Description

Concept: I wanted a HTPC/Media Server/Emulator/LAN Gaming machine all fitting into a case the size of Xbox One w/ great cooling options. (Limited on size of case for TV unit)

Case: I chose the RVZ01B b/c it was the size that I wanted & it had a great design made for cooling.

Motherboard: It was a though choice. I really wanted to get a brand I trust, H97, & all for a good price. There was a showdown between this Asus & a Gigabyte, while the Gigabyte had on board AC Wifi the Asus had a 3rd Fan port & that won the case.

CPU: Wanted Intel, It'll be able to handle all that tasks it was designed for.

Memory: Wanted low profile; also I trust Corsair they do a good job

HDD: Wanted a WD Red in case I leave it running all night & I figured it'd have a longer life running @ 5400 RPM; probably will install a M.2 SSD later on down the line.

PSU: Few choices, this one was modular, 80+ gold, & included the short style cables.

Optical: Wanted something, might upgrade to blu-ray when price lowers

GPU: *Coming Soon (750 Ti or 960)

Benchmarks: *Coming Soon

Final Remarks: omg that was a hard build xD. There is VERY little space for cable management & you gotta really tuck them in good. The PSU intake holes don't line up with my PSU which is odd since the case & PSU are made by the same manufacture, about only half of intake fan bringing in air. The instructions don't have good pictures on the different screw sizes. @ least 1 fan is making an annoying sound, going to lower RPM, but I might replace all the included fans. PSU mount is a pain until you figure out the trick. Despite all the negative things I've mentioned you'll either be able to work around any issues or except them. If your planning to build please plan ahead & watch ytube videos on how others did theirs. Also if your planning to upgrade anything in the future please hold off until you have them money for what you want b/c its going to be a pain to take %80 of the build apart & put it back together. Also try to have a partner & lots of lights.

PS. I still love my build

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU, if your looking for budget gaming or just a solid CPU this is your man

Motherboard

Great reliable/solid board that if it has all the features you want you should definitely own one. Only nit pick is I wish is came with Wifi onboard.

Case

If you know what your getting into with this board then I absolutely recommend this ITX case. My only grips are: I wish is came with slightly better case fans (but they'll do); The instructions are horrible, it has 1 sentence for every part of the case & I can't tell what each screw is based off of the instructions (so previous experience required); Must figure out the PSU bracket trick. Despite these grips i'm still very happy with my choice and if you want a Xbox One sized computer this is your man.

Power Supply

Great PSU, personally for my build I wished the modular cables were easier to bend or orientated differently, but I got them to work so 5/5

Optical Drive

About the only affordable slim drive on the market, you will have to buy the slim to full sata adapter separately, but since the next one up is $80+ for DvD or $150 blu-ray its a fine choice.

Operating System

After you get it up to date (W8.1 w/ Update) & install Classic Shell (or equivalent) its the best option on the market right now.

Keyboard

Awesome battery life, range, & durability. Recommend any day.

Mouse

Its a great option, but since there has been 2+ revisions since its debate I'd go with the newer options b/c they fix my 1 grip about grip.

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Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

You know how to shop if you can get all this for $0! +1 from me ;D

Great Job!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

A nice tidy build in a small tight case!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it. +1.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I have almost the exact same build, i3-4150, H97, same RAM but blue and a 750Ti. I would recommend going with the 960. I'm actually going to upgrade my 750Ti to a 960 in the next couple of months.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you going to get the ITX 960 from EVGA, a reference design, or one of the full sized cards?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I'm going to go with the PNY blower style.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you be willing to sell me your 750ti? Lol

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely. I'm located in Houston, TX

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

oui, me too m8, how much would you go for it?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Grab the GTX 960, some are going for $189 now. That would be a great complement to the build. I have wanted to use this case. Good job!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Also to anyone who is going to preform this build i'd recommend a WD Green over the WD Red. I'll be more quit, use less power, & you'll get more storage for your $$$. Also long as you turn off your machine or leave it on over night as minimal as possible they'll probably hold up as well as the Red series.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and I certainly agree with your comments about planning ahead and the like. I just completed my ML07B build and ran into the PSU in-take issue, the screw issue and the fat finger issue. I appreciated the tool kit picture at the end ... a touch is critical as is something to pick up the screws when they drop. I believe I have the same 4x pliers set that you have.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I know. It was definitely a difficult, but rewarding build. Even with the stock fan I can barley hear anything.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, I am plant in doing a similar one in a bigger case (as it will be used mainly for gaming but partially for a media center) definitely looks like a nice build!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig there! I have the same case and noticed that you have it sitting vertically with the GPU below the PSU instead of the GPU above the PSU (as I do) . Is there any particular reason for this??

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I looked up pictures on the manufactures website on which way they sat the case vertically & I copied them.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw a review on the case awhile back. I heard it did have some heat issues. I am getting the case but I was wondering if you are encourtering any heat issues. I saw another piece that I can't remember where that someone had to drill holes into the case and that solved the heat issues

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

No heat issues here

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Good deal I recieve my case Thursday withthe rest of my parts

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build bro, I'm planning to do the same build on this same case, did you run issues installing the slim optical drive for this case or it worked out great let me know thanks.