Description

This is my 8th build of the year, 2nd personal use PC, a mix of a HTPC and a travel gaming PC. Since my main PC is inside an NZXT S340 elite it became troublesome to move it every time I’m traveling somewhere for several days for work or any reason, which is where this build comes in.

— Word of advice: if you’re building in the same case I did, then do not, and I repeat DO NOT make my mistake and purchase your parts separately... this case is very hard to build in due to the small size and no room for cable management. The case itself is great, but if you’re going to throw a GPU in there then please for the love of god do it all at once.

My mistakes are as follow: 1- threw in a temporary 2200G I had lying around just until I can buy a Ryzen 5 2600 next month. 2- threw in 2400mhz 8GB RAM, again until next month when I can upgrade to a 16GB 3200mhz RAM. 3- put the whole build together while the GPU was still in route.

Having to take almost all the cabling out to put in the GPU in and rewiring everything was very hard, just do yourself a favor, don’t build your build until you have all the parts... I still have to tear this down and rebuild it again next month when I can buy the intended CPU and RAM for this build....

Also, invest in some zip ties, I take pride in my cable management and this case took a toll on me, without zip ties this build wouldn’t be possible.

There’s enough room for a SSD and a HDD drives at the bottom, take advantage of that and route a single power cable to them.

I wish I took pictures of the build process but no worries I’ll do it when I upgraded the CPU and RAM in a month and then I’ll upload them here.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Awesome budget board with WiFi, haven’t overclocked with it yet, but I will soon and will update this review if needed, for now you get 5*

Storage

Cheap fast SSD for your OS. Get it.

Storage

I’ve been with Seagate for a while, until one those guys fail on me, you get 5*

Video Card

My lord I am in love with this card! I got it for a budget HTPC/Travel PC build and this thing is amazing, very cool temps maxing at 71c, very quiet fans, 60+fps easily with everything on ultra 1080p. This card is intended to 144hz 1440p gaming in my opinion, it’ll chew through 1080p no issues, but I doubt it can pull anything decent on 4K. Took away 1 star because the fans are always on 44% even on idle which I really don’t like even if they’re quite. MSI afterburner can’t adjust it either.

Case

I love the looks and size of this case, the handle on the top makes it a perfect travel PC, but ooh does it not have any room for cable management. I’d rant here in the review but you can just click on the build and see my full rant over there.

Small tip - buy all your parts for your build at once, wait for EVERYTHING to arrive, invest in a lot of zip ties, and then build in this case, after that close the side panel and never open. You shouldn’t build in the case a little by little and say I’ll upgrade/add parts later.

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Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

I feel you, the Amd ryzen 3 2200g is a great cpu when your on a budget and want to play games with it's integrated graphics. I get high fps with it being paired with my gpu but it's not the most stable.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, It’s not a terrible CPU but it’s bottlenecking my GPU in some games, where this CPU is hitting 100% utilization, but it varies from game to game.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

The build looks good, you've done well.the PlayStation logo reminds me of the good old days +1. I'm curious to know the noise level of that big fan. is it a 180mm fan or ?

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! And It’s a 200mm fan, I don’t know the exact noise level if you’re after dB numbers, but it’s really quite, I have the fan curve set in the BIOS based on the CPU temps and so far it didn’t need to go above 550RPM since the CPU never went above 67c.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you do for CPU cooler?

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

For now just using the fan the comes with the CPU, I plan on upgrading to the Noctua NH-L9a once I upgrade the CPU

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm trying to figure out an H100 Build myself. I have the processor and case already so far. Trying not to get in over my head, size wise. I'm getting error messages on GPU might block some slots and stock GPU cooler is too big. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/pacman81/saved/YwhwhM

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The GPU in my build is 204mm long and I had to tilt it to get inside the case, there’s enough room to send the sata and power cables to the two drives under it right by the GPU, but with your GPU you have a length of 209.6 which is really pushing it.

I see an MSI Ventus 2060, have you considered that one? It’s a 205mm long and about the same price.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a big fan of Noctua. Maybe I'll take your advice? I saw coolermaster used a G200p or something on their demo build but It's yet to be released.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

The stock cpu cooler might not fit, the power supply goes right in front of the motherboard and then you still have to route all the wires while avoiding touching the front fan. I’m sure the low profile Noctua will be ok with your CPU and you can even have a slight overclock.

Although I think that front fan is not that useful, you could replace it with an AIO for your CPU if you want better thermals and a higher overclock.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

how is the airflow in that case?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Having a lot of mesh in the front and top is good for the air flow, but keep in mind this case only comes with the front big fan and it maxes out at 800rpm. No exhaust fan, and with the power supply position it leaves you with either a small air cooler like mine, or an AIO water cooler in the place of the front fan. So it depends on the hardware you’re gonna use, I’d say don’t get this case if you’re aiming to build a high end PC.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not just use M.2 for storage? Intel's got a decent 1.02TB M.2 for $100. Would've saved you a ton of time and frustration with those cables.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right it would've been better, now even if I want to add an m.2 i'd have to take everything apart again since this motherboard has its m.2 slot at the back, and you can't remove the back side panel on this case. Anyways if you're talking about the 660p I wouldn't recommend it, reading the reviews online would be enough deterrent from that piece, i'd save up and buy a better one.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think it's the 660p, but it might be. Either way, there's also WD and Sabrent SSDs. My Sabrent 512GB was about the price of a 250GB Samsung and it's pretty fast.