The 1080p Steam Machine. The idea was to create a semi-portable powerhouse for dormroom gaming where surface area is limited and constant transportation will be required.
Hey man! Awesome system. I am planning on building a similar rig with the SG13 and a 980. How does your 980 perform and what is the heat/temp like in such a small case? Is a blower style 980 better than the ACX 2.0 for this case?
Hi Waleh! The blower style is going to be a better choice for this case because of its size and limited airflow with larger components. For temperature reference, See Linus' video on a similar build here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjDJNwAANwA.
I'm using a 140mm radiator for the CPU on both of these systems and the blower-style GPU intake draws air through a filtered screen from the side of the case so CPU temperatures don't go above 50C under extreme load and the GPU temperatures can reach up 70C as well, but these are EVGA cards so I use Precision X software to set the fan curve for quiet running and this inherently increases the temperature. I was also running synthetics which are typically hotter than in-game.
The ACX 2.0 cooler is definitely a superior cooler but it requires a larger chassis with more airflow. If you're determined to go with this cooler, I would suggest a 2,000 or 3,000 RPM uninhibited intake fan running at fairly high RPMs so heat doesn't build up in the case.
Get a higher resolution monitor because 1080p is just grazing the power of the 980
true the 980 is waste in this case
Totally agreed but for the cost, portability (24" was as large as we were willing to go for a dorm room) and the cost of GSync. At the time of this writing, they don't exist at higher resolutions for a smaller form-factor.
Is that fan on the H90 intake to the case/push through the rad? If so that seems like a poor setup that will dump heat into the case. If it's pull through the rad/push out the case you don't really need the filter on the front.
Ambient temperatures for this build at an average room temperature are 35C for the processor, 30C for the GPU and 32C for the system with the 140mm fan running at 20%. At 100% and full system load under Heaven 4, I see 50C CPU, 60C GPU, and 40C system. I think this form-factor lends itself very well to a water-cooled CPU intake.
Fair enough. If it works for you that's what matters. It was just a thought/theory I had.
Lol you must live on a wet campus (last few pics of completed build) :P
Anyways, nice small form factor build. Only foreseeable issue i see is limited storage space.
Today, would you hold the H90 in a different way? I have the same WC and I've just bought this case.
I'd still do it the same way, yes. Good luck!
It's done. I had to make holes in the fan. The fan was blocking the front i/o pcb. I believe you have drilled holes 2-3 mm higher in the case. I raised the fan +-3 mm instead to drill the case again. My radiator touches the case bottom.
Certainly! I just completed an almost-identical build for my brother to take back to school with him and built the same bracket for his radiator. I'll post detailed pictures of the process and some descriptions on his build so look under my name this afternoon. The build name will be Horcrux.
It should be up now. I don't know if there is a delay for moderator review?