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Baby Balrog

by Duncan034


Welcome to my 2nd personal Rig! Gaze upon the glory that are the photos taken from my unknown DSLR and commend me for my continued ascension through the ranks of the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race (Insert picture of our Lord and Saviour Gaben).

Following my first personal build with a blue and white theme, I decided to go for the typical gaming PC colours of black and red (because red builds are faster amirite).

As some of you lovely people may have guessed, the name comes from the first Lord of the Rings film, with the namesake coming from Balrog (big, fiery thing that dragged Gandalf down, prompting Frodo to cry out rather hysterically). In comparison, this machine is rather small, hence the decision to go with the "Baby". Should you ever see a full tower, custom looped red and black PC with the name of Balrog, you shall know who built it! I was tempted to name it Smaug, but that would be a little too similar in name to the glorious PC that is Enzo the Dragon (I love you Jipster, that mini itx build is a thing of beauty, which inspired me to go for the smaller form factor, so thank you :) ).

Overall, the build experience was rather pleasant- Phanteks do make such lovely cases to build in- thoroughly recommend this to anyone looking to build a small form factor build- at a great price too!

The photos in the dark don't quite replicate the true colour of the LEDs emitted- my old DSLR cannot pick up on them :( the reds are actually much deeper, darker and fuller than they appear in the photos

Part Reviews


Only planning on using this PC for gaming, so opted for this over the I7-6700k. Too impatient for Zen and this is currently the best bang for your buck for mid to high range PCs.

CPU Cooler

Works well in my main build, no reason to not work well again in keeping those delicious temperatures down.


Looked for built-in wifi as well as all the fan connectors needed, as well as good overclocking support and a red and black theme.


Sexy, but not as sexy as Jipster's build- go check it out if you haven't! You can change the lighting effects from flashing to static in the Corsair Link software.


Solid, reliable and rather cheap. Works as it should.

Video Card

A red and black build would not be complete without an MSI card- so here it is. Only looking to game at 1080p (144hz of course, do not despair).


Not enough good words for this case. Lovely to work in, especially for the first mini itx build. The removable liquid cooling bracket up top works very well, and the tray to the right of the case housing the SSD does an excellent job in filling the right side of the case. The included 200mm fan (a high quality fan from Phanteks) retails at 20 bucks, so i saw no reason to replace it as it delivers air to all the components in the case. The rubber-dampened thumb screws for the side panels as well as the red-coloured top dust vents are very nice touches.

Power Supply

Fully modular, all black cables and just the right amount of power needed for some overclocking. Fairly mute decal works well with the overall red and black theme.

Case Fan

Cheap, works well for static pressure for the rad.

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LittleL0L 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

Those pictures <3

Great job on your build, love the color scheme because red is the best lol

Solemnsong 2 points 28 months ago

Beautiful PC tiny homes edition? Haha I like it!

defunkt 2 points 28 months ago

looking good man! My cuz and I are going to do a red/black EVOLV ITX build! Thanks for the pics.

You gotta take the wrapper off of the southbridge!

Duncan034 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I can't wait to see it! I have now, didn't realise there was one, thought it was just shiny :).

someta 4 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

This is awesome...

What are the GPU and CPU temps like in that case though? I have the MSI RX 480 GAMING X (basically the AMD version of that 1060 6GB with a slightly higher TDP) and I'm planning on using it in that case. It runs cool in an ATX case with lots of airflow, but I don't know how it would do so close to the PSU shroud...

Duncan034 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I have the H100i v2 fans on a custom curve so that the CPU is kept below 50C at all times- normally I can expect 25-35C at idle.

I haven't noticed any huge temperature increases in the GPU. It WILL be higher than in a standard ATX case, that's a given. I'm seeing maybe low 70's under load for my GPU. The case comes with an included 200mm fan which delivers quite a lot of air to the GPU so that helps keep temperatures down.

Generally this case is fantastic for airflow. Being able to fit a 240mm rad in a mini-itx build is absurd. It'll also fit pretty much any air cooler in there.

someta 4 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks! GPU temps don't sound too bad - my GPU is running at just under that in a full ATX case with good airflow... I'll probably put my current Cryorig H7 on the CPU. It's keeping temps well within acceptable margins right now.

Duncan034 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

The H7 is a good cooler. you shouldn't have any problems with space or temperatures in this case. Do note that the Phanteks ITX case comes with one fan only, and that's the 200mm intake. You might want to think about getting one or two exhaust fans if you don't already have any.

someta 4 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

I have a spare 140mm fan I can put in the back! Thanks for the heads-up!

Lyrix 1 point 28 months ago

i love it! 1+!

Tom_Abbott 1 point 28 months ago

Very nice clean build. +1 for the pictures :)

Blacksm1le 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Beautiful look

comics 1 point 28 months ago

You wrote that the motherboard here has onboard wifi. Are you sure? It doesnt seem like it comes with it.

Duncan034 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Bruh I think I know what I'm talking about lmao. I didn't connect to the internet with pure magic.

comics 1 point 28 months ago

ok yeah but do the antennas come in the box

Duncan034 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Yes they do, the on-board wifi is actually quite excellent

comics 1 point 27 months ago

Would you be able to help me out? I'm trying to figure out the wires from the case to the motherboard, I have one left and I dont know where to put it! heelpp!! :P

Duncan034 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

What is it

BigRodMaster522 1 point 26 months ago

How did u get this many fans connected to the motherboard?

Duncan034 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

The two radiator fans connect into a splitter connected to the radiator. The 2 case fans connect directly into the motherboard.

BigRodMaster522 1 point 26 months ago

ahhh gotcha

Land-Stander 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

The pictures would be great if they were in focus.

Duncan034 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

This is true also.

H20Zangoose 1 point 8 months ago

Nice build & great pictures! Easy worth +1

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