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Soaring Raven

by ApocPony

Description

Hi All

So I built this rig to fly.... Literally.

Found out unexpectedly I would be moving to Austria late 2015. So decided to build something small and take it with me as it was cheaper opposed to shipping or building a rig locally in Europe. The GPU support clip was also a reason behind this case (proof it can survive checked luggage).

Went for a black and grey scheme (with an added dash of red that came later). A 12cm Bitfenix LED strip behind the GPU.

Started with the EVGA 960 SSC AXC+ 4gb as it was the more affordable option at the time and could not fork out the extra $200 for the 970. That being said I waited it out and recently purchase a 1070 sc2 ICX which I'm extremely happy with completing the build

Build is almost completely silent when idle, All in all really fun to build in. Also considering adding a white LED on the CPU side and go for a light side dark side theme.

-CPU IDLE 28c -CPU LOAD 55c when overclocked to 4.2 with temps max 70c -GPU IDLE 35c -GPU LOAD 60c

Notes:

It took three attempts till I was happy with cable management and internal appearance, which I'm sure I could continue to improve. -SSD/HDD covers are simply left over cardboard that came with some figures, cut to size to hide the back of the HDD and give it a cleaner look. -Shout out to robbiejmsn for the original idea behind the led strip and also Zapfhahn for your inspirational cable management. Cons: -Just dust build up on the CPU thought nothing an air compressor can not fix. -EVGA Z170 stinger had poor usb header and sata placement and no M.2 SSD, that being said has been a solid board.

Cheers and thanks for taking the time to read. constructive criticism, ideas welcome.

Edit: added additional short red SATA cables to reduce clutter though I'm not sure if like the look so please leave your thoughts.

Comments Sorted by:

willvyner 2 points 22 months ago

So clean for a small form factor. +1

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Cheers cable management took a couple of goes :S

iPxn3z 2 points 22 months ago

I am not even sure you actually used cables ..

Bamboozled again !

Lyrix 2 points 22 months ago

Wow! I really like his build! 1+! i love sff builds!

MaximilianZ 1 point 22 months ago

I thing the details and Parts are very nice, but the case is a huuuuuuuuge no-go :D sorry mate

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

To be honest I wasn't fond of the case at the time, but it suited its purpose for travel. I really want the Sentry mini itx :P

Lievix 1 point 21 months ago

I was going to buy this case for a portable rig (travelling by air, lucky me I found an OP with the same issue), but everywhere I looked people seemed to prefer the Node 202 even tho it has terrible temps. Why don't you like this case?

Pydariax 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

why you choose a 6600 k ?

Nice Build after all :p

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

For mild overclocks this project started in 2015 so kabylake wasnt around at the time :)

Pydariax 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

oh ok :)

DocH 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

+1 for a clean small build.

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Cheers :)

arom 1 point 22 months ago

Top-notch cable management, and the build looks awesome. Really great.

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks mate, Would really like to do another sff build really enjoy them.

DyingSeagulls 1 point 21 months ago

Where did you get the covers for the SSDs?

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Hey mate it's just cut cardboard from some pop figures I had, cut to size and slip them above the SSD cage. I hear vinyl works well also.

Cheers.

annasoh323 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Build looks great! I'm curious about how well the open GPU cooler does in that chamber. I can't quite reach consensus about blower vs. open coolers in this case. How are the GPU temps? Where does the hot air seem to go? I caved to a blower cooler in my first iteration but if I really have nothing to be afraid of...

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Well temps on this card are fantastic! 69c during stress tests, idles at 45c. So it is relatively quite and keeps cool compared to my 960 ACX which would peak at around 75c.

From what I have read open air coolers perform better in this case (no pun intended) there is enough positive pressure and vents that it stays cool though blower will suck hot air from the CPU (when in horizontal position) and run louder and hotter though CPU is cooler.

Case generally performs as a chimney in performance so all air vents from the top.

Cheers and good luck

annasoh323 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Well, that's really good to know. I'll keep that in mind if I'm still building in this case when it comes time for an upgrade. But one thing I will do now is go back in and learn me some cable management... you and the other folks with similar methodology in this case have done absolutely fantastic work.

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

No worries let me know if you need any help at all, it took me a few goes lol. As for your card hold onto it, as long as it isn't super loud and bothering you I wouldn't worry. Nice build by the way ;)

Lievix 1 point 21 months ago

Hi dude, really good cable managment you got there :) I would like to ask you what precaution you had to take with the pc with you on a transcontinental flight, as I wanted to build a pc that I could take with me in my yearly 1 month travels to Cuba. If you have any time to spare could you give me as many details as you can? Thanks in advance.

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Hey no worries, well first you need to make sure the GPU clip/holder is installed (comes with the RVZ02) then I packed it into its original packaging with the Styrofoam holders.

Also use a hard shell bag and slap plenty of fragile stickers on it lol, mine came through no problems at all. The other option is carry on but I think its around 8-10 kilos so unless you fly in style and have extra carry on in first class I would just check your luggage in.

Good luck and have fun gaming in Cuba?

sine-wave 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Dang ... now I have to re-visit my cabling i this case again. This puts mine to shame. Your mobo lends itself a little better to the tight spacing with that 24pin placement.

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks mate, you can route the 24 pin under the PSU which makes it look nice and clean, there is another build here by Zapfhahn which will give you a good idea. Good luck

MaazQureshi 1 point 11 months ago

I know this is so late, but I was wondering what fan are you using on your NH-L9i? I really like the colour of it and I wanna build a PC with a similar colour scheme.

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Never too late, "92mm Noctua Redux" super silent!

MaazQureshi 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you for the quick reply. I researched about this and people said how they got worse temperatures with the Redux fan, but you seem to be having amazing temperatures. I'm gonna try it out on my build and hopefully I get the same results and thank you again for the quick reply :)

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah look I was going for silence, so the Redux series looks great and fit the bill if you don't mind the colour scheme you can get the original 92mm by 25mm Noctua has better air flow. also depends on the case you are building in.

ZipGun 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Another clean build here showing skills!

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Hey thanks been a while since a comment has dropped on this build. Thanks for passing by :)

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ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

I beleive I can touch the sky....