My second SFF build.

Warning! Aforementioned parts do not fit in the case. Choose thinner GPU or smaller CPU heatsink. I had to bend case frame in one corner to fit all parts in. Fortunately there are no visual marks. But you should look for better options.

Other things to consider:

  1. The build in extremely tight! Prepare proper tools. You should also have enough time and patience to do it. (I had to disassemble and then reassemble the system three times. But that's just me.)

  2. My current airflow configuration leans to positive air pressure inside the case (3 in, 1 out). Need more time to evaluate it.

  3. Two bottom fans (NF-S12B) connected to the GPU. Unfortunately ASUS GPUTweak II software is limited in fan speed curve tuning (50-100% speed only). I would prefer more flexible approach. There is still an option to connect it to the motherboard though.

  4. Back fan (NF-A12x15) is working in pair with CPU heatsink fan (NF-A15) which is more powerful. I wonder if back fan would bottleneck an exhaust. Need more time to evaluate it.

  5. There was no RGB sync cord with the motherboard or GPU so the GPU "Aura" if out of sync for now. Though ASUS web site says ***RGB extension cables are included.

  6. There are two white leds on the GPU next to power connectors which are always on. Didn't find a way to turn it off yet.

PS. I am very satisfied with the result. A1 aesthetics makes it perfect for me.

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I used to think that an A1 had a lot of room inside until I saw this build. Good grief, that thing is packed in there tight! I like it though!

  • 18 months ago
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This is most impressive, and I thought my build was tight. Sucks that u had to modify the case. Also seems like a pain to do anything about the fan configuration now like with the bottlenecking a12x15 fan situation. I too felt that way in my build when I had the back fan set as a chassis fan. My solution was to y together the nf-a15 together with the rear exhaust so that they were in sync acting as push/pull. However obviously they are likely pushing mismatched CFM of air. I may yet experiment with another config too but honestly the thought of diassembling the cooler again makes me want to not do it. It makes me go through a lot of thermal paste. What do people think? Does the thermal paste have to be wiped off and reapplied every time the cooler is dismounted and exposed to air again??

Edit: I believe u mentioned that you y’d together the cpu and read exhaust fan. Are u using any of the other fan headers on the board? They can all be pwm controlled in the bios or asus OC software. Also, I don’t know about the new rtx cards but there shouldn’t be any extra cables to sync the RGB between the mobo and gpu. It should both work with the aura sync software through just the pcie

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

how does the asus 2080 strix run because i feel like getting one for my new build?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps on load????

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point


How does it work?

I went to one store and employee advised me something won't work with A1 tower. I am not much experience so not sure if it is a good fit for the CPU, motherboard and graphics cards

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Tight fit! You mentioned in the disclaimer that you would either need to use a thinner GPU OR smaller heatsink, would your GPU fit without any extra case modding and an AIO? I'm looking to upgrade to a similar ASUS GPU at 304.80 mm x 129.54 mm. Looks like your card is 299.72 mm x 130.30 mm. Judging from the pics, looks like length is a non-issue, and the SUPER is thinner by about 1mm. Any other things I would need to take into consideration?