Description

This build has been a long time in the making. It is an upgrade from an AMD FX 8350 system I built a few years ago. I love small form factor cases yet most of them are really expensive so when I discovered the Raijintek Metis I knew it would form the basis of my next build.

In its stock form the Metis is a poor case as it has no real intake for the graphics card so I, like many before me, decided to add two 120mm fans at the top. This can be relatively easily achieved using a jigsaw or other power tool and the aluminium the case is made out of is easy to file down, meaning even if your cutting skills aren't up there, you can still end up with a decent-looking finished product. I'm using a DEMCiflex 240mm (internal diameter) dust filter here, meaning that the front I/O had to go. With the length of graphics card I'm using though, the USB cable to the front I/O would have to have been resting on the graphics card anyway, which I wanted to avoid as to not put stress on the graphics card.

I also added a window to the side-panel as I wanted to show off the inside. While I could have gone with a single sheet of acrylic, I opted to mod the original side panel as I thought it would look cleaner. Instead of using some sort of glue I am using bolts to hold the polycarbonate sheet in place - something I haven't seen done before.

Now on to the internals. There is literally less than 1mm of clearance for the graphics card though it does fit. I've seen NVIDIA founders edition cards (267mm) fit with a bit of room at the end so I figured an RX Vega reference design card (270mm) would also fit. I covered up the red MSI logo LED with tape as RGB only really works when everything is colour-neutral (and also it was upside down as the motherboard is inversed in this case). I went for a top-down CPU cooler as I wanted to have some sort of air-flow path in the case - a cooler like the Hyper 212 would be competing for air with the power supply fan. I know I could have used the rear fan as an intake but... aesthetics :D Also the fan on Cryorig C7 is white (as is the rear fan) meaning they reflect more light from the LEDs. As for everything else, the fans in the top are slim (15mm) as I wanted to give the graphics card room to breath (not that it makes much difference), the CPU is the i5-8400 as there are no reasonably priced AM4 motherboards which look good upside down and the power supply is standard (though it does slightly act as an unfiltered intake in fanless mode). Although NVMe drives are all the rage right now, I went with the Crucial MX500 as in day-to-day computing, NVMe drives perform identical to SATA drives so no reason to spend extra.

Aside from the RAM and motherboard, in terms of lighting there are two addressable LED strips installed, one at the top and one at the bottom. These are controlled via HueHue. This is some really cool software and I'd recommend it if you want RGB lighting for your PC and have basic electronic skills. Here is an Imgur album which shows the circuit I made to work with HueHue.

That is all. Thanks for reading, and if you have any thoughts/questions, particularly on the case, please comment and I shall endeavour to reply.

Part Reviews

CPU

Would have gone with a Ryzen 5 2600 if it wasn't for the lack of good Ryzen ITX motherboards. This is nevertheless a very good CPU. It is nice to see that six cores has become mainstream.

CPU Cooler

Although this CPU cooler looks nice, that's where the positives end for me. It's the loudest component in my PC at idle (though I know I shouldn't expect too much from a 92mm fan) and it was a pain to install. I ended up having to file the holes in the backplate so that it would fit over the screws and not clip onto them. Reading other reviews it seems like this CPU cooler should be fairly easy to install so maybe I'm just doing it wrong. Either way, it's too loud for me. It does look very nice though.

Motherboard

This is my favourite component in my build. It looks nice, has two NVMe drive slots (not that I'm making use of them) and has above average I/O for an ITX board (4 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports when many boards still don't even have 1 is a big plus). The inbuilt WiFi works really well too. Finally, the software is amazing. Some of it is basically just bloatware though with Live Update 6 you can choose what to install. I love the fact you can control SYS_FAN1 and SYS_FAN2 separately - something you couldn't do on my previous board.

Memory

It's RAM with LEDs on it - what's not to like!? Wouldn't have bought this if it wasn't on sale but for almost the same (inflated) price of normal RAM I thought I might as well. Lighting is controlled by iCUE though the packaging says it is also compatible with Gigabyte RGB Fusion as well as MSI Mystic Light Sync.

Storage

Very good SSD for the money. Booting to windows is so quick! Crucial's Storage Executive Software is good too - you can easily upgrade the drive's firmware and set up over-provisioning.

Video Card

This is expensive for what it is but I'd rather buy this and a Freesync monitor than pay the gsync premium... This card is basically the RX Vega reference design meaning it is terribly loud at stock. Fortunately, this is easy to change using AMD Radeon Settings where I undervolted the card. Now it is silent at idle and just about bearable under load.

Case

A good value SFF case however it is a pain to build in - if you install the motherboard first and then realise you need to plug in the front I/O pins, you have a big problem. I ended up taking off virtually every panel during installation, fortunately this is easy as all the screws are Phillips head.

Power Supply

This is a solid SFX power supply. Fanless under low load (though I think this is actually governed by temperature) and even when the fan does kick in it is very quiet. The voltages produced by this are very accurate too. I would not recommend purchasing this now however as there is a newer 80 Plus Platinum version of this which includes nicer cables as well as an SFX to ATX adaptor (which this version does not include).

Case Fan

Not as quiet as I was expecting however they'll do. A good option for a slim 120mm fan (if you can find one in stock!)

Case Fan

Great as an exhaust fan or if you want to add a bit of airflow to your case without adding noise. I love the styling too.

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet modification. Looks great

Thumbs up.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, glad you like it!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Vega Squadddd

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Ayyyy. I have to say, once it's undervolted it is a very good card. Also it's refreshing not to have to deal with NVIDIA's drivers (nvlddmkm.sys error anyone?). Not that I'm hating on NVIDIA, just nice to see some real competition from AMD which can hopefully turn into more market share in the future.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

That custom arduino box is the bee's knees! Awesomeness!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude! You did a fantastic job on modding this case! I have to agree with you on the space of this case. It really sucks especially with air flow and cable management. Since you used a sfx psu, you had some more wire maneuverability. I used a standard semi-mod psu and that was a pain.

I really love the bigger side window and extra airflow you added!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah the space between the PSU and the front of the case is the only place to stash cables. I can imagine with an ATX PSU there would be no space at all - not a good case for cable management!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build! I love the neutral white, it really makes the RGB pop. Beautiful!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :) I went with as many white components as I could in this build for precisely that reason - white basically becomes whatever colour you shine on it!

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

At idle the PSU runs in fanless mode so it's certainly not working hard all the time and PCPP says the PC will only draw 350W so I figured I'd be fine with a 450W power supply. Why pay more for something I'm not going to use? The new Corsair Platinum SFX PSUs look great, however they're nothing game-changing and they're fairly expensive in comparison to the £65 I paid for my power supply. Also I bought my SF450 before the new one came out. I appreciate that 450W doesn't sound like a lot when you see people rocking 1000W PSUs however for an ITX system it's plenty in my opinion. In terms of future-proofing, TDPs are not really increasing so if a PSU can handle a CPU and a single GPU now it should be able to in the future.

As for an undervolted Vega drawing more power than a 1080ti, that just isn't true. A Vega 64 draws 275W under a gaming load compared to A GTX 1080ti drawing 283W.

Nevertheless I thank you for your c,omment- especially if I wanted to use the power supply in another build in the future, more watts may be better. And yes the ITX form factor is great.