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A build for a friend that took way too long to complete.

When building in the TU150 (and other ITX cases), make sure you plan out your build, especially with larger coolers like the NH-D15(s). I initially installed the cooler without plugging in the 8-pin EPS connector and ended up needing to take off the cooler to fix the issue. As a person who primarily builds PCs with ATX and mATX motherboards, I was not expecting the CPU cooler header to be in the top left corner, also next to the 8-pin EPS connector. The difficult placement of fan headers all around forced me to just use a fan hub to power all of the fans (plugged into one of the system fan headers). Furthermore, the LED strip was much too long and could not bend, meaning that I only used it below the GPU. In a smaller case like this, the combo set of 2x400mm strips would have been more suitable. Cable management was incredibly difficult, thanks to the stiff extension cables I selected. However, I could not be more pleased with the end result. Even though I've built nearly 8-10 PCs at this point, this was definitely one of the most rewarding and fun builds- but was also the longest- simply finishing the build without installing windows/drivers took nearly 3 hours.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU for the price! I would recommend it to a friend over a 9900K. Even though the 9900K is 6% better at 1080p, the difference is basically unnoticeable at 1440p.

CPU Cooler

Wonderful cooler! Just make sure you're reading the manual before installing so you don't waste time. It came with the extra fan clips necessary to convert it into a NH-D15 with better memory compatibility.

Motherboard

This is a great motherboard- 6+2 phase VS the 4+2 phase on the Strix X570-I gaming. The only downside is the difficult placement of headers, which is hard to avoid on boards of this size. Watch out for the CPU fan header which is located in the top left corner of the motherboard. IMPORTANT NOTE: The advertising of 2 system fan headers is misleading- the second one is already occupied by the chipset fan, so you will likely need to purchase a splitter or fan hub.

Memory

Wonderful memory and works as intended. I will edit this review once I confirm that it is Micron Rev E. Hopefully I can overclock it to 3600mhz CL14.

Storage

Very overpriced SSD. If you're spending this much for a SATA SSD, you're doing something wrong. You can get an NVMe drive for the same price, or another SATA SSD with DRAM such as the L5 Lite 3D, TCSUNBOW X3, WD Blue 3D, or MX500 for nearly $30-40 less. The only reason I selected this drive was to match the black aesthetic of my build.

Video Card

Wonderful GPU. Good cooler, nice RGB. Would recommend to a friend.

Case

It's a large ITX case with a handle. Cable management could be improved on a case of this size. The side panels are incredibly weak in terms of adhering to the case and if your cables aren't tied down (there aren't very many cable tie-down points), they will not close. You need extensions or longer replacement PSU cables in order to use the top cable management section of the case.

Power Supply

It's a power supply with full protections and decent quality for the price.

Case Fan

Wow! These fans at 3000 RPM make the same amount of noise as my ML120s at 1400 RPM. I cannot recommend these more. The reason these were selected over the traditional Chromax NF-F12 Chromax was because of availability at the time. It ended up being only $3 more per fan after adding the replacement vibration pads, which I think is completely worth it.

Case Fan

Wonderful Noctua fans that look great and perform well for the price. I used them to replace the stock ones on the NH-D15S.

Monitor

Very good monitor. There's a reason it's so highly rated by RTINGS.com and Hardware Unboxed on Youtube.

Custom

They're replacement pads for your standard 120mm Noctua fans. They look great and are well worth $6.

Custom

Magnets are incredibly weak on these heatsink covers. Any shift in the case will move them off of the heatsink, which was very disappointing. They do look great though!

Custom

Good fan hub for the price, and is powered by SATA power. This is a product I would recommend to a friend.

