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This is my second personal PC build and by far the most satisfying. Coming from building full tower ATX systems, and from once loving massive computers I finally realised that size doesn't matter...

The aim for this build was to update from my previous 6700K to create a more powerful workstation and gaming rig at 1/4 of the size.

In it is the new Ryzen 3600 and ROG 2060 which I managed to snag while Asus had their trade in scheme on, making the purchase justifiable. Both run at respectable temps inside the case - GPU at 30 idle with no fans on, 74 peak at load and the CPU running in the 40s idle and maxing out in the 80s under a Cinebench stress test. I use 2 fans in push at the top to direct hot air out of the system while the GPU and CPU coolers bring cold air in from the cutouts. The thing is dead silent at idle after some fan curve adjustment and even when under load I can bearley hear it over my speakers. In the future I plan to add an AIO or better low profile cooler to open up overclocking for the CPU - Currently running at 3.6ghz.

My love for mini ITX systems first started from the amazing builds posted to this community. The idea of packing as much power into a tiny box is so satisfying, which has led me to build the MiniSub (just because it kinda looks like a sub woofer with the AMD Wraith cooler on)

This build needed to reuse my past storage from my old rig meaning that I needed to find a case that could support 2 SSD's but still be under 20 litres. This led me to the GEEEK A60 (a DAN/Ghost/any expensive SFF case clone) at a ripe £100. It's pretty much an IKEA case made of acrylic, so you have to build it yourself. The build process was actually enjoyable, which I was shocked by after reading all of the Reddit threads about how much of a pain in the ar*e it was. No threads stripped and I only managed to scratch the back panel because of clumsy screwdriver work.

My gripe with the system so far is the whine that comes from the third GPU fan which is too close to the side panel due to GPU side wards sag. I plan to fix this by laser cutting some more ventilation holes into the panel to allow the air to not be pushed up against the panel, which at the moment is half open to prevent the noise.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet rig. Very clean looking. I like the use of Snow Falling on Cedars as a prop for technology.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks appreciate it! The book was given to me by a teacher to read but I though of a better use for it, not really my thing.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

those GEEEK cases are a great deal. I have the A50 and never had any problems compared to what I heard before. very nice build and great job with the assembly in such a small case

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I agree with you on not having any problems compared to what is voiced, however I guess it's only the bad stuff that gets posted.