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NCASE M1 #490 By ZeeKay(BubbaJoe)

by bubbajoe



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Saw this awesome case and saw it as an opportunity to try my hand at custom cabling and sleeving. The build went pretty much super easy, with only my fingers suffering from the sleeving. The specs are pretty mid-range as I ended up doing this build for my mother as she had the oldest computer. It is half the size (vs the xqpack she had) and approx 3 times as fast as the old computer. Also, its essentially silent with the twin frozr and the h220. Chose to forgo optical drive and any other storage as it wasn't absolutely necessary for this build and saved on cabling.

One odd problem I encountered was the chassis fan plug on the z87e-itx using voltage mode rather than pwm while using the splitter that is included in the h220. It seemed to work fine with a single fan plugged in however. What I ended up doing is crimping the wires for both fans into one header with only using the sense wire from one of them. This allowed both to be controlled via pwm without any issues.

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xx116xx 3 Builds 7 points 45 months ago

It's quite packed in there. Oh look, another 1337 build :P Nice job.

themaniac -1 points 45 months ago

what do you mean by 1337 build

cgilmore024 1 Build 3 points 45 months ago

The price (almost exactly) comes out to $1337

Which is the 1337 way of writing "Leet"

themaniac 1 point 45 months ago


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cgilmore024 1 Build 5 points 45 months ago

Much 1337! Many clean! So wow!

Every1LoveEvery1 1 Build 3 points 45 months ago

I never understood the small cases and their prices. Seems like such a waste but alas that's only an opinion

fnapoli 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

This is one of the most interesting builds I've seen in a while. Awesome! What are your temps like?

bubbajoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

It kinda depends. Its tuned for quietness rather than pure temps, and it excels at that. One of the cores runs hotter than the others, but the highest temps I've seen is via LinX (Linpack) which got to about 85C on the hot core (fans barely running 50%). The other cores were below 80C. Prime95 didn't break 80C on any of the cores, closer to 75C on average, again using quiet fan profile. Furmark (actually MSI Kombuster) maxed out around 85C too, which is a bit hot, but that was with quiet fans and the TDP limit maxed out to 120% or so.

Normal gaming temps seem to be closer to 50C all around on everything. Idle temps are barely above ambient.

malcar11 3 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Lovely!!! Is one of the cutest builds I ever seen!

bubbajoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks! I saw this case and just had to find a way to get one (missed the indiagogo campaign).

candy 2 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

The best case. I'm definitely going to buy it at some point

Anyone know what cpu cooler this is? http://i.imgur.com/bEiTRjOl.jpg

bubbajoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

That's one of the renderings, but it looks like it might be the Noctua NH-C14

RyneSmith 7 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Bold my friend very bold build! Fitting all that in such a tight space, awesome job +1

bubbajoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

This case is so flexible. In theory it can handle an i7 and a Titan, which some people have done. But I had no use for that much power as it was going to be my Mom's (she does in fact do some gaming!). I went with a solid mid-range build with a focus on quietness (hence the oversized coolers).

Dubesta11 12 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Where did you find that Ncase ?

bubbajoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Off a member of the HardForum. That's pretty much your only option unless you go to ebay where they have been breaking $400

dschutt84 3 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

I love that case!!!

canders 7 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Nice to see a build with the M1. Hope they will eventually be more widely available. Thanks for sharing.

jcagara08 2 points 38 months ago

Nice build! Will build one soon in the future.

chinamanch 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Wow !!! great build :) I have the same cooler and I been wanting to stick it in my ITX case guess what? your rig inspired me. +1:v