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Metis Steam Machine

by biobrent


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Date Published

Aug. 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.176 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz


This build all started off by me seeing a video of a build where the Raijintek Metis case was used and me immediately falling in love with the case. I then came to find the case goes for pretty cheap, and with a little arm-twisting* from a friend, I bought the case (which I want to mention the case does come in various colors but they were all more expensive options at the time).

If I was going to be building this computer, I wanted to have a reason for doing so more than just "I like buying computer parts". I already have a more than capable computer, but I do have some interest of possibly converting my main computer to a micro-ITX build in the future. Other than that, I'm intrigued by SteamOS, and Steam Machines. I have no need for one but for the time being my m-ITX build is my Steam Machine.

Parts were chosen through a filter of black/white theme, good reviews, recommended parts for the Metis, and price/sales.

Building went pretty smooth for me given that I had done my homework on recommended parts and build order (connect cords to drives and motherboard before inserting the motherboard and power supply).

  • Arm-twisting in this "case" is my friend saying, "Why don't you just buy the case and go from there?"

Part Reviews


Was looking for a cheaper processor that has good reviews for gaming. So far it's living up to it's billing!

CPU Cooler

This thing is beautiful and quiet. I did a test boot before building and the heatsink fan was the only moving part. I ended up turning off all the noise-makers in the house to see if I could hear the fan. I couldn't.


Has all the features I'm looking for, clean looking BIOS, very sexy.


Beautiful and does its job well!


You should know what you're getting with an 850 EVO.

Video Card

This isn't the best card on the block but we all should know that. I wasn't looking for the best card, I was looking for affordable, small form factor, and at least 2GB of vram.


The reason I made my build. Not a fan of no thumb screws, but I can live with that given that I, hopefully, won't be needing to open the case too often.

Power Supply

Very impressed by this power supply. Jonnyguru agrees.

Case Fan

Very pretty, very quiet.

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Dunder 1 Build 4 points 43 months ago

I love this case! Ive had my eye on it for a couple months now. +1

arhayden 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Newegg flash had a decent deal on them a month or so ago

Growliff1234 3 points 43 months ago

I like the case ! I'm excited to see what goes on once the prebuilt steam machines are produced and distributed... I might have to put in another HDD and run SteamOS on that to test it out for myself :P

biobrent submitter 3 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

It really is a pretty case and super affordable! I as well am interested in how the Steam Machines will do. So many questions around their existence and how well they will do. I'm super intrigued by it though. Also I'm very much looking forward to the Steam Controller!

Growliff1234 1 point 43 months ago

The Steam Controller is in my Steam Wishlist ( With about 10 other games ) :P

But, are you pleased with what the 750 Ti is doing for you ? I see you wanted minimum of things but, when put into games how is it ? I just ordered some parts that will be paired with an R7 370, I know the 750 Ti and the 370 perform nearly alike.

biobrent submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Honestly, buying the 750 Ti was to help prevent me from buying a more expensive card ( I really want to get my hands on a SFF Asus GTX 970).

On the other hand, the card is certainly worth the $100 I paid for it (B-stock from the EVGA website). I just did some quick testing and guessing on fps since I don't have any on screen display for such things although I'm reading that it's possible on SteamOS.

All games were played in 1080p

Borderlands 2 - High settings, 40-50 (Game has a 22-62 fps "smooth" setting which works pretty great)

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs - High settings, 50+

Shadow of Mordor - Medium, around 40-50.

Talos Principle - Somewhere around medium/high, around 50

Rogue Legacy - Great

For the hell of it, I hooked up this computer to my 1440p monitor and checked out Shadow of Mordor and Borderlands 2. Shadow of Mordor tried to default to some 62% resolution. at 1440p though (still on medium settings, the fps was somewhere below 20, but looked pretty sharp! Genuinely impressed with Borderlands 2 though. Frames and gameplay were identical to playing at 1080p.

