Hello everynyan ....... (づ｡◕‿‿◕｡)づ
My aim was to build a PC for gaming and general use. This was my first build so didn’t want to go into overclocking. Definitely looking to upgrade the CPU and potentially the GPU in the near future.
I'm a big fan of small form factor cases since they are easier to move around if needed. I've looked high and low for a good-looking case before going for the LZ7. I believe at the moment it is the smallest case available on the market that can house a gaming build and still offer excellent cooling.
I missed out on the first batch of LZ7 cases so I initially built my system in the cooler master elite 110 (picture 27 & 28). I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of these as Kevin (master of cramming at lazer3D) had some white ones left over.
I also decided to experiment a bit with Plasti Dip (Peel-able paint) to get a gold/black case. I painted the matte white acrylic panels + corner pieces black. I then added coats of gold metalizer on the corners. Unfortunately, the gold coating wasn’t as bright as I thought it would be.
Below are just some of my thoughts on the different parts…
Feel free to comment and leave any questions...
LZ7 Case review
First-off, an extremely well designed case, both in terms of aesthetics and cooling. Air is drawn in using a 140mm fan to cool the components and also directly hits the back of the GPU. The vents are well thought out and placed in key positions to allow hot air out.
So far the case has been great. With the components that I have, I haven't had any temperature issues. I guess the most stressing game I've played so far is Witcher 3 (all Ultra settings, with hair-works on, 2 x AA). GPU temperatures are around 60o C and CPU is around 50o C. GPU fans only speed up during fight scenes but is otherwise on low. The case fan is the loudest, masking the CPU fan. In my opinion, the noise isn't that bad as I play with open back headphones and the case is right next to me. Even without headphones I don't find the sound to be unbearable.
I ordered the option with the side I/O panel. It definitely helps when trying to access the USB and headphone ports but adds to the cable clutter inside. Cable management is quite a challenge, having to cram a lot of cables into such a small space.
- Excellent overall design
- Customisable colours (online)
- Amazing cooling for such a small case
- Well written instruction manual. Reminds me of the Lego instructions, each step shows you where all the parts go.
- Very well packaged
- The weight of the PSU drags down the back acrylic panel quite a bit (picture 16). It's a bit better once the whole case is put together but there is still a slight bulge (luckily there's a small notch on the corner piece to hold it together)
- I personally found it quite hard to tighten all the tiny screws holding the case together. Takes a bit of strength, particularly if you'r using a small screw driver.
Credit and thanks go out the Kevin for making such a nice case! Very communicative and helpful :D
DEMCiflex Dust Filter review
There are quite a few options here. I decided to dust proof my case as much as possible. DEMCiflex filters have a very fine mesh and come with magnetic adhesives. Just makes cleaning easier since I don't have to undo screws.
So far it does a really good job of keeping the dust out. Catches quite a lot of it just just after two days (picture 32). the fine meshing does not appear to interfere with the airflow. As far as I can tell removing the filter during idle/load does not affect the temperature of the components. The fan intake is fitted with a 140mm round filter since the square one is too large. As a result, the magnetic adhesive of the round filter overlaps with the screws so it holds on a bit weaker than the square one on the GPU intake.
- Excellent at keeping dust out of the case
- Does not appear to interfere with airflow
- Costs a bit more than most other filters
- Magnetic adhesive is OK, would be better if it was stronger
LG 25UM58-P review
I'd say that there's a significant advantage when playing games like league of legends. You can see more of the map left and right of your character because of the wide screen... trololol. I feel that games like Witcher 3 are more immersive because most of your field of view is covered by the display. Watching 21:9 movies are also enjoyable. Typing in word was very comfortable for me, felt like a lot of space on screen even with the navigation panel open. Having two documents side-by-side was very workable.
- Comfortable for viewing movies (21:9)
- Wider-view for more immersive gaming
- Excellent for word processing tasks (IMO)
- Watching YouTube videos can be a bit odd with black bars on either side
- Noticeable lag for fast FPS games
Cases are available at: http://www.lazer3d.com/
For updates/discussion on the LZ7 you can refer to the forum here: https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/lz7-quiet-mini-gaming-cube-with-internal-sfx-psu.596/