Description

This is my second machine. Kotori is a portable-lan party-console-HTPC-backup AMD machine. I needed a functuional gaming PC to use while I'm upgrading Tsuzurao, and also a portable computer to play local multiplayer and party games while on the go. I wanted to go for an i5, but with a mini ITX Ryzen board just around the corner, I knew I wanted the r5 as 4c 8t is more future-proof than 4c 4t. That was almost a month ago. Now (read: before time of writing), the first (and only) mini ITX AM4 motherboard available at the time was in stock for a very brief period of time. Time to get building. The motherboard was the last part to arrive. Once that board came in, I started building. Building the system took me a good two hours as I had to undo parts of my build to try and get everything to fit together, including unpluging and rerouting all of the cables to get that blasted side panel to fit back onto the case. Such are the compromises I was fully aware of when I was gearing up to build this system. For only being my second system ever, I think it turned out very well. It could have been cheaper, but I was willing and able to spend a little extra scratch on things that would make my life with this second system easier. So far, it has been going great.

I will provide an update when my Cryorig C7 AM4 Bracket arrives.

I know this update is very late but I actually have nothing to do at the moment so I might as well post about what my experience was with the Cryorig C7. More like Cry-more-rig because I had to un-build the entire system just to get that freaking back plate in!!! However, despite the two hours it took to un-build, fiddle with the mobo and the cooler, and re-build, I think it was totally worth all of that pain and frustration. The only thing that makes any noticeable noise at load at all is the GPU. I mean it when I say I have to check to see if Kotori is even working properly while at idle, he is that quiet compared to Tsuzurao's humming along; he is dead silent. The GPU noise could be easily solved by tossing in a pair of 120mm fans. Luckily I already have two of them. The Fractal Design HP 120s on Tsuzurao's top radiator will be donated to Kotori as soon as the Vega Nano and its EK waterblocks drop and I can get to work on Ryzen 7-powered Tsuzurao 2.0. Kotori, in the meantime will be my main gaming PC while Tsuzurao is in stasis for the part transfer. As for his portability, I will test that out as soon as I become eligible for flight benefits.

Part Reviews

CPU

Loving this little CPU. OCed to 3.7GHz stable on 1.34 volts and maxes out at 87 degrees under the Cryorig C7 which is pretty good considering the small form factor case and cooler. If you like to tinker with your hardware and you want to match or exceed the boost clock speed of the 1500X then there is no point not to get this processor.

CPU Cooler

This is the cooler that I would recommend to anyone building in a SFF case. It is short enough to fit in the Node 202, and its 100w max TDP is more than enough for 65w Ryzen chips. This cooler is dang near perfect. Keeps my 3.7GHz OCed R5 1400 at 87 C during stress testing inside my Node 202.

Motherboard

Suprisingly solid board with a fairly intuitive bios that is simple to navagate. I haven't tried overclocking the CPU yet but if it goes well, its performance can earn it a fith star. Would reccomend.

Memory

It's RAM. Also, beware; G.Skill Trident Z RAM can cause clearence issues with the AMD Wraith Stealth stock cooler on the Biostar X370GTN.

Storage

It's fast, it's solid state, it's half a Terabyte. What more could I ask for?

Video Card

Clock-for-clock, this budget monster is superior to the RX 480 in Tsuzurao. Of course the RX 480 is the vastly superior card but this thing overclocked like a beast.

Case

Great compact, space-saving case, even carry-on sized which is why I bought it. A bit of a pain to work in but what do you expect from a mini ITX case?

Power Supply

PSU is dead silent. Even under load you cannot hear this thing. At all. I could have saved space with a standard SFX power supply but I still managed to route the cables in a manner that doesn't cause any issues with the side panel of the node 202. Amazing PSU.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

is the wraith stealth bad? how's your experience with it so far?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I would just reccomend not using Trident Z sticks on this board. The stealth is actually pretty great as a stock cooler goes. I just wanted to opt for a cooler with more headroom. But if you can't be bothered, then go ahead, the Wraith Stealth is a really good cooler.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

does the wraith stealth fit in there?

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, but choose a kit with thinner heat spreaders than the Trident-Z.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that the stock cooler in the pictures? Does it fit in the case?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the Wraith Stealth does in fact fit in the Node 202. The other wraith coolers, I'm not sure.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

According to sff forums the height of the wraith stealth cooler is 53.1mm. Have you tried closing the cover and see if the stealth fits because its open in all the pictures.

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

That's not the problem. The problem is the width of the cooler and clearance between the fan shroud and the heat spreader of the RAM.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

This helps a lot thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I have that Mobo, and a sentry ITX case from indiegogo. I have the 1800x, no cooler. How long does it take to get the am4 bracket for the c7? Does the Noctua NH-L9i have an am4 bracket? The max cooler height that would fit in the case is 48mm, the amd cooler is 53mm right?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty sure Noctua's low-profile has a bracket, but it's the same shipping hassle.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the Noctua NH-L9i have an am4 bracket?

Yes both NH-L9a and NH-L9i will work with the new am4 bracket (NM-AM4-L9aL9i ).

http://noctua.at/en/products/cpu-cooler-retail/nm-am4-l9al9i-mounting-kit/specification

But.......

I have the 1800x, no cooler.

Both noctua coolers are rated to cool up to 65 watts tdp, so the cryorig C7 which is rated for up to 100 watts is a better choice for your cpu which is a 95 watts tdp cpu.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You can order a bracket for the L9i, http://noctua.at/en/nm-am4-l9al9i-mounting-kit and the C7 is 47mm tall, just a mere 10mm more than the L9i. Honestly, either the L9i or the C7 would both be great choices.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

ayyy, another mITX am4 build!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The X370 is unnecessary since you're not going to use crossfire, but since the availability of this motherboard is pretty low, it's understandable to get this. The aftermarket cpu cooler is kind of overkill, but then the stealth does kind of suck. Overall, this build is very nice and I would recommend to pc builders with budget and portability in mind. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, I could have made this build much cheaper, but I had the extra scratch to spend, so I spent it on luxuries such as a modular power supply, an SSD, aftermarket cooler, and the best (at the time) bang for your buck GPU for 1080p. There are ways to make it even more cost effective for people with a tight budget. However I did save $350 give or take because I origionally wanted a 1050 ti simply for the Fast Sync feature to use with a portable monitor, but I realized I could save money because I didn't need it; I could instead take Tsuzurao's 144hz 1080p panel with me in a separate carry-on.

  • 30 months ago
  • 0 points

Which Kotori?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

it's gotta be Kotori from Date A Live, who doesn't love her

  • 30 months ago
  • 0 points

Agreed

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

A character that I made (and drew for the wallpaper).

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