Description

This is a PC I built for a customer and he wanted something quiet but powerful. It's mainly going to be used for gaming but still wanted to have the full benefits of silence and cool, while being small enough to move around.

Everything in this PC is bolted down or secured. Even the SSDs are screwed in to prevent them from being dislodged.

Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 36 points

._.

You have left me speechless. +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 7 points

Haha! Thank you but keep talking, it's good for you!

  • 65 months ago
  • 6 points

It's a very beautiful build and it will perform very well.

However, a similar build with a 780 Ti goes up to 420 W in Unigine. Even though real life scenarios might use a little less than 420 W, that power supply simply will not cut it in a few years after it's lost some output.

I would have bought a 550 W as the YouTube video recommends, especially if someone were paying me to build it for them.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

"I'm so sorry to have to say this" Then you smile at the end. Lol, you are cheeky.

I like the build but honestly the power supply does seem like the only "flaw" of the system. A Seasonic G-550 F3 550W would've done the job with some headroom and for less money than that power supply. (Directly comparable with 5 year warranty as well).

But it's not my build, nor my choice.

Btw your statement of real world usage can't be taken seriously. There are too many variables, power is not constant you know, and if you don't know.. Well...

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Whoa calm down dude.

"You're welcome" for giving pointers, I guess.

  • 65 months ago
  • -3 points

You're "especially if someone were paying me to build it for them" came across as cocky. 450 watts is more than enough for a 770, especially when a titan can run with a 500 watt power supply (as seen in the EVGA hydron). People on Pcpartpicker just overestimate how much power you really need.

  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

It's better to be safe. While you could be fine, the voltage regulation, rail ripple suppression, and voltage stability could become limiting factors as the unit gets used more and more. Especially if the unit is susceptible to degradation over time. It's not too likely to happen, but it could. Then having more power would be essential.

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Imagine he put a 400 W PSU in it. That's a likely output of a 450 W PSU after a few years. It isn't worth it even if it drops that low only a few times in a hundred.

My whole premise is that it will be fine initially but it won't be after its output has degraded a little bit. Especially since the owner might want to overclock it someday even though he told Lavins that he wouldn't.

Plus the 780 in this build takes marginally more Watts than a 770.

  • 65 months ago
  • 6 points

What was the reason with going with an older CPU? Just curious :)

Edit: Also nice to see something other than black & red... I wanted to do something blue myself but most of the parts i was looking into were all red!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

My thoughts? Heat generation. But I could be wrong in that regard

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Heat generation prolly isn't an issue since it's liquid cooled. Maybe it was to keep costs down as much as possible. I'm also wondering why the Ivy Bridge route over Haswell/Haswell Refresh.

  • 65 months ago
  • 6 points

Client didn't feel like selling off his 3770k just to upgrade over to HasLEL and lose out on about $80. I don't blame him.

  • 65 months ago
  • 8 points

"HasLEL"

that made my day! :D

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah ok, thank you :) The build looks great!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

He already had the 3770k laying around and wanted to downsize to a smaller form factor so he can lug this around. :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 5 points

the 450w PSU is on the edge of things, why not invest $10 more and get the RM550

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Great bulid! +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

That...that is beautiful...

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the custom cooling

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

This is a stunning build. I wish I had the cash/time/patience/skill/skill/skill to watercool something, let alone something this tiny!

If there's any way to revitalize some year or two old parts...this is the way to do it!

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow very nice build especially the custom loop +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow. Just wow. Amazing build

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Thank you! :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you cut the cables to appropriate lengths to avoid having to worry about messy cables?

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Yes indeed I did! Every cable, including the fan cables, were cut to length so as to not add to a huge mess of long cables. The result is this clean base with nothing but the pump touching the floor. :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Man, this is the first time I've seen someone on this site get gunned down for having a power supply that "might not be sufficient for the job", even though it works just fine. Great work Lavins! With this and Seven Sexy Tee under your belt, I hope to see much more PC artwork from you!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Aw, hey thanks! Yeah man, some people are just misinformed and are stuck in their ways is all. No big deal for me as I know it'll work with no issues.

I do quite a bit of builds actually so if you like my work, check out the rest over here! http://lavins.imgur.com/

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll be sure to check those out! And I actually have a couple of questions for you. For starters are those Monsoon fittings you used? And secondly, do you do custom sleeving orders for people?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, they are Monsoon fittings!

