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Hello everyone,

After over 16 years of using laptops, the last 10 years of which were Macs - I decided to go back to the beginning & build myself a PC, one that I would have liked to have as a teenager but never could have afforded.

I wanted a mini-ITX build because I think they look nicer on my table, and can second as a home entertainment unit, with gaming etc. I chose the Nano S because I like the understated looks, and the spacious design will be suitable for a newbie 1st builder like me. I wasn't wrong - its quite easy to work in it, and cable management was a breeze (although I certainly can do a lot better I think).

I wasn't really constraint by a budget, and I probably overspent for my immediate needs (mainly lots of word / excel working & some PC gaming like Fallout 4, XCOM 2) - in the main I am quite happy with all the parts acquired, especially the Acer Predator XR341CK 34" Monitor for £550. The picture quality was just glorious for both work & play! I got the RX480 to freesync with this monitor - and so far everything is fine and dandy.

Really happy that I managed to complete my first build without much hitches. Would love to hear your comments and suggestions for improvement. My future components will probably be a nice mechanical keyboard (for typing first) and then maybe in a year's time a new GPU from AMD.

Thanks!

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

How does that RX480 handle gaming on the Predator?

Great Build though, the cleanest RX480 build ive seen. +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The RX480 / Predator combo is awesome! Loving it... on the Fallout 4 & XCOM 2 its around 30 fps on full resolution, which plays fine to me, and no tearing seen as yet - Freesync effect?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep thats how freesync works buddy

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for being a lefty! Sweet build man. Super clean!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

;)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Dayumn sexy build.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the case but not all the empty space to the right of thr mobo. It just begs for a loop. This build definitely gets my 1. Left handed or flipped picture?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I agree about the empty space on the right grrr... a water AIO will looks so much better!

But after researching loads, I went with the tower cooler - because its a bit cheaper, likely less noise, and I got paranoid after hearing about all the leaks stories.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Good observation - but I am right handed. Just prefer to use mouse on my left hand... out of habit!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious on how the 480 does with 3440x1440 as well. +1 for another clean Nano S build

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Same results as the GTX 970 in 1440p.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

True dat! I chose the RX 480 for this build to make use of the AMD Freesync & its a great price! I got it at RRP of £219 in the UK.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I am envious of your build. It looks amazing. How does the 480 do on a monitor that big?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I was a little worried it would not look so good... But I need not, it works great. I've no benchmarks though, just my subjective experience/opinion.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

<3

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol - thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Neat, but there still some room for cable management.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. I think I'll just kick back and play some games to my hearts content meanwhile - will come back some time to tidy up the cables again!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

How much space between the window and the top of the cooler?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Its hard to see - the window & top of cooler don't touch that's for sure & closes easily. I think a few mm space at most.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Tiny and clean! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that case, so clean <3

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It's funny how you can basically not see the motherboard from all the big parts like gpu psu and your cpu cooler, but then the other half of the case is completely empty.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed. This case was designed for a water AIO!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Ik, its a clever design.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

small case huge monitor nice combination

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the noise from the card? I know the CPU cooler is top shelf.

I overspent too when I did my first build. (it's the green one in my completed builds) I think if I could go back I'd have gotten the black case and worked on my cable management. And went with 1866 ram that wasn't imported from the USA, and not the Jetflo fans either.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

So far, I've not heard a single thing from the GPU fan. I did wonder whether I installed the GPU okay - and had to download MSI afterburner to look at the performance in-game & be reassured! Its defo silent when not gaming, and during gaming - I only hear the in-game sounds anyways!

Can't see the green in your 4 completed builds mate. But nice builds! PC building is so satisfying, I would love to do it again soon!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok it was Teh Ammo Can.

Was just curious I'm staying at my dad's for free while going to school. He has a Gtx 570. Which was great a long time ago lol. Idk I put a bid on a r9 390 for cheap but I I just had a bad experience with my 5870HD's noisy fan and heat from it being a reference card. It was 188W too.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

how does the CPU cooler fit i there? is it tight? does it push against the window? thanks

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Its hard to see - the window & top of cooler don't touch that's for sure & closes easily. I think a few mm space gap.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

did you have any problems with the cpu cooler and the motherboard? and also how is the overclocking?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems at all. Don't intend to overclock yet, but if I do - I might post it here to update.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Did your Dark Rock 3 stock fan have to be moved up or in was the way of your ram? And is there any rub against the case window and top of CPU cooler?

I love your build and plan on doing something similar with same case and MOBO.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I now read comments and pretty much every question answered.
I'm still wondering if you had to move the CPU Cooler fan a little and if there is some gap between the ram and fan? I might end up buy g.skill, kingston or your corsair ram, depending if the gap is tight. Thanks!!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to move the stock fan out of the way when installing it, with ram in place. But it fits in afterwards with no problems, and not in the way.

No rub agst case window.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

How are CPU temps? Nice build.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I would like to know this as well and GPU temps. Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

great build my friend, I highly suggest you invest in a nice mechanical keyboard!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi dude! I was about to use the same monitor as you but I'm currently waiting for Vega, so far how is the monitor?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey... personally, there is only one word to describe it... "SUPERFANTASTICBRILLIANTLYAWESOME!!!"

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I just finished my build with some similar parts. I went for the 6600k though. But the case, gpu and mainboard are the same. It is not as quiet as I thought, but pretty nice nonetheless. The cooler for the rx 480 is really not string enough, but it is not screaming loud .... So I guess it is OK.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks - didn't think I did that great a job in cable mx. But love the card!

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes! Very much... Its a good GPU for what I need at this price point... will maybe upgrade it to a better AMD GPU next year to handle the more graphics intensive games.