Description

I originally built Kaen for me (first picture) but I revised it as a graduation present. The build is compact, super clean with excellent airflow and whisper quiet. The SSD is for the OS and the HDD is for all content.

Below is a review of the major parts in the build if that interests you. Feel free to message me with any questions about any aspects of the build. Thanks for checking it out!

Define Nano S

I wanted to ensure that, like Kreos, this build was silent at low loads. My ultra pleasant experience with the Define R5's superb ability to silence the fan party inside the case drew me back to Fractal. The simple yet sleek design of the R5 was also very appealing to me so I chose its baby brother: The Nano S. It retains the look, has the same sound dampening foam, and has good airflow as well as ample cable management space. It was fairly easy to build in and freed up a lot of space for me. The case keeps things quiet and is setup for lots of intake air to maintain positive pressure. It's also "dustproof" which is quiet important for us electronics "clean freaks" out there.

One thing to take note of is that the quality if the case is not quite on par with the Definr R4 or R5. The lack of an integrated fan controller like on the R5 is a bit of a bummer but can be worked around. The build quality isn't as good as the R5 but it's $20 less so I guess it makes sense. Lastly, the power LED seconds as the wireless status light, so it will blink as the status light on a wifi card would. Not too concerning for me but might be for some.

Another thing to note is that the side panel window scratches EXTREMELY easily. I'm talkin', wipe it lightly with a soft cotton shirt easily. Trying to get fingerprints off of it is next to impossible without scratching is so trying not to handle the panel by the window or touching it at all is advised.

Corsair SF600

Great psu. Plenty of power for the revised build and hush quiet. I had cable length issues with the previous build so I managed to snag an individually sleeved Type 4 ATX cable directly from Corsair. Using the gtx970, the new cable would have allowed me to avoid contact with the gpu pcb as it would've granted me the length to route the cable around the back instead of behind the gpu. Cleaner look as well.

I managed to alleviate some pressure on the 8pin EPS cable that I experienced before by routing it through the hole just above the psu. The stock cpu cable is JUST long enough to reach the connector.

The small footprint and low stature of the SF600 allows for some space between it and the gpu which is great. It leaves ~1in of clearance with is more thane adequate for my tastes. I would be highly concerned using an atx power supply in this case, especially with a beefier gpu. There would be almost zero clearance. I highly recommend grabbing a SF600 regardless of your case choice. 600W is usually more than enough power and why not save the space for airflow as well as weight savings.

Speaking of weight, this thing is light and super compact! It's hard to believe its a 600W psu!

ASRock Fatality itx/ac

After 1 RMA, the 2nd board is seemingly excellent. More than enough for a non-k i5 6600. I had previously thrown a 6700k into it but the build purpose changed so I threw the 6700k into Kreos.

I RMAed the first board for a fan control issue. I later found out that it was the Noctua iPPC fans that were the issue. Apparently, this board hates those fans. Both boards had fan control issues with those fans turning off whenever they felt like it and not taking fan profiles. All was good using the NF-F12s and Fractal GP-14 I had waiting around to be used.

The NH-U12S cooler fits perfectly on the board and in the case as well.

I used one 16GB stick of the 32GB kit I had previously used and installed it in the second slot to allow for more clearance between it and the cooler fan. Matches the board perfectly.

The ac wifi works great and the antenna is nice and small. No connectivity issues.

EVGA 750ti SC mini

As you can see in the first picture, I had originally put a GTX970 SSC in the build but decided to keep that card in Kreos and go with 750ti for Kaen. The card requires no extra power which eliminates the pcie cable from the build making it that much cleaner and simpler. The fan has no zero rpm mode like on the ACX version but its silent at low loads. I'll have more acoustical data once I hand it over and some games are played on it. I love the fact that its small, lightweight, and the same length as the motherboard is wide. The 750ti will play the latest titles on decent settings and is an upgrade from the integrated graphics on the AMD A8 it will be replacing. The graduate will be happy with it.

