This system was built through constant upgrades to keep up with growing software requirements. Including the most demanding - games. Also I wanted it to be as silent as possible. All what's left from the original build is MB and RAM. I had an option to go with 8th generation Intel or AMD, but the current setup will let me to survive a year or two and then it will be more clear which new Lake or Ryzen is worth building system around.

Update. Finally swapped Samsung EVO 250GB + WD Black 500GB to Crucial MX500 1TB. Less cabling, no more HDD noise.

Part Reviews


Having a socket 1150 MB and dedicated GPU you would need pretty good reason not to use this CPU.


Onboard ALC1150 audio is really great. Supports M.2 modules (42mm lenght). It's 2018 and still I can't let it go, only upgraded CPU..


Low latency, fast enough (for 2015 and still good in 2018), reasonably priced.


Not super fast, but saved me, when I needed extra storage.


Just bought it because I was almost running out of space on my EVO 850 and the second drive on my PC was mechanical (the most noisy part of all). So replaced them both with this one - price is really affordable for 1TB SSD. Performance is good enough, though sometimes it seems like Samsung was a little snappier. I didn't manage dedicated disk cloning software (Acronis) to work, so EaseUs (free) did its job perfectly.

Video Card

One of the best GTX1070 picks for a Mini-ITX build. Completely satisfied by it's level of performance - equally twice the performance of my former GTX960 (based on actual tests). I've heard some kind of coil whine while running Passmark, but that was the only opportunity to hear it until now. Silent mode - fan is not spinning until certain load/temperature. And even when it is spinning it is quite silent.

Power Supply

More than enough power for a Mini-ITX system. Feels like very well made PSU. Silent mode (fan not spinning) until more than a half of supplied wattage is required.

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! seeing quad-core xeons is rare. why did you not taken a hexa core? or if LGA1150 doesnt support hexa xeons, why bother upgrading? (asuming you had a i7 before, if not then this is fine.)

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. This CPU was the only the available option (from Xeon family) in my region and it is quite affordable. I had i5-4590S previously and when paired with GTX1070 it slightly bottlenecked sometimes. New Xeon is 30% more powerful (from 8000 to 10400 Passmark score - actual figures), and that's exactly what I was missing with i5.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

nice ssc