Description

So I needed a PC to Take to Portugal to a villa for 6 weeks so I can get some VR/Rift/Vive work done and any 3d work my clients wanted to throw my way.

Personally I love mac's but currently there is NO machine fast enough to handle the VR spec which is why oculus are not supporting macs at the moment and that includes the now way out of date mac pro cylinder 2013. Which had a fantastic Workstation D700 GPU back then... and now it's pretty slow.

So my aim was to build the smalled machine I can carry on to the plane with the fastest card and the pc-q21 is about as small as you get! I looked at the PC-TU100 lunchbox case and the Hadron Air but decided to go for it with this.

The build was pretty easy if you do things in the wrong order.

I had to mount the CPU and fan before installing the Motherboard. In retrospect I should have wired it all up too as it's damn tight in the case.

Certainly have to remove the PSU to do anything in the case. I mounted the Fan facing in which Lian Li seem to recommend and the temperatures have been surprisingly good!

The R9 Nano is a beast and bests my 980 in my main machine. Furmark though up false readings to begin with but found out you need to switch everything to 'Application controlled' - Score was 4554 hitting 80fs at 1080p

Temperatures Idle GPU - 38 CPU 26

max load with furmark running for 20 mins GPU - 75 CPU - 50

++++UPDATE++++ For the Scythe and mounted it at the bottom sucking air in and the temps under load are a few degrees less.

Added images of it packed up for flight - That is a hard case Carry On! ULTIMOCABIN Upright 50cm 50x40x20cm | 30L Even has room for a Laptop and other stuff in the Front pocket total weight approx 10kg 2.7Kg 3.9Kg computer 1Kg Rift + Camera + Xbox controller / stick 2Kg macbook pro

Last few pics are against my Corsair Air 540 - i7 last gen - 980 which doesn't actually score as high!

+++UPDATE+++ Picked up a 40" Hisense 4k TV for £299 to use as a monitor. Amazing resolution and screen space - Not the best for games as the delay is a little high, but that's not what I am using it for. And a 32" 4k monitor starts at about £700. Does need a mini displayport to HDMI 2.0 as the R9 only outputs HDMI 4K at 30fps max - but DP is 60fps.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Lovely bit of kit. Very quiet and fits in my incredibly tiny PC-Q21 build.

Motherboard

Great so far - Love Asus Mobos. The only thing this doesn't have is a USB-C connector which is a shame. But didn't want to get the comparable Gigabyte 170 Gaming as it get terrible WIFI reviews.

Video Card

Beast of a machine in a tiny package. These were 500+ a few months ago and now down to 375. Bests a 980 in a TINY form factor.

Case

These are great. Well made and surprisingly easy to get everything in. My only issue would be that they could have put a grill on the top to add a second fan - There is space for one at the bottom and would have made perfect sense to blast air though the system bottom to top.

If I have any issues I may mod it with a Dremel and put a Fan in. But the temps are suprisingly ok so far.

Power Supply

Really good PSU. Silent even under load Massive fan. Make sure your build can fit a SFX-L though as they as longer.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn that case is Tiny, cable management must have been hell

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable Shovegment!

Luckily the SFX Cables are not very long.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

This should be called a power cube! Amazing how you fit everything! +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I do have a few cuts on my knuckles!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the inspiration, I just ordered parts for a very similar set-up, only 32 gigs and a Samsung 950 PRO M.2 drive. Any tips for building this, so that I'm prepared when all parts arrive? :) And I ordered the 6700K CPU, hopefully there won't be issues with temperatures of it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry been away. Hope it went ok... only tip I could give is mind you hands!

CPU temp should be fine with a decent stack fan.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I want coke now +1

Seriously great looking build, comparison next to the corsair case puts things in to perspective and this PC hardly lacks for power. Always great seeing a nano. Great stuff.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the case, love the card, love the build. +1 for powerful computer on a mild budget. Have fun in Portugal.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the case. Case bro'!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you seen the NCase M1? It would be perfect for you, but I guess it's too late now.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep perfect... but,,, $185 $40 1-2 weeks Air Shipping $30 import duty and Tax $255 for an ITX case is nuts.

Won't even ship till after I leave... Next bathc is 11th may.

this cost $70 delivered

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Quality comes at a steep price, but since I'm in the US of A, I'm preparing to build in it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh I agree it's an awesome case. If they actually sorted out a proper sales channel and I didn't have to wait I might have bought one.

But the M1 is really if you want a full size card - I wanted the Nano R9 and my case is actually a lot smaller 160 x 250 x 338mm - M1 149 x 254 x 244mm - PC-Q21

I did find out that the M1 is actually manufactured by Lian-Li

and you can buy a Lian Li / ASUS ROG Box based on the M1 - PC-Q21

http://www.pcgamer.com/lian-lis-pc-q17-is-a-republic-of-gamers-modification-of-the-ncase-m1/

What is cool at the bottom there is the Q17 next to a pink(!) Q21 so you can see how crazy small the case is!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this case, wish I could build in it but I think the PC-Q01A would be a better option as its wider but still small as the TU100 and this (almost) haha great job mate !

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah didn't even know the PC-Q01A one even existed. Looks great! And NO silly slot for those old Optical thingaijigs.

I'd have stuck to the case I used as it needs to be carry on compatible.... I got a nice Samsonite carry on today and have modded it a bit with some foam to carry the Computer and Rift. I've posted some pics

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job, can't wait to post mine when I get the chance to build again !

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done, You built a "pocket-monster" :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, I like how you put the time into getting it so small. I was thinking of doing the same thing for a portable pc with the best possible gpu for vr. I'm curious how you think the Nano does running vr. Thx +1.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Drives the Rift and the Vive perfectly. Elite / Eve Valkyrie / all run flawlessly. Drives elite at a pretty high ( not sure exactly but smooth ) frame rate in 4K too

The only issue I cam getting is the Rift loses connection now and then. Not sure if that is a USB issue on the MB or the GPU... plug them in and out and it works fine.... Note this only happens when it's in standby - not in use.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't see the slipstream in the pics. Is still there the place under the nano?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes It was an addition after the main build. Tight but there are about 5-7mm between them - Sucks air into and over the GPU.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How thick is the fan, will a 25mm fit under the nano?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

12mm... no don't think a 25mm will

This is the one of the only ones that does.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

And is it an intake or exhaust fan?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It has to be intake, it feeds right onto the gpu intake

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Reckon a 3.5 HDD will fit at the top if I velcro tape it?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the delay - Yes should do - should be able to tweak the SSD / Optical frame

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I wonder if it would be possible to get a small tower cooler in there and use an HDPLEX PSU