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Hi again, about six months ago I built my Small but TUF mATX build in Fractal Design Arc Mini R2. It's a really nice case but it's pretty big for a micro ATX case and I realised I could fit (almost) all of it in case that half the volume of the Arc Mini: the (Jonsbo) Cooltek U3 or the Rosewill Legacy U3 as it's known is the US and CA. So I went ahead and ordered the case and "my god it's tiny, and it's gorgeous!" was my first reaction when I put it next to the fractal.
THE BUILD I had looked at numerous builds with this case on the internetz but actually fitting everything in was another thing completely. There is really no cable management in this case but luckily the mobo standoffs are pretty tall so some cables can be routed behind the motherboard and fortunately the G-550 has flat cables which are very nice to have in a confined space. Especially fitting in the motherboard gave me a really hard time and for the first time ever I was afraid I'd break it. Then I realised after I'd fitted in the CPU cooler that the GPU would have to be pivoted in somehow so I had to take it out.
STORAGE One negative thing about this case is the 3.5" drive support. You can actually fit 1 in the bottom and 1 in a special side bracket but I wanted to fit a 120mm fan to the bottom and I had read that the side bracket makes vibrations pretty bad. I had recently gotten a 250GB Crucial BX100 SSD along with my 250GB Samsung 840 SSD and had 1+TB of stuff on my 2TB WD Black so the SSD's alone wouldn't cut it. So I decided to put the Black in an external USB3 enclosure and fit the 2 SSD's in the case.
COOLING I have my i5 OC'd to 4.5GHz (1.26v) and I decided to keep it that way. There's only place for one 120mm fan at the back and some air is also exhausted through the PSU but I wanted some intake as well so I decided to fit a 120mm fan in the bottom of the case which is pretty well ventilated. I will also be getting a dust filter for the intake fan. I swapped the rear fan grille for a less restrictive one which I had lying around. The case is very silent with the stock fan (1000RPM) and the Noiseblocker PL1 (900rpm) running at full speed and the Noctua fan adapting to CPU temp. It's also running just as cool as the Fractal case which is surprising considering there are only two case fans.
So, thanks for checking out my build and let me know what you think.