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[Pootie Dragon Mini-itx Build]
A weird name, yes, but this build's name fits along the lines of the stickers that I used on my ssds. Puglie pug is the artist and calls the pugs little poots or pooties, hence pootie in the name.
This is computer is my fourth build/ Second SFF (Small Form Factor) build and definitely the cheapest one of all four.
The total cost of this build hits about $30 USD cheaper (shipping fees not included) than my Midnight Galaxy (SFF) build. The case only contains SSDs (2 x 2.5 drives and 1 M.2, each 512 GB
Compared to my last build with the Raijintek Metis Plus case, the pootie dragon's case from Geeek, the A60 (acrylic) definitely up the build difficulty level x3. It especially tested my patience in the assembly and wiring areas, which I will explain more in a bit. (Don't get me started about my case fans either since this case was meant AIO cooling only....)
This build too about 10 hours (including time for recording and fixing some parts)
TL:DR version *The Pootie Dragon is my fourth SFF Build and was a good challenge to work with a custom acrylic case. This was the first time I got to work with a case that required assembly. *
For more details, please read on and see my parts reviews.
I have benchmarks from 3dMark and Superposition, the last four images. Overwatch is the only game I tested and the FPS highs are 85 FPS/ lows are 60FPS
I decided to do a fourth build because I had a second ASROCK Fatal1ty B350 Mini-itx Gaming/AC mobo and didn't want to leave it by it's lonely self.
(I thought I killed the first ASROCK mobo in the Midnight Galaxy build because of a faulty bios update and I got another one until I realized too late that all I need to do was Fresh install the system again)
Going with another SFF case made sense to me being that I didn't want to have a large case around. Plus, this case is quite portable if I need to bring it to different places.
The battle of the cases was between the RIOTORO - CR280 or the Geeek A60. I ended up going with the Geeek A60 case because of its size being the closer to the Metis Plus (the RIOTORO was a little to big for my taste). It was more expensive because Geeek's custom case is made from acrylic from Taiwan and their PCI-E riser cable was extra (it was easier to buy the riser cable from them instead of trying to find the right one by myself).
The case in picture 8 came with all the pieces that are labeled and the acrylic pieces had their protective linings. Instructions for the case were online and were a bit unclear and the screws are easy to strip. There are these fasteners that have to be attached with screws on the pieces that then slide into the grooves of the metal bars. I wasn't able to decipher the instructions (wordless unless you count the works to not which screw was which) that I had to twist the fasteners with a screw until a few hours later. I was wrecking my brain as to why everything was so loose and kept popping out, then this REALLY late realization came and all was fixed.
The legs were the second most annoy thing to install because the screws that came with them easily stripped the acrylic holes. They were too short (in my opinion) and wiggled too much after they stripped the holes. Double sided mounting tape came to the rescue helping the legs be a little more study. See Image 20
Wiring was a bit tough to work with because you had to work with a small space. My choice of SF PSU was the Corsair SF 600, because it was the cheapest, did not have ketchup/mustard cables, and was all black. Most of the wiring is not noticeable because the SSD plate is covering it. All the wires had to be flattened underneath the PSU where the power connectors were. The fan is facing the back of the SSDs, which I'm a bit concerned about the heat dissipation in the future, but so far no issues. see image 18
I did accidentally nick one of the psu cables while cutting off a zip tie as I was trying to manage the cables, so I had to cover it with a bit of electrical tape.....
For cooling, the Geeek A60 case seems to be a side intake and top exhaust case. Furthermore, this case I think was only supposed to be used for AIO cooling, not standalone fans. The fans used for the air exhaust were from my Ryzen Comet build, non-rgb NZXT 120mm Fans. All the screws that Geeek provided were not long or thick enough to hold the fans, so I had to scrounge around the house looking for screws and bolts that could hold them. By the mercy of the PC gods, I had found bolts long enough to hold the fans as well as bolts and washers that could hold them. see images 17 and 22
GPU installation was a bit of a tight one as the XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX just barely fit through the bars. I purchased a PCI-E Riser cable through Geeek and it worked out perfectly. It was a bit taunt when I screwed it down into place. Behind the cable is the Silicon Power M.2, which I am also concerned about heat dissipation, but it seems to have a decent amount of space to let the air flow.
A small acrylic block is being used to hold the gpu bracket in place. It's not as straight as I want it to be, but as long as there is no issues between the monitor cable and the connector on the card, I'm happy.
I went with a Ryzen 7 1700 being that it's going to be snappier than a ryzen 5 2400g. Though it's not as powerful with 16 gb, it'll be good for some light streaming and decent gaming.
Also Be aware that this case attracts dust and random particles like a magnet, so using compressed air on occasion is a must or even a micro fiber cloth.
Very quick and great cpu!
I haven't had any problems with this board for my mini-itx build. It came back from the dead. Though I'll have to keep an eye on the built in bluetooth, because it can stop working on me one day (I have a second ab350 board and the bluetooth had stopped working)
I used them before in my previous mini-itx build with the same mother board and it works like a charm! I can also reach the maximum speeds!
I got these for a steal on amazon for $60 each. What better than having a slightly over 1TB of drive space with 2 ssds? This will be a snappy computer!
It's not as powerful as an nvida card, but it seems to have some good smoothing and FPS highs. I've tested it on Overwatch and it's pretty smooth, I'll try streaming/ game recording and see what happens
It works great so far, even with one of the cables nicked and covered with electrical tape!
This is a pretty good m.2 so far, more surprised that it was about the same price as the regular 2.5 in ssd I have in this build.. Even if its tucked behind the motherboard and a pci-e riser cable, it stays a cozy 40C and does not get any higher. It's super fast and loads Windows in 4-5 seconds.