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"Some Assembly Required"

by spawn01

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130 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 14, 2018

Date Built

Aug. 13, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.556 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

Description

So, if you ever wondered what it would be like to purchase a PC case from IKEA, this is it. What we have here is an all acrylic (with some small bits of aluminum) put together yourself PC case. It comes directly from the manufacturer in Taiwan in a small flat box.

When I opened the box and laid the components on the table, I was like...What The Heck!?!?!?! This is a PC case! After looking at the components, I found it to be well manufactured and good quality. The instructions have to be downloaded from their web site and is what you would expect from assemble yourself furniture. Mainly a bunch of pictures of add part A to part B and what the finished project should look like.The leave it up to you to figure the rest of it out.

I went with the white and black case. Only the top and front panel are a flat white and the rest of the case is tinted transparent acrylic. You can see right through it. I really did not like that to much. I vinyl wrapped some of the interior with white carbon fiber vinyl but the color did not match exterior panels so I wrapped those as well. Originally, I was planning on using spare parts for this build, but the MSI mother board would not post, the ASUS GTX 960 for the life of me would not allow the HDMI to work! So in the end, I ended up using the I5 6600 processor.

So lets talk some issues here. If you decide to get this case, do yourself a favor and get the PSU cover because the flex ATX PSU is very utilitarian (meaning ugly). Also get the PCIE extension cable they sell. Well worth it. They sell a custom modular PSU but because of the location of the connectors, I was afraid of some airflow issues. I was amazed at how small these PSU's are. Although, that 40mm fan can get pretty loud. I took this one out and replaced it with a noctua. Big difference. As far as GPU's, when they say 211mm, they mean it. But, you can get any ZOTAC mini in there all the way up to a 1080ti. One of the mother board standoffs was in the way of the GPU power connector and required modifications. I had to trim off some of the cpu cooler fan shroud for clearance with my ram. Had to shave some off the fins on the cooler for clearance on the M.2 heat sink. Other than that, everything was great.

Cable management is something else in this thing. You get enough room in front to stuff everything but it don't look good. I made a compartment out of acrylic to hide some of it. Initially, I sleeved the entire length of the cables. Big mistake. It just made the wiring bundle twice as big and impossible to manage. I ended up cutting the cables to length and doing just the part that you can see. In hind site, I should have used paracord.

As far as cooling, this thing is great. 62 degrees on the GPU and 57 on the CPU under load. Air flow is really good. This copper C7 is amazing. I am using a non-K I5 though. I don't think I would try and cool a 8700k with this, although there are people who do in those Dan cases. Once I cut a 2 inch hole in the bottom of it so the PSU could breathe, this thing is real quiet. Now that it is done, I am pleased at how it turned out. While building it, I didn't like it to much. Once it is all put together, it is pretty solid. No flex and a little heft to it. This is the smallest PC I ever built but the layout is really well thought out. For its size, I think it is a great little case. And it looks good too.

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Tisleet 2 Builds 8 points 7 months ago

Im in love, I wish I had extra money to build a small form factor pc just for fun

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 6 points 7 months ago

Thanks, yeah, these little things are kinda cool.

Robertbert 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I LOVE the look of this case, and the price point for quality mini-ITX ;-)

Thank you for posting and how much detail you put into how the build went! This may just have to be my next project once I end up with some spare cash...

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

You won't regret it.

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Aagatov4@gmail.com 7 points 7 months ago

Waiting for linus to steal this beautiful project

ApocPony 4 Builds 4 points 7 months ago

I was checking out these cases, that really use every millimeter in the case design. Looks truly awesome and super clean with lots of attention to detail. Have you stress tested gpu and CPU? Temps look good. +1

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 5 points 7 months ago

Thank you. I have stress tested them and I was quite surprised at how good the temps were. The ventilation slots in the side panels are very large with no airflow restriction. Temps were the same with or without side panels.

ApocPony 4 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Wow that's impressive :/

ApocPony 4 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Well done on the feature, truly deserved.

customgtp 23 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

I too am so in love with this!! This is the best little build ever!! Congrats and amazing job!!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

Thank you kindly

whatwasthatagendas 2 points 7 months ago
  • Great description and pictures
  • Sensible and under budget
  • SFF

Thanks for introducing me to GEEEK though- I might actually like those cases! +1

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

I know what you mean, I kinda feel compelled to build in one of their other cases.

Samsy 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

This is absolutely gorgeous. Where would someone get a case like that?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

Thank you so very much. Just google Geeek store.

LilSalmon 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

This is a really cool case, Acrylic really is a versatile material for affordable and compact solutions huh! Got any pics of it powered up with the sides on? Great build!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

Thanks. All the pics of it powered up and with lights are with the sides panels on.

