I travel a lot for work and love gaming. Got tired of burning out gaming laptops from long sessions, so decided to build this SFF gaming PC to bring with me on my travels. The rig had to be completely air cooled since I'll be transporting it on planes, and still be a reasonable travel size.
I chose the Core 500 case because it was big enough to fit a full size GPU, and accommodate the larger CPU cooler needed plus multiple case fans. And the Core 500 was still small enough to fit inside the carry-on size Pelican case (BA22 Elite), but it just barely fits! The case was a great choice. I was able to fit everything and route the wires in such a way to provide a large open airway central to the case without too much trouble. The only downside is the case is on the heavier side and so the entire build inside the Pelican case weighs 30lbs exactly.
My only complaints about the Core 500 (aside from the weight) was that the mounting for the PSU was not great, and the build quality of some of the case screws and the slots they screw into is poor. I had to mount the PSU upside down to be able to connect the extender cable (right side up the front panel of the case conflicted with the extender cable). This worked out better in the end for airflow though. A lot of the screws for the case cross thread very easily, especially the 4 on the back to hold the lid in place.
The Noisy Boi title comes from the 3 Noctua case fans. At higher loads these guys get LOUD, but the air flow is amazing! I set up fan curves for each that would keep the load low and ramps up quickly from 50C to 75C. At <40% load the fans are hardily audible with the case closed up.
It took me a little bit to get used to the mobo bios software (first time using ASUS ROG mobo), but once I did I loved it! It was so easy to calibrate and set up fan curves, and just had to enable the XMP profile to automatically set the RAM speed to 3000MHz. I haven't tried to OC the CPU/GPU yet, namely because this rig will be connecting to hotel TVs (at best they are only 1080P, 60Hz, a bottleneck to the 1080ti on base clock), but the software looks easy enough to navigate for this.
All of the benchmarks were ran in a room temp of 84F. I did a 2.5 hour gaming session in the 84F room with the case closed up and temps of CPU/GPU/mobo PCH hit a max of 56C.
I haven't traveled with this yet, so still gotta see how that will go over with TSA and the airline and everything, but hoping everything goes smoothly.