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Next Gen Mini ITX

by drunk_klaus


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Date Published

Nov. 18, 2015

Date Built

Nov. 17, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz


Welcome to my new build, everything but the mouse was purchased in the past month. I've been wanting to put together a high end build for a while now and finally got around to it. I wasn't planning on water cooling at first, but I was looking through builds on here and saw how clean it looked and those builds got me wanting to try something new.

I'm a gamer at heart and wanted something that will last me a while. There is still some work to be done with this, and I have a 750W PSU from my previous build I plan on putting in here as well as the 750gb SSD. I got a free year of amazon's unlimited cloud storage when I purchased the keyboard so I will be using that for the backup and storing videos/pictures.

I had a leak during my leak test on the loop. It was pretty bad, but could have been worse. The O-ring in the CPU block wasn't seated properly and leaked coolant all over the motherboard. I used a ton of paper towels and q-tips, and let it sit by the window for about 2 hours and it was fine, the good thing about red liquid is I know when I've gotten most of it with the q-tips, good news is the motherboard was fine, and I didn't have to empty the loop to fix the leak.

Part Reviews


6700k, what more is there to say? Latest and greatest intel CPU

Thermal Compound

I saw this was one of the top in a thermal paste test, preforms as expected


Nice mini ITX mobo, when installing the EK Supremacy CPU Block I had to cut the rubber backplate quite a bit because there were things on the back of the mobo that were stopping me from putting the whole backplate on. The BIOS is really easy to use.


Works great, chose because of the low timings and black color.


Best bang for the buck SSD.


Everything fits in pretty tight, barely got my 980 Ti in there but it fit. I didn't use any of the fans this came with. Removable 5.25" drive bay and you can take out the unused HDD/SSD bays and route cables through there. I wish they would make windowed side panels.

Power Supply

I was surprised to see this came with a jumper tool so I didn't have to go find a paper clip. This was recommended to me buy a staff member at microcenter, no issues yet. Only using it until I can get my psu out of my previous PC.

Operating System

As plenty of others have said, the "recommended settings" for installation are silly, I turned everything off as it basically recommends adware. The popups every time you run a program are annoying but you can turn that off. I like the new interface, I've went from xp to win 7 to this and its nice to use some of the new features, although I doubt I will use the apps very much. It isn't as bad as people seem to be saying.

Case Fan

Taking a star off becasue they didn't come with a PWM connector, good quality fans otherwise.


Still the best of the best monitor, They came out with a new one this year with an IPS panel but you lose the 1 ms response time for that so I will be sticking with the classic ROG SWIFT until someone comes out with a 4k 120+ hz panel


I love these switches! I started using mechanical keyboards about 3 years ago, I've tried all the switches and this one is by far my favourite! It is extremely quiet in comparison. it will take some time getting used to the spacing and extra keys on the side. I keep hitting caps instead of A and the 0 hotkey instead of ESC. The rubber feet are easy to replace with the ones that elevate the keyboard. The lighting software is nice but takes some trial and errorif you want to do a custom profile.

Cons: I can't change the lighting colour when Num lock, caps or scroll lock are on. I've tried everything I can think of in the lighting software but I don't think it can be done. I enjoy the spacebar but it squeaks sometimes, hopefully that will go away with time. The larger keys (enter shift, etc.) are slightly louder than the others. The frame is quite large.


Probably the only mouse I will use. I've had the naga and deathadder before. The regular naga was nice at first but I felt myself wanting to bind keys in game there that ended up being more of a hassle to press, the keys on here are much easier to recognize and the mouse has a better overall feel for me

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PotatoMan9289 1 point 41 months ago

+1 for the beast of a PC and the backgrounds on your monitors.

Ropota 1 point 41 months ago

nice build. +1

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

yeah, shame the photos weren't better.

staffsMike 1 point 41 months ago

It seems a bit lonely on the floor but looks cool and awesome parts.

drunk_klaus submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

yea i'm going to get a side table to put it on I think

Fsylar 1 point 41 months ago

Next upgrade phanteks evolv. Has window

kaan 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Nice build

We have 2 builds with the MSI Z170I, both has different moods

Let me know if you see anything along these lines: http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php/766755-6700K-IA-Max-Turbo-Limit-IA-Turbo-Attenuation-(MCT)-flags-on-hwinfo64?p=7879375#post7879375 Or: https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=262420

As a suggestion, there is a 1.3 BIOS out: http://www.msi.com/product/motherboard/support/Z170I-GAMING-PRO-AC.html#down-bios

As a question, is your motherboard Ver 1.00?

I hope you don't mind my shocking comment :)

drunk_klaus submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I updated to 1.3 last night, using game boost (4400 clock) and adaptive mode I'm getting max voltage 1.312 usually sits at 1.288 i've gotten a few of the BSOD he mentioned CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT in the 2nd link since the bios update

kaan 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Best thing to do is to probably set the multiplier manually, disable speedstep + turbo, set a constant voltage

I would go for 4.6 + 1.3V (4.0 + 1.23V for me, no need to OC yet :)

The links are all me by the way, I've contacted MSI too, they acknowledged the issue, I'm hoping the next BIOS update will be heavenly

noap7 1 point 41 months ago

Nice build! How well does skylake perform? Would you recommend it?

PokeCatz 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

That EVGA backplate is sick +1

Nater650 1 point 15 months ago

I don’t get why you added the sales tax as a custom part

Nater650 1 point 15 months ago

It should be already automatically calculated for you

Nater650 1 point 15 months ago

If you enter in the sales tax In your preferences section in your profile

vekspec 3 Builds 0 points 41 months ago

a...a...Hydro Copper? well just don't leave it out overnight, or the next day you'll wake up and find your computer is still there but the copper taken.... haha, bad joke :P

anyways, cool build. well done!

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