Description

This is my first build. I only do causal gaming, and this machine will work as my software developing work station. Not so a pro for OC yet, but so far so good!

Part Reviews

CPU

8C16T is amazing at this price! I've been using laptop with 2C4T everyday for work, and R7 1700 is like a king compared to that. CPU usage rarely reach 50% if I play nba2k17 and sniper elite4. But honestly, I feel I could have saved $100 if I went with Ryzen 5, which I think would have adequate computing power anyway.

Motherboard

Not a lot of choices for AM4 itx MB. The WiFi comes very handy.

Memory

Very good looking, even without RGB. I chose this because Flare X was too expensive for me. This item has the same CAS rating as Flare X, and the mobo takes in the 3200 frequency with xmp profiles.

Video Card

This item had bigger price drop so I opt for this one instead of a 1050ti. And this is not SC version and its heat sink is the thick metal style, like the intel stock cooler. This card has no problem with 1080p gaming, should be good for 3 years I guess.

Case

I wanted a case that is movable if needed, and I don't have to sell it if I move. I researched major models under $80, this one is perfect. Some case are not compact enough, like termal take v1, and some case is too compact and limit the option of air cooling. This case has the balance of both sides. You can put a big heat sink, and you don't have to pay the premium for SFX PSU. Inspired by some blog and I flipped the entire placement up side down, and opened a 120 mm fan hole at bottom as intake. the rear fan is also intake, and top fan and pus are exhaust. The fan comes with case is an air flow fan and has limited static pressure, and the led died after 2 or 3 days. Added a deepcool 350 rgb strip and the whole windowed area became much more attractive!

Case Fan

Pro: Silent & Accessories from the package. Con: Ugly & Low static pressure, under performing if with obstacle in air passage

Case Fan

Very powerful fans! Not a lot of noise if pwm it to low speed, I really needed static pressure fan at the bottom because half of the air path is blocked by gpu, the NF-P12 just not pushing any air if running below 1000 rpm.

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you use for storage? I can't find it in the partslist.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Crucial MX300 525GB, it's a used one and I forget to put it in.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, very nice! I love a good ITX build! This case is a bit smaller than the Thermaltake V1 you say? That's the one I got for my build a few months ago and it's fairly compact and portable. I wonder how much easier a case like this would be to toss in my backseat! Great stuff, love it.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

this case feels a lot smaller and very easy to carry. I can put it in a sporty backpack. thermaltake v1 is more cubic and it offers more possibility for water cooling. For compact cases, the psu position is the main difference between models. It could be either beneath the mobo(not compact enough), like thermaltake v1; over the mobo(can't do fancy heat sinks, and weaker air flow), like CM elite 110; or beside mobo like this metis.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I am 22 days late, ha, but I have to ask: how big is this backpack? I love the layout + size of my V1 but if I ever decide I want a smaller case (perhaps for air travel), I would definitely consider the Metis, assuming this backpack it can fit in isn't huge! I am also wondering your CPU temps because I am getting absolutely phenomenal temps in my V1 with my 1600 + Wraith Spire and 3 fan setup. Thanks for the response.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

The backpack is not huge, but it is somehow deeper than common ones. You can grab a shoe box and get a feel of how big it can be. It is shorter in length and thicker. For cpu temps I had over 75 in prime95, And I don't think the wraith Spire is any better than a $30 after market air cooler. You said you have 3 fan in V1 so there must be very good air flow in and out!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow, nice to hear how tiny that case is! I definitely may consider it in the future. And yeah I love the cooling in my V1. Originally had 2x intake and 1 exhaust but ended up switching all 3 fans to intakes with the air blowing out of the holes on the right side. Seems to be the best solution.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

did you change the orientation of the case?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

yes, I modded the case a little. the panel with window and mesh holes are swapped, along with internal frames, So mobo is above gpu and this allows hot air from gpu to rise naturally. I also cut a 120 mm fan hole at bottom as intake, blowing outside air to gpu and mobo space. After rotated the layout, the psu fan can also suck part of the hot air from gpu and exhaust from there.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this question is a month after your post, but I'm about to order this case and wanted to see how easy it is to swap the orientation so the motherboard is on top. Is it pretty intuitive as long as I've got a drill and dremel?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not have to mod anything to get the orientation swapped. For this case, all the structural parts are detachable. There are basically 6 panels for each side and 2 internal frames behind front and back panels(the ones with window and mesh). The only caveat is that, the PSU don't get swapped, so after swapped, the GPU is at bottom and it is really tight in length if not touching the PSU fan guard. I have EVGA 1060 single fan, and I cut the curly plastic edge off so it can fit. A evga 1050 single fan will fit in because it's shorter. If you use a sfx PSU then may be some other choices out there!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect thanks for the help!