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I have wanted to build in this case for a while. Finally pulled the trigger. It has been my longest build to date waiting for parts. Expedited the shipping, customs had it for 28 days. Felt like a Bad Luck Brian meme. Before anyone complains about the lackluster Acer WMR headset, it was free and got me into VR in the first place. Waiting for next gen before getting a better one. WMR is generally terrible and I thought this headset would never get any use, but SteamVR total changed that. It has been great.

Things I loved about the build: 1. SFF PCs have always been awesome to me. I have had a bunch of Shuttle barebones and NUCs over the years, but I wanted something way more powerful. 2. The NCASE M1! There are other cases out there. The DAN Cases A4-SFX v2 was appealing, but I liked that the M1 did this w/o needing to have the GPU in a separate chamber. There were no compromises for 2-slot GPU selection either. 3. Overclocking potential despite being a SFF PC was awesome. Getting to 5.2GHz while maintaining respectable temps really reinforces the great engineering choices. I know I had to de-lid to accomplish this, but that is the cost of mass production.

Challenges: 1. The mITX header placements are well thought out on this board, but I had to leave out front USB 3 until the flat ribbon extension is back in stock. It is just one of the worst cables to route and I could not have done it w/o the cable or header eventually snapping. 2. Normal mITX routing and cable management challenges. 3. Glass… this build was supposed to feature a TG side panel. Ordered the mounts for the glass from OptimumTech and everything. I have had two local companies make a panel for it, the first one broke on delivery. It was dropped and they just refunded me since it was something they did not want to do in the first place. The second one is “working on it.” I have decided to wait for the SFFLAB panel they are announcing soon in Q2 according to an email they sent. 4. GPU sag. Going to get an adhesive hook or something to keep the GPU from sagging.

I use this mainly for “portable” VR. By portable, I mean being able to transport a full, decently spec’d PC without many compromises. Its secondary use is on-location edit in Adobe’s Creative Suite.

The CPU was de-lidded and capable of sustaining a 24/7 5.2GHz (-2 AVX offset) overclock. Max temp around 68 under gaming load, low to mid 70s under synthetic.

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  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. I have a somewhat similar set up: 8700K, Z370-E, and a ASUS 1080. I read you achieved 5.2G on air using a -2 AVX offset and having it de-lidded. I was curious to know the other settings you used, in particular your voltage setting. Also, what stress test did you perform and for how long?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, did you end up OC'ing your 8700k? If so, temps? I'm thinking about getting a h100i as I currently have the U9S (same as OP) and a delided 8700k waiting to be tested.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I did. I managed to get 5G pretty easy with 1.35V. It was stable, but temps under load were something I was not comfortable with. Under load I was seeing +80F and idle was around 30 to 32F. I've been thinking of delidding and going with a custom loop to take advantage of the chip's power.

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build, almost exactly what I have been planning for my next ITX build. VERY glad to see that delidding offers quality temps with an overclock in this kind of build, great job!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

It is awesome to have a dead silent PC when I'm not gaming. Was worth the effort to de-lid.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't believe how you can build a PC with those kind of specs in such a small case. I almost have the same specs but in a big *** Corsair 750D case lol.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man, yeah that's a big one. I have my main rig in a 760T which is a very similar case.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I am confused though, is there a NUC inside this case as well or is it just pictured for a size comparison?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It was just a family photo of sorts. The NUC is inside the M1 and behind that is my main rig.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Got it. I haven't played around with one but those NUC's seem sweet! Thought you might be running some kind of russian nesting doll PC set up. DOUBLE THE COMPUTE POWA!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Bwahaha! I was going for that, but even with the GPUs out, it wasn't fitting in the case.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I too am curious about the 5.2 overclock. Did you buy a binned CPU or did you just get a really nice silicon roll?

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

My Microcenter has been super good luck for me. My 8700K, 1950X, and 1800X have all done REALLY well.

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Ha, you are lucky to have a microcenter that doesn't take 8 hours to drive to...

