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Monochrome Nano S

by Alooshka



Date Published

April 21, 2017

Date Built

April 19, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



Hello! This is my first PC build ever. I've wanted to build a PC for so long, and finally saved up for one. My goal was a machine that's capable of running 1440p 144hz, and I think this will be able to. I'm waiting for the 1080 TI SC2/FTW3 to release so I can grab it.

Building in the Nano S was so much fun, very very enjoyable. I probably spent more than 6 hours swapping things around, trying new things or just plain troubleshooting.

The SP120s in the picture are redundant for my build since I don't use any rads. I tried using them as case fans but they're so loud for my taste. I got them for free so not a big loss there.

The Phanteks TC12DX was actually a poor choice in here. I didn't check the dimensions for it, and thought it would be a good fit since PCPP builder didn't show any errors. It ended up interfering with the RAM and I had to move the fan up a little. I can still close the glass side panel, but it's really ugly to look at. I already ordered a Cryorig H7 which will replace the TC12DX. Besides this incompatibility, the cooler itself is not loud at all. My ambient temperature is 25-30C and my idle CPU temps are at 35-40C. I put it on my list so that future builders would avoid running into the same problem.

If you're planning to grab the Corsair SF600, you absolutely have to consider getting extension/custom cables with this case. The stock cables are so terribly rigid and short, they limit your creativity with working around the case. You can see in the pictures how the SATA power cables are crunched up against the chassis with little to no flexibility.

The fan hub isn't too useful since my case fans aren't pwm, but its almost the same price as a splitter so why not. I will update the build as the rest of the parts arrive. Currently, I'm expecting these items:

-CableMod custom cables(Thanks to molnarg for providing his cable lengths!) (https://store.cablemod.com/configurator/#cfgload:58f9863083a216.17126556)

UPDATE 26/4/2017: Received the clear side panel and ensourced 24-pin and 6+2 cables! My old 660 on display :)

5/5/2017: Got the Cryorig H7. Fits well and I love its design.

8/5/2017: CableMod cables are AMAZING! :) Got them and the RGB strip. The strip is a bit long, I recommend the 30cm one.

Part Reviews


Great motherboard and easy to use BIOS. However, the RGB LED on it has weak light production and often mixes colors! A purple light will show very noticeable blue, while a yellow setting has a hint of green. A white light also shows a very aqua blue color, which ruins the aesthetics of dual-color builds.


The main reason I got this RAM was for the looks. Turns out the Corsair Link software doesn't really control both ram sticks, and it's been an issue for a long time. I can only change the lighting mode on the stick close to the CPU, and the second one just doesn't change AT ALL. The ram itself works fine without any issues.

Power Supply

Silent PSU and no issues so far. The cables are EXTREMELY RIGID! If you're considering this PSU, I recommend you invest in custom cables or extensions.


Great monitor. I was blown away at how much workspace I have at 1440p. I don't even need chrome in fullscreen anymore. And the 120-165Hz modes are just fantastic. Minimal IPS glow in the bottom right but it's barely noticeable at 40 brightness.


Best mouse I have used yet. Will be definitely keeping this one for a while!

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syg101 3 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Awesome build! hope u get the 1080 Ti soon +1

SubNauticaWaterWorld47 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Then he can run ARK Survival Evolved at 30fps.

syg101 3 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

30 FPS? Pssh. I had to suffer through 0.2 FPS per day. My parents force fed my ram because they worked at a computer store. I lived in a box on the side of the highway. but I loved it.

syg101 3 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

and in my time that was fast

Alooshka submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

30fps stable, I hope! ;)

resslx 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

This is perfect! Haha, I'm looking to build something extremely similar very soon.

Wow, the all-clear side panel looks incredible. Makes me want to use it instead of the default unwindowed for noise dampening because it's so damn good looking.

What made you choose the Acer XB271HU over the Asus PG279Q or Dell S2716DG? I've owned a couple ASUS monitors in the past and really like them. I suspect I'll be going the PG279Q, but really all three of these are very similar.

Alooshka submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Yup, the clear side panel is good looking. Hoping for a speedy shipping route!

I chose the Acer because I read that their quality control is better than the ASUS. They're both IPS panels and suffer the same issues. My monitor has slight glow on the bottom right, but its only noticeable when gaming in the dark or watching a dark scene. It's also not an issue if I set the brightness to <60. Currently at 40 brightness.

