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H'OKAY SO,

This started out as a serious desire for a teeny tiny PC that wasn't a laptop. I wanted to be able to take my PC to a friends house without having to drag my other desktop around anywhere. (H440 liquid cooled $3700 monster.) I was looking at the NZXT Manta, The Phanteks Enthoo mITX, and a bunch others because I wanted a nice case but they all grew off me pretty quick as they weren't very small. I considered the Silverstone SG-13 but that left me wanting something pretty. That led me to Bitfenix. Almost. After a while I found it. The Caselabs Bullet BH2. This case is perfect in almost every way for my needs.

The CPU: "Why didn't you go with like... a 6700k, man." Because I wasn't trying to spend a stupid amount of money this time around. I decided on the i5 6500 after seeing my local Microcenter had it for $179.

The GPU: "Why not the 6gb model." Because shut up. I saved $40 this way and the 1060 3gb has roughly the same performance as a 980. (Roughly) Which is all I need seeing as this is just a portable gaming rig. If it can run BF1 on like medium I'm happy.

The SSD: "But, bro..." I know, I know. Why not the 850? Well after looking at a literal bajillion reviews and comparisons of the 850 EVO vs. the 750 EVO, they're the same performance wise. Shut up, yes they are.

The RAM: It's red, and Corsair is awesome. That's it. Needed at least 8gb. Didn't really care about speed or CAS this time around.

The cooler: Okay, so, the Cryorig C7 is pretty nice. I was iffy as I haven't used an air cooler in.... well... 6 years. I've been liquid cooling or using AIO coolers forever and this little guy keeps the 6500 at about 65°C on load. Which is pretty neato. (Used the Cryopaste that came with it.)

The PSU: It's frikken adorable. This thing was so teeny (phrasing) and is modular. 450 is honestly all I needed to power the 1060 at its adorable 120W power draw.

I ended up needing a fan hub... splitter... thing... because the B150I from MSI only has ONE case fan header. (Shenanigans right?)

The case: Okay so this was the part I loved the most. I ordered this case in white with 2 windows and handles. (Because who doesn't want to do curls with their PC when they think no one's looking?) It had enough room to fit the MSI GTX 1060 3gb Gaming X version. Which is awesome. It also has really nice fan locations so airflow was no issue. It could also easily fit a 240 rad on an AIO cooler or MAYBE even have a custom loop in here but I'm going to avoid that for now. Who liquid cools a 1060? (Besides totally me.)

Let me know what you think, berate me for not getting a 1080, give me input, and most importantly, I hope you enjoy.

Winky Face

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Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Build looks good and i like how that case looks to bad it costs over $200
(as most good looking cases are)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

What case is this? I saw this on PCMR and am interested.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Its in the parts list as a custom part "CaseLabs Bullet BH2 mITX Case with Handles and Dual Windows, White"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The Caselabs Bullet BH2 :) they have other form factors as well like the BH4 and BH7.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the description. People should shut up! +1 for the beauty build

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for being able to fit your hands in there and get the build done.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Tiny hands master race lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Hooray for Bullet Cases!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Nicely done - good to see someone put the Bullet under air and not try and squeeze in a loop. I would have ditched the top fans and gone with a M9 Cryorig cooler ... but, ok ... fine.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to do that but (allegedly) it doesn't fit. But that was according to measurements available online. Im sure if I remove the whole fan bracket it would fit.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Really? CaseLabs says that the BH2 has a cooler clearance of 143mm. Cryorig says the M9 needs a clearance of 124.6mm. That is over 20mm. Seems that it will fit if you lose the top fans.

Cryorig have an origami cooler height tester that you can d/l and use to see what will fit and what won't. http://www.cryorig.com/news.php?id=58&page=1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I MUST have read something wrong then while I was picking parts... Meh either was the C7 actually performs way better that I expected it to.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha says budget but price is 1300 Upvote from me

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Btw the i5 6500 makes perfect sense to me here, why buy the 6600 when the 6600k is like a few dollars more and the performance is good enough with a 1060 and really why would you need a 6gb card, the 780ti was great and is on par with the 1060 with also 3gb of vram. Anyway who needs a 1080? I have one, it's amazing but I don't need it. 1060s are good, except they don't have sli support.... (I sli my 960s with my i5) anyway great build!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

My thoughts exactly!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

BH2 is the real deal. That's my dream mITX case when I get around to building that.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I regret nothing lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to hear. Enjoy that mobile monster.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Do the 2 GPU fans spin together at 60c? or only 1

and did u had any issue with it?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

they both kick on at the same time at a very low rpm. And nope absolutely no issues with this GPU at all I'm actually ridiculously impressed with it. 10/10 would GPU again.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

what is ur gpu idle temp while fans don't spin?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Just above room temp usually. Around 25-30.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet little build. Thanks for posting!

I was trying to figure out if an MSI 1070 would fit the BH4... and your photos confirm it wont. :( The 1070's power jacks are flush with the top of the card, whereas on your 1060 they are recessed juuuuust enough for you to fold those wires over and get the cover on.

On the whole how quiet is the rig?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

A tower cooler would probably helped in cooling this PC's cpu, but I like the color choice.