Description

I built this rig to save space while being able to run the latest titles at 60+ frames at the highest settings and 1080p. I tried many "compact" cases that ended up being the same size as a regular mid tower. I decided to go with a Raijintek Metis for my build because it is actually compact and it has a very pleasing clean look to it. I've seen many not so hot looking Metis builds (both stock and modded) so I was determined to make this build look very clean and simple without busting out the Dremel tool (zero mods). I was concerned it would be difficult to work with, but due to the fact that the entire case can be disassembled down to the motherboard tray it wasn't too difficult, but it would be a stretch to say it was easy to build in.

I tried a Silverstone 600w Strider PSU, but it was just too large to use with a full sized graphics card. So I had to opt for the smaller yet still powerful SFX offering from Silverstone. The Silverstone ST45SF-G 450W Power Supply is very nice, but making a tidy 24 pin cable for it can be somewhat of a pain. I managed, but I think I got some gray hairs from it. The Alphacool Eisberg is a novel idea, but it lacks in two areas. Noise and mounting hardware. At 12v the pump is unbearably loud. I'm talking it sounds like a little RC helo at full throttle. I run it 7v and it's just barely tolerable. The mounting hardware is just terrible to work with. Other than those two shortcomings, it performs admirably at cooling my CPU.

Temps...I knew temps wouldn't be great in this case, but I figured I would be into a new computer before my hardware would become effected by the high temps. To my surprise however, temps aren't too bad. Note I do have the non window panel removed in order to reach these temps, but I don't see that side of the PC ever. With the panel on my CPU (i5 4670K @ 3.8ghz) would reach 65C and my GPU (EVGA GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0 @ 1340mhz) would sweat at 80C (fans at 40% after hours of Squad set on epic). With the panel removed my CPU got to 58C and my GPU to 71C. I can live with that.

Overall I'm happy with this little guy. It could stand to be a little cooler and quieter, but the space savings is well worth it to me.

Part Reviews

CPU

A very capable piece of silicon. It can do everything I need it to do as far as gaming. I don't do any rendering or video editing so I can't make a comment about that. It is a very nice processor and not too pricey.

CPU Cooler

This is a novel design in theory, but in practice it is not a very good product. Sort of. It cools as it should, but it does so insanely loud. Also the mounting hardware was terrible. It's difficult to work with and the knurled knobs for tightening everything down where rusted as soon I as got it. I had to clean them up with alcohol and repaint them in order to make them look good. I wouldn't recommend this product unless space is crucial. Even then there are probably better alternatives. The most obvious benefit is the fact that it's gorgeous.

Motherboard

Very durable as this has been in and out of a case more times than I can count on two hands. Very easy UEIF. It doesn't overclock automatically at all. System will fail to boot even the lowest auto overclock.

Memory

Very good ram. It's durable and the LEDs look awesome.

Video Card

Very good performance for the cost. Also stays pretty cool considering it's in an unmodified Raijintek Metis.

Case

Very good looking case with excellent construction. A downfall to this case is the fact that the side panels must be removed and reattached with four screws which can be very annoying. Obviously airflow is an issue with this case. Temps only become acceptable when it is water-cooled. I can't really find another case that offers all the benefits of the Metis in such a small and yet practical package.

Power Supply

Excellent fit and finish. Pinouts need to be changed so that one can easily make clean custom cables.

Operating System

Great. What choice do you really have if you're gaming? Linux hopefully someday will be mainstream.

Case Fan

These do the job, but they are a tad noisy and pricey for what you get.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 6 points

Very nice work! I'm very impressed at how you fit all that in there, I'm also amused to see another Raijintek Metis as the first Featured Build after my own RedToast. I know you said you leave the left side panel off but can you put it on? Or do the cables prevent it from closing all the way?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot smooth. Yeah the panel fits just fine, but I figured it's worth the temp reduction to leave it off since I don't see that side of the PC.

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

Very clean build! +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Bang tidy! Excellent Job, and congrats on FEATURED BUILD!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Joker! I didn't expect to be featured at all so I'm very flattered by how my little build is being received.

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

picks jaw up off floor BAMF! +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Another Raijintek Metris huh? Guess I need to make my next build in that case to get an insta-feature haha. Very nice build, clean and simple, yet powerful and elegant.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Moose! This case is very fun to work with and if you're willing to mod it you can do some crazy cool stuff like Metallic Acid has done.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing build, I love how you replaced the radiator tubing.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much! I had to use the Alphacool Eisberg 120L in my parts list becuase that's all that was available. I actually bought the Eisberg Solo HIgh Speed Edition separately along with a Magicool 120 G2 Slim rad, XSPC PETG Rigid Tubing (10mm/14mm), and XSPC rigid tubing fittings. This was my first project with rigid tubing and I have to say I am extremely impressed with XSPC PETG tubing. I also purchased the PETG tool kit from them and it made it so easy to complete the project. The 120 G2 Slim rad is also amazing. Fit and finish are excellent.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the look and custom tubing you did, I am surprised that my ATX case is not much bigger than this M-ITX case. Overall this is an extremely sleek design!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

You blended in your blue-ish color perfectly. Not to heavy, not to light.

