Description

Hello everyone! Welcome to my first PC build. I built this rig to tackle Video Editing, Audio Editing, and of course, Gaming, all the while I travel on the airplane every 4 months. I needed to build something super powerful that can fit inside my backpack so I can take it with me as a carry-on. And it worked! Enjoy this Completed Build, hoorah!

Silverstone RVZ03B

Before you decide to buy this case, make sure you have small hands and a ton of patience. I spent 3 full months on research all over official websites, forums, Youtube videos ect. just so I can be 100% sure that all the parts I want to buy fit inside. Let me tell you this, even after stressing like crazy and calling the customer service of Silverstone to double check compatibility some parts just did not want to fit. Overall, this is a very neat case, and even though it does take some effort to build inside it, the feeling afterwards is glorious. I have successfully loaded all my parts inside, and now I have this tiny black thing that I can take with me on the plane in a backpack. And let me tell you, this small black thing SMASHES everything you throw at it. The case has super bright RGB at the front, so if you're not a big fan of having your whole damn room house lit up like the Police just rolled up on you, you will probably turn it off like I did.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7GHz 8-Core

I had a very hard time choosing between an i7-8700k and this. But for a workstation its better to have more cores than more powerful cores. I have to say, I never had AMD before and was afraid to leave my good ol' faithful (Intel) behind. But let me tell you folks! There is nothing to be afraid of! Embrace AMD and get awesome power for $100 less! I am VERY happy with this CPU, GTA V uses only 3% of it, and I haven't seen it go over 10% usage yet, the temperatures stay at 38 idle to 55 under load. I am still to start editing on it, but so far so good. I really recommend this to everyone that is on the line between Intel and AMD, this is the better choice!

Cryorig C1

Oh boy, here we go, this is actually the only part that did not fit properly and gave me a lot of trouble. I spent about 3 hours JUST on this part. There was absolutely NO space between my Power Supply and my Motherboard and therefore this cooler didn't want to fit, in the end, after trying a couple configurations I made it fit. BUT even though the heat-sink itself fit inside, the fan on top of the heat-sink did not! I had to grab a hacksaw and literally cut a big chunk of the plastic around the fan off. Now my fan is protected from three sides, and is missing one whole side. But it works, and cools my CPU to stay at 38c idle so I can't complain. The CPU during a stress test went to 72c max, but average was 68c.

Asus ROG STRIX X470-I GAMING

It is a very neat motherboard, I haven't had any issue with it at all, it has everything you need, everything fits nicely. The only thing is that the whole board has awesome RGB that is buried so deep inside my case that I don't even see it at all. Which is a shame.

G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200

This ram is the BOMB, it fits together with this massive CPU cooler if you have the cooler in the right orientation. (Facing away from the RAM and the Powersupply.)

Samsung 970 Evo 1.0TB M.2-2280 SSD

This SSD absolutely smashes everything, combined with 32GB of RAM I install everything in seconds. All the programs that took AGES to install on my 7 year old laptop were installed in a mere 40 seconds, and 1TB is a pretty good storage size. I still want MORE but it is definitely enough.

Seagate FireCuda 2TB 2.5" 5400RPM Hybrid

This storage is both fast, and very big, I can dump all my loose files, and videos, pictures ect. on that and keep my SSD only for Windows and Programs.

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GAMING OC

Finally here, the RTX 2080, honestly Amazon took it's sweet time to delay my order by half a month but whatever. RTX 2080? Silverstone Mini ITX? IT FITS! Runs alright so far, I am happy, check out the benchmarks in the pictures. The Gigabyte version of this RTX feels sturdy, looks good, cant be happier. When I play games on Ultra settings for an hour or more the GPU temps only go up to 55-57c max. After a 3D Mark 11 test (screenshot in pictures) the temps barely went above 50c. The GPU during the stress test went up to 72c but averaged at 69c.

EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX

This PSU has enough power for everything, comes packaged very neatly, in a box, and then in a little pouch. Has tons of cables with it, and I didn't even use half of them. I am very happy with it and wouldn't buy anything else. It is a tight fit with the Motherboard though and takes a while to figure everything out. But the Silverstone case comes with a little installation guide for all the components so that helps a lot.

Thank you all so much for reading, and good luck in your builds! I am very happy with mine. If you have any questions hit me up in the comments.

Part Reviews

CPU

Very happy with this product, wasn't sure if I want to give AMD a chance or go with Intel like always, but let me tell you, AMD is the bomb, if you are also undecided what to choose, think no more! This CPU slaughters Video editing and Gaming alike, even Internet Explorer works a bit faster on this.

CPU Cooler

This is a great cooler overall, even though it did not fit my Silverstone RVZ03B Mini ITX without me cutting most of the plastic off with a hacksaw I am sure it will fit larger builds. It keeps my CPU nice and cool, and it looks pretty nice too.

Motherboard

Very nice, looks nice, has RGB, I am very happy with this. everything just clicks on, even though it doesn't have USB-C it has USB 3.1 Gen 2 which is good too.

