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I Couldn't Resist, Its Cute

by spawn01

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68 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 18, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.569 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

Description

I really did not have any reason to build this. I saw a couple of builds with this case and I was curious. For now, It has no purpose. I might use it for a portable VR machine. I had a few extra parts from my recent scratch built HTPC. The processor, the ASUS H-170 mother board and memory were supposed to go in there. Somehow, I ended up with a Z-270 board and 7600K processor. It happens. The memory had clearance problems with the cooler. Since I had an old GTX 960, as far as I was concerned, this is enough parts for a build. Although my wife didn't think so.

The Raijintek metis is a lot smaller than I expected. Its laid out well, but room is at a premium. After researching it some, I realized it has the same problem as most small mini itx cases have. Poor airflow and no room for cable management. Most people cut holes in the top and add fans. This seemed like the way to go, but I wanted a really clean look, did not want screws or bolts to show. I wanted it to look like it came that way. I made a fan mount that would be installed from the bottom of the cover. I used Gamer Storm fans because they are only 20mm thick vs 25mm. This gave me more head room between the fans and the GPU. Less buffeting and quieter. These fans still move a ton of air over regular slim fans.

I used a sfx power supply with a silverstone adapter to make more room for cables. I also built a PSU cover out of aluminum to cover the PSU and excess cables. I had a Hue + that would not fit in my last build so tried to incorporate that in this build. I made a form out of wood and pressed out a grill for the top. Lots of trial and error here.

I really wanted to go with a 1060 or 1070 mini, but at the time, gpu prices were a little out of hand. Then I got lucky and came across this Asus gtx 1060 with the new 9 gps memory for $239 on amazon. I wanted this card for another build but it has always been over $400 and hard to find. As for the motherboard, it failed on me. I picked up a MSI Z270i pro carbon that was a returned item (just in case I want to upgrade the processor later). Not really found of it. It has 3 fan header, but only gives you control of 2. System fan 1 and 2 are linked. Also only has 1 USB2 header and I needed 2 for the Hue+ and H7 cooler. Had to split a USB extension cable to make 2 headers. Although the Mystic rgb lighting is cool and it controls the RGB Corsair ram. I cut out the side panel and installed a larger flush mounted acrylic panel. Did this over a full acrylic panel for a cleaner look and i did not want to see the screws thru the acrylic.

This 1060 and 960 are practically identical. Only difference is that the 960 has a SLI connector and the 1060 has 2 hdmi ports. The cooler and back plate are the same. All in all, it came out pretty good. Games at 1080 no problem. Handles VR well too. I hope you like it. It is pretty cute.

UPDATE: I recently replace the PSU to a 600 watt corsair and the CPU to a I7 7700k. Also replaced to the graphics card to a ZOTAC gtx 1070ti mini.

Ran into a problem with the 1070ti, it was overheating like something fierce. It would go to 84 degrees a few seconds after a load was put on it. Idle temps were fine but man, as soon as I would start unigine heaven, it would get ugly. I heard that the mini's ran hot, but this was ridiculous. I pulled apart the cooler to replace the thermal compound and what I found was depressing. I think they used a whole tube of compound on this. my last pictures show what I found. After cleaning and replacing the compound, temps went to normal. About 68 degrees under load and 27 at idle. I felt lucky that I got this card when it first came out for $449. The price of these things now has gotten out of hand.

Its still cute, but with a little more bite!

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TotalInsanity4 14 points 18 months ago

That's adorable lol

You should try sticking it in the kitchen with the LEDs set to red-orange and try to convince dinner guests that you built a PC in a functioning toaster oven

iPxn3z 3 points 18 months ago

Somehow, I ended up with a Z-270 board and 7600K processor. It happens.

How?!

Nah man, looks awesome! +1

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

Now that I look at it, it does remind me of a toaster. Actually, my toaster oven is bigger than this.

qwert12yuiop34 3 points 4 months ago

how are you going to clean up the crumbs

mcvaulter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Sometimes you don't need a reason to build a PC besides the need to build a PC.
Thanks for Pic 37 & 38 being Before and After Pics. Makes seeing your mods a lot easier.

Alex.88 1 point 18 months ago

Nicely done on the custom work; fits very well!

EvilBoxOfFun 1 point 18 months ago

A very overpriced toaster but I would still give it a 10/10 for design.

slashhh123 1 point 18 months ago

Cute AF. Great build, love the a estéticos!

Mr_Argon 1 point 18 months ago

"I really did not have any reason to build this." If you don't want it can I have it? :) Nice build, great cable management on your part, I saw a build with worse management, and a mid tower case... +1

Wolfemane 7 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Excellent custom work! I almost went with that case to swap my wife's system into.

Mike2015 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Very nice. Very similar to one of my builds (but I didn't do any mods to the case). You do know that they make the exact same case with a fan on top? See link. Could have saved you some hassle, but your mod looks as good if not better then the factory case with the fan on top.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I really wanted to go with two 120mm fans for intake. I felt that I needed them to get good positive air pressure with the rear exhaust and power supply pulling air out. Also, I can run them slower so they are quieter. In all honesty, when I was looking for this case, I could not find a metis plus in white.

