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Decided a few days before my 30 day return period at MicroCenter to return my Ryzen 2700 for a Ryzen 3600 to get on the new 3000 series train. I really loved the aesthetic of the stock cooler that came with the 2700 and was really bummed by the downgrade in coolers. Not only for the looks, but because of the lack of vapor chamber, much louder fan, and the fin size. I knew it would be hotter but I was hitting high 80s regularly without and OC and decided to get somethin new. Upgraded to the bequiet! Dark Rock Pro 4. It somehow magically fits in this case!

I lost the RGB ring fans from the exhaust fan and the AMD cooler but I think it's equally as pleasing to look at. Just because it's quite stuffed in there. Kind of wish the glass was clear instead of tinted just so I can stare in there more.

Also adding those custom 3D Printed feet I designed yielded in 3-5 degrees cooler temps. You can test this on your A1 just by propping it up regardless of fan setup. If you want a pair, let me know. I have both 20mm and 12mm heights printed. If you have access to a 3D printer, I made the files available for free and you can print your own here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3845534/

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  • 8 months ago
  • 6 points

I amazed that you managed to fit that cooler in there, how are the temps given you have one fan as exhaust on the cpu cooler? Also where is the 3d printed keyboard? that sounds really epic. +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

Honestly, so am I. LOL.

The temps are ok. Low 40's at Idle and high 60's low 70's while gaming. That's with an all core 4.2ghz overclock at 1.35v. The exhaust fan puts out a ton of air and there is another 140mm fan inside that cooler in the middle.

I've made two boards. :) One here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3372910 and another here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3478494

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey your featured and well deserved!

  • 8 months ago
  • 5 points

Feels good man

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, could you screenshot all your manual oc settings? I have a very similar setup and still not sure how to properly overclock this thing on all cores. Amazing build btw, great job :) Here's mine: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/N6GG3C

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Dude. I actually went to a 3600x recently. However, they are basically the same. I've done TONS of testing and the best performance I managed to get was with Auto OC +200, PBO, and the ram overclocked to the fastest possible stable speed which was 3600 cl18 for me. On top of that I'm using the 1usmus power plan for windows and im boosting to 4.4ghz on 3 cores and just a hair under that on the rest of the cores. Way higher and obviously more stable than my previous overclocks ever got me.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the dumb question here but in the past I used the Ryzen Master software to OC my old 1800x. Are you OCing in the BIOS or using Ryzen Master or combined?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I used the BIOS. But I have played around with Ryzen Master as well. Something about it overclocking AFTER boot had me feeling weird about it so I just went to the source.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I am also surprised. Is it really the 'hand in glove fit' the first glance gives, or was there any fitting issues? Also, in your opinion, could this case handle a warm high-end gpu like the 2080 ti?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It can, I have a 2080 Super in mine with the side and 2 lower fans blowing on it at 1k rpm. Underclocked it a little to 1905mhz @ .935v and it never goes above 65c. card is the EVGA XC 2 slot variant.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

This build is really very well put together. Excellent job, I like this one a lot.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. I'm really happy with it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

TIGHT. V TIGHT +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

RIGHT. U RIGHT

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking build with fantastic components!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I got really lucky at MicroCenter on some of these prices. OpenBox sales ftw.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic job keeping everything clean in such a compact case! That cooler though... Damn that's TIGHT! Cable management is on par and the custom feet looks sick!

Great job all around!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! At some point I'll go back in and tidy up back there. I think I can get the cables way cleaner but left them kind of just tucked away incase I need to change anything out.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought you did a great job! It can always be improved but no complaints here!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Incredible clean build given the choice of components. Just as amazed st everyone else that you fit the Dark Rock in there!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

That cpu cooler looks snug!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

This will get a feature

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha. That would be rad.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I knew it was coming.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Nostradamus

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

So naice!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Incredible build. Im calling feature. Im also curious how you have your airflow configured?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I have two InWin Loops setup as intakes, the side InWin Loop as an exhaust and the rear Silent Wing fan from the cooler as an exhaust as well.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

definite feature

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be dope. :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

called it

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You guys were on it! :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