Custom

Very stiff cables but quality control has a lot to be desired. One of the 6-pin power connectors would not plug into the 6-pin cable from the PSU. Fortunately, Antec provided two of these.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Looking forward to hearing about the overclocking of the Crucial Ballistix Sport modules.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! That friend of yours must be really happy right now.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build I'm contemplating do a similar build, a few questions regarding fan placement and temps. Are you able to fit 25mm fans under the triple slot GPU? And also how are the temps fairing on 3900x Really tidy +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Optimum Tech did a video discussing temps on the 3900x in this case. Looks to be quite solid as far as air cooling goes, since that's pretty much the only option available. I'd say go for it since that's the same CPU I'm saving up for with the same case. As far as the fans go, there are only 2 applicable slots beneath the GPU witch can support standard or slim, 120mm fans (based on where the mounting points are). You could jerry-rig some 25mm fans underneath but I guess the real questions is...why?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I bet you scraped up a few fingers during the process =D

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I did! My left pointer finger got cut when I was trying to plug in the extension cables.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think there would have been space to put in a 3.5" HDD above the CPU cooler?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I was able to fit my 3.5HDD above the exact same cooler with minimal issues. Just make sure your cable routing isn't pinching or catching anywhere.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey is there any need for an additional exhaust fan at the back behind the d15? I'm guessing not? Guess there's no space anyway?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like he fit one back there but my question is how? I wasn't able to duplicate that but if he found a way, using the same mobo (distance/spacing) I would like to know lol. A 120mm slim fan would fit back there though, no doubt.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Quick question about your RAM selection and overall build:

Same case - work-from-home machine that I will be running O365 Excel models that are (non-crypto) financial in nature. They will be Power App/BI/macro/Flow-heavy, plus custom py scripts whilst streaming Bloomberg TV, as well as having +30 extension-heavy Chrome/Opera/Edge tabs open at the same time.

Am I even on the right track here?

I've put a Ryzen 3950x CPU in the same 570 chipset, and am using a slimline midrange graphics card (Radeon 5100) w/slimline Noctua cooling, power is 750w, both M2 slots have 2tb WD Blue with additional 2tb Samsung on the SATA.

Only missing piece is RAM.

I had planned to put in 64gb of Corsair 3200 DIMM. Can the machine even use 64gb? Should I increase speed to 4000 DIMM and go with 32gb?

Sorry for the essay and thanks for your input.

TL; DR - 32gb RAM or 64gb RAM for what seems like a similar build? Already spent $2700 here which is 2.5x what I had intended.

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/ipriva/saved/#view=2MBLP6

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

That setup does support 64GB of ram but you'll need to purchase two 32GB sticks that are compatible with the X570i. As long as your build truly is CPU oriented with the most cores possible, you're on the right track.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey man - thanks for your response, that's very helpful. Sorry I'm just seeing this 21 days after your message.

I ended up going with 2x 16gb Trident RGB sticks at 3600mhz - I definitely need to upgrade though as I seem to be RAM bottlenecked and the AMD 3950x rarely exceeds 10-25% usage. Also gonna try a different GPU (RX 580 Red Devil - similar specs as the 5100WX Pro currently in the build but I suspect the faster clock may make more RAM available) to see if that helps anything.

Hopefully 32gb DDR4 sticks will come down in price now that DDR5 is coming along.

Thanks again for response - stay well!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build! I did something almost exactly the same. How'd you manage to get the rear 120mm fan mounted with the NHS-D15? I used the same mobo and rad but am unable to fit the rear fan :(.

I was also contemplating using two slim 120mms to cool my 5700xt further...

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build, what are the idling temps and stressed temps with the cooler and case?

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

how are gpu temps on this?

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

what's the dust filter on the bottom?

  • 13 hours ago
  • 1 point

+1 for impressive powerful build in this very aesthetically pleasing case. You are bang on correct to point out the need to carefully plan itx builds of this size. I researched excessively before I purchased. As examples, choosing the Core 500 met my needs for portability & to house components chosen for intended longevity & power. Equally, I adopted air cooling using the following criteria: an incompetent novice, I was particularly uncomfortable with the thought of repairing or replacing a failing AIO. Research suggested initial cooling gains of AIOs were lost beyond a few hours due to water temperatures balancing. So for extended use, large air coolers were stated to provide more consistent & potentially lower thermals, no pump noise & enduringly greater reliability. Next stage was envisaging the build, which literally meant innumerable 3d sketches of the Core 500 to account for every millimetre of available space to house my perceived components. This particularly involved researching product dimensions as well as compatibility options. Eventually I felt more confident that everything would work out without the need to return incorrectly purchased parts and I am considerably grateful I did it this way - I found it fun and informative too.