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Downsized my ATX rig that was completely overkill to this still pretty overkill Mini-ITX rig. The Core 500 was pretty much the only sub 20 liter case that I wouldn't have to buy any new parts for. It's a little on the cheap side imo (it was $50). The radiator bracket doesn't thread correctly on one side and the cover is the most infuriating thing to attempt to put on. I actually dread the day I clean the dust filters. On the positive side, the temps and acoustics are fantastic and the case has very little unused space. Both the CPU and GPU are pretty heavily OC'd so that is a huge to me. Overall I'm happy with my decision to ditch SLI and downsize.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 13 points

I call shenanigans! there are too many parts listed to fit in there! Cram your monitor in there too did ya? +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 7 points

Picture one is probably the most dense arrangement of parts that I've seen in a while. I love it!

  • 48 months ago
  • 4 points

I have this case and have some advice for helping you with removing/installing the cover panel.

Remove):

  • 1)Put one hand on the front of the case and use the other hand to pull the cover back from the rear.

  • 2)Place a hand on each side half way along and put your fingertips on the bottom side at the join between the cover and the case.

  • 3)Lift up and pull the long sides slightly away from the main chassis.

Reinstalling):

  • 1) Pick up the cover in the middle on each side and your fingertips on the edges.

  • 2) Pull the long sides apart slightly.

  • 3) Place the cover vertically down over the main chassis with about 1 to 1.5 inch gap between the cover and the front panel port area.

  • 4) Pull the cover up about an inch or so and push the sides in and place it back down, if the clips aren't over the frame in one part try again focusing on that area.

  • 5) Pull the cover towards you and you're done!

All this sounds complicated but after some practice I can correctly remove/install the cover in less than 10s most times.

Also, I gave up on the rear thumb screws now they were a pain.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the help

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job cramming all that hardware into a sleek mini itx rig.

How are you running the SSDs? Any raid configs or just as 3 individual drives?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

really nice. I like how clean that top view is with the rad and the top of the heat sink filling it up.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the 980ti run games on the swift? I have two 780s, and am looking for new cards currently.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You looking to stick with SLI? One card gets you around 60 FPS in most AAA games two as you know will depend on the game. When I had SLI 980 Ti's BF 4 was at 90-140 FPS ULTRA on 64 Player maps. Was amazing.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It would probably be two 980ti's if I decided to get them. I was just curious what kind of performance one card had on the swift. 60 isn't terrible, but I'd rather it be 144, if possible. My 780's usually get 90-ish on BF4, but that's with no AA.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How close does the NH-D15 come to touching the backplate of the 980ti? I've been thinking of doing a build with components of the same dimensions, and I'm really anxious about the possibilities of a short circuit.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It's close but they don't touch.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

question about the d15 can you put 2 fans on top without that rad or is there not enough room i ask cuz im considering this case

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably could fit a slim fan up top but no way you're mounting a 25mm fan above it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you feel about working with a 160mm PSU in this case? Is the graphics card blocking half the slots from being used?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

It definitely was a hassle and I wouldn't recommend it unless you already have the PSU.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The problem is I DO already have the PSU :( I bought the RM650i a few months ago when it came out. So were some of the slots blocked from plugging the modular cables in because of interference from the graphics card? Or is it just a really tight fit that's still doable?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Tight fit but doable. Just try to use as many of the connections on the left if possible.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This information has been invaluable. Thank you!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you had any problems with this pc so far? What order did you put the parts into this case build? 'Cause I'm doing a similar build. Any tips?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

No issues. For build order I would recommend PSU -> Mobo -> CPU -> RAM -> HDD/SSD -> cable everything -> CPU cooler -> GPU.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You mentioned the radiator bracket didn't thread correctly on one side, what do you mean by that? How would one fix that problem? Also is there a third fan you put in the case? I can't seem to find one in one of the pictures that i'm looking at.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It was my mistake and was putting it in wrong. One part is on top and one slides under the bottom lid.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I have another question regarding the noctura d15 fan, what type of connector did you use for the motherboard? the low noise adapter connector y cable to the one cpu fan output on the motherboard? or just the fan cables directly from the each fan to the motherboard's two chassis pin output?which would you recommend?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