Yes, I do custom sleeving as a service. You can check out my website: http://www.hexagonpc.com/shop/

This page will show you exactly what cables you're getting and how much. Don't hesitate to send me a message through here or my email if you'd like a set!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice looking build. Where did you get the cables? If not, did you make them?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

they appear to be individually sleeved so my guess is that he made them

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

You can buy individually sleeved cables.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

i know you can but they are usually 1 solid color and his are multi colored sleeving, and most the premade sleeved cables are actually just extension cables which wouldnt fit in this mini itx build and corsair doesn't sell that color premade sleeving for that power supply so it's a safe assumption he made it.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Good point.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you and you as well :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

I made the cables myself actually. I even have a website if you're interested in purchasing and I'm currently running a discount from now until the end of July!

http://www.hexagonpc.com/

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok. I was unaware that you made them. I will check it out.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, nicely done!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Professional job. Well done! +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Thank you sir!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

It's always good to see a toothpaste color scheme! Yummy! +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

This is really cool! I had no clue the 250D was spacious enough to fit all these watercooling components...

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

That's the cutest thing I've ever seen. Probably will be. Until it kills me and my computer.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Do people actually buy 3 of your cables for $200 was interested in buying but damn I can get every cord in a system sleeved for $80 :/ anyways sick as build

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually 4 cables. As for the $80 thing, they're not the same as my kit. For one, the sleeving is single thread and thus, it's not of the highest quality. On top of that, the heatshrink is terribly mismatched giving this uneven appearance. My kit is hand made using the highest quality paracord and is made for the client's needs. I can even do custom length to prevent excess cable clutter. There are many advantages to buying a custom set over a mass produced one.

Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

hi! what is the max thickness of rad u could put into this case? thanks! and btw very nice build

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It appears that 38mm is the largest you can feasibly fit in there.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

will an extra single 120mm rad can fit in the front?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It really depends. Most likely not, but if you happen to have a thinner radiator and it doesn't obstruct or get obstructed by the 240mm radiator, then by all means go for it.

I will be doing a test soon enough so hopefully I remember to contact you about this. If I forget, hit me up in a month or so and I'll let you know.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

why not go with corsair hx power supplies? it matches the color scheme. +1 for water cooling in mini itx.

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

HX isn't fully modular and he wanted fully modular for the custom cable sleeving. :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn daddy likes

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Best build on the site ever! It's beautiful!

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Aw, haha thanks!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

while i usually don't like that light blue color scheme, this is beatiful. +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I never wanted or thought mITX was worth it but HOLY SH#%. Awesome!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

How much did you charge you customer? where do you work from?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't really go into details about what I charged the customers as it was a private deal. However, for everyone else, I can provide invoices and line items of labor and additional work requested.

I work out of my home but have been doing this for over 10 years now.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Why go with the DCUII version of the card if you're not going to use the cooler? Is it cheaper than reference or do they just use better chips for those ones?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Client already had it and decided to go with water cooling 7 months after his purchase.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I freaking love this build! Love your work on the cables, i might have to hit you up for a custom sleeved set on my computer (going for purple and gunmetal/grey). This is an amazing little monster and you definitely catered to the customer.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks for the compliments! It was quite a bit of custom work done but it came out better than I expected!

I look forward to hearing from you! I'm ready to do cables any time, just hit me up. :) Contact me at lavinsleeving@gmail.com or PM me here.

Thanks again :D

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG CUSTOM WATERCOOLING IN THERE??? +1000 if I could :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

possibly the sexiest build i have ever seen +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, just awesome.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the cables extensions or are they custom made?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

They are both. I made super short bare cables, then created these specialized, cut to length and arched, extensions. Every cable in this build is fully sleeved.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Both your builds just left me speechless. So ******* beautiful. Thank you for showing us your builds! If there was a way to sub to users here, you'd be the only one haha.

+1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

69/10 would bang >:3

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

wow... +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Watercooling in that thing?? +100000

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

One of my favorite builds on the site, very nice.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That means a lot. :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello Lavis Firstly i would like to say how much How much i love your build. It looks very sexy with all of the black and blue colour scheme. But i got some questions 1) Whats coolant did you use? 2) Can i use normal water block for cpu? 3) How long can my with of my radiator be?

Thanks :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

1.)I used EK UV reactant coolant.

2.) If you used a block for the CPU, then you'd need to find a new pump.

