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This was a computer refresh for my wife from her old amd build back in 2009 (7750 Kuma/9800GT). She was in need of an upgrade. I recently won a giveaway for the Fractal Design Node 304 White from TekSyndicate. I waited as long as I could before needing to put something in it. This limited the parts i could get to mini-itx (which is fine because I've been wanting to do a small form factor build)

There was a lot of debate going into this computer in my mind. I wasn't sure if i should do an AMD APU build or a 750ti/i3 route. In the end i decided to go with the APU in favor of the added "features" that it was released with. I was originally going to wait before adding a discrete graphics card, but while the parts were shipping the MSI R7 250 went on sale and i figured I would pick it up since it was cheap and would actually work with the AMD Dual Graphics.

I've been watching a bunch of case mod videos and decided to give it a shot with adding a window to the case and sleeving the wires. I sleeved the cables with paracord and bought connectors and pins and everything from FrozenCPU. It went easier than i expected but took quite a long time. I ran into a few issues along the way. The Enermax cooler i got would only fit on in one direction, and would actually hit the rear fan. I had to remove the rear fan and add in a custom fan and hole to the right side.

Finally i decided to scrap her hold mouse/keyboard and upgrade her to some decent gaming peripherals. I think i got a deal with how much i paid for everything. I used the windows 7 from her old custom build and will end up putting Ubuntu or steam OS on her old pc till i can sell it.

How do you like it? Any constructive criticism is appreciated.

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Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 17 points

Holy Amazing! This is so beautiful!

  • 73 months ago
  • 7 points

Excelent cable management! Fantastic! +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 7 points

Absolutely stunning.

The R7 250 is a little anemic even with dual graphics, in my opinion, but the cables, the mods, the window, the white cooler......makes up for it 10000X.

Amazing. And to think all this for just $620...I have no words.

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

Well I did have a few free components and I didn't include the price of the mod stuff.

  • 73 months ago
  • 5 points

me gusta

those colors are really creative! wow!

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

Might be some of the best cable management I've seen in a mITX build. +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Which cables are those?

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

What do you mean? Most of them are from the 430M. I made some of my own for the modular portion. Connectors are from FrozenCPU as well. Paracord sleeving

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build! The case looks like a printer! LOL

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Imo it looks more like a mini fridge lol. But you are indeed correct, this is a nice build

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Interesting color scheme! The desktop background really makes it pop out.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

nice build! love the color, where did you get the GPU for so cheap?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Newegg with rebate

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice case modding, you cant tell it was custom done, looks so pro! Also loving the cable sleeving!

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Egg on face, a foot in mouth, humble pie for breakfast, lunch, and diner... And I thought it was impossible to build a pc under $700 with a price to performance ratio that has almost 2x the performance for the price. This build is BRILLIANT!

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks great bro! +1 for a nice clean build.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Clever design / nice mods

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Beautiful build! Really love the colors. that cable management too :) +1 from me!

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Amazing build +1, the A10 7850k is a beast for the price and since you have it in crossfire you will get at least a 10 FPS boost!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

However, crossfiring has also been known to cause more skipped frames/microstutter

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

nice name! also, you did better shopping for this stuff than I ever could have done. good job! +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Luckly newegg will give you retroactive discounts if it's a short time after you buy it and something goes on sale

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

The Weasley? Ron....

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

That's what she wanted...

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

This is great! I might just use that apu/gpu combo in one of my builds.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, i would say something about the APU but seeing as how you picked that first and got the R7 250 on said it's okay, you can SLI them i believe, but man, the inside of that case looks sick! love the mis-matched colors. is that UV in there? other then that, for a upgrade i'd say +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 9 points

It's called Dual Graphics, not SLI

  • SLI = nVidia two GPUs
  • Crossfire = AMD two GPUs
  • Dual Graphics = APU and GPU used together
  • 73 months ago
  • 5 points

Ah, thanks. I haven't really looked into it much, i just knew that you could pair the APU with a GPU

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

The beauty of using an APU plus a reasonable R7 card= very good graphics for the money. I am getting ready to do a micro ATX build with the same APU.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, but only with a compatible GPU and APU

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  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

yea it's UV LED by DarkSide. I bought it from FrozenCPU HERE

I wish the orange acrylic top was more orange, it was suppose to be UV reactive. Not so much though.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

ah, well it still looks pretty nice man :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

i would take the sheild off the gpu and paint it with vinyl "white" to match.

