Description

I had planned to update my old ATX sized PC for a while. I did like the quietness and performance I was getting, but I wanted to put the case to my desk and therefore I ended up searching for Mini ITX cases. I really liked the design on some of the cases and fell in love with the idea of a small but powerful rig.

I don't know why my GoPro footages are so dull, but I like to edit them with Premiere. I also like to edit my pics with Lightroom. I like to play games such as Dota 2, Battlefield x, Rocket League and Minecraft. I use IRC. I would like to update my screen to a 4K one in a near future. I would like to buy VR goggles once there is a good option available.

I didn't have any target budget so I went with the best choices I could find. I'm really happy with the outcome. The case is awesome with the modifications. The PC is almost silent and it's fast for my needs.

Case: Lian-Li PC-TU100A

Most of the cases were not providing the small form factor I was looking for. I went trough dozens of cases and my final top three was SilverStone Fortress FT03-MINI, NCASE M1 and Lian-Li PC-TU100A. From what I read it was quite obvious that none of these cases were meant for 4K gaming build (excl. NCASE maybe), so I started to think. I like to build things by myself. I like Legos. I like to drill stuff. So the case modifications were the way to go. FT03-Mini was the first one to drop from the game. The wind tunnel design wasn't meant for some more holes. NCASE M1 had long delivery times to Europe and maybe it don't need the drill, so I started to look on the Lian-Li. I had originally dropped it out because it had only one 120mm fan support, but since I decided to use the drill it ended up being the perfect match for me. The case is sub 11 liters with 25x25x17cm, but somehow Lian-Li has decided to use ~2cm on the front for basically nothing - that leaves you to have 9.8 liters. I am a fan of their design and I tried to keep the modifications classy.

Modifications: - Removed the original case fan (a bulky 120mm). - Removed the SSD mounting plate. - Used the original case fan installation screws to attach AIO liquid cooler radiator & fan. Originally the case fan on the front was blowing air in. I choosed to blow warm air out from the liquid cooler. - Drilled a bottom hole for the 120mm case fan. This ensures the best airflow to the partly blower cooled GPU. - Drilled a side hole for the 140mm case fan. This keeps the case pressure on positive side and brings fresh air to the AIO liquid cooling fan. The holes for the PSU air intake were quite well placed, but I adjusted the 140mm side fan position so that it would provide air for it too.

My rating: 7/5.

Mobo: Asus Z170I Pro Gaming Mini ITX

Read good reviews and it had the best specs for my needs. The supplied software help with adjusting the case fan speeds and make the OC easy.

My rating: 5/5.

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K

I want to play some dotes and edit images. I want to export my GoPro videos with speed. I want that my CPU doesn't eat much power so that it will keep cool. Answer: 6700K.

My rating: 5/5.

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4-3000

DDR4 is quite cheap and I wanted to max out the ram just to be sure there will be enough of it. I have a OC XMP profile in use and these run at 4000 MHz at the moment.

My rating: 5/5.

Storage: Samsung 950 PRO M.2

I was really glad to find out that my mobo supports the PCI Express M.2 SSDs. Make no mistake; this is not your typical SATA SSD. It mounts to the back of the mobo and doesn't need any space from the case. It's fast - read or write. Check my results: Imgur

My rating: wow/5.

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 1070 OC Mini ITX

I had quite a trouble installing the GPU to this case. I had to remove the PSU to have any chance of fitting it in, and even with that I had to bend things more than I was comfortable with. It's now installed, but I'm not sure if I could remove it without breaking anything.

The card is completely silent during Rocket League sessions, and it seems to be fast.

My rating: $£€/5.

PSU: Corsair SD 600W

Yes there's plenty of power. It's small. It's modular.

My rating: 5/5.

CPU cooler: Silverstone TD03-SLIM

The case had only 60mm space for the CPU cooler. If I were to use any topdown blower, the warm air would have stayed in the case. I found a slim AIO liquid cooler which provided me with adequate cooling power in a really tidy space. It keeps the CPU under 30 celcius even without the fan running. Anyway, the pump could be more quiet; it's the only moving part during idle or browser usage. I had some troubles with the installation since the motherboard is not providing a separate CPU pump header. After some investigating I decided to connect the CPU pump to CPU FAN header. That left the actual CPU fan to be connected to CASE FAN 1 header. One of the reasons for this was that the CPU FAN header is strictly analyzed for any RPM dropdown. If the pump fails the system will shut down to prevent damage.

My rating: 4/5.

Other

I used two extra case fans. I had to take the slim models and it was the right decision; any thicker and I would have had just holes on the case. If I were to choose again I would take smaller RPM fans. They're quieter.

I also used the fan grill that was supplied with the case, and one extra from Cooltek.

I have a separate NAS which hosts my videos and files.

I am a little bit paranoid of Chrome killing my SSD. I made a 2GB ramdisk with Softperfect RAM Disk software and moved the Chrome installation to it. Problem solved. Remove the tin foil hat. Result: Imgur

Update 23.10.2016

I bought a storage SSD and installed that to the slim DVD drive slot. I selected 1000GB SanDisk X400 for it's cheap price. I also managed to tidy up the cabling a bit by running them from the spare space in the drive slot.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 6 points

It's so cute and powerful that I love this build. I also loved playing / building with legos when I was a little girl. And the modifications turned out great. You have my one.

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you! I had some crazy ideas of a custom case built from white Legos. Maybe one day...

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

Dude, this is sweeeeeeeeeet. Such a tiny powerhouse. The cost of that SSD though, hnnnng...

