Description

My work means I have to move a lot and end up living abroad for 6-12 months.

After trying to ship my desktop recently and faced with ridiculous prices , I have attempted to make a PC that can fit in my hand luggage.

Picking a Mini case for my first time building was very frustrating. until that moment where I pressed the power button I was convinced it wouldn't turn on.

With several delays in part deliveries (GPU & RAM ) it meant I had time to carefully learn as i go with building and working with this case.

CASE

*Silverstone RVZ01B *

I picked this case from doing a little research it was a bit bigger than other mini cases and supposed to be very good for staying cool. All the Reviews say it is frustrating to build in and they are right. for a first timer putting the PSU and MOBO in took 40 mins each and then by the end of the build i had taken them out and in many times It now only takes a few minutes.

PSU Corsair SF 600W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX

There isn't much choice for SFX PSU since I am moving around a lot I had to find one that wont be effected by different mains supply this had a wider range than the Silverstone. This was the main pain of my build trying to use those stock cables were horrible. As soon as i bought some of the premium cables life was much easier. Although you can see the cables are too long now therefore there is a big mess around the PSU. Later i may try get some shorter cables for now its ok.

GPU

Originally I was going to get my GPU shipped over but my dad did not feel confident in removing it / shipping. by this point I had already ordered my parts and was going to go for a 1070 or 1070ti however when checking it out the 1080 was cheaper than some 1070ti and I just bought it very impromptu , it is definitely overkill.

Photo 2

I attempted to hide the SSD in the optical drive however using the stock cables it was impossible to fit the cables through the holes that are made for the cables to go through. It also was put pressure on the underside of the GPU

References for help

I watched this video by XeroPoint to see what I was getting into a bit and it was some good help for cables management.

RavenBuildVideo

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Personally I like the distinct colours very low and fits very nicely in my small case. Soo Far from my testing it keeps the CPU nice and cool.

Case

I love it! looks good , feels nice.

Very frustrating to build in!

Tips:

Buy Better PSU cables and you will definitely find it easier. Friend with small hands. Take your time to think about where cables will need to go. magnetic screwdriver and tweezers help.

I had read on other reviews it didn't come with a manual however it does and it was sufficient.

Power Supply

Only let down by the cable quality. The 'Premium cables set' should be stock. the stock cables would not click in properly to the PSU the would bend and they are a little too short.

Case Fan

Very powerful and great at keeping the case cool. As the mini case can get hot quickly they are pretty loud but this does not bother me as my priority is cooling in the ITX case.

Monitor

Love this monitor. First time gaming with 144hz I got this on discount for just over $200 CAD so I was expecting low quality parts and feel. However it feels very solid and great quality. Nice heavy stand leaves no doubts about it falling over ect.

Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 4 points

you simply cannot post a build like this on here and include one pic. Please upload more!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

I will get on that!

  • 15 months ago
  • 4 points

More pics please! I love mitx builds!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll try take some decent photos soon! too excited to test it out.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a really good ITX build! I am planning to build a similar rig and seeing your build gets me really excited for a luggage pc on the go.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

The blue cables look awesome! Could you please post more pics?

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

I was very excited about the blue and they were the cheapest Corsair premium cables at the time. more photos will come soon.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic Build! But wHat's the point of Blue cables if you're not going to see it?

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

They were cheaper than black. however they are a bit long. I may change them to the shorter version which only come in black anyway.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

When maxed out, what is the highest temps that you've got on your Ryzen 5 2600 with the noctua cooler? I thought about buying one that's low profile to use all of my 4 RAM slots whilst keeping my CPU cool.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

My temperature can go to 80+ but that was only when I tried to play the Newest Civilization game. Also it was the peak of summer and no AC in the house.

normally while gaming and rendering videos it has been fine around 70s. My example isn't that good as I think I need to fix something but because of the small case its very difficult to go in and fix.

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