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A Tiny Monster Gaming PC

by suspectlovemaker

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163 Comments

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Date Published

Feb. 21, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.51GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.0GHz

Description

I built a mini ITX gaming pc with a full size Nvidia GTX 1070 Founders Edition graphics card inside a Raijintek Metis Plus case .

Check out my youtube video on this build, let me know what you guys think. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjRPE_TOvrTL5JQspB4Sm8Q

Total cost of this build was roughly under £1400 early February 2017

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mdsmichigan 2 Builds 14 points 1 month ago

Wow that is a case I've never seen before! Very nice build!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 6 points 1 month ago

Thanks, it was fun building it!

mdsmichigan 2 Builds 5 points 1 month ago

Great youtube vid too, looks professionally done! But did you remove the plastic shrink from the RAM?

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

Thanks dude, the plastic shrink on the logo do you mean?

mdsmichigan 2 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

Yea, there's a good shot of it at 1:26

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 5 points 1 month ago

Great spot dude, can't remember if I did remove it, I will have a look now, cheers!!

Ryan1985 1 Build 6 points 1 month ago

Love this build. How is the gtx1070's temps?

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

Haven't done any test yet but on idle its at 24-26° C but stay tuned I will give you a full update soon :D

EdInk 10 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Wow! How cool is it in that room for the FE to hover at 24-26 idle? Incredible.

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Its in quite a big room, my windows are single glazed so its freezing in here!

Venenosa 5 points 1 month ago

What an absolutely gorgeous build, wow! Everything is so tidy and it fits so perfectly, well done dude, I might just look into this case, you made me mighty interested in it, +1 :D

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Nice one, cheers :))

Venenosa 3 points 1 month ago

Btw, that side panel, I see that u bought it and customized it yourself. How did you cut it, and did you drill the holes in it for the screws? I've never seen how you actually do the process so forgive me if my questions are silly. Would be neat if you made a lil video of it, just saying since ur video quality is so good haha

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I bought the plastic panel via amazon uk http://amzn.to/2ls7XhR and a "acrylic cutting tool." This guy shows how to cut it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCeHx-vvJ7k This guy shows how to drill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uao-sinxbBs But yeah thats a good idea, I will make a how to video on creating on the side panel for this lovely case. Cheers :DD

Venenosa 2 points 1 month ago

Oh wow, thanks for the links man! And I subbed to you bro, so I'll definitely watch your how to video when you post it. Even more so now that I have fallen in love with this little case, and would like to have a pretty window like that too :D

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks for the follow dude! :))

jipster69 4 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

A Tiny Monster

My Tiny Monster is smaller than your Tiny Monster =P

wait... that doesn't sound right at all

Congrats on Featured Build BTW!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

lol Thanks! :DD

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

what is it with small pcs and white cases...

jipster69 4 Builds 7 points 1 month ago

Some people just LOVE a tight white box =P

RIsaac 5 points 1 month ago

jipster no...

Gentleman00 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

jipster yes

TemporaryRug 2 points 1 month ago

definitely jipster yes

BadassPanther 2 points 1 month ago

me like.

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Manirelli doesn't

;(

jipster69 4 Builds -2 points 1 month ago

What are you trying to say?

That he prefers full towers?

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Nah... was more referencing to this -

Ryan, prepare the feature!

He didn't like my original build log name :-( ...now he won't talk to me :'-(

But.... you never know ;)

FrankV01 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

I hope that not what she said!

;-)

stabber 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Mine is smaller than both Here you go big boys though mine is not nearly appealing

jipster69 4 Builds -1 points 1 month ago

Mine is smaller than both...

Hummm...

  • Yours: 7.83" x 8.27" x 9.45" = 10.03L

  • Mine: 8.07" x 5.87" x 9.25" = 7.18L

Sorry bud... not even close... maybe next time ;-)

Dawsoncody 2 points 1 month ago

Stop Boys! We all know size doesn't matter

Unless your me ;)

jipster69 4 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Stop Boys! We all know size doesn't matter

Unless your me ;)

You dropped this...

