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RVZ01 Gaming HTPC
by vanburen1845
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Once I saw the specs and prices on the steam boxes coming out I realized I needed to build my own to get what I wanted. I found this case to be perfect for what I wanted: a full size graphics card in a case that didn't look out of place in an entertainment center. This was my first build and you can see in the pictures that I learned to manage the cables better as time went on (the short flexible flat Silverstone PSU cables helped but are not required for this case). Initially I found the stock cpu cooler to be too loud while playing Crysis 3 so I installed the NH-L9i, which made a big improvement in noise. "Load" temperatures are the maximum temps from playing Crysis 3. A third case fan (with the adapter or splitter to connect it) or aftermarket CPU cooler is a must for heavy gaming at living room noise levels. I tried out a Noctua NF-P12-1300 fan and am very happy with it.

The biggest thing I would change is getting a motherboard that had an optical sound output. Those ugly furniture rubber feet rising the case up are a temporary solution to getting more airflow to the GPU while still having the case oriented horizontally. If I was building this today I would probably hold out for the almost identical ML07 case for looks alone.

The cooler and RAM were actually a bundle for -$16, which I just subtracted from the RAM purchase price.

Date PublishedMay 12, 2014
Date BuiltMay 3, 2014
Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load59.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.11Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load61.0° C
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GaryOakFJ [1 Build] 8 points 8 months ago

-1 for inferior console

jk of course, very well done

vanburen1845 [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 8 months ago

Yeah I know. Someday I'll get a WiiU.

bloodroses75 [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

Nice build! RVZ01 cases are a pain to work in, but so rewarding in the end. +1

obsideo [3 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks for the detailed photos, including the size comparison to gaming consoles.

xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

I love SFF builds! :D

Turtlewaf 1 point 8 months ago

Has anyone heard that the haswell refresh came out yesterday?

castortroy [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

nice build but i would have used a blower style video card instead of dual fans.

vanburen1845 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Looking around on various forums it seemed that people had good noise and temperature results with the ACX cooler and the two intake fans blowing directly on the card.

No_idea 1 point 8 months ago

hi there, Planning on building a pc pretty much the same as yours, but with a msi gtx 760. on the silverstone 450w sfx, it looks like there is only room on the power supply to plug in 1 8 pin pcie power connector whereas the GTX 760 and 770 require 1 8 and 6 pin pcie power connectors, am I missing something here?

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No_idea 2 points 7 months ago

actually I figured it out through photos, the 8 pin GPU and 6 pin are the on the same cable which plug into the blue part of the PSU