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I present, Midnight Galaxy, my tiny build using mini-itx. Snowball from Overwatch makes a guest appearance! (made it for my Beekeeper Mei cosplay)

youtube video: https://youtu.be/peCOHyn_zZk

EDIT: 6/22/18 /// Case headphone replacement and better wire management

** Earlier in the month, I had some issues with the case's 3.5mm headphone jack. Every time I put a jack in, the power cuts off and won't turn back unless I twist the headphone plug or pull it out.

I got in contact with Raijintek and got a replacement usb/hd audio component in a few weeks. Since I had to move the psu to replace the faulty component, I did some wire management and boy, is it hella cleaner.

For comparison, Image #12 is my first wire management attempt, the next one Image #13 is after I replaced the component.

For this one, I wanted to challenge myself with a small build, plus I wanted to use this as an htpc and mini gaming system for the living room. Since I had two atx builds down, I was ready for it.

Dood, did it give me a challenge. Even with small hands (not baby hands), I had a hard time working with wire management and putting the case wires on. Most of the wires were pushed to the left side, as shown in my attempt to organize them.

The build took four hours to finish, however just trying to organize the wires took about an extra hour or two.

The Metis-plus case itself is sleek, nicely made aluminum case. It is easy to disassemble and put back together. I just wish there was better space for wire management. The Cooler Master fans and AMD spire CPU cooler are for the most part quiet. There is a low humming present somewhere though. One of the fans might be hitting a wire, so I'll have to look at that. The rgb lighting on them is bright and clear. Sadly, asrock is not able to change the rgb on the adata xpg spectrix rgb memory, but it looks sleek.

For the gaming and video portion, I used a Gigabyte geforce gtx 1060 6gb Mini Itx oc card. It can easily reach up to 144 FPS on overwatch. I'll do more testing on other games. The build runs on Windows 10 Home Edition 64 bit, which is installed on an Adata XPG Sx6000 128 GB M.2 SSD. This is the first time using an M.2 SSD and I love it. It's so snappy and quick. A 1 TB HDD 3.5 7200rpm drive is on the bottom of the case for some small storage for games and other media

I had an issue with the case in terms of the headphone jack. If I plug it in and twist it a certain way, it will shut off power to the computer.. It will boot back up after I remove it or twist it another way. If I need to use headphones for whatever reason, I'll just use the back headphone jack. Being that the audio will go through the HDMI cable on the tv, I should be fine for now.

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  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

This build looks amazing, and gives me a bit of confidence that anyone can build a mITX or mATX build :) And +1 you made this build look great.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

aw! Thank you! (≧▽≦) This build definitely tested my patience for the wiring.

It you decide to build any of the minis, you can do it!!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. This build is really cool man. I have been thinking about building a mITX system for my syster, as she likes to play story time games. Seeing this build makes me really want to build one for her. +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you ! And Go for it! Mini itx cases , especially one this size can be a pain in the butt, but the portability of these small builds make up for it!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy crap this is tiny. Amazing build.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Itty bitty. :D, Thank you!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Strange that you went with an apu considering you have a 1060..... Other than that, nice build!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah.. I was thinking if this was overkill, but I like just that extra oomph.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Any tdr_video_failure BSOD's with your build?

I have almost the same build...

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Nw3vZR

Just keeps bsod'ing randomly.

https://www.reddit.com/r/AMDHelp/comments/8zyoc3/video_tdr_failure_atikmpagsys_with_ryzen_apus/

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

So far I haven't seen any issue with my build, mainly it's being only used for youtube right now. I don't really overclock it besides increasing the ram frequency

Before installing Windows, did you check to see which bios version your mobo had? You may have to fresh install your amd graphics drivers, whatever is used for the 2400g. Since I have an additional gpu, I just relied on those drivers.

Also, I would check your ram. I looked up your part number with the Fatality memory qvl and did not see it on the list. If you are trying to go over 2166, that's probably the reason. I did that with my ram to try and go to 3200 on this build and had to lower it till it worked at 3000 or slightly under to stop the BSOD

If that doesn't work, I would definitely think of buying mobo compatible ram

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you have to update the BIOS to make the mobo work with the processor? Which vendor did you purchase the mobo from?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

The mobo was 2000 series ready, so it said on the box. However, I'm not sure if I did update the bios or not. I do remember having to download something from the Asrock website. I would just check in case.

I purchased my asrock mobo via outlet pc.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! I'm building something similar with this case, but I'm having trouble with a 3.5 inch hdd on the bottom. Doesn't seem like it can't fit in the direction the mounting holes are, so it has to go sideways. Looks like you have it sideways in this build, but then how do you mount it? Thanks!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm so sorry I didn't see your post till now. I think I just moved it around until it fit. I know there was an issue with the wiring, but I think worked around it. If I remember correctly some of the sata wires have that L shape connector and a flat one. I used the flat one on the actual hdd and used the L connector on the motherboard. If that is the issue, then that may help your issue.

It also depends on how your mobo is design wise and your wire management.

This is where I put the screws on the bottom of the case. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RBb6d28RPUaQphTKilrO6Dz23CxHFuox/view?usp=sharing

Let me know how its working for you.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow after taking another look it totally lines up with those other two holes, so I just put those two screws in and it's all good. Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad to hear it worked out!!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi could you help me out with this build? I basically copied your build but upgraded the cpu. Do you think this will run or be to hot? Can the cpu cooler even fit? I see you don't have one posted.

https://de.pcpartpicker.com/list/wWxwXP

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Trzuidis! Nice choices for your mini-itx build! From the looks of it, the pc will run. Just make sure that the cpu gen is compatible with the mobo. The noctua fan you have selected will fit the case as it is low clearance. A plus is that this noctua fan is known for good cpu cooling.

The temps in my build are not too high because I haven't really done gaming with it, mostly just used for video streaming. There is some warm air, but I haven't really seen the temps spike over 70-75 C as the highest.

One thing I would suggest based off of my own experience is to get a sfx psu if you can spend a little more from your budget or can find one at a steal for the similar wattage and energy rating. The atx psu will fit, but the wiring will a tight one, but manageable. Definitely tie your cables as much as you can and use all the little crevices the case has.

You'll probably have better cable management ability that I did because I have a 3.5 hdd that takes up a bunch of space. Your ssd can go behind the mobo where there is a special spot for ssds.

I hope this has helped and let me know how the build goes. Have fun with your build! :D