Decided to finally pull the trigger on some parts to build a mini ITX computer. I didn't want anything that looked like a half-baked XBOX or Playstation (RVZ01) or anything too massive (for an ITX) like the Bitfenix Prodigy, so decided to opt for the Hadron Air. The fact that it came with an included PSU was nice, though I somewhat regret this now since the fan is loud at high load. In retrospect, I would have chosen the IN WIN 901 for aesthetics alone. Oh well!
I decided to put together a full video build log, with how-tos, describing the trials and tribulations of building with such a small case. I choose to do positive air pressure in the case to remove the risk of dust invading the inside of the case, and added a 60mm noctua fan as exhaust in the back (see pics/videos).
All things considered, the case looks FANTASTIC, it's small and sleek - BUT noisy. Since I record my gaming sessions, I had to put it on the floor due to noise which is somewhat annoying considering I'd like to look at it.
I wouldn't worry too much about cable management here since you can easily remove the drive cage which will free up a ton of room. But the PSU fan is the kicker for me. IT's fine under regular load like surfing and even higher loads like rendering but once the GPU gets gong it really revs up.
Build log can be found here:
(Part 4 - FInal thoughts and Assassin's Creed Unity Ultra Settings Gameplay)
(Part 5 - Oddly enough, Minecraft is the only game that can make this computer sweat. I max out Minecraft here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU7UYISV6ds
(Part 6 - More minecraft with temperatures and CPUFAN temps) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCiunZpjQw8
See this build play Assassin's Creed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prWjjem9YeI
See this build play Witcher 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILws4qoiiPE
Let me know what you think!
Keeps my i5 4690k Cool while playing Assassin's Creed Unity at Ultra settings, and while rendering videos and the like. Max CPu temp hits 75 or 77 but that is really overloaded. Normal use is fine at 50-60.
Fits nicely in my Mini ITX. See my build video log here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUjhEJEGaMA
Pros: Sleek and beautiful Comes with power supply VERY SMALL (your monitor will be much taller) Good build quality Fits most high end GPUs
Cons: Power supply's fan is noisy at full load Some design flaws like the massive drive cage could have been done better, room in the back for more fans, etc. Had to add rubber feet to my case to make it feel sturdier Optical drive has to be specific, do your research.
See my build video log here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUjhEJEGaMA