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This was a long overdue upgrade. I was running an old i5 + gtx 560 build for a long time due to other commitments so it feels great to finally have an up to date build again. I'll hopefully pick up a couple of upgrades next year too, like a 7nm gpu (if they're as good as I hope). Really pleased with how this turned out, it runs cool and quiet and I'm loving the ice blue aestetic at the moment.

Metallicgear Neo mini When I first started planning this build I had the define nano s in mind for my case. That is, until I saw the neo mini announced earlier this year. There are some similarities between the two cases but I much prefer the layout and aesthetics of the neo mini. It was a nice case to work in with the only real challenge being cable management. Although well thought out, there just isn't much room so a modular power supply is a must.

MSI B450I Gaming plus ac mini itx motherboard Good, high quality board and the uefi is simple to use. Only real negative for me would be that there is only 2 fan headers. It wasn't an issue as I just used Y splitters but 1 more would have been nice.

Fractal Design Celsius S24 Very nice aio to work with and very quiet. The radiator has an integrated fan hub so you only need one fan header on the motherboard to control the pump and both fans. The cable from this hub actually runs down the inside of one of the sleeved water tubes to the pump block meaning that the whole aio unit only requires a single fan header on the motherboard and the cable for this comes from the pump block.

Samsung 970 EVO M.2 SSD If there is one thing that everyone building a pc should invest in, it's an ssd. The difference in performance you get moving from a hard disc to an ssd is probably more noticable than any other upgrade I can think of. I got an m.2 drive as it is very fast but also cuts down on cables. Long term, I will probably invest in a high capacity 2.5" ssd to pair with this but for now this is perfect.

Sapphire RX580 Nitro+ I already had a freesync monitor so I was leaning towards an amd card. This card gives great performance for the price, stays pretty cool and, as a bonus, the backplate looks nice. I'm hoping that the 7nm amd cards will be more competitive with nvidia cards so I'm planning to upgrade when they are released next year.

Silverstone SN123 fans If you decide to install an aio in this case, you will not be able to fit full sized fans on the side mounts (or front mounts if you have the aio on the side). I wanted to use Noctua A12x15 slim fans but they currently only offer them in that horrible brown colour so I'm using these silverstone fans until the slim chromax version is released in Q1 next year. So far they are actually pretty decent for the price

Seasonic Focus plus gold 550 High quality and fully modular. Very efficient too, I don't think I've even seen the fans turn on yet (other than during stress testing)

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  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for posting the build! I can’t decide between this one and the mini g.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking at that too but I decided on this one when I found out the bottom of the case was open (filtered). A horizontal gpu gets plenty of air with this layout but the neo G has it mounted up against the glass so I thought that it might be worse for temps

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahh I see. Well that’s awesome man. You sold me on the non g version.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Great build.

Question: would the radiator + fans fit behind the GPU at the back of the case, or will they only fit at the front, like you have it?

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I think that you could manage, they say that 240mm radiators are compatible on their site but I would try to pick up an aio with a shorter radiator than the fractal design one that I'm using (280mm) to make sure as that might be a bit tight

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m thinking of using 2 140 fans on the front and a 240 rad on the side with the noctua slim fans. Think that would fit okay? My GPU will most likely be the ROG Strix 1080ti

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that you could probably manage that. Just make sure that you get a relatively thin radiator as a thicker one could prevent you installing your graphics card if it's on the side

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Thanks for the input!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice clean build ! So the GPU pulls air from underneath ? From one pic It looks like there is a mesh filter used underneath the case. How are your GPU core temps holding with the filter in place?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, there's a mesh filter on the bottom that runs the whole length of the gpu. I ran aida 64 for over an hour and the average gpu temp was 64 degrees with a max of 74.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

With my 9 fans in that case six of them pulling here the two SLI 1080s are getting overheated I think I'm going to have to do some type of water cool scenario but I just did not believe that they could overheat

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm going to build something very similar, but with the black Neo Mini (though I'm in love with the silver one, everything in my desk is black hahah). Same PSU, same mother. But, I'm going to use a 2400G for the time being, until gpus come to a sweet spot (also waiting for the RTX 2060 or hoping for the 2070 to go down a bit). The only thing I hadn't picked up yet was the cooler, despite I could buy it later first I thought of the Cryorig H7 Quad Lumi, but idk, it feels it's not going to look good on the case. Then I was thinking about the Corsair H100i Pro, but what sold me to the Celsius is that you only need one cable, and that's HUGE for me, so definitely going to pick one as well. Your build inspired me to build my own one so thank you very much for sharing!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful! RGB rules! I think I will buy two fans for the side intake too!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Make sure you get slim fans. You won't be able to get anything over 15mm thick in there

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, that gpu looks like it's just sitting on the bottom of the case.

Nice build!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

There's about 10mm of clearance and the bottom of the case is vented so the gpu gets plenty of air

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

So, I take it there is not space for fan on the bottom of the case. Would a 2.5 or 2.75 slot card fit in there? Thank you

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

There isn't space for a fan but the bottom of the case is open (with an air filter) so the gpu fan will draw in air from outside the case. I have a 2 slot card installed with plenty of clearance so a 2.5 slot card would definitely be fine. I'd be willing to bet that a 2.75 card would fit but I'm not 100% on that

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it possible to add a 3.5” hdd and a 120mm fan on the side?