Description

Hi! The purpose of this computer is gaming and lighter productivity work. Constraints were: Small foot print, as silent as possible and able to do 144hz, 1440p gaming. I'm happy with it so far. It runs silent and has no problems delivering high framerates in the games I play (PUBG, Overwatch, Destiny 2).

I took a lot of inspiration from RGB Nano S and Monochrome Nano S. Look at those builds if you want to do something like this, lots of information in the comments.

I decided early on to do an ITX form factor as I wanted a small foot print. I started by looking at really small cases, but after a lot of deliberation ended up with the Fractal Design Nano S. I was concerned that compact cases like the NCASE M1 would be running too hot and making the computer louder, so the Nano S seemed like a good compromise.

A few annoyances with the case that I needed to work around:

  • It only supports ATX power supplies, but they leave very little vertical space to the graphics card. The suggested solution is to use a blower style card, but they are louder and were expensive when I bought my components. So I went with an SFX power supply and the PP08 adapter that allows it to be installed in the case. Here's a video that explains the issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiDZNT7mxLQ

  • The SFX cables are too short, so you really need extensions or buy custom ones for it to work comfortably in this case. The custom cables from CableMod were really nice (I'm a sucker for quality cables), but crazy expensive and they took a long time (3 weeks) to deliver my order. Personally I think it adds to the overall appearance though. I just ordered the same lengths as in molnarg's build. Here is my CableMod configuration.

  • The case fans that come with the case are 3-pin and as far as I could understand there's no way to software control the RPM of them with the ASRock Fatal1ty board, which only has 4 pin connections. The case fans ran at 100% RPM all the time. I bought the Noctua fans and replaced them, and they work fine.

I built my last pc 20 years ago and remember it as being quite painful, so was pleasantly surprised there's a lot more resources now, like pcpartpicker. I figured I share my build and maybe it's helpful to someone, as I got a lot of inspiration from the builds here.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.

Part Reviews

Monitor

Had to send this monitor back 2 times before I got one that didn't have either dead pixel clusters or weird yellow tint. I would not recommend buying this display, it's just too much a hassle (read other reviews on amazon etc). The third panel I got was decent, but not really at the level I would except for a display at this price.

Headphones

They don't look terrible, unlike most gaming headsets, so that's a plus. Mic is good. Turning them on is annoying (the button is small and needs to pressed in for 5 secs) and the volume and game/chat knobs change whenever you take the headset on or off, so you have to adjust them all the time. Otherwise pretty good.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 5 points

Ew, get some custom cables and hide that ketchup and mustard cables.

Oh wait...

+1 though despite actually getting custom mustard and ketchup cables.

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

Well iv'e seen it all, never once did i think someone would buy custom cables that look like ketchup and mustard cables, the build looks great though!

  • 23 months ago
  • 6 points

i thought it was time for a self-referential post modernist pc.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

so i assume mcdonalds sponsored this pc build?

  • 23 months ago
  • 6 points

i just couldn't say no to life time free big macs.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

don't worry, i would do the same :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Mac? This is PC Part Picker lol

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The thing I love about this is the fact everyone hates ketchup and mustard cables, but you went against it and kept it. That's awesome.

+1!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey im building the same thing and its my first build but what was the type of cable you got and length from cablemod

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool. Here’s my cablemod configuration: https://store.cablemod.com/configurator/#cfgload:59fb64745b2d91.50272555

Good luck!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man really helps

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there, I made a very similar build as you, except with the following differences: Intel i5-8400 GTX 1070 Ti G.skill Tridentz 3200 Link here: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/XCMhsJ

I'm having a problem where my RAM sticks keep dying. First one died 2 days after turning it on, second one died a day or two later. They seem to die after I turn the computer off for a while.

Did you have to change any settings in BIOS for RAM to work properly? Do you have any idea why this would happen?

Thanks!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, sorry to hear that you are having problems. I did not have to make any changes in the bios. The only issue I had was that I didn’t push the RAM sticks enough, so the RAM didn’t connect to the motherboard. Your problem seems different though, I’m not sure what would cause that, sorry. Do you mean that they are completely fried and won’t work again? In that case I would suspect something being wrong with the power delivery from the motherboard, but I’m no expert. Hope you find a solution, good luck!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

nice cable management! +1 How are the noctua fans, do they cool well at reasonably quiet acoustics? I have always heard good things about them, but never had experience with them. I might get them to replace my 212 led and case fans alike

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I can only compare them to the Fractal Design fans that came with the case. I found the Noctuas to be quieter because I could control the RPM, so they are effectively quieter. But at max RPM I experienced the Noctuas to be louder. I would still recommend the Noctuas though, they are really high quality. They keep my rig at decent temps too (but I don't do any overclocking).

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Regarding the replacement of the Fractal's fans with the Noctua - did you do that solely for the sake of appearance or you observe that Noctua reduces the temperature or/and noise?

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

The main reason was that I couldn't find a way to control the RPM of the Fractal fans with the ASRock motherboard, as they are 3-pin (ASRock might have updated their software to control RPM on 3-pin fans now, not sure). The Fractal fans ran at max RPM all the time, which made them fairly loud. So it was mainly a noise issue. I did replace the Noctua CPU cooler fan with a chromax one too, for aesthetic reasons.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it. Cables look great. I'm in the process of building in the Nano S and I want to get an SFX PSU so I can have more room to fit my DDC pump under the GPU.

https://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Technology-Universal-Adapter-Bracket/dp/B01BYB33J8 Is this the adapter you used to make your PSU compatible? Thanks for the tip

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words westwandaguys! Cool that you're building in the Nano S, personally I really liked building in that case (even though I don't really have much to compare it to).

Yep, that's the correct adapter. Good luck!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice looking and powerful build!

What are the CPU & GPU temperatures under VERY HIGH load? I'm considering whether I should buy a blower type video card or stick with this kind of design (smaller PSU + open-air video card cooler).

Also, do you think 600W PSU will be enough if add a slow-spinning HDD in your computer?

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

To be perfectly honest, I don't really know how to set up a correct benchmark, so take this for what it is, but i ran Cinebench's CPU test (which maxes out the CPU) and the CPU stays at 74C max. The Cinebench GPU test didn't max out the GPU, so it wasn't helpful, but when I play games I never see the GPU over 70C. If you have a benchmark you want me to run, I'm happy to try and make it happen.

Re blower vs open air. I chose open-air because I was worried that blower style cards would be too loud and also at the time when I built it wasn't possible to get blower style cards for a reasonable price. The EVGA cards were good because they are quite conservative in terms of height, which leaves plenty of vertical space to the SFX PSU.

Re 600W PSU+HDD, I would think that would be enough, but to be sure I would take the parts list, add your HDD and you can see the amount of watts it will require at the top of the page on pcpartpicker. From what I understand you don't want to be above 80% of your PSUs maximum power.

Good luck with your build!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry but that's a hideous color combination

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this is an older entry but I absolutely love the use of the the adapter for a small PSU to free up the GPU fans, and love how to build show cases the custom cables. This is going to be a huge inspiration for my coming air cooled Ryzen upgrade!

ALSO what sized did you end up using for the custom cables to have enough room? I was thinking of just getting one sata power and running all the ugly stuff in the back with splitters and adapters.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you buy your custom cables from I bought mine off Amazon and they were here 3 days later

  • 23 months ago
  • 0 points

Great Build! Next time you build a PC or improve on this one, i would try to paint some of your parts to fit in with your colour scheme