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Chiaki - Heavily Modified uSFF Gaming Rig - Lian Li PC-TU 100

by Simmons572

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Details

Date Published

Jan. 23, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 21, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

90.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.06 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

500 MHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

Description

Ever had that one piece of hardware that was "love at first sight"? And then the more that you looked at it, and the more you got to know it, it was just riddled with flaws, but you still had to have it anyway?

That is what happened to me with the Lian Li PC-TU 100.

I discovered this case a few years back in a youtube video from the late TekSyndicate. I knew at that moment that I had to have it. This lead me to becoming a regular visitor and co-maintainer of the Overclock .net TU-X00 Owner's Club, long before I even owned this case. Through many conversations that were had between other owners, I learned about the inherent flaws of this case:

  • Little to No GPU Ventilation
  • 60mm CPU Heatsink Restriction
  • No Inherrent Exhaust Fans

With this in mind, I began looking into several Club members' build logs for inspiration - This one included.

I finally managed to get my hands on this case last September, and once I was able to give it a thorough examination, I began planning for this build. Throughout my planning, and regular ebay searching, I stumbled into Athena Power AP-MFATX40 400W Flex ATX PSU, on ebay for $40. This PSU is what really brought the entire build together. (Note: This is not the PSU I ended up using.)

My goal for this build was to modify the Heck out of this case, to make it as functional and beautiful as most moddern cases, while maintaining as much of the stock Lian-Li aesthetic.

The total complete list of mods include the following:

  • Flex-ATX PSU Mounted to Roof of Case
  • PSU Cables Shortened and Sleeved
  • AC PSU Passthrough Cable Added to Case
  • Full Tower Heatsink Installed
  • Exhaust Fans Added to Rear of Case
  • GPU Intake Fans Added to Bottom of Case
  • Replaced Case Feet with Taller Milled-Aluminum Feet
  • Side Panel Window Added
  • Front Intake Grill and Power Button Replaced
  • Removed the Ugly "Pro Gaming" Sticker from the Motherboard
  • RGB Lighting Added to Case

As you can see, the build was a success! This is my first ever case mod, so I learned a lot in regards to machining and other case modding skills. I have been working on this project after work, every day, since December 25th, where I finally finished on January 21st. A lot of time, sweat and blood has been poured into this build, and I hope it shows.

If you would like to see the build log from start to finish, click this link. This will take you to Overclock.net, where you can see each step in plenty of detail, as well as plenty more photos. Also, higher resolution photos are located in the build log as well!

FAQ

Q - What is this computer used for? A - Its a LAN Gaming rig. I needed something light but powerful that I could easily take places.

Q - Why are there so many free parts? A - These were parts that were given to me as gifts. Huge shout out to my father and Aunt, for helping to pay for some of these parts!

I would like to thank staff for the feature! It was very cool to see my personal rig on the front page of this site.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Great little heatsink! Performance is equivalent to the 212 Evo, if not a little bit better. Looks fantastic as well!

Motherboard

Great little motherboard! Hate the sticker though. Once removed, the motherboard looks a lot cleaner. Managed to achieve a 4.8 GHz OC on my 6600k using the AI Suite OC Utility.

Memory

Looks great, Performs great, and low profile.

Storage

I got mine for $229. This tiny little SSD is fast as hell! Strongly recommended.

Video Card

This level of performance at this small of form factor is incredible. Freesync support makes it all the more worth it.

Case

Probably my favorite computer case of all time. Includes many inherent flaws, such as lack of GPU ventilation, and having to rely on the PSU as your exhaust. With modification, this case is fantastic.

4 Stars for requiring modification.

Power Supply

Great PSU for fitting into a small build. Performs fine.

-1 Star for having 2 12v 20a Rails. This means that each 12v Rail can only support up to a theoretical maximum of 240 W. The 400W variant was not powerful enough for my Fury Nano, and I had to upgrade to this model.

-1 Star for having the PCB standoff Nuts drilled out. I had to swap the shell on this PSU with the 400W's shell. A lot of work for a feature that should have been included out of the box, with no documentation stating that this feature was removed.

