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This was my first PC build ever. Have a Vive coming in May and wanted to get things ready and save a bit of money over the bundled PCs. The build went pretty smoothly minus originally having a PSU that was too long for the Cougar QBX case.

I'm really happy with the case, but it was a bit of a challenge finding a PSU that would fit. I ended up with the Thermaltake just for the fact that Best Buy was close to me and it was the only PSU they had in stock that would fit. The case says the max PSU size is 140mm (long or deep however you want to describe it.) They also have a pretty strict rule on what orientation the power plug can be facing. This is because the PSU is right up against the bay for a slim optical disk drive. The way the internal PSU cord fits into the PSU would block the bay if you don't pay attention to their specs. Since I'm not using the bay for a drive, it wasn't an issue for me (though it was still tight.)

The only other note on this build is that with this board, the SATA connections are right up against the PSU, so you can only really get one or two SATA connectors attached.

Aside from that, I'm really happy with how things turned out!

EDIT: I did end up installing two Cougar 120mm case fans. Things never got dangerously hot inside the case, but approaching summer with no AC in our house, I figured it was better safe than sorry. The Cougar fans are pretty great. Pull in a lot of air and only 17dba. Super quiet

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  • 46 months ago
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Second time I've seen that case this month. I think Cougar has got themselves a winner.

  • 46 months ago
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I keep hearing good things about it. I've heard the nickname "Poor man's M1" thrown around a few times.

Great job with your build, Andrew.

  • 46 months ago
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Thanks! Yea, the case was really easy to work with for the most part with lots of nooks and crannies for extra SSDs and fans. In person, it looks like a pretty high end case.

  • 46 months ago
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Love this build. Love the case. Great job my friend, itx builds are such a challenge and make it that much more satisfying after a completed build!

  • 46 months ago
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+1 FOR THE AWESOME PICS!!

  • 46 months ago
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Does it stay cool? with only a cpu cooler?

  • 46 months ago
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im new to computer building

  • 46 months ago
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I don't plan on doing any over clocking so temps are pretty good as is.

  • 46 months ago
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These sff are top notch. Dumb questions but can the Qbx use sfx power supplies and if so would you recommend using them?

  • 46 months ago
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If the PSU is smaller than 140mm long there wont' be a bracket for it to rest on in the case. The small bracket that juts out in the case is exactly 140mm from the top. The face of the PSU screws into the top of the case, so if the PSU isn't resting on the bracket, it will just be hanging by the screws on the faceplate (which should be fine depending on the weight of the PSU I suppose)

Also, just make sure you pay attention to the orientation of the plug/AC socket (shown here on the manufacturer site: http://cougargaming.com/products/cases/qbx/) You can definitely use a PSU with a plug orientation that they say doesn't work, but you won't be able to squeeze in an optical drive.

  • 46 months ago
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is The noctua cooler thinner than the standard intel cooler that typically comes with cpus?

  • 46 months ago
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The CPU I got didn't come with a stock cooler, so yes ;)

The Noctura is pretty damn thin. It'd be tough to beat it.

  • 46 months ago
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is it thinner than the standard one than normally does come with it though?

  • 46 months ago
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Looks like a typical stock intel cooler is around 50mm tall. The Noctua one I have is only 37mm tall.

  • 46 months ago
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awesome! Thank You!

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