Description

I had an amazing time building FARORE (one of three Golden Goddess' from Zelda folklore), which is a Mini-ITX build for gaming, video editing, and is 100% VR capable! My main focal point was to keep everything under $900 which brought the entire setup, including the Oculus Rift, to right at $1,500! The RVZ02 is one of the best looking ITX cases on the market and I was able to route my cables to perfection using the Silverstone SFX 450W modular PSU! I hope this build inspires someone to make something great!

Now, lets get into the specifics of this build:

CPU: I went with the Skylake Core i5 6500 simply because I do not plan to do any CPU overclocking in this build. I wanted a true quad core at a minimum of 3.0Ghz. I also wanted to have USB 3.1 on board (which I will get to) so this ruled out any AMD options in the mini-itx realm.

CPU Cooler: Stock Intel cooler

Motherboard: I went with the Gigabyte H170N-Wifi motherboard simply because it was the only ITX board in stock at my local Fry's that was of the Skylake platform and had USB 3.1 on board which I wanted for future proofing this build for future accessories. This is an excellent board and I had ZERO issues installing it and configuring the BIOS once everything was said and done.

Memory: Patriot Viper 16GB (8x2) DDR4 at 3000MHz memory (down clocked to 2133MHz). So far so good!

Storage: A-data 128GB M.2 SSD running Windows 10 Pro 64 and mounted on the underside of the motherboard in the M.2 port which I have to say is VERY convenient and is 100% accessible from under the GPU panel of the Silverstone RVZ02 case. Solid and fast, nothing more to say! I also have a 500GB mechanical drive that is just a place holder for a few steam games and rendered videos which I will be replacing very soon.

Video Card: The highly sought after XFX RX 480 Black Edition GPU! Handles all games at 1080p 60fps in Ultra settings! I wrapped my GPU using gold carbon fiber vinyl for a custom look that bodes well with my Zelda theme.

Case: The Silverstone RVZ02B-W Mini-ITX case is an excellent, slim form factor case that looks best in its upright position. I had a great time building in this case and cable management, although a little challenging, came out better than I had planned! Overall I would rate this case a 10/10 for design, build quality, and function!

PSU: Awesome little 450W SFX 80+ Gold PSU from Silverstone. It's a bit pricey but it includes so many features that are well worth the price! A breeze to install and cable management is made much easier in a case such as the one in this build. This specific PSU comes with flat modular cables which is a HUGE added bonus!

Fans: N/A

OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, the reason there is no price is because I get Windows 10 free from my school.

I also created my own Triforce decal using gold carbon fiber vinyl. The Gold NES "Legend of Zelda" cartridge you see is a modified USB3.0 128GB SSD that I use as a scratch disk in Premiere Pro! I really enjoyed building this PC and its been a BIG improvement over my previous Haswell build. I'm not 100% done with this build so expect an updated version. I still want to add a slim/slot loading blu-ray drive, a 1TB hybrid HDD, and a 2.5" SSD. So that about sums it up, I'll be around to answer any questions you all have.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

I love the personal touches you put into this build. Superb setup, enjoy the VR!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you kindly!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a pretty capable PC for under $900. Kudos! Such irony though it's Zelda themed on a PC with an Xbox controller. ;) I love that you have that cartridge as an external HDD.
I made a similar one with the same case and controller. I painted the case to match the controller. You can check it out on my builds if you like! I'm currently making a Captain America themed build for my brother using this case.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I've found that Zelda is best played on a PC with an Xbox controller lol! Ahh, the cross platform days are here! The cartridge is actually an SSD and it holds an NES emulator and the Legend of Zelda rom for good measure! And since I own the rom from the original cartridge, I can emulate the hell out of the game to my hearts content lol. I'll be checking out your build. I have a super hero build in mind that will be making its way onto my YouTube channel for my "August" build, I won't say who it is just yet, you'll have to check back to find out... :P

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm really tempted to use that Case now ;) +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Go for it! You have my vote.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work with the cable management in that case!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

