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Project Aurora (updated)

by raztah



Date Published

June 14, 2017

Date Built

June 13, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.257 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz


This build was like 2 months in the making as the parts were entirely bought outside Qatar. yeahp i ordered all parts in Amazon.us, Amazon.uk and Newegg... especially the Motherboard as it was very difficult to acquire, but with luck... while i was on the freeway i had to stop cause the motherboard was in stock again in newegg. hahaha!

anyway. from the start i would like to build an RGB themed pc. Im more into itx/sff probably this is the 5th itx i built. so i patiently waited for Ryzen 7 to arrive. after research. only R7 1700 has the cooler with LED. regarding the rams, i was a bit skeptical in buying the Gskill Trident Z RGB. so i went for the Corsair RGB, yet during installation, i ran into problem which I cannot put the CPU cooler without touching the rams and good thing the Corsairs LED c9ver is removeable twmporarily it was ugly. For the GPU i was waiting for a White RX 580 to appear. i was eyeing for that Asus RX 480 Dual Edition but in the end i bought the Sapphire RX 580 wanted to go for the Limited edition but it always go out of stock. the rest..

I chose the Raijintek Metis Plus case. as its cheap. and its made with aluminum, very small indeed. The videocard has like 0.5cm clearance against the wall of the case and i have to remove the front USB/IO connectors I also removed the HDD/SSD for more clearance. I used a Siilverstone SFF PSU adapter for the Corsair SF600. i had a hard time managing the cables as the stock cables though modular, its thick and hard to bend. So i bought some custom cable kit from cablemod.com.

I also fixed the orientation of the CPU cooler so it will be on the center top and while doing this I had the time to cut the side of the cooler to give clearance for the RAMS.

It was also a bit crowded to put a 2.5" hdd next to my ssd so i decided to stick it behind the PSU.

cable management was tricky. i had to tuck them behind the PSU some cables are also placed infront of the PSU fan intake. but its OK as my room is typically 18 to 20 celcius 24/7... yeahp.. my AC is always ON.

I also added a Corsair Lighting Node Pro and an HD120... too bad. I cant connect the HD120 to the led strip to control its rGB effects. but Iv already ordered another HD120 with controller... and yes another problem where to tuck in those extra cables and controllers.

overall. it was a good experience and it paid off. i will do some improvements with cable management.

-update - July 14, 2017- Corsair HD120 arrived. with the controller. Bad news... itx has only1 extra system fan header. no time to buy fan controller. ended up still putting the extra fan on top just for the RGB lighting. hahaha! and i cant get the Spectrum/Rainbow effect on the HD120 as i have to buy an expensive Commander Pro and fan LED header. wtf Corsair!

-update - July 19, 2017 - Package arrived from Banggood.com, my MotoSpeed K87s Blue Switch RGB bought around 56usd. but when i checked again, it was 46usd in GearBest wtf? anyway. still waiting for the White Chine made headphones which ive read have good reviews. well see when it arrives next week.

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Lemon68768 1 Build 3 points 21 months ago

RGB + Ryzen + Good name


KevinMoondust 11 Builds 3 points 21 months ago

Sick cablemods and sick RGB, and I'm not a fan of RGB... Wish I could afford some cables like those BTW, the SF600's stock cables are a nuisance.


raztah submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

yessss. theyre very difficult to tuck inside the case. and the cables themselves are a bit stiff

dhrupatel1215 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Nice RGB LEDS. I think this would look better in an ATX case, but that's just me. Still a nice build though.

raztah submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

yeahp. was able to use only 2 strips and the case is a bit short for the rgbs. been a fan of itx for 6 years now. i used to build matx and full towers before.

ivannooz 14 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Nice man I love it! Saw your comment on my Facebook page!

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Very colourful!

Not a fan of Bio Star motherboards but its the only one doing itx boards at the moment. Lucky some new ones are being released soon as details about them were released on computex just recently.

Great build though, wondering how your overclocking experience has been with this build or if you have even tried yet. The 1700 comes with a stock cooler rated for 95w tdp and stock tdp is 65w giving some OC headroom on stock.

raztah submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

yeahp. but OCing ahhh i will try soon but not now. hahaha this is my 1st Biostar mobo btw. i always use Gigabyte or Asrock in my itx builds.

joshzpants 3 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

this looks really nice

k41z3n 1 point 21 months ago

Very nice build. Planning nearly the same, but the there are no GPUs available - thanks to the miners :D ordered the 570 Aorus + 1070 Aero. Even the Metis Plus is not available to 28. July in Germany...

Temps ok with the boxed cooler? Is enough space for an intake fan at the top of the case?

raztah submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

i havnt hit more than 60 while playing on my processor and 60 to 70 only for my gpu on full loads. yeahp theres enough space on top to put additional cooler but my problem was. the mobo has only 1 extra fan header. i purchased another hd120 with the controller. i still put the extra hd120 on top even if its not spinninh just for the lighting effect.

Unhippo 1 point 21 months ago

What size are the cables in this build. love the build but I like the cases not inverted.

raztah submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

same length as the original/stock of SF600 boss....

Shermanh21 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Dear lord, this is beautiful! Nice job!

Andrewguitarist 1 point 16 months ago

I'm looking into a ryzen 7 1700 and the rx 580. What are you fps averages like? and do you play any demanding titles?