Part Reviews

CPU

Adequate for most games and low power consumption/heat output. Best choice for the money if you don't need or want to overclock.

CPU Cooler

Love this cooler. Adequate for even an overclocked 6700k. Noctua design and quality is unmatched imo. Fan is super quiet and optimized for high static pressure. I definitely recommend it.

Motherboard

Great board so far. Wifi/Bluetooth is great and has 2 cha fan headers as well as 8 pin cpu power and M.2 slot. Tuning is easy in the BIOS and fan profiles are cully customizable.

The M.2 connector is on the back of the board so be mindful of that with regard to heat dissipation and motherboard tray clearances.

Stock voltage my second board shipped with was 0.997V which seemed a bit low for Skylake. It may just be undervolting for low loads.

SPECIAL NOTE: The board doesn't like Noctua iPPC fans. I had two boards reject them. If you're using Noctuas, go with NF-F12S or NF-A14s.

Case Fan

Best fans ever

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

MOAR Pics bec it looks nice :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll post some more as soon as I get my replacement board back. I might even have a gtx1080 in it by then if I don't feel like waiting for AIBs.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get pink borders on the Noctua industrial fans??

Moar pics please

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I think they are red and you can see them on the accessories page on the Noctua website here

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct, they make the fans really pop compared to the ****** brown

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This rubber Pads just got me :D gonna use the yellow ones for my next build.

But I still can't understand the people who hate the brown. I think it can look very well on some systems.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree, if it matches the color scheme, then it does work very well. I think most of us complain about the tan/brown look. Those don't match anything available.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

My other completed build has brown ends on iPPCs with a matching mobo. Check it out if you haven't already

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Noctua sells them in different colors. You can get them on Newegg.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok thanks I'll check

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Any clearance issues with the noctua cooler and the side panel?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

None at all. just barely meets the specs

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

None at all. Fits great

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I was just wondering if you can upload more pics near the GPU and PSU area since I am also considering changing my current PSU for an SFX variant for my Define Nano S case and I would like to know how much room there is in between the two, many thanks!!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I just finished putting it back together last night. Had to RMA the mobo. I swith GPUs out but the pics of the revised build will give you a good idea. I'll post them today so you can see. Thanks for the compliment on the build!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, this build is beautiful!!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome and thank you.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The link for the accessories, are those universal ? because your 140 fractal fans your using those red rubber pads correct?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The Noctua Chromax rubberends are not universal. They fit Noctuas perfectly but other fans often don't have the holes drilled for them. The Fractal Fan in the intake position on the revised build was as a result of the mobo not liking iPPC fans and I had that black GP-14 sitting around. Heres the link for Chromax. You can't get them directly from Noctua so I got them from newegg and ebay. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA9PV43K6991

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info! Nice black and red build!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you clarify - what 140mm fans are you using and what's your exhaust fan aswell? Wasn't sure from your description.

Thanks !

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

At first (1st pic) I was using 2 Noctua iPPC 140mm 2000rpm PWM fans with red Chromax vibration mounts. I had top revise the build due to the mobo no liking those fans so I threw in a single Fractal Design GP-14 fan in the intake position. The exhaust fan is a Noctua NF-F12 120mm fan

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a shame. The red and black fans looked great. Im wondering if this would also be a issue with the ASUS Mini ITX DDR4 LGA 1151 B150I mobo...

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know if there would be any issue with that mobo. I have no problems with those fans on my ASRock Z170M Extreme4. Not sure why I had that issue. 2 of the fatality itx/ac rejected them.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, I'm back! :)

I am currently considering whether or nor I should purchase the SF600 SFX power supply for more GPU clearance as my current card runs a bit on the hot side. What are your GPU temps now with the SF600?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm running a shorty 750ti which doesn't get very hot. Even if I were still running a gtx970SSC, I'd still be using the sf600. Its an awesome power supply. Most of us don't need more than 600W unless you're running an SLI setup. I'll def be using it again in my next single card build. I say go for it. In my opinion, all power supplies should be sfx size now that they have reached 600W+ reliably. I say go for it!