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

i was impressed with that as well considering ya got that on air!!!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I think i'm in love... absolutely fantastic build. Congrats!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

What am I seeing in pic 7? I see a thing to the right of the motherboard above the GPU, with an M.2 and 2 SODIMMs. What is that?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

It was just a family photo of sorts. The's an Intel NUC inside the M1 and behind that is my main rig.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah I see know. Thanks! Nice build btw.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

What keyboard is that in pic 9?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

LTC K61. I ditched it though because the arrow keys are also a few important keys that I use often. Having to remember to hit FN for "?" was just such a deal breaker.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Well damn - looked promising and affordable otherwise. So many drawbacks when it comes to these little things. Leaning towards the poker 3 rgb, if I cant find anything cheaper (or with a set of arrow keys).

Thanks for the info. Nice builds.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. The Drevo Calibur 71 is nice and has separate arrow/insert/home/pg up/down keys.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

5.2GHz on air cooler? That's insane.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Man! Now, all you need is a monitor on the side of the case. Then, it's fully portable. Nice build.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

That's exactly what I've been looking for. Most of the monitors that could fit have been USB though. Doesn't work as a main monitor. Sigh.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you sure? I think that there's a Raspberry Pi touch-screen monitor that's only 6 inches, but that could work.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

did you mod that cooler? if not I have never seen it in black before

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

No, the lack of light just makes it look that way.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

well it should be black... lol it looks so good

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I wonder if I could get it done. Hmmm... I'm intrigued now.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Knew this would be feature quality when I first saw it yesterday. Great job!!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It was an awesome surprise to wake up to.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your led strips?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Cablemod addressable LED

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty Litty

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

googles

how to put battery in desktop pc

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you do a userbenchmark with that cpu OC and link it please? thats one crazy OC

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

great build man!!!and super awesome pictures,beautiful!!1+

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

nice feature

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

What settings are you running in your bios? I crash on anything over 5ghz and I haven't been able to figure it out. I have a z370-F so I would imagine its the same bios.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Still a shame that system prices are ridiculous :/

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Luckily I had the GPU before things went south.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh. Nice

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get that graphics card so cheap?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought it a week or two before prices shot up.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

What store or site did you get it from?

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

But what site or store did you get it from?

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I know because I am hunting for that same GPU at a good price

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I get a tingling sentation just looking at this beauty...

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

WHERE did you get your GPU? Store/site what was the store/ site called?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Microcenter

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice...

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice M1 you got there. Hopefully wahaha updates us on the side panels soon. Can't wait to get one.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it it’s really good but I think there is a lot going on when the RGB lights are on

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful, love that case, I need an excuse to build in it. How was the corsair cable kit?

  • 11 months ago
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Thanks! I liked the cable kit because the cable gauge is manageable while still being sleeved. A must with this tiny case.

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

That's a colossal overclock in such a small itx case and air-cooled with such a small cooler - Even de-lidded you definitely have a silicon lottery winner there ! Astounding +1 !

  • 21 months ago
  • 0 points

Bro, thats a cool build! but why not the razer case? I think its gud, it can support a full-length GPU and can ez water cool.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Because they start at like $450 used on amazon or new on ebay. No thanks.

  • 21 months ago
  • 0 points

And what about water cooling? I think its lighter than air cooling (even though air is basically weightless, so it wouldn't make sense). Also what did you use for delid? Der8auer stuff?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't want to do water in a build that's going to get moved and bumped and whatnot when traveling. Yes, Der8auer tool was used.

  • 21 months ago
  • 0 points

This...made...me...fap...for...20...minutes...I love this build!

  • 21 months ago
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Oh boy... thanks!

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  • 14 months ago
  • 0 points

duuuude this is awesome for a lan rig too! could probably fit a 120 or 140 aio for cpu in there?

  • 14 months ago
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It'll take a 240. It comes w/ a bracket for one. I opted for form over function.

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Bought an Acer laptop and it came w/ it. It's not the worst thing ever. Spoiled by the Samsung HMD I had for a few weeks though. AMOLED was truly superior.