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MM - Mini Modern PC

by mikro90

Description

The aim of the build was make it:

Small - Decent looking & compact sizes. Case was first part I have been looking for. Also I took lot of time to make "research" of cases on market. Real name is Cooltek U2 and suits for m - ITX format with volume of 15,2 l. Weight of whole rig is 6,2 Kg. Material is decent looking aluminium. During the building I changed rear "exhaust" fan with Noctua NF-S12A to make better airflow & quieter and remove back grid behind fan. It is suitable to the living room as well.

Silent - Without HDD and fully controlled fans, include monitoring PSU, my build is completely quiet in 2D / idle mode. It means all fans could be completely off thanks to big cooler on CPU. My current setting of all 6 whispering fans is set to 300 - 400 RPM. In 3D / gaming mode noise level is barely audible in room. The most noisiest part is video card with 60% RPM and more.

OC & Airflow - As I mentioned above, choose the right case was the biggest problem. Fortunately all parts suits inside with almost no space reserve. Because of big CPU cooler assembly and disassembly is not easy. It takes lot of time and the order of steps at assembling must be successive. Fully modular PSU is connected to motherboard with monitoring USB cable. With Corsair RM650i you can monitor PSU’s efficiency, power in/out, temp and Fan RPM. In idle mode, power in is 40-50 W, in gaming mode 200-220 W whole rig. Before purchasing of case I have read positive reviews of case’s airflow. PSU as second "exhauster" helps lead away warm air from inside. The airflow direction is from bottom to top-rear. The most influential part of warm inside is video card. This part has the coolest air at the bottom of case what is very helpful for it.

Parts:

Corsair RM650i and NH-D14 are overkills maybe, but good for update in future.

New Skylake CPU is economical with good OC.

I have added second storage with faster speeds, because EVO850 was not enough for gaming, etc... (last picture compares speeds - right one is m.2).

Upgrade:

  1. I replaced original fan from PSU (picture n.7). Of course, I am aware of that I lost 7y waranty, but now in case there is fully Noctua, what is best fans. Additionally I put slim-profile fan between CPU cooler and video card. Width is only 14mm. (pictures 11-12).

Disassembling & assembling:

Trust me, it is a long story, you don’t want to read that ;)

If you have any questions, feel free to ask, I can add more photos afterwards,

Cheers.

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ngsieuviet1999 2 points 30 months ago

Unique build, the parts go perfect together. This build is sick, no bad at all !

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Doesn't look like you can close it! : P

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

You can do! ;)

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Really? Nice! Good work then!

UltraMagnus69r 2 points 30 months ago

Cool build. One giant fan, end to end. Awesome.

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks, I have no more ideas how to "upgrade" it. The case is FULL.

vitexo 5 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Nice build. That case is so hard to find:) Your PSU alone is 1/2 price of my build lol

colbyrene 2 points 19 months ago

Do you think you could have fit a dh15 in there as your cooler? Or would the excess 2mm of length and 5mm of height not work? Trying to build in this case much like you have

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Dude, this is maximum u can use. dh15 too big

Reprisalgaming 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Im still debating between 1060 and 1070 gaming card. Nice build by the way!

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

1060 03GB is best price/performance. It is issue of your budget

Trinergy 9 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Matching headphones. I never seen anyone match anything to Noctua. Well done. Way to pack it all in there.

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Lol, thanks!

Metal48 1 point 30 months ago

Where did you buy the case and is it hard to build in?

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Slovak shop. I had to wait for it for long time. Check new cases of cooltek.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

You have a nice build but what you did with that RMi 650 is cruel.

You destroy a 10 year warranty to change the fan which IMO is great.

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Ive never seen anyone replace the stock fan on a PSU before, but this was a tribute to insanity! Surprised there isnt a slot that was cut into the bottom with an intake fan blowing straight onto the GPU.

igorBOSS 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

I had to change the one on my hx1050 because it's a first gen corsair with fan off technology and it's method of cooling was to set the fan to 100% until it cools down. Takes 5-10 sec but it sounds like a turbine. This was every few minutes while gaming so I had to replace that with a quieter one, but a brand new 650i should not have anything wrong with the fan. They should be very quiet already. There are very few instances where you would want to replace the PSU fan.

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Ive been building PCs for years and I have never replaced a PSU fan and Ive never seen a custom build do it, nor a boutique build shop like Puget do it either. I guess OP may just have OCD or insanely sensitive ears.

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Ive seen people do it with the CX series and even the silverstone SFX psu... but doing it to the RMi.

twinn 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I have to agree with you here. People tend to lose their heads over Noctua. I slid a little down that slippery slope myself. I mean, they're great fans, but there are certainly more noise-efficient ones out there. The RMi's stock fan was likely one of them.