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Eject91 3 points 1 month ago

Neat, truly a little monster. Cool case, never seen it before.

Stereotypical_Whale 3 points 1 month ago

that is a pretty innovative case.

uberlizard 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

lean mean gamin' machine

Mike2015 2 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

Great build. Lot of power in that case. I built in the red version of this case, but not the "Plus" version (I don't have the top fan). I ended up reversing the back fan so the back fan is intake on my build and then the PSU fan would be the exhaust. Will be interested to see what your temperatures are. Are you overclocking the CPU yet?

P.S. Great video!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah thats the best airflow if you don't have vent at the top, I would of done the same. At some point I will be overclocking the CPU, I'm gonna do a few default settings test first and see how it copes, if the temps are too high I might mod case further, possibly create a second vent directly above the GPU fan and put in another intake fan.

Mike2015 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Here is a review of the Metis Plus case and they got drastically better temperatures with the rear fan reversed. Granted, in the review they didn't install fan at the top, but the drop in temperature with the rear fan reversed was huge.

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Awesome find dude, originally I was going to use the back fan as an intake, (This was with the metis classic in mind - case without top vent) only reason why I haven't done so is because the psu I have only spins when its on low-mid load, I've thrown battlefield 1 on ultra settings and it still has spun lol. So either the psu is either broken or it can take the heat lol.

In my follow up video to the next one about temps, and fps, I will definitely turn the fans around and compare it to the temp results in its current state.

LionsTheBoss 3 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

Sick one.

LonghornAlamo2040 3 points 1 month ago

0_0 WHAT THE HECK?!

+9000

asquared0310 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

you have a new Subscriber- clean build!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks for the follow dude :))

flowremix 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

this is awesome! great job!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Cheers dude :D

milkyranks 2 points 1 month ago

Awesome! Job but what are the temps like?

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

So far on idle the graphics card is at 24-26°C and the cpu 27-28°C but I will be testing it properly very soon :))

1111dionysus 2 points 1 month ago

I really like it - thinking about building it myself!

OnedayUJ 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Very sweet... How much noise does it generate? I am tempted to build an itx machine but always worried that it will overheat. Would be great to see your temps. +1 in anycase... Sweet little build

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Cheers dude, noise levels are superb for a build this size suprisingly, in my next youtube video I will talk more about the levels, as I also use a strange trick to make it even quieter!

Marnitz-Roux 2 points 1 month ago

The fan grille above the GPU should've been on the other side haha, would've worked perfectly with the founders edition card that way

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Totally agree! I am thinking about installing another fan directly above the GPU, because that would be the ideal airflow for this card. :DD

Zezainster 11 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Simply stunning! Good job.

CraftyRam 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Very nice build, might have to borrow it!!! * wink wink* Couple of quick questions though, in the video you said you removed the top-mounted hard drive mount to fit the gpu, was this the mount for a 3.5" drive, if so do the bottom mounts, where you mounted the ssd, only fit a 2.5" drive? Another quick question is about the side panel. On the website it shows a small plexi window, but you have a full plexi / glass side panel, did you custom order that or make it yourself?

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Haha I highly recommend this build, if you are looking for a small one:D

The mount can be used for either a 3.5 or 2.5 drive when mounted to the top, whereas the bottom of the panel can fit either 2x 2.5 drives or 1x 3.5 drive.

I bought the plexi window that was the closest size to the original panel, and bought an acrylic knife to cut it down to size. I then drilled holes matching to the ones of the case. Be sure to start off with a small drill bit and work your way up, drill slow too as acrylic can easily crack.

CraftyRam 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

THANKS M8!!! I definitely might do this because I love the super small form factor and size of the build!

