Description

This system has been in the works for some time now. (So long ago that prices don't even reflect what I actually had spent on memory and storage.) This build first started off in an Fractal Design Define Nano S, an H7 cooler with some Thermaltake Riing fans to boot (Some of you Fractal fans may say that's heresy) and did pretty well there. Temps were alright and the build looked alright too but there was no real wow factor to the case or components inside.

Then comes the NZXT H200i a new small form factor case with all the mini bells and whistles. But I didn't want to really follow the whole RGB everything craze (too much). I Wanted more to stick with a nice simple white and black theme if possible. Needless to say after a couple moments though I immediately bought the H200i and knew there were going to need to be some changes for my systems move. I just so happened upon Noctua's newest offering of Chromax accessorized fans and coolers. Now when it came to the cooler i was pretty skeptical on whether or not it would fit in the case in a couple different ways. Though after some confirmation from PcPartPicker and even Noctua themselves (just to make sure) it turns out the cooler should fit and fit it did....JUST...

Now I know this case doesn't make for the best blower card case and i have experienced my first high temp gaming in GTA5 and Warframe. It is just there though as its not getting above 83C yet. So if i was to do any upgrade it might be a water cooled card or maby even a smaller card that would at least hover over the perforations in the basement.

Overall I'm still very happy with this system and how well it does, and even with the thermal issues on the card I knew it was going to be an issue.

Edit: More Photo's per some request to see the full Setup. I may have cleaned... Also Case pic's now with more Cable Management!!

Also update on GPU temps! After fiddling around for the first time in MSI Afterburner i was able to reduce the GPU temps down to a nice 68c Max (for the moment). If i find any more interesting things to note about GPU or even CPU temps and whatnot i will definitely update more.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

Those Chromax accessories really look sharp

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the finish on them goes just right with the gloss of the accent bar in the case.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, perfect ! +!

Are you running the stock fan profile on your GPU ? Also, why 2 120mm as apposed to 2 140mm for intakes ?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU: No I'm not running stock (to my knowledge anyway) Cam software has been treating me quite well and I've tuned some of the fan curves specifically for the GPU's benefit, but i am still working on it.

Fans: As for the 2 120's I'm thinking about re-use for a build later in the future (4 years at least) for a water cooling build and 120's are just more usable in most case's so I went with them, it actually saved me some breathing room in the bottom of the case as well.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Right on. I had a nano s too and loved it. I moved to a slightly bigger case to fit a gpu heatsink on my 1070. When I did run the blower card though I was at 65c max, but at 80% fan speed. Whats your gpu fan speed at under full load ?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe it was at about 80%, i didn't ever have trouble in my nano either, its surely got to be the cards access to air in this case. Luckily i dont run to many heavy games for all that long.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I see, that does seem to be the "case" ;p I wonder if a non reference design would make a difference, but you would still need to evacuate that hot air and have plenty of fresh air coming in. I think your temps would benefit from additional air flow from 2 140's. I have so many unused fans now lol.

Yeah with my nano s I was thinking of water cooling just the GPU with a 140mm rad placed at the bottom front, but then I saw those gpu heatsinks and love the idea of staying with air.

Can that white metal bar be move forward towards the front of the case ?

Take some more shots of it further away and your setup :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

The white metal bar can be removed, but it has a slot and some screw points where it is fixed in. It could be modded to move it to the right towards the fans more but it would also reveal the cable management.

The reason for not going with 140's was simply due to the possibility of use for a radiator, should i add one it would have to be a 120 compatible. and depending on what i do with a future build this case may see water.

As for temps i did do some work with MSI Afterburner to work on a fan curve and it was definitely not running in a way to help keep her cool. i don't think the fan curve before ever got further then 45% but now it kept the GPU under load at a reasonable 68c Max with just a 65% Fan speed. This was only an hour or two of gaming in Warframe but I'm happy that my card didn't get so hot as it did before in the same amount of time.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build, and I have a question, let's say you want to put another Noctua NF-A15 in the D15S, do you think it would fit and/or still have ram clearance? Specially with the TridentZ kit.

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

With how the cooler sits you can easily fit another fan on the front side, there would be no clearance issues.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you add another Noctua NF-A14 to the front of the NH-D15S? Or do you only have enough clearance for a NF-F12 with the Trident Z RAM? Let me know ASAP! Thank you!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

You could add another I chose not to.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

So what H200i?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

H200i is the case. Not sure if thats the answer to your question.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I should have said that I used a translator xD how do you find this case?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Its alright, here's a link to the products page. https://www.nzxt.com/products

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the airflow in that case ?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I've seen from load in games for more then a couple hours the CPU is getting plenty of air. Load temps on games like GTA5 and Warframe for a while sit under 54C. Again the only concern is the GPU at this point with the fan sitting right over the accent bar.

