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Hi everyone!

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.

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 8 points

+1 for build +2 for case

  • 56 months ago
  • 10 points

Woo +3

  • 56 months ago
  • 6 points

Awesome little build! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 8 points

Thanks! It was a lot of fun.

  • 56 months ago
  • 6 points

I didn't actually realize that it was built by a staff member until I saw your comment reply lol

  • 56 months ago
  • 5 points

Philip uploads most of the builds as he does the actual building for the videos. This one was all me though.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I suppose I would have looked at the username the first time I viewed the build if I looked at the last picture...

  • 56 months ago
  • 5 points

Gah! fingerprint on the cpu! Very nice PC mate, I really like m-ITX builds :P

  • 56 months ago
  • 6 points

Haha, I wondered who would call me out. I have alcohol wipes handy and made sure to clean it off before applying the cpu cooler.

  • 54 months ago
  • 4 points

10/10, would bang.

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build love all the power put into an ITX form factor and for traveling too dang +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! Where did you get the sticker?

  • 56 months ago
  • 5 points

From our sticker bin ;)

If you want one you can send a post card to our PO box or purchase some here: http://www.stickermule.com/user/1068797455/stickers

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Greetings from Tahiti!

Now give me some stickers

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Greetings from Tahiti..

XT User.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Thank you!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

new user here :D where does one find this PO box you speak of? EDIT thanks nvm found it :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I know I'm a bit late to the party but do you guys sell any other loot? I love the logo.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Stickers are the only things we sell right now. We are looking into possibly doing shirts.

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

You guys really should. I'm sure there are several others like me who are extremely interested. Please let us be your walking billboards :)

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

EVERYWHERE

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for showing me the console and your build comparison +1

Looks like you emphasized on the graphic card

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Happy to help! Gotta have my gaming power on the go.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the gpu and the cpu temperature?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I briefly powered it on to test for functionality. CPU was 35C and GPU was about 45C.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been wanting to build in that case for a long time. It's a really great case, and that fan blows fresh air right onto the GPU blower, so the cooling must be pretty good. +1 for a tiny console killer.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nifty Build/Case +1, i wonder is it possible to fit a 3.5" hdd rather a 2.5" sdd on this case would have been an all rounder, and have a safe trip on your travels!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, you can do 3.5" and 2.5" drives in this case. Thanks for the well wishes.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

one 3.5 HDD (over the PSU) Two 2.5 Hdd/SSD (Over the Video Card)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering if the CPU is a good one for the price and will it handle any game you throw at it. I dont know if the 4670k is worth the extra 20 pounds. I don't plan to overclock yet as this will be my first pc build. reply will help immeasurably

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

If you don't want to deal with overclocking it is a great CPU.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems that you only make Mini-ITX, cool. Also hows that 980? Run everything good?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I like to have a challenge. My next machine is going to go all out.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh boy, can't wait. You going to wait till 980ti or Titan II?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

(From your prospective) Yeah, this is just a small build, I'm just gonna shuv a 980 in there........ :D Its Really cool though! If only the console gamers at home understood the power of custom built PCs

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

That labels great! "Built, Not Bought"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nooooo! Please don't put the mobo on top of the packaging it was put in, they are usually conductive on the outside and can completely brick the mobo. But..amazing build nonetheless.

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

The issue is the creation of a faraday cage and actually turning the machine on with the motherboard on top of it. It is perfectly safe to lay the board on top of the package.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This, I got into a argument with a friend and brought up this same point last week, odd to find you using the same reasoning a week later.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build, but I know that PSU price must be off. Otherwise I love the part choice on the budget, not sparing any performance.

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Nope, that is the price. It is the highest wattage SFX currently on the market, gold rated and fully modular.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it get hot in that case under load?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

No hotter than a normal sized case. The ventilation and cooling is great.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving the hierarchy pic at the end :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, someone asked me to compare it to my Xbox so I threw em both in there. I'm sure I have the original in a closet somewhere.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really cool build. I've always liked these small, powerful builds.

Good job!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks it was a bunch of fun to do.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

how's that cpu ?:)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Great CPU. With the CPU height restrictions I am not really concerned with overclocking so a powerful stock CPU and the decent cooling from the stock cooler were perfect.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

did you try to edit and render videos with it ?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope, Philip generally handles that for us.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Man I need that sticker :P +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

You can order them at http://www.stickermule.com/user/1068797455/stickers

or send a postcard to the PO Box on our contact to get them for free!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha nice, thanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build i am actually looking to build something like this coz i usually shift work locations and wanted a gaming pc rather than a laptop to carry along when i move.

is the i5 more than enough/future proof cpu? (mainly gaming)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

An I5 should last you at least 2-3 years, although games like battlefield and some other companies/developers may start wanting more cores on your cpu, but it's a quad core, so you should be fine.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks, i actually went with a i5 unlocked version, friend suggested that if at all it does become a bottleneck you can always overclock and squeeze a bit more juice from it and also games now days are coming gpu demanding so i hope im safe side this will be my first pc ever.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

like the sticker

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 dat is the coolest thing i have ever seen

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, nice build! I am going to build myself a nice mini itx build early this summer-might need to look into that case :)

Is the sticker deal still open?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

We should still have some sitting around.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

So basically I would just send you an envelope to you and you would then send some back or would I need to purchase them online?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope, send a postcard with your return address to our PO box and we will take care of the rest.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok sounds great! Expect a postcard from me!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the hottest temp that it got to? +1 awesome build, I'm thinking of building similar to that.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Nothing unreasonable on CPU or GPU.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Even with a PC like this... How would you haul it on a trip? You'd need an ethernet cable, your power cable, keyboard/mouse, and some sort of display... Either way an amazing build. Much better than my own.

