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I've wanted to build a tiny portable desktop for so long! Inspired by Linus' video. It's so cool and exciting how small and light it is and have a full phat desktop experience with something like it.

The case doesn't include instructions of any kind so took a minute to figure out a few things. And the only fully modular flex PSU I could find is the geeek custom one from Taiwan. But that one's more expensive once it is kitted out + shipping and whatnot. So I figured I just get the SilverStone one, cut the SATA and Molex power cables and swap out the fan with a Noctua or Noiseblocker 'cause MY GOD the fan is loud!

Using a 6-pin female to 8-pin male PCIe power connector for the GTX 1660. No issues so far.

Anyway, some quick stats: Played DooM 2016 at 1440p on Ultra settings for about 20 minutes. FPS averaged at 100+- CPU temp's high was 63 c GPU temp's high was 82 c.

Pictures are next to an NZXT S340 Elite and a tissue box for scale. I forgot to take pictures of before/internals. Might take a couple later.

UPDATE 11/15/19:

So finally got around to this. I did cut the SATA and Molex cables off the PSU. Made closing the case SO much easier! And I replaced the fan with a Noctua A4X10 FLX and it is virtually silent. I can't believe it but the build is completely silent at idle! When playing big 3D games the GPU fan ramps up a bit but it isn't that loud and falls more in the "white noise" territory than it does "annoying". Very satisfied with this!

Considering getting one of those portable USB-powered displays and a controller and having a little on-the-go machine.

UPDATE 12/21/19:

Swapped out the CPU cooler fan for a Chromax version of it with white rubber corners. Fits the build and matches the GPU on the other side a lot better than Noctua's standard brown/beige combo :P

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

That is such a small case, I didn’t even notice it in the first pic. Really cool build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks! Even though I built it I'm still in a little disbelief on how little and cool it is!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought it was a power supply in the first picture. This thing is almost comical. I love it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering why the psu was outside the case lol. Nice build

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I took it to work for show and tell and several people there also thought it was a power supply :P Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

This is how big almost every desktop should be

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I do wish this form factor was more common outside of low power parts in commercial spaces.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

CUTE CUTE CUTE!!! I wanted to use an RTX 2070 so, unfortunately, I couldn't go with the Velka 3 as the RTX 2070 cards that fit are no longer for sale and can only be found on eBay for over retail. Luckily, the Velka 5 is only a little larger and will fit everything I need comfortably. I'm so excited to get mine, hopefully the wait isn't too long :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha thanks! It's super cute! I worked on it some more today and made it virtually silent at idle/light loads. So happy with it.

I initially was looking for a 1070 ITX and could not find one at a reasonable price. But you should post your Velka 5 build when you're done! I'd love to see it :D

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

That's great, I'm happy that you're enjoying the build with all the little mods (way more impressive than the YouTubers). Hopefully I can get my Velka 5 soon and I'll definitely post it :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha thanks so much! Looking forward to seeing your build :D

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I have a small question..... whats with the opteron sticker?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Haha my buddy put that on there as a gag and,,,, I left it :P

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice

  • 23 days ago
  • 2 points

Seems to me you've done virtually everything right with this build in the Velka 3. You've not gone daft with the CPU such that the Noctua L9a struggles to keep it at workable temps and you've changed the Flex PSU's loud fan for the 40mm x 10mm Noctua (as demonstrated by Ali Sayed of Optimum Tech). I also think the black anodized case is the most appealing of the three offered by Velkase. So a huge +1 from me!
I relish this case coming back into stock as I'd love to give it a go. Currently I'd go for a RTX2070 as I think the system deserves it. Here's hoping manufacturers design more powerful Flex PSU's and a next gen say 3080 ti or 3080 Super card in itx form as these would offer mouth-watering options for future Velka 3 builders.

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

Hey thanks for the compliments! :D

I considered going with the RTX 2070 ITX but I (at the time) for the life of me couldn't find one. But for now the GTX 1660 crushes anything at 1080p no problem. Which is where I wanna go with this build. Planning on getting a small portable display, couple of controllers and one of those keyboard+touchpad combos. All of that would fit in a backpack. So when the wife and I are traveling all we'd need is 1 outlet for AC power and BAM! (:

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

You're welcome & stay safe if you do get an opportunity to travel any time soon 👍

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

Of course! Appreciate it :D

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Any tips on cutting PSU cables and fan swap?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

For the cables: Make sure PSU has been unplugged for a bit and be super careful. Use an anti-static bracelet if you got one. There's a hidden screw under one of the stickers. Cutting the cables from the inside is most efficient. I used electrical tape to cover up the cut ends. When you're closing it make sure all the cables are still inside.

For the fan: It's gotta be a 40x10 mm fan. It LOOKS like a 40x20 would fit but that's totally not the case :P The Noctua 40x10 FLX fan that I got came with an adapter to fit the two pin header inside the PSU; however the power/ground cables on it were reverse of what the header needed. If you use that adapter you'll need to pull out the two wires and reverse them. Very fast and easy to do. I found this guide handy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9xeg_3eREc 04:55