Mike2015 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yea, if both your PSU and back fans are exhaust then you probably do need two intake fans up top. In my build I switched the back fan to be intake instead of exhaust.

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Now this is a really nice build, awesome job on the modding to add airflow and I bet your GPU will never overheat lol. ITX cases are some of the hardest to build in and pose the most challenges with cooling.

SwiftSeb 6 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

i really like this, like alot! I was recently looking at building in this case but have now opted for the silverstone ft 03. this build is so well modded and you seemed to fix all the airflow problem that people had with supplying the gpu. i wish this was on the producion line! good job! +1

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you. That FT 03 is an interesting design. Lots of potential for modding

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Woah, that's a pretty well done mod, good job! Mind sharing some more details on that?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Are you talking about the top fans?

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yes, the bracket onto which the fans are mounted, and the grill cut for the top. I'd like to know better how they were attached to the case itself.

I believe also the psu shroud with the ssd mount is modded, yes?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

I made the fan mount out of aluminum. I designed it to mount thru the existing holes in the case. Used small m4 screws and nuts. (picture 19 shows these) I used a small sheet metal break to make the bends. 90 degree 1/4 in bends down both sides that mount to the top. 1/8 in 90 degree bends up on the front and rear to increase rigidity. I made it reversible. In this configuration, 20mm thick fans fit flush against the top. If I flip the mount over, 25mm thick fans fit flush. I used 20mm fans for more air space between the gpu and fans. The fans are attached to the mount so no need to drill screw holes in the top.

Once I cut out a hole in the top, (just went with something pleasing to the eye) I used the opening to make a pattern in some plywood. Using a router at a 1/8 inch depth, I cut out the recess. I then made a template out of 1/16 in aluminum that would fit in the routed out recess of the mold with about 1/16 in clearance all around. This ensured the pressed part would have a slight taper instead of a sharp bend. Also decreased the chance of a tear. Attach the template to another piece of plywood. The grill mesh is steel pretty thin. Around .020. Got it on amazon in a four by four sheet. I heated the mesh with a propane torch slightly to make it a little pliable and sandwiched it between the plywood sheets. A couple of whacks with a mallet to get it started and then screwed the two plywood sheets together. I then parked a ford f 350 on top of it for about 10 min for good measure and out popped out a perfectly pressed grill that fits perfectly in the hole I created. Cut the excess off leaving about a 1/4 in flange all around and used thin double stick tape to hold it in place from underneath. The fans when mounted fit tight up against the flange and hold it secure. The mesh sits just slightly above flush when installed.

Sorry this is so long, but I don't know how else to explain it. As for the PSU cover, I just made that out of aluminum mainly to hide the excess cables and mount the HUE Plus somewhere. I hope this sort of explains some of it.

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

HOLY CRAP! this thing looks awesome. you made it look like it should've come like that as standard. also, the fan mount for the top looks like the radiator shroud for a car. just sayin'.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you, that was the look I was going after.

mattyisbae 1 point 18 months ago

Nice

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you

StubbornStump 1 point 18 months ago

How much was the case? the website has it as a big fat 0. same with storage and the cpu cooler. Also, I would love a build guide sometime in the near future.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

This case is $49.99 on newegg, $64.99 for a metis plus (has a single 120 fan mount on top). Seven available colors.

StubbornStump 1 point 18 months ago

wow, you comment, and then the storage becomes out of stock (Shows a zero)

DangerT 1 point 16 months ago

Ok, that is just flat out cool. I'm doing my first build in a huge case and it just fascinates me what people with more experience can do with these mini cases.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you. Mini itx cases will def require some planning but large cases can have there challenges. I will admit though, the large cases are nice to build in and really fun to mod.

hamirmahal 1 point 15 months ago

Do you have instructions on how to do the side panel? The PC looks amazing!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Thank you. The side panel mod was pretty easy. I cut out an opening and left a half inch of material all the way around. This ensured that I had enough glue surface for the acrylic panel. I used a dremel tool with a mini metal cutting wheel. I cut the acrylic panel 3/16 oversized all the way around. Then using a dado bit on the router table with a fence, I shaved down the 3/16th excess just enough to allow the acrylic panel to fit through the opening and be flush with the side panel. I used 2 part epoxy to attach it.

hamirmahal 1 point 15 months ago

Ok, sounds good. Thank you for the instructions! Do you know if this case will fit any regular standard-sized ATX power supply? Or, will it only work with SFX power supplies?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Standard size atx psu's will fit but cable management will start to be a chore.

hamirmahal 1 point 15 months ago

Got it. Thank you so much for the information!

