On the launch of all the VR headsets this year, I found myself lugging around my huge Fractal Design R2 XL, which is a huge case. Needless to say, balancing it on myself whilst going up and down the stairs from lounge to bedroom became a worry. So to avoid my fear of dropping it, I decided to invest in the smallest case I could find and attempt to make it VR capable without overheating.
I opted for the Radeon R9 Nano 4GB, as it was guaranteed to be VR capable and fit inside the case. The other cheaper option was a GTX 970 mini
So, first off - I decided to try without water cooling (and so far it is doing well). I drilled out four extra holes, two top and two bottom, and replaced the front fan. I also spiced it up a bit with some dragons and lights too.
The most intensive game I have played so far is the Battlefield 1 Alpha for half an hour on Ultra settings on a 1920x1080 monitor, where the temperatures went up to 82 for the GPU and 64 for the CPU with no noticeable frame drops either! Will hopefully try it out with VR this week, and the Steam test says this little beast is more than ready!
Update: VR works perfectly. Also tidied the cables a little bit, but still not perfect! This little thing convinced me to sell of my main PC!