- Advice/criticism/questions/etc are welcome!
Goal: Small gaming PC.
Reason: Previous build was a mid-tower which took up a lot of space and had a lot of stuff that I didn't need (such as numerous drive bays, large motherboard, many expansion slots, etc). I wanted something compact, and I only need one SSD and one video card. No optical drive or additional expansion cards.
- CPU reached max 53 C with Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool.
- Video card reached max 73 C with FurMark.
- (Are there better ways to test CPU/GPU max temperatures?)
- During intense gaming, CPU 45-52 C, GPU 71 C, SSD reached 47 C, and hottest motherboard sensor showed 55 C.
- Used HWMonitor to read temperatures.
- Went with AIO liquid cooler because: lack of space for good air cooler and not ready to build custom liquid cooling.
- Only using 1 fan as exhaust pushing through radiator and front panel. Can't fit both of the fans that come with H80i GT because the radiator is very thick.
- Originally planned to try various configurations and to add a slim 15 mm fan, but the temperatures are good enough to not go through that hassle.
- The hoses are quite thick and wouldn't really fit with a regular ATX power supply + full-size video card.
- The Gelid thermal compound was soft and easy to apply.
- The case has a removable piece at the front-top position inside the case (supports 1 3.5" or 2 2.5" drives).
- The case also has a mount on the bottom, under the video card & radiator; this spot was difficult with the PSU's SATA power cable (connector too thick).
- SSD is currently located on the top 2.5" mount that is located above the video card.
- Temperature reaches 47 C during heavy gaming. Samsung's website has an upper limit operating temperature of 70 C.
- Might try relocating to the adjacent mount which would be over the radiator (that space is currently stuffed with extra length of some power cables).
- Fits fine; had to remove front panel and install from there.
- I was worried about hot air blowing into the case but it seems to be safe.
- Removed the front air filter since my fan is exhaust at that location, and it would only create more resistance.
- Debated between the Silverstone SX500-LG and Corsair SF600. Went with the Corsair SF600 because:
- PCIe cable: Corsair 400mm one connector VS Silverstone 550mm two connectors
- SATA cable: Corsair total 445mm with multiple connectors, cut down to only first connector at 100mm VS Silverstone total 600mm with multiple connectors, first connector at 300mm.
- Corsair's PSU doesn't come with an ATX bracket, so I purchased a Silverstone SFX to ATX bracket which lets you place the PSU at the top/bottom of the PSU space instead of in the middle which is what Corsair's bracket does.
- Oriented to intake air from outside of case instead of from inside.