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I started with the case, which I liked for its slimness, and its non-boy-racer looks.

Originally I was going to work with a modest thermal budget, but then I read some reviews that used pretty heavy builds crammed inside this case, and I thought to myself, I should build myself a sleeper.

In a nod to efficiency I chose the fastest Skylake available, and put a Noctua NH-L12 on it in single fan mode. The case comes with a slim Silverstone 120mm fan on the CPU-side fan opening, which I left blowing down onto the cooler. This is pretty much what the two-fan configuration looks like, but the slimness of the case fan clears the cooler with a few mms to spare; the cooler's stock 120mm fan does not clear the case cover.

Then I went overboard on the GPU. But the case can handle it. The fan from the cooler went into the empty case fan opening over the GPU, right next to the pre-installed case fan; these are basically blowing fresh air right onto the MSI cooler fans.

All 3 case fans are intake. Given the small volume of the case and the location of the fan openings, the fans are pushing fresh air to the hottest parts of the computer, and the hot exhaust gets pushed out of the many vents around the case.

Installing the video card was a pain, because the bracket + the giant card + optical drive is too long to cram into the case opening. I managed in the end by keeping the optical drive loose while installing the bracket, but afterwards there was no way I could get the optical drive screwed into the bracket. So it is kinda floating around in there, but it's actually not that bad. Perfectly usable this way.

The power supply was the beefiest I could find in the appropriate form factor.

As for the neatness of the build, I wish I had the time and energy to spend on beautifying the innards of this tiny case, but everything is totally functional right now, and I am a pragmatist.

The CPU does get hot-ish under prolonged load, but probably nothing to be alarmed about.

I am not overclocking anything. Well, I guess the video card comes modestly overclocked out of the box, but that doesn't really count. I value rock-solid stability over squeezing every last drop out of performance, especially given the lack of cooling headroom on the CPU side. And this box is already beast enough for my purposes.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 because this compact build is something like what I want to build and take to college (expect I want to use the slightly larger RVZ01 since I can put a Corsair H50 in it).

I wouldn't be worried at all about those temperatures. Frankly, I'm somewhat pissed off my MacBook hits 98 C while playing a MOBA like League of Legends. My 4 year old ASUS from before this never went above 85 C while playing the same games.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! yeah i am not concerned about the temps. i really cranked it for a while to get to the "under load" temps that i am reporting.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, those temps are like after lots of synthetic benchmarking programs?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, gpu temps after furmark, and cpu temps after cpu- rendering a scene in blender.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah I see. Interesting!

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  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Sick! Mini-itx builds give me a chub lol

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

right?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

She's a fine little slimline sleeper alright ;)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

really interesting compact build!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

"Good things come in small packages"

I think I can say this, only because its relevant.

But I do really like your component choice and this build is pretty sweet :) +1

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. I love mini builds

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

This is such a nice build! +1 Out of interest, what are you using this for and what're the noise levels like?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

this is mainly a coding, gaming and light video editing thing. Right now I have all case fans blowing 800rpm at idle, so it is very gently audible on my desk, but I think I may set them to not spin at all at the price of somewhat higher idle temps. When things get hot, and all the fans are blowing in this little case, the noise gets much more noticeable.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

nice, well congrats on a great build, great name too!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, does the power supply come with 8pin motherboard power adapter that has 4 squared ones on them?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

i am not totally sure what you mean. it has an EPS 4+4 cable. there are lots of details at the anandtech review for the power supply, if you google a bit.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

love this build, such an unassuming case with so much power! i do wonder on the mobo choice, with that price point it would be easy to assume an Asus Maximus is inside is all, so i suppose the m.2 was necessary for you.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

i don't think asus makes an 1151 maximus board in mini itx at that price range.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant the whole build. Sorry if that was worded poorly. I just built a mitx machine with the maximus impact, and much smaller budget so I was curious.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

oh i see what you're saying. i guess the gigabyte was just luxurious enough for me, and the extra features of the maximus would be lost on me.

really like your build by the way. is your power supply making noise?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah give a little hiss type noise that is hardly noticeable but still there but that is the sx-600 I went knowing that was a possibility so its fine. Thanks BTW!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

So glad people are catching on to this case. 10/10 OP

My only question, is the noize noticeable? Could you rate it on a scale from 1-10.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

at idle it is a pleasant 2. i can probably tweak the fan settings and get it to 1 or 0. when things get hot during games it's about 5.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice job!