It's a wonderful build otherwise. I like that case a lot.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

People tend to lose their heads over Noctua

Yep, guess im one of them.. Im using noctuas with my cougar build..BUt as you said the RMi has a decent fan

twinn 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Noctua is a great manufacturer; they just happen to also be shrouded in hype.

I personally still love Noctua, but I can't bring myself to buy from them when brands like Enermax and Scythe offer better products at 2/3 the price.

pegotico 2 Builds 0 points 30 months ago

I personally still love Noctua, but I can't bring myself to buy from them when brands like Enermax and Scythe offer better products at 2/3 the price.

With scythe their good stuff (gentle typhoons) is in the past. No way you can compare what they make now with noctua.

As for enermax, i agree they are very good but never better than noctua. I have enermax fans, and i recommend them.. I have exchanged the enermax with noctua as they look better but even at slower speeds they are louder so i go back. I know people hyped them but the thing is they perform and are extremely silent which is something i require. I would only compare fans like bequiet and blacknoise to noctua. Im not a biased person, if something is better.. it is.

twinn 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

My favourite stuff from scythe is their cpu coolers. The Kotetsu is surprisingly silent and cost-effective. beQuiet's line is better but less affordable. (I just loooove the shadowrock, by the way.)

As for Enermax, it really depends which model you choose. While the build quality might not rival Noctua's, the Twister Pressure is deadly efficient. It's a little dated, but my main reference comes from this shoot out: https://us.hardware.info/reviews/5770/7/103-12cm-case-fans-review-test-results-highest-efficiency. Not many of these models have seen revisions recently anyway. It's worth noting that I'm not really interested in watercooling, so I pay little attention to sp ratings.

I'll have to look into blacknoise. I've never heard of that manufacturer!

UltraMagnus69r 1 point 30 months ago

I have a qbx myself... Sounds like a jet plan with my 1070....

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Yes, i have to agree with you! But, there was a small piece of plastic inside of PSU was vibrating and doing uncomfortable sounds. I removed it and replaced fan as well. Now it is more effective.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

there was a small piece of plastic inside of PSU was vibrating and doing uncomfortable sounds. I removed it and replaced fan as well. Now it is more effective.

Remember it had a 10 year warranty and corsair has one of the best customer service. They would have replaced the psu without any issues. And no it isnt more effective as that fan is not meant for the RMi psu.

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I didnt want to wait for service couple of weeks. Now everythings works (better). Btw corsair fan was 13.5 cm this is 14 More = better

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thank you for your opinion:)

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Dude, it calls upgrade

finelbell 1 point 30 months ago

I hope the NH-D14 was worth it. It took me a while to install it into my mid tower so I cannot even begin to comprehend how hard it must have been to deal with it in such a small case.

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mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

50:50

bit_rot 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Awesome build! Great use of the case, so cool to see all of those Noctua fans 8)

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Yes, fully Noctua. Thanks, dude!

Lyrix 1 point 30 months ago

The m.2 must get hot as fuuuuuck!

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

How did you get it?

Lyrix 2 points 30 months ago

how did i get what? i just know that the 950 Pro gets up to 110 Degrees Celcius in a PC

raysfan98 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

This is a very good build overall! I was wondering how your headphones, the symphonized wraith 2.0 (I believe), sound? Do you only use them to listen to music? Or do you game with them as well? Again, great build!

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thank you raysfan for feedback. Headphones are great in middle class. Mostly music.

Venenosa 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

This case is damn hard to find, too bad I want it so bad. Also, if found is without the window, at an 80$ plus price at minimum. If I may, where did you buy this case and at what price? I'm really impressed at how clean you've made it look, cable management must have been a pain, hell, the whole built must have been a pain. But 1+ for achieving such a nice, clean and compact itx beast, with good temps too!

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Cable management is the biggest con. Case have been purchased from slovakian shop for 70€. Thank you, I appreciate your feedback!

Konzuug 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

My favourite build on PCPP. Amazing!!!

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

L O L!

Thank you m8.

parsa_strife 1 point 25 months ago

Great build dude! Love the looks and wow that NH-D14 lolol How did that fit in there XD

But hey the case page on PCPartPicker says you can fit GFX up to 8.66 inches while Zotac GTX 1060 AMP! is 8.7 inches! How did that go in there? Is the Zotac actually smaller than 8.7 inches or the room for GFX on the case is actually more than 8.66 inches?

juushh 1 point 23 months ago

+1

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ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

there is no way he would have been able to fit a founders edition in this case lol.

mikro90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

exactly +1. There is no card with that length