Description

This build was inspired after playing VR in a cramped little room and having my cat chew through my VR headset cable. I wanted to build something as small as possible but as powerful and reasonable as possible to have in my living room. I started eyeing the Skyreach 4 at first, but given it's price and stock, it stalled me for a very long time until I came across the Velka 3 case by Velkase from some videos on YouTube (Optimum Tech and LTT). At first I was still a bit hesitant, but given it's price for such a niche market, I quickly changed my mind!

With it being completed and performing way better than I ever expected, I cannot be any happier!

Now that the case was decided, I had to think about what platform to go with, and nowadays, Ryzen was really the only way to go if you're looking for the best value to performance ratio! With that in mind, I immediately thought of the Ryzen 5 series, and with their newly(ish) released 3 series, I ended up with the Ryzen 5 3600 for it's lower TDP and most reasonable gaming performance. The Gigabyte X570 mobo was just because it was the cheapest of the available options at the time being. The GPU was....difficult to find, but once I got it, I have absolutely no complaints!

Overclocking was very minimal on the GPU but because I wanted to squeeze every ounce of power out of the build, I went and changed all of the pre-existing thermal pads and paste on the GPU itself. Temps, sadly, only lowered 2-3 C in open air.

The RAM I chose was relatively specific as initially I wanted to have 32 GB (in prep for emulation) but I thought about it and didn't really need it. Additionally, I read on the tighter relationship memory and the CPU had within these Ryzen chips (Infinity Fabric) and wanted to totally capitalize on that. I didn't want to spend so much on the pre-existing memory on the market rated at 3600 C16/15/14 so I tried my luck at OCing this set, and man, oh man, I can't be any happier!

Using the Ryzen DRAM Calculator as reference, I played with the timings and voltage for a bit (with Gigabyte's kinda clunky BIOS) and got the system stable at 3733 C15! I had to make slight compromises in relation to the values the DRAM calculator, but I'm glad I did!

More details coming soon!

Part Reviews

CPU

For the cost, there is absolutely nothing I can say negative about it! One of the best cost to performance processors out there today!

CPU Cooler

Given the slightly thicker fin density in comparison to it's Intel counterpart, it feels like it runs slightly cooler and fills in the space very nicely. Can't go wrong with Noctua!

Motherboard

BIOS was a little bit confusing to navigate but otherwise, the board is very solid. Much better than I expected for the cheapest X570 mini-ITX boards.

Memory

Overclocked like a champ! Using the Ryzen DRAM Calculator as a reference (3733 fast), I was able to push this set to 3733 MHz at CL15, 1.45V. Runs nicely at 40C under load.

Storage

Can't complain, Samsung SSDs have always been my go to.

Video Card

Extremely difficult to find nowadays, but for it's size, it astounded me how it can (slightly under)perform but still give me the full effect of a full sized 2070.

Power Supply

Runs extremely quiet and cool, even when the rest of the computer is under load!

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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Like that handle addition!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! That handle was inspired by the Metalfish S3 cases!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

When do you think the next case will come out because I’m thinking about building another pc with this case but I’m afraid that they will all be sold out before I can buy it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Usually, the guy does a pretty good job at keeping his customers updated in regards to the batches that he puts out. If you go to his site (https://www.velkase.com/preorder/velka-3-rev-12-mini-itx-computer-case) he'll have all the updated info. Best of luck!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the minimum cable length needed?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Minimum cable length for which component?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU, Motherb., GPU in your case ordered with geekstore?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, the only cables I really have going around are the power supply cables going around. I didn't buy my power supply through geek store, I got it through ebay and I used the stock power cables. If anything, I re-sleeved them and I had to extend the CPU power cable a bit just to help clean up wire-management. Otherwise, the default length of the power supply I ordered was good enough.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

man...this build is full of so many good ideas. i love the quadcopter antennas...that's genius. so for the handle, what's the deal there? i saw the planning picture, but i wasn't sure if that was just super glued on, or welded. very inspiring! i've got my velka 3 on the way and this was awesome to see what you did with it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I actually got the ideas myself from a bunch of different places and wanted to incorporate them into my build aha.

The handle is actually screwed on! I marked and drilled out holes for the handle and just screwed it into the top panel (Screw -> Panel -> Handle).

Best of luck on your build! It was definitely a fun, albeit frustrating at times, experience!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

very cool. thanks for the reply!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

does temp good? especially cpu..usually this kind of case have upside down mobo position...but this one have have m.2 nvme under cpu cooler...does it effect cpu temp?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The temp are as expected for the cooler in this case surprisingly! The side vents for the case cover line up with the cpu cooler. The nvme cooler isn't in the way either and because I'm still using gen3, it doesn't get hot at all. Matter in fact, the fan never turns on!

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Where on earth do I find that GPU? Nobody seems to have it in stock.

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

I know your pain aha I scoured international sellers for a while and luckily came by a marketplace seller on Amazon which I snagged as soon as I saw it. I even contacted Gigabyte to see if they planned for more production of said model, but they responded with just "keep an eye on the online resellers". I'm assuming they're phasing them out to prep for the next gen or pushing people to the 1600s for that small form factor or something. Best of luck though!