I didn't consider the Dell because it was a TN panel, and to me I value the colors more than response time. Since I'm not a huge FPS gamer, the 3ms difference in response time won't ruin my gaming experience.

pharding415 2 points 9 months ago

I can back the poor quality control on Asus Monitors. Bought a PB278Q a few years back off Amazon, had a 60 day dead pixel return policy, not sure what kind of creature lives inside that monitor but on day 61 I found a string of dead pixels across dead center of the screen. Now whenever I play music through my external speakers I get a static sound from the speakers within the monitor and have had some flashing issues where the monitor randomly tweaks out. Go with Acer or LG.

resslx 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

How's this been running?

Did the case come with a fan splitter? I'm planning on adding two fans to my Nano build (four total), but not certain what I'll need to power them yet.

Any other tips building for this case? Looking forward to joining you soon. :)

Alooshka submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Hey there!

It's running great, I love my little PC. The case came with a 2-to-1 fan splitter for the 2 included fans. I don't use it since I have the Silverstone hub. Also, I installed the GP14 and my Cryorig H7 will be delivered today. I'll use Arctic MX4 on it, and will see how much of a difference this duo is compared to the Phanteks TIM and cooler.

This case is fantastic. Only problem was I found one of the screws on the bottom bracket to be super tightened. I was struggling for 2 nights to unscrew it. But otherwise, it's pretty straight-forward to build in. Everything goes in place as it should. :D

resslx 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Awesome! How'd the cooler install go? Any comparisons yet? Final question (before I set up and do this myself), are you getting any GPU sag with the SC2? I haven't used a car that large before, but I don't feel like just stacking legos under it either if it's an issue.

Alooshka submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

uhm the card I have right now is an old gtx 660. I'm still waiting on the 1080 TI. :( The cooler install was easy peezy. The main difference I noticed between the two coolers is how much quieter the Cryorig is. I was only using one fan on the Phanteks also so it's a fair comparison. The temps are 5-10C cooler for me also!

alcoholenthusiast 1 point 7 months ago

I have a very similar build coming along so I had a few questions.

  1. With the Silverstone splitter, you can't individually control fan speeds, right? Which one do you use as your 'main' fan, to set the curve?

  2. I am also looking at ensourced custom cables, but I have no idea what lengths to get. What lengths would you recommend for a 24 pin/6+2/4+4?

And finally, I would absolutely love some more pictures of the build and the finished rig if you have them/have the time. Especially regarding cable management.


Alooshka submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago
  1. Yes, you can't control the fans individually. Doesn't matter in my case, all the fans I plugged into it are 3pin, anyway! If I do plug in extra 4pin ones, I can set a curve and it will only apply to those 4pin fans, because the 3pin fans will always run at max fan speed.

I plugged it into the chassis fan header on my MB so it shows up in the BIOS as CHA_FAN, which is how I control it.

  1. For cable lengths, you can check out the link I have on top. It includes all the lengths I ordered. The ones from ensourced are actually extensions, not cables. They were a 300mm 24pin, and 400mm 6+2pin.

The pics on this page are actually final and what I have right now. The only difference is on the last pics I have 2 SSDs mounted behind the motherboard. The cables are pretty much the same. I'll try to take a pic when I remember to! :)

alcoholenthusiast 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks a lot, this was really informative, I appreciate it! Nice build!

One last question (for now) - You mentioned the Ensourced cables were just extensions. Is that because the lengths you got from cablemod (500 for the 24 pin, and 550 for the 8 pin/6+2) were not long enough?

Alooshka submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

No, the cablemod cable lengths are enough. I only got the ensourced extensions as a temporary solution. Once I received the cablemod cables, I took the ensourced extensions out. :)

alcoholenthusiast 1 point 7 months ago

Ok awesome, thanks. And finally, ensourced only offers 500mm or 600mm lengths. No 550mm. In that case would I be ok with 500mm or, should I play it safe with 600mm?

Alooshka submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

I would go 600mm just to be safe, yeah.

X95 1 point 7 months ago

What keyboard is that? looks beautiful

Alooshka submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Vortexgear Pok3r RGB

jakubs11 1 point 6 months ago

How did you manage to mount Cryorig H7 on this MOBO? Cooler's backplate is overlapping some of motherboard's componenets, which in my opinion makes Cryorig H7 incompatible with Asus ROG STRIX Z270i (I own this particular setup and had to cut little pieces of backplate with a knife so it wouldn't damage MOBO).

Alooshka submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

It fit in just fine for me, didn't have any problems with it.

TechBank 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Any chance you could provide your cable lengths?

ABOD7 1 point 2 months ago

Looks neat

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Alooshka submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Haha I know!!! I kept changing fan positions and all that jazz.