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Intro: I have come a long way before achieving a pure happines cramped in a small form factor. My first build was build using Fractal Design Node 202. It was an awesome case to work with it and almost everything was fine, except temperatures. That's why I have decided to switch over Ncase M1, because I wanted to keep my computer as small as possible due to frequent traveling by plane, but still keep it quite and cool. By day I am game developer working with Unity Engine so that's why I have fast SSD in my PC, because switching or importing projects can really take a lot of time if your storage is too slow. By night I play games. A lot.

P.S. If you have any suggestion how can I improve the temps or speed of my computer please do not hesitate to comment!

Case: Ncase M1 v5. Should I say more? It's a really great case, that I had honor to build with. From first glance you can spot, that lot of thought and effort was put into developing it. But even the shiniest armor has some flows. First would be how easy is to leave fingerprints on it. You can barely touch it, and you would see a big, ugly thumb on it. Also a huge minus is no manual how to build in it. I know there is plenty of pictures and tutorials on the internet, but it required a lot of trial and error, before I was able to fit some parts inside. What's more I understand, that the case is pure aluminium, but it would be nice if top panel had some steel parts, because otherwise lot of dust will go through it without any magnetic filter.

I would strongly suggest, that if you are planning to get this case make sure that you know, that other hardware you chose would fit. There is barely any space left for errors.

CPU: I had i5 6600k from my "older" computer, so I have decided to keep it. There is no need to get something faster unless you are doing some heavy duty work that requries i7. For my needs it's more than enough.

GPU: This card is huge. I have spent 25 minutes trying to fit it inside, which requried bending front panel cables to the point, that I was afraid if they won't break. The biggest minus when you build with open cooler GPU and SFF case is, that hot air will be tramped inside your PC. That's why I have put 2 Be Quiet Silent Wings 3 High Speed below graphics card. Too keep air moving up.

CPU Cooler:It was hard to find Noctua C14, because it's no longer produced, but it's the biggest cooler from this manufacturer, that fits into Ncase M1. You can fit 2 x 25mm fans on it and there will be still some spare space between radiator and case fans.

Temperatures & Airflow: I know I might be rebel here, but my fans are placed in Push&Pull configuration starting from the bottom of CPU Cooler. It helps to keep hot air from staying inside the case with a sacrifice of bigger dust accumulation. What's more I have add another fan on the side panel, which also push the air out of the case. It seems to work, because when I play games (the only thing I do, that keeps my GPU at 100% all the time) I have max 60 degree Celcius on CPU and 62 degree Celcius on GPU. My CPU is running stock with 3.9GHz on load. My GPU runs 2012MHz for the clock and 8014MHz for memory. The only interesting thing to keep in mind, is that I undervolted my processor by -0.150mV, which was the lowest I can get before it becomes unstable (sudden crash while developing software is an easy way to loose hours of work).

Fans: Does using so much High Pressure fans sound reasonable? Yes if it comes on how these Be Quiet SilentWings3 fans are good at pushing air through obstacles. In different configuration for CPU Cooler I would definitely chose other components, but in this case more pressure is needed to push the air outside the case or through radiatior. I might test high airflow outtake fans on side panel in the future. Right now my pc is barely audible while working.

It's really important to note, that outtake fan from the side of the case is always going faster than CPU one in order to prevent hot air from GPU go through CPU radiator as much as possible.

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Fellow NCase builder!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I might follow the path of watercooling as you did, and maybe, maybe get a custom loop next year.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Since you it for game development, I suggest getting a cheap watercooler so you can keep temps low over time.

+1

for the awesome build

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

I have a spare Corsair H110i v2 from previous build. The problem is, that it would be a problem to get it through airport security check as carry on bag. I am to afraid to keep it in hold luggage.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

If you travel a lot an air cooler is the way forward. Water cooling seems far more error prone. Also the ssd's are great because there are no moving parts. I'd say if you want more performance get 6700k and give it a conservative overclock 4.0ghz all cores. Also I'd consider downclcoking the 1070. This could potentially drop temps by a few C.

Other than that, great build. It seems to be running at good temps now anyway, with noctua fans which are so silent. I think you've done very well here.

Where do you tend to use this pc by the way. Hotels? office rooms? +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

If it comes to CPU I am waiting for Intel's response on Ryzen7. They already announced some 6 core i7 for mobile devices, so I am waiting for the desktop one. There is lot of rumors, that new chipset is coming, but I am wondering if Z270 will be compatible with "refreshed" one.

For the GPU there is no need to downclock, because while working it never goes above 80%, so temperatures are much better then when I am playing games. Changing to GTX 1080 Ti is tempting, but I am afraid that next years Nvidia's card will be far better than their flagship one.

Right now I am traveling ever month between my home and city, where my current employer is located. Actually I live in two places simultaneously.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I see, so a SFF PC is actually really useful. :)

And to do with the CPU, Intel have already confirmed that you will need a new chipset for the Coffee Lake chips. They will be frankly incredible, and will OC much higher than ryzen with more MT performance. But since you are already on z270, I'd say buy a kaby/skylake i7 when they come out. These will still be great chips and the price will drop dramatically. You could probably pick a used one up for $150.

Also in terms of getting a 1080ti, I wouldnt worry. This ti card was a huge step up on the 1080 card. Also AMD vega was a let down, so Nvidia are under less pressure to release an amazing card. If you want a 1080ti, now is the perfect time frankly.

Again great build!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

what do you use to transport the pc and monitor?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I use ADJ Products F4 PAR to transport the PC. I don't need to travel with the display, because I have twoin my hometown and one in a city, that my current employer is located.