Description

First custom PC. Re-using a 1060 6GB that I put into a pre-built that has about a year of use and the same keyboard, mouse and two 1080p 60hz monitors, only one of which I use for gaming. Decided to go mini ITX because the 1060 was anyway, figured it would be fun to go small. The name 'Noir' means black in French and is a reference to film noir, usually black-and-white crime dramas, matching the color scheme of the case. When I upgrade this build with a new GPU / monitor, I will rename it, "Neo-Noir". Get it? :)

I play 'esports' games like Tekken 7, Overwatch, as well as Black Ops 4 and some older single-player games like Prey and Dishonored.

CPU - This was a big upgrade from the i5-6400 I was originally using, which was a slight bottleneck on certain games like World of Warcraft. I am a multi-tasker so 6 cores was a sell for me. Stress tested with CPU-Z. Works great with anything I throw at it.

CPU COOLER - Decided to pick this up in case I wanted to overclock. Lowered my idle temperatures by between 5-10C. I want to point out that this automatically fit onto my AM4 motherboard with the pieces that came in the box and you no longer need to request something from the manufacturer to make it compatible. The M9a is for AMD motherboards and the M9i is for Intel, just as an FYI.

MOBO - Comes with 2 fan headers (not counting the CPU fan header) unlike the MSI B450-I (which has only 1) and it was cheaper than the Asus ROG STRIX mobo. The first one that came was DOA, but luckily I was able to exchange it for a replacement that worked great. Easy to navigate BIOS, relatively straightforward to build on. B450 chipset so 2nd gen Ryzen works straight out of the box. I bought a couple of 1 to 2 fan splitters for the fan headers so that I could use 4 case fans.

RAM - I was originally looking at Corsair Vengeance 2x8GB CL16 3200 MHz, but was told CL15 3000 MHz was basically the same, so picked this up on sale. Also was informed that R5 2600 is best with RAM around ~3000 MHz and above. I had no trouble clocking it to 3000 MHz in the BIOS, just a simple change in a drop-down on first successful boot. 16 GB of RAM is a huge improvement over 8 GB especially since I like to keep a lot of programs open at once.

Storage - I wanted to go full SSD since prices on storage were dropping so hard, and I knew my load times would benefit hugely. The Samsung SSD was an Xmas gift and is intended for the OS. The remaining storage will house everything else. Both run very quick as you would expect from an SSD, boot time is very quick and loading times in games are too.

GPU - A friend of mine sold me a pre-built with the card taken out (I believe it was an RX 580 8 GB) so I replaced it with this mini 1060 6GB. This was back in August of 2017, hence the price. I didn't really think about the size of this card when I first bought it, but since it's technically the first part of this build I owned, I decided to follow suit and go mITX for everything else. I am planning on replacing it with a higher-end card in 2019, probably a Vega 56 or 64. Stress tested with UNIGINE Heaven benchmark. I overclocked with MSI Afterburner software, was still getting at most 67 degrees maximum when benchmarking.

PSU - Semi-modular was be a big help when it came to building. The only cables I needed were the 8-pin connector for the GPU, the 6-pin connectors for the two SSDs and of course the CPU/motherboard power that were already connected to the PSU, hence semi-modular. The case fits ATX power supplies like this one but there is a gate you have to remove unless you are using an SFX PSU. It's on pretty tight so experiment with different screwdrivers if you are in the same situation. Some people have said that ATX PSUs negatively affect GPU temps in this case which is probably true but it hasn't been a problem for me. Then again I have 4 case fans.

Case - The H200 was ~$30 cheaper than the H200i and I've heard from at least one H200i owner that they would have rather gotten the H200. The CAM software is notoriously hard to work with and has been criticized for privacy issues. This being on the large side for an mITX case, it has room for a radiator if you opt for water cooling but this is not something I opted for at this time. It has some handy things in the back for cable management, with room to loop in zipties and twist ties. Bit hard to plug in the 6-pin connector to the motherboard with the fan and the cooler in the way. I had to temporarily unplug a case fan to give myself the right clearance. Helps that I have small hands.

