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Project-FROST

by av8rarky

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Date Published

Oct. 8, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 3, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.3GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.28GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

EDIT: Huge thanks to everyone who has left comments about my build, I am so glad my work has been well received. I also wanted to say thank you to the PCPartPicker staff for featuring my build on the front page! (10/09/15)

Additions/Changes:

10/19/15: I replaced the Silverstone AP141 case fan with the Noctua iPPC NF-A14 3000RPM fan. Man this thing moves a ton of air! I normally wouldn't go overkill on the fan but considering it's the only thing keeping my components cool, I opted to get the best and Noctua, without a doubt, makes great fans. I would've liked to have kept the Silverstone but the noise the bearing was making was really annoying.

11/29/15: I swapped out the Cryorig C1 for a C7...much better in terms of spacing. Temperatures are about the same at idle, which is to be expected since I haven't overclocked.

About FROST:

This is my first Hackintosh build. I just finished this a few days ago! I’ve been meaning to get it done but I’ve been holding off on it. I needed a portable back-up for Project-ARK and thus, why FROST was made. I wanted to minimize having to carry around Project-ARK to reduce wear and tear on the case, and due to the sheer size and weight of it. Plus, I wanted something I could bring to a friend’s house or even light photography work. This is one of my favorite builds to date! I learned so much from working with mITX, there are some serious challenges with good cable management and part selection. Building mITX is an art form. Why the name FROST? I wanted this computer to run on the cooler side considering the capacity and components, and the cold aluminum panels on the FT-03 Mini complete with the engraved snowflake! It looks cool too! (See what I did there? Ha…)

Part Selection:

CPU: Well, it was either this, the 4690K or the 4790K for sure. I had originally bought a 4790K, but I thought, what a waste of money – even with the local Micro Center discount. It just didn’t make sense. For over 50% of the price, I’d get less than 10% performance increase on games. I have no use for a K series processor since I have no intention on overclocking to minimize heat output. The 4590 is plenty fast and I have no intentions of doing video editing work on it, so the 4 physical cores should work just great.

CPU Cooler: I didn’t like how any of the mITX coolers looked, except for this one. This one looked real good. I’m not overclocking at all so this was for mostly cosmetics, although it’s nice to have the extra cooling capacity for times when the CPU is under load. This thing doesn’t really fit too well with the GTX 960, so I am considering on changing this to the Cryorig C7 cooler in the future.

Motherboard: Alright alright, I know most of you are asking “Wait, WHY did you get a non-K CPU for a flagship ITX motherboard?!” This component is actually the reason why this build was able to be made…I got this board for free. My brother gave it to me because he was going to use it for his build but a pin was damaged on the motherboard, so the SupremeFX sound card no longer functions. Upon receiving the board, I knew I couldn’t just let it sit. So this was the reason why FROST is the machine it is. I ended up getting a Sabrent USB audio card for it, which works great. Sound quality is FAR from what the SupremeFX would’ve produced, but I’m not a super big audiophile anyways.

Memory: Only 8 gigs?! Yeah that’s a bare minimum nowadays. Funny, I remember when 2GB was super awesome back when I built my first computer with the Core 2 Duo. Anyways, 8GB is good enough for browsing and most of the games I play, I don’t really play anything super memory intensive. I do see that this could potentially bite me in the butt for photo-editing, but it’s a back-up rig, so it doesn’t need to be crazy. I can always upgrade with this board if needed. Plus, it’s Corsair. Can’t beat the lifetime warranty, and I’ve had no issues with the Vengeance series.

Storage: In order to maximize airflow and have neater cable management, I had make some sacrifices. This was one of them. I ditched the slim optical drive and 3.5” Storage Drive for a single 250GB SSD. I figured I can access my other hard drives via a dock if really needed. Once SSD prices drop even more, I may consider getting a larger one.