LilSalmon 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

So they are! Beautiful, I just got a DanCase A4-SFX so can appreciate the enjoyment of building a sandwich style SFF build! Congrats on the feature!

Suspect42 1 point 7 months ago

YASS, I literally just came to search for a build with this case. Simply Beautiful. I hope to build in one of these by the end of the year.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thank you.

0liverPC 1 point 7 months ago

Man, this thing is a beauty! I love it! I think I'll go with a similar build for my pc. I probably don't have enough for the 1TB SSD though:)

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thanks. Not really a lot of room for a mechanical drive. Although according to the directions, if you go with a shorter GPU, one should fit behind the front panel.

0liverPC 1 point 7 months ago

Cool, thanks!

moonboots215 1 point 7 months ago

I'm modifying my current build because this was love at first sight. I'm going with this hybrid drive since I'm in the same boat. https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FireCuda-Gaming-Solid-Hybrid/dp/B01IEKG484/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1534492144&sr=1-9&keywords=1tb+7200rpm+2.5

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Awesome, can't wait to see it

PunchyFisty 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Do it, I just bought the 2TB and it is great paired with a n M.2

illuzt 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

It's so cute..I like it very much +1

joshzpants 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

wow this is uh really, really good looking

Lexkalin 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I admire your dedication. Building in Node 202 without skimping on proper cable management is the furthest I could personally go so far. This is like a dozen levels above that!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

I don't know about dedication, it was more about determination. I refused to let this thing get the best of me. I don't think that I would want to do it again. You should have seen the look on my face when I was trying to get that bend in the 24 pin while plugging it in and the cable comb that took me 30 minutes to get on blew apart!

Lexkalin 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

That’s what would stop me - knowing how much time and energy it’ll take compared to trivial itx building in same node 202 for example, which is already more tricky for most people. Kudos to you!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

Man, there is nothing trivial about building in a node 202, and yours looks great!

Lexkalin 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Hah, thanks! Though it’s still nowhere near compared to what you did with this little beast.

Jerome54 1 point 7 months ago

Nice build and mods! Easy +1! (future feature?) ;-)

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thank you.

Jerome54 1 point 7 months ago

I told you that you were getting a feature!!! ;-)
Well deserved!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

I am surprised. Especially since I just had one featured last week. I am truly honored.

Jerome54 1 point 7 months ago

As I said, it was well deserved!
Clean and well executed builds deserve to be showcased.

IrishWristwatch 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

This is the first ITX build I really like. Everything is done so well. Great Job! +1

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thanks, I really appreciate it.

lSlayZZ__ 1 point 7 months ago

Great build! Looks great too, so much I'm considering building something like this myself.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Go for it! and thanks for the kind words

lSlayZZ__ 1 point 7 months ago

Will do!

MikeFoxtrot85 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Your SFF build looks fantastic! +1

Garog 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Sexy, reeeaal sexy. So clean and elegant, love it.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thank you so very much!

PunchyFisty 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I just read the SFF community's review on the C7 Cu, those temps are excellent and it's so pretty. Didnt like the inverted fan color that came with it? :( ALso the Geeek case really looks great, I prefer the see-thru panels myself.

Amazing build and review. Thanks and see you on the feature! +1

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

Thank you. The other fan seemed a little out of place in this build, especially the white sleeved cable. I would have kept the see through panels if I had gone with the black case. Wasn't really feeling it with the white case. All the hardware kinda got lost in it.

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

You have TWO giant fish tanks?? COOOOOL I'm jealous... Oh and nice build I guess

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Actually, I have 5 saltwater tanks. And those things claim a much larger chunk out of my wallet than PC building :( Oh, and thanks for the compliment on the build, I think :)

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

No but for real that's amazing. I'm super jealous

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Fckn Masterpiece! One of my favorite builds on here!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

Thank you, I really appreciate it.

SzP_06 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Great job :)

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thank you

Gee7220 1 point 7 months ago

Wow,

this is really amazing, very clean build I am in love with this case. I wonder how far you could push performance in a small case like this with OC and managing temps using cases fans and such if using an i5-8600k and that ZOTAC 1080ti mini...

I would absolutely love to have this as a living room all around entertainment center on a nice 4k tv instead of a panel; gaming, streaming, etc.

ah the dream...

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

Make that dream a reality! and thank you for the kind words.

Gee7220 1 point 7 months ago

You're welcome, well deserved.

