Description

The computer is for gaming, and perhaps other stuff at some point, I like assembling computers! I wanted something small because I'm a student and have no car (Cars are expensive in Denmark). So I wanted a tiny computer I could easily carry around with me in a backpack for example.

Blu tack is used to keep the fans and the graphics card apart, because the Graphics card is sagging a bit :P #engineering

Update: A Noctua NF-F12 fan has now replaced the stock Cryorig fan.

Part Reviews

CPU

Switching from a i5 4690k to this, I am so happy, especially when I play something like Cities: Skylines, butter smooth.

CPU Cooler

Has a hard time keeping it cool, but what would you expect from such a small cooler:)

Motherboard

Choose this because it has 2 m.2 slots, easier to install than 2.5" drives especially in this case. I know that I don't need an overclocking motherboard for this CPU, but I didn't have a choice when I bought it, and I didn't wanna wait for the non overclocking motherboards...

Memory

... RAM pricing ... Oh well ... great memory anyway. Bought 3200 MHz instead of e.g. 2400 MHz because there was almost no price difference...

Storage

Really nice to store games on, instead of a HDD :)

Video Card

I bought this Graphics card in the summer 2017. Glad I did, wouldn't wanna buy one right now...

Case

LOVE this case. So well built, and it can have quite a bit of hardware in it.

Power Supply

Nice and quiet, as it should be.

Case Fan

Keeping that GPU cold, while staying silent.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 5 points

These builds using small HTPC cases always amaze me. I couldn't imagine working in a case that small, but the result is so satisfying. +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! Looking really good, this is one of the few HTPC Builds where I wish there was a glass/acrylic side panel to show off the components. You did a very good job of cable management. Only thing I can say is that you might benefit from the Noctua cooler I mentioned below. Very well done!

Take my +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, some TG or acrylic would be great! :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

By far one of the cleanest HTPC builds I've ever seen. Well done.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking to build a similar build, how loud does the pc seem to get under load?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for late reply... You can definitely hear it, but it could be a lot worse. Changing the CPU cooler fan to a Noctua one helped a lot. Sadly I can't give you an actual number :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, just wondering, How much does this entire rig weigh.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Sadly I don't own a weight scale :( It is a bit heavy, because there is so much in it... But I am able to carry it in a backpack.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I have a question though. I'm actually thinking on buying this case but I'm a bit concerned with fitting a GTX 1080 Strix. Do you have any inputs or tips on installing it on this case? I also noticed you put like a white clay thing? to prevent GPU sagging. Is that what it is? or could you tell me what it is? I'd appreciate any info as I'm really looking forward to buy this and so far you're the only one I found with the same reference card I have :) Thanks.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, sorry I haven't replied. And my answer might not be useful anymore.

The "clay thing" is blu tack. It is used to both decrease sagging, but also separate the fans from each other due to them interfering with each other. One tip I have, is that you have to push the front panel connector cables as close to the side of the case to be able to fit the graphics card properly. It is also preferable to use flat GPU power cables because they are easier fit along the edge (where the front panel connectors are).

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope it does!

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  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

If he is maintaining 75c under load he is just fine. Better than my C7 in a 7700k stock. High cpu temps are 90c+ and thermal throttling won’t happen until it surpasses 95c+

His temps are great for itx air cooling.

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  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Temps are fine, but a Noctua NH-L9i might do the trick of making it quieter and cooler.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Naah... Big Shuriken 2 REv B is the way to go if you want better temps. I have the same build but with i7 8700k and GTX 1070 https://pcpartpicker.com/b/MNsZxr

My CPU load temps do not exceed 75C, but my CPU is 95W TPD vs the 65W i7 8700

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'm considering buying that cooler :) Then I might change, after I've compared them :) I was even considering it before building and I changed my mind a thousand times. I just really liked the look of this cooler, but the noctua is probably better :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

I wouldn’t. The l9i is only rated for 65w max and though quieter, won’t do the job the C7 will. If temps/sound are a concern, take off the stock fan and place a standard 120mm fan on it. The case cover, when installed, applies just enough pressure to the fan to keep it from moving around, but doesn’t add any unnecessary pressure to the board. The 120mm fan will also line up with the case ventilation allowing for a little better outside air to cooler airflow. I ran my Node 202 like this for a while, running a 7700k @4.7ghz before creating a class window for the Node 202. The Cryorig c7 cooler is amazing, but the fan itself is very loud.

Another alternative would be the Scythe Big Shiruken Rev B. Though, I wasn’t a fan of the half sized 120mm fan.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your input! I'll consider that :)

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