Video Card: Maxwell is extremely efficient, which was very important to me. The low TDP and awesome performance of Maxwell is what drew me in. I’m aware that an R9 280 or 390 would’ve been a faster card, but like I said, efficiency! Plus, I like Nvidia’s features better. Nothing wrong with AMD, just a preference. AMD’s cards have certainly given me less of a headache though. I know a blower style card is recommended for the FT-03 Mini, but I’ve had no temperature issues so far and I couldn’t pass up EVGA’s awesome customer service and support. ASUS was my other contender, but I’ve had a handful of bad experiences with ASUS and decided against it. I was barely able to fit this card in there! I didn’t get shortened card over this because I wanted to see if I could get the ACX cooler to fit. Plus, it looks better…

Case / Case Fan: I was either going to go with this, or the N-Case M1. I really liked the M1 but at the time the next production run was a bit far away and the more I looked at the FT-03 Mini, the more I liked it. I watched Linus’s video on it and I really liked the layout and clean look it offered. The anodized aluminum is GORGEOUS. The only issue I have with it is the fact that your fingerprint oils can get etched into it, and the panels are impossible to fix once scratched. I already scratched mine but I have a replacement panel coming. I’m hoping to make a custom bag to tote this around with. The airflow design is just like the Raven in ARK, it works really well actually. As for the fan, it came with the FT-03. It’s a nice fan and SilverStone’s air funneling technology does wonders, I just wish it had PWM and wasn’t as noisy. I may replace this fan with a Noctua in the future, not sure yet since the size on this fan is kind of special.

Power Supply: I really have to give it to Silverstone on this one. Shrinking the form factor of a power supply is extremely complex. The fact that it’s 80+ Gold for its size blows my mind. The power efficiency of this power supply paired with Maxwell and the Intel processor reduces the overall heat output and won’t make my room an oven. The cables did not come sleeved, I actually cut those cables down to length myself, and sleeved them. This power supply is definitely not the prettiest to sleeve, it’s far from a 1:1 pin-out. It does the job though, and still looks and performs great.

Operating System: WHOA. I know some of you are going to be like WHAT. WHY, of ALL THINGS, OSX?! Keep in mind, this is my back-up system. The games that I play nowadays are written for OSX, and the Adobe suite I used is also available. I’m familiar with Final Cut Pro since that’s what I use to edit at work, so OSX isn’t a problem for me. Honestly, the whole reason why I did it is because I had never done it before and I wanted to give it a try, especially with how challenging it can be. I had no intentions of keeping it originally, but I don’t have a problem with it staying. Besides, I had never used OSX before, why not learn something new? I enjoy some of the features on OSX, but Windows will always be my primary platform. I have intentions of dual booting with Windows at some point, just not right now since it took a fair amount of time to get El Capitan running in the first place.

If you guys have any questions, let me know! I’ll do my best to answer them. Thanks for visiting my page! Be sure to check out my other builds if you liked this one.

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theNeybor 18 points 25 months ago

Hackintosh? Nah...Sexytosh? YEAH BABY!!! Alright then, jokes aside, this is the most incredible build I've seen all month. Holy crap, nicely done mate!

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Stuart_Munto 3 Builds 7 points 25 months ago

This is an incredible build! Well Done!! Love how that 960 is a perfect fit and fully suits the build! Just one thing to note - on picture 16 it looks like your 8-pin CPU power connector isn't fully pushed in! Many thanks for sharing +1

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 5 points 25 months ago

Thank you! I noticed that too and fixed it :) The 960 unfortunately doesn't fit as well as it looks, there is a TON of pressure on it by the CPU cooler right now and it took a lot of force to get them both to fit. I'm worried about how much pressure there is on both the CPU cooler and GPU, so I intend on switching out the cooler.

dagreendooky 4 points 25 months ago

What are you using to take your pictures? +1 Have had thoughts about using the same case for a build, too. Glad you shared.

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 3 points 25 months ago

Thank you, I'm using a Nikon D610 with a 50MM 1.8 and 85MM 1.8 lens. It's an amazing case, I'd highly recommend it. My only gripes - the aluminum panels aren't meant to be touched often, and the case fan it comes with is kind of noisy.

dagreendooky 2 points 25 months ago

LOL. I can imagine the heat conductivity of those panels. Hopefully you can switch out the fan at least. And your photos are bohehlicious with your fast lenses!

