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philip Aug. 16, 2015

For the new Z170 / Skylake release we were joined by JJ from Asus to show off some new hardware. This build showcases the new Core i5-6600K CPU, Asus Z170-I Pro Gaming Mini-ITX Motherboard, and Asus GTX 980 Matrix Platinum. Full part list here: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6g7B3C

Huge thanks go out to Asus and JJ for coming out and helping us out with this build!

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $249.95 @ B&H
CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC14S_BK 68.1 CFM CPU Cooler $49.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASUS Z170I Pro Gaming Motherboard
Memory Kingston FURY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $67.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston Predator 240GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $219.99 @ Amazon
Storage Kingston Savage 960GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $484.99 @ B&H
Video Card Asus MATRIX Platinum GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card $559.99 @ Amazon
Case Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case $68.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply SeaSonic 520W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular Fanless ATX Power Supply $123.98 @ NCIX US

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TwerkingShowerMan 2 points 44 months ago

Where do you buy your rice from...

emgray 1 point 44 months ago

Did Asus not provide you with a backplate for this as well as your recent micro-atx build?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

They did not. It was a prerelease board, so all we had was the board - no box, manual, backplate, etc.

gunit1111 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I am just about finished buying the parts I need for my SFF build and I'm heavily debating between getting the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv or the Silverstone Raven RVZ02B. I really really want the latter, but I have not seen antyhing about when that case will be released. Does anyone have any pros and cons over one vs. the other?

staffsMike 1 point 44 months ago

Wow two of my favourites itx cases but ever so different.

The evolv is quite big for an itx case especially in width but that allows it to have to same build process and similar fan/rad arrangements that any normal tower offers as well as the tallest air coolers that you can see here. This is also primed for a custom loop as well (though accessories are sold separately).

The fan it come with is a fantastic unit and the best 200mm fan I have ever used especially for noise (I have the mATX Evolv but its the same fan). I would however add an 140mm exhasut as SPCR highlighted some cooling issues with just the intake going.

All in all if you can live with the size it is easily one of the most versatile itx cases I know of.

Now the Silverstone as you say isnt out although it will be in circulation in the next couple of weeks. This is totally different from requiring sfx power supplies, to having a very limited cooler clearance and no fan/rad mounting available. It relies on it ventilation so I would not expect this to work well horizontal but could be pretty good vertical. The 58mm cooler clearance leaves the scythe big shuriken 2 rev b as the best option to cool it. There are some decent low profile fans around if you need more airflow or better noise than the stock fan allows for. The graphics card is on its own as well again relying on being essentially right up to the case side to pull in cool air.

I am waiting on reviews for this case as I want it but i need to know it works first! The rvz01 or fractal node 202 are alternatives with fan support.

gunit1111 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Yeah I just bought a Silverstone SFX 500W PSU and the idea is that I want this rig to be as small as possible, so that rules out the EVOLV. The Node 202 looks like a case that will fit my requirements as well as the Raven, I could go for either one of those.

staffsMike 1 point 44 months ago

Considered any cubes? Silverstone SG13 is quite good and works well with that psu.

gunit1111 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

No but I will definitely take a look at it.

gunit1111 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Is it this one? The price is definitely right on it!


staffsMike 1 point 44 months ago

Yup they are cheap as chips. Check out the builds, most people do high power gaming builds in them.

staffsMike 1 point 44 months ago

In fact ever so slightly different


This one has the high power builds,

Scaredem187 0 points 44 months ago

Nice Noctua bracket ripoff.

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philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

It hasn't been released yet.

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philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Haha, I wish. We had to send it back to Asus.

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