Description

Built as a semi-portable, pocket-rocket, power house gaming PC. I tried to pick long-lasting parts which fit a black/red highlights theme.

Mostly use my work laptop with Moonlight-Qt to play downstairs, so swapped to a more traditional mini-tower.

Part Reviews

CPU

The boost from 4 to 6 cores was a huge boost for the i5 series chips and long overdue.

CPU Cooler

Extremely good cooling, easy to install. Sadly the pump is actually louder than all my other components, which is why it loses one star.

Motherboard

Good set of features for an ITX board:

  • Plenty of I/O
  • Dual Ethernet
  • Quality Audio
  • Fast WiFi
  • More SATA connections than drives that will reasonably fit in an ITX case
  • Lighting effects are cool, same they don't sync with my Chroma or MSI systems.

Storage

With this bad boy I can always insta-lock the most recently released character on Overwatch, so an easy 5 stars.

Video Card

Very decent performance for the price, does get a bit loud under load though.

Power Supply

Plenty of muscle for my needs and the fans are totally unnoticable in Hybrid mode, and the provided modular cables are both long and plentiful.

Just wish there were 6+2 cables with only one header on them, as they look a bit ugly with the spare hanging off.

Operating System

My favorite version of Windows so far, too bad that Edge never really took off.

Monitor

Screen is good quality for the price, design is nice and the OSD is simple and intuitive.

FreeSync works well with G-Sync, even though it's not been branded as "G-Sync Compatible".

Biggest disappointment are the speakers, which are below-average quality.

Keyboard

Very loud. Like 1920s typewriter loud. I expect a PLING sound after every 40 keys pressed. Besides that, it's good really nice reaction times, and is comfortable to type with.

The Chroma effect is super cool in Overwatch and with Project Aurora I'm enjoying the effects in a lot more games.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

cool case :D !

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it's not exactly lightweight with the components I picked, but still handy enough to take downstairs if I want to game in the living room.

Not really fit for lugging to LAN parties on public transport however.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

too cute m8 i need to punch the wall to feel like a man xD

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

It's not cute carrying the heavy ******* down a flight of stairs.

It's manly like dead lifting a live cobra while juggling chainsaws, chainsaws which are on fire.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

lmao x

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What a tease

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

More pics please ! That is a cozy little setup you have right there ! That 1070 is FE ?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the keyboard XD :P Nice build! Do you like the 1070?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an absolute beast.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I will take some pictures of inside the case tonight, however there's not a lot to see cause it's kinda cramped :D

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

How is air flow inside the case using a non reference card? I wanted the same gpu but everyone is telling me to get founders edition to blow heat out the back.

Also any idea where to get compatible 200mm fan for the front?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

With my AIO pushing the CPU air out the right side, and the GTX pushing air out the left, I also have a fan sucking in cool air at the front and pushing out the back, so heat really isn't an issue.

The case is very well designed in that regard, given that even though it's "closed" the micro mesh gives a lot of avenues to get air out of the case.

My GTX 1070/i5 6600K barely go above 70 degrees while playing any game I own with everything on max including : Far Cry 3, Space Engineers with full collision modeling, Medieval Engineers with full structural integrity, and 3DMark 2011 / 3DMark Time Spy.

As for the 200mm fans, judging by this build: http://www.overclock.net/lists/display/view/id/6008978 it appears that at least some 200mm front fans are supported. It will also fit two 2x 120mm fans on top of each other, but not a radiator (without mods).

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I have got some questions. First of all how much this monster weigh? Also what is the problem with MSI Z170I? I thought it supports m.2 's. Also you said the stock leds of the case are white,did u change them?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The monster is a bit too heavy to be considered "portable", probably close to 30kg.

It only supports certain M.2 sizes which limits compatibility.

The front fan colour is red but the "spot lamp" inside is white. I plan to mod the inside light to match the red theme. :3

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

There's the Razer Naga Hex V2. Hella sexy and Chroma lighting

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Ye, sadly it came out about two months after I bought my Hex. Was a bit salty but couldn't justify € 100 for a new mouse right after buying the other one.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to disappoint you.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Happy to oblige.