Also, the fan is loud as hell. Mine came with a Yate Loon D40BM-12C, which pushes a lot of air, but sounds like a hair dryer.

Not recommended for the faint at heart.

Comments Sorted by:

joshzpants 3 Builds 4 points 22 months ago

awesome case modding

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks!

The0Burger0King 2 Builds 4 points 22 months ago

You did an amazing job! Perfect execution of mods and part selection!

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks!

Karsty5 1 Build 4 points 22 months ago

A true masterpiece.

+1

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you!

oneflygtiguy 5 Builds 3 points 22 months ago

This is like if James Bond had a traveling pc/hacking/gaming kit. This is some next level stuff. Nice work. Very confused by your Lian Li case statement though. Sometimes adoration comes from times of adversity and turmoil ;) Just saying.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Which part was confusing? I would be happy to go further into detail if something was unclear!

oneflygtiguy 5 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I was referring to how the Lian Li case is your favorite of all time but it includes many inherent flaws. I was confused with that statement.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 3 points 22 months ago

Ah, I understand. Basically, I love how the case looks, and I really enjoy it. But in order to get the most out of it, it needs to be modded.

I can't really think of a better way to word that, unfortunately..

nostrocrompt 1 Build 3 points 22 months ago

Very cool case, very good build! +1

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks!

darkus_f 3 points 22 months ago

This build makes me wish I knew how to mod.

Very well done!

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Thank you!

Just do your research, and don't be afraid to ask dub questions.

This was actually my very first full fledged case mod.

WirelessCables 1 Build 3 points 22 months ago

You sir, deserve my +1. ENJOY!

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Thank you!

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

=-)

illinklined 2 Builds 3 points 22 months ago

very, very nice build:)

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks you!

Blacksm1le 1 Build 3 points 22 months ago

very attractive i love it :-)

brent_the_rogue 2 Builds 3 points 22 months ago

Just. Wow.

Dream build.

+a large number

mb67 5 Builds 3 points 22 months ago

This is really fantastic looking! It's inspiring me to do more research on more challenging case modding than the simple painting I've been doing. Well done!

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Please do! Actually, I have yet to look into case painting, so you have that on me!

Also, if you are not already a member, please check out Overclock.net . The modding community over there is very talented, and I am sure you can get even more inspiration with some of those builds, like I did.

Thanks!

mb67 5 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

You're welcome! :-)

I should join that forum; It's been a long time since I was last on a PC forum. (Notebookforums, until it shut down)

Side note: I like the anime names you use. I too like to try naming my builds that way, though in my case Madame Rouge was from Teen Titans, and my Dad's build just had to be names Sode No Shirayuki. My next build (completing soon) is for an artist friend of mine, and I'm naming it after one of his characters. :-)

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Cool stuff!

When you join, if you need any assistance with anything, give me a shout. I am no mod, but I can at least point you in the right direction if something needs answered.

mb67 5 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks!

ArtMods 1 Build 3 points 22 months ago

Nice work! Congrats on the feature!

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks!

cmn65 3 Builds 3 points 22 months ago

I didn't think it was so small until you out it next to your bag. Awesome job! +1

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you!

TORCHO8 3 points 22 months ago

I'm so glad this build got featured. I saw it yesterday and was dumbfounded.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you for the compliments!

Yahtadi 3 points 22 months ago

I thought it was small amply box being modded. Turns out even better than expected. GGWP mamen!

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks! ໒( ͡ᵔ ▾ ͡ᵔ )७

SilkyZ 1 Build 3 points 22 months ago

Tu-100 is the best ITX case. I have one that i want to mod out at some point, this is just giving me ideas!

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Would love to see what you do with it!

If you aren't already a member, you should come check out the OCN Lian Li PC-TU X00 Owners Club. We'd love to have you a part of it, and there is plenty of discussion about modding this case.

A lot of the inspiration for this build came from that club, so I am sure you could get some good information out of it!

