Description

First ever build, in a compact NCASE M1 with an R9 390 for 1440p gaming on very high/max settings. Build began July 23rd, final parts added by October 5th. Progression seen in photos.

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Finally not a Corsair case XD

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Your cable management is making me cringe a bit. I know it's probably due to the limitations of the case size, but damn, so many cables hanging around. Brilliant work though, fitting all that in such a tiny case!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I cleaned it up much better after getting the hard drive and graphics card, just never got a good shot of the inside. It's a bit difficult but a fun case to work in!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Kinda makes me curious how small a case I can conceivably use with a top end graphics card.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

As long as cable don't restrict air flow, then no big deal, case is closed, ha ha.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

interesting use of an internal fan grill!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

so. many. fans!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those fans quite? Most use other brands.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, they're really quiet and I'm less than two feet away from the computer. There's a faster RPM version at the cost of being louder but these serve me well.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. What's the major difference between the two fans? I might be getting a gpu with water sealed heatsink. In that case, I could but two pairs or should I grab two side panel fans?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The AF(120/140) is better for airflow, and the SP(120/140) is better for static pressure in cases like radiators or in my case small place between the GPU and said fan. Each also have the quiet and faster RPM performance versions I mentioned before.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

corsair.. nah

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job. +1 on your build.

I am considering an r9 390 for a mini itx build, but it won't have any extra fans to help force air into the gpu. If I can't get a reference or blower style cooler this card may not be for me :-(. Just too hot.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice M1 build +1! I'm thinking of swapping my 500 SFX-L for a 600 SFX, the PSU connectors are pushing down on my GPU, haha.

  • 50 months ago
  • 0 points

r9 390 gets hot right?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, however there's enough intake at the bottom (or are those exhaust?).

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

They're intake. Even still, there's very little room around that gpu and at max, those gpu fans could pull more air than whats coming in. With only 1 exhaust, I'd say all his components heat up significantly during gaming. I know from experience my msi 390 runs really hot in an s340, and I personally wouldn't use it in a compact case like this.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, haven't gotten exact temps but it'll get pretty hot even with custom fan settings. Happy with the card itself though.

  • 50 months ago
  • -1 points

I honestly think a 970 would have been better than a 390 in this situation. Otherwise, +1, sir!

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, but I had it for an entire year and just recently upgraded to the Cryorig C7. The stock cooler was definitely not too bad because it's a locked i5, I don't think temps really ever got to 70C even when the case warmed up a lot. The C7 definitely improved temps however, highly recommend it over the stock cooler. Shows its strength under more load, keeping it around 50C or less.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I think they made some good choices here. Especially if they were just focusing a balance between an i5 and video card ratio for gaming. I understand the 4690 is a great option too but sometimes people rather grab this i5-4460 for budget, can turbo boost to 3.4GHz, and it's a great processor that meets the gaming requirements.

As for the hard drive, I get it. A 1TB Blue WD is a great budget HDD without overspending but I have no quarrels about the Black Series 2TB, or any of them. They are great too. It may have been a 20 dollar differences between your suggestion versus OP's i5 and Hard Drive but I don't think OP made the wrong move for their intended purposes.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Spot on, the 4460 was right in my budget and I wasn't really looking to spend more for a small performance upgrade. As for the hard drive, I was considering the Blue but the highest capacity was 1TB which I wouldn't really be satisfied with.