Description

Thoughts... It runs fast, it runs well. Originally this was a beefier HTPC build, but then my wife took it over so it was edited to fit her needs.

Part Reviews

CPU

This is a nice little APU perfect for an HTPC or a work PC with a bit of light gaming. Couple this wit ha nice lower tier GPU and you can really push the envelope.

CPU Cooler

This little cooler, while small will surprise you. I used this in a SFF build to cool a Ryzen 5 1600x. Adding in a bit of liquid metal this cooled that 1600x so that at peak it never topped 65c. Which is insane for such a small cooler.

Motherboard

One of my favorite ITX boards hands down. Its been a dream to work with across multiple builds.

Memory

I can't really complain, its cheap, ram with a decent speed. It's not winning any awards but it does the job.

Storage

This is an affordable 1TB SSD, it works well for a small game library and other tasks like OS hosting.

Video Card

People always praise Sapphire for their cards and rightly so, but Gigabyte seems to be largely over looked. Yet, this card is a prime example of small, efficient and affordable.

Case

This is a great "tiny case" for any HTPC build or an "out of the way" system. At one point I had a Ryzen 5 1600x in here and still managed to keep it at a relatively safe temperature. So this case provides the proper base on which to build a nice small but powerful system.

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Why 32GB of ram? Seems like overkill.

Cool build though. Fit a lot of power into that case.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

It's what I had here. I would have prefered a 16GB kit, but my one kit 16GB kit (Geil EVO X) is just a touch too tall.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Add the missing parts as custom with product pages linked and it'll get in the system eventually.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I think if you use it in vertical way, it might run a little cooler, in this orientation it can not get enough air, IMO, or you can put a riser beneath the case so it can breath.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I've coincidentally built a system very similar to yours, except I'm having some thermal issues and was wondering if you could help. I'm using a Ryzen 1600, Nocyua NH-L9i with the mounting bracket, same case and same motherboard (and even same sdd lol).

I messed with overclocking a little until I realized my thermals were way out of control. I reverted to factory settings and left it at that for a while. I was just playing some dark souls 3 for about an hour when my system shut off. I rebooted into bios to see that my temps were in 90c+ territory. and my case was quite hot.

I took my whole system apart and remounted the cpu cooler with fresh paste and cleared the CMOS. AIDA64 has now been currently been running for 20 minutes and the temps seemed to have leveled off at still quite high temps. (AIDA64 says 70c. HWMonitor says 79c.) I was wondering if you had any difficulties and would be willing to share how you fixed them.

Edit: I was running the test verticaly. When I moved the case hortizontally and put it where I had it on my shelf, AIDA64 got it up to 88c on HWMonitor. I find that odd because it's a well ventilated shelf, but moving it vertically dropped it back down to 78c pretty fast.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking of building a system very similar to yours and was curious about the overclock you are running. What CPU clock rate and voltage are you running at?

Trying to go for a cool/quiet HTPC system that could also handle 1440p gaming.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you accidentally replied to me instead of the OP. I'm having heat issues at stock let alone overclocking.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

No I meant to reply to you :)

I wanted to make confirm that your thermal issues were occurring at stock speeds, but I can see you already mentioned that. My bad for misreading.

Please comment back if you figure out the cause for the high temps, I am curious and would like to avoid any problems in a similar build

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh okay. I did some more testing with my setup. I loosely shoved a 140x25mm fan on top of the l9i cooler and its fan to see if additional ventilation would help at all, also because it barely fit. That got rid of the vertical vs hortizontal vs on my shelf differences entirely and shaved off a few degrees to boot. Though it was still hitting high 70s (plus that fan I was using was not quiet at all) so I think a larger heat sink than the l9i will help my problems.

I just ordered an Id-Cooling IS-60. I think it's bigger size will help my cpu temps a lot plus being able to mount a 120mm fan on it will better circulate the air. Some issues I see with this is that I think there might be RAM clearance issues with it and my FlareX RAM and I've heard the fan it comes with is not that great. Once it comes in I'll see how well it works and put a better fan on it if it would help.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

The Id-Cooling IS-60 came in. It just barely fit on my motherboard in my case. The mounting holes for it actually line up perfectly when it's fins are touching the side of my ram heatspreaders. If I had a different motherboard, then I think I'd have a big problem. I was hoping to get a 25mm fan to put on it, but the 15mm fan it comes with actually barely fits in the Node 202 case.

I just put it through an overnight AIDA64 run and it maxed out at 80c and was actually hovering around the high 70s. So it didn't seem to help all that much compared to the l9i with the 140mm fan on it (especially for how big it is), but it is able to return to idle temperatures much more quickly when the load drops. Considering I'm in an air conditioned room, I wouldn't be too comfortable with anything more than a mild overclock.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Surprisingly, I used a 1600x and 1500x for thermal comparisons and EVERY time the 1500x ran 10c hotter than the 1600x. Your 1600 non X should have 30w TDP headroom.

Our coolers should be similar enough within margin of error. I wouldn't thin thermal paste brand would make a huge difference but I used Arctic Silver 5. Have you removed your cooler to look at the paste pattern to make sure you were getting good adhesion?

I am sorry it took me so long to reply, I'm not to active here. (Yet)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Could you tell me which chip this GeIL uses by checking on Thaipoon Burner or CPU Z SPD Tab ? Thx