Solemnsong 2 points 22 months ago

Well tiny means something new to me now, lol love the build +1 wish I could +1 again for the sheer amount of work that had to take to make it work out so well.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks!

someta 4 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

This is great! You are much more dedicated than me; my patience extends to adding some cable extensions and maybe wrapping up the cables and saying "well, that looks good enough!" (when it really doesn't...)

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

This was actually my very first case mod. I had a lot of help and encouragement from my family, as well as the PC-TU X00 Owners Club over at OCN. Never settle for "just enough", cuz if I would have done that, I wouldn't have completed this build.

I am sure you can do your own case mod one of these days!

someta 4 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Wise words! I got a few ideas in mind for a case mod or two...

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 22 months ago

Nice build, unique concept. Maybe it should have been called the 'Rig of Spies'. +1 :)

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Heh, I am a bit too much of a weeb, and not super creative. So for now, the name is staying. :)

Jackson_Tyler96 3 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Mmm I love that Fulla 2/770 combo

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Me too. The Cable mod wasn't fun, but the end result was very rewarding! ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

Vide_X 2 points 22 months ago

It's so cute!

resendezcyler 2 points 22 months ago

Looks almost like a camera from Red.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

I never noticed that until now. It kinda does!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Congrats on the featured spot!

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks!

SilverWolf149 2 points 22 months ago

Well executed modding and sff builds are always enjoyable.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you!

adaverso 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

honey I shrunk the kids

TwoGunMoomin 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Nice work, fellow PC-TU100 modder! :)

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I just took a look at your build, very nicely done!

If you aren't already on Overclock.net, you should make an account, and then come join the OCN Lian Li TU-X00 Owners Club. I am sure other club members would love to see your build!

alxz 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

i saw this build log at ocnet, very nice!

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks!

Fleetleader101 2 points 22 months ago

Love the fan work man, must have been a struggle to get that just right.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks! If you want to see how I put all of it together, check out my build log, linked in the description. I go into fairly extensive detail on how everything went together.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

I love that PSU!

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Glad you like it!

ApatheticRenegade 5 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

is the name a danganronpa 2 reference or is that wishful thinking

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Nailed it!

ApatheticRenegade 5 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

perfect. <3

Batmandrew 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

I had never never seen this case before now and thought you hollowed out a guitar amp lol. Great job :)

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Heh, a couple people on OCN have said similar things.

Thank you!

MTHD 2 points 22 months ago

Literally man, I'm just like how you were describing in the 1st and 2nd paragraph, I'm addicted to the Lian Li itx series especially the Lian Li PCQ-21 because it's so fricking small ! I plan no doing similar mods to it but just getting all the parts together atm.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

These cases are truly art pieces, but they just need a little (or a lot) something extra to make them perfect. I hope your mod ideas go well!

MTHD 1 point 22 months ago

They are truly lovely aren't they?!, I'm sure you've had a look at the PCQ-O1 and the TU110 also as they are amazing cases with few modding needed, a mini 1080 is releasing soon so I wonder if it'll fit in the PCQ-01 without the shroud (hmm...)

:)

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

We've had discussions about the TU110 in the Owners Club, apparently that one is discontinued, and there is no sign of it coming to retail in the states. I believe it was a Chinese exclusive IIRC.

In regards to the other case, I am not to terribly familiar with it, but it seems like a solid offering.

There's all sorts of other discussions that we have over in OCN's TU X00 Owner's Club, come join OCN and give us a shout if you want to discuss stuff with us!

MTHD 2 points 22 months ago

Will do, I'll join now :)

Coyote79 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

I was looking for this kind of builds! wow Bro Very very nice, no wicked build!

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you!

ten8yp 5 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Great build... LOVE the mods you did on the case. Helluva LAN rig. I'm guessing you do a lot of that to make that kinda computer worth it.

But you didn't really expect to get an AMD gpu on a 400 watt psu did you? Come on man.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Thanks!