Daiphelion 2 points 1 month ago

Beautifully snug ^

XFacility 2 points 1 month ago

And that is what I call a beauty in a small factor xD +rep

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I'm not gonna lie, i get distracted by it when I play games!

cajunsloth 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Clean +1

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Thanks dude!

jakethemp 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

why didnt ya splurge and go with the black industrial noctuas?

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I kinda wanted the fans to stand out, most people don't like the colour, but I like the vintage look of the fans, especially in a bright white new case

jakethemp 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I had a pair and put the red rubber on the edges made it look great.. i love the fans but hated the poop brown color but damn that looks clean in there

colinreay 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

What a nice build! Nice clean photos that show the case, impeccable cable management, and a simple yet beautiful side panel mod! It's builds like this that I look towards for inspiration.

Your video is also great!

Holy crap though RIP anyone with epilepsy during the RGB fest at the end
suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Cheers dude, awesome feedback :))))

Wolklung 2 points 1 month ago

Really like what you've done with this mini monster! Wow that 1070 has millimeters to spare in that Metis!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Haha! Its definitely a snug fit :D

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Cheers dude :DD

Enrico411 2 points 1 month ago

Sooo tiny and cute but oh so powerful! +1!

Titan8881 4 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Do you know where this case is available in the US?

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Amazon have it, but they only sell the model without the top vent by the looks of it http://amzn.to/2l8SO3i

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Just cut a hole and add a filter to cover the fan blades. That manufacturer version is sweet though.

WillieNelson16 2 points 1 month ago

All anyone could ever need right there I tell you whaut...

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

That isn't a PC... It's a work of art. Congrats on the feature!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

:)))

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Sweet an OE modified Metis. I still think they build them upside down.

Great build.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Cheers dude :D

auldae 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

It looks like it should be able to make toast. Still, I like it. I'm digging the part selection ... very nice execution as well. +1

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

When I first bought it, my friend actually thought I bought a new toaster haha

Hackatacka 2 points 1 month ago

not gonna lie I don't like the color of noctua fans.

breakerion 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Just logged in to upvote this, love mini-itx builds and this is straight to the point, how's dust in there ?? I didn't see any dust filters in the pic's, cheers for the cool build.

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The top vent has a dust filter, but overall its looking clean inside. Only part where I can see dust come in from is where the existing usb and audio ports used to be on the top of the case. I just put LED remote on top to cover it for now lol

EdInk 10 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Is it a quiet case?

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

For me personally, super quiet. :))

Manifestoplus 2 points 1 month ago

Very nice! Don't take me wrong, but I don't like the fact that you removed or had to remove the front USB / Audio panel. It make 4 empty holes on top. Other then that, wow!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I didn't want to remove it either to be honest, it was the only way to get that monster of a card in. :DDD

abelchristian23 2 points 1 month ago

This build looks amazing.... +1 (+2 if i can)

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Cheers! :D

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 1 month ago

Looks great with the silver & blue, haven't seen any builds with the Metis Plus. +1 :)

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Cheers dude :))

gogo809 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

I love love love love this build! Great Job!!!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks :DDD

davidcruz44 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Cleanest mini ITX build I've seen in a while.

Vreaker12 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

What a great build. Congrats!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Cheers dude :))))

ItsJustTurtles 2 points 1 month ago

i feel the build would look 10x better with a psu shroud

Gentleman00 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

LEDs always fix everything :P Nice job

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

LEDs for life haha!

SheerSquirrelTV 2 points 1 month ago

This an amazing looking PC! Congrats.

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks dude :)

maverickvii 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Great build. I love that case, almost bought it but went with a core V1 instead. with such a large aircooler in a horizontal orientation are you having any trouble with motherboard strain?

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I actually almost bought the core V1 myself, its probably one of the best designed itx cases out there with very efficient airflow and good accessibility. The only reason why I went for the Metis plus, is because I wanted a smaller pc case lol.

