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So i wanted to build my first PC mainly so i could get rid of the PS4 etc.

But i wanted it as small as possible with a fair bit of breathing space. This was due to go into the living room and connect to the TV - mainly used for COD and VR oculus.

The box would sit on the bottom shelf of a 3 tier cabinet on its side.

After a lot of research and help from people on this site i finally completed it this weekend. started playing COD last night. The PC ran smooth but hot. I think CPU max was 81 and GPU 86 - under stress - static was around 56/62. Bare in mind that im probably on the limit with the GPU for COD so lowered the settings a bit. Not tested the VR yet.

Only issue i have with the case is that it has not exhaust fans - 2 x 120 rgb fans at the front (which i bought from amazon) these suck air in and then the AO cools that air down. Part of the problem is the glass side of the case has no vent - which means the GPU is basically sucking in hot air that is brought in by the 2 front fans. im considering having a steel plate made and perforate it to death and replace the glass with it. Other option i have is to by 2x 60mm fans and try to place one at the back above the GPU and one at the bottom infront of the front fans.

Other issue i know is that its because its sealed by the cabinet it sits in. as there is no escape for the hot air - adding that to the fact that there is no exhaust fans?????????? anyway other than that its a decent build - only thing that will need updating is the GPU in time - hopefully get a bit of game play out of it until after xmas.

Tonight i will remove from the cabinet and stand up right to recheck the temps. I also bought one of them Ri bluetooth keyboards and mouse - amazing little thing

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good and clean. If im reading correctly you have the pc in a cabinet of some sort. Maybe try to vent the back of the cabinet to allow some fresh air in.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The alignment may be imperfect, but most honeycomb style grids will let you improvise a fan mount. Is there space on the bottom for another fan? The radiator would appear to steal most of the front intake before it can benefit the rest of the interior. Your DIY solution for the side panel could make a big difference too. Very little wasted space in your build, which makes air circulation more important.

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

+1 for this being your first build.

Being that this case has no place for an exhaust fan, I'd recommend flipping your fans and opting for negative pressure (all fans exhausting) in the case to help with temps, even if only just to experiment. Enjoy your build!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

well when i say no exhaust fan - i suppose that the radiator fans are exhaust fans as they are blowing out onto the radiator.

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

+1 for your first build! To bring down the temps of your PC, have you tried setting a custom fan curve for your GPU? For your AIO? Before you fab a plate to replace the tempered glass (TG), consider whether you can use washers to offset the TG? Suggest plastic washer and be careful about over torquing. Unfortunately, the PSU you selected is not helping - while the case supports ATX PSUs, SFX PSUs are usually designed to be more efficient (= less heat), however, they cost more. Also, as others mentioned, a cabinet is not great for airflow. Have fun and don't be discouraged! Great build.