Not exactly. I used to go to several LAN parties, but lugging around the 40 lb desktop really wasn't worth it. Now that I have this little toaster, I should be able to get out a lot more frequently.

And as much as I appreciate the stereotype, yes I did. The R9 Nano is rated at 175W, but tests actually show that it can peak at ~186W. If the 400W was single rail, then there would have been no issues. Alas, that was not the case.

ten8yp 5 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

You know I was just joking about that lol... what kind of frame rates are you getting with that setup? I have a LAN setup with a nice carrying handle and all but its ancient and needs to be updated. I'm honestly thinking of trying something with the R9 nano myself.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

No worries mate. The stereotype exists for a reason!

It's pretty good, I haven't gotten any Framerate readings from games yet, but with everything OC'd, Unigine Heaven at max graphics, 1080p had an average framerate of 69.1 FPS.

Here's a quick link to my benchmark results.

vycelord 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THAT CASE. Omg what an amazing build. 110% mys tyle of building. I wish I could fit my partsinto that case. Cant even see the PSU. Seriously +1 x 1000. Cant compliment that build enough. My dream size.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you very much!

Snikpoh 3 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Awesomesauce

madurham84 3 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

LOVE IT!

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks!

graymatter 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

All I can say is wow, this build is amazing, well done +1 from me

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks!

berlinger99 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Can you just briefly describe to me the window cutting process? I'm doing a custom window soon, +1 for the awesome build

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you!

I used Paulshardware's Mod Video for guidance.

Basically, I taped up the sidepanel with painters tape, marked the cut lines, used a dremel with cutting wheel to cut the panel, and cleaned it up with some files. (Actually, almost exactly what Paul did.)

Here is my forum post on OCN showing some of my steps when I cut the panel.

Happy modding!

NightshadeGameStudios 2 points 14 months ago

Lol the case looks a bit like my Guitar amp (I have a small portable one with a handle).

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Very cool. Not a fan of tha psu. I am a fan of case modification. This is a great looking pc with a nice and high overclock.

Thumbs up.

Btw just curious. How loud is it when gaming?

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you for the compliments!

In regards to the PSU, I really didn't have any other options, due to the nature of how the PSU was mounted. However, if you have any suggestions for a replacement, please let me know! I would be more than happy to add annotations to this build to point people towards a better solution.

In regards to volume, I would estimate around 25-27 dB at Max Load. The GPU fan is the loudest component in the build, and it's fan does not exceed 75% speed, due to the fan curve I set up for it.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

That sound level is not bad. Yeah I typed that wrong, but I'll leave it for reference. Meant to type not a fan of that type of psu. Necessatating that design leaves you limited. I have no suggestion of a better one. Besides, the build is complete and looks great. I wouldn't replace the power supply unless it failed. I'm not going to jump on that bad mouthing the psu wagon. 500 watts and an 80+ silver rating sounds good.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

No worries. I really do wish there were other solutions, but (without going into to many details) the only other option that I could find that could sufficiently power this box was an FSP FSP500-50FSPT, but the issue is that it does not have a -12V rail. The mobo unfortunately needs it to boot, so I was out of options with this.

....Buuut, that is probably more info than you needed.

I appreciate the kind words!

nakaman 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

That feeling happened to me when I saw that case

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

The case really is great, it just needs a bit of tender love and care (in the form of a drill and saw) in order to help it reach its full potential. :)

mcgoff360 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

looks great! i am thinking that instead of building my next computer inside something enormous like my HAF X case I should look for a lan / htpc styled case.

is there any ventilation out the front of your case? could you put in a small custom water loop to keep things cooler so that you aren't just relying on the psu exhaust fan?

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I am not sure if I understand your question.

The build has 1 front 120mm, 2 bottom 92mm, and 2 exhaust 60mm. I hope that helps!

mcgoff360 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

does the case come standard with the front 120mm ? i was just wondering if you could have put a small radiator there, probably not allowing for overclocking but maybe it would be enough to cool both the cpu and gpu?

