Description

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

Have fun!

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! :-)

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

CPU Cooler

Standard Noctua quality. Excellent performance and noise levels. Awesome accessories and design. This thing can go par with a single-rad AIO watercooling loop.

Motherboard

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!

Memory

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.

Storage

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.

Video Card

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.

Power Supply

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.

Case Fan

Very low noise generation. Very satisfied with the performance.

Monitor

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.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

that m.2 drive though lmao

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

any problem with the i7 7700k getting high temps.?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

No. The max temp ist only reached while stress testing. Under normal CPU high-loads it does not get hot at all. The NH-C14S keeps the CPU always between 50-60°C with small bursts over it (Turboboost).

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok quick question. Does this build really only have one hard drive storage in the form of Samsung - 960 Pro 2TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive? Also im a noob so do you have to run wires to this or does this fit into your motherboard, eliminating the need to run wires like you would conecting a 3.5" hard drive?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

M.2 drives do not require any Sata or power wires and plug directly into the mother board, Which makes them great for smaller builds like this.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi I'm planning to use this same CPU cooler and case for my build. I was wondering, do you think there's space for a regular thickness exhaust fan on the back of the case? Or at least a slim one?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you get the gpu in there? lol

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, great build. I'm planning to do a similar one with the M1 Case.

Just a small question regarding the Strix 1080ti, what's the clearance from the bottom of the GPU to the case? I want to install 2 fans under the GPU, do you have a suggestion regarding the size of those fans?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I built in this case and used that exact video card and I can tell you that there is not enough room for traditional 25 mm fans under the video card. Sorry I don't have it anymore so I can't give you exact measurements. I would recommend this case with that video card as it fits perfect and the GPU has a nice sound profile.The only thing you have to do is remove one of the plastic case snap clips that hold the side panel on but it's not a big deal at all.