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My first build and it was bitter sweet. It was a pain simply due to the fact that I'm a paraplegic, so everything took way longer to put together. However everything seems to be working, so that's good. Cable management isn't perfect, but honestly I just wanted to get the thing up and running to see if everything was going to work. Ill go back and mess with it at some point.

It didn't post at first, RAM wasn't seated. When it did post, all it recognized was slot B. Took them both out and swapped them and BIOS recognized both....weird.

Nano S: Man I love this case, it's no nonsense, clean and simple.

i7 6700k: 300 dollars on ebay no tax no shipping- verdy nice. I'm @ 4.6 with a manual vcore of 1.290.

Noctua NH-U12S: I replaced my H7 with this. I'm glad I did, it performs better, way easier to mount and looks way better in person than pictures. Of course I replaced those nasty looking fans with Noctua's NF-F12 iPPC and white anti-vibration pads.

MOBO: Wish it wasn't red, but its not like you can really see it anyways lol. Color scheme is white and black so a little red wouldn't clash . Pretty much all the connections are on the right, making it pretty straight forward.

SSD: Very fast, would of loved to get 1TB, but didn't want to spend that much on a SSD.

GPU: I was looking for a blower style with this setup and I think they look better than NR cards as well. I was looking at either the MSI or the Asus. I picked the Asus because I got a discount for first time JET customers. I'm thinking of getting just a plain black back plate from V1tech. It's just 25 bucks and will clean up that naked looking GPU.

Lighting: I have a single 30cm bitFenix magnetic white led strip at the top and it gave me exactly the sort of lighting I wanted.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

You're being too rough on yourself for cable management, its perfectly fine. It actually looks really nice, and no criticism on it. Your overclock might be a tad low, but its fine, really. Overall, it looks fantastic, and congrats on the first build! (I've heard that cooler is a nasty lil thing to put on, but how was it?)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. the 4.2 is just the turbo boost, I haven't messed with it yet. The H7 is easy to install outside of the case, but if you install it with the MOBO already inside, then I needed some help with it. I placed the cooler on the MOBO and my dad came from underneath to tighten the screws.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, thats seems like what I've heard. thanks for the reply!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job - looks pretty clean to me

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks !

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that monitor good foreason a 1070?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah its fine for now. I'm still getting my feet wet with all this stuff. My next monitor will be a IPS with a higher refresh rate.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

That moniter is ips

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Right, and my next monitor will also be IPS, but higher res and refresh rate.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh Sorry XD Guess I read that weird

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, this looks great! Definitely an inspiration for my upcoming Nano S build :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks. I got my inspiration from other nano s builds on here as well.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice man, it looks great! I agree about not being so hard on yourself about the cable management. I think it looks fantastic. Do you like the Orion G610? I have the G810 because I really like the Romer G switches but Cherry Browns were my next favorite. I'm pretty jealous of your hardware setup too, how is the 6700k for you? I am toying with the idea of getting one for the next iteration of my build because I might be getting into some light photo/video editing. Anyway sorry for rambling, congrats on a phenomenal looking first build! You did a great job!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Right on, thanks man !

I don't have another keyboard to compare it too other than a cheap dell membrane keyboard, which felt mushy. I love the way it feels and I can type so much faster and it's not super loud. I watched tons of videos with sound tests and these seemed right for me and I don't regret it. Cherry's where the only type of switch I researched though.

The CPU has been good to me so far, I clocked it to 4.5 without doing anything else and went back and lowered the voltage some. Sorta curious to see how far I can push it, but 4.5ghz under 1.3v sounds fine to me.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome! It's definitely a build to be proud of!

Yeah I like the browns because they are quieter than reds while still feeling nice. I just like the Romer G because of how smooth the actuation is. Any mechanical switch will feel way better than a membrane keyboard though that's for sure lol

Oh wow, yeah 4.5ghz under 1.3v is impressive. The Cryorig should be able to handle a decent amount of heat from an O.C., I bet you could at least get it to 4.7ghz without an issue if you wanted. I've heard it's a great chip and should be able to handle editing for 1080p from what I was reading. I'm kicking myself for not getting a Z170 motherboard from the start though

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent/clean Build!

I have a similar black/white nano s build; btw...does the red standby led on your motherboard remain on even after shutting down? I can't seem to find a way to turn it off.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Yes it does stay on, but I think you can turn it off in the UEFI, not 100% sure though.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the lighting!! Might just add one myself if I can find any somewhere xD

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi dude nice build. Just wondering if i should buy that graphics card?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks man.

If you need / want a reference style GPU, I don't see why not.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build! Especially if it's your first.

Well done

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

And what's the name of those white PSU cables?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

They are from Cablemod.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks !

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic build!! What rpm is the CPU fan running at under load?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I have a pretty aggressive fan curve. Under load in valley benchmark Im hitting 3200rpm 80% fan speed - temp never went over 59c. Its cold today so on a normal Texas day it would of probably been up by a few degrees. The load temps I have to the left is with the stock fan curve. Hope that helps.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build! I'm going for something very similar.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you really need the 650w? Great build btw!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

No, but my next GPU will be more power hungry.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

How well was the improvement in noise level/temperatures by changing the cpu-cooler from the H7 to the NH-U12S?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Cant remember the EXACT numbers, but when I had the H7 I was on a OC of no more than 4.5ghz with a lower vcore than now and my temps were HIGHER than the U12s with my cpu now being at 4.6ghz and a slighty higher vcore. I think the h7 temps under load were around 76c. With the U12s and the iPPC fan I was at 68c.

I did just update my numbers, because after I updated my bios for that hyperthreading bug patch, my max temps under load are 73c. So I can only assume that if I had the H7, its temperature would be higher than 76c.

I used prime95 v.266 for all my load numbers.

There's another user who has a nh-d15 and replaced the stock fans with the iPPC ones and he saw a 3c drop in his temps.

Sound wise, the ippc fan is louder if you want them to move air, because they will, but you can keep them quiet. The h7 fan is quieter, but its also not as powerful and has less static pressure. I never used the stock noctua fan.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the detailed answer. I absolutely love this build. Might switch my current PC from the Node 304 to the Nano S windowed edition

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure. Why thank you !

They just released a tempered glass version of the define mini c, so I am hoping the nano s will get a TG version as well. The acrylic glass scratches if you just look at it wrong, lol. I emailed fractal design asking, but they never responded back.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

They should create a Nano S TG as well. By far the overall best ITX tower case

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello again. Just made a build, with some inspiration from you. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/6L7WGX

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I put a cable comb this time and cleaned it up a bit, still doesn't look neat though. Ill mess with it again at some point. Thanks though haha.

lol yeah I'm gonna throw 3 more birds in the cage with a fan hub.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

So I'm about to pull the trigger on 3 more noctua fans. After looking at my mobo manual the CPU fan header is GND/CPU FAN PWR/CPU FAN IN/CPU FAN PWM. My 2 other 4 pin headers say GND/ CHA FAN PWR/CHA FAN IN/+5V.

I was going to put a hub on one of the two 4 pin fan headers, but its only the cpu header that says PWM. Will the hub give me control over speed at the bios level or software only ? Would I be better off just buying a 4 pin splitter and putting it into CPU fan header ? That would only report the speed of the cpu fan though. Sorta confused on how I should approach this now. Figured you might know more about it.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. My build is already 6 months old, so I'm old news haha.