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Gaming Mini Fortress

by FamousWolf


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CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



My main gaming rig. I wanted to keep it in a budget which was around $1100 CAD. I already owned the mouse, keyboard, monitor, and GPU so I think I did alright. The main goal was a small quiet gaming rig as I was sick of having a tower on the carpeted floor. I'm pretty happy with it although I think I would like to upgrade the GPU with a blower style card as it will blow the hot air out of the case. Right now it is just air cooled but a future upgrade could be to remove the 3TB HDD, stick it into an external enclosure, and put in liquid cooling. It's pretty tight in there. The pictures aren't that great so if you want me to post a specific shot just toss me a request. Thanks for looking.

Update: Spent a few hours this weekend putting in a Cooler Master Seidon 120M. Was a challenge to get it all in but I did and it runs great. Here is an Imgur album ( http://imgur.com/a/HZ26W ), I didn't take as many pictures as I should have cause I forgot as I was building and wasn't going to remove stuff to show it all, sorry.

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daes79 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

I absolutely love that case

FamousWolf submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Thanks, me too. Pics are fixed.

daes79 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

How hard was that case to set up.

FamousWolf submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

It is very tight in this case so it requires some patience. You also need to plan your build because you get your graphics card in for example and all of a sudden there is very little room to plug in your SATA cables. At one point I had to use pliers to line them up so I could push them into place.

FamousWolf submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Well, that's silly. Phone uploaded pics at strange orientations. Sorry, will fix soon.

FamousWolf submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Ok pics are fixed.

spencerharden 1 point 24 months ago

just a Q why would u go with windows 8?

FamousWolf submitter 1 Build 3 points 24 months ago

I have a buddy who swears by it and thought I'd give it a go. I'm still not a huge fan of Windows 8 but it works well enough. I'm not a power gamer or anything just a weekend warrior with a wife and three kids.

Spencer1012 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Although you have a very small case, I think that the GPU cooling solution you have now will be fine. Your GPU temps sure won't be better with a stock heatsink/fan unless I'm way off here. If you're getting decent temps just stick with what works I guess. Or you could mod on a Corsair H50 to the GPU with zip ties :)

Nice build!

FamousWolf submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks, I tried setting my BIOS to Asus Optimal and ran into some crashing while playing Rift. I did notice that my CPU was hitting around 79F but my CPU clock was hitting 4.8GHz. I figure if I learn a bit more about over clocking I could be pretty stable at 4.5GHz but I haven't taken the time to learn yet. This case was designed with the H60 in mind so that will fit right in if I get rid of the HDD. The stock fan is a 140mm AP fan. But this is future stuff. I'm pretty happy with how fast it is under stock settings.

Tomv98 1 point 24 months ago

How do you like those logitech speakers?

Nice build by the way always cool to see people build in Mini ITX format :)

FamousWolf submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

They sound decent at low - mid volumes (which I never go over since my gaming time is after the kids are asleep.) They were pretty cheap if I recall. I have a SteelSeries Siberia v2 Headset that I use for voice chat and cranking it after hours.

Thank you, I have a Fractal Design Node 304 build that I just completed that I will toss up after I take some pics. I built it as a Steam box for my TV, an iTunes and Plex server.

psherrard 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I love this system! :) Ya done good! :) Now, gonna get an R9-280X ?? :)

coolflame57 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

You totally should have gone with the Bitfenix Prodigy as a case. Cheaper and better looking.

FamousWolf submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I went with this because of it's tiny footprint on my desk. It's like 7.5" wide by 9" deep plus there are no cords coming off of the back of it so you can slam it right against the wall. Thanks for the comment. :)

coolflame57 2 Builds 0 points 20 months ago

Oh, yeah, I forgot that the prodigy is like a mATX case. I can see why you went with a much smaller case.

TinyEvilPenguin 1 point 20 months ago

Now that you have a build in a Silverstone FT03 and a build with a Fractal Design Node 304, which case do you like better? I'm going to rebuild myself a Gaming/Torrent/TV box and those are the two cases I've been looking at. I hear the heat management on the Silverstone can be very good becasue of the unusual orientation. What do you think?

FamousWolf submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Heh, how do you know about the Node 304? I never posted that build as complete :P

For me the Node 304 is the ideal case for a HTPC. It looks great, is easy to work on, and runs near silent. It has room for 6 3.5" drives whereas the FT03 has room for one 3.5" and one 2.5" drive. I haven't seen a MiniITX board with 6 SATA connectors yet but 4 is still OK for a HTPC. I currently have a 240gig SSD, a 2TB, and 2x 3TB drives in mine and that is great. The FT03 has a small foot print but is tall so unless you have a good spot for it it may look strange beside your TV. If you are looking for blu-ray drives then neither of these cases are a good option as the Node 304 has no 5.25" bays and the FT03 is slim load only. For heat it depends how crazy you are going. The Node 304 has two 92mm front fans and a nice big 140mm at the back. These move air really well across the disk drives and the CPU. There is also an air intake on the side for the GPU to pull air from and an intake on the bottom for the PSU to pull from. It's a beautiful, well designed case and it cools really well however it's not designed for liquid cooling. I have seen some builds on here where people have fitted a liquid cooler anyway so it can be done. The FT03 was built with liquid cooling in mind and the airflow from bottom and out the top really does work well.

I probably should post the Node 304 completed build but I've been too lazy to take pictures. I've also moved this build out of the FT03 and into a Fractal Design Core 1000. I got a GTX780 for Christmas and that GPU is just too big for the FT03. I'm going to make a computer for the kids out of the FT03 because it will look good up in the family room. :)

Sorry for the ramble.

TinyEvilPenguin 1 point 19 months ago

You mentioned the Node 304 in another comment :)

Thanks for the advice. I really like the look of the FT03, but it's more expensive, and I couldn't use my existing PSU, so I'm not sure it's worth the extra cost when it doesn't sound like it's anything special.

Any experience with the EVGA Hadron, or the BitFenix Prodigy? They look nice, but maybe not as functional as the Node 304.

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