I'm building my first PC soon so I'll see how that goes first. But in time I think an HTPC connected to my TV and SFF pc that I can connect to both my TV and a panel for gaming would be nice

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I knew this would be featured and it's worthy of it. Well done for a compact and lovely build. Please take my one.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

Thank you, I really appreciate it.

xlegendof 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Magnificent! Magnificent! Maaagnificent! +1

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thank you so very much

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spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Man, your builds are crazy awesome!!

poc88 4 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Beastly little build! My first build I started off with a full tower case and every time I looked at it, something always bother me. That is all the "EMPTY SPACE" inside the tower! It makes me feel like its not complete or something is missing. I got over it soon after i did a lot of research and learn about itx/matx small form factor. I'm not going back to a large case ever again, even some mid tower are huge! Small form factor FTW!

Ventilate 1 point 7 months ago

why is this case so cheap....

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

When you first open the box, you will think you paid to much :)

Ventilate 1 point 7 months ago

ahaha

HiResJunky 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Nice work, super clean build. I love the white "carbon fiber" wrap. What did you use to attach the panel? Are those just large thumb screws with a bitspower logo? For a second I thought you used bitspower air-vent stop plugs(cool idea!). +1 congrats on the feature, deserves it for sure. My next build I'm going to try stuffing a 240 and 120 rad into the In Win A1 cooling cpu and GPU. It's going to be tight for sure!!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I really appreciate it. Bitspower actually sells these thumb screws. These were the only ones I could find in white in M4 size.

Vairfoley 29 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Wow...

That is stunning. Great build, that's truly a unique case.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you, the case is made it easy to look good.

gorkti200 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I like this.

dasrunt 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I love this case, but I think I hesitated in picking it up due to the Flex ATX PSU and the PSU shroud. I still love it, though. I don't recall, is the shroud optional? I'm thinking I may pick up their mATX case for another build. Anyway, great rig!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you, they make an A40 which is just like this only a little larger to accommodate a sfx psu. The PSU cover was a $4 option. Although it was horrible trying to cut out all those holes from the vinyl.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I would like to take this opportunity to thank pcpartpicker. I am truly honored and extremely grateful to have this build selected as a feature. To have both my builds as features within a week caught me by surprise. I thank you. You guys made the Christmas list!

Creampuff 1 point 7 months ago

Love the case it's tiny and truly beautiful.

timmy111089 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Awesome build, nice and clean!

JshogunE 1 point 7 months ago

So clean.

DashingDashie 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

i love it, it's so cute yet very powerful :D

Splatterlord 1 point 7 months ago

DAMN that's nice !!!!!

n_martin4 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Great job on this build!! I love black and white mini-itx builds and the attention to detail is incredible. Definitely one of the best featured builds I've seen in a while!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you so very much.

Venenosa 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

What an absolutely gorgeous build, wow! I wanted to ask you, how long is the PCIe cable extension that u bought? Was it the recommended length in the site of 300mm (30cm) or could it be shorter? In order to avoid more space being taken. Would this work? https://www.amazon.com/EZDIY-FAB-Express-PCIe3-0-Flexible-Extension/dp/B0731F743X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1534536699&sr=8-3&keywords=pcie%2Briser&th=1

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you. I purchased the li heat one they sell. Quality is really good. I think that the one you are looking at may be a little short. Also, the way it mounts in the case, the 90 degree angle would not work. It would mount the gpu horizontally in the case.

RoyalSovereign 1 point 7 months ago

Well... man, you made it. This is literally that kind of a build i always wanted. Its compact, beautiful, white and pack just enough power to run all the games at very high settings. I freakin' love it. Bloody well done. P.S. A bit jelly tho'. :'D

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thank you so very much.

zSPC 1 point 7 months ago

Spy fox?

Jnathanroy 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Case looks incredible. Would love to go mini-ITX but it will have to wait unless my next major build, which will likely be several years down the road.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Yeah, I used to tell myself that but you keep looking at all these amazing builds on pcpartpicker and before you know it . . . . . . . . .

Jnathanroy 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago
Shaboo 1 point 7 months ago

You beat me to it! My next build will be in the A30. I'm just waiting for a few parts.
That looks awesome.

I've been debating between the 1070, 1080 or hold out to see what next gen has to offer with price. A bit curious with the temps though.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks, it will depend on how small the new cards will be. I hope zotac continues with their mini editions.

Shaboo 1 point 7 months ago

I'm hoping for that. I wished EVGA did a small one for the 1080s :(

Soul_Est 1 point 7 months ago

Glad to see Geeek get some more love. This build came together really well. A+

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thank you. I actually saw this case for the first time here on his site.

MaximilianZ 1 point 7 months ago

I Love this case. Normally im more of a Watercooling Big Tower guy, but i would love to build one of these just for the fun :D sadly im not rich enough just to build a PC because i want the experience to build in such a case

TheRealIkeB 1 point 7 months ago

Wish it were matte white instead of carbon fiber. impressive build 1+.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you. The front and top panel actually came in matte white and the interior dark tinted. i was having a hard time trying to match the original color so I wrapped the panels to match.

