Elite 130 Itx Gaming Build

Hey thought I´d make a post about my latest (and first) pc build. I went with a mini Itx build, because I have limited space in my room, and I needed something I could put on my desk.



Motherboard: Asus Z87I-pro

CPU: Intel Core I5 4670K

Ram: ADATA XPG 1600 mHz 8 Gb Stick (single stick so if i need more memory i don´t have to replace any)

GPU: XFX Radeon R9 280X (went with XFX because all other vendors are sold out, because of coin mining)

HDD: Seagate 1TB Desktop SSHD

SSD: ADATA Premier Pro SP900 128 Gb

PSU: Corsair CS650M 80 Plus Gold

CPU cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120m

Front Radiator fan: Noctua NF-F12 PWM

Side fan: Noctua NF-S12A PWM

Case: Cooler Master Elite 130


Btw there is something wrong with my camera lens so i had to use manual focus, so some of the photos aren´t perfectly focused.




From the outside




it was a real hell getting both the hard drive and the side-mounted fan in here, but I got it in the end. I could have mounted the hard drive in the 5.25 inch bay but I wasn´t comfortable with that because a lot of hot air gets exhausted there.



a glimpse of the hard drive


you will notice I have removed the side 80mm fan, that´s because the daughterboard of the Z87I blocks it so that it actually keeps more hot air inside more than what it is dissipating.



Cooler Master actually recommends having the psu fan facing down if you have watercooling, because of the limited airflow around the motherboard. I tried it but switched to having it facing up instead, because it was getting hot enough to cook eggs on. Also with my side 120mm fan I think I have plenty of airflow.




All in all i´m really happy with it, the water pump could be quieter, but i don´t have any other complaints. Right now I got my CPU overclocked to 4.4 GHz I did get it to 4.6 with stock voltage but I feel more comfortable with a little lower of an overclock. Also at 4.6 I could not get a native cache ratio but I can with 4.4.


Also I am using a Dell U2212HM monitor (I like IPS), a Steelseries 6GV2 keyboard, a Steelseries Siberia V2 headset and a Gigabyte GM-M6880 Laser mouse (got it for cheap on amazon) with a Steelseries Qck mouse pad.

I think that was all thanks for reading, also i could use a cool name for it.


-Joakim Andersen

It looks very great, very nice build

I realy like mini-itx builds :)

While you were building this, do you think it would be possible to have two 3.5in drives and two 2.5in drives with a double thick rad in the front?

(I'm wanting to put a system in this case, but I need to know if I can't have 2 internal 3.5in drives with a double thick 120 rad in the front. if there'd be clearance issues while having a fan on the side cage like how you did)

well you can still have push-pull in the front and still have a hard drive in the bottom, so a thicker radiator would probably be fine, then you could either mount the two ssd´s in the 5.25 inch bay and the second on the side bracket which i used for a fan. or you could mount the 3.5 inch in the 5.25 inch bay and have an ssd in underneath it and a second one on the side bracket. even if you don´t have space for the bottom harddrive you can still mount an ssd there and have the harddrives on the bracket and in the 5.25 inch bay and the second ssd underneath. Although i would recommend a blower design cooler for your video card if you don´t have an extra fan in the side.

well, I was thinking of ghetto mounting my SSD to the side of my power supply, one HDD in the floor, one HDD in the 5.25 bay and if there's room to put the 2.5in drive under the 5.25 bay i'll put it there. (it's a SSHD so It needs to be secured) and then I could put a fan on the side rack and get some extra airflow in the case.

looks dope, great pics.

sounds like a plan if you can get a power cable there. Also what specs/parts do you plan on using?

btw how do you properly embed photos on your posts?



I'm going to be building this:


Most of the parts are in my current build, I'm scaling down to mITX so I can get my current rig ready to become a home server. I might get a new PSU for it, something in the ~500W Modular flavour.

And pics can be embeded by using the insert image button and using a image-direct url