Case Fans - The case came with two fans at the back and the top, which I moved to the front as intake fans, and in their place put these two LED fans as exhaust. I have the LED fans running slower ("silent" mode) at the moment and the ones in front as standard speed, so I should be getting positive pressure, so less dust. As mentioned earlier I bought a couple of fan splitters so I can run all of the fans. The Corsair fans in particular are actually quite loud when on standard speed, it is a must in my opinion to have them at silent if you don't want to hear them. My reported temps are with my CPU cooler and the two stock intake fans at standard speed and with the Corsair fans on silent.

Monitors - This ASUS monitor was generously given to me by a couple of friends back in college. This 1080p 60hz 2ms monitor was formerly the tournament standard for fighting games, which I play a lot. They also come with speakers which is useful for when I play console on it. The colors are not the best because it's a TN panel, but I value minimal input lag much more. My Dell monitor was sold to me secondhand in college as well, it's only used as a second monitor. I has slightly better colors and therefore is nicer to watch videos on. I will replace the Asus with a 1440p 144hz monitor at the same time that I replace my GPU.

** My monitors have since been replaced by a ViewSonic XG2401 24" 1080p 1ms 144 Hz with FreeSync (my 1060's G-Sync is compatible with this FreeSync monitor) and a 27" IPS ASUS MX279H Monitor (not pictured).

For the curious, the pictured keyboard is a Corsair K70 LUX with Red LED backlighting and Cherry MX Red switches. The microphone is a Blue Snowball Ice Microphone with optional pop filter and the mouse is the HAVIT MMO gaming mouse I got off Amazon. I also use Sennheiser HD 598 headphones (not pictured).

Other additions to this build include a Logitech G29 driving wheel and the optional H-pattern shifter attachment.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Two fan headers aside from the one for the CPU cooler which is nice. Compatible with my 3000 MHz RAM.

Memory

Worked straight out of the box with my mobo so I'm happy.

Storage

A fast SSD for my OS.

Storage

A fast and roomy SSD for everything but my OS.

Video Card

Still going strong for over a year and a half. Pulls at least 60 fps in anything at 1080p, far more in esports games e.g. Overwatch, CS GO, Dota 2, etc.

Case

Can be a bit hard to get the motherboard in right with the fans installed but otherwise pleasant to work with. Cool grooves and things in the back for cable management, plenty of places to put zipties and such. Also just looks great with white LEDs.

Power Supply

It's a PSU and it powers all my stuff, not much else to say. Black cables are nice looking and semi-modular is convenient.

Case Fan

Cool looking and you can hear them on 'silent mode' in a quiet room but if you have headphones on (which you probably do) it's not a big deal.

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Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey this is a great first build! One thing, the white bar is for you to tuck your cables behind it for better cable management. This will make your build cleaner.

I built something similar to yours: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/JVXPxr

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Heads up, I installed a new cooler and made a point to put most of the cables (except the 24-pin connector) behind the bar as you said. It's not super pretty, but it's a bit better now

  • 13 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks! Yeah I saw a lot of people put their cables behind the bar but it was kinda hard getting some of the stuff into the motherboard that way. Maybe I will fix it, I dunno! Your build looks amazing, very nice touch on the custom cables and cable combs.

By the way, did that front drive "holder" not pop back in easily for you too? That's why both of my drives are in the back as pictured. I was disappointed about that because I wanted to have my Samsung SSD showing in the front. :| I might ding the H200 a star for that.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I took off the front drive holder so the LED's would illuminate better. I only had one SSD and one NVMe so i didn't the front slot. It pops back in fine. You probable loosened the screws for the spring mechanism?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I dunno about any spring mechanism, I feel like the little nubs in the back of the holder were either too small for the holes they were meant to go in, or the holes were too big. Maybe we broke either of them pulling the drive holder out. shrugs

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

the front ssd holder has a spring loaded button on top that you push down to fasten the holder to the case. insert bottom of the holder first.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip, but I'm used to it now so I think I'll just leave it! Haha.