Memory

Do you like SPEED? Get this RAM ASAP. I am very satisfied with this purchase, it is a low profile RAM that fits small builds nicely and RIPS (Ripjaws heh) through anything and everything you throw at it.

Storage

Much fast, such speed, very storage. I am indeed very impressed with this SSD, I feel like I am doing everything at the speed of light.

Case

Very decent, nice looking case, but BEWARE people with big hands and small amounts of patience, this case will be your demise. Hard to build in, but the end result is very satisfying. Fits in a big backpack and I can take it with me as a carry-on for plane flights.

Power Supply

EVGA EVGA EVGA, that is all I will buy from now on, I am very happy with this power supply, not only is it packaged so so nicely first in a box and then in its own little personal pouch, but also has enough power for pretty much anything. It comes with a LOT of cables, I haven't even used half of them for my build, 10/10 recommend.

Keyboard

Decent Keyboard, the RGB is only red, and to be honest, I should have checked other keyboards before this, I went to Target and already found something that suits me better, but if you want a quiet keyboard, this is for you! I am not disappointed in it, but I realized I prefer feeling the clicks.

Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

I wonder... How are the temperatures ?

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  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Send me a reply when you do it... cuz i will probably miss that if you don't.

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Here you go, CPU Idle: 38c Light gaming: 55c CPU Stress test: 72c max, 68c average

GPU Idle: 38c Light gaming: 49c GPU Stress test: 72c max, 69c average

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

That's great... Considering case size and "limited" airflow. Keep it cool and may it serve you well.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I just did some 4k editing in full resolution and the temps went up to 84c which scared me a little. I think I want a better cooler anyway as the one I have still spins slow even at max speed. If you have any suggestions I am open to them.

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Great job on the portable console style build. Hope you have a good carry on bag for it. Surprised that the Cryorig C1 proved to be such an issue to deal with. However, I like your kit-bashed solution. I really wouldn't worry about the missing side, the entire setup is sturdy enough that it shouldn't make a difference based on what I am seeing in your pics. If you have a concern, though, I would suggest you might want to consider a CoolerMaster MasterLiquid Lite 120 AIO liquid cooler which can fit with a few slight modifications. I wrote up a build about it. Fantastic overall job working in the RVZ 03 though.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the recommendation! I am a bit afraid of Liquid Cooling because of how many times I move the PC around, some of my friends say that it can spill and ruin everything and some say that there is no way the liquid will spill. But yes! The cooler as of now works perfectly well keeping the temps at around 39-42c max.

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Fair enough. You are traveling on planes where pressure changes are involved and you don't want any leakage.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I might actually consider that now! After trying some more intensive video editing my CPU temps went up to 84c which scared me a little! I will check out your build and probably buy that liquid cooler.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm surprised you went with a 2080 instead of a 1080ti

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

It was the same price as the Aorus Extreme 1080ti that I was going to buy, so I went for the gamble. FedEx said its going to be here in a few hours! :) I will post updates

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

When I built mine I spent 800 for a evga sc2 hybrid 1080 to :o **** never gets hot but I did have a ryzen 1700 but I switched to a Intel 8700k just for the boost it helps for in games both Cpus are on par tho I hit 1600 on cinebench with the 1700 oc to 3.9 and the 8700 at 5.0

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I just did a cinebench and hit 1768, about to upload a screenshot :) I will OC the cpu soon

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

They did a tiny bit better on the new one didn't they?

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Somehow those temps don't seem right.

My 2080 gets up to 80C when under loads after a couple hours of gameplay which is normal for these cards.

If you're getting 50C, kudos. lol

This build is awesome!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd second that. 50C on a non-blower card in such a tiny case looks odd. I'd love to see temps and clocks on some serious load (3D mark / Uniengine) for at least an hour.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do that today, I played Just Cause 3 on max settings for about 45 minutes, and got 57c I will try it with 3d mark and upload a screenshot :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Just ran a full 3D Mark 11 test and the gpu went up to 52c and the cpu went to 56c. Mind you, I do have my side panel open, I am in an AC'd room without any windows that has the temperature at 16c, and I have a regular fan just pushing fresh air onto the PC itself, yes a bit overkill, sometimes I wear a hoodie in my own damn room lol

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the answer. I believe folks here will really appreciate a test in more usual (~24C) conditions with a case door closed.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Here you go, screenshots in images, after a 4 hour stress test:

CPU Idle: 38c Light gaming: 55c CPU Stress test: 72c max, 68c average

GPU Idle: 38c Light gaming: 49c GPU Stress test: 72c max, 69c average

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. That's impressive for this form factor!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, Did you manage to get your Ram running at 3200mhz? I've saw a lot of compatibility issues with ryzen/ ryzen mobo's but looking to get the same due to price and speed.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup running it at 3200mhz

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

What's the "big backpack"?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you fit the stock 2700x wraith prism cooler in the case or is it too large to fit?

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Also wondering this.... but based on what I saw from the photos, looks like the PRISM cooler would be too high to fit in this...