As for how air is flowing through the case i opted for static pressure fans over airflow simply because the front fans have to pull air through the front mesh on the sides, that might be helping. Overall though i believe the flow goes quite well and if you were looking at this case for a similar no water deal you would be fine with whatever cooler, I thought about doing dual 140's on the cooler at first also, but as of right now i don't think it will be needed.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

ok cool thanks

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

gpu temp?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Happy to report that after some testing i was able to get the GPU temps down to 68c max under a 65% Fan speed.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps during play in warframe with most maxed were around 80c but I am still working on some adjustments to get that lowered.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, the Chromax gear looks amazing!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I'm very happy with Noctua and their Chromax accessories!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, man. Looks very nice. Cool bulbasaur you have there. How are those speakers by the way? Also I’m thinking of getting some fans, are those good?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Speakers are good enough for watching videos when not playing games but wouldn't be my first pick for dedicated gaming or music but they aren't bad. Noctua fans are known for their quality and efficiency, they push plenty of air at the low fan speeds I have them. Thanks to that they are effectively silent.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a feature right there. I always love to see people mod the Nvidia FE GPUs to get rid of that ugly green on the GEFORCE GTX logo. Amazing build, +1. I can't wait to see more builds inside the new NZXT H200i!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a necessary mod for the FE GPUs in my opinion, I also teased the idea of painting over the silver on the card to make it white but found that i would have to separate the cooler from the card and don't have the necessary thermal paste and whatnot to do so right now.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I absolutely agree, the color scheme of the card is so not neutral, and clashes with almost any color scheme. Also, with the new Titan V design, what is NVIDIA thinking with their color schemes?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Simple, they don't.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Vincanti, Nice build! I am planning similar build. I have some questions: 1) GPU temp: what do you changed to reduce the GPU temp from ~80 to ~60 °C 2) What about the noise from a) case fans, b) cpu fan, c) gpu fan under heavy load? 3) Do you have any issue with the Noctua fan with heatsinkcover? It should be 160mm + 5mm = 165mm and the case let it the same space? Is there any space between the cooler and the glass side panel? 4) in terms of materials & build quality do you see any improvement in H200i vs the Nano S?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Alright, first to reduce the gpu temp i fiddled with the fan speeds for a good hour or two to really specifically get temps down. I used MSI afterburner for this as it was recommened to me by another. I rarely go over 60% fan speeds. As for noise from all other fans there is practically none at all. Noise under load will mostly co.e from the gpu and the 120 sitting infront of it, the 120 doesn't get louf but the gpu can be described as a car ac system on low as its a quiet powerful airflow sound. As for how the heatsink cover does in this case it still has what im calling an american quarters thickness left until it would touch the glass. As for build quality it obvious that at 140$ after tax that the h200i should be an improvement, happily i think the case is the build quality is fantastic there is seemingly more space thanks to the psu cover for cable management and the glass side panel is thick and good feeling. Overall im happy with the makeover.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build man! How did you get the LEDs of the Founders Edition gpu to be white?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

its a simple mod where you sand off the green color, take your time and it will look fine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kZrk692qzQ&t=80s

My recommended video as its clear and shows what to do and follows the same steps most FE cards will need.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! How did you mount the HDD? I tried doing it similar to yours but the sata wire would not fit. Any recommendations?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly it was the first thing to be mounted, and I used right angle connectors. Hope it helps!~

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build. Did you mount your noctua that offset goes downwards or upwards?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Downwards offset so that it wont hit the roof of the case.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

How'd you mount your d15s so low? Mine nearly hits the roof of the case.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Its rotated to be at an downward offset.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Why do u need the vibration mount 16 pack? I thought all the little colored nubs are included with the fans?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

it only comes with enough of one color for one side. So four black, white, yellow, red, blue and I think green?? So you need the pack if you want enough mount pieces for both sides which for continuity sake I did.

  • 19 months ago
  • 0 points

allbuildsmatter Hahahaha. +1 nice looking computer man! :D

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I Just sorta wanted people to know what to expect.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The reason i went with the NH-D15S is because I wanted to have a smaller cooler with better compatibility. If I had the NH-D15 there may have been some clearance issues with the top of the case. I did have issues in a different offset rotation but found by flipping the cooler to the way its pictured it has plenty of clearance with the top of the case and just enough from the back plate of the graphics card. So I'm not 100% certain the NH-D15 wont fit, but I'm happy with the performance as is. The coolers no joke in terms of what it can do and this is my 4th cooler from Noctua, and I've got to say there's no reason not to like them. (Because color isn't an issue anymore!)

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about doing a kit, maby after I get another sizable SSD or two simply because the 3.5 takes up the basement next to the PSU. Also thought about the NZXT cooling kit with a Kraken cooler but it might be too thick.

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