I really did not have any reason to build this. I saw a couple of builds with this case and I was curious. For now, It has no purpose. I might use it for a portable VR machine. I had a few extra parts from my recent scratch built HTPC. The processor, the ASUS H-170 mother board and memory were supposed to go in there. Somehow, I ended up with a Z-270 board and 7600K processor. It happens. The memory had clearance problems with the cooler. Since I had an old GTX 960, as far as I was concerned, this is enough parts for a build. Although my wife didn't think so.
The Raijintek metis is a lot smaller than I expected. Its laid out well, but room is at a premium. After researching it some, I realized it has the same problem as most small mini itx cases have. Poor airflow and no room for cable management. Most people cut holes in the top and add fans. This seemed like the way to go, but I wanted a really clean look, did not want screws or bolts to show. I wanted it to look like it came that way. I made a fan mount that would be installed from the bottom of the cover. I used Gamer Storm fans because they are only 20mm thick vs 25mm. This gave me more head room between the fans and the GPU. Less buffeting and quieter. These fans still move a ton of air over regular slim fans.
I used a sfx power supply with a silverstone adapter to make more room for cables. I also built a PSU cover out of aluminum to cover the PSU and excess cables. I had a Hue + that would not fit in my last build so tried to incorporate that in this build. I made a form out of wood and pressed out a grill for the top. Lots of trial and error here.
I really wanted to go with a 1060 or 1070 mini, but at the time, gpu prices were a little out of hand. Then I got lucky and came across this Asus gtx 1060 with the new 9 gps memory for $239 on amazon. I wanted this card for another build but it has always been over $400 and hard to find. As for the motherboard, it failed on me. I picked up a MSI Z270i pro carbon that was a returned item (just in case I want to upgrade the processor later). Not really found of it. It has 3 fan header, but only gives you control of 2. System fan 1 and 2 are linked. Also only has 1 USB2 header and I needed 2 for the Hue+ and H7 cooler. Had to split a USB extension cable to make 2 headers. Although the Mystic rgb lighting is cool and it controls the RGB Corsair ram. I cut out the side panel and installed a larger flush mounted acrylic panel. Did this over a full acrylic panel for a cleaner look and i did not want to see the screws thru the acrylic.
This 1060 and 960 are practically identical. Only difference is that the 960 has a SLI connector and the 1060 has 2 hdmi ports. The cooler and back plate are the same. All in all, it came out pretty good. Games at 1080 no problem. Handles VR well too. I hope you like it. It is pretty cute.
UPDATE: I recently replace the PSU to a 600 watt corsair and the CPU to a I7 7700k. Also replaced to the graphics card to a ZOTAC gtx 1070ti mini.
Ran into a problem with the 1070ti, it was overheating like something fierce. It would go to 84 degrees a few seconds after a load was put on it. Idle temps were fine but man, as soon as I would start unigine heaven, it would get ugly. I heard that the mini's ran hot, but this was ridiculous. I pulled apart the cooler to replace the thermal compound and what I found was depressing. I think they used a whole tube of compound on this. my last pictures show what I found. After cleaning and replacing the compound, temps went to normal. About 68 degrees under load and 27 at idle. I felt lucky that I got this card when it first came out for $449. The price of these things now has gotten out of hand.
Its still cute, but with a little more bite!