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I was running basically this PC in an mATX build, but after my motherboard started getting a little flakey I decided it was time to replace it. In the future I had planned to move to an mITX case, but since I now had the excuse to get a new motherboard, I decided to go mITX now and move my build from my Silverstone TJ08-E to the NCASE M1 I had been using for my media center PC.

Before I moved to the new case, I tested my PC with my CPU overclocked to 3.9Ghz on all cores vs running stock, and while the PC was definitely faster overclocked when doing things like rendering videos, it was essentially identical while playing games at 1440p. I no longer did any video work, so I decided I could just run the CPU at stock speeds and live with using the stock cooler that came with my Ryzen 7 1700 originally, as it would fit in the NCASE great. There are definitely some nice low profile alternatives, but many of them aren't that much better than the Wraith Spire or run into compatibility issues with my tall RAM.

I also needed to swap out my GPU, as while I had the MSI GTX 1080 Ti, that card was a bit too wide for the NCASE, and would have forced to to modify the case a bit for it to fit. I sold the MSI card and bought a used Asus Strix 1080 TI, which does fit in the NCASE fine. I could have fit it with the shroud and fans, but had already decided to remove them and cool the GPU with 2 case fans connected to the PWM headers on the Strix, so the GPU saw the fans as GPU fans. The fans are mounted as exhaust, as testing from others with similar setups have shown that using the fans as exhaust instead of as intakes is more effective in this situation.

The next planned upgrade is swapping out the R7 1700 for whichever Zen2 CPU I like when they come out next year. (hopefully)

note: Some of the prices are a bit wonky, as some parts I paid more for than what they cost now, and some I paid less for. For instance, the CPU I paid more than it goes for now, while the RAM, GPU, and case fans I paid less for either because they were less at the time of purchase or I bought them used, and there is no listing for the 840 EVO anymore so I just put in the price of an equivalent drive, etc...)

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  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Beautiful build... thumbs up

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm pretty happy with it... for now....

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

The video card and fans really fill that thing up! Looks awesome. By the way, that CPU heatsink in your other computer looks like a beast.

I wonder why they don't put the AMD coolers on here as choices.

Do you like the be quiet! fans?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the GPU is a tight fit, but looks real nice once in there.

Yup, I got that big cooler (Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT) as a replacement for a custom loop I had in the PC when I still had the CPU overclocked and wanted to go back to air cooling. Overall it kept my CPU slightly cooler than the custom loop (although the custom loop only had a thick 120mm radiator, so it wasn't too serious) while being quieter.

I think they don't have them listed because they're not normally available for sale outside of getting them with the CPU's. Since I do see them listed on Amazon now though, they could probably be added in via request on the forums. A while back I was the one that got the PreSonus speakers I have in the build listed by requesting them via the forums.

Yup, the Be Quiet! fans are doing a really good job while also being very quiet. The loudest thing in my case under load is the CPU cooler fan, and that isn't really loud either. When I measured it via phone app from about a foot away while in game it was about 33dB. About 29dB at idle, but again, the CPU cooler is the loudest.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

That's awesome. That's pretty darn low decibels from a phone recording (in a non-special-quiet environment I'm guessing). Nice! I might try a be quiet! fan to replace the 90mm case fan in my parents' machine then.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Are the intake fans for the GPU connected to the GPU's fan headers or to a PWM header somewhere else? It kinda looked like they were, but just wanted to double check... If they are connected to the GPU, make sure GPU Tweak II is installed or you won't be able to use them.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans below the GPU are actually exhaust, not intakes (they pull the air away from the cooler instead of pushing air down onto it), but yeah, they're connected to the GPU PWM fan headers, so the GPU can control them directly.

Yup, got GPU Tweak running, don't like it quite as much as Afterburner due to the lack of an overlay, but life goes on.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

A fellow NCASEr! Great build!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

whats the specs on the keyboard?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Oops, completely forgot that part, may have to see if I can add it in.

Varmilo VA87M (Cherry MX-Brown)

DSA Granite Keycaps (from Massdrop)

Aluminum case (also from Massdrop)

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, I dig it!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

looks pretty sweet. you should take more photos of the keyboard and it to this entry :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

I do have this older picture of it with a few different caps on:

https://i.imgur.com/nZ1JMNP.png

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice setup. That monitor looks huge on that stand and when I realized I have the same one I'm sitting here wondering if I need to measure mine. The way you got it mounted is nice.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Really clean build, mITX boards are just the cutest too lol

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Whoa, but the difference in size in the last pic is amazing. Great little build.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

cool!