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Fusion II - NCASE M1 / 8600K / 1080 Ti

by asone_

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Date Published

Nov. 20, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

5.4GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.56GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.0GHz

Description

Finally got around to rebuilding my gaming and editing PC inside the NCASE M1! This build was a long time coming; months and months of planning.

Full build video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiGiW_ifpAQ

Here's a brief discussion on the parts, I'll have a video up in a few days which will include benchmarks also.

CPU Intel i5 8600K review sample, this one has hit 5.4GHz @ 1.45V which is absolutely mental. Full video of that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZxmufdBdE8 This 6-core is very impressive, surprisingly a decent upgrade over my previous 7700K in terms of video editing performance. I'm planning on upgrading to the 8700K down the road when stock comes back in.

Motherboard With the Coffee-Lake processor, Z370 in ITX form factor was the go-to here. I reached out to MSI and they helped me out with their new Z370i Gaming PRO Carbon AC. Strong OC potential, subtle RGB, discreet M.2 drive, loving it so far!

CPU Cooler Noctua D9L with two 92mm Redux fans, one of the beefiest options that you can cram into the NCASE M1 (limited cooler height of 132mm). Extremely happy with the performance here, a nice upgrade over the Cryorig M9i that I had in Fusion I. Better performance and quieter too.

GPU Needed something that was going to max out my Acer X34 Predator monitor, and so 1080 Ti it was. I loved the look of the EVGA SC2 card and the fact that it was only a 2-slot card allowed me to sneak two static pressure 120mm fans underneath it to improve airflow further.

Power Supply I had the SF450 in Fusion I and I absolutely loved it. The thing never made a whisper and so I knew that when it came time to upgrade, the SF600 was going to be a solid choice.

Storage Lightning fast NVMe M.2 drive from Samsung, 250GB was more than enough for the OS and frequented programs. The 525GB and 240GB SSD will be used for everything else. No RAID setup just yet.

RAM I really wanted to upgrade to 32GB but the memory prices are way too high at the moment, so I stuck to my 16GB of Dominator Platinum memory here.

Case Fans Needed some high static pressure 120mm fans to pull in air from underneath, and the EK Vardar Evos looked like a great fit. They bring the GPU load temp from 72C down to 66C, and don't add much noise to the system either.

Case The trusty NCASE M1, so small and optimised - I think i'll continue to use this case for years to come. It has given me everything I need so far

Sleeving All of my supplies were from: https://mod-one.com/ I used their Titanium Grey and Titanium Platinum sleeving for the entire build, I love the neutral colour scheme.

Any questions, post below!

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Obamas.mama 3 Builds 17 points 3 months ago

5.4 GHz... That... How... I... WHAT?? You literally added 1.8 GHz from overclocking.. +1, just for that. And then the rest of the build. I can only give one. Amazing build man!

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 7 points 3 months ago

Haha - do keep in mind it's not a retail chip. But yep, pretty insane.

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

What do you mean it's not a retail chip? Excuse my ignorance

Eltech 19 Builds 5 points 3 months ago

He was given a i5-8600K to review the processor. It wasn't purchased, hence why he mentions "review sample" on the description.

TruVueTech 3 Builds 5 points 3 months ago

the processor was cherry picked by intel to make them look good in performance. retail chips that can do this are Uber rare. you will ost likely never see a chip that you buy in retail hit the clock that Optimum has hit with his.

BTW Amazing build +1.

Eltech 19 Builds 3 points 3 months ago

Yes, most retail i5-8600K processors will not have the same overclock results as asone/Optimum.

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Correct! The common ground for retail 8600ks seem to be right around the 5.0GHz mark. And thanks!

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Ah, I see. Thank you for explaining.

Eltech 19 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

No worries.

Dinokoi2Q 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Insane, yes, but what's even more insane is how'd you do that on air cooling??

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Well he said it was at 1.35v and power is the only thing that attributes to heat. And 1.35v isn't super high

Dinokoi2Q 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Got it,thanks!

The silicon lottery is strong with this (cherry-picked) one...

ocyogirrafe 0 points 2 months ago

yeah

elvy.e.penswick 4 points 2 months ago

where is that side panel from?

CKline0711 2 points 3 months ago

Love the vids

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks!

mattgreer 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Would love to see an overall pic of the cable management. Looks great.

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

The second picture should give you a pretty good idea on what's going on :)

TheRedFlash1 2 points 3 months ago

Beautiful build, and a great montage to accompany it.

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks!

TogoViva78999 1 point 3 months ago

Hows the airflow of the card? Kinda obstruct the flow ......

BEEFJERKEY 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

how are the temps on that graphics card, seems a little close to the bottom

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I'm seeing around 66C load temps @ around 22C ambient. More exact figures will come in the next video. The high static pressure EK Vardar fans seem to help immensely.

Upgrade 8 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Those are great temps! How’s passive exhaust in terms of interior temperatures - motherboard, M.2, ram etc ?

Upgrade 8 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Beautiful v2 build. Love your videos as well. Been a subscriber for months now. I’m also thinking to switch back to the M1 for my 8700K upgrade.

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks, and glad you enjoy the channel! I'd love to upgrade to an 8700K - hopefully stock comes back early next year.

Wolklung 2 points 3 months ago

Very nice indeed. Well done.

Overclock on the 'review sample' i5 is amazing :)

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

It's a golden chip, it's sitting at 5.0GHz @ 1.25V stable as anything.

Wolklung 1 point 3 months ago

Haha nice... Just makes me think "why can't they make all of them so powerful"

M_Thommo 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Is this 8600K delidded or can anyone achieve this insane overclock with sufficient cooling? Also this build is incredible!

