So, I have always wanted a small portable PC with a handle that I can take anywhere. So I decided that the PC-TU100 would be perfect, because of its tiny suitcase form factor, aluminum construction, and sturdy looking handle. Unfortunately, there would be a lot of compromises that would have to be made, and I knew that going in.
The compromises are mostly CPU cooler height, graphics card length, and thermal constraints. I began building this during the summer of 2016, so CPU choice was simple enough, because I had a price range, and Ryzen had not released yet. The 6600K, although a bit hot, has been quite capable when playing Overwatch, or running CEMU. I initially chose the Scythe cooler, because it was supposed to fit in the case, but later found that the fan would run into the power supply. After filing some notches in the PSU mount, the PSU was moved farther away from the CPU cooler, giving room for air to flow. When overclocked, the CPU kept reaching 100 C at automatic voltages at 4.2ghz, so stock speeds are recommended. I may try delidding in the future, because some people have luck with that. Temps get much better after undervolting to 1.175v, but each chip is different, so YMMV.
So before the case came in, I was impatient so I tested out the setup inside a cardboard box, and went to my first lan party like that. Don't worry though, it had an exhaust fan, so everything was cooled properly. This was before I purchased a GPU. This was also when I found out that you can actually overclock the Intel graphics.
Since I use Freesync, the GPU choice was difficult as well. At the time of building, the R9 Nano was overpriced, while the next highest performing short AMD GPU was the R9 380 2GB, which was being phased out because of the RX series. Unfortunately, even though the RX 480 and 470 reference PCBs were short, no board partners released short GPUs in that performance range. That caused me to buy a 750ti for $50 + some EVGA folding points to wait for a smaller midrange AMD GPU.
So the RX 570 pulse itx came in about a week ago. My impressions of it are that it performs very well, but due to bad airflow in this case, it runs very hot. I removed the drives from the floor of the case to the top area, which seems to have helped somewhat, and have turned the case fan around so that it exhausts hot air out the front. This seems to drop the temps slightly, but I have yet to do any real measurements. This card also has another problem: After heavy load, sometimes it will refuse to lower the fan speed, and gets a bit stuck at the highest fan RPM even after the temperature has gone back down. To temporarily fix the problem, if you go into Radeon settings, and make any change and press "apply", the fan returns to normal. I will eventually try a driver reinstall if it annoys me too much.
Anyways, this build has taught me a lot about building computers, like how to properly do cable management. That was a huge pain but was really rewarding. Thanks for reading!