It has been quite a while since I posted a new build. I'm going to be traveling a bit over the holidays and a laptop just won't do so I decided to scrounge up some parts from our inventory and some of my own as well to bring you this fun machine. The actual build process was pretty straightforward but the case has a couple unique quirks that I really enjoyed. My goal for this PC was to make something as small as possible that I could easily transport with me as carry-on luggage but would also be able to deliver solid gaming performance while I was away.
I've been wanting to build with the RVZ01 since I saw it come to market and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to pick one up. This case is extremely compact, supports graphics cards up to 13 inches and also weighs in at a dainty 8lbs. The RVZ01 was one of the first cases to implement a riser system support graphics cards in a new orientation as you can see from the pictures. The install and riser process was very easy - a few screws and 2 risers and about 5minutes of work.
I did have a couple issues while building inside such a small form factor though. People, like myself, with larger hands will find that screwing the motherboard into the standoffs can be a pain. The gaps for a couple screws were extremely small and made me wish I had a magnetic screwdriver on hand. When installing the power supply this problem presented itself again. Additionally, the cable that connects from the SFX unit and reroutes to the other side of the case was longer than needed. Normally that wouldn't be an issue but with a small space and thick cable it made management tricky.
The power supply is actually pretty overkill for this build. I had originally planned to use my 7970 which requires 2x 8pin PCIE cables and none of the other SFX units available had that option without adapters so I opted for the 600W Silverstone. When I went to build I swapped to a 980 we had on hand instead. I've actually never used a high end Nvidia GPU so I am looking forward to the experience, playing with shadowplay and maybe even some G-Sync down the line.
All in all, a very fun build that I am really looking forward to using while I'm away from my gigantic 800D. If you have any questions or comments let me know! I apologize if the pictures are blurry; I did the best I could with my phone during the build as I tend to tinker outside of normal working hours.
Quick Edit: I had a couple request for size comparisons to consoles so I added pictures of the case next to an Xbox One and Xbox 360.