Edit: You'd also need a displayport or hdmi cable

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

In the past I have spent a few weeks at my parents house around christmas/new years before CES. I have some spare monitors and keyboards laying around cluttering their place still.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah gotcha.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build :) I was looking at this case for a HTPC build I was planning, however I need a blu-ray dvd reader, do you know if its possible to get one for that slot type dvd drive it has?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I bought this for my other HTPC

http://www.ascendtech.us/dell-ca10n-slim-blu-ray-dvd-rw-combo_i_ltpbrdelst5v759.aspx

Sadly it doesn't look to be for sale anymore.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

top end pc at a mid end price. love it!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Late comment. Where did you fit your 980?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

The 980 is now in my main desktop. I had it in the travel PC for a bit but I am using an ROG Swift now as the center of my triple 1440p setup and G Sync is awesome.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, but that didn't really answer my question :P. Maybe it did. Did you buy the 980 for this PC? If you did how did you fit it in? Or did you not put it in?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

We had the 980 laying around so I grabbed it from a benchmarking rig. It fit without issue.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Really? Wow! I'm surprised that it fit in a Mini ITX case. Also it says that you bought one in your build lmao. :P

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great build. I'm envious that you get to travel with such a fine computer. What do you do about the monitor when you travel? Do you also bring a monitor in your suitcase or do you borrow a monitor when you reach your destination?

Also, I am debating between this case and the Cooler Master Elite 130, primarily because I have an unused Corsair ATX that I found my in office closet and that would save me some money if I could reuse it. Still, the look and size of the Silverstone RVZ 01B is very nice.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

The long trips I spend are generally back with my parents. We have a couple extra monitors laying around that I can use.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

that's a good idea to bring your own rig to your parent's place. i've been using a gaming laptop but there are limitations to that. nice build. i'm envious. thanks for sharing.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! First of - very impressive build. I am looking at building similar setup and I was wondering how happy are you with it after a while and what temperatures did you have under load?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Temps are no worse than a normal ATX case. I use it right now as a high-power HTPC.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

So much power in such a little box. I wish I could upgrade my ITX to fit your standards, but alas, I am short on cash for such a thing. I would put a little more money into a 1TB HHD if needed though. +1 for build +3 for power.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Almost all of my media is streamed from my home box with ~8TB of storage. Looking to build a 25-30TB NAS in the near future.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! In fact I probably will use some of your parts on my mini-ITX in the future! May your framerates be high and temperatures low!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I know it's an old post, but that case is something else. But what actually brought me here was the sticker...How do I get my hand on one?!?!

+1 tho :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

The stickers have changed a bit but if you send a post card to the address on our contact page we will send you some for free.

Otherwise you can get them here: https://www.stickermule.com/user/1068797455/stickers

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I love your build, I'm going to use this as a reference. Wanted to ask - with that case and PSU, would adding a 7200 RPM 1TB drive be a problem in terms of heating?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd double check but there may be space issues.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, I found this looking for that power supply, I remember when I first saw this. Awesome build manirelli!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Old post, but I'm really interested in what you carried this in when you traveled with it? I'm trying to convince our video production teacher to let us build a PC and take it with us when we go to STN competition this year.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Unfortunately I wasn't able to fit it in my carry-on. It was about .5" too large for my bag and wouldn't fit. Ended up having to check it and something broke :/

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

what broke? I am considering which mini-itx case to get for travelling! Is your carry on max-sized?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

A screw got loose and knocked something off my motherboard :/

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

would you consider this a suitable travel case still or would something like core v1 be more durable (albeit less portable) or fractal design node 304

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

This case would not fit in my carryon so I would not recommend it for flight

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the mobo on the anti static wrap that thing could easily harm your mobo

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Setting it there momentarily for a picture is harmless.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok, but that kinda gives me the DONT DO THAT feel

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for posting . I like seeing a non unlocked i5 with a potent gpu as a killer gaming machine. I also like the example of size versus consoles.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

been thinking bout making something like this for on the go for lan parties and crap and when i go out of state every now and then with a pentium g4400 8 gbs ram a 500 gb hdd and a 750 ti could fit a 4:3 montior and the rig in a suit case probably

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Very small!

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 56 months ago
  • -1 points

What's the best gpu for 150$ right now?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably a better post for the GPU forums and not a completed build.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure if you've found an answer yet, but an XFX R9 270x is 130$(on sale atm, 170$ regular), and is a great GPU, you might can find better, but that's what I've seen as the best currently.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh, it is really geared more towards users that put it in a home entertainment system setup. My usage is a bit unique.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Send us a post card with a return address and we will send them over to you.

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