Description

The plan here was to take my old ATX i5 2500k system and transplant it into a Raijintek Styx Micro ATX case, with the only changed parts being a refurb motherboard (Asus P8P67M-Pro) and Noctua NH-D15S.

That failed miserably when after 1 evening of use the motherboard started to die. Within two days I gave up and decided to reassemble my old PC, but excluding GPU, HDD, SSD and with it's original CPU cooler and PSU. Sell than to fund a Haswell upgrade as my new Oculus Ready PC.

So the new build went smoothly, I have some more Noctua case fans to add before I start to push the overclocking options. The mission with this build is to create an Oculus Ready, Silent overclocked PC on air and in a subtle MicroATX case

The learnings from this build are:

1) The Noctua Nh-D15S is still massive, so covers one of the motherboard screw points. Therefore one fixing cannot be used.

2) You'll need some Sata power adapters that are nice and flat to mount HDD & SSD to the flat plates in the Raijintek case. My HDD isn't mounted yet as the first trial run I had with it sounded very noisy compared to the rest of this near silent system.

3) Airflow is key, which is why I'm adding more casefans. I have the CPU heatsink fitted the wrong way round so that it clear the fan mounting point on the case floor. This means I've got the assymetrical heatsink completely covering the first PCIe slot, but with my PSU that's not a problem as my GTX980 is too long to fit in there. A future upgrade will be AIO watercooler, shorter PSU (Fractal Integra 750) and a 2nd GTX980 for SLI.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of AIO are you planning on putting in there? If you went with a 240mm would there be clearance for the rads and fans over the GPU?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm undecided at the moment. It'll be next year at least before I do that.

I actually think I could fit a 240mm in there quite comfortably. See http://imgur.com/33CLapV

That's with 2 fans already in place, so just add the thickness of the radiator to that and I think it'll fit.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

im currently looking at a similar setup but want to use a 980ti in the first slot as i believe it is the best slot to use if you are only running one gpu, do you think it will fit and just rest on top a 150mm wide psu or is there absolutely no way it can fit?

and ah, nice build by the way im a fan of the compact power house builds

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure as it depends on whether the gpu is going to clash with the cables coming out of your psu.

It's worth a try and I've not seems anything to make me believe that the further pcie slot is robbing me of any performance yet.

Good luck with the build. The ti is a great card.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm late, but nice job.

Thumbs up.

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