more cleaning up to do on it.
atbense_x99_01.jpg

EDIT: better pic
Edited by Bense - 12/13/14 at 8:35pm
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Are you studying M.E.?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bense View Post

Are you studying M.E.?

Yep.

Anyway, mini-update: WiFi card arrived yesterday. It doesn't fit. Turns out I ordered the mSATA version instead of the M.2. doh.gif

7260HMW = mSATA
7260NGW = M.2

Oh well, I'll just stick it into my laptop to upgrade that to dual-band. M.2 version is on order. tongue.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 5820K Gigabyte X99M Gaming 5 Sapphire R9 295X2 32GB (4x 8GB) Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
(4x) Seagate Constellation CS 3TB [RAID-5] Swiftech Apogee Drive II Black Ice Nemesis 120GTS Black Ice Nemesis 240GTS 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Koolance VID-AR295X2 Windows 8.1 Pro Dell U3011 Logitech G710+ 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Cooler Master V750 Bitfenix Phenom Nvidia Edition (debadged) Logitech G700 Corsair MM600 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Beyerdynamic T1 Onkyo A-905FX2 Onkyo D-152E 
AudioOther
Astro Mixamp AVerMedia Live Gamer HD 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4278U Apple Intel Iris 5100 8GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
256GB PCIe SSD OS X Yosemite 13.3" LED-backlit 2560x1600 "Retina" display Apple 
PowerCaseAudio
MagSafe 2 power adapter Aluminum unibody Audio Technica ATH-ESW9 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4500U Sony NVIDIA GT 735M Patriot 2x 8GB DDR3-1600 1.35V 
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Intel Core i7 5820K Gigabyte X99M Gaming 5 Sapphire R9 295X2 32GB (4x 8GB) Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
(4x) Seagate Constellation CS 3TB [RAID-5] Swiftech Apogee Drive II Black Ice Nemesis 120GTS Black Ice Nemesis 240GTS 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Koolance VID-AR295X2 Windows 8.1 Pro Dell U3011 Logitech G710+ 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Cooler Master V750 Bitfenix Phenom Nvidia Edition (debadged) Logitech G700 Corsair MM600 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Beyerdynamic T1 Onkyo A-905FX2 Onkyo D-152E 
AudioOther
Astro Mixamp AVerMedia Live Gamer HD 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4278U Apple Intel Iris 5100 8GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
256GB PCIe SSD OS X Yosemite 13.3" LED-backlit 2560x1600 "Retina" display Apple 
PowerCaseAudio
MagSafe 2 power adapter Aluminum unibody Audio Technica ATH-ESW9 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4500U Sony NVIDIA GT 735M Patriot 2x 8GB DDR3-1600 1.35V 
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Samsung 830 256GB Windows 8.1 Pro Sony 1080p IPS w/ N-Trig digitizer Razer Orochi 2013 
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Very similar to a build I'm working on, went with the TJ08-B and ASRock X99M Extreme4 instead. I was really looking at that Nvidia Edition case as well, but I thought the TJ08-B would be quieter/better for my needs. And 4x4 Crucial Ballistix Sport
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My first thought was "An AMD card in an Nvidia-edition case. Oh, this is going to really annoy some fanboys, this is awesome." It's like putting a Chevy motor into a Ford, I love it just because it annoys some people.

Oh, and the build is awesome too. thumb.gif
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I hope your new build is going well!

I just have a question: Why did you choose this board over ASrock's x99m killer?

I'm debating whether to get the ASrock or the gigabyte x99m, but really couldn't a solid review on the gigabyte x99m since its relatively new. Im really stuck between these two boards over the m.2 connectivity. the ASrock x99m does offer a ultra m.2 pcie gen 3 x4, whereares the gigabyte x99m doesn't.

Just wanted to know your opinion. Much appreciated!
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