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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!

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  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

16gb of DDR4 RAM for $70? You just won a lottery

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

I hope the ram prices go back down :( kinda want to do another build with Ryzen this time around

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice budget build! How the fart did you get that RAM for $70??

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I got the ram last summer, and prices were much more agreeable back then

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

cool build! 1+!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build! shoulda kept using the box.....i mean common cardboard is the best XD

+1

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel like the cardboard box had better airflow than this case though :D

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

oooh that 570 looks cool

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I know right? It looks a lot nicer in person

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the TU100B, love this case but unfortunately it isn't great unless you mod it with a few more fans for airflow. I agree with wanting to go with Ryzen, I had no idea there was a 570 itx version so I might look into this with a ryzen itx motherboard.

What a great time for PC gaming !

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

So I started using the fractal venturi hp 140mm for the front, and have it facing outwards. I think this has helped a lot on reducing the GPU temps. I thought about sawing a 120mm hole in the bottom, but I'm too lazy right now. I saw that noctua released a slim 120mm fan, so that's something I'll look into soon.

I agree that it's a great time to be a PC gamer! So many options, and high end 1080p gaming costs around $800! And acceptable 1080p gaming for $500 ish! (+ OS + peripherals of course). I saw a 75hz 1080p IPS Freesync panel go for $80 ish refurbished ($120? new) a few weeks back so if that's not affordable for entry to mid level gaming I don't know what is

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get a 140mm into the front? I guess if temps start to rise with future cards then hole sawing would be the only option. Yes the NF-A12x15 is perfect for this case, I don't mind modding as I have the PC-Q21 which is very small and perfect for 1080p gaming, as for the monitor go for it !

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The venturi has corner pieces included that allow it to be mounted in a 120mm fan mount

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for an awesome build. Btw, did u buy your RX 570 off of SuperBiiz?? Thats where I'm buying the exact same card, and they're currently out of stock, so I was wondering if you found that they were out of stock

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I bought mine from Amazon! They had same day delivery too so i couldn't resist

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, same day delivery is very tempting so I don't blame you. I'm on a pretty tight budget, so... yeah

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 just for that cardboard box setup

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome. I love the cardboard case. There has to be some way to mod a case with that has the cardboard outside so your PC looks unique! Cool. I have 4 mini-ITX builds and three use the Scythe Shuriken. I replace the Scythe fan and use a Noctua NF-F12 PWM fan but BLOWING DOWN on the motherboard. It always gives me better cooling, and on the build that uses a 6600K, oc'ed to 4.2 Ghz, the cooling is critical. I use a REAL SFX power supply, not the SFX-L versions, so that gives me more room for the increased CPU fan size. One of my ITX builds uses the Thermaltake Engine 27 cooler which looks amazing, and really works, but the CPU is a non-K 6600 in that build, inside a Silverstone SG05B-white, with an ASUS R9 Nano White graphics card.
You have inspired me to research the cardboard options though! Could be some humorous solutions! Congrats on a great build!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Originally the plan was to blow the air up and have the PSU fan facing in to blow the hot air out. The fan scrapes on the heatsink when it's oriented that way, so it's blowing down now. I haven't measured yet but I think there isn't enough room for a non-slim fan there

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Why u no use amd

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD didn't have high performance ITX boards or CPUs back then. This was before Ryzen

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