+1

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea, my original idea was to go UV reactive orange on the GPU, but had a hard time finding it. White might be an easier and cheaper option.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like that Enermax cooler? Does it cool as great as it looks? :D

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Seems to do fine so far. I'm not familiar with the amount of heat that comes off of the A10-7850K (It's only 95W TDP) so I cannot say accurately. Idle Temps around 30C and load is about 55C. I'd imagine it's about the same performance as the Hyper 212. I was originally going to get the 212 evo and add my own fan, but it ended up being around 50 bucks. I waited and ended up catching the enermax on sale for 35 after rebate. score!

i was also looking at the phanteks white model but was afraid of the fit and it was a bit more expensive.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks everyone for the kind words. First time doing any modding and sleeving. Now i'm wanting to go back and sleeve mine and put in a window.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

That side fan mod is really clean. +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

i was worried about cutting it. i ended up using a "nibbler" tool by Klein that worked really well. Add on some grommet material to clean up the edge and the grill cover. the fan isnt actually attached to the side panel because it wouldn't work due to the top/side panels being one piece. I used two little strips of the acrylic and made a mount for the fan. look closely and you can see it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Using the acrylic strips must have been easier than screwing the fan in

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

you cant get the top on if you attach the fan to it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing, this is great!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow very nice!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that LED UV strip dimmable?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

it says it is. i just have it hooked up at full brightness though.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Very good build sir. Doing the same build in a cooler master elite 130. Have a few questions though. Have you overclocked yet? Whats the specs of your computer and how does this cpu compare? I like the itx form factor but I worry that it hurts overclock ability over a atx board

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

i havent tried to overclock it yet. it's not mind blowing performance. i dont have my build on PCPP yet, but i have an 8320, 2x 660ti in SLI, 16g ram. mine is def more powerful

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Was it hard putting in the window? Sounds scary!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

fairly easy with that nibbler tool. the grommet stuff makes it a clean edge and really makes things easy.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

ah super cool... thanks!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, nice build! I have the same motherboard and I'm worried about the aftermarket cooler compatibility for the mobo. Did the Enermax ETS-T40 fit without any problem? E.g. backplate, mounting screws. (Except for the heatsink facing down.)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

No. I forgot to mention this before and you bring up a good point. The backplate does not fit due to some components on the back of the ASRock motherboard. I almost sent it back, but ended up modding the back plate and cutting out a BUNCH of material in order to clear the high points on the back. i don't recommend this. Other than that, it fits fine.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

that's one good amazing looking PC, even under 700 dollars! :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the cable management. Where did you put the ssd?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

to the left of the power supply velcro'd on vertical. you can see the sata power going to it and a black sata data cable.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the mouse and keyboard treating you? I was thinking of getting the same things. Could use a little review of them :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

No complains so far. The software that Steelseries makes is put together really well.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing SteelSeries and AMD themed build! +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

The Steelseries was just the luck of prices on amazon. I was looking for something used/cheap and it just happened that way. That being said, the software they have is really nice. Thank you!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Look very sexy

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

I really, REALLY love this build. Where did you purchase the windowed panel from?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

added it myself, but i purchased the acrylic from FrozenCPU

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Incredible build, is it possibly to stuff something like a EVGA 1k PSU in a micro atx case? I'm looking to build a super small form factor computer, I have things like the PSU (2 to choose from) and RAM... I need everything else.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure how big that PSU is. Thanks for the kind reply!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

So Pretty.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

MAN, THIS IS AMAZING. HOW DID U SLEEVE THE CORDS YOURSELF? I LOOKED AT A VIDEO AND GOT SO OVERWHELMED BY IT. IT LOOKS LIKE THE HARDEST THING TO DO. WHAT TOOLS DID U USE? AND HOW LONG DID IT TAKE ?

