i3 gtx750ti, 10l cubitek mini center build

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i3 gtx750ti, 10l cubitek mini center build

Post by aerial » Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:29 am

This time I decided to go for really small and power efficient case.
Cubitek mini center is one of few, similar to jonsbo/cooltek coolcube or lian li Q01. Cubitek is the smallest (10,0l), but all these cases are comparable.
I wanted system that is power efficient, powerful enough for my needs (not interested in newest games), and most importantly silent both in idle and under load.
Goal was achieved, after several modifications, swapping fans and cooler, sealing airflow with paper air duct, the way that psu pulls air only directly through cpu cooler, I'm finally happy with temperatures.
There was another issue with psu whine. Initially I wanted to use my old seasonic s12ii 500w, which I already owned stashed somwhere from previous builds. Coil whine was unfortunately too much for me. Coolermaster V550S psu was my choice, as it is very compact (14cm), and extremely efficient under low loads. According to reviews 93% @ 100w, and similar at even lower loads down to 30-40w. And it happens to be completely silent in terms of any electronic sounds, no whining. Of course stock fan is audiable, low rpm is not everything, you can hear the motor, so it was replaced.
Everything is running stock, cpu hits 60ish max, gpu 60~, fan ramps up to 1k rpm when needed, but still not audiable from 1m.
Someone might ask that getting such expensive cpu cooler for i3 is overkill. Indeed looking at price tags it might seem this way, but all components of this build, were purchased on forums or auctions, so it was put together for fraction of normal price (less than half).

Specs:

i3 4360 @ cryorig c1 + noiseblocker xl1 600rpm
msi h81i
2x4gb 1600mhz
gtx750ti gigabyte + zalman vf900 radiator + noiseblocker xl1 600rpm
ssd 500gb
psu cm v550s (fanswap noiseblocker @ 600rpm)
cubitek mini center

Whole setup:

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Quite painful assembly.
For example power button/led wires must be connected before installi cpu heatsink :)

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Modded air intake for gpu

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Good old zalman vf900, replaced fan ghetto mod

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Bonus:

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And size reference tj07 (70l) vs cubitek 10l

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Re: i3 gtx750ti, 10l cubitek mini center build

Post by CA_Steve » Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:55 am

Congats on your build. Top mounted power button + cat seat could be interesting.

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Re: i3 gtx750ti, 10l cubitek mini center build

Post by aerial » Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:13 am

Actually button is quite hard to press, it goes really deep before switch triggers. I rarely use it myself, h81 mobo and power on usb doing great job. Missed that feature in many sandy bridge motherboards.

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Re: i3 gtx750ti, 10l cubitek mini center build

Post by MikeC » Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:56 am

Nicely done, looks & probably sounds good. 8)

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Re: i3 gtx750ti, 10l cubitek mini center build

Post by aerial » Fri Oct 09, 2015 4:54 am

I wasn't happy enough with gpu load temps, if it is stressed permanently to 100%.

Can accelero s1 rev2 fit into cubitek mini case? :twisted:
It requires some mods..

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What needs to be done to even install it:
- remove cpu heatsink
- remove gpu slot cover

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Heatsink touches front of the case, but fits.
Here pic of my "air duct" that prevents psu from intaking air around cpu cooler.

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Everything inside the case

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It isn't pretty, but works. Really quiet, fan rpms are locked at constant low speed, just plugged to psu, no pwm control.
I don't need to undervolt gpu, oc is possible, stock 1.2v and max temp is 60.

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Re: i3 gtx750ti, 10l cubitek mini center build

Post by HammerSandwich » Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:24 am

That's a tight fit! Nice work.

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