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I started this build as basically a high powered htpc custom build that would smash 1080p on a 60in tv and play decent games with an rvz01 in mind. After watching some videos on youtube, and build guides I finally decided to replace my huge desktop htpc sitting beside my Tv with this little case and I'm lovin it so far. I ran into a few problems initially as the pc was getting stuck in a power loop. I thought I had a power supply problem, but it turned out the heatsink was too tight on the motherboard. The pic with the hyper 212 was just until I pulled the seidon from the other pc :)

Case : The RVZ01, in my opinion, is the best mini itx gaming/htpc hybrid case. Its not very portable, but perfect for sitting under your TV. There definitely isn't a whole lot of room to work with in this case, but with the pcie riser you can fit up to a 13in gpu in this bad boy. It has enough airflow(vents) to keep components reasonably cool under light overclocks. The only thing that bothers me about this case is the HDD light. It seems like its twice as bright as the power light and the pulses almost send me into a seizure while watching movies in the dark.

Cpu : I went with Intel's 4690k because I know for modern games it can keep up with the 4790k, and it can smash anything I want to do in my living room; watching movies, editing etc.

Cpu Cooler : I had this seidon 120m sitting in my original htpc build and scoured the internet to see if it would fit in this case. Many people said it wouldnt but I managed to make it work. Granted, it is a pretty tight fit, almost as if it were made for this case or proprietary.

Motherboard : I think I made the best choice for motherboard with this case. I went with an Asus z97I-Plus. It has almost just as many features as my Hero VII. Loving this thing so far.

Memory : Crucial Ballistix Sport 16gb, caught these on sale black friday last year I think. never any problems.

Storage : For storage I used a 3.5 2Tb Seagate I had in my main rig, a 1tb 7200 laptop drive, and I bought a 500gb 850 Evo off fleabay for boot drive. Push button to Windows 8.1 in about 7 seconds.

Video Card : I broke down my 2 Saphire OC 7970 in Crossfire in my main rig and just threw one in this build as a temporary fix until I can afford something better. This will be the next upgrade in this system although I dont mind playing games like gta v with lower settings on a 60in tv, still looks great on high/very high.

Power Supply : I went with the 600w sfx from silverstone because it came with the cables that they charge $30 for and it has enough wattage for my needs(maybe too much). This was a hard buy because I dont like spending over a hundred bucks for a power supply. Its gold rated, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed, as I've heard when this thing goes out it takes everything with it.

Fans : I have two Noctua Nf-f12s on the bottom pulling air to the gpu and re-used one of the silverstone slim fans for a pull config on the rad of the seidon 120m.

Afterthought: Anybody want to buy a PS4? Haha. Keep in mind, I shopped around the absolute best prices for each component and reused things that I had in previous builds so I didnt just drop a grand all at once on this. Overall, I'm really happy with this build. I have to say it was a blast to put this beast together. The small itx form factor has always been something I've wanted to put a high power rig in but just never pulled the trigger. As for overclocking, I managed to get 4.0 ghz on the 4690k with 1.07v to stay under 72c under load. occt tested for 24 hours. I could probably stretch for more but I wanted to keep this baby cool. The 7970 is overclocked to 1175/1100/1500 with temps around 70-75 under full load.

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  • 59 months ago
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gr8 build m8

  • 59 months ago
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Thx.

  • 59 months ago
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Lol @ that heat sink tower pic!

  • 59 months ago
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I was gonna leave it on but dust would've been brutal :D

  • 59 months ago
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dang you fit the CM AIO cooler in there without kinking any of the lines? impressive

  • 59 months ago
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Yeah, it was a tight fit but I had just enough room where I wasnt forcing anything in there. Those AIO cooler lines are very flexible as well. Thanks :D

  • 59 months ago
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It fits, but it's a very tight squeeze and you have to use one of the Silverstone slim fans. I had my case setup that way originally as well. I had then realized I had enough room in front of my video card, so I stuck the radiator there. It helped with temperatures as well since a bigger fan could then be used.

With the hard drive light, you can always just unhook the led from the motherboard jumpers. You are right in that it's rather bright.

  • 59 months ago
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My gpu is way to big for that, but I did see that there is now a smaller gtx 970 that would fit nicely beside the radiator and one of my nf f12s. Just gotta save up 3hundo for it. That fkn hdd light is annoying but I havent decided to pull the plug on it yet lol