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Im curious as to what GPU temps will be with this. Im wanting to shove a 2600x and an RX580 into this case myself. Not sure what cooler to put on that CPU but damn is your setup nice

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello :) My GPU is currently running at 38c slightly OC'd. I played GTA V and Ultra Modded Skyrim SE and the temps barely went up.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Tasty temps. Would you recommend the same cooler for the 2600x in this? Or would something like a noctua cooler be sufficient?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I would say if you are using the same case and all, and don't want to hacksaw your cpu cooler, I would go with Noctua. Although the Cryorig C1 cools very nicely, and does actually fit after a bit of stress, if you want an easy instalation (or not because I never tried Noctua) go for Noctua.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol. Thanks for the advice!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you playing on 1080p locked to 60 FPS?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

As of right now, I have all settings in game to max, but my monitor is 60hz, as that is a monitor I am borrowing from a friend until I get my own.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean games show 270fps, but monitor only refreshes at 60hz

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! I'm contemplating a similar one. Did you consider be quiet! - SHADOW ROCK LP as a cooling solution?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't see it before, looks like it has a smaller heat-sink, I don't mind noise at all, I have an AC and a fan going 24/7. But thanks for the info!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm very impressed, I'm doing almost the exact same build but in a 280x case and I'm all worried if the card will fit lol

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Only substantial difference is I went with the G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 F4-3600C18D-16GTZRX. I have 16gb of ddr3 on my 10 year old rig and it's not a bottle neck so I didn't see the need to jump to 32gb (sounds like you do make use of it so I completely understand.) So I called up Asus as they had 3 QVL for memory on our MB support page and only one of them showed the DDR4 3600 AMD kit.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Very decent ram! Unfortunately I haven't researched the 280x case so I can't tell you if the GPU will fit. And from what I see the 280x has a nice glass panel, I am sure the RGB RAM will look great with it :) My case is completely closed up and I do not see any lights coming from the inside, luckily the only RGB part on my PC is the Motherboard. If I did have a glass panel I would definitely go for some nice RGB options. What color scheme are you going with for your case? I am sure it will look great :) good luck with your build!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry I meant that as more of you did an amazing job fitting a 2080 in a case that is half the size of mine and I'm "worried" if mine will fit lol.

I also have the ability to vertically mount it if need be.

I'm doing a Mass Effect build, so black, red, and white.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I am also thinking of installing the Cryoring C1 in this case

Couldn't you just screw the CPU fan to the case instead of fixing it to the Cryoring C1??

The fan should fit in the slot designed in the case for that purpose.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't try that actually

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you install the SSD tray which the PCIe riser lays on?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not install the SSD tray, I mounted the ssd on the motherboard under the little metal plate

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw your review on the case how big of a backpack where talking about

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I just plane travelled with the PC, I used a Swiss Gear backpack, it looks like a normal sized backpack and has some padding, I will link the backpack in another comment.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

would thier still be some space left over to fit like a keyboard

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I had 2 pairs of headphones and a mouse inside, I doubted that the keyboard would fit and survive a whole 36 hours of travel so I put it in the check-in. I dont think they keyboard would fit in the backpack personally but you could try. I also had some spare clothes and small gadgets in the backpack and the PC was completely fine after all that, what it is though, is pretty HEAVY.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I really don't mind weight also thanks for replying

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

How is the performance/reliability of the Samsung 970 Evo SSD so far ? is it recommended ?

Thanks,

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build, and thank you very much for sharing your tests.

I would like to ask you if with your video card fits with the fan that comes with the case or if it's possible to use 120x120x25mm fan.

Thank you very much for your response and help.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, Sorry havent checked this website for a while, yes I managed to fit the case fans under the gpu, not sure about a larger fan but it might work.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, did you use the stock fans at all? Is there room for any fans with the thickness of the card?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, yeah I am using all the stock fans for cooling and one thicker aftermarket fan for my watercooling.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I just cannot believe 2080 fits in that mini-itx case lol

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

It actually fit with not a single problem, there is still some space, I could fit a 1080ti extreme edition from Asus in there. Its pretty cool.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

It is, great job again my dude!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I'm looking to do almost exactly the same build and was also looking at the C1 cooler.

Would there still be an issues getting this cooler to fit if an SFX power supply was used instead of an ATX?

Did you consider the C7 at all as a cooling solution?

Thanks.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello, the problem with fitting the C1 cooler wasnt with the PSU, the mounting on the motherboard itself was the problem. The motherboard only allowed me to put the cooler on in a certain way, and that resulted in the cooler not fitting. Also I did consider the C7, but its output is smaller than the C1, from my research the C1 is the more powerful and thus better one. In the end though, the air cooling wasn't enough for that case either way and I ended up using a watercooler.

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  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I am happy with my Holy RTX Batman so far, it runs everything with no problems, but I don't have any games I enjoy playing anymore which is sad. I am open to suggestions though :)

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  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Idk either :P The temps so far are staying very low, I will try to crank everything up a little bit and we will see how it goes, for now though I have no real need for overclocking except curiosity. It is a mini ITX but I have my side panels open for more air, in my case the ITX was not for looks but just to make sure it fits on the plane.