PLEASE REPLY. I WOULD LOVE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THAT.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Buy a good pin crimper, it makes this easy. other than that just normal electrical cutter/stripper and a flame to melt the powercord. look online for guides. the paracord comes in a wide range of colors and is really cheap.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

WAIT, U ADDED A CUSTOM WINDOW TOO? MAN, HOW DID U DO THAT AS WELL?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

cut it carefully. it took some time but it worked out in the end. i read a lot online and did my research.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I been doing a lot of research as well. It takes a lot of work and a lot of tools. Kinda complex with some one who a first time builder like me. but, it is very cool none the less. And makes your PC stand out and look beautiful. good job again btw.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The main thing is just take your time. You'll get faster with practice. Dont rush through anything. Problems always come up during the builds. dont worry and work it out

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats crazy. Like Can I see a list of your Shopping cart to see how your order looked when u purchased the pieces to make the glass and Sleeve the cables.

The Cable Sleeve'ing thing is really amazing to me and it looks so hard to do. But very Cool none the less.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

it's just really time consuming. I'd check out singularity computers on youtube. Or just search for powercord sleeving guide. i can answer more questions if you have them though.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job :D

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

what ram?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

it's listed above. it wasnt on PCPP so i had to add it manually.

Team Xtreem 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 TXWD38G2400HC10QDC01

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313450

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm trying something like this

Any rates?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/RDvNsY

Also, what was the sleeving kit that you used? Also does it come in blue?

Btw, your build looks amazing, personal fan of HArry Potter :D.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

it's just paracord from amazon. nothing special about it. hundreds of colors

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice rig. Getting ready to do a similar build with same APU. What RAM did you use? I am thinking of using Patriot ViperIII DDR3 2133.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Team Xtreem 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 TXWD38G2400HC10QDC01

Patriot makes some good ram too. Faster speeds are better for APUs

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

What a nice, clean build! I'm sure your wife loves it?

I checked our your pix, but didn't see the paracord sleeving. Any idea where I could see an example of that technique?

And where did you find that cool, large mouse pad?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

yup she loves the computer. just wish she would use it more for gaming with me :D

amazon has the steelseries mousepad: http://www.amazon.com/SteelSeries-Gaming-Orange-Not-Machine-Specific/dp/B00FVPXRWC/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1424103936&sr=8-5&keywords=steelseries+mouse+pad

there are lots of guides online that show how to do the paracord sleeving.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build. I like the white components inside. Great job.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Idk anything about computers really. Can this plug into a T.V.? And how so? Do you recommend this to a console gamer that's trying to get into pc gaming?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

It has HDMI output with sound and will work great with a TV/Console replacement. It's hard to beat steam...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely build and mod.

Not sure if you have tested this, but this particular MSI R7 250 is based on the older Cape Verde GPU and thus does not support AMD Dual Graphics.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I've had no luck running at DDR3-2400. How did you do it?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Funky

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice I like the white in your setup

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there mate! a quick question for you, did you happen to run into any compatibility issues with your motherboard and the AMD A10 7850K? I want to more or less use this specific build but with my own twist. I appreciate your time!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

no issues to speak of. best of luck to you!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the r7 250 hold up in terms of gaming and such? I chose it for my build because it was very cheap and I have a super budget, my build is my first and is incomplete at this moment in time, I just want to know how decently the card will hold up with most newish games. (I'm used to living off of lowest graphics settings so I didn't think I'd need anything super crazy, let alone something over $100)

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

whats the GHz

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  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

Thats a stretch

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

It's just my opinion, everyone likes a different kind/type/design of computer, and I like this one

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I see your opinion, and while I do not fully agree with it, I partially do. I would say this is the best build on PCP for this price point, even though I am not a fan of AMD (I'd say they're overpriced because of the BitCoin craze, but that's just my opinion.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

The price hike only affected the top tier cards. I doubt anyone would mine with a $50 card haha.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I understand that, but I just mean their cards in general. I have no beef with cards that weren't affected by the price increase, it's just a personal dislike of the company. Also, I heard of a guy complaining about his R7 250 not being fast enough for mining, I just felt bad for him for trying.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I am judging from an aesthetically standpoint, not a hardware standpoint

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I too, think it looks dope.

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  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Well at the time this was about the same price and it looks much better than the 212 evo. This build was more about aesthetics then performance. i think the cooler fits the build well and that the hyper evo would have distracted from the overall purpose.

dont get me wrong. i recommend the 212 evo all the time to my clients. i enjoy that cooler as well.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

HSA, Overclocking, true audio, and i feel that the motherboard is much better for the price. I was limited on Mini-itx motherboards for FM2+ but i'm happy with the Asrock. it even comes with wireless AC.

if i knew the new intel Z97/H97 boards were coming out soon i might have held off.

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