The MSI z270i seems to be holding up the air cooler really well, doesn't seem to be any strain all, i think the motherboard is well built and the cooler is light enough for it. Originally I was going to get the Noctua NH-D14 which is double the size with 2 fans! But I wasn't sure if it was gonna fit the setup haha!

nlight-dev 1 point 1 month ago

@maverickvii - Thinking maybe to also use Core V1 for this build. Does Core V1 fix the motherboard strain issue, i.e. is the motherboard in a different position in this case?

Also do you have the exact same configuration as in this build, with the i7 7700K CPU and using the Core V1?

Thanks!

nlight-dev 1 point 1 month ago

@maverickvii - also did you do any tests on the Core V1 case with the i7 and GTX 1070 to see temperatures on intensive tasks? Thanks!

maverickvii 2 Builds 1 point 23 days ago

Core V1 only "fixes" strain in that MB is oriented horizontally not vertically. My configuration is similar but not the same. I never tested i7s because they offer little benefit for gaming.

nlight-dev 2 points 1 month ago

First of all thanks a lot for posting this, really nice build, really well fitted together and the result is impressive.

Any idea about temperatures when doing intensive tasks or running benchmarking software(PCMark or similar)? I've took almost the whole day to find best prices for the components and now I'm one step to ordering it, it'd really help to know.

Thanks a lot!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I haven't done any test yet, but I've had a go on BF1 on ultra settings at 60fps with gpu temperatures reaching 40-50°C and cpu temperatures hitting 55-63°C, so far everything seems to be running smooth :D

nlight-dev 2 points 1 month ago

Thanks a lot!

Btw, any specific reason you chose the GTX 1070 Founders Edition instead of going with for example, EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0?

I saw some review on the Founders Edition(https://www.pcgamesn.com/nvidia-gtx-1070-benchmarks) and they don't give it a great review, although I see a lot of good reviews for it on Amazon.

I'm looking for a reason to choose it over the others and for me I'm only worried if it's worth it's price and about the noise level for Founders Edition, since it has only 1 fan and I don't plan hearing it without wearing any headset on. Also, any noise coming from it when not playing any games?

PS: I'm planning to use the Thermaltake Core V1 case

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Great questions dude, I chose the GTX 1070 Founders Edition (Blower type graphics card) over a card like the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 (Open Air type graphics card) mainly because the size of the PC case i bought, which is the Metis Plus.

Reason being, is because the case is so compact with limited airflow, a blower card is a better option for it as it would disperse hot air in one direction which is out the rear. Whereas an open air card would disperse heat evenly around the card but also heating the other components , which is not ideal in a compact case.

Blower card - PROS: Great for compact pc builds as it will direct hot air in one direction to the rear of the PC case CONS: Can run hot, limited overclocking capabilities

Open Air card - PROS: Runs cooler, more overclocking capabilities CONS: Not ideal for compact case as the hot air from the card will be dispersed amongst other pc components (Unless the compact pc case has really good cooling and airflow then it might be ok)

Personally I find the founders edition noise levels great, even when i play Battlefield 1 on max ultra settings, I don't even notice it. On idle i find it just as quiet, but everyone has a different hearing sensitivity so it would be difficult say.

The thermaltake core v1 is a great choice, nice design, awesome air flow and the components are easy to access. Depending on how your cooling/airflow is setup, either card will be good for that case :DD

nlight-dev 2 points 1 month ago

Thanks a lot for the detailed reply!

Indeed, since having in mind the thermaltake core v1 and after some time reading reviews, have actually decided on the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 256 bit Mini. It has 2 fans, so probably better cooling and planning to put liquid cooling on the CPU as the case supports it. Also, when idling, the fans stop completely and people say it's very quiet - hope my noise sensitivity is the same as theirs and I won't be hearing anything from it :)

Hope things will go fine with assembly, it's my first build with liquid cooling.

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Nice one dude, good luck with the build and keep us posted on here :D

ToxicPCKiller 2 points 1 month ago

Wow beautiful build, congrats on the build! :)

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Cheers dude :))

Drokovian 2 points 1 month ago

A perfect example of proper RGB usage.

