Description

What I wanted to do with this SFF PC is have a portable desktop in a really compact size. I would be using it for Gaming, Editing (Adobe Ps, Pp/Ae) and Drawings (Adobe Ai).

I tested almost a year ago with (RPCS3 - Skate 3) & I remember my 8700K (non-delidded) cooled by a Cryorig C7 and Noctua's L9i fan - struggled to cool reaching temps around 95c often touching 100c - with a 500W SFX PSU.

When I finally took the plunge and delidded the 8700K with Grizzly Conductonaut & the Debauer Delid Tool. It cooled much better to a much healthier mid 80c. I felt it wasn't adequate enough - I wanted better.

So I replaced the alum. Cryorig C7 with a copper Cooltek LP53 I purchased from Amazon, inaddition to small heatsinks to replace the stock heatsinks on the ASUS Z370i to enable the LP53 to be installed in its optimal orientation (parallel to the ram sticks and vent heat upwards).

I initially zipwired the L9i fan in place - until the 3D printed fan adapter from J-Hack arrived - to make the build much cleaner and lower maintenance.

-- Applying Small Heatsinks -- After removing the two screws on each of the two stock bulky VRM heatsinks on the motherboard - I highly suggest for ease of mind - to clean the MOSFET with alcohol wipes to ensure a clean surface and maximum application with the pre-applied thermal adhesive. While I did place mine directly on with a lot of pressure. It is still extremely risky & I wouldn't advise it. Many things could go wrong especially if one were to become loose and/or fall off.

-- LP53 Temperature -- 8700K with LP53 + NH L9i 92mm fan Idle 37c 73c max playing GTA V

-- Sapphire Pulse RX570 ITX Temperature -- Idle - 31c 73c - GTA V 80c - Insurgency Sandstorm

-- Total System Power Draw --

Idle - 80-86w (Chrome, Telegram, Discord & Steam)

----- Total System Gaming Power Draw ----- 220w-240w - GTA V (Online), Insurgency Sandstorm

-- HDPLEX 400W AC-DC -- I originally wanted to make it a brick-less build but for now it'll be external with the C13/C14. Beautifully compact <3

-- 10.1-inch IPS 2k Portable Display (supported HDR) -- I noticed it was flickering a lot when the gaming at higher framerates over 59+ - it turned out to be the FreeSync option on the display causing it to display 'no support' message. Disabling FreeSync in the monitor's OSD allows it to run without any issues now. The power draw that the screen pulls is:

Idle - 1W In-use - 8W in use gaming

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice and portable. And also a lot room for upgrade later, maybe throw in some better gpu in time cos its a shame for all that sweet 8700k potential to go to waste.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, but he prob wont have overheating issues

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd say temp isn't an issue - what would be is ensuring the parts dont draw over the limit of 400w (450w max peak).

8700K alone is a wild card 8700 included as its wattage can drastically change or go over. I could technically disable turbo and do RPCS3 - but I doubt that would make any difference since it'll need more than 450W mostly likely since its going to tax on some games significantly on the CPU and GPU. Which would lock the PC and turn off.

Because my SFX PSU was a Corsair 600W - obviously that gives me a massive 200w more room to play with RPCS3.

In everyday use rendering included - it runs perfectly with no issues. RPCS3 just taxes the system extremely hard on games such as Infamous 1/2 and pressumably RDR.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Temps wont be a problem - (stock wise) I'd be more limited with the HDPLEX 400W AC-DC Adapter (which can do 450w max peak then it'll shut it self off for self preservation).

I also prefer medium settings and high/stable framerate over maximum visuals imo. Not to mention Australia being a little expensive in its power bills.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Teeny, tiny power packed pc.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Its so useful because I cant ever go back to the Node 202 - as convenient as it is to not carrying a small light brick around - the downfall for the Node 202 is the added luggage of the SFX psu's size, weight and really tight cabling due to the HDD rack

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

WOW great use of space squeezing everything into that small chassis +1