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah I know, I could have got a 1TB SATA M.2 SSD for the same price. Anyway I like this one a lot.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Samsung ones look so nice. How are the temperatures on it? Heard they have gotten slightly warm for some people

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's significantly warmer than rest of the parts if you check after several hours of continuous usage. Nothing to worry about, I hope. Air seems to flow quite freely in the back of the mobo in this case.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the best small form factor build that I've seen here.

+10000

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is adorable. I love it, well done on the modding.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome. I love it. Nice modifications.

Thumbs up.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Ever get your 1070?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Got it!

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I smile every time I see TU100 builds on here, they're so damn small!, I'm planning a similar build but with the Q21 case as its much smaller. I might make or order some custom cables for size though as I want everything to fit perfectly but nonetheless great job +1 from me.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Q21 was one of the top picks before I found out about TU100. I didn't mention it on the description but I occasionally need to take my PC with me. I am also aware of the messy cabling but let's see what I can do :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build pal, I´ve been thinking in doing something like this for quite some time .. still getting the money xD, But almost there xD Awesome Build +1 :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Looking forward to read about your build.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

/bow

(though small form factor builds make me claustrophobic...poor components!) :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

/bow

(I ensure that I explicitly asked all components that if they are ok to be in that tiny case)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty unique. Especially with that cpu cooler in this case. Instant upvote.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it! It's so TINY!! I see the Ruffino wine box, too!! Good for you!!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. Quite similar to how I had to modify my small Lian Li box (they get it so close to perfect, but not quite). Your unit is about the same physical size as mine, however with that top handle I wasn't quite sold for my uses. This box however allows for you to mount that liquid cooler which I could not do without sacrificing a graphics card or perhaps having 1mm of clearance with everything mounted. I think you have just about maxed out what that little box can currently do as far as top end components!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

What type of monitor is that? Sweet mini build!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a basic 23" full hd monitor, Acer H236HL to be precise.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

what a beast, really like all mods u did on the case. great job!!!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to see you got that 1070 delivered and installed! Have you done any significant/standard tests on performance?

I would be curious to know the difference between having the bottom fan running vs. just opening ventilation (the hole) on cooling performance. Sort of the same on that side mounted fan.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Fire Strike 15 164 Time Spy 5 789

Since those I have OCd the CPU to 4.4GHz. I didn't have a chance to collect temps during 3DMark, but I did some professional level testing by playing Rocket League and browsing Reddit. Here are the results:

Format: cpu,motherboard,gpumin,gpumax (all in Celcius)

Without side or bottom fan: Reddit - 48,43,47,51 Rocket League - 54,44,56,62

Side and bottom fans at 100%: Reddit - 31,30,39,40 Rocket League - 35,30,45,55

Side and bottom fans at ~35% (barely audible): Reddit - 33,30,41,42 Rocket League - 39,30,49,57

The case felt warm during the tests without the fans running. I think the fans do significant amount of difference even when they are running on slow speed. I did conduct the tests in order listed; the temps have been under 30 for both CPU and Mobo during normal Reddit use, given that the fans have been running from the start.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

For that Lian-Li case, the rated GPU length max is 193mm. At 169mm in length the Gigabyte gfx card seems within spec but you mentioned having some issues.

Besides the Gigabyte card, I could only find one other mini ITX 1070 card out there (the Zotac 1070 mini but at 210mm its way too long).

Any recommendations/advice about how you got the Gigabyte card to fit?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the max length has been measured when the GPU is in place. If you look at the pic 20/24, you can see that if you have anything on the front fan slot, this Gigabyte 1070 is not going to be easy to install. The border of the case limits the space. I managed to install the GPU by removing the PSU (which is fairly easy) and carefully twisting the case a bit.

And one more final tip for you my friend: remember to remove the cover of the PCI-Express pins BEFORE you install the card. I made that mistake, and I couldn't get the card out, so I had to use a long plastic stick to pull out the cover and then I had to shake the case to remove it from the bottom of the case. If I were to remove the GPU I think I have to remove the PSU and AIO cooling fan first.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

What about dust? I don't see you using dust filter in this build. Don't you worry about that?

The mod looks cool though.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I have been following on the dust matter, and it seems that it's not a problem at the moment. I have spare dust filters which I could install. I just need to change to taller stand knobs and installation would be possible.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

This is great! I've just ordered similar bits for my own tu100 build - the same GPU and motherboard at least!

I was planning on just cutting some holes out of the bottom to feed the fan and getting some taller feet to let more air in.

I also chose an M.2 drive, just a small one to start with , and earmarked the optical bay for future HD expansion.

Love the build!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Looking forward to your build post.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build so much I've decided to do it myself! I might be needing tips on how to fit it all together :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, such an honor! I will be more than happy to help you.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I like that case and the idea of drilling a hole on the side for a fan to exhaust. I plan to do this, like in the coming days when the case I ordered comes in...I'll give you a shout too. Lian-Li should have at least done something like this...oh, and I'll take that suggestion to use a smaller fan size. 80mm should do it. :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

God BLESS you for showing the case's size compared to your desk and monitor!

Side note: I'm new to pcpartpicker so I don't know yet, but... how do I +1 your build? Because I love it

xD

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Well...I did it. I took your advice for a build I did for my parents and gave you a shout out.(https://pcpartpicker.com/b/WQq48d)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated :) Your build looks awesome. I started wondering if my parents would need something like this...

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! Did you know that you can buy pretty cool Moomin mugs that are made here in Finland? Christmas is just around the corner, right?

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