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

It's more of the fact that it's anodized aluminum...fingerprint stains get etched into it :( Thank you! I'll admit I cheated on some of them with post-process enhancement.

dagreendooky 1 point 25 months ago

I meant BOKEH-licious! =P

Keralis 1 point 25 months ago

Dang, kind of got sad when that lens was for Nikon. LOL I might even need to get a Nikon camera with that lens!

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Well what kind of camera do you have? If you have a Canon body, they actually have faster glass than Nikon. Check out the 85 f1.2 or 50mm f1.2. Just gotta be careful at that range, focus will need to be on point and the photo won't be the sharpest, but you have f1.4 to play with. My glass only stops down to f1.8.

Unuvailiable 2 Builds 3 points 25 months ago

Cool pictures, nice lighting. I am interested, what camera/ lens did you use?

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Nikon D610, 50MM 1.8/85MM 1.8. I cheated with post though, I blurred the bokeh a bit more to hide my couches

Unuvailiable 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I noticed lol, but it does look nice

Ksongs 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Awesome awesome build. So clean and a hacktinosh I haven't seen one of those on here in a while. Also a very thorough description easily a +1

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

This is beautiful! Very clean and should perform amazingly! Just waiting for it to be featured :D

Definitely a +1This is beautiful! Very clean and should perform amazingly! Just waiting for it to be featured :D

Definitely a +1

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Um, for some reason my comment was written twice, and I can't edit.

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Haha no worries..I'll take it as a double compliment! :D

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

lol

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Those pics! What lens did you use?
And yes, nice build too! ; )
+1

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Thanks! I used a Nikon D610 with a 50MM 1.8 and 85 1.8. I cheated though, the bokeh effect was blurred even more in post. I was trying to hide my couches!

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Hahaha…alright! Thx for respons!

Decursio 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Nice build. I really love how all the components just fit together. +1 :) I just have two questions. What is the idle temp on the GPU and the temp under load? I would love to make a build like yours sometime but I've been a bit skeptical about how well the GPU temp would provide when gaming or doing heavy graphic work. After all there is no direct intake for the GPU in the 'Silverstone FT03S-MINI'

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Thank you!

The idle temp on the GPU die is about 40C, I was playing Metro Last Light for a bit earlier and the load temp got up to 65C. Don't do what I did, get a blower style card instead of the ACX version. It would benefit you in a small case like this.

You are right though, it's only getting a little bit of bypass air from the single 140MM fan at the bottom of the case.

HenryZhu 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Now this is one of the cleanest mini tower build I've ever seen. Hats off. +1

Xivilain 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Awesome mITX build!

aludka 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

+1. Excellent presentation.

zwk621 2 points 25 months ago

Like this case! I will use it as my HTPC build in the future. Thank you for sharing such a great build.

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thank you, I recommend it. It's a fantastic case!

Iceman320 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

There are some build's where I am just like "Wow this art piece is really a computer", and this is one of those.

Amazing looking computer (http://cdn2.blisstree.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/dc-restaraunt-charges-for-ice-cubes.jpg)

Stay frosty +1

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Thank you! :D

Maybe I should get one of those dry -ice cooling kits for the CPU...then it actually will be frost. (Kidding)

Iceman320 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

ALL THE OVERCLOCKS :D

AWholeLotOfLag 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Beautiful form-factor! +1

illiadin 2 points 25 months ago

that's one sexy build man :)

Laquel 5 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Very nice pics and a clean build! +1

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

If that case had cheeks, I'd pinch them bc it's so cute. :3

This gets me pumped for the next build I'm helping a friend with because it'll be in the TU100B by Lian Li!

Were the stock PSU cables very long? I've been thinking about cable mangt in such a small case like this and wondering if I should replace them and whatnot.

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I don't remember the original cable lengths but they were definitely too long for my tastes. I sliced them up and sleeved them for that reason. They are shorter than your average cables that come in a full sized ATX PSU, though.

piemancoder 2 points 25 months ago

Whoa. This is absolutely amazing. All I can say is +1.

piemancoder 2 points 25 months ago

This build is so cool, it gave frostbite to my mixtape.

