Tazor's new Velka5 SFF build log

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  1. Tazor

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    So I've just ordered the last part of my new build, which has been sitting in pieces for a few weeks while I waited for PSlate to open up for orders again.

    But cables are ordered and should arrive in the next week or 2.

    This is an exciting build for me because it's the smallest I've ever gone.
    Slightly less powerful than my last as I've gone from a 2080 to a 5700 XT for one reason: Noise.

    This build is aiming to be something of a paradox in the SFF world - powerful and small while maintaining near silence.
    The 2080 wasn't capable of achieving this as its fan was always on and it was bloody loud with even a slight load - the 5700XT red dragon is quiet all the time thanks to its 100mm passive fans.

    Anyway, I'll be posting pics as I go as usual, but specs for this system are below:

    Case: Velkase Velka5
    CPU: i7 9700k - undervolted
    Mobo: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming ITX
    GPU: Powercolor 5700XT Red Dragon
    Rest of the parts are standard and very black.

    Still making some decisions re lighting. I bought it The Phanteks neon strips which I'm considering setting up inside to add some flow - but space is tight.

    Some other fun additions thanks to Warmack Woodworks should round this one out nicely - more to come!

    Cheers,

    Tazor
     
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    Alright y'all - it's finished and it's beautiful!


    To begin with, this is how it was when I started:

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    Motherboard 'unit' on its own:

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    This gem of a GPU - happily downgraded from 2080 to this because it is SO much quieter:

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    PSU with my new cutie cables:

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    And last, but certainly not least, the pièce de résistance:

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    With that out of the way, let's get cracking and into the setup:

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    And she's done, apolopgies for any blurrinesss/graininess on the shots - they look much crisper on the phone that took them xD

    Throw any questions at me, but very happy with the final result!
     
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    The timber is a very nice touch.
    Everyone is trying to improve on the mundane black box with rgb lights and IMO this is much more tasteful. Turns your pc into a piece of furniture. :thumbup:
     
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    That is ridiculous mate - I love it, agree the wood looks awesome :thumbup:
     
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    Looks nice. How is the build quality on the Velkase? I was considering one but ended up going for a pangea ghost s1 with a small tophat
     
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    Need to report this thread for excessive porn!
    What are the temps like on the dragon?
     
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    Pretty much my exact thoughts, it adds a class and somewhat removes any gamification of most high end builds these days.

    Thanks Juzz, glad you like it bro!! :D

    Build quality is good, not great, with some concessions needing to be made to get it to this size - mainly like the GPU mounting which I'm not a fan of but can't be helped at this volume.

    Pretty decent. I think,a great as it looks though, the passive PSU is causing higher temperatures for both GPU and PSU and the fans do seem to ramp up in some more demanding games - but they're better than the 2080 was!
     
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    So - loop in there next, right? :p :thumbup:
     
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    Ahaha, I wish!

    But that does lead me in nicely to my next update.

    I realised I hadn't bought a new PC this year despite doing a full new build log and I've used my PC more than ever for WFH and will be full time moving forward so thought I'd upgrade so I can claim some of it back.

    So my next phase will come in 3 parts.
    Phase 1: Upgrade the CPU/Motherboard/RAM/Cooler in the system.
    Phase 2: Upgrade storage in the system
    Phase 3: Upgrade GPU in the system.

    I'm currently beginning Phase 1 this week, I have ordered an i9 10900f from SkyComp who have them for $730 - which makes it pretty damn good value for a 10 core/20 thread, 65W CPU.
    I'll be running this on an ASRock H470M ITX/ac with 32Gb of Team T-Force Vulcan Z memory because it's a similar grey to the motherboard. This will give me double my current memory and almost triple my current threads (will come in handy when I get back into games dev work).
    Finally I have order an ID-Cooling IS-47K. This is a 47mm tall, 6 heat pipe cooler rated at 130W and is also a nice matte grey to tie it in with the other parts - but should offer better cooling than the Noctua L9i I have been using.

    Part of the reason for choosing this motherboard was because of the dual top mounted Gen3 x4 M.2 drive slots. Traditional ITX boards mount 1 on the back and this is not optimal for the Velka5 due to the ridiculous tolerances and total lack of cooling. Because they are both top side with heatsinks I can install 2 1Tb Gen3 x4 SSD's for crazy amount of storage and speed.

    The final phase is pending release of newer graphics architecture later in the year and will completely depend on the available cooling systems and size of them - I've got very limited space and a 450W Passive PSU so I really need to wait and see how they turn out in the case I also need to update me power supply too.

    Anyway, stay tuned, updates will be dripping through from about next week I suspect - let me know if you have any questions or things you're interested in me finding out with these changes.
     
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    I'll be keen to see how the 10900F goes in there mate - should be the perfect fit, and that's a damn nice price.

    I'd be pretty keen on your 9700K/Z390 combo after tax return too, just quietly. I was eyeing Ryzen :thumbup:
     
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    You missed it already haha sold it to AdamMB23 a few days ago :lol: it did sell VERY quickly haha
     
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    Love it mate, recently put together a Sliger SM560 mini ITX build myself which is a tad larger than this little tiny case. Amazing you can cram so much power into so little room!
     
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    As if you don't claim it regardless of whether or not it was purchased directly for work?? ;)
     
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    Hahaha, I'm paranoid and afraid if I'm dishonest to the tax man I'm going to be stalked the rest of my days for the one time I claimed something as a work expense I used more for recreational purposes xD
     
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    Also, update - I may have slightly, accidentally, a little bit, sold this case and bought a FormD T1... So there will likely be a new build for that which is most likely going to incorporate some form of fluid based heat transfer system... We'll see, haven't decided yet xD
     
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