Description

Hello fellow builders!

Upgraded from a 1st Gen I7 950, GTX 460, and an ASUS Sabertooth. That puppy lasted about 7 good years, but it was time to upgrade.

This PC was built for gaming - Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and Fortnite. Probably a little overkill. Most of the parts were purchased on Black Friday week, only savings made was 30$ on RAM. Thankfully I bought the 1080 before the current mining craze.

Thanks wifey!! (she paid for most of the parts)

Build notes:
-Pre-route all cables.
-Use the bottom fans and zip-ties to help keep cables in place.
-The layout this motherboard really helped with managing stock PSU cables

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Great layout for my ITX case (Ncase). Dual M.2! Only issue I have is with Asus Aura resetting my RGB configs

Case Fan

These are awesome fans! It felt like my rig was going to take flight at full speed.

Case Fan

One of the better 92mm fans on the market! The color grew on me overtime

Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

This is some god-like cable routing skills. That's worthy of a feature alone.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!
The cable management was the most difficult part of this build, lot of planning with trial and error

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking the same exact thing.

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  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build my friend. Curious how your cpu temps are being that the 8700k is effing hot and that's not the craziest cooler on the market.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks friend! I think there’s a misunderstanding on MY part.
The temps I submitted reflected normal gaming temps - 45-55 degrees (depending on game and duration).
If it means a stress test, I’ll change it correct answer; which is easily above 85 in a matter of seconds. Seeing that stresses me too! LAVA Lake

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I see! Ok thanks for clearing that up for me.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

What is it with noctua and the color brown?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol! Not sure. It’s a mystery to me too.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

They did a good job differentiating themselves tho, every time I see a brown fan I think of Noctua.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Fair point. But it’s still brown...

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Point taken. Even tho they're some of the best, I've steered away because of that reason.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. And great job on the cable management! Great to see another NCASE build on here. I just wish I could get one, let alone the parts inside!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. A 1080 for $530... those were the days, huh?

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

I got lucky on this purchase. Won’t be in the market anytime soon. Thank for the like

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Small builds are very hard to work on and you did an awesome job... it also looks like the bottom fans would do a better job of cooling your GPU after removing its fans and shroud.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

That sounds like a great idea! I’m just too paranoid to custom mods

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I get what you're saying, you'd also void your warranty. My stuff is mostly used and cheap :P

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build man! Nice work!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Why thank you. Are you still rocking your recent powerhouse build? Have you considered changing your M1 to a Dan Case or Loque Ghost?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I am and I'm still loving it! It's funny you ask... I'm actually in a serious debate with myself on ordering a Ghost S1. My only issue is price and availability. I thought I paid a premium for the M1, but to pay almost $300 for an S1 seems a little much for me.

Plus, estimated time of arrival is May. Patience is not my strong point so I'm not sure I can wait that long. If I could sell my M1 for a $100 or so it might make the jump not feel so bad.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, ram temps?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking on copying your build but the Asus ROG Strix Z370-I motherboard only has one CPU_FAN, AIO PUMP, CHA_FAN. How were you able to run two NF-F12, NF-A9 fans?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello friend. Sorry for the late reply. I got these cheap pwm splitter from amazon. JBtek All Black Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter Cable 1 to 2 Converter, 2 Pack

It connects to the fan header near the corner of the m.2 drive.

The 92mm exhaust fan is connected to the AIO pump header

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

is the USB-C a thunderbolt port? EDIT: How do you like your fans?

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, I’m sorry for the late reply.

The bottom fans are great, I usually have them running less than 1500 RPMs. They get super loud at max speed, yet they only drop the GPU a couple of degrees during gaming — fans up to 2000rpm are more than enough.