Frostdude2025 2 points 25 months ago

amazing build!!! bravo! i rlly like the powersupply i plan on putting it in my mitx build!

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

You won't be disappointed. SilverStone outdid themselves with the PSU.

QSammael 2 points 25 months ago

GREAT WORK. Can you please take a picture next to any objet just to size comparison, cuz it looks so good and small that is blowing my mind away

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Here's a comparison to a 16.9 fl oz water bottle, hope it helps!

http://i.imgur.com/a1447BX.jpg

QSammael 1 point 25 months ago

now I can say it, that is the most amazing build I have seen in a while. If ever decide to buy a new computer, I tell you what I want and ill buy one of those

190n 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Just...beautiful.

Cykadia 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

IT SO TNYYYYY

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

That's uh....not...what she said? :D

BooYay 2 points 25 months ago

-1For the OSX but +1001 for the build. Freaking sweet, nice job!

legonate416 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

GG +1

Jkershaw2000 2 points 25 months ago

one of my favourite bits of OSX is bootcamp which makes it super easy to dual boot with Windows if you decide to later on.

Nice build

SLOWION 5 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

I've always loved the look of this case, seems like any powerful GPU would be starving for air though.

ssaulsbu 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Awesome build! Totally reminds me of the Apple G4 Cube, except with much more power! Great photography too.

Patrick_Obie 2 points 25 months ago

I love this build, One thing you should totally do is get some blue LED's and put them on the bottom for an underglow, that would complete the icy look of this build.

arda1907 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

neat

auldae 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

This build is so cool, it's not cool. Not cool dude. Not cool ... +1

Deterium 2 points 25 months ago

I want this!!!

ldelrosario1 2 points 25 months ago

Great job with this build! Looks super sleek and and I love how you fit so many things into such a tiny case! To be honest though, if you hadn't told me this was a computer, I would have thought it was an aluminum garbage can.

poptart999 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

+1 for uniqueness

KyleH1357 2 points 25 months ago

That is an incredible build, aesthetically it looks stunning and performance wise it definitely packs a punch

CaptainCrape 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Wow. One of the few good looking builds on PCPartPicker that doesn't have crap specs at a high price!

Fault_Line 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Great build. Really reaally well done.

I hope one day a Fury Nano fits in there

NUclearD3 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Great looking build.

AceBalthazar 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

absolutely Beautiful build!i love it. great use of all the parts!

if i could up vote a dozen times i would. and you have the greatest brother ever! (sadly i am an only child so i don't get free stuff)

the 960 looks great, and will run great in that too

honestly i dunno what to say because its that sweet. lol its awesome!

sponix 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Everything Working with your Hackintosh Install ??

Haven't got the Audio over HDMI working with the GTX 960 in my Boys Blue Green Ninja..

Just ended up hooking up a regular set of Speakers.

Thanks for Sharing !!

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I don't have my Bluetooth working, and a few of my USB ports are disabled right now. Mostly everything else works though.

Did you try the new Nvidia Web Drivers? I -think- someone said that HDMI audio might be possibly working after that. I could be wrong.

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! :)

sponix 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Tried several things including the Nvidia Web Drivers for the HDMI Audio. Still never got it working.

If you have any luck with it make sure to let me know what ended up being the fix.

May the Source be with you ..

mmurp30 2 points 25 months ago

this is a really cool, build, the case is really interesting (I like how compact it can get by thinking outside the box figuratively ;)). I don't really like the idea of pushing your hot air from the cpu heatsink through the power supply, but I can kind of see how that is needed for this layout.

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Thank you! I think with the way the fan is, it's pulling air through the shrouds to disperse the heat. I don't like the idea that the CPU fan is right next to the PSU fan which is also trying to get air, effectively creating a vacuum in between them. I suppose SilverStone's fan funneling the air through helps combat that though.

bazookatooths 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Glorious build brother, can it fit under that couch?

Sansvarnic 2 points 25 months ago

Very nice. Well done. I don't have to much more to add that others have already said.

SupS 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Finally something different. Thank you! beautiful build.

MattOfDoom 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Beautiful and Small White Build! +1

jeffreymays44 4 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Very nice 1up.

