Description

I recently dumped my ps4 and decided to build myself a gaming rig that could double as a htpc. After browsing this site for awhile I came across a build using the Silverstone RVZ01 and knew I wanted to use this case. Halfway through putting it together I felt like Gob Bluth, "I've made a huge mistake". It was sooo tight in there. Obviously being my first build, I know nothing about cable management, so I resorted to studying other peoples pictures trying to figure out how to cram all these parts and their respective cables into this tiny case. In the end, I did it, but not after feeling like I was never going to do it a few times.

Impressions so far:

This thing is so quiet. The sound of my typing right now is enough to drown out the noise of the fans. I am extremely pleased as I wouldn't want to hear fan noise in the background while I'm watching movies.

Dat boot. I'm using the Plextor M.2 SSD as my boot drive for Windows 8.1 Pro. I followed the guidelines on an Asus blog and boot time is under 10sec. It's pretty amazing. I had read a lot of people had issues using the M.2 as a boot drive, but I had no such problems. The drive was recognized straight away and the OS install was easy peasy.

I haven't really had a time to test much else, so I will return with an update when I do some benchmarking, but so far I am really pleased. I may have gone a little over my original budget but I don't think I will feel the need to upgrade anytime soon. My only regret is not taking more pictures while I was putting the system together, but I was stressing too much over the lack of space issue.

**Update

I downloaded the 3d Mark demo from steam. Here are my firestrike 1.1 Results:

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/6744531

I don't have a lot to base this on as to how I'm performing. Anyone have any thoughts?

***Added some pics of the cpu cooler per request

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Nicely done, love seeing the Raven mini-itx used. Cable management is about as good as that case will allow!

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks, it was nearly stroke inducing getting everything in there. And in the end I realized I forgot to plug in the molex power cable to the power supply and nearly pulled my hair out.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

How's the fitting with the Noctua NH-L12 and the Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 12? I didn't even know the this cpu cooler was even compatible with this case. How'd you do it?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly what pegotico said. I wouldn't have known this without doing some research. I found a build on here using that setup and the user was raving about how quiet this fan setup was so I put my some faith in a stranger and was not disappointed.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

max cpu height for that case is 83mm, the NH-L12 without the top fan is 66mm + 15mm (prolimatech) =81mm

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

You misspelled Bluth's name, its GOB. George Oscar Bluth. The more you know.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, thank you. In the interest of accuracy I have corrected it.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

gorgeous

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

dat boot.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it. +1.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

nice!!!! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Really cool build. Love to see the Silverstone cases. I really want to do a build like yours. Excellent job!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Just added my 3d mark results: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/6744531

Nothing overclocked, nothing tweaked in the bios. Thoughts?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your idles? I have an mATX build and am getting 45 C or so.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

According to the ASUS utility, my CPU idles around 31 C. I need to find something to monitor my GPU temp as well.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for such a late reply, I haven't been on in a while. I can't comment on the other cooler you mentioned, but the cooler/fan setup from my build is near silent at default levels. If you crank up the fan speeds it's definitely audible but I have no overheating issues at low speeds and you can't hear the cooler or fans running at all. To be fair I am using this in my living room so I am sitting about 7-8 feet away so if you have this on or next to your desk you will obviously have a different experience.

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