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I call her Snooky because she's little, loud, and already unfaithful.

Before I go any further i want to say that i started building computers back in September 2015, this is my 4th build now, (the 3rd I haven't posted yet) I have a problem and need help.

I decided spur of the moment that i wanted an mini ITX build. Went with Fractal Design because they are amazing. Their Core 500 case has a 5.25 bay which I cut into a double 5.25 bay with a hacksaw. I then mounted my Aerocool touch 2100 fan controller in it. It looks spectacular.

Xeon processor because it's cool as ice and powerful, but mostly because its $209 at Microcenter right now. Used a Zalman CNPS 9900 MAX cooler, better airflow than the standard blocky cooler. Combined with 2 top mounted 140 mm intake fans and a single 140 mm rear exhaust fan this thing stays pretty darn cool. I ran at 100% load for over 30 minutes on Prime95 and never went above 76 celsius, averaging 72. Pretty safe temps for such a packed case.

MSI R9 390 DOES NOT fit in this case. You have to cut part of the drive bracket away and put the dust filter on the outside of the case to make it work. Going to flag this compatibility issue in a moment.

I used a cheap non modular power supply. All the PSU Nazis can stay in your caves, I already know what you're going to say. This will be remedied on Monday; going to go sell a gun and buy an R9 Nano. With that I can fit my EVGA 850 G2 (overkill I know) and clean up the cable management.

Against my better judgement I will post a pic of the current cable management. Between the Aerocool, the front panel connectors, and the non modular psu there was little I could do. They are away from the fans, and LinusTechTips and my Real Temp numbers show that it matters little for cooling performance anyways. However in the effort of personal pride I will clean this up as soon as a non modular psu is in .

It might be a tad to call her unfaithful at this point, she runs great. It's just a temp monitor under the motherboard went down today and now I have to listen to an excruciating 20 second beep when I turn the computer on, also since the temp monitor isn't working the CPU fan stays on full speed 24/7 which is loud. I'll fix it Monday.

Once appropriate updates are done I'll re-post. If you're one of the 3 people that read this far thank you. Overall the mini ITX build was challenging but fun, I'm happy with the way it turned out. Pics are horrible as always, enjoy!

Edit: Added EVGA 550 GS and cleaned up cables! Updated pics added

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  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

i've never seen a radeon ssd used in a build is that a custom painted 390 is see?

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

My previous build had a black and silver theme, it was a windowed AMD build so I had the AMD SSD on display. The SSD is just for the OS mostly, going to get an Samsung 500gig or something eventually. The GPU I painted from red to black; looked sweet but ultimately doesn't matter now that it is in an ITX case.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you take the red and black p[plastic off the GPU to paint it? I want to try it with mine but can't get it off...

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the late reply, after you take out the necessary screws to remove the plastic, it's still held on with the wire that lights up the MSI logo. I cut this wire and heat shrinked each individual wire so it doesn't create a short. I was able to remove the plastic and paint then, but my MSI logo doesn't light up. Not a big deal to me, the card looks great and fits any color scheme now.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

That's alright. I can't seem to find a way to take off the plastic from the actual heat-sink :(

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

"I like my girls tan but don't od tan like snooky" - "Looking For a Girlfriend video" anyway nice system

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

insert power supply complaint here

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Here, let me do it for you. Replace that PSU plz. EVGA G2 650W is good!

P.S: I hope I don't offend the builder. It's still a great PC!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol no worries I expected and welcome the criticism. Putting a cheap PSU in a build like this is not wise. I've had good experiences with Lepa products thus far so I think it'll hold together for a few days. If my build does burn up it means I get to do another build; if my house burns down it means I can buy a bigger house! Win-Win!

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

LOL. Why buy a house when you can build it?

House proceeds to burn down due to AMD Reference Refrigerator

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I've already applied it to my new house. Oh wait, it already burned down...

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Would you mind checking out my MSI Build Guide?

Thanks dude, and have fun with the build!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the R9 390. Nice build.

I bet cable management was a nightmare in there. That's what scares me about those little cases. Not much room to cable manage an for airflow.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I LOVE my R9 390, just wish it fit better. Cable management is tough, but I didn't put to much effort because I will be taking it apart in a few days anyways. I kept my motherboard and Cpu cooler area clear, and tied cables so they don't get pulled into a fan. It'll suffice for now.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

What do you think is the longest PSU you could fit in there?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

170 mm is the longest psu recommended by Fractal, however if you have a small graphics card such as a GTX 970 or R9 nano you could go longer.

I have an EVGA 850 g2 that is 180 mm and it certainly does not fit.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

You did a great job and cutting out the extra room on that front panel! Good work, looking forward to the updated pictures too!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, added updated pics with the new modular psu and cleaned up the cables a good bit.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a million times better! I like the use of the tubes to keep the various wires together.

Good job!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 "I call her Snooky because she's little, loud, and already unfaithful." Good chuckle out of that!

I'm considering this case but PSU placement is bad IMO and makes for horrible cable management.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Some days I look at this case and I love it. Some days I wish I had picked something else. It's hard to describe. Cable management is not easy, the last 2 pics were literally the best I could do with cables. Friends that aren't computer enthusiasts also have mixed feelings about it, they think its a toaster. However I'm tickled because I fit 3 140mm fans in the thing, positive air pressure and it doesn't collect any dust in side. Temps are great as well.

This was my first mitx build and I definitely prefer this over a big behemoth desktop.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

The build looks great! At first I thought you had somehow crammed a custom watercooling build with that fan controller screen, but then I took a closer look. I'm actually kind of surprised by how cool your cpu runs, considering the clock speed its at and that it's aircooled in a closed space with not much ventilation. Good job modding the 5.25'' drive chassis to fit your needs.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

im gonna convert my midtower into this case. do you know if my semi modular evga 650 gq can fit this? its listed as 165mm, im not that confident with the 170mm limit here....... oh yeah im also gonna install an r9 390 sapphire, pretty sure the gpu and the psu are gonna be kissing each other :(

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I popped my case open to measure for you and I've got a little under an inch of space, roughly 20 mm from my psu to the plate on my gpu. If your psu is 165mm I would have to say that it would not fit with that sapphire considering it has a similar height gpu plate. You would be stuck with about 5 mm to plug in your sata and gpu power cords. It's not enough. My PSU is 150mm and my cords are nearly bent at 90 degree angles against the gpu.

Hope that helps.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I appereciate it man. Thanks! Im probably gonna go with cm elite 130 now which i think is inferior to the core 500 in multiple ways :(

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