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I decided to upgrade the wife’s Rosewill R379-M plain Jane machine. She loves red and the RAIJINTEK Metis Aluminum Mini-ITX Case seemed like the perfect choice. The ole Rosewill case is ok, but the looks of it and the front panel sucks. That machine wasn’t bad, it has an i3 4130 with 8 GB of ram, paired with a 128SSD and a 500 WD blue. I mostly wanted to give her a cool looking pc, but also up the specs a little bit. I went with some parts I got I trade or ones I already had. I had a i5-4570 that I purchased from a friend for $100, two 4 GB 1600 MHz Samsung sticks of ram from an old build, and hard drives from laptop upgrade, a 240 GB Intel SSD and a 750 GB 7200rpm Hitachi. I need a motherboard for the new case and after researching I went with the ASRock B85-M ITX board. I’ve used ASRock in the past and have been happy with them, and this one was fairly cheap for the specs. For the power supply I went with a Corsair CX 430M because I didn’t need high power, it’s cheap and semi-modular. I ordered a cpu cooler that had a red to match the case, but it has arrived yet. If you buy off of Newegg, I suggest that you make sure you don’t see “First from Asia” on the item you want, the tracking does you no good till its gets to the states and shipping takes FOREVER. It’s already been two weeks and the tracking still doesn’t show anything. With that being said, I wasn’t going to wait. I had bought a few Zalman CNPS7000V’s with a prior NG order, so I used one of those. I also bought a Cougar Dual-X 120mm red led fan for the back of the case. I order a Vantec USB 3.0 memory card reader because she uses SD cards from her camera and also from her phone. Not much need for a CD\DVD drive anymore, but sometimes you need one. The Raijintek Metis case doesn’t have a place for one, so I put a LG USB CD\DVD drive on her desk to go alongside the Vantec card reader. The build was a bit of a challenge. I figured it would be. It’s a pretty small case. Some of my choices probably made it more so. The Corsair CX 430M is only semi-modular, so the wiring and routing was a bit tough, but with the budget I was trying to stick with a fully modular PSU was not in the budget. If Corsair include a SATA cable with a straight plug that would have helped as I was trying to bottom mount the drives. I also had the cougar led fan mounted and couldn’t get the motherboard in so I had to remove it and install the motherboard first, then it was pita getting it installed. Speaking of fans, I’m not real sure why the factory fan is mounted to exhaust air, seems like it would be fighting with the psu. I mounted the cougar fan to pull in air and then have the psu exhaust it out the bottom. The Zalman cooler is normally super easy to install, but I couldn’t have it sideways as it would hit the ram, and when I switched it the other way the clip was hitting the Hitachi hard drive that was bottom mounted. I ended up moving the hard drive to the top of the case. I may be able to move it back when the other cpu cooler comes in. It’s not a big deal, I just don’t really like the look of the hard drive where it’s mounted. Some of my pictures show the drive at the bottom, but then I moved it. Getting the front panel wires on was a bit of fight, not much room for big hands to get in there. It seemed I would get two on, then try others and pull off the first. Why don’t motherboard manufactures make an adapters for the front panel? Ya, probably cost but whatever. I would pay extra! I installed Windows 10 and normal applications and copied her data back. It seems to run great, fast boot times, good temps. Idle temps are right around 30c, I run aida64 stress test and the highest was 61c. I’ll probably tweak a few things here and there. I don’t have any pictures of it setup on her desk, I’ll try to get some and also a side by side with the Rosewill next to it. I’ll probably work on doing a rebuild of the Roswill for a repurpose for a media box or something. I may do that and post it later when I get time. Currently waiting an AMD 5350 motherboard combo to come in to do another build in a IN Win BP655!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

HAHAHAAHHAHA THAT NAME! LOL

+1 +1 +1 +1 +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build, nice case. I know its a tiny case, what is this going to be used for? Could you have gotten away with just the ssd drive to safe space/cables/noise? Most people for casual use would have a hard time filling up 240gb.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It's my wife's everyday use desktop. She takes a TON of pictures with her dslr camera and phone and puts them on her pc to edit and save them. I already had the hard drives otherwise I may have done something different, maybe just one larger SSD seeing how the prices have dropped.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Fellow Raijintek Metis builder. I didnt notice this one before. Just finished my daughter's pc in a blue version of this case.

Neat looking little build. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, that CPU cooler on your build!!! Nice looking setup. I really like the case.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. Yeah she wanted purple and blue. That was the best I could come up with from Walmart rattle cans. She loves it though. Especially after wiring in the purple led light.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I love that case and I wish I could get a good CPU for that price.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Case is pretty awesome. I got a good deal because I got it from a friend. I have had good luck getting decent cpu's off of eBay somewhat cheap, its not bad if you aren't in a hurry and can bid on them.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm so leery of Ebay for parts though. The last few parts I looked at had " a few bent pins". I'll keep my eyes peeled though. Maybe some Xeons will roll down the pipe.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I make sure they have a high rating and haven't just started selling on eBay. Read the descriptions well. If you have any problems and they wont work with you, contact eBay and they will handle it for you. They will do that for you if you are the buyer, or seller and have a problem.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok. I'll start poking around some more. Any route to beat down the price of parts is worth exploring these days.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, thanks. Love your " Click me if you dare!" link on your profile.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought you bought the LTT Edition Noctuna fans and I was about to be all like... YASS MUCH FANBOY MANY EXPENSIVE... But then I noticed they were Cougar Duals...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, the Cougar was like half the cost of a LTT fan and the Cougar has led's. I wanted a little "flash" because it has a side window and there isn't much room, so I didn't want to add anymore components such as separate lighting.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice choice, besides those noctua LTT fans are way to expensive and dull for my liking