Description

Built using the parts from my upgraded previous PC. RAM was DOA, gonna RMA it. The case is by far the most painfully hard to work in, especially with the motherboard I chose. On that topic, the included antenna are impossible to screw down tight enough, so they just fall down flat onto the desk. This doesn't seem to affect signal strength however, but it still looks dumb.

Part Reviews

CPU

Almost the same as a 4770K, minus overclocking and Intel HD Graphics. Very good for gaming, and equally as good for hosting servers or editing video/3D modeling.

Video Card

Excellent GPU at the time, now aging. Does have an annoying amount of coil whine when FPS isn't capped or goes beyond 170FPS, particularly in unoptimized games and loading screens.

Case

Pros: Very small formfactor, great aesthetics, intelligent design. Unique power supply setup, allowing for a 3.5in HDD to be mounted. Interesting mounting method for the graphics card, mounting it with a 90 degree angle brace, which also acts as a mount for two 2.5in drives.

Neutral: Includes three magnetic dust filters, and every screw in the universe.

Cons: LITERALLY ZERO labels in manual or on the bag that every screw comes in. Literally every screw is mixed together, and not even the manual labels what type need to go where. Painful to work in, especially around the HDD/PSU bracket's left side, where the cables for the front panel connectors interfere with screw holes. VERY little space for error with cable management, very difficult to keep cables out of fans as well. Case gets -HOT- with the default fan setup. Recommend the GPU fan to be left as is, and the CPU area fan to be reversed to pull air out of the case. Case comes without any exhaust fans whatsoever. Manual is very barebones, leaving me with plenty of questions. YOUR FINGERS WILL BE SORE AFTER BUILDING IN THIS, WEAR PROTECTIVE GLOVES SINCE IT HAS PLENTY OF SHARP CORNERS THAT YOU WILL CUT YOURSELF ON, EVEN IF YOU'RE CAREFUL.

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Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree that it is tight to work in the case. I ended up routing a good chunk of wires around the power supply; between the PSU and case edge. It was a royal pain.

With the fans, it is recommended to have all fans blow into the case with the exhaust being blown out the sides. One reason I can see it getting so hot is that the GPU intake is on the bottom of the case when it's lying down. I ended up standing mine vertically because of that same reason (plus my CPU water cooler is on the same side of the GPU).

That is one true complaint I can make about the case in that they should have used a ribbon cable to have the video card fans face the other direction instead of going the riser route they did.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

You should really check out the Azza stealth mini-itx case. I want to see a build use it.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Not much about the actual case there.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

That red case you saw right there is a rebranded version of that Azza case

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I just meant more in-depth and how it was working with it.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking at getting this case because super size effeciency, and I also have an R9 290x with 3 fans like yours. Only concern I have is the R9 290x heating up the drives placed directly on the other side of the gpu mount. Do you notice this happening?

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Bahahaha

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