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I just finished my last build, which is a small ITX one.


As my little daughter always played the power and reset buttons on my older case, i decided to sell mainboard and case, and get me some mini-ITX stuff.


Therefore is did quite a long research, as i wanted to have a very small case, which also looks a bit Apple-like - in case of materials. I instantly felt in love with the Raijintek Metis, which is a super cheap full-aluminium case.


I added the following components:


Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97N-WIFI (flashed with Ozmosis)

CPU: Intel i5-4460

CPU cooler: Alpenföhn Brocken Eco

GPU: internal Intel HD 4600

Memory: G.Skill 2x 8 GB

Power supply: BeQuiet e9 480w modular

Wifi-card: TP-Link TP-WDN3800

Bluetooth: Gmyle Micro

SSD for OSX: Samsung Evo 850 - 256GB

SSD for Windows: Adata S510 - 120GB


The build took some time, as there is not much of space inside. Good thing is, that you could remove top and bottom parts as well as the side parts. The system is running really quiet and surprisingly also quite cool - i had read several guys which where complaining about massive temperature problems. For me, the crucial part was to change the fans to suck air in, only the power supplys fan is now used as an outtake. I never thought that this would be enough, but i´m running with low temperatures for such as small case.


Ok, long story short - here are the pictures ;-)




I hope you like my build, please feel free to ask questions and stuff. Please forgive my english, as it is not my native language - thanks :-)


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This is a very simple, clean and beautiful build. Unfortunately we do not have MacMod of the Month anymore, but if we did you would definitely have my vote !!! :)


By the way, what is your GeekBench Score? If you don't know what that is you can go here and download the free one and test it out:





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By the way, what is your GeekBench Score?



Thanks for your comment.


My GeekBench Score is 3139 in Single-Core and 9917 on Multi-Core, which seems to be ok for my system!?

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I like it. I learned from it, in future, the cabinet measured in Beck's scale  :thumbsup_anim:  :hysterical:

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small update:


i added a small GTX 750 TI (from Palit), so that i could finally finish GTA V  :D


the card is super short and runs without external power connection, but i don't like the fan noise. I will replace the whole cooling with an arctic accelero mono plus soon, in order to keep everything cool and silent again.


CPU temperature went up by 2°C (approx. 35°F) which is ok for me.


here are some pictures from the inside:


post-1397724-0-02164400-1439067333_thumb.jpg post-1397724-0-53542600-1439067350_thumb.jpg

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Thanks for your comment.


My GeekBench Score is 3139 in Single-Core and 9917 on Multi-Core, which seems to be ok for my system!?


The 9917 GB score that you received is okay for an entry level system and great for web browsing and emails; your basic stuff. Me on the other hand, I want as much performance from my machines as possible; hence the reason why I built The Hackinbeast. You do have a very clean and nice system.

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Received the Arctic Accelero Mono Plus GPU fan replacement kit today, and just finished with the built:


post-1397724-0-21382700-1439589973_thumb.jpg post-1397724-0-35630900-1439589994_thumb.jpg


As this boy is so huge, i needed to take everything apart again, else i would not have been able to get the completed card back into his place.


I´m pretty happy with the results, everything is super silent now. Only when the fan goes over 55%, i can hear the air rushing. Else it is completely quit, just as i like it.


Here are some before/after temperatures after 10 minutes of Furmark GPU stress-test:


stock cooling unit: max. 71°C (ccc, max. 43% fan-speed, auto-mode)

arctic mono, open case: max. 47°C (ccc, max. 33% fan-speed, auto-mode)

arctic mono, closed case: max. 61°C (ccc, max. 39% fan-speed, auto-mode)


I´m thinking about getting some holes into the top of the case, so that it could suck in more air. Right now there is only one thumb room above the fan, maybe not enough.

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Agree too!


Is better use a Water Cooler.  ^_^


It's hard fitting one there :P



Why not something like this, small machine, big radiator... :P


just joking ;)

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This is how it looks with a corsair h60 fitted:




I really like the look, nur i'm scared that the system would be louder then it is now...

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You are like the flash gordon of the upgrades, on a 970 now ;)!


Btw super nice looking, about the noise, maybe you should get one of those noctua super low noise fan for the cooler...

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You are like the flash gordon of the upgrades, on a 970 now ;)!


Btw super nice looking, about the noise, maybe you should get one of those noctua super low noise fan for the cooler...

Too bad this is not my system, just found it :-)

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