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Tiny and Tidy

by Lavazutra


Its has been years since my last build and I owned myself a present...so I got me one. I wanted something relatively small since the Pc will sit and decorate the living room acting as a media server, playing machine and....work (damned IT I just cannot escape you). I had some parts laying around and I just got the main components, I5-8600k cpu, MSI Z370m Mortar mobo and 16gb dual channel Gskill Trident Z @ 3200mhz. I did some modding with acrylics and vinyl stickers as well just for the fun of it.

I am waiting till mid-end of summer to get a decent VGA (gtx 1060-1070 most probably) at a reasonable price.

UPDATE 26/6/2018

I replaced the cpu cooler with a BeQuiet Dark Rock 3. Man this looks awesome. And yes....the Q300l can accommodate taller cpu heatsinks than the 157mm claimed by Coolermaster. The DR3 is 160mm tall and I still have 2-3 mm clearance from the acrylic side panel

UPDATE 29/10/2018

After a loooooooooooooooooong period of waiting I managed to get a GPU for this build. It's a Gigabyte GTX 1070 Xtreme, that I got second hand for a decent price!!! That GPU is huge! By doing so the psu got a mandatory upgrade. I went with Corsair's RM750x.

Finally the build is complete! Couldn't be more happy and excited!

UPDATE 10/11/2018 Added Phanteks black/grey extension set.....cable management was a ***** but it turned out ok with a little bit of planning.

UPDATE 21/2/2019 Added a Soulblaster Z sound card (stock audio wasn't that great, you can notice it by listening to high grade Hi-fi speakers only though) I sent my 1070 Extreme to gigabyte (RMA) and they kindly replaced it with a RTX 2060 Windforce! Yep I do feel lucky! I am expecting the card this week!

UPDATE 30/3/2019 The Windforce OC (rev1) was....let me say that as politely as I can.....a FAILURE. The gpu was hitting constantly 83 degrees under any kind of game / load., the fans were rattling and the card sounded like a train. I send it back and I got a Gaming Pro OC. This thingy on the other hand....works like a charm, quiet and cool! E.g. 60c with the fans at 60-70% while playing AC Oddessy @ 2K ultra over an hour. A big plus the discrete RGB Gigabyte logo.

Extra: i modded the case's front panel by increasing the size of the holes from 5mm to 8mm, that increased the airflow by a lot. Plus I added a 5mm rubber spacers (I used the ones that CM provides for mounting 2,5inch drives) between the case and the fans that made the 2 140mm front fans significantly less noisy at higher rpm.

Part Reviews


It is a small beast. Great performance out of the box and huge overclocking potential....if you have the proper cooling cause the chip runs a bit hot. If you are not into gaming or overclocking go for the 8400 model. It was build just to beat the Ryzen 5 1600 if you ask me.....

Thermal Compound

Great thermal paste. A bit pricey for what it offers. If I could go back I would get the Artic MX-4. Same performance less money. It did drop temps about 2-3C compared to my previous paste (cooler master IC value)


Everything runs smooth on this Mobo. Plenty of tools to play around/calibrate, nice stable bios. Well designed and many features on it compared to other M-atx models, specially for the price tag.
The only thing that I didnt like is the RGB handling....way to simple and plain compared to other brands.


Fast, stable, keeps the temps down, and excellent monitoring tool. What else could you ask for?


For the price tag....it is awesome. Small and specious, good looking and easy to work with. It has some minor issues though. 1. No antivabration mounts for the 3,5" HDD 2. Acrylic side window....dust/scratch magnet. 3. the pre drilled holes in the front panel cause air turbulence, which leads to more noise at high fan rpm (140mm fans)

Everything else is good and well thought.

Case Fan

Value for money fan! Good looking, well designed and dead silent

Case Fan

Value for money fan! Good looking, well designed and dead silent

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jeremysb 2 points 10 months ago

Nice compact computer graphics right there. Like the aesthetics. Keep building these computer graphics, bro.

Lavazutra submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! Those were temps. The permanent ones are on the way! ;)

jeremysb 2 points 10 months ago

Cool man, I can't wait to get started on my computer graphics build. I just started a new job and haven't built a PC since the early 2000s. Hopefully, I build some nice computer graphics to handle anything thrown at it for a reasonable price $$$.

nove1398 2 points 4 months ago

How do you find the temps to be with air cooling? I am starting my build with that case too.

Lavazutra submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

If you don't really push the overclocking and stick close to the default cpu clocks the temps are ok. I prefer aircooled solutions than AIOs for various reasons.

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I love that look! (You may want to consider posting more pictures of your awesome build.) Even though it's just an umm.. work machine; at your price point you may want to consider a basic graphics card (something like a 1050 ti will do). I think that UPS is a great idea!

Lavazutra submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I will upload more pics soon. It's a bit of everything....you see me playing Assasin's Creed Origins and 10 minutes later troubleshooting a server or creating report form for work. I had a 750ti 2bg and I sold it.....graphics cards are not cheap these days!

ivanflinn 1 point 10 months ago

Dude try the 1030 oc by gigabyte, its 100 (cad) and is a freaking monster with overclocking!

MichealJoeden 1 point 11 months ago

That looks like a cool setup

Jumpest 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Lol smart man waiting the vga. IF you can wait all the way to August u could land urself a 1170 or smthn lmao

Lavazutra submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

It will depend on the price. I dont want to spend too much on a VGA. I am not a hardcore gamer to seek 2k/4k gaminig....I am perfectly fine with 1080p. But....a 1170 is more than welcome if the price tag is within my budget

Jumpest 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Rumours are roughly 500 bucks

Lavazutra submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Hopefully the previous models should get a brave price reduction...

SlyDraco 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

great build howd you do the graphics inside? im about to buil with that case thats a great idea

Lavazutra submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

It was made with acrylics, RGB LED's and sprey paint (black & white)

blackknight9943 1 point 2 months ago

Hi, excellent build, i want the masterbox q300l and i have a dark rock pro 4 (162.8mm), but i am not sure if i can put my dark rock pro 4 in this case :(

Lavazutra submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The case specs are up to 158mm. The dark rock 3 is 160 and it fits easily, there is a small gap left between the heat-sink and the acrylic panel (roughly 4-5mm). I think that 163 might be too much, unless you are ok with the heat sink touching the side panel. But that depends and on your mobo-cpu

pizzadude63 1 point 1 month ago

i think you tagged the wrong gpu

Lavazutra submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Nope, this is the gpu currently installed the pics were outdated till now. Thanks for the heads up though!