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Trident Killer - Next Gen VR HTPC

by SilentNightx



Date Published

Nov. 19, 2018

Date Built

Nov. 16, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.41 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.75 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C


I'll start this off with a rant, skip the following paragraph if you don't want to hear it.

I set off to build this after my console sized MSI Trident died. The motherboard on it was not standard and they don't make them anymore so it could not be replaced. MSI RMA also doesn't do board level repair and nowhere near me can either. I don't know if I'll ever buy another MSI product again, that PC only lasted a year and the problem I had with it was widespread according to online forms. MSI never did a recall so those not under warranty were completely screwed and those that were had been forced to pay for expensive shipping. Remember how I said that MSI doesn't do board level work? That means the computers that got sent in for RMA just had the motherboard swapped with the same one that was bound to die again. I heard talks of a class action over this and would love for that to be the case.

So that brings me to my new SFF PC dubbed the Trident Killer. In the Node 202 case it is slightly bigger than the Trident but it can fit dual fan GPUs, the PSU can push more power, and most importantly all the parts are standard for easy replacement... well, somewhat easy. This was the hardest build I've done due to the lack of space for cables. I needed it to fit in my media center since this is where I play roomscale VR and it just barely fits.

Specs wise I went with an Intel + Nvidia current gen setup since I have a feeling the second generation of VR is about to drop next year and I wanted to be ready. I could have gotten more for the money with an AMD processor and motherboard but they tend to get hotter and I've never had good luck with them in the past so I stuck to Intel. AMD GPUs just couldn't cut it for what I needed so I had no choice but Nvidia for the GPU. I chose the i5-9600K and RTX 2070 combo simply because it is the best CPU/GPU balance that can be achieved with the included 450W power supply while still leaving some overhead. I went with the included PSU because the cables were premade to the right length.

The only trouble I ran into while building other than cable management was that the lid wouldn't close because of the motherboard socket position and CPU cooler. This cooler is slightly bigger than Fractal says will work, but it does, and you should use it too because it is the best you can get for this case. With certain motherboards the cooler will line up properly but not here. It was an easy fix though, I simply removed the included dust filter and shaved off the plastic tabs on the case that hold it in place with a dremel. Then I bought a Silverstone FF143 magnetic filter to replace the included one and now it all fits.

Another quick tip on building in this case I learned is that if you just get a large M.2 SSD and don't use any 2.5" drives then you will save a ton of space in your case. I would have done that but I already had the 250GB M.2 from my Trident. The heatsink I added on it really isn't necessary because it's not an NVMe drive but I did it anyway because every little bit helps.

Speaking of that use Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut instead of what I used (Arctic MX4) to save 1-2C.

Under load temps were taken while light VR gaming.

Ignore my bad outside of case cable management lol.

This build runs all the VR games I have on ultra settings without reprojecting.

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SychicMind 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

lol that gpu's sagging so much. might want a support bracket or something for that. Impressive specs crammed in that tiny space! +1

SilentNightx submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Ha thanks for the upvote, It's actually not sagging much at all, I know what photo you're talking about and that's actually an illusion caused by angle, lighting, and lens distortion. I actually looked at that picture when I went to post this, noticed the same thing, and freaked. I went back and opened her up again to make sure I didn't miss that lmao.

Davines123 1 point 2 months ago

Would you be able to give me the dimensions from the center of the CPU to the edge of the mobo with the the DIMM slots on it? I am attempting to see if I can fit a C14S on it in a certain orientation inside an SG13.

gvelupillai 1 point 1 month ago

nice build bro I can't wait to build my own mini ATX compact PC soon

AndStatik 1 point 1 month ago

Impressive build! How loud is the system?