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I have recently finished my micro Sandy Bridge rig and wanted to share my experience with those who likes small gaming rigs. Components used:

CPU: Core i5 2500K
CPU Cooling: Scythe Big Shuriken
Mobo: ASUS P8P67-M PRO
VGA: Visiontek Radeon HD5850
RAM: 4Gb Wintec AmpX DDR3 1333
Case: InWin BK644
PSU: 350w Seasonic SFX12v 80+
Optical Drive: Sony DVD Burner
Storage: 90Gb OCZ Agility 2 SSD + 2.5" Seagate 500Gb 7200rpm HDD

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P8p67m-Pro is actually very decent mAtx board, pretty good overclocker and has Pci-e slots with x8 x8 config when running CF or SLI

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My new platform next to the old one with msi h55m-ed55 and i3 540 running @ 4.0Ghz. Was actually very fast, i loved it, but now my brother is going to enjoy it.

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I decided to try an ssd and got this 90Gb Agility 2
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I used it in combination with 500Gb 7200rpm 2.5" seagate hdd:

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Stock psu from my inwin bk644 case (on the right) had to be replaced with smth more beefy - there is not to many choices of sfx psu's. Originally i wanted to get 450w silverstone unit but then i opted for 80+ certified seasonic 350w sfx psu which works without any issues.

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Installation was a bit of a pain but i thought it'be worse. I've replaced stock Scythe Suriken low profile fan with cooler master one that has much better airflow. i5 2500k running @ 4.0 Ghz gets about 70C under prime.

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Radeon 5850 was a tight fit, but it worked fine for this baby case. I decided to go for reference design mostly because of external exhaust cooling solution. Card was flashed with 5870 bios and eats any game i play.

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Also due to lack of case cooling i decided to use one of these pci slot exhaust fans, i got one from evercool and its actually doing pretty good job pushing hot air out of the case.

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Here is the final look of this tiny gaming rig.

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Edited by ekg84 - 2/7/13 at 9:05am
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post #2 of 28
Awesome man, although if I must say...it's still a little big biggrin.gif
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post #3 of 28
I mean... If you're gonna go for a mATX rig, why bother buying a case? Just go bring your motherboard box to the lan parties and put your system on top of it.

Nice rig btw. Is that GPU gonna get enough airflow btw?
    
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Very nice
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post #5 of 28
Pretty sweet man, I dig the case.
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post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by tryagainplss;12409091 
I mean... If you're gonna go for a mATX rig, why bother buying a case? Just go bring your motherboard box to the lan parties and put your system on top of it.

Nice rig btw. Is that GPU gonna get enough airflow btw?

thanx man, surprisingly enough even with 5870 bios card dosnt get too hot. with fan set on auto i get 77-78C in black ops for instance
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post #7 of 28
Cutest little powerhouse I have ever seen!

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post #8 of 28
Sweet! Some Questions...

Do you still have 2 open 3.5" hd compartments? Is there any way of modding 4 3.5" HD's in there (20mm tall, normal is 25mm) Losing the optical drive.. or maybe using a slimline?

The 120mm fan looks like a fairly straight exhaust, do you have more headroom to OC higher?

Also you may consider a piece of foamcore something to block off the open slot... any cool air coming in from there is hot air thats not moving out the case. Proximity to the slot cooler and all.
Edited by hellonwheelz - 2/17/11 at 11:15am
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Hey how do you like that cpu heatsink? Can you post your idle temps and loads please. Im looking that cooler, the nautica s14, or the new corsair h60. Build looks great how do you like sb so far, fast isnt it?
post #10 of 28
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hellonwheelz;12421583 
Sweet! Some Questions...

Do you still have 2 open 3.5" hd compartments? Is there any way of modding 4 3.5" HD's in there (20mm tall, normal is 25mm) Losing the optical drive.. or maybe using a slimline?

The 120mm fan looks like a fairly straight exhaust, do you have more headroom to OC higher?

Also you may consider a piece of foamcore something to block off the open slot... any cool air coming in from there is hot air thats not moving out the case. Proximity to the slot cooler and all.

By default this case has 2 3.5" hdd bays, but since ive changed the psu for a slightly longer one- top bay woulnt take 3.5"' hdd. U can probably mod 5.25" bay to put another 2 thin 3.5" hdd's but that'd require some custom designed bracket to hold them in there and u would also loose optical drive. This case really is not for a lot of storage.

Regarding the temps - My 2500K @ 4.0Ghz and 1.2v idles around 32-35C and under prime load reaches 73-75C. That almost with no airflow inside of the case. I didnt really try to push the cpu higher, cause temps are bit warm already. But with another case that has better airflow temps would drop additional 5-10C (tried nzxt Lexa-s with 5 case fans)
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MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hanns-g 28" Razer Black Widow Ultimate 600w PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII Modded Fractal Design Core 3000 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Sandisk Ultra Seagate Coolit Eco Win 8 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hanns-g 28" Razer Black Widow Ultimate 600w PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII Modded Fractal Design Core 3000 
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