You just inspired others to use designs like those on their pc's.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Every time I build a PC, I try to make it memorable in one way or another and I haven't even put forth the effort that I know I am capable of. I hope to bring a whole slew of awesome new builds to PCPP in the coming months!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, this is nice I really like it.....I used a GeForce GPU on mine cause I am streaming to my NVIDIA tablet.......still this is a nice build, amazing job!!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! I'll be checking yours out.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

The GPU and Triforce are so snazzy. I can't believe I've gone this long without even hearing of using vinyl wrap on a PC. Your entire setup looks good.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm going to be doing another set of upgrades to the entire build so keep an eye out for that.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

this build is amazing :) and your setup just made my jaw drop this is what pc gaming and pc building is all about :) +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

if you want a disc drive have a look at this https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/XZx9TW/panasonic-optical-drive-uj265 as for a 2.5 ssd have a look at this https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/PXXfrH/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7ke128bw but boy i think you have a very good "link" between the computer and legend of zelda i think that any of the zelda characters would happyly use this if only they would know what it is!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build man! I consider myself as a big zelda fan! And I had never seen something like this before! But hey how did you create this triforce made of carbon fiber vinyl? With a printer? Or some kind of mode?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I used gold carbon automotive vinyl wrap and cut the design using a craft vinyl cutter.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, i have the same motherboard as you and i'm wondering if the rx480 went in ok for you, and how much room was there spare? I made a post as i'm worried that if I buy an aftermarket rx480 that it wont fit due to a backplate/extra fans etc.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/173836-gigabyte-h170n-wifi-gpu-width-compatibility

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

My case uses a PCIe riser card so my install wouldn't be the same as yours for reference. However, I just looked at the card and you should be completely fine and quite possibly should have a couple mm to spare regarding clearance from the I/O panel audio input shield. I wouldn't hesitate too much on this because the backplate literally sits less than 3mm aft of the card.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply, yeah I just noticed you have a riser installed.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

BEAUTIFUL!! +1

How was it using the vinyl on the GPU? I've never even considered that possibility, and it looks like a nice, cost effective and reversible solution

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha! Found your build! We were talking the Other day via IG

Nice cable routing the only thing I would add is routing the usb3 cables under the pcie raiser card screw mounting area. There is a looot of space there to tuck the cable and have a cleaner look

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice customizations, especially the Triforce decal using gold carbon fiber vinyl. I like it and it inspired me. Thanks for sharing.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your cpu temps looking like? I just got this case with an i7-7700 (non oc) and it idles around 40 degrees Celsius. I was wondering if that was on the high side or not. (Cryorig C7 cooler) Great looking build btw.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got to show this to my sister who is a huge Zelda fan. I almost feel bad for stealing the Wii time when we were playing through Twilight Princess...

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice PC but my only question is why not just get 8gb of RAM and a gtx 1060? You will probably have lots of throttling with the RX 480 in a mini itx case

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Two reasons...first, if it were only used for gaming then 8gb would be enough but Adobe after effects kills my pc even with 16gb! Second, the gtx 1060 wasn't out when I purchased the parts for this build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, the way the 480 was designed with the blower style cooling solution, I don't experience any throttling since the card is able to pull in fresh air from the side panel and exhausts the hot air out the back of the card. With the case in its upright position, this is very optimal and there are no other components around the GPU generating extra heat for it to dissipate.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds good, was just wondering. I'm considering upgrading my r9 380x to a 480 or 1060. How loud is the 480?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't really hear it at all and my case doesn't have any additional fans that would drown it out. I'm not sure if this is just the xfx card but it's hardly noticeable even when gaming or rendering!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm really considering selling my lawnmower 380x. The thing sounds like a space ship taking off at load

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you narrowed it down to be the gpu by reducing the rpms of your other fans in BIOS? A long time ago I used to think that my GPUs were loud as all hell on boot up but come to find out it was the chassis and cpu fans! Once windows booted up everything would quiet down but for the longest, I thought it was GPU related. These fans can be controlled most of the time in BIOS.