First build inside the NCase M1 v5.
This tiny M-ITX case defines the small form-factor high-performance gaming "shoebox" of PC's. Is a real challenge to build but also very flexible when using compatible parts. With everything mounted inside it is very difficult to reach anything.
My goal of this build was to replace my 4year old Gaming-PC. At first I didn't know what I'd prefer more: As small as possible...As "showcasy" as possible...or with the most efficient cooling as possible. All of it together was somewhat impossible...at least without DIY-Modding.
In the end I decided to go small this time and cram as much horsepower into it as possible. And doing this, without sacrifying the other two preferences too much. After checking parts, measurements and compability for weeks, I've came up with this list. The result is a stealthy, SFF powerhouse with decent cooling and some RGB (because you have to in 2017!) glowing through the side of the case with the ASUS "Aura" lighting inside.
Full buildlog-URL: http://imgur.com/a/CtInT
UPDATE: After some usage i can add the following findings:
- the heat of the GPU getting trapped inside of the case is a thing...at least during high loads. With air holes on the entire side panel it would probably work better.
- the PSU-fan is by far the loudest part of this build. Since it is load-controlled it starts spinning as soon as your are doing more than regular work.
- Windows Energy Management kills the NVME-Performance drastically when in Energy-Saver mode (if PCI-E power-saving-settings are active)
- If you are uncomfortable with temperatures, taking of one side panel makes a big difference in cooling potential and RGB lighting-effect! :-)
Upgrading from a 4770k, I do not notice a major difference in computing power. But since it is a great CPU and OC is good, you can't go wrong with this. Except if you are on a budget, the any "K" variant is not worth it.
Standard Noctua quality. Excellent performance and noise levels. Awesome accessories and design. This thing can go par with a single-rad AIO watercooling loop.
RGB! Do you need anything more? The overall layout is great to build with. Dual m.2 for NVME-Raids if you want to go crazy. Software and OC-Support is outstanding. Asus keeps outperforming themselfs with every new MB-lineup. Great value for the price!
It's RAM. It works... it will probably work for a long time. Since it is only 32mm high, the LPX Series is great for SFF builds with thight fits everywhere.
Really expensive! But since it's the only 2TB NVME m.2 on the market (mid 2017), it is kind of the only choice you have. Great speeds. Booting into fully loaded Win10 in around 8 sec.
Gaming @ 3440x1440p at 100fps on high/ultra does not bother this card at all. The 11GB memory really helps with that. Watch out for higher idle-temps on this card, because the fans only kick in at +54°C. But when on, even a 1786MHz coreclock will not throttle it down.
The biggest selling-point of this, is also it's biggest weakness: the tiny form factor. Even though my PC is not doing any work, this PSU gets warmer than I expected. And the 92mm fan does make more noise than bigger PSUs, so don't expect to go ultra-quite with your build.
Very low noise generation. Very satisfied with the performance.
My only reaction to this is: Wow! It is huge, heavy an well built. The IPS panel and G-Sync module make everything viewed on this monitor a real pleasure. Even with the built in low-blue-light mode the colors are awesome. Definitelly a worthy upgrade.