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Yes it does. And some other owners of this case have installed AIOs in the traditional TU-100 configuration.

Whether or not it would be enough for both the CPU and GPU, I couldn't tell you. If you didn't want to mod the case, I would recommend you install the AIO on the GPU, and just use a small heatsink on a Non-K CPU.

Jacoby2002 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Really creative build, I really like that case tho

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks! Me too :)

Kardude77 1 point 22 months ago

The first r9 nano I've seen!

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

As far as I know, I am the first person to put a Nano in this case as well... Not sure though. ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

vvhitecake 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

How do you like the fulla 2? I was looking at that or possibly getting the schiit stack (magni/modi)

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I really like it. I am not much of a Hi-Fi guy, but many members of Overclock.net 's headphone club claim that it is brighter than other Amp/Dac's, and others claim that it improves sound stage.

I really like having an all-in-one package for travel. It still requires a power source, but when you plug it into your PC, that is taken care of.

I hope that helps!

arda1907 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

thumbs up for the dt 990 pro and schit fulla 2 i have a schit stack with the same headphones and love it

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

It's actually a 770 Pro.. With all the cash I put into this project, I couldn't afford the higher tiered cans.... ᕕ(゜▽゜;)ᕗ

Noire58 1 point 21 months ago

When you need to Warm your hands, you just need to Open the case. Very good build dude!

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks!

With the way everything is laid out, I just point the computer in the direction I want heat.

Actually, just last night, it was getting pretty cold in my room, so I turned on Folding@Home, and I brought up my room temp by about 5°F.

It's pretty stupid, but it works out nicely in that regards. :)

Dan0308 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Very nice build. I quite like it.

+1

Quick question though, I would like to build my own lan pc but i'm torn between the Lian-Li PC-TU100B and the Node 202. I want the Node because it look like it would be easier to build in but i really like the look of the TU100. Any suggestions?

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks!

That is a tough one. I really do love my TU 100, but I can see the benefits of the 202. They are very different, dimensions wise. The 202 has a smaller volume by about 1 liter, which is enticing. However, it is quite a bit taller than the TU 100. The TU 100 also has an integrated handle, but the 202 appears to have better cooling natively.....

I would say that the build quality is a bit higher on the TU 100, but it can be a bit of a project. I would recommend you check out OCN's TU 100 Owners Club to get a bit more ideas of what you can do with this case.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1523355/lian-li-pc-tu100-200-owners-club

Sorry, I am not sure if this really clears anything up (゜▽゜;)

mynameiskc1 1 point 20 months ago

Does the cooler heat sink use a dtandard 120mm fan? Ty for your time and papa bless

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

It uses a standard 92mm Fan. The heatsink is a Be Quiet! Pure Rock Slim.

Chaos410 1 point 18 months ago

Awesome build.. im thinking about using this case. Any tips on modding it?

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you!

If you are planning on using a hotter GPU, you may want to consider adding 1 or 2 fans to the bottom of the case, and a taller case feet.

If you would like to see what I did in more details, check out my build log, which I have linked in the description.

If you would like to see other case mods and other peoples ideas, check out the Owners Club that I also linked in the description. There are members of OCN who have added AIO coolers, tall heat sinks, and other various cooling mods.

:)

EDIT: On that note, if you don't have an account on OCN yet, you should totally join us over there

Zaazu 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Looks amazing.

How loud is the PSU?

Also, what do you mean "each 12v Rail can only support up to a theoretical maximum of 240 W"? How did you works this out?

Reason I ask is, I need a really small form factor psu myself.

Thanks :)

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Check out this post on my build log, on OCN.

The stock fan is incredibly loud. It is a Yate Loon 7500 RPM fan, so it sounds like a hair dryer. I replaced it with a different fan, but I would strongly recommend you read my post if you decide to replace it.

The theoretical wattage was calculated with P (watts) = I (amps) x V (volts). Each 12V rail on this power supply are rated at 20 A. 12 V x 20 A = 240 W.

