Description

I built this rig for my next extended trip overseas. I hauled around a full tower on my last trip and that was just terrible, so now I has this. Ok, so I used A LOT of EVGA parts on this build. I think just about every type of part they make. The reason for this is that the EVGA e-store was running a $100 off promo for what was essentially a bare bones kit with assembly required. I have been dying to use this case for a build since it came out and for $100 off the bundle I went for it. The discount is reflected in the prices of the mobo, case, optical drive, and CPU cooler (-$25 each). The VGA I bought on its own because I already own 2 and so far I love them both. Other than that it was just my personal preference on parts. As there is no built in wifi I had to install a mPCIE card to fill the gap which was a major pain routing the antenna wires. I didn't like the stock case fans so I replaced the with some Corsair SP120s. Also for those wondering about a PSU, the case comes with a custom 500W low profile PSU installed. No other PSU will fit in this case. Also the PSU has shorter cables to make managing them a bit easier. My only real gripe about the case is that to install any SSD or HDD you need 90 degree SATA cable for the case to actually close. EVGA only includes straight SATA cables with the case.

Overall this is probably most challenging build I've done to date. I'm not a guy with large hands but I struggle to believe that even small children couldn fit hands in this case. There is no cable routing behind the mobo tray, nor is there any room even if you wanted to. So most of my cable routing involved zip tying everything I could to the HDD cage. The CPU cooler was the most annoying part of this build as it liked to pop loose with just the slightest nudge. Overall I'd say don't use this cooler. It cools well, it's just a pain to install securely. The case is made to accommodate a 10.5 in graphics card. The GTX 780 is exactly 10.5 in, which made for a fun game trying shimmy it in at the end.

As challenging as it was, I had a lot of fun with this build and I couldn't be more satisfied with the end result. Also I got sick of people referencing the case with a soda can (EVGA did as well). So for size I threw in some pics with my Xbox 360 slim that I feel provide a better frame of reference.

I welcome all questions, comments, suggestions and outright insults below!!

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 6 points

It's a shame EVGA doesn't manufacture memory or hard drives as well..

  • 69 months ago
  • 6 points

or wireless adapters

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

They do make RAM.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah they do

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

39 months ago

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah lol

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

EVGA makes case fans too.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 7 points

Memory is ram...

  • 69 months ago
  • 8 points

i think you made an unintentional IT Crowd reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdREEcfaihg

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

Well done. Just change the color rings on the fans to red and you're set :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow the Xbox provides a really good scale for how small this case really is. Crazy! Great build.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool Build :)

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the motherboard come ready for wifi?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

No, but it does come with a mPCIE slot that will accommodate a mobile wifi card.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you take this on a flight? How did it go?

I'm building a similar one that I might bring with me on a plane. I'm worried it would break in a check in luggage and that it's too heavy to drag into the cabin as hand luggage. Curious to hear how it went!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yikes! I think that will be quite a load on the engines. Unless you are flying in a Boeing 747 jumbo jet or boieng 777 widebody jetliner. Because I know those General electric GE90-115b turbofan engines will do it. Yes excuse me I am a aviation enthusiast. Gonna be a heavy takeoff

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

No I packed it in Tuff Box and took it to Afghanistan with me. It made the flight very well. No problem when I arrived. If you wanted to take it with you on a commercial liner it would probably fit quite well into a carry on suitcase as its roughly twice the thickness of an xbox 360. Also the case is all steel except for the plexi side panel so not a lot of worries there. My only recommendation would be a Noctua CPU cooler as opposed the the crappy EVGA one. The Noctua cooler screws into a backing that runs behind the mobo as opposed to the EVGA on that has the crummy twist clamp thing you find on stock intel coolers. Overall I loved this rig.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I made a part list on my profile named EVAC. It is a EVGA theme build list. You can go check it out and let me know what you think.