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Surpassing 5.0GHz is much up to the silicon lottery. Delidding and liquid cooling is highly recommended.

SwiftSeb 3 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Been watching all your vids since around 34 subs, love the 'dramatic' style of cinematography your taking on the channel, keep it up! Also such a neat little build you have there. :D +1

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Wow! Appreciate the support a tonne.

jsoutherland89 4 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Always love the quality of you pictures, and of course the quality of your builds. This is no exception. Easy +1.

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks :)

jsoutherland89 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Glad you snagged a feature! It is well deserved.

SmartWolf 1 point 3 months ago

mad cabling skills....

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Not perfect but getting there!

AmericanX 1 point 3 months ago

It's insane how much a skill for photography can make a computer look SO DAMN GOOD. Awesome build (and pictures)!

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Yep, it goes a long way. This was shot on the Sony a6300 for anyone wondering

LeoLavi 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I currently have the M1 Ncase as well. One awesome case.

Any opinions on the Ghost S1 which is kickstarting soon?

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

It sure is! Really excited for the Ghost S1. I asked them for a review unit but it seems that they're targeting the European market first.

Keidan94 1 point 3 months ago

He is magnificent. On the other hand I looked at the video in detail, one sees that you created a kind of cache cable how it goes without this cache? Is it complicated to make a clean management cable? Second question, no risk for cables that are placed against the motherboard?

Fraglepuss 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Your builds are always flames :)

Adrew24 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I want that case so bad for my next build!

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

DO IT!

Adrew24 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I probably will! I'll see if I can squeeze in a custom loop too.

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Classy ! +1

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks :)

Upgrade 8 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Is there a 3D printed fan shroud in there?

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Power supply shroud - hides the mess :)

hexenwulfen 1 point 3 months ago

Did you make that shroud yourself? 3D printed?

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Yes sir!

hexenwulfen 1 point 3 months ago

Awesome! Do you have the part files for it? I'd be interested in making one for my own build

HelloPeyton 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

This PC is the only reason I'm alive now

GauntletV2 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

How did you end up mounting the TG panel? I used double sided gorilla tape, which is like 7/10 at best.

FurryJackman 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

That's an insane OC. Only thing I can even find wrong about this build is intake dust filtration and THAT'S IT. Very nice!

AdamTuch 1 point 2 months ago

oh my god and i thought that being 13 i could not make any computer more expensive then £500 but you just inspired me to save up more money to get a computer like that

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Haha, you don't need something like this at 13 :)

AdamTuch 1 point 2 months ago

well its my 13th birthday tomorrow so getting a computer like that would be pretty dope

multimain 1 point 2 months ago

That looks quite nice, but 5.4ghz on a i5!? Wot?

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks - and yep it's an engineering sample

Rotten_Milk 1 point 2 months ago

I’ve never been so turned on by so much cable pr0n. Good job.

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Haha! Thanks

gillettmi 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Just found your channel the other month! Keep up the good work!

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Thanks for the kind words man

simo.non 1 point 2 months ago

Amazing build!

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Thank you!

OMGriffinz 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Love that tempered Glass Panel Mod on the NCase! Wish they made it with one, to begin with. +1

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Yep! Me too

MeatloafMonday 1 point 2 months ago

Lol this is kinda random but the tenth picture is kind of... unnecessary.

SamuelParker 1 point 2 months ago

How do you get glass cut just right for this? Where can you get this sort of stuff done? A buddy of mine is gonna be building a PC and the NCase M1 with tempered glass would be perfect.

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Full tutorial on how to do it: https://youtu.be/-KcInnO8jvY

zexx_xion 1 point 2 months ago

Flawless, lovely system. Other then the little bits of OCD that would turn me off for a personal system I would say this is a ideal computer. I actually am not shocked with the over clock, especially with a air cooler. A lot of the good air coolers not only do a good job they do a consistent job. Only question if how small is your steam library? I have gone through 2 500GB crucial MX. Full from gig to gig with games and still have loads more game to add. Do you have a NAS or do you plan on adding storage?

asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks! It's pretty small, about 10 games total. I have a 4TB backup drive at the moment which I encode and then store footage onto. It seems to be enough for now but undoubtedly I'll move to a RAID setup in the future with some actual storage redundancy lol.

jtrias21 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Hey Al, congrats on the feature bro, solid M1 build. Love your channel and content since the beginning, keep it up!

ocyogirrafe 1 point 2 months ago

nice CPU man

TheNerdyPerspective 1 point 2 months ago

I've said this before, but I LOVE monochrome builds. They always work so well. I love the simplicity of this build, as I normally see custom loops, and this is a nice change.

mahavishnuuuu 1 point 1 month ago

Awesome build, wicked OC. I'm upgrading to an 8700K with a 1080 Ti, but ain't gonna OC the CPU until later, and judging from your results I should be able to sufficiently cool the 8700K at stock speeds with the D9L?

once_upon_a_goat 1 point 6 days ago

How did you mount the second fan on the CPU cooler, if I may ask? +1 for the amazing build

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asone_ submitter 5 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

That means a lot man, thanks for the support!

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asone_ submitter 5 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

It's connected via 3D-printed mounts. You can check that video out here: https://youtu.be/-KcInnO8jvY

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asone_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Nice! Unfortunately I haven't compared thermals with the glass panel compared to the stock panel. Currently the 8600K is sitting at 5.0GHz @ 1.25V, and under heavy CPU load (Aida64, Premiere Pro), it sits at 66C (22C ambient).

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