KVNG 2 points 25 months ago

Great looking pictures of a beautiful build. Been trying to decide between this case or the Raven RVZ02. I prefer the aluminum build of the FT03 mini, but is the case compact enough in your opinion?

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I suppose 'compact enough' would be subjective. For me, yes. I really wish the Sugo Pack was still around, it was a bag specifically designed for the FT-03 Mini.

I can easily carry it around, it's not too heavy with my parts.

Here's the thing though, if you are going to be carrying it around a lot, the only issue I have with the case is the very fact that it's anodized aluminum. It's beautiful and all, but finger print oils will stain and etch the aluminum. So you have to be careful with handling it either by wearing gloves, or just try handling it by the edges of the panels - just have to be cautious of not letting the panel detach on you.

Ropota 1 point 25 months ago

What are your GPU temps in this case at idle/load? Clean build BTW!

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

About 40C idle, and 65C at load when I was playing Metro Last Light earlier. Thank you!

Pccannable 1 point 25 months ago

I don't know if it will work, try taking the back plate off it might give more space

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

The problem with that is, it leaves the PCB exposed. With how close the CPU cooler is (well it's practically touching the GPU), it will probably short circuit and cook the card if I do that. I thought about that though. I'd rather just switch CPU coolers, the backplate is too nice looking to ditch :D

Pccannable 1 point 25 months ago

You could just put a thin layer of tape or something to stop it shorting out

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Eh, with the Cryorig C7 dropping in a few weeks I'll be replacing the C1 with it. It's putting too much stress on the 960 for my likings anyway, at least with the orientation I have it in.

Reuku 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

"The EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card length of 257mm exceeds the Silverstone FT03S-MINI Mini ITX Tower Case maximum of 254mm." Is this a big problem?

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Well, it fits, but it is a VERY tight fit. I had to remove my 139MM fan at the bottom and basically wiggle the 960 in. It took some time to get it in there, but no, it's not a problem. Just be sure you have clearance with the CPU and such, cause my cooler isn't playing nicely with the card.

There are people that have fit longer cards without modding, I think the absolute maximum is 262MM from what I read on a forum.

XxD34THxX 1 point 25 months ago

10/10

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

bit jealous .. my mobo pins are bent , i can't rma ! boohoo! and everybody keeps posting new builds ! boohooohoohoo :)

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Well if you can't RMA, have you tried very carefully bending the pins back into position? LinusTechTips has a video on it. My friend did it too when he accidentally bent his pins. It worked for him.

yieunjae 1 point 25 months ago

Looking through the pcpartpicker configuration, it warns of video card clearance. You managed to fit it in. Is it possible? Thanks in advance!

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Yes, I did. No modifications. It's going to take a bit of wiggling and maneuvering, but I fit it in without forcing or modifying anything.

yieunjae 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks. I purchased parts from your build. While installing, I realized later that you could unscrew a screw on the outside of the case where the video card slot is and you can easily put it in.

pcpartpicker had put up a warning about potential incompatibility so it worried me.

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Glad to hear! Yeah, I didn't flag it as wrong cause technically, it is a little too close for comfort. Some people have crammed even longer cards in without modification.

How are you liking it so far?

yieunjae 1 point 20 months ago

Sorry I just read this!

Had an issue with the motherboard which I had to RMA. That was annoying but it seems to work well. I actually showed a friend because I was a bit lazy in building a PC from 'scratch' so we just used your specs as a template.

Since I had to remove everything one more time, it was a pain but i think it performs very well and is also very quiet!

My friend likes it and it looks clean overall.

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I'm glad you got the issue sorted, and that you guys like the build. It's pretty nice, eh? I haven't had a whole lot of time to use mine though.

Zggui 1 point 25 months ago

What are the cable's lenght?

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I can't remember off the top of my head, I threw out the paper I used to record measurements and the pinout for the PSU. lol sorry!

suifengls 1 point 25 months ago

Really nice build. Could this PC play dota 2 and pes 2015 with highest settings? (These are the only 2 games I play)

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thank you. Wish I could tell you but I don't play either of those games, however, based on these videos here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgT-DaC0VC8

I suspect you will be able to play DOTA 2 maxed at 1080p. That video used a GTX 750 and a 960 is considerably faster than a 750, so you should be fine.

