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This was a very difficult case to build in, but the end result is incredible. Some quick notes:

  • This motherboard has (had?) some wifi chip problems. In the first few days / weeks, the wifi connection would drop for about 2 seconds every 10 seconds, which is obviously quite a large problem. This seems to have completely gone away, and wifi is completely stable now (windows and linux).

  • The actual RAM used was a Ballistix DDR4-2400 1x16GB stick ($128CAD on Amazon Canada), which was not listed on PC part picker.

  • The hard drive caddy turned out to be more trouble than it's worth, especially if you plan on trying to cram two drives in there... I did end up fitting two drives in this thing, but I think it would have been much more difficult with the caddy in the mix.

  • I haven't done any proper benchmarking yet, but I was running the Unigen Heaven benchmark on Ultra and 8x anti aliasing at ~70fps for several minutes (less than 15min...).

Future improvements (I was on a fairly tight budget with this build):

  • Replace stock CPU cooler with Noctua low profile cooler (edit: this has now been added)

  • Add 2 Noctua 120mm case fans to the GPU compartment to increase case pressure and hopefully cut down on noise (and heat).

  • Add an NVMe M.2 SSD. This tech is quite new, so I'm waiting for prices to come down a bit.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Because the height of your GPU is like 50.8mm/60mm clearance in the GPU chamber, you won't be able to fit any standard 120mm fans in there. (Standard fans have standard width of 25mm). You might be able to squeeze a 10mm slim width fan in there but you have the case so you can tell me how that goes.

Do you think it would've been easier to get a fully modular PSU than do the cable management in hind sight? I'm interested in the case a lot.

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

I bought this case with the Integra PSU and swapped to a Corsair SF450. The Integra PSU has short cables limited to what the case will need. The Sf450 PSU has the same cables off it but somewhat easier to manage.

I was able to get the case/PSU combo for $110, or about $30 for the PSU. I had intended eventually to get a different, better PSU as I have a closet ITX server and the case only supports SFX supplies. I had a thin mini ITX motherboard running of a laptop supply in the closet prior and moved my old ITX system in there. The Integra PSU powers that system well.

I did not have any noticable coil whine. If you put your ear about a foot above the vent for the PSU in a quiet room then there was a slight high pitch something. The cables are a great length to run to CPU and GPU but the motherboard and SATA cables are a little long. The way the drive cage works if you have 2 drives the ports are flipped like instead of

satapower/data satapower/data

it is

satapower/data data/satapower

which means you have to pout an awkward flip in the sata power cable (2 ports on the same cable).

I ended up moving my old hardware into the closet system sooner than expected and with it went the Integra PSU. I picked up the corsair SF450.

This PSU has a passivbe mode so at low laod the fan does not spin up. The cables are ribbon like and though stiff initially you can zip tie them in place. They actually roll up fairly well to stash behind the PSU or tuck into the drive cage (most of my excess cables are shoved into the drive cage.

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/VvKBD3

It works well. If I wanted to OC or put a GTX 1080 I'd want more wattage but that isn't in my immediate future. I'm looking to add a 1070 later this year depending on Volta/Vega.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

man looked at that clearnace between ur GPU and intake fans XDD u lived the clutch 25mm thick fan+1.5inch GPU height

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

It fits, and with a few tweaks to the GPU fan curve and the Noctuas set to low maintains 71-73C in the upright config like this build isn't loud. Would not buy the Armor cooler again.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hm, I haven't gotten to the point of actually measuring anything yet, but thanks for the heads-up. I've never used a modular PSU, but if you could get the right cable lengths it might work out. I opted for the integrated PSU both to save some money and to not have to worry about finding cables that will fit in the case.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job! +1 for the part list

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You didn't write anything about updading your cpu. Which brings me to the motherboard - why did You take an overclockable motherboard with a locked CPU?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I may upgrade the CPU down the line, but for now this chip is plenty. As for the motherboard... I wanted the latest chipset and this was only $20 more than the H270 from Asrock. I know it seems a bit overkill and that a simpler board would have been just fine, but oh well :D

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

for such a small case, wouldn't something like the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SC be a bit... more nice? I mean, not that you are going to change it now, just a thought.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I think a blower card (such as the ASUS turbo card) would be better

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I think they would be ideal for a case like this, but I chose a cheaper option

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I suppose, but then there would be a huge empty area in the GPU compartment, and with a dual fan card I was hoping for it to be a bit quieter.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The EVGA is loud? Well I suppose under full load that is possible. You might be right :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard (mostly Tom's Hardware posts) that mini GPUs can be louder than dual fan (think: one fan on high vs 2 on medium), and that you might get better thermals... This could easily be wrong, or only applicable at high load as you mentioned, but I figure it's worth a shot. I'll be running this thing on full load for tens of hours at a time, hopefully it doesn't explode ;)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just going to lowkey slip in a "you should have gone with a g4560" here

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I considered it, but amazon.ca and newegg.ca didn't have it at the time so I just went with this. It's supposedly a bit faster too.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

great setup