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Fractal Define S Build

by alumas8385



Date Published

June 3, 2016

Date Built

May 28, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

32.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.304 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


I had previously sold my old rig and wanted to build something new for a little gaming and for the enjoyment of the build itself. The fractal define s nano case was the perfect size for my needs. I loved the velcro management in the back of the case. I wish the led could be switched out on the front of the case but its very minor in the overall scope of things. I also need to switch out the fans so they match so I think I will pick up some venturi fans. I am currently running the OS off of a ssd that I had from a previous build and am using a 500g hdd for storage until I can afford a larger one.

The corsair h100i v2 fit inside the case just fine but the tubing from the radiator to the cpu was a little snug up against the panel of the case. The RGB capability that it has is really nice. I chose the i5 6600k because it was within my budget and I could not really justify the purchase of an i7. The 8g of ddr4 ram is plenty for what I will be using it for but I like that I have the ability to upgrade it as the motherboard supports up to 32g of ddr4 ram.

Eventually I will add rgb led lights, upgrade the video card w/VR capabilities and would like to add an additional monitor(4K) once I get more desk space. I will also be looking to pick up the Corsair K70 RGB keyboard in the future. I will be overclocking the cpu eventually. I routed all my cables under my desk for a clean look(still a little work to do there). The desk was purchased from ikea. Will eventually be a full L shaped desk to maximize desk space and to make room for an additional 27 inch monitor. Additional photos to come. Feedback and suggestions welcome!

Part Reviews


Great CPU. Looking forward to being able to overclock this slightly to get a bit more power out of it.

CPU Cooler

Great CPU cooler but I wish I would have gone with something a little smaller for my mini ITX build. The tubing was a little longer so it pushes up against my side window panel. Overall though it does a great job at cooling and keeps my i5 660k at around 28c - 30c.

Biggest issue though is that the fans are pretty loud and I may look to replace them in the future.


Great board with amazing features. Bluetooth allows me to connect my PS4 controller wireless. I love the sata cable connections and how they are angled which is nice. This board has a lot of features for an amazing price point.


This memory is really good for the price. One feature that sold me on it is the auto overclock feature. HyperX has this new feature which basically has the memory run at the top rated speed once it is installed. A nice feature for people who are not familiar with how to overclock their memory. The XMP profile support is also nice as well.

Video Card

Nice card for the price, I would have liked to of gotten something a little better like a 980 but I needed to keep the budget in hand. I am sure there are better cards out there but I was familiar with this one and it did well for me in the past.


This is the case to have if your are planning a water cooling or are looking for a small form factor that fits on your desk. It was a little hard for me to get my hands in to connect the hdd light and other connectors but I would recommend this case 100x over. Amazing cable management in the back and lots of space for drives and other options.

Power Supply

Being that I was doing a build in the Define S Nano I knew i wanted to go fully modular to cut down on necessary cables. This PSU was a good choice but I wish I would have gone with the 650 watt instead. I love the cables they included because of the solid black and they are flat which made routing much easier.

Comments Sorted by:

NewbPcBuilder98 1 point 34 months ago

Sounds like you have a plan, enjoy your build :)

alumas8385 submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks so far I am. Still some work to do but this is a solid place to start.

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

more pics!

alumas8385 submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

more photos added!

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Very good!

gorkti200 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Woohooo love the Define S. Wish I built in a Nano. Very nice setup. I like that power cable sleeve you have!

alumas8385 submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

You mean the one I mounted on the wall? Yea I needed the cable to be clean.

kikstyo 1 point 34 months ago

The GPU looks so close to the PSU. How are the gpu temps during gaming?

alumas8385 submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Interesting question. I knew when I bought this case that the PSU and GPU would be extremely close. I had my first real test last night while I was playing Dragon Age Inquisition. I noticed my temps got up to 75 degrees Celsius and realized I had not made any adjustments to the fan curve since purchased the GPU. I made the necessary changes and now it stays around 59-60 degrees Celsius. It gets a bit loud during load but its to be expected until I can get a card worthy of a full liquid cooling set up. I would like to replace the fans on the radiator and the exhaust fan with some venturi fans eventually.

Boyles 1 point 33 months ago

What desk is that?

alumas8385 submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

This is actually the Linnmon desk from Ikea. I picked out the length of table top I wanted and found some legs to go with it. I will eventually get a longer table top and the corner piece to go with it to create a full L shaped desk.

Boyles 1 point 33 months ago

Ahh okay. Nice build +1

Boyles 1 point 33 months ago

I should have read the description all the way through. Sorry m8.

1nf3ctedmushr00m 1 point 33 months ago

How's the build so far ? Any regrets? Changes that have come to mind? Alternative parts?

Thinking of doing a similar build! Nice work mate!! +1

alumas8385 submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Build is good. While I do love the define nano s and it was a toss up between it and the nzxt manta case. Down the road because of the extra space for radiators and included fan hub I may change to the nzxt case. If I do I will just do another build in the nano s for one of my kids. The nano s really keeps my pc quiet even under load. The radiator tubes were a little longer and they snuggle up to my window like that weird Windows baby commercial. I also had to create a custom fan profile for the radiator fans because out of the box they ran pretty loud. 1200 rpm seems to be the sweet spot of keeping things cool and quiet. Eventually I will do a closed loop which will lease up some space. I also have debated between rgb led lights or led fans. Still have not decided on that front.

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DevinVeresuk 1 point 32 months ago

Just a question but with mini ITX motherboards, there isn't any CPU OPT fan headers for pumps or extra fans. So what did u use to power your punp? Did u use a chassis fan header?

alumas8385 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

For this particular motherboard it comes with a PWM header and a SYS header. The Corsair H100V2 comes with a PWM fan splitter so I have my two front fans that are on the radiator plugged into the PWM header and the rear exaust fan plugged into the SYS header.

While I do love this case looking back I wish I had gone with the NZXT Manta which comes with a 6 fan hub so you can add additional items such as RGB lighting and additional fans. Alternatively, you could purchase a fan hub for cheap as well to add additional fan headers.

XxPCbuilder2016xX 1 point 25 months ago

What are the temps of your gpu?

alumas8385 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

My GPU usually stays under 60 degrees celsius when gaming. I upgraded to a 1070 by the way.

XxPCbuilder2016xX 1 point 20 months ago

oh ok