For our final installment, JJ put together a bunch of components for a mini-ITX Haswell build and took us through his build process. The motherboard itself is a Z87-I Deluxe, an upcoming mini-ITX Z87 board from ASUS. Also in the video you'll see JJ install ASUS' mini-ITX optimized GeForce GTX 670 DC Mini card. Finally, the chassis is pretty cool - it's the Lian Li PC-Q30.

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  • Dug - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    I must be the only one that likes this case. I like that 670 too.
  • hfm - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    Probably, I find that case to be hideous.
  • apinkel - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    Nothing wrong with liking the case. Not everyone has the same needs/desires. As long as the case fits the intended usage without having any truly problematic design flaws.
  • dtgoodwin - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    It's not a PicoPSU, which plug directly into the motherboard, it's an SFX. Otherwise, fun to see a build.
  • KaosFaction - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    I wish my SSD came preloaded with Windows 8 for first boot.
  • JBVertexx - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    Love the SFF GTX 670. Wish there were more ITX enclosures optimized for this.
  • JBVertexx - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    Also would like to see thermal performance with this build. Noctua NH-L9i with an OC'd Haswell? Need to see the proof in the pudding on that one.
  • MonkeyPaw - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    On that comment about inserting RAM correctly, one time my father-in-law bought some more RAM, and rather than waiting for me to help, he put it in himself. Surprise surprise, the machine didn't boot. When I checked it out, he had the RAM in backwards and he had pressed down so hard that he broke the DIMM slots. Never thought it was something so complex!
  • Sabresiberian - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    I would have liked to see the overclocking process. Nice fan in the back, but it's mostly blocked by the mainboard; I expect case cooling to be an issue. Of course the intent was for a mild OC to begin with, so even if no OC was possible, it wouldn't ruin the build.

    Nice little video; everyone thinking about building their own for the first time should watch something like this just to see how easy it can be. Of course seasoned vets won't learn a lot from it. :)
  • epobirs - Thursday, June 20, 2013 - link

    I guess the question is, how much effect can you get from cooling the underside of a motherboard?

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