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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!

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

More pics pls !

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Want a photo of anything specific? :P The inside is a bit of a mess currently, but working on cable management! Might need to buy some shorter cables...

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

What about a top down pic without gpu? or the back...

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

We need more pictures!

Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Am going for a similar build, except with thermaltake core V1 casing. Did you encounter any problems with the storage? (I mean it was recognised easily?) it is NVMe right? your boot time must be really fast! wow.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, I'd love to see what your components are! Absolutely no problems with the M.2 drive. I installed Windows 10 onto it via a USB drive with zero issues. It was recognised immediately. My only regret now was not buying one with bigger memory, because it makes my bigger PC (using a normal SSD) look slow.

This little thing performs so well, I'm actually considering it for my main PC now and might sell off my old one.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

wow wow wow!!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I know there are probably comments about this already, but...... More pics.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick small form factor pc. My i recommend investing in some sort of game streaming device (such as the steam link) so that you don't have to unplug cables. +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

More pictures about the four additional holes you mentioned would be nice!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Added two more photos for you Vingles! Cheers for the comment :)

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