Hey, everyone. I just wanted to show off my build I made around a week ago using the beautiful NCASE M1. As a student, space is everything in a dorm room, and this case was perfect for both my aesthetic needs and space containment, all in a great enclosure.
I had a few goals in making this build. To make it as quiet as possible with a great price to performance. I want to max out 1080p with the option of 1440 144Hz in the future when my living arrangements are more stable. I plan on taking this build on airplanes, so liquid cooling was not an option for me, which didn't really matter to me anyway, as air cooling is getting really really good compared to 120mm rads these days.
And... it was a complete success! I can't even hear it roar up when Unigene Heaven is running, and it was getting amazing frames. I haven't OCed anything yet besides the RAM, I'm waiting for it to cool down a bit here before I start pumping out some heat, but I have a good feeling about it.
I will say, when building in the NCASE, every centimeter matters. Order custom cables for your parts! I'm running only on a M.2 SSD for now to reduce cable clutter, but even then, between PSU cables, case headers, and fan chains, there is a lot of stuff running around in here. My custom lengths were 30mm 24pin, 40mm 8pin CPU and 20mm 8pin PCI-E respectively. However, I will say that if I were to do it again, I would have bought the shorties from Ensourced as he recommended I do and bought extenders for a cleaner look... even though I can't see inside.
The best order for installation I personally feel is as follows: IO Shield Motherboard with CPU, Heatsink, and RAM installed Case headers 24 pin cable WITHOUT the PSU All case fans (Don't put on the grills on the bottom fans. The space matters) PSU and cables * Video Card
Trust me. Getting the right order saves so much time. I had to keep unscrewing and re-screwing in components just to make things fit.
I'll go more in depth with my parts in the reviews, but I'm really happy with everything I got so far. Paying a bit more for a better quality if worth it completely IMO.
Thank you all for reading!
What is there to say that hasn't been said already? Best bang for the buck for multi use CPUs right now. Fast, low TDP, and getting to be a reasonable price for people who do things that use multithreading.
In my opinion the best CPU cooler in it's height class. Completely quiet even with one fan, and cools my CPU well enough to not need to worry about it even in such a small enclosure. Adding another fan only helps out with this. It might not be the best price to performance, I might have to give that to the CRYORIG M9i/a, but if money isn't an issue here, I'd go with it.
I'd love different color options, but my case has no window so I don't really care.
What this motherboard lacks in any sense of good header placement, and lack of fan headers it brings back with M.2 support and Thunderbolt 3 support. I wish the color scheme was a bit more neutral, but it is good enough. The Killer Ethernet Port is good for some, bad for others, but you can also just install the standard driver anyway.
If you're looking at this, there are two other boards to consider. The Asus Z170i mITX and the ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 mITX. Those two have the 2 case fan headers and the M.2 slot, but lack the Thunderbolt 3 support. It's all up to you which one fits your needs best. Look at the color and IO as well, and see what you like best.
Not going to lie. I bought it because it was the right color blue I wanted. 2666 is a great speed to get that doesn't require more voltage, which is nice and it came in a good price. No complaints here.
While I'm not the one to really be reviewing how good a SSD is, I feel that the 600p is a amazing little SSD in a class of its own right now. Using a NVMe controller at the price of a SATA M.2, I think this guy is the way to go. It's faster at shorter tasks than the other SSDs in it's price range and a bit slower and longer ones, but for consumer use, short is the more common task. I feel like the price to performance is too good to pass up.
Again, what is there to say about this card that hasn't been said already? Silent at load. Cool. And it looks great. Gets me the speeds I want without costing me too much.
Best SFX PSU on the market for its rated wattage. Can't say anything better then jonnyguru, but this thing runs like its Platinum rated in such a small form factor that I'd tell anyone to get it or the smaller 450W version. Mine is silent.
Silent, well crafted fans that blow directly onto my GPU for fresh air, and despite the color, it does it great.
Another great case fan. Can't complain at all about how it works and how quiet it is.