I feel that I should also mention that all of this is purely anecdotal, obviously, and in no way scientific...obviously. :)

I hope this helps, and good luck to you on your build!

Growliff1234 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks :D

azianbubbletea 4 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

Whoa and here I was thinking I'd be all original using this case in my next build xP.

But you mentioned seeing a video and if I had to guess would it be the one with LinusTechTips in it because that was the video that got me to buy the case.

biobrent submitter 3 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

Ha, you know it! Linus saying "probably" in that video is incredible btw. Good luck to you on your Metis build!

azianbubbletea 4 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

Thanks man, heres to getting my new build up and running before the end of the month!

biobrent submitter 3 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Heck yeah, I hope to see it listed in the completed builds in a few weeks.

arhayden 4 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Have my own Metis Gold case and gold theme build coming up, seeing this only makes me want to get started on it more. Love the build and let me know what you think about SteamOS, Currently building another computer and going to put SteamOS on it.

biobrent submitter 3 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Thank you for the kind words! I'm jealous of your gold case! Granted I wanted every color but had to choose one. :)

I have two different perspectives on SteamOS:

The first one being that I've had Steam for quite a few years now, and have a few years of experience with Big Picture Mode.

  • SteamOS doesn't really present anything that I haven't already seen or messed around with.
  • Everything works like it does on my Windows computer, I just have a smaller library of games that I can play on my Steam Machine (which is also an even smaller list if I'm just trying to play controller-supported games).
  • I do have a Steam Controller pre-ordered though and am looking forward to trying out mouse & keyboard games with it.

My other perspective is looking at my Steam Machine as a brand new video game console and comparing it to other consoles that I've seen and used.
- SteamOS works wonderfully. - It's sexy, simple to understand, and easy to get to the shop, my game list, friends list, and websites. - Everything feels seamless where other consoles stores feel completely separated from the rest of the OS. - It supports almost every type of controller there is available today! - In a day where video game consoles are released with very few games playable at launch, Steam Machines will have hundreds of games playable, including AAA titles.

Other thing of note is since I have a custom built Steam Machine, I have a console that can have every part be upgraded. Granted even though the Metis case is small, it doesn't compare to the pre-built Steam Machines (man, those things are sexy).

I really do hope for the best for SteamOS and Steam Machines. I want to see where this takes us, and how many developers will retroactively add SteamOS support for their games.

arhayden 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thank you for taking the time with that reply! people like you are why I love this site, I'm gonna install SteamOS tonight on the rebuilt machine tonight, and I plan on getting the Steam controller as well but still skeptical on it.

skarklaw 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

I built a gaming rig with a gigabyte gtx 970 in this case after seeing Linus' video and i was warily happy with it. the temps were ok, but i knew that once summer kicked off i would not be too thrilled. summer cam and i was right. the temps were too easily going over 80c under load. i ended up getting an n-case m1 (which i salivated over but had already bought the Metis (for a song). the temps weren't much better but that case at least offered me multiple options. I ended up installing a corsair h100i gtx.

Anyway, I put the Metis case away for a rainy day. seems my daughter wants a pc to play the Sims 4 and Minecraft. I told her i'd build her one for Christmas... seems the rainy day arrived and here i am looking to see what others have done with this case (actually i was looking at builds with the i3 chip that i thought would work for her). I think i'm going to use that itx gigabyte gtx960 to future proof a little.

biobrent submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Just went and looked at your Metis build and now I remember where I got some of the ideas for my build, haha! I made note of all the problems and advice that I read in yours and everyone elses Metis build, and it certainly made my experience building with the case go rather smoothly.

I haven't read many good things about the temps people get with the Metis. I didn't make a very demanding build though and so far it seems to be running fine. Given my situation of having SteamOS on it and not wanting to figure out how to get an on screen display for temps, all I have to go by is noise and touching the case. I haven't heard fans kick up to an audible noise level and the case hasn't ever felt too hot, so I'm pretty happy about that.

