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I built this PC to bring with me when my friends and I get together to game. My goal was to build the smallest rig possible that would play AAA Titles on high/ultra settings. This PC originally had an i3-4370 and a EVGA 950, but it wasn't playing the games that I wanted. So I opted for the R9 Nano, since it was the most powerful card that would fit inside my tiny build and I upgraded to an i5-4690K. The result, an extremely powerful micro computer than can play just about anything that my heart desires.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Lmao, dat nano tho...

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Now that's is a compacted computer, looks like your Nano is really choked as far as air flow is concerned thus the 80 degree temps.

But still for what its worth 80 degrees isn't bad at all especially when you can max out all the games you want :D

Nice build man, looks a mission and a half for cable management etc but you did well +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I would try to put the HDD where the SSD is and velcro strap the SSD somewhere up on the PSU.... That poor Nano! Still... got some serious power in a teeny tiny box! Sweet!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad you put the dollar in the last picture. It blows my mind how small it is and how powerful a tiny PC can be. Great work.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm interested in that same R9 nano, but on Newegg it says a 750/850 Watt PSU is minimum/recommended! I've only got 550 Watts to work with though... Have you noticed any problems with running that card on just a 500 Watt PSU?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

No not at all, I don't know why that Newegg has it listed with those requirements. The cards max TDP is only 175 Watts. You would be perfectly fine running a R9 Nano.

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

LOVE how small this system is.

Personally, I'd exclude the HD, mount the SSD above the PSU, and remove the drive mounting bracket if possible to bring down temps and help that GPU breathe. That said, I don't usually use much storage, so this may not be an option for you.

Have you considered other fans? I know that 12 cm noctua is rated for really high airflow, but that thing is LOUD. Corsair's AF140 Quiet Edition is one of the top performing and most noise-efficient 140 mm fans available. If you can afford to pick one up, it's definitely worth trying.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the Noctua on a fan curve so its actually not as loud as you would think. I may move the storage drives like you suggested, but while I'm gaming I have never seen the GPU rise above 68°C. The 80°C I have listed was with Aida 64's stability benchmark.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Those temps aren't so bad!

I expected you might have your fan on a curve. Even then, there are better performers. Please excuse my ramblings: I'm kind of a silence fanatic.

Lets say for the sake of argument that your fan emits about 30 dbs at load in your curve configuration. hardware.info's 103 fan roundup suggest your fan would move around 18.9 cfm at 30 db. The top fan in this study pushed 30.3 cfm at 30 dbs. As bigger fans tend to be more noise-efficient, we could get even better results than the top 120 fan with a well-constructed 140 mm fan, and the corsair fan I mentioned is one of them.

I'm still super jelly over your build btw.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This case only fits 120mm fans on the front. The AF140 would not fit. While I realize that Corsair makes the AF120, the situation would be better suited for a static pressure optimized fan like the Noctua or the SP120.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I suppose you're right. Newegg is full of it. They list the case as compatible with a 140 mm fan.

In that case, Enermax's Twister Pressure would be the optimal choice. The two you listed would do very well too.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, I originally ordered a 140mm fan for this case. I was pretty confused when I attempted to install it haha :D

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh no! That's frustrating.

I mean, I've seen people fit a 140 mm fan into that case, but you need to drill your own mount holes.

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