Description

I am a high school student as well as a freelance photographer/videographer. I built this computer as a LAN gaming PC or for when I'm on a trip and need a powerful computer for editing videos or photos.

Components: The CPU choice may seem a bit odd for video editing, but I had just upgraded my main rig to a 9900k. I had the 9600k sitting in a box after upgrading, so instead of going out and purchasing a new CPU I just used it in this computer to save some money. I chose the G.Skill RAM for the RGB (foolish, I know) but I was able to overclock it to 3400mhz where I was unable to push it any further. I chose the ASRock motherboard because of the thunderbolt 3 port, as the extra speed is very useful when editing off of an external ssd.

GPU: The games I play are mainly AC Odyssey and Rainbow 6 Seige, but I am also planning to play Cyberpunk 2077, Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, and Control at a later date. I chose the 2060 super since I figured that it would have enough power to run those games well. The GPU works flawlessly in AC Odyssey, pushing an average of 72fps.

The build: Building in the Skyreach 4 mini was... different. There is a very high component density because of its small size. This makes it rather difficult to install the GPU. I had to remove the shroud and use a couple of 92mm noctua fans to cool the GPU instead. I also had to dremel off some of the AC-DC PSU cover in order to fit the GPU power connector in (don't worry, it's perfectly safe!). Speaking of the PSU: the skyreach 4 mini doesn't have room for an sfx style PSU. Therefore, I had to use a two part PSU instead: the HD-Plex 400w AC-DC converter plus the DC-DC 400w atx power supply from the same company. In the end though it allows for a very compact, 5L portable powerhouse of a computer.

Now for the technical stuff: CPU temps were around 80C while encoding a 3min 11sec video in Adobe Premiere (h.264 encoding, Youtube 1080p preset, total time to encode = 7min 38sec). In Assassin's Creed Odyssey, CPU temps were around 68C at 1080p with a framerate of around 72fps. GPU temps max out at the thermal limit (82C) since it is a smaller case with limited cooling availability. The 9600k I am using is able to run at 5.1ghz, but for obvious thermal reasons I was unable to achieve that in this system. I chose to boost the base clock frequency up to 102.5mhz which allowed me to push the dram clock to 3400mhz. The system is stable in both FurMark and AIDA64, with cpu thermals in AIDA reaching a toasty 93C (I figured this was ok though since I would most likely never stress the CPU that hard).

Overall I love this build. The memory performs wayyyy better than I expected, and the cpu performs quite well considering the thermal limitations of its cooler. Building in this case, while challenging, was a great experience, and I'd love to build more small form factor PCs in the future.

Part Reviews

CPU

It's a good CPU, but if you're buying something in this price range I'd strongly suggest that you go with a ryzen 3600x instead.

Motherboard

Only z390 mini itx board with thunderbolt 3 and has the best VRMs out of any of them. Highly recommended. It doesn't look as fancy as the Asus board, but you definently get more for your money.

Memory

My kit was overclockable to 3400mhz on XMP profiles. Highly recommended!

Storage

Lower priced compared to the Samsung 970 evo series and (imo) performs just as well

Case Fan

It's a fan and its quiet.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Did you have to do anything special with the cabling from that PSU? Very interesting and impressive build IMO. +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Yep, I had to rewire the PSU power connector to use a C6 power cable because a standard PC power cable connector would be too large for the opening in the back of the case. I had to do additional sanding of the C6 connector to get it to fit.

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

That's tIIIGGGHT

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

The GPU works flawlessly in AC Odyssey, pushing an average of 72fps.

That's the same FPS I get in AC: Odyssey with my 2080... It's a horribly unoptimized game that seems to hit a framerate plateau no matter what kind of hardware you have.

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Ya AC Odyssey is a beautiful game but it would be nice to see it scale better with more powerful hardware.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Sick build! That's a build I'd buy. +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

This is super cool! And congrats on the feature!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

You bring this with you on trips with a monitor and all that to edit video? Be honest, you just wanted to build an SFF.. ;)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Ahaha u got me man

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I may sound dumb but where is PSU ? Also, How did you put GPU parallel to motherboard (and not perpendicular) ?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

the psu is part of the case, and the gpu is connected to a cord that plugs into the mobo allowing you to maneuver the gpu however you want

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yep, as RoastedSkissors said the GPU uses a pcie riser cable to allow horizontal mounting. The PSU is split into two parts: one part is below the GPU (the ac to dc part) and one is right next to the motherboard's atx12v pin (the 19v dc to 12v dc part).

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

this is a work of art

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

"Your cable Management sucks bro!" Just Kidding. One of my first trys at build was a SFF and i had to give up and move to a bigger case. Much respect for the SFF builders out here.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build! +10

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Very nice looking build, always impressed by how much power you can pack into such small form factors, inspires me to do something similar in the future, +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Im working on a build like this (compact). Can a air cooler fit well, or is it a tight fit?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I believe that the only cooler that fits is the nh-l9i or nh-l9a

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Excellent build, loving the portability and the size!

Great job!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

+1

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

What video editing software do you use? And can this unit handle 4K editing? Thx.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I use Premiere Pro. Personally I generally don't work in 4k because I don't really benefit from the file sizes considering what I do. I have tried editing 4k on it though. It's not bad but let's just say that the i5 isn't ideal (scrubbing through the timeline is a bit rough but its doable).

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the feature! I'm waiting for parts to arrive so I can start my S4 build. Do you have any detail pictures of the GPU power connection? I'm still undecided for how I'm going to handle that part of my build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Also, if you have issues with GPU temps, one of NFC's 3D Bezels would help vent the GPU air out of the front of the case.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately it would take too much work for me to get a closer up picture but I can try to explain what I did. I used a dremel to cut off part of the PSU shroud that interferes with where the 8 pin pcie power goes into the GPU. I then used electrical tape to insulate the power supply. With the zotac 2060/2070 super there is also a heat pipe that interferes with the psu shroud so I cut a hole in the shroud where that would interfere as well. If you need more details on it I believe that Josh from NFC has done a YouTube video on the process too.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Have you played Star Wars Jedi fallen order yet?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I really want to copy your build here!! I have a nearly identical system, all I would need is the same 2060 and the hd Plex ac-dc. I have the Dell power brick and hate lugging it around! Could you please go into a little bit more detail on what you had to do the power supply to fit the GPU power cable!?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

https://nfc-systems.com/

NFC has a YouTube channel that explains this build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That hint of RGB peeking through from the ram is a nice touch, intentional or not.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I'm trying to do a similar brickless build except with a 1080 mini. Do you have any thermal issues without using the included mini-fan with the HDPlex 400W AC-DC? Mine wont fit unless I remove the fan

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I can't say for sure. I managed to squeeze mine in with the fan so I've only used it like that. Realistically though the fan doesn't get much airflow inside the case anyways so I think that you should be ok (again though, I can't say for sure).

  • 1 month ago
  • -1 points

PC > Console PC = Console

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