MRMAXTHEMAC 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

+1 Looks GREAT! Nice Youtube vid too!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Cheers!

arcadeforest 2 points 1 month ago

Beautiful job! Very clean - makes me want to build one.

Regulus5524 2 points 1 month ago

Love it.

chinamanch 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

WOW !!! :)

buglord 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

So how terrified were you with the GPU possibly not fitting? That has got to be the most snug fit ever. The completely gigantic heatsink is a surprise too, given the case size. Grats man!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I did a little research before hand, but there was nothing concrete online to say it would 100% fit but I thought I could always just return the GPU if it didn't :D

Skyrim 2 points 1 month ago

Sweet peice of hardware. Its just so tiny

ShriyansM 2 points 1 month ago

spicy, +1

Wkjessee 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Love that the Noctua NH-U12S is about as big as the Motherboard!

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Beautiful! +1

Bluey5 2 points 1 month ago

This make it so you can travel with this because it's so small, right? This is an amazing build by the way. This is the first time I've ever seen a gaming pc so small yet so powerful...truly impressive and looks pretty.

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I could definitely fit this in my backpack, would be a great mobile gaming desktop pc ;)

Bluey5 2 points 26 days ago

That's INSAAAANE. I'm gonna try to do something like this one day, but I'm gonna stick to the basics for now as I'm working on building my first one. Congratulations man, this is rather impressive.

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 days ago

Cheers dude, be sure to share your first build on here :D

essa.ea 2 points 1 month ago

its just ..... wonderful !

MightyMo 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Animal!

kingori 2 points 1 month ago

I love what you've just done, its spectacular

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Cheers :DD

I_was_adopted 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

I love this build! and the custom side panel! 10/10!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks :)))

H4N2 2 points 1 month ago

Where did you get the Metis plus? Looks pretty nice.

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

You can get them on Amazon, cheers!

H4N2 1 point 29 days ago

Thanks!

Fleetleader101 2 points 1 month ago

my word its so clean. how on earth did you cable manage that thing! :D

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Luckily the PSU I got was tiny, so it gave me more room to hide the cables behind it :DD

Fleetleader101 2 points 1 month ago

I might steal this idea for a buddy of mine.

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

nice one!

ryanmcgill98 2 points 26 days ago

I haven't seen anyone mention this . However the side acrylic panel . How did you make that and so it looks professional . Id like to do a same idea for my current case. I feel a small explanation or youtube video may be in order :)

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 days ago

Already in the works dude ;)

plsk1n 2 points 24 days ago

I love this! very awesome build! my heart says yes but my wallet says no, soon hopefully!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 days ago

Always listen to the heart :DD

scab 2 points 24 days ago

I’m planning to build a similar setup but I want to keep USB ports and audio. Maybe upgrade cables or 90 Degree Angle USB can help? Can you post I/O panel picture?

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 days ago

Yeah if you upgrade to angle usbs or thinner cables will do the trick

DirtyVegan 2 points 21 days ago

What's the average cpu temps with that cooler? Sick build!

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 days ago

On idle its 29°C and while playing b1 on ultra settings its about 54-60°C :DD

pmccraken 1 Build 2 points 1 day ago

Very neat case. Great layout.

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 hours ago

Thanks dude :D

LionsTheBoss 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago
Pssst...
Lyrix 1 point 1 month ago

looks great! wow! 1+!

WaterTriber 1 point 1 month ago

wont that panel block the exhaust for the GPU?

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The GPU exhaust is actually in the rear of pc case, the main reason why I went for the founders edition card :DD

Tyreathian 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

You've got a sexy voice mate.

dooojooo 1 point 1 month ago

The blower style card makes it rather loud though, doesn't it?

suspectlovemaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I haven't noticed it to be loud to be honest, even when it's ramped up I find it really quiet.

adaverso 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

black noctuas to make it perfect! X__X

Adrian001 1 point 22 days ago

Looks nice but i cant imagine good air circulation. The temps must be high while heavy loads