If I ever decide to make a more demanding build to put inside the Metis, I can see me having a fan mount modded on the top of the case. The more likely scenario I see myself doing though is just buying a different fancy ITX case (I'd certainly be ok with the In Win 901).

The i3 processor would be a great choice for your daughter's build and I don't blame you on the 960. I feel that I should mention though that EVGA did release a 4GB version of the ITX GTX 960. I kept contemplating getting that card instead of the 750 Ti I bought, given the voucher for MGS5 and slight future proofing.

Trexrocks42 1 point 43 months ago

Why did you spend so much on the mobo when you could of gotten a better cpu and cheaper mobo

biobrent submitter 3 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

My concern wasn't the best processor but rather a highly reviewed cheaper processor for gaming (which came down to this or the G3258). Picked up the i3-4160 since I got it for a pretty good price.

As for the motherboard, I kept going back and forth between the Asus Z97i-Plus and the $50 dollars cheaper H97. On one hand I don't need a Z97 for this particular build. On the other hand though, I keep thinking about the possibility of building a m-ITX gaming powerhouse (long story short version).

There were a few other things in this build where I contemplated about going with more expensive options but ended up sticking with the cheaper option. The exception was the mobo.

LeeJn 1 point 43 months ago

Hey, you didn't go wrong with the i3+750 Ti combo if you were looking for good performance on a moderate budget. I plan on doing something similar: putting an i3-4370+GTX 950 inside a slim HTPC case. Could you tell me what kind of temps and acoustics you get? It would really help me better estimate what to expect of my planned build.

I see you noted how loud your pre-build bench test was, but that's not very informative given the limited load the system experiences when tested in such a way.

biobrent submitter 3 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Hey there, best of luck on your build!

Acoustics - Barely noticeable. It has to be quiet in my apartment for me to hear it. Haven't experience temps to cause the fans to kick up.

Temps - Given my lack of knowledge on Linux, I haven't even tried installing any sort of temp monitoring app. The only thing I have to go by is the hand-touch test. I've read about people getting some crazy temps in the Metis and given it's an all aluminum case, it would be hot to the touch. Haven't experienced that at all. Along with what I mentioned, haven't had the fans kick up to an audible level from temps.

I did a good amount of research with this build to make sure it wasn't going to be overheating and noisy. Most bad cases I read about is from using larger PSUs and longer and/or open-air graphics cards. If you can find builds with your particular case, that'd certainly help you choose appropriate parts.

LeeJn 2 points 43 months ago

Thank you very much for your information. Personally, I am fine with anything under 70 C for the CPU and 80 C for the GPU, so your hand touch test is very likely to be just fine.

Once again, great build and I appreciate the information.

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biobrent submitter 3 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

The cable management was the best it could possibly be for how small of a case the Metis is. This particular PSU comes with short flat cables which I highly recommend for cases this small. I do have a picture provided with the top removed and you can see there's only so much that's possible cable management wise in the Metis (particularly if you're using an aftermarket heat sink).

I have seen other builds that used standard ATX PSUs in the Metis, so it is possible, you are just limited to graphics card length and possible airflow restrictions.

Best of luck on your build!

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biobrent submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thank you for the kind words! First thing, that heatsink is beautiful and whisper quiet. I had seen a forum thread where a guy was trying out many different parts in this case and this was the cooler he recommended for it. I as well recommend it, but can't really show any numbers for load temperatures given that I have SteamOS on the system which is linux based, and I don't know the first thing about linux!

I went with a locked processor since I wasn't looking for anything crazy, also had read too many issues with lack of heat ventilation with the case (Recommended that you use the back fan to pull air in and route air through and out the power supply which is at the front of the case. Also have seen people who mod a fan at the top of the case, given there's room if you aren't installing an HDD). At the same time I wanted to make upgrading a bit easier by going ahead and getting the Asus z97i-plus (I may even buy another m-ITX case if I go for an upgraded overclockable build).