Description

I discovered this case recently and wanted to build in it. I moved the components from my NCase M1, and noticed that this case is configured very similarly to the NCase. The QBX is about 10% bigger in every dimension. I was curious to see if the front 80mm intake and top 120mm fan will help with cooling. The build quality of this case is decent, but pales in comparison to the NCase M1 build quality.

I was able to squeeze a Noctua C14 CPU cooler next to a Corsair H75 in the side bracket here.

I like tinkering with the fan configuration, here is the latest setup:

CPU Fan Header:

  • C14 "lower" 140 mm fan exhaust

  • C14 "upper" 140 mm fan exhaust

  • Top 120 mm fan intake

Case Fan Header @ 100%

  • 8 port hub

  • Front 80 mm fan with 7v adapter intake

  • Rear 92mm fan with 7v adapter intake

  • Video card 92 mm VRM fan intake

  • Video card H75 pump

NZXT Grid+ v2:

  • Video card H75 radiator fan exhaust

  • Bottom 120mm 12mm slim fan intake

  • Bottom 120mm 15mm slim fan intake

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU for gaming and productivity.

CPU Cooler

Best top-down cooler that I can fit into my mini-ITX case

CPU Cooler

This helps keep my GPU cool quietly.

Thermal Compound

Finally bought 20g so I won't run out.

Motherboard

Decent mini ITX motherboard, with lots of features (m.2, wifi, USB C, etc). Disappointing fan controls though - I am unable to use SpeedFan

Memory

These work. I could have gotten faster ram.

Video Card

Good performance. Runs hot or loud if you crank the fan curve. The mini 4-pin fan header on my board is broken, so that I had to resort to using a Grid+ v2 to control my GPU fans.

Optical Drive

No complains here

Case Fan

Quiet, lots of static pressure

Case Fan

Quiet, lots of static pressure

Case Fan

Decent static pressure. These can get loud at high RPM.

Case Fan

No complains

Case Fan

I had to get a 12mm super slim fan to fit under the GPU pump / water block / barbs. It works.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice job getting all that in such a tiny case!! Looks great!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

definitely one of the cooler mini itx builds I've seen, great work +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

As a fellow QBX builder I can tell you right now this is Ingenious!!! Great Job. +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Got the same case and attempted to go with 240mm rad (tried h100i didn't fit, Kraken fitted but was too cramped to let those tubes near my gtx 1070) and seeing your build I decided to go back to Air cooler so thanks! Do you think that the HDD bracket can fit with the Noctua 140mm in place?? Does the cooler gives you some OC headroom? I'm running a 7700k and the thing can be toasty, I'd love to hit 5ghz but I think it would need to be delided to have reasonable T°

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Bought the c14? how's the OC ability?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait a minute.... you put a cpu cooler on your gpu?!? What is this madness?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the GPU runs pretty cool this way

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have to take off the front cover to install the 80 mm fan?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't think I have to remove the front panel. If I did, it wasn't too difficult.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I see, still scratching my head on how to put my 80 with the screws they included. Thank you.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I remember this case had slightly different way to attach fans... I'll have to take a look when I get a chance. My current build is in a different case.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Just re checked the holes that uses to mount the 80mm fan, looks like I might need to use the long screws and mount it filter > fan > case. Not the best imo from Cougar but, meh.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That's right. I do remover that the fan mounting holes on the case are threaded.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I did fan > filter > case.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Can tell if the Noctua NH-C14S will fit in there with cpu cooler height at 115mm compared to Noctua-C14 which has 105mm height?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you mount the bottom fans? Their holes are too big for my screws. I can easily mount the same fans on the top but not the bottom

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m trying to remember if I had to use washers. I don’t have this build anymore.