I likey!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Ayyy I'm liking the AlphaCool block ;)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks quite nice. The temps seem surprisingly bad, at least for the CPU (I don't have a 970 so I can't say). My 4690k runs at 4.5 GHz and temps only go up to around 75 C on 1.3V on a Hyper 212 Evo.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

temps aren't that bad. the 4690k handles heat a lot better than its older version

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

that's about normal. 70s are expected for a 4.5ghz a 1.3v on an air cooler. remember though, normal usage/gaming won't be stress out your CPU like stability tests do so as long as you are in the 50s, you're golden!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

No, I'm surprised that his liquid cooler on a non-OC'd CPU gets worse temps than mine.

EDIT: I didn't see he overclocked. I guess intel just fixed the temps.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

oh yes, he has haswell, the first ones. yea what you have is devil's canyon or haswell refresh, they improved many many things :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I know, but still. I doubt he upped the voltage as much as me.

Also, failed to mention that after running a stress test today, it appears that my thermal paste has broken in. So my hottest core only goes up to 70 now.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

much better temps! when i had the hyper 212 on mine, that was about the temps i got. are you using AS5 paste? :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Being impractical, I have chosen to run my fan as an exhaust instead of an intake simply because I'm not a fan of looking at the back of a fan. If I made it an intake temps would surely improve. Also in the current configuration the GPU is pouring warmed air over the rad which undoubtedly is effecting cooling performance. Form over function this time.

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

"not a fan of looking at the back of a fan"

lol

I believe a company (Silverstone?) is making a fan that can switch directions. Might wanna try that when it comes out (or if it already is out)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

the cleanest mini-itx build I've seen on here! and nice pretty colors as well! well done!! +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

DAMN

^ That's all I can say. Your cables, liquid cooling, and quality pictures really make this rig shine. +1 m8

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks m8!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

speaking of cables where did you get those blue, grey, and black cable covers? They are perfect for the build i'm doing and cant seem to find them anywhere! thanks :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man a super late replay...sorry. I made them myself. Youtube how to do it. It's time consuming, but in the end I think it's worth it. Bought the paracord at a local surplus store.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Sexy +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build! And great job writing a helpful description for future Metis builders. I've seen so many of these cases lately and I think they're a fantastic value. Also love that Avexir RAM. Enjoy!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest I want to buy another Metis just so I can mod it like crazy. I see they are now producing a white version. I just might make a First Order (Yes, I'm a Star Wars nerd) inspired build when the funds become available. I do truly enjoy this case.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

sweet build! where did you get those custom cables?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Pyro! I made them.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

wow, I wish I could do that

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Dis build is pretty

What type of sleeving you using there?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Standard paracord that I bought from a military surplus store nearby. All I had to do was take the core out which is super easy.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

That build looks great. I love that case except for that the window is so small. If you want, you could try putting a piece of clear acryllic as a side panel like ivan_lazarov did in his build: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/MqvV3C

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks so much! I've been thinking about doing so with glass instead of acrylic as acrylic scratches if you look at it too long. Shouldn't be too hard as it would be a rectangle. I already have drill bits that are made for drilling glass. We shall see.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome the fact you got a rad in there and tubing is awesome! good job man :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

This is beautiful! Nice job :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

BEAUTIFUL! Well done.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Builds like this are why I think we need the ability to go all wireless (as in for video cables and other outside cables).

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Might be worth looking into a way to add the 970 to that custom water loop.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah, would be nice. Funds are limited and so is space. I would certainly have to add at least another 240mm of rad. If I ran it on the 120 G2 Slim it would be interesting to see what would happen...or what would melt. Anyone have a waterblock they want to lend me?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you could get away with another 120mm of rad. I mean, the Fury X is on a 120 and it runs hotter than a 970.

Though another option might be to mod the case a little bit. Give it a lift and put a section underneath. You could probably make it look like some kind of stand or natural extension and put the rad in there.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. Well done! +1 all day

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Does that pump make a lot of noise?

