Description

This PC was part of a project to create a no compromise small form factor rig, capable of running the most intense games while remaining sleek, silent and maintaining enough storage space to run 2 x 3.5 HDDs internally for a raid setup.

There were 6 criteria:

  1. Small (needed to fit in a mini ITX case)

  2. Sleek (appealing to the eye without all the fancy lights in your face)

  3. Silent (as quiet running as possible)

  4. Powerful (able to run the most intense games on max settings with high frames >100 FPS)

  5. Water cooled (needed to fit a 280MM watercooler)

  6. Storage (it needed to fit my 1 x 2.5 750GB SSD for the operating system/games and 2 x 3.5 3TB HDDs for RAID 1 backup)


As you can see in the pictures, I achieved my goal thanks to the well-designed Fractal Design Nano S Mini ITX Case! Everything fits like a glove with no wasted space or room to spare with 1 x 3.5 mounted in the roof and the other 2 hard drives mounted in the rear side panel of the case. The PC performs like a beast! I have been using it for roughly 9 months and have no complaints what so ever and I have to mention I pulled the case out about 2 months ago (running about 7 months straight) to clean the dust. Opening the case, I was surprised to see practically no dust had entered the case (it looked like day 1), the dust filters perform excellent!

Note:

Looking at my setup in the picture you may have a few questions which I think I have covered with the below added details:

• The PC is in the right-hand side drawer (Alex Drawer from IKEA). I took out the bottom 3 drawer bottoms and cut out a slot in the back of the drawer (the same dimensions as the Case) for hot air to flow out as the case is designed to draw cool air in through the front and blow out through the rear.

• The desk top is actually a kitchen benchtop (Rasunda solid Oak which was sanded by hand and finished with a couple of coats of Danish Oil). Its rock solid and gives a great look!

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Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I Love the ikea furniture seriously

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build and nice cable management.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great cable management, nice build, impressed. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely build. Congratulations. Have you measured temps/dBs?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Was curious of gpu temps with a front mounted rad. I’m thinking of redoing my nano s with a 280 rad and was curious bout temps. Really didn’t want to water cool the gpu. Tubes all over would make for a messy build.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Were you able to connect your AIO to a USB Header?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

yes

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

So how are the GPU temp with the GPU so close to the PSU? I'm thinking about doing a build in the Nano S with a RTX 2080 and I'm a bit worried about that