Hi, All of the recent hype around small form factor (SFF) builds lately has really caught my attention. The amount of power you can fit into such a small case is great. I enjoy looking around for deals and lately have found second hand parts to be priced very reasonable. Majority of my stuff came from Fleebay, a few bits from Facebook Market place and then the lapboard and mouse from Amazon warehouse deals. I did have to buy the case new as I couldn’t find any second hand ones.
The Case, I didn’t want to pay over the od’s for a used Dan case when the Kolink Rocket can be bought new for a lot less. I have built in Kolink case’s before and found quality to be an afterthought. But the Rocket is very nice to build in, with a great designed and a solid feel. There is plenty more room in the case for an extra 90mm fan if you fancy drilling a few holes but I haven’t found thermals to be an issue. You can fit 2 2.5 drives in the lower part of the case but it is a bit fiddly trying to plug the sata cables in.
Performance, I’m not planning on putting any overclock on the system as I’ve been warned the motherboard is a little fragile around the VRM’s. However I’m really happy with the out of the box performance, with benchmarking results coming up very good for a SFF system. Thermals are good with max temps on CPU hitting 70 and averaging around 55-60 while gaming. The GPU is maxing out at 70 as well and again averaging in the high 50’s while gaming. Idle temps on CPU sit mid to high 30’s and same again with GPU.
The Future, So I still don’t know what my plan is going forward for this system. I’m struggling to think of a use that my main system can’t do. Originally my plan was to use it with my TV so I can game on the sofa but not totally sure it’s worth it in reality. If I do start to use it regularly I might invest a little more and get a set of custom length cablemod set (in orange). I can’t really see the point of any hardware upgrades in the near future. If it just ends up as an ornament I will probably either try sell it on or strip it down and sell part by part. If you’ve managed to last this long then
Thank you for spending your time to read this, I appreciate it. Apologies for spelling and grammar it’s not a strong point of mine.