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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 ZT-90101-10P 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This was the most powerful card that could fit in my mini ITX case. I had like 8.2 inches, and the card was just a hair over 8 inches. Even in a relativily hot case this thing is running well. I have one of the coolest little gaming pc's ever now. See this my review at this link for the entire build. First time I have bought a ZOTAC product, very pleased so far.

Cons: Nothing I can think of

DIYPC HTPC-MiniCube-Gold Gold Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Looking Case with potential 10/04/2014

This review is from: DIYPC HTPC-MiniCube-Gold Gold Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: This case looks really good, very unique and contemporary. Conversation starter when people see it.

I was able to build a pretty amazing gaming pc in one using the new GTX 970 card from ZOTAC that is only 8 inches long. Temperatures are 5-10 degrees C higher then what people are reporting in more normal cases. But well within limits and probably has a small bit of room for overclocking.

Here is the list of parts I used.
Case Fan

This is a very strong gaming build, I mostly play star citizen and I'm getting a 2440X1440 display to play very solid. I am not seeing any game I can't play well at this point.

Temperatures, Currently I am getting a stable temps at 70 Degress C on the CPU and 79 Degrees C on the GPU, when I have had the CPU and GPU utilization at ~100% for a couple hours. Its a little warm (+5-10C) but well below many other builds I know of running overclocks.

Things to improve on my design: I would get a different PSU and CPU Fan, since the PSU fan is directly above the CPU fan. You really need a CPU fan that blows air up towards the PSU fan. Also the PSU needs to have two PCIE 6 pin connections(I had to use two molex and converr them). Since cable management is a big deal anything you can do to improve cable management is a plus.

Please note that the Noctua fan works perfectly in the bottom of the case blowing air up. The 4 rubber feet feet right through the bottom grill and seat the fan almost perfectly. Highly recommend this one. Don't be afraid to use some force to pull those rubber plugs through the grill and fan holes.

Cons: Obviously temperature is the only downside to this case, but with a little skill you can manage it. I would like to see the manufacturer to put some venting near the top of the case. Even if just on the sides or back near the top. Just to help release the air. Its not a big deal because the case is so small and with the fans I described it moves the air pretty good. You will feel some heat on the case near where the cpu and cpu fan is located. But its warm not too Hot. Also to get the GPU in the case you need to take off the bottom. Which is not a problem.

Other Thoughts: End result is an amazing looking Semi High End Gaming PC. Don't skimp on that Noctua fan on the bottom of the case.

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Rock Solid, Has handled every upgrade I have thrown at it. With the exception of the onboard sound, it is perfect as far as I'm concerned.

Cons: I ended up getting a sound card and disabling the onboard sound card. I was able to get it to work but not as well as a real soublaster card.

Other Thoughts: I was just going through my newegg history and thought I better give a review for probably my best purchase decision in the last 2 years. This motherboard is rock solid. We have ben through thick and thin together. I bought this in October 2012 and have zero issues with it. I highly recommend this board if someone happens to be looking for a Z77 board. I run SSD, HDD, a Ram Drive with 32gb of Crucial RAM. Just works really great. I get great load times in all games I play I'm usually the first person to load in any arena type games. I am a fanboy when it comes to this motherboard. Looking forward to several more years with her.


Nathaniel R.'s Profile

Display Name: Nathaniel R.

Date Joined: 10/01/09

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/11/12
  • Last Review: 10/06/14
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