This person has an i3 with a 960 2GB and can play PES 2015 fine at 60fps at 1080p.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCym9dejZzA

xolot1 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I just came across this AND WHAT A BUILD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BUILD!!

hackintoshbuilder2015 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I really like the hackintosh. I build one from an aluminum case too!

NvidiaGirl 1 point 23 months ago

If only the 960 went with LED logo on it

krazy_kaveman 1 point 23 months ago

Hey man! Sick build so sleek and smooth. I am planning on making a mini gaming PC soon. This is just amazing and I may make one just like this. I was just wondering, does it stay quiet or is it somewhat a little loud?

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Thank you! It's a little loud because of the Noctua iPPC fan I put down there, but the SilverStone fan that came with it made more noise.

yjtpark91 1 point 21 months ago

I'm planning on building a compact gaming machine with budget around $2000 and I decided to go with your case after those beautiful photos you've uploaded. I don't know if you still check the comment section, but I'd like to know if the case has enough space for a Corsair H80i CPU cooler if Maximus VIII Impact was used along with a SFX PSU.

I'm planning on overclocking a 6600k, and it would be nice to know if all those components fit in snug without hampering airflow.

Thanks in advance!

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

The case can definitely accommodate your motherboard an SFX PSU.

Regarding the H80i, I am not sure if it will fit or not. My concern is the thickness. If you plan on using a 3.5" standard HDD or a 2.5" DVD drive, the bracket that holds this drive -may- not fit with that radiator in there, especially if you do push-pull on the rad. I also don't know if it will potentially interfere with the clips that hold on the side panel. The other thing to thing about is the GPU length, if you use the maximum length of this case there's a possibility the rear of the card could come in contact with the radiator, or if it comes with a backplate, it may not fit at all.

I would get in touch with Silverstone and see if they can get you a firm answer.

Hope this helps.

Ef_1995 1 point 21 months ago

Hey can i play the wither3 on highest settings ? I love it and want it.

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

I can't really answer that without knowing your system.

If you are referring to mine, I don't think a 960 will be able to do it maxed at 60 frames. You should be able to get 40s-50s, and if you sacrifice a few settings you may able to get 60. A 970 is a better suited card for the Witcher 3, given the rest of your system falls in line.

Boatbooboo 1 point 21 months ago

Incredibly! What a great work! I wonder about the temperature tho. Have you tested it yet? Also, what is it dimension?

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Sorry for the late response, the temperature is about the same as any other computer, the GPU does run a little warmer and that's my fault for not picking a blower style card. The hottest it got was about 75C.

The dimensions from the website are 188.9mm(W)x 397mm(H)x235.1mm(D)

OGShakeZ 1 point 20 months ago

I +1'd this without even looking at the components; the photography is awesome. I commend you for putting together a computer this nice for under $900!

Deterium 1 point 20 months ago

I'm in awe man.. This is incredibly fresh man! Everything is compact, but it's cluttered.. Just wow!

TechTaco 1 point 18 months ago

Question, would it be worth it to put the video card in with the very small clearance? Should i go with a short graphics card to fit my HD?

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

If you want the room, get a short GPU to fit your HDD. There are plenty of short version 970s, no reason not to do it. Honestly, I kind of regret getting a full length ACX cooler equipped 960 now.

ICantBuildPCs 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Depth of field 2 stronk.

onlyabloke 1 point 16 months ago

The more I look at this build, the more I want to build one!

I agree with OSX, I love the look and everything of it. Only reason I'm moving to Windows is because of the games. Thought about using a dual OS but....eh.

Great build though, I love it!

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Do it! It's fun, and it's a refreshing feel compared to building traditional sized PCs :)

I ended up ditching the Hackintosh aspect, I kept having issues with my bootloader so Frost just runs Windows now. Thank you though!

GloriouSGabeN 1 point 16 months ago

Pic 8 looks like that SSD is drowning.+1 XD

bluespartans 1 point 15 months ago

Damn!!! I'm brand new to the world of building and I love how this looks. Definitely considering making one like this. Questions:

1) How much does the completed build weigh? 2) Would there be room for a 3.5" HDD?

