Description

(Most of the above photos have been 'auto equalised' in GIMP to bring out detail, more than happy to post originals)

This is my first build, it was… educational! I was continually referencing youtube videos and build reviews throughout. Overall time to build (from all components in their boxes, to turning off with Windows installed) was about 5 hours.

Previous builders had stated issues with the standoffs. If I’d had the correct tool (a small spanner I thought at the time) they wouldn’t have been too bad. I managed to screw three in with just my fingers and had to remove the power socket to install the fourth. Later in the build, when rummaging through the screws, I found the correct tool, a small knurled socket that looked similar to the knurled casing screws (the documentation with the case was very sparse).

Fitting the CPU and cooler backing plate went as described in the relevant manuals.

First mistake was installing the radiator the wrong way around, no way the graphics card was going to fit against the radiator header! Once I’d switched it around it still looked like the graphics card was going to be a tight fit. Offering up the card onto the motherboard confirmed that it indeed was very close, if not touching. To make the best of a bad situation, I loosen the fan/ radiator screws and ensured it was fully over to the other side before tightening and ran a strip of insulating tape down the side of the radiator.

Fitting the cooler pump to the processor again went without issue. Next the two sticks of RAM again no problems.

Trying to get the PSU in was slightly difficult and required taking off one of the 92mm fans to avoid pressing on the RAM and motherboard.

The next stage took up a reasonable amount of time as I installed cabling and concentrated on trying to keep them as neat as possible, various routes were tried and lots of cable ties sacrificed! Also the second issue with the H90 can be seen, in that it interferes with the front mounted USB 3 socket on the motherboard.

During the cable installation I also installed the middle drive bay with SSD attached.

Whilst tidying the cables I noticed that the USB header connector appeared to be slipping out, so I tie-wrapped it in. Not entirely comfortable with this and will likely swap to the USB 2 header, which has free access.

After a few days of running the cooler pump is noticeably noisy. I'm going to give it a few more days to see if it quiets down, if not I'll likely return.

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build but weirdly distorting camera...

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, distorting in what way?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

First picture, for example, has a strange grainy texture and some of the colors seem off to me. Maybe just a bad camera, or I'm going crazy...

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not just you. Phil mentioned GIMP, maybe that's the problem?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it's GIMP. the pictures were very dark and difficult to discern the insides of the case.

As I said I'll happily post the originals, however you wont be able to see much! :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

How was building in that case? Would you recommend it or was it troublesome?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got nothing to compare it with, as it was my first build. I haven't got small hands and whilst some parts were 'awkward', I wouldn't've called anything 'troublesome'.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, if it was only a little awkward, then it should be fine Thank you

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I built in it for my second build, it's a great little case!

I would suggest it!

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome, thanks. Do you know if it will fit larger gpus (780 and up)

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Anything longer would likely interfere with the cables on the PSU. I'll see if I can post some photos next week.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

okay, awesome, thank you!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't use a GPU, actually. There was ample room left, but with how the PSU was situated, the cords were where the GPU would go. (if it was long enough to interfere with the PSU)

You can actually do a fancy amount of cable management in that case too, I kept one of the HardDrive bays in place and put many of the cables in there. You can also zip tie cables to the frame of the case, and to the inside/outside of one of the bays.

I didn't use a GPU because it was a work build, with absolutely no gaming involved, whatsoever.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I see. I wonder if a mini itx case could hold a gpu like a 780

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

According to the Geforce website a 780 is 1" longer, it'd be tight...

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

You will be very pleased with this one :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

It was built primarily for Elder Scrolls Online and it really does the game justice! :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build for a first time! I am also wanting to get this same case but with some weaker hardware. Anyway, nice job with this!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Great part choices! seems like you're going to have a lot of fun! but why did you chose that case? For your first build it'd more way easier for you using a Mid-Tower case

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted a SFF case, so that's what I went for! :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I am building my LAN PC with similair components

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

is this case quiet? I've been wondering for a while. it looks like it would be quite loud with the gpu right there by the vent

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

As mentioned the H90 is noisy at the moment and searching forums this is not uncommon and is reason for a return. The was no discernible difference with the fans off and the fans on (at low speed) when I was attempting to find what was noisy.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a 250 GB SSD? Could've gotten a 120 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD, but overall, nice build :D

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, however I have no need for a 1 TB HDD... :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm getting pretty much the same thing, but Ill have a SSD and a HDD. Also I'm going with an AMD processor.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there adequate space for cable management between your case and the semimodular power supply? Also, really nice setup. +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

nice cable management