Description

I wanted to build myself a "nice" HTPC for streaming and light & retro gaming.

Some parts I already owned, so I needed a nice case.

The Modivio xCase ME did the job. It's a 3d printed case in good quality. I switched from a Streacom FC10 alpha - which is perfect btw - and the xCase isn't far off in it's own way.

Some things where a tight fit, some things I did in another way then recommended by Modivio.

The main difference is that I used a shorter (20cm) PCI-E extender from Cooler Master which allowed a more natural way for the extender cable then the recommended PCI-E extender from Li-Heat.

Because of using the Cooler Master extender there even was room for 80x80x15mm case fans instead of 80x80x10mm fans.

Overall I like the look and quality of the case, the complete system is small for the parts used, quite quiet and can even be overclocked.

Update 26.09.2018:

Switched the CPU cooler from Zalmann 8900 to Noctua NH-L12, and added a self made blower top with 2 Noctua NF-P14 fans. The top is a fully functional prototype, but does not look perfect yet.

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Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build!! Super clean how are the temps of everything?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU, HDD, SDD, Mainboard, Power supply temperatures are good, the only high temperature is the cpu. Around 40 C while idle but up to 80 C core temperature under heavy AVX load. The Core i3-7350k is overclocked to 4.8 GHz with AVX offset -300 MHz.

With a different cooler the temps would be better, but I like the look of the Zalmann cooler and wanted to build a system with it.

By the way, the Zalmann is very quiet even at full speed 1500 rpm. The case fans under full load a louder.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

thats awesome i love the build great job

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

There's something strange with those temperatures. The Zalman can cool 65W CPU very well (check my last build). The reason could be the HDPLEX or maybe it's the CPU iself...

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

that's actually a relatively powerful gaming pc, I suppose it'll handle absolutely everything you throw at it then

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

NIce SFF build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice small build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build! I've looked at Modivio cases before.

Question for you: Why use the 80mm fans as intake? Wouldn't they be better as exhaust, to pull the hot air out of the case? Right now, those fans are pushing the heat from the GPU to the CPU, which may be a cause for the warmer CPU temps.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Pushing the hot air from GPU to CPU - thats an interesting point, maybe I look further into it.

I installed them this way, because of 2 reasons.

1 - this way the fan is safe from cables touching it

2 - the producer recomments it this way, but that might only be true for installing fans at the other case of the side to (so 4 fans instead of 2)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

1: add grills if you are worried. It is a tight fight there, so I can understand your concern.... if a grill is too big, maybe you could use a coarse mesh screen to do the job.

2: if you look again at http://modivio.com/ there is a picture with cool air moving down and hot air getting pushed out of the sides. Right now, you are trapping some hot air inside of your case.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I've switched the case fans direction, now they are blowing hot air out.

1st - system is a bit louder now

2nd - lowerded CPU temp 2 - 6 degrees between combined load, idle and heavy load

3rd - lowered GPU temp 0 - 2 degrees between combined load, idle and heavy load

But I'm working on something better aka "performance top cover". Prototype lowers all temperatures another 3 to 6 degrees.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, do you have the Modivio X Case manual where it instructs how to assemble the case ? I would love to look at it.