The 750 ti runs in the 70s under load. The 970ssc was at about 80 at load in the nano s.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering what the temperatures under load were like in your old setup with the 970. It's very similar to what I'm think about doing. Good work btw :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I only ran it with the 970 for a couple of days and didn't take any specific data points with regard to temps. As you can see, there is lots of room for airflow in the case as it was setup, especially using the SF600 for power. Ramping the fan speed up on the gpu will bring those temps down considerably. I would estimate that with the stock fan profile and no overclock I was sitting around 70 C under load. Ramping the fans up with a custom profile should bring that down about 10 C to around 60C with good intake flow and moderate ambient temps. Let me know what results you get. Thanks for checking out the build. It's not as powerful as my main rig but it's my overall favorite because of its simplicity and efficiency.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply, I'll let you know how it goes.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Are there any psu cables that you absolutely need to buy, becuase of how big the the nano s is?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are using a Corsair SF450 or SF600, you might want to grab a type4 24pin cable from Corsair. They sell a sleeved Type4 replacement thats a touch longer than the included 24pin cable. Sticking with those 2 psus, the 8 pin cpu cable was a little short and was stretched to the max for Kean. It put more tension on the connector on the mobo than I was comfortable with but it worked. The issue was the type 4 cable. The type 4 were new at the time and no one had compatible replacements ready yet. Now may be different. If you are going with an ATX psu, there will be no need for aftermarket cables. Just be vigilant on your cable management. I'll go look for you.....................okay, so Corsair has type4 cables now for pcie, cpu, sata, and 24pin. Are you planning on using an SF600?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this build was from a long time ago, but isn't the power supply hovering a bit? Would it actually work properly if i just flipped the adaptor around and had the PSU touching the bottom? Looking for any way to save space in a future build of mine in the nano S and was going to use the same PSU.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the stock PSU cables long enough for the case or something?

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

My guess would be that he's using fan splitter cables that may or may not allow for pwm control.

As for the psu, its a SFF psu. It's meant for itx cases and is actually much smaller than a standard size psu. Here's just an example for comparison.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah I see. Hard to tell at that angle and the lack or more pictures. Perhaps the Nano doesn't require it

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It would fetch you a good amount back if you do sell. Plus its kind of a waste if you don't need all that power in the first place. Good luck.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using the mobo fan headers. There are only 2 cha fan headers and 1 cpu fan header so 1 of the intake fans is non functional. I just got a fan spliter from noctua that I'll be using once I get my replacement mobo. Fan tuning wasn't working properly so had to RMA.

As for the PSU. Its pretty awesome. Cables are a bit short, though so routing them was interesting. Had to smush a lot of cables behind the gpu, including the 24pin which was rather tight. If you grab the SF600, make sure to go onto Corsair's website and but an an SF to ATX adapter bracket. You'll need it. The SF600 really lets the gpu breathe if your using an atmospheric card as opposed to reference.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure can. I'll post them tomorrow (bracket). I won't have more photos of the build until I get my replacement mobo. I'll put it all back together and be sure to take plenty.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The SATA cable that comes with the psu is daisy-chained and is long enough to accomodate an SSD or HDD behind the main compartment. I have a Samsung 850 EVO sitting back there and mounted my HDD in front of the psu on the case floor. The length was adequate.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The thing with the cable you had linked is that is a type 3 cable. You'll need a type 4 for the SF600. Corsair should have them available for purchase soon. Does the included daisy chained cable not reach far enough? the length does limit how far away each drive can be from each other but should be adequate for the Nano S unless you plan on spacing them out over the inner surface area of the case. I would suggest doing as I did and keep them on the same side of the case so you can put one behind the wall and one in the main compartment, or both in the main compartment. You could always mode the case if need be. I'd be interested to know how it goes for you. :-)