I want to buy one standalone for my first water Cooling set up

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it does make a lot of noise. I want to be clear here. At 12v the Eisberg is INSANELY loud. At 7v it is tolerable...barely. I would recommend it if you get the low rpm model. I will say it is quite a space saver and it looks very good installed.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

@_@

Dayum, that's a dank rig ya got there.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty nice build but just a warning if you didn't properly flush the radiators there is a very good chance the mayhems pastel fluid will change color.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Don't worry I flushed and flushed and flushed and did the crazy radiator shake dance.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

dayyym that cable management doe

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That was the hardest part of this build so thanks for saying that!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

np man you deserve that complement

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Its a Beautiful build, it really is.... but. Why the 970 the r9 390 is the same price and for the cash you put in the water loop you could have bought an i7 with a CM vortex cooler or something. Though the ascetics make it for me.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Steamos! The 970 is refurbished so I got it significantly cheaper at $269.99. Also the TDP of the 970 is significantly lower than the 390. Remember we are in a very confined space so heat is a real issue. Also I didn't want to dish out the extra cash for the 600w SFX version of my PSU. I think the 390 might take me beyond what my PSU can handle. As far as the processor goes it was a processor from my last build which was well over a year old. Besides I just game so I really wouldn't see many gains from an i7 as I don't render or anything like that. To be honest aesthetics played a bigger role in this build than they should have. What other GPU has blue that matches my build perfectly? Someday I plan on doing a build where I paint everything the way I want it, but for now I'll take it as is.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

r9 nano? EKWB has a block that makes it into a one slot card.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

$650 (card and block) to spare? If so, then yes.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

heh, sorry.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

NOICE!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I've seen people cut holes in the top then put fans or even a slim rad. Very impressive job in such a small space, sir. Maybe replace the Corsair Fan with the black Noctua to appeal to the pcmr gods a little more.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

You completely overlooked the water cooling in your description! also is it just me or is that graphics card sagging a LOT?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I had to use the Alphacool Eisberg 120L in my parts list becuase that's all that was available. I actually bought the Eisberg Solo HIgh Speed Edition separately along with a Magicool 120 G2 Slim rad, XSPC PETG Rigid Tubing (10mm/14mm), and XSPC rigid tubing fittings. This was my first project with rigid tubing and I have to say I am extremely impressed with XSPC PETG tubing. I also purchased the PETG tool kit from them and it made it so easy to complete the project. The 120 G2 Slim rad is also amazing. Fit and finish are excellent. Yes the card does droop quite a bit, but that's not too uncommon, nor does it effect anything. I might make a stand out of acrylic, but I don't think it's worth it really.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Full water cooling in a compact case. Nice!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Very NEAT! I wouldn't care about the noise when it's that pretty ...

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Another piece of Art

Congratulations!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

BTW nice build, now I'm stuck with either a RVZ01 vs Metis vs SG13 build. I really like how you cable managed everything.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, shame no window on the other side i like what you did there. ++

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

gr8 build m8. I r8 8 out of 8

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build NewbTek! Love the custom cables, use of paracord was a good call.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Hardline tubing? Mini ITX?

Crap I never even knew this was possible! The planning must be intense.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I bought the alphacool version of that pump by itself for 47.50 USD from Performance PC's. The mounting hardware seems fine and none of it has rusted. It is quite whiney though.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

That is super pretty

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Finally a blue build! So much better than red!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

WOW - gorgeous! Well done! *tips hat

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful and unique build. Great job.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not saying anything that hasn't already been said, but if nothing else this build is BEAUTIFUL. Great work!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks too good to be real. GJ man

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey have you thought about doing the cpu fan as intake? (reversing it) That is what I did with my metis and it gets quite a bit better temps, + the psu is exhaust.. so it makes sense.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed a better setup, but it was all about looks. I've since got a lot more desk space so my current build in progress would eat this one for breakfast. Posting soon.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This is probably my favorite build on here. I'd love to do something similar but I'm not sure about the watercooling lol

Definitely awesome though! Well done!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I am blown away 1+!!!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I might be late but that GPU is sagging, fix it please.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn this was amazing.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, this looks great ! ... I wonder about GPU zotac gtx 1080 ti arcticstorm mini, but its 21.2 cm long ...so it will be tough, (that will be silent small gaming PC ever) ...its possible ?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Custom AIO! Nice!

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a believer in XSPC PETG rigid tubing now. This was my first attempt at rigid and the tubing was very easy to shape. No bubbles or blistering and the tool kit made it easy. I'm looking for an excuse to use the extra that I bought.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much m8! It's pretty sweet to make that thread!

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much! This was my first complete build entry here and everyone is very encouraging. What a great community!

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Go right on ahead! It would be an honor.