So clean. Amazing work!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

That is an awesome build. I love how you fit that CPU cooler. lol

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the feature!!! Do you sell them 3D feet? Would love to get some!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I do. Send me a PM. I have both 12mm and 20mm sizes ready to ship. :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Great work, that's a beast video card.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Coming from a 1060 6gb, it’s a big jump. Does everything I need it to at the moment.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

ALMOST $200000 AUD?! NANI!!!!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

That’s a lot of zeros!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing work!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

defying the laws of physics I see

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Rules are meant to be broken

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build man, how is your temp on gaming? Also planning to get this case on my build but can't decide between this and nzxt h200

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

The temps are great. I played a couple games for few hours last night and the cpu never went above 72 and the gpu was glued in the upper 60s.

The best airflow config I found so far is the side fan in the stock config, exhaust. Paired with two intake fans on the bottom and the riser feet (I have some for sale) that lift the case to give it more flow.

I too was choosing between those two cases but the included gold rated power supply made this a no brainer for me.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the info I had doubts about temp before but now I'm lock getting this case lol, yeah the power supply is really a plus and i'll definitely use the wireless charger for my mouse.

I'll pm you for the riser feet :D

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I firmly believe miniItx and MicroAtx are all you need for gaming in 2019+. Love the look you went for, super clean and great looking IMO. Excellent work on the printed feet, nice for near free 3-5c!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Agree. ;)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the noise?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The video card ramping up initially is the loudest part. The cpu and case fans are silent.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

My goodness, most definitely the case refuse to endure any more abuse from OP +1.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha. Hope it can handle a bit more. ;)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been looking for inspiration for a small easily portable Mini ITX build, and you sir have provided it. Your build looks simple, clean and beautiful. Nicely done mate.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words. It’s a nice roomy SFF build.

I’ve taken this machine with me several times now. It fits in a large duffel bag easily. :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey! ~~~ how did you get your motherboard for only 49 Dollars?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I got an open box with a missing io shield for $79 and they had a promo running for $30 off when you also buy a CPU. It was a steal. Same thing with ram. They also had a combo deal. The video card as well. Lol. That was the theme here. I couldn’t pass it up.

Basically, you save a ton of money if you do open box + combo deals at MC.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

ahhhhhhhhh thats awesome! thats the mobo i wanna use for my build but there isnt a MC in my state

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

That’s a bummer. I’m super fortunate to have two in my state. They have some insane deals sometimes.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah, theyre super good. on r/buildapcsales a 3600x was on sale for 200 and that didnt include the 30 dollars and motherboard combo

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

This is by far the coolest pc design i've ever seen for a mini itx build.... was it difficult fitting everything in there? I have this page bookmarked and am going to build come November due to the money i can save on the deals then. Also when I do end up building im going to use a AMD 5700xt GPU. Do you think that would run too hot for a build like this?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

It wasn’t too too bad. Just take your time and plan it out. If you don’t rush, you’ll enjoy it. :)

If you get any 5700xt but the reference design, you should be good to go in terms of thermals. The card gets fresh air right from the bottom. And you can put two 120mm fans and my riser feet down there to help out the airflow quite a bit.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah im revolving my build around asus aura so I have two coolermaster 120mm fans that i was planning on adding to the bottom along with the Asus tuff 5700xt and 16gb gskill ram for more lighting effects. But I will definitely be buying a set of your riser feet soon just so I don't bug you about them 3 months down the road haha! Thanks again for sharing this amazing build!!

P.S if you make cool builds like this a lot you should get into youtube. Im sure the computer rig community would enjoy seeing the assembly and performance of these builds on there!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha awesome. I'm ready.

This is actually my first ever build. :) I wish I had the funds to build more. It was super fun!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Just checking whether the side panel can really be closed off with that massive heatsink. I checked for the CPU heatsink clearance and it is 160mm for the case, but Dark Rock Pro 4 is 162.8mm tall. Btw great build, good choice for the components!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine closes with some room to spare. No issues there. :) If you look at the pics, you can tell the cooler is behind the metal that would be touching the glass with some room in-between.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Sounds great. What a tight fit! Thanks~

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

TWSS ;)

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you find the PSU to be? I am also planning on building this, but it seems to be that the stock PSU is loud and can cause hard shutdown

