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"Little Fatty"

by kyskai

Description

It's not the smallest ITX, but it's easy to handle and take during travels.

The 5.25" bay has been populated with a drawer system that holds my cables, flash drives, mini bluetooth controllers by 8bitdo, and a handheld keyboard/trackpad for home theater use.

The Ryzen 2700x with the ML120L cooler is audible, but not noticable when audio is playing. You hear it doing its work keeping the CPU at a solid 50-65 degrees Celsius after a couple hours of gaming and video editing.

The Vega 64 under load is loud. Not quite like an F-18 screaming down the tarmac loud, but more like that annoying neighbor using the leaf blower on a Saturday morning after you worked a 19 hour shift and want your god given right of a solid 14 hours of sleep. Using the auto-undervolt under Wattman settings brings the Voltage draw to a more sustainable 210W maximum and keeping an 18000-ish Firestrike score. Temps never go above 84 degrees on this card and its heat doesn't disapate into the system thanks to its blower design.

Now... The build... Two 2.5", two 3.5" drives, hours of screwing and unscrewing, grossly sobbing in a corner because I couldn't get 20% more performance with Fragharder disco lights, angry zip ties and a couple Duke's Brown Ales later, every bit of usable space inside the case with enough airflow was managed and completed. The most difficult part is hard drive management. If you, for whatever reason, plan on using ALL 6 hard drive spots, you need low profile 90 degree SATA cables with side protrusions.

This was a fun build, and I'll take better pictures after work, but I hope you all found this review... interesting.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

On sale for 30 bucks, you're getting a decent CPU cooler... but the lights here are just dim and depressing. I'd opt for the newer model for more lights, but it doesn't matter too much in a closed off build like this.

Case

While this is a good case, the manual doesn't state that a rear mounted 120mm AIO would interfere with all fans on the top bracket. They should also mention the cramped space for hard drive storage that may require the use of specialized SATA cables. Air flow is sufficient, and has good neutral pressure with with intake coming from the top and side power supply vent, and graphics card vent (blower style) and exhaust through the rear and bottom. I was concerned about there being no front intake, but it actually helps to use a static pressure intake and balanced/flow exhaust fan. Good luck with managing power supply cables though.

Power Supply

An extremely short semi-modular PSU with black cables all around leading to a clean build.

Case Fan

You want that fragharder rave, but instead of a disco party, you get a sad glow that can only be seen in the darkness of your basement. (TL;DR, it's a very dim light, even at max brightness)

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diypartsjoy 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Hey, don't be so rude. It is just a little overweight. xD

kyskai submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

BMI scale says he's obese, but he's got that low center of gravity and powah

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malcar11 4 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Pretty machine. Nice drawer idea. Congrats!

Gibbytronix 2 points 2 months ago

He’s a bit Fa-COOL!

Joe_Fadgen 1 point 2 months ago

“Tarmac”

Noxia85 1 point 2 months ago

Doing a similar build myself but using an SFX PSU, can you give any general tips on the best order of assembly

kyskai submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

To make your life way easier and not as cramped, assemble in the following order:

-Motherboard -PSU (No cables) -Hard drives -Test fit fans -Rearrange other materials as needed before attaching PSU cables -Cable manage -Slap a graphics card in like a car salesman meme -Don't forget to plug in PSU to the graphics

And the hardest step, aligning the case cover. You should have significantly more space to work with though. Take your time.

Noxia85 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you, I expect to get frustrated and break something

Junior1210 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I'm glad you built this, since I'm looking to build something similar with a 2080 instead of a Vega 64. Great job, +1 from me!