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

I would say the build weighs about 20 pounds. The case comes with an option and there is a possibility of it fitting but it would put a lot of stress on the sleeved cables. I'm sure it could work if you tried. I haven't attempted because I wanted to run this SSD only.

If you're going to make a replica build, I would suggest using the Cryorig C7 instead of the C1, and the shorter blower style GTX 960.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Great build! I hope you still visit PCPP. I'd like to know what size cable sleeves you've used and if I can get a smaller size..I know the case will support upto 10in/245mm length GPU what about the height. Will it support 125mm? I believe your's 111.15mm

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Thank you! Yes I am still here :)

The cable sleeves I used were 4MM in diameter. I've seen some 2MM sleeving. The 4MM works well with 16-18 gauge wiring that's standard on most PSUs, and even fan cables.

If you're referring to the width, (from the PCI slot to the side of the case) Silverstone says it supports up to 5.11" or 129MM.

Hope this helps.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Thank you.

How did you mount your SSD? I'll loose my drives bays too with my planned config.

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

If you look in a few of the photos, there's a little tray meant for a single SSD that comes with the case. That's what I use, it screws onto the main panel that holds the motherboard.

EdInk 11 Builds 2 points 14 months ago
av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Fantastic! Great looking build. How did you enjoy working in the FT-03? I loved it. Posed lots of challenges!

Looks like you got more than just a new computer too - new camera! Good pick. Love the D3X00 series.

How do you like your XR341CK? I'm looking to buy that monitor soon but I keep hearing quality control issues with that monitor, from BLB to randomly dropping video signals. Also, Freesync @ 75Hz with an Nvidia card has a frame skipping issue. Freesync enabled at 75hz also causes a thin flickering at the top of the screen. Let me know if you have any of these issues.

rgregorio772 1 point 14 months ago

Can this handle 4k content? Movies, Editing, etc? Also would you recommend this for graphic design, photoshop, video editing, and moderate gaming?(racing games, fps)

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

A GTX 960 doesn't too do well with 4K. I wouldn't hold my breath. You might be able to shove a shortened 1080 in if you want to work with 4K content.

The computer in general handles editing just fine, unless you work high resolution footage (4K).

Yes, however, I would recommend increasing the RAM for the work you listed and also a bigger SSD for the media. It handles Photoshop well, and depending on the video editing program you use, After Effects is very memory hungry. The other thing is setting the scratch disk. It would be recommended to add another hard drive for that. The 960 handles games very well at 1080p.

If the 4590 doesn't work out for you, you can always put in a 4790K for some extra horsepower, although not much.

Dehriz 1 point 11 months ago

BEST pictures on pcpartpicker 1+

Jacoby2002 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Wow

Blackhat132 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

nice case man love the compact form of it.

Meine 1 point 7 months ago

wow that's pretty....

SheepOnTheRun 1 point 6 months ago

This is awesome, nice.

Design1stcode2nd 4 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Great build.

Do you happen to have any idea or thoughts on why the case extends so much past the frame at the top? Seem like Silverstone could have either made it shorter or allowed for more interior volume. Great looking case and design though.

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks! My guess is for the cables. The cables go in through the top and if it were shorter it wouldn't give enough room for the cables to bend, if that makes sense.

TechBank 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

400th Upvote ;)

av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Haha thank you! Much appreciated. Glad to see it was worthy enough to be mentioned in your bio. Good luck on your YouTube channel!

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av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thank you!

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piemancoder 2 points 25 months ago

I'm guessing this one will be added to the list?

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piemancoder 2 points 25 months ago

Comment below?

Edit: nevermind, found it

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av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thank you for your kind words! Yes, I was so nervous powering on the computer after I was done chopping up and sleeving the cables! I was hoping nothing was going to blow up.

Haha, I didn't even think about that! That is true!

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av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thank you thank you!

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av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Oh wow! I feel so honored! :D Thank you!

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av8rarky submitter 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

It is running excellent! Played a few games on it and it's rock solid stable and temps are awesome! :D

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