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Never had an issue. I think most of the issues people mention are from the psu in the non plus case. The gold rated in this one is silent and has never caused any issues. It’s been great, honestly.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

oh I see, I didn't even know the plus has a different PSU

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep it’s a 650 gold plus vs a 600 bronze in the non plus. ;)

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

wow this is so satisfying to look at

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I gotta admin, I do stare at this thing. A lot.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job, using this as a template for my build.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Let me know if you have any questions. :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

How'd you get the motherboard for so cheap?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I found an open box at MicroCenter that didn't have an IO shield. It was marked down to $75 due to "missing parts". At the same time they had a $30 off motherboards deal when you bundle it with a CPU. When the guy was checking out my items at the register, the deal didnt come up. I asked him about it and he punched in the deal manually and bam. A $45 dollar motherboard. It was a gamble, I wasn't really sure in anyway it was going to work. I got lucky.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Siiiick!

How much of a pain in the *** is that case? I'm probably gonna be doing a build for my wife (but pink, duh) and while nothing you can say will really stop me, I'm dumb and want a reason to not look forward to it. Or something. I kinda lost track of where my brain was going halfway through that.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

HAhaha. You’ll love it. And she’ll love it too. It’s not toooo bad to build in. Especially if you don’t fill It to the max! The temps have been great too. However, I’m finding the 3D riser feet essential to keep noise and temps down.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

This is without a doubt my favorite build on the site. This thing is next level clean and just the right amount of power for a solid SFF build, love it!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

That’s huge. Thank you so much. It’s been a solid machine and done everything I’ve thrown at it. I managed to get a 2070 founders and a 3600x for a tiny amount more than what I originally had in there and it’s holding its own. :)

https://i.imgur.com/bvgtlVR.jpg

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thats sick! The jealousy is real over here lol, also #VerticalMonitorGang

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Haha #vertical4eva https://i.imgur.com/myOztly.jpg

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you need a BIOs update for the mobo? If so, how did you do it?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not. On the Asus site says it will work with any board with bios version 2301 or newer. I got my board from MicroCenter and it worked. Another buddy of mine grabbed one a few weeks ago on Amazon and it also worked.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering did you have any shut down issues with the included power supply? I love this case and the setup you did. I really want to downsize my rig and I like how pleasing the dark rock pro looks I. This.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

No not at all. I have a 3600x and a 2070 fe now and it’s killing it. Everything overclocked with no issues.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What the process of you getting the Dark Rock Pro 4 in? Did you need to take the PSU out? Or bend the anything?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope. I take off the cover with 4 bolts from the top of the cooler. Attach the rear facing fan on the reverse side of the cooler so the fan exhausting out of the back of the case. Then plug in the fans and install the cooler as normal. Slip in the middle fan and destroy your finger tips putting on the retaining clip. Curse, then quit trying to fully install the retaining clip as it works just fine with just parts of it on. Then install the top cover back on with the 4 bolts you took off and you are good to go.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

So you know what. I think I am going to say no to the DRP4. LOOL!!!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha. I was just trying to be funny. It's easy, just a very tight fit. I've installed it 4 times now on 3 processors and I feel like I can do it blind folded now.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I fear the temps would not be adequate with a 9900KF and a 2080 Super in an Inwin A1, Plus that's a lot of a hassle to install a cooler. If I need to go to those lengths maybe that's just a sign that the CPU I'm choosing shouldn't go in that case. LOL

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea. I mean if you pack that thing brim, you might run warm. But honestly I have a 2070 FE in there now with a 3600x and everything is overclocked quite a bit and Im between 65-68 on both in games. This case NEEDS foot risers. They are good for 3-5 degrees alone.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you manage to screw in the top left corner of the motherboard?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I put the motherboard in first. Then the rest of the components. ;)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to update the BIOS with this CPU and Mobo?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I didn’t have to. On the Asus site it tells you which bios version began the support and it was only the early models that did not. So, you’re likely good to go out of the box.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I was wondering if it was possible to change the color on the build, and if so, is it like a set of RGB lights, or something else?

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Yep. All the lights are RGB. So, you can set literally any color you’d like. :)

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  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd agree with you but I got it new for $289. So, no brainer for me.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

That’s a great deal! Damn