LNA from each fan to the Y connector to the mobo CPU header.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the idle temps and under load temps for the cpu and gpu?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

On the side bar. Off the top of my head 63 for the GPU and 85 for CPU on Prime 95.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that with the Noctura fans at full speed and overclocking the cpu?, if so what ghz do you have it on for that temp? Do you have any tips for lowering the temp of the cpu and gpu?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes that's full speed with the LNA. It's 4.7 GHZ at 1.3 volts. Noting you can really do other than live in cold place or get lucky with a chip.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

did you hook up all your case fans to the psu or mobo?

i was looking at the node304 which has a fan controller

then i i decided i like this case better but it doesnt have a fan controller.

so i was just curious

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no case fans. The CPU fans are on the mobo and the fan on rad is run off the GPU.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

o thanks

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How in the......

Nice job!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build!

What PSU would you recommend? Quality and size? I am planning on a similar build a similar itx box with x99 and Hybrid model since my Enthoo Pro is way too large and bulky.

Thanks

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Which x99 CPU do you have and do you OC it? I know they can pull a lot of power.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

5820k 4.5GHz, might be upgrading to the 6960x in the future

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That's an awesome build; I got a Core 500 too, but I can only dream of getting my cables managed like you have :(.

What are your temps like with the 4790K and NH-D15? Also, do you have enough clearance for a 3.5" HDD in the back with the cooler installed? My X41 just broke, so I'm scouting new coolers that are compatible with this case!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Temps are good. A little high because of the rad having the fan intake air. I wouldn't recommend the NH-D15 for this case just because of the size. Something like the U12S or U14S will give very similar performance for cheaper and make the build much easier to put together. You can fit a drive next to the D15 but you would have to place the drive in first.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I'll decide between those two!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you fit a standard hard drive or an SSD beside the D15?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the longest you would recommend for a PSU in this case?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I would recommend 160mm at the most. It's a hassle already.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for showing your build. The minute I saw I could fit my Noctua NH-D15 in a mITX case I set my mind to it and now it's finnished. Had the 4790k and NH-D15, ended up with the same motherboard as you. GPU is only a GTX 970 for now :) One note tho, It's louder and hotter on the CPU than my previous case, Fractal Design Define R4.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, I am so in love with Hybrid GPUs in ITX cases! Looking to get this case myself ... - How did you find the fit for the GPU tubes when you have to close the case? Did you have to squish them down? I'm afraid of the new evga FTW cards being taller than your 980 ti :(

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

No they didn't get squished but yeah the taller card will cut it close and they may get squished.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, interesting.. Thanks for the reply!

btw, if you are curious to see another mITX build with a Hybrid GPU, check out what this guy did in a Silverstone RVZ01b !

"EVGA GTX980Ti Hybrid implanted into a mini-ITX gaming system!" http://forums.evga.com/EVGA-GTX980Ti-Hybrid-implanted-into-a-miniITX-gaming-system-m2431075.aspx

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the height of your cpu cooler limit the ability to add a fan in the mount above it?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, slim fan only if you're using a cooler that big.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the max height the cooler could be and still fit a normal fan?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend going with a SFX psu in this case?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes if you can.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

So why did you downsized in the end? +1 for Hybrid

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Space reasons. Not taking advantage of having SLI. I mostly play Dark Souls tbh.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, dude! Is it possible to mount a fan in front of that CPU cooler without a radiator in the front?

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Seems like you have plenty of room left in the case, you should load it up with a second MOBO and another 980ti to really get the best from this case.....

Haha lovely build :P

  • 48 months ago
  • -1 points

Nice build, +1 for the Hybrid card. You should name this build "swagg attack" because it's like 2 xbox ones stacked together but can run any game on the marked at 1440p 60+fps.

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