DarTroX 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Congrats on the feature! That rig is sexy

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you

har665 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

good on ya for taking up a challenge. the result speaks for it's self. +1

puppy_punter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Where did you get the cables for this?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I cut the cables of the PSU to fit and sleeved them, well partially sleeved them and changed the connectors to black. I used MDPC-X sleeving from mod one. Pic #25

puppy_punter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Wait? How do you cut the cables? Sorry, complete modding noob, but doesnt that break them?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Ah, sorry. For example, the 24 pin cable was 13 inches long. I needed it to be 7 inches. I snipped the wires one at a time at 7 inches, installed the colored sleeving, installed a new pin and then installed into a new connector. Did this for each wire. If you want to learn how to do cable sleeving, there are many you tube videos that can show you in detail.

puppy_punter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I see! thank you!

_haru 1 point 7 months ago

For the PSU fan swap, is it just plug in or did you have to desolder and resolder the new fan in?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Had to desolder and resolder.

_haru 1 point 7 months ago

ah, right. thanks!

TheGamingBible 1 point 7 months ago

"Another B&W" but don't get me wrong, this is one of the best black and white scheme builds I've ever seen. Good job, you nailed this.

tenrose 1 point 7 months ago

my god this thing is beautiful. really nice to see how tight the zotac mini cards fit in there. absolutely perfect! is there anywhere to mount a 120mm rad in here at all?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you. As far as a 120mm rad, not happening. Cant even get a 120mm fan anywhere in there. 80mm fans barely fit in there.

7ha7as1an 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Love how compact it is! Color scheme is also pleasant to the eye. 50 Shades of Gray come to mind :) I can only imagine this required a lot of planning to execute this build the way you did.

Chef124 1 point 7 months ago

epic

heirogryphics 1 point 6 months ago

Looks really clean. Where did you get your Vinyl wrap from.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks. Wrap is from amazon. I think brand is vivid

MegaPizzaNinja 1 point 6 months ago

Wow, I love it! It's beautiful... I'm building my own white PC but it's huge, especially compared to this. This is food for thought though.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you

rubb3r 1 point 6 months ago

I'm currently building an A30 and ran into the same problem with the Zotac mini PSU cable running into the mobo standoff. You said you had to do some modifications, and judging by the pics it looks like you drilled another hole to go along the side of the plug. Do you have any more details on how you ended up supporting the mobo? It looks like the mobo is still screwed into something. Did you attach an extender perpendicular to the mobo standoff, and then screw the mobo into that? Thanks for any advice, and your build looks amazing!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

I did offset the standoff. I used a piece of carbon fiber plate because it is light and stiff to create the offset. I have a standoff parts kit that I used to get the right length. You could use aluminum or even acrylic to create the offset extender.

rubb3r 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks for confirming! I actually ordered a standoff kit last night and it should come in today :)

rubb3r 1 point 6 months ago

For anybody else who runs into the same problem, here's what I ended up making. https://i.imgur.com/qP4qfEg.jpg Just bought a random m3 spacer standoff kit from amazon, and cut/drilled a piece of acrylic.

diego38 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Hi There! Dude, it looks awesome, love the mods like the shrourd for the cables and the white vinyl. Only think that is an eyesore for me is the red plate behind the SSD. Otherwise great build, seems like a very nice case. I have a question though: In you experience working with the case, is it possible to switch the bottom panel with the top panel and make it a "non-inverted" case? Meaning the motherboard side would be facing the left side panel? Are there restrictions with the panels that would prevent this? Thanks in advance!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Yeah, as far as the red plate, I originally had an asus strix 960 that was black and red. It sorta made sense then. As far as inverting the internals, I think it is possible, but I see some issues with mounting the video card. The panels are pretty much interchangeable and you could flip the rear panel around. That would place the motherboard in the right position and still place the PSU at the bottom. You would have to mount the gpu upside down. or with the backplate facing the window. (card would self destruct from heat). It is acrylic, so it is easy to modify. I cant think of any sandwich style case where the mother board faces the left panel. I am sure it will be because of mounting a gpu.

diego38 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks for the reply! Yeah, I thought about it a lot and it actually took me a while to reach the GPU issue, lol. But it's true, not even sure it it's possible to mount a GPU upside down (gravity is a *****). Hopefully someday someone will make a GPU with the bracket on the right side ahaha. Even inverted, still an awesome-looking case. Thanks again man!

j0m3r 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

So ******* Beautiful!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Thank you.

luttz 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I really like the look and the small dimensions, however CPU cooler height and GPU length of the case would be too limiting for me (only few choices for GPU and no currently available 120mm CPU cooler for the height limit). But still, impressive specs for size!

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spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you very much, although the beer is my wife's.

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spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you, I appreciate it.