After a dalliance with the Fractal Node 202 and its unfortunately unacceptably high CPU temps I finally broke down and bought the Ncase M1. Shipping time ended up being faster than I had anticipated which was a nice surprise. As a side note deliveries in the US will done by USPS.
The GPU was not the smartest choice. While it fit my Node 202 great it's unfortunately a bit to tall in the Ncase. It still fits just not perfectly so I don't recommend it specifically for the Ncase M1. Truthfully I'll probably switch it out for a blower style GPU at some later point. But for now it does the job I want.
At idle and low usage the system is effectively silent. At full load its obviously loud but no louder than any other rig I've ever had. I went a bit crazy with the number of fans installed. Frankly the bottom fans are probably unnecessary unless you want to do a custom GPU cooler.
I have a mild OC on the CPU to 4.2Ghz. It can definitely be pushed higher. I've done up to 4.5Ghz but that requires to much additional fan noise for my taste, so it wasn't worth it to me.
At this point I don't have the PSU listed installed, I'm being cheap and carrying over the PSU from the Node 202. Which works fine but it is not modular. I have to say it's basically a requirement to go modular in this case and custom cables at that. Extra cables and lengths are a pain in such a small space.
Overall I'm really happy with this build. The case size is simply fantastic, screw giant ATX cases.
I've used this cooler before in a previous build. For its small size it is great in my opinion. You can add a second fan to it if you want but from my experience I don't believe it actually adds any improvement to cooling capacity.
Works greats. At the time of my purchase it was the best bang for you buck. However the chip supply crunch is starting to come in force and prices are rising on all the brands. So the cost to performance bang may not hold true in the future.
That said it is a good SSD and you should definitely give it a look if you are shopping for one.