3.) The maximum thickness I found is 60mm. Otherwise, I would've gotten the 85mm thick radiator. But at that thickness, it covers up the hole for your cables.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Follow up to my question how did you tie your pump/res Thanks :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The radiator has an end tank in which I used to fill the entire loop.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

One more question what cpu block did you use???

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

GREAT build !! i want to buy cables like yours what exactly am i looking for? thansks! do i need 1 of each? i have the same gpu as you, i dont need the ones that connect straight into PSU just the ones into MOBO and GPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006519%2050002031%2040002820%20600020179&IsNodeId=1&SubCategory=2820&Manufactory=2031&SpeTabStoreType=1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, props to you for fitting a full custom watercooling loop in a mini ITX case.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

It's quite easy to do! Anyone can do it with enough patience... and money lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

XD yeah, I've heard they're really expensive.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

how in the absolute living hell did you manage to fit a custom loop in that tiny *** case? are you a wizard??

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm a Wizard, Harry.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

my favourite tiny computer ever.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

just stumbled across this work of art

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stunning

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

That is just BEAUTIFUL. I'm crying and I dont know why.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive! ........most impressive! :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm surprised jipster hasn't seen this. He would probably like it a LOT

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Who's that?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow, this is so neat!! organized and clean!!!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm also planning a custom loop in the 250D, so I have a question. How did you secure the res/pump down?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Drill 4 holes in the bottom of the case and secure the pump.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

so, where can I order one?

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

The build looks nice and all but a few things doesn't add up.

1- Why 16gb if its mainly for gaming; it's not useful.

2-why no haswell?

3-You got a 450w psu and it's running a 780 and I7 3770k I'm sure that it's not enough watts

4-Why that mobo there are better mini ITX Mobos with support with broad well like z79 also has way more features and z77 is a bit old now.

5-Are those SSD's in raid ? If not why not a single 512gb SSD which is cheaper.

6-You have a 3tb hdd and it's only 5400rpm , you are gonna have slow load times on games unless they are stored on SSD.

You say you built this for a customer but i see you don't know what your fully doing in parts choice obviously not enough research. -1

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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  • 65 months ago
  • -1 points

It's quite fine actually. Max usage is around 360-380 watts so it's pretty good to go.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 6 points

Nothing wrong with a quality 450w for a single gpu setup. Here is one of the steamboxes for reference: https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Steam+Machine+Teardown/20473

They do a titan on 450w.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do you get that misinformation from? This is more than capable.

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Steam+Machine+Teardown/20473

Titan running on a 450W.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 6 points

You need to relax. Here is an article fom Overclock3D where they demystify the thought that PSU needs to be very high to run gaming systems - Even - with a GTX 780 TI

Read their article: http://www.overclock3d.net/articles/power_supply/how_many_watts_do_you_actually_need/1

Watch their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajiN9aVOv4A

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat white knight. <3

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

My point was that even if 450W is adequate now, it might not be after the PSU degrades. On a $2400 build, skimping $10 on the PSU only has to blow the build only 2 or 3% of the time to not be worth it (a blown PSU won't ruin all the components, otherwise it would be under 1%).

But I just ordered a Kill A Watt so I could do my own tests! Maybe I've been spending too much on my PSU's. :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I have no reason to doubt the longevity of a Corsair unit. They have been doing PSUs for many many years and they seem to have gotten it right so far. Not to mention, they warranty out their units for 5+ years. Even if this thing blows, which it will not and is well within its operating range for this build, it can easily be RMAd and a brand new unit will take its place.

As for the Dell thing, there's absolutely nothing that ties Dell to the issues your father had.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

When I referenced Corsair, I was speaking from the perspective that they have been in this segment long enough to nail down great OEMs. The manufacturer of this PSU up to the 650W and the 1000w is Chanel Well. They are a well respected and reputable company when it comes to developing Power Supplies.

"...a lot of people would never buy a computer from you again if they had to RMA the power supply." That's not how this business works. If there's a problem, I will resolve it and that's seriously not even relevant to this specific build. I'm not going to recommend a 450W to everyone... unless the build path required it.

That second part is also anecdotal and not even a valid concern. It is simply for peace of mind. I have proven that even a Titan can run on 450W, why continue to press this NON-issue?

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it sure does! You can see them on the ASUS IMPACT boards as well. :)

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  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Haha, I like this. :)

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  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Yes that was me! :)

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