[Logs] 3/4/2016 - Updated with AIO Liquid cooled GPU 2/26/16 - Original Descriptions with tips and rants
[UPDATE] I have Liquid cooled my GPU with the added bracket and now fits snugly on its place with 67C under 100% load!
This is my first build and I didn't expect any problems that had occurred during my PC part picking. The PC performance is way better than I expected, It's just that the complications and restrictions of my Case is where I lacked the research. And now if my GPU overheats, I may need to apply water cooling on it.
Please do read the TIPS I have included specially for the ones who are planning to build a pc using the Fractal Design Define Nano S
CPU I chose the i5 6600K because I am mainly using this for gaming and I will be very satisfied with this (To be OC-ed just need to know How.)
CPU Cooler Note: The cooler that I have is the Thermalright Macho X2 I chose the Thermalright Macho X2 because of the cooling capability of this cooler with silent fans at 12V. Since the fans on this cooler is hitting my LPX Corsair ram, I had to improvise and instead put the FD-GP12 to the heatsink and the two included fans to the front of the case.FAIL No.1
Tip If you want to use this or any other Tower cooler with No clearance Issues, Please do check if you motherboard has at least 4.4mm of space between the ram and the CPU perimeter. See this >http://www.thermalright.com/images/faq/macho/asus_maximus_vi_extreme_en.jpg
Thermal Paste Nothing special, I heard that this is a legit thermal paste.
Motherboard The Asus Z170i motherboard is what I chose due to the cable manageability of it. Specifically the SATA cables are outstide the RAM slots.
Tip This does not have the 4.4mm space that is required for my Macho X2. I have Improvised. I kinda have to.
Memory I chose the Corsair LPX (Red) purely because I am fairly sure that this RAM stick is will have no clearance issues for my CPU cooler. But it did. Performance wise: No complaints. Why red? See below.
Storage All I need is a boot device and 500Gb is enough for me to play my games. I usually delete them when I am completely done with the game.
GPU This is where my build messed up. I chose the MSI r9 390 because this is fully capable of running the games that I want to play with the Monitor I have purchase. Because I forgot to measure the THICKNESS of this GPU, I had to Improvise and remove the other fan , the red cover and install the PSU with the fan facing the GPU. IT WAS PAINFUL I may need to watercool this GPU just to keep it.
Tip If you are looking to build in this case, Please take note of the Thickness of the GPU. Do not buy more than 2-slot GPU. Any more than that is a red-flag. A good GPU equivalent for r9 390 is:
Case I love this case no matter what I have experienced for this build. It has everything that I need. Small form factor, Clean slick look, Sound dampening material, No drive bay or drive cage (for cleaner look). It totally delivered for me. Do see full reviews on their website or reviews on the Youtube.
PSU I went with the Silverstone Strider 750w because per recommendation of the reviewers and website on the PSU dimension,
160mm is applicable, but shorter is recommended. So I went with the shortest one I could find which is 140mm! and the fan DOES NOT spin when under low load.
Tip Please do note that the higher wattage available for 140mm variant is 750w. If you want to go a higher wattage, Which I recommend for AMD GPU users, is to go with 850W or above. 750w is fine too.
Case Fan I was going to get this for my exhaust and two HF-14 Venturi fans for the intake, but the CPU cooler fan restriction thing messed up and I ended up putting the CPU fans as intake fans. and this one is still an exhaust. See Pics.
Monitor I chose the AOC G2770PF 27" because of the freesync feature, 144Hz and 1080p resolution which was all that I needed for my gaming. Tip For it to be able to use the 144Hz capability, you need to download the driver in the European website and download the beta driver which will ask your driver to enable the unsigned WQHD Driver. It works perfeclty fine for me. Instructions on the read-me section of the driver file.
Q&A Q: Why red? A: If i had a better choice on the motherboard's cable manageability, It wouldn't be red.
Q: Will you change your CPU cooler? A: I am still not sure, It works perfectly fine. If I need to change I will change it to an AIO cooler, I have two choices: 1) Swiftech perstige. Whichever fits at the TOP of my case. (NB-E LOOP BABY <3) 2) Silverstone TD-02E: I love their radiator's design.
Q: When will you change your hardware/Upgrade? A: For now Im just eyeing on a few things which are really not that important but helps for audibility, performance and aesthetics:
1) Change all CASE+Radiator Fans to Fractal Design Venturi fans or Arctic Cooling Fans. (as loong as it has FDB and this one is the one I REALLY want) 2)PSU cabel extensions - to which I still dont know what color to pick. Maybe white most likely. 3)Water cooling my CPU.
Let me know what you guys think!
Thanks to https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc for giving me advice on almost every part to take for this PC!