JohnyMnemonic 1 point 15 months ago

Hi mate, I have question for ya, I plan on getting the H7 quad lumi, but my strix b250i Mobo does not have an USB 2.0 header. Is there another way round to connect the cable for the rgb of the cooler to the MB, maybe the rgb header that the mobo has? And if possible will I be able to control the light via the aura software?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah, I ran into a similar problem on my strix z270i board on my htpc build when I needed a usb 2.0 header for the remote control sensor. I am pretty sure the only way to control the rgb on the h7 lumi is through nzxt's cam software. I am not really sure why asus omitted the usb 2.0 header on the strix mini itx boards. On my htpc, I ended up using a usb 3.0 to usb 2.0 adapter cable from amazon since I did not incorporate usb 3 on my scratch build. If you are using your 3.0 header, they sell an adapter cable that will hook up to a 8 pin usb device (the quad lumi) and then run it out the back of your case and hook up to any of the usb ports on the back of your motherboard, also on amazon. adaptercable

JohnyMnemonic 1 point 15 months ago

Damn it :( But hey, many thanks for the prompt reply mate! Btw, the RGB header on the mobo looks exactly the same - with the same four pins... it makes me wonder if I can use it but...

ceruzdc 1 point 14 months ago

Very creative & very nice

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you, I appreciate it.

AprilPetersen 1 point 11 months ago

So the GTX 1070 mini fits into the case? It looks like the dimensions shouldn't work out, but somehow you fit it in?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

SFX power supply will give you extra clearance. You can pretty much get a full size card in there with it.

ApeWithRock 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Could you fit a 3.5 HDD under that H7?? Top build bro!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks. I think it would depend on the mother board and where it placed the cpu. On this MSI pro carbon, there is not enough room for a 3.5 HDD.

ApeWithRock 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Darn, thanks. Now I wonder if I can mount one on the front of the PSU..

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

The case has a mount for one up top. I just hacked it out when I cut that huge hole in it for 2 fans

ApeWithRock 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I didn't know different motherboards have different CPU placement! Now I wonder if my H7 will even fit. How much space is there between the edge of the mobo and the bottom of the case? My H7 hangs over the edge of my mobo by about 1/4 inch...and even a few less mm's if I removed the clip for the fan. hmmm...

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I am right at 12mm. It will be close. If you use a sfx power supply with the silverstone psu adapter, you should be able to get that hdd on there.

ApeWithRock 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

my 1070ti in this case got pretty hot too-- Up to 75c under load. I replaced the thermal paste with liquid metal and it did nothing lol. I am looking to get a EVGA 1080 SC2 for better cooling

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

You got enough ventilation for the gpu? 75 for a zotac mini don't seem so bad.

ApeWithRock 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

You're right 75 isnt bad but its soo loud. 3500rpm sounds atrocious. And no, the only ventilation for the gpu is through the PSU since I reversed my exhaust fan, and only one roof intake. Bad case design. I wonder if its worth the added noise from a second roof intake. Today I just punched a few holes at the top of my acyrlic window but it doesnt seem to be helping.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Running 2 intake fans up top and a exhaust fan made all the difference for me. At first, I ran 2 25mm thick fans up top, but they were so close to the gpu that it caused alot of noise. I found 20mm thick fans and run them at 50 percent. this worked best for me.

ApeWithRock 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks bro! I might try your method once I see how the SC2 performs

pixelhuntress 1 point 3 months ago

Cute as a button & gives new meaning to the word "build." If you started a biz making cases, I'd buy one! Most seem to have terrible airflow. So what mobo would you get if you built it now? (with the 1070 ti)

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I really like asus mother boards. All my other personal builds have them. I would go with a strix z 270i if I could find one at a decent price.

pixelhuntress 1 point 3 months ago

Over the B450?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I am running an intel 7700k. If I was running a ryzen chip like a 2700 or 2700x, yeah I would use a B450i. The x470i really only has more pcie lanes which is kinda pointless in mini itx. I would still go with asus, although the gigabyte aorus wifi pro b450i looks interesting. It is a good looking board with neutral colors.

pixelhuntress 1 point 3 months ago

Thx for ur patience with my noob question, mobos are still a mystery to me :) You prefer gigabyte over msi then? I'm more concerned with reliability & avoiding bios problems than appearance tho I'd get a white one if possible.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I actually prefer asus. Both the gigabyte and msi itx ryzen boards only have 2 fan headers. The asus has 3 controllable fan headers. I dont believe I have ever seen a white itx board. I think bios are pretty solid among all the major brand mother boards. I would say ease of use in the bios and power delivery if you plan to overclock and if on board connectors (usb, sata) meet your needs should be your concern. For a while, asus mini itx boards did not have a usb 2.0 header, only usb 3.0. Some AIO pumps or lighting controllers required it. Just do your research.

zarte13 1 point 3 months ago

I was about to buy that 1070 ti so I will buy it with thermal pace

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I would be a good idea, it seems that others have had the same problem. Other than that, it has been a great card.

L1qu1dBlue 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Wow thanks for the pics showing the thermal paste on 1070 ti. So surprising! Good to hear you've fixed it though.

Great build.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you so very much

Vylani 1 point 2 months ago

That’s the loveliest toaster I’ve seen!

ApplesOfEpicness 1 point 1 month ago

This is exactly the potential that I saw in the Metis. Dual intakes at the top like the Styx, and a nice big window with aluminum edges. I never got to do this kind of thing because I am nowhere near that handy. Bravo my dude, I would literally pay you to do this to my case haha.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you kindly. I didn't think anyone looked at this thing anymore.