Front/Side shot of Unimatrix Zero. Nothing special, very basic.
Inside, head on. Very compact. Not a lot of cable management room, so PSU cables are stuffed up into the as yet unused 5.25" drive bay.
Oblique angle shot of the insides, showing off the RAM sticks and some more cables. Nothing pretty, but it is usable.
Named after the smaller, self-contained collective of free will in the dream-state during regeneration of Borg drones within The Borg Collective in Star Trek: Voyager, Unimatrix Zero is the smaller, less powerful version of my first custom PC named Unimatrix 01.
Where Unimatrix 01 was in an over-sized NZXT Phantom Black/Green with a Radeon R9 280x, Unimatrix Zero has been put in a much smaller Mini-ATX case with the same GPU (a recent change from a smaller R9 270), but given 8 more gigabytes of RAM, up to 16gb. Despite having only the AMD AM3+ stock cooler that came with the FX-6300 that hasn't been moved from the mount in 6 years, the CPU stays surprisingly cool with a side intake fan blowing directly onto it.
Unimatrix Zero now sits next to the television as a perfectly capable Home Theater desktop system driving all of our web browsing and video streaming needs, and retro console emulation. In a pinch, it can even do modern gaming, managing to pull 60fps solid in EA's Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2018) at medium settings at 1080p, and smaller games like Super Lucky's Tale no problem.
RGB Lighting? No
Cooling: Air Cooling
Type: General Build
Re-added original GPU
I've decided to put the original XFX R9 280x back into the build for better 3D performance over the R9 270. This is a very long card, and getting it in the case was a chore involving the removal of the strange storage mount bracket and a lot of effort.. I may post photos later, but as it stands, the entire bottom of the case is now GPU. There is actually zero space for anything else; I'm amazed I still have room for the SSHD I have mounted in there, despite it being a 2.5" version.
I've had to remove two of the RAM sticks due to either a faulty DIMM or DIMM Slot. I haven't done any testing, I just removed two sticks after a failed MemTest diagnostic and the BSODs stopped. Shame but not the end of the world. I will never need more than 8gb of RAM in this system.