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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  • BlueReason - Sunday, June 23, 2013 - link

    You can't say "nut." A nut is a hard shelled seed produced by a plant, which are unable to use computers. That's like looking at a bag of walnuts, and claiming a black dude robbed those nuts from you. Actually no, both our posts were gibberish. Reply
  • UltraTech79 - Saturday, June 22, 2013 - link

    "In practice". Look at you trying to sound like you know what you're talking about while spewing pseudo-intellectual bs. Reply
  • apinkel - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    I tend to just check out the case and components when they arrive, occasionally checking out the included manuals as necessary. So I usually don't get much out of these detailed builds. But I did enjoy this one. Probably because I'm really looking forward to Haswell. Mini ITX or not. Reply
  • Uxi - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    Is that a 21:9 monitor? What is the default resolution? Reply
  • sherlockwing - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    2560X1080. Reply
  • babgvant - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    It's worth mentioning that the Noctua HSF used in this build is actually not rated for the TDP of the "K" CPU selected. http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=nh_l9i_tdp_guid...

    Given the 120mm fan in the case it probably won't be an issue, but something that should have been noted to ensure reproducibility of the results.
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  • Sm0kes - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    Good call. Also, it's a bit surprising that they didn't go with one of Noctua's larger coolers (especially with a K series part). One of the huge differentiators of Asus's Mini-ITX boards is the layout. From my extensive research It accommodates a wider array of HSF options.

    This is coming from someone who has an ASrock z77e-itx and can't use anything from Noctua due to poor capacitor placement.

    Also, someone has to say it -- that case is fugly.
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  • JBVertexx - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    fugly +1 Reply
  • Sabresiberian - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    Personal taste is what it is. I don't like it well enough to buy one, but I like it. Reply
  • Marlin1975 - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - link

    Seems that is more CPU problem than heatsink. The same heatsink can cool a 95w Sandy Bridge but can't cool a 84w Haswell.

    Intel really needs to work on the heat/lid issue. It was bad enough on Ivy but much worse now on haswell.
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