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This is a portable casual gaming box. Adding the word "casual" because of the GTX 750 Ti, as opposed to a Fury X or the alike. For me, though, GTX 750 Ti is more than sufficient. All I play are NBA 2K and less frequently the Microsoft FSX.

This build is re-purposed from a work/study computer. Most of the parts here were initially purchased late 2013.

I chose Lian Li PC-TU100 because it was the size I wanted. At that time, because I want the computer as quiet as possible, I used the very large Thermalright AXP-200 and let PSU fan face inward and serve as the CPU cooler fan. For various reasons the resultant acoustic profile was not what I liked. I tried many other parts as well but was never satisfied with the build. In the end, I decide that given the parts that are available on the market today, it is too difficult to build a silent/quiet enough computer in the PC-TU100.

Which is when I decided to convert it to a portable gaming box. This is probably a more fitting setup for the PC-TU100, anyways.

Cable customization is not in my repertoire, nor can I afford someone else making them for me. The SST-ST45SF-G comes with cables that are way too thick and stiff but thanks to the SST-PP05-E cable set, cable routing was not a disaster considering how small the PC-TU100 is. I highly recommend this set to anyone working with a mini-ITX case and looking for some stock short cable options (if you are using a Silverstone PSU, of course). In addition to being shorter and more flexible, this cable set also comes with one slimline SATA power connector for one slim ODD, which saves an extra adapter in the already-cramped case.

Using mSATA as opposed to SATA was also an effort to reduce unnecessary cables in the case. It was also why I chose the ASRock Z87 because few mini-ITX Z87's have a mSATA port.

The AXP-200 heatsink is too tall for the TU100, albeit both Thermalright and Lian Li claim 60 mm as cooler height/clearance. The AXP-200 is later used in my other build. You can check that out on pcpartpicker, too.

The cooler I use to replace the AXP-200 is the Noctua NH-L9i plus a NF-A9 PWM fan to replace the stock 14 mm fan for a little bit more cooling capacity. There are certainly alternatives that offer more performance (and perhaps for less money). But for mini-ITX systems, I am starting to lean toward cooling solutions of absolute compatibility, meaning that the cooler stays in the 95 mm * 95 mm area around the socket. The reason is that at the highly-integrated mini-ITX form factor, large coolers often block access to onboard connectors such as SATA ports, power connectors, front-panel connectors, etc. The cooler might be technically compatible, but if you ever need to plug in/remove/swap any components, chances are that you would have to do more work than if the cooler is not blocking access to onboard connectors and taking up the spaces where your hand could go. Granted, a smaller heatsink often means less cooling capacity, but personally I am willing to give up a few degrees in temperature (again I care about quietness the most) in order to make it easier for me to work inside the case.

Overall I am quite happy with this build now. I spent two years figuring out a reasonable setup in the TU100, after all. I put it in the living room where me and my roommates play NBA 2K16 after dinner. Not claiming this is the best use of the case, but it works out for me.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Like it. I'm going to look at that case again. Not trolling but painters tape to line up case badges is a good trick!

Good tips on the cooling.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the case badges triggered my OCD as well but I'm too lazy to remove and reapply them. Thanks for the tip.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

STIKRZ! STIKRZ EVERYWHERE!!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang son

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks nice. Great photos. +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

This is actually really awsome! I love how small it is. Just asking, why is the ram so expensive?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. Most of the parts were bought in 2013 so ...

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are willing to upgrade you should get a R9 Nano

Other than that Great Build +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. R9 Nano definitely a first choice if looking to upgrade.

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

To run that FSX at 500 FPS, a totally necessary framerate.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Itx+awesome pics +gaming pc= +9001

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks SOOO Clean

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

This is pretty interesting build how does the computer work with for you with half of the CPU cooler being blocked off ?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Just earlier today I was thinking about this case, it was one I'd considered a few months ago for my own computer. It's a shame the airflow for the graphics card is so constricted, but you've pulled it off nicely, I appreciate preferring the smaller footprint CPU coolers too. Congratulations on being Featured as well.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know why I find the name of that case so funny. +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

kind of expensive and you're not getting much return for it (1k for a 750ti and expensive ram)

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

First I should note that most parts were bought in 2013 when RAM was expensive. This is also why you are seeing a 4670K+Z87 as opposed to 4690K+Z97.

But in general, it's just a matter of priorities. Your definition of "return" is probably different from mine. Many people prefer absolute performance. I also value build quality, aesthetics and acoustics.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok, thanks for clearing that up. It's just that you have a K CPU with a 750Ti, that kind of made me question the build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice Build. I'm using the Same MB and also had the same GPU until i upgraded to an R9 380 itx. What kind of temps are you getting on the 4670K?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Room temp 20C. Idling at 28C. Under typical bursty workload rarely goes above 50C. The highest temp the CPU reached during a 20-minute CPU stress test was 76C.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. Thanks.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Let me check and get back to you

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

finally... a featured build that doesnt have 2 980 ti's and pipe cooling.... +1 for simplicity and size

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done. I have a similar completed build like this from 2 years ago. It didn't get the same attention, but this looks great! Good to see others out there opting for a smaller, portable rigs.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Saw your build. I liked the rubber feet. I got some Lian Li ones (SD-02A) but they were too large for this case due to the presence of corner bumpers.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Ouch lol. I've seen people use amplifier feed too.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Speaker system there

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Good call on the video card. I got the same card last year for about $20 more than you paid. It draws a mere 65w of power and does a nice job rendering videos w/ Cyberlink's PowerDirector14.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Utterly efficient. I think it still tops the performance per watt chart even though it's 1st gen Maxwell.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the enermax loud under load?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say no. But this thing sits in my TV stand 6 ft away. I really don't hear anything at all.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

They need to come down about $20 and get some actual competition. The only decent companies that sell them are fsp and silverstine (which are probrably made by fsp). Other than that they're great for these little builds.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Too bad Silverstone was the only manufacturer serious about SFX. But glad that more are in the game now e.g. Corsair

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair makes SFX power supplies?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, released not too long ago. Not sure if on sale.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!