Just to note, the PCB standoff nuts are stripped out by the manufacturer, so you will not be able to use them, unless you decide to mod the shell like I did. Also, if you decide to swap the fan, please please please read my post. I ended up destroying the integrated fan controller due to a mistake, so I do not want you to end up in the situation I did.

I hope this helps!

Zaazu 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks for getting back to me.

Is there a quieter FlexATX power supply without the need for modding? I need about 300w for my build.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

The original PSU I was going to use was the Athena Power AP-MFATX40. It's a 400W FlexATX, and it was very quiet from my experience. However, your mileage may vary.

The PCB standoffs on the one I bought were still in tact, so that is another plus with the 400W version.

Damjan25 1 point 17 months ago

Did you get the thermal paste with the cpu cooler ?

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Yes. Thermal paste came pre-applied.

However, if you decide to remove the heatsink to do maintenance on your system, I'd recommend cleaning off the old paste and using new thermal paste.

Piercerson 1 point 13 months ago

How is the Athena ATX treating you now that it has been 8 months? I'll using the Lian-Li TU100 and the R9 Nano in my own custom build.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

It has been working just fine! I did manage to trip the OCP by overclocking the CPU a bit too far, but that was my own fault.

BE WARNED: If you are planning on doing a similar mod like I did, you need to go visit my build log that I linked in the post above.

I had to do a shell swap between the 400W and the 500W PSUs. Also, I killed the fan controller on the PSU when doing my PSU mods. Please read through my post where I talked about it, and if you have any further questions, please let me know!

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Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I just noticed this! Thank you!

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Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions! In regards to the lower fans, I actually have the fans set to 70%. Like you said, the turbulence means less effective cooling. I noticed at 100% that the temps of the GPU increased by a couple degrees. Now, that may have just been margin of error, but I compensated for it regardless.

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Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Thanks! What would you replace it with? As far as I know, there is nothing on the market that would fit in this build the same way. Believe me, I tried to find one, but I found nothing.

RhettRO55 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

ITX / FLEX ATX Power supplies with high reputation and the ability to power anything PCI-E related are very rare! I myself have yet to find one at all that is worth its usually higher than acceptable pricetag. But I have used SFX Athena power supplies before and the whole 2 I am using are still running strong, one is now on its 3+ years of running 24/7 in a U-NAS 8 bay mini ITX server and the other is used about 5+ hours a day in my living room HTPC.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Glad to hear that somebody else has experience with Flex ATX! I really hope they gain a bit more popularity, as they really do open up an entire realm of sFF builds.

RhettRO55 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Certain cases like my server/NAS ones literally only support ITX mobos & the like thereof power supplies so its either make do or use a diff case. But the willingness to customize and make changes to a case outside of their inherent design is what will open up the realm of possibilities even further ;-)

I will say that your post on Overclock and its attention to detail and showing successes as well as "failures"/hiccups has made me want to re-entertain the idea of swapping out the 40mm fans on my server PSUs as they are quite loud and fairly annoying.

Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

When it comes to swapping out the fans, be sure that the stock ones use some form of standard connector (2 pin D connector, 3 pin, 4pin). If they are soldered to the PCB, then I do not advise you swap them out. Not that it wouldn't work, as I am sure it would, but it is a lot riskier, and you could potentially blow up the fan controller, like I did.

Just be careful.

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Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 4 points 22 months ago

Please take a look at the length of the PSU. That is a full-fat 1U server PSU, that has a length of 9.3" (235mm). The PSU used in this build is rated at 6" (150mm), and it just barely fit after cable modding.

See This Post from my Build Log for better photos of the PSU mounting.

I do appreciate the suggestion though!

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Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

No worries mate! This was a long and arduous process for me, so don't worry about it too much. :)

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Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 9 points 22 months ago

Thanks!

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Gooberdad 10 Builds 8 points 22 months ago

It was a lot. Here's a plus one.

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Simmons572 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Lol yeah. That was more for a proof of concept though, it is currently sitting at 4.2 with a slight undevolt, temps never exceed 65 C.