BTW did you connect the USB 3 header? I've read some people have difficulty with the CPU cooler getting in the way on that motherboard.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks. i did indeed, but i had to give the cable a pretty severe bend just above the connector to clear the heatsink. fortunately the noctua leaves a bit of room where the bottom fan goes, but i had to shift that fan a hair away from the stock position in order to avoid putting lateral pressure on the cable and the header connector. your experience may vary, depending on your cooler and your usb cable.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. Again, really sexy build! Thanks for sharing. I just discovered this site a few days ago and I've already learned so much and drooled over so many builds haha :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm crazy late to your build party but I was thinking of doing a build with this same case and wanted to use the noctua nh-l9i ... do you think it would carry its weight in cooling or should I opt for your cooler instead. I may be going with an i5 6600k instead of the i7 so I'm not sure if the smaller cooler would do the trick.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

L9i is not considered a very capable cooler, Just a better alternative to the stock cooler... I have a Zalman 8900 quiet with this case... Big shuriken II, Cryorig c1, cm gemini II, noctua L12, prolimatech samuel 17, Shadow rock lp, raijintek pallas, are also all better alternatives to your choice imho (having read 350 overclock.net pages of the official rvz01, ftz01, rvz02 official club)... Imho if you can fit a Cryorig c1 (some mobos make it difficult to fit the c1 but there's a paper model you can print from their webpage to see if it fits) it will be one of the best you can fit in this case

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I bet it would be fine the vast majority of the time. In my build, the CPU cooler only goes full tilt when I'm running synthetic CPU benchmarks, so in the real world a smaller cooler would probably be totally fine. The key, though, is to make sure that the intake on the case cover will feed fresh air to the cooler, so make sure it lines up pretty well.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! How well does skylake perform? Would you recommend it?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

i recommend it for those seeking efficient performance. it seems blazing fast to me but i am sure i would have felt the same for a top shelf haswell.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

how is the temp. on the 950 pro?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

hey man awesome build! I love that case so much.... I was wondering how your experience with the Silverstone 600W PSU has been? Ive heard that it can be kinda loud and that it sometimes has some sort of whining noise?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

i have not had any noise issues nor any other complaints. when it gets loud, usually the other fans in the box are going as well, and i cannot hear it over the other sources of noise.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Any heat issue with 950 Pro?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

no, but i am rarely stressing the drive. temps are usually around 6C above motherboard temps. the location is quite poor, on the underside of the motherboard with no real airflow, so maybe it would throttle under heavy load, but that is just theoretical.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

whats the cpu temp under load?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

any troubles booting from that Samsung 950 Pro on this motherboard?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

no problems as such, but the boot time is slower than I'd like. I think it's just a matter of tweaking the bios a bit but it hasn't bothered me enough to actually look into this yet.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, I ended up with the same board and SSD and works well for me too

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice SFF build. The more I look into Silverstone cases, the more I want to go Mini ITX. What made you decide on this case over the other SFF cases from Silverstone?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I liked the metal construction and the more buttoned-down looks. I was really only shopping among cases with a similar internal layout and slimness. If you're ok with plastic, I think Silverstone has a lot more options (Milo, for example)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I really dig Silverstone cases. Just got a SG10 and I'm really happy with it. I will go Mini ITX once I'm ready to upgrade and most likely get one of these.

By the way, your build is beautiful. I love how simple/clean looks, yet powerful :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice build! i have just ordered the black version... did you see both colors side by side? what made you choose the silver version?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't seen the black in person, but I'm sure it looks good. I just preferred something shiny, that's all :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry. I know it's been awhile since your build. I was wondering about your choice of two memory storage. Is one just for the os? To increase boot times or something?

Getting ready for the same build. Your photos where helpful. Thanks.

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