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Momma Said Noctua Out!

by maxthrottle


This is the very first computer I've ever built. Always been a PC owner and gamer, but never felt the urge to go all the way in and put one together. And, honestly, this was one of the best experiences I've had!

I mentioned to a friend that I was considering building a system and they recommended pcpartpicker.com to use as a jumping off point. They were absolutely right. I can't express what an amazing resource this site is.

After looking over the Build Guides and fiddling with the mechanics of the site (how to swap and select parts, the compatibility of parts and filters etc.) I really started to dig into all the tutorials on youtube. I encountered the personalities; JayZTwoCents, Bitwit, hardwarecanucks etc. I poured over the comments section for every part I was considering. Not gonna lie, it got a little obsessive (ask my GF). In the end, I settled on a couple goals for this system, 1.) It had to be compact (not sure what it was, maybe the challenge, but I loved the idea of HTPC's.) and 2.) I didn't wanna go over-board on price, but still wanted a great PC.

Part Reviews


I can't say enough good things about this little CPU. It's solid through and through. I really love that Intel added hyperthreading to it. It's just icing on the cake.

CPU Cooler

This is the original cooler I bought for my build. I tried my hardest to find a bigger one that would fit the case, and more specifically, the RAM, but this is pretty much my only option. Ironically, it's what totally sold me on Noctua. They are so good at what they do.


Not sure what to say here. motherboard's are what I'm least familiar with. The BIOS were stellar. Super easy to set up and flash. The only requirements I had in mind were; get one that fits my case and has WiFi capabilities. This met both of those. (My only complaint, and from what I understand, this is pretty common amongst Mini ITX form factor, is that it only has 1 CPU fan header and 1 case fan header. Nothing that a couple y-splitters didn't fix.)


RAM is RAM. I picked this up for a pretty good price at the time. In retrospect, I would have gotten something a little more low-profile to accommodate a larger CPU cooler.


Same as the RAM. It's just a little storage. Enough to handle my OS and games, but not a ton of space. I'm somewhat of a minimalist in terms of what I store on my PC> Most things are on a cloud of some form.

Video Card

This is an awesome little card. Especially for entry level gaming rigs. The price, size and power are juuust riiight.


I'm in love. From the moment I stumbled onto this guy, I had to have it. I love the challenge of building in it. I'm not a fan of the big, gaudy builds that have tons of lights and tubes. Like I said, I'm a minimalist. Also, the price of the case combined with the PSU is hard to beat.

Case Fan

These weren't the original case fans I bought for this build. These (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Mb4gXL/noctua-case-fan-nff12industrialppc3000pwm) were the first ones I had in it. However, that's only because I didn't know that case fans came in 15mm thickness. The first fans were right up against the GPU and it almost seemed like they were hampering more than helping. These new ones leave a little space between the two. They're super quiet, with the low noise adapters and they keep this baby cool!


As said, the motherboard only had 1 CPU cooler and 1 case fan header. These took care of that issue.

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customgtp 23 Builds 7 points 18 months ago

+1 for the title!!! Really Really REALLY nice build too :)

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 3 points 18 months ago

Haha thanks. I'm probably as proud of that name as I am of the build.

Alpha_Gametauri 3 points 18 months ago

I'm an AMD fanboy, i'll admit, but Intel knew what they we're doing when they made that CPU with that rating/price value. One of the FEW good Intel CPU's there is at that price point.

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 3 points 18 months ago

I want to be a fan so bad, for competitions sake. It's going to be interesting to see the Ryzen 1950X Threadripper.

Alpha_Gametauri 2 points 18 months ago

I'd love to, but i would need a WHOLE new build (minus GPU's) and ALOT more money, 1950x is $1k. If you want, i can send you my Ryzen 7 1700 (OC to 1800x level) build. Moderators haven't approved my complete build yet.

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Yea, I'd love to check it out.

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

<Gulp> That price...

Alpha_Gametauri 1 point 18 months ago

Spared no expense, only the best.

Bosswoman3 2 points 18 months ago

It was fun building it right? I have been researching on how to build a pc before the first day of summer.

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Haha what's keeping you from pulling the trigger?! Were you going to use any of the parts that I used?

And yes, it was a blast. It actually caused me to choose a major for school lol

Bosswoman3 2 points 18 months ago

No not really. Just giving you some friendly advice that's all.

SirMints 3 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Noctuas for everyone! <3

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 0 points 18 months ago


Dude... your build @_@ That case looks awesome! An so solid! I've never heard of that manufacturer, but I'm really impressed. I'm gonna have to check out their stuff now.

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

I just built a PC today (will upload later on) using that noctua CPU cooler. It's a tad smaller than the stock cooler for the pentium CPU but weighs like 5 times more lol. Sure is quiet though, had a friend that wanted to copy my HTPC build but with adding more storage.

Also the l9i cooler comes with an actual metal case badge, talk about not cutting corners anywhere from Noctua. Also I have rarely seen a company invest soo much in their packaging.

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I meant to mention that in my review. There is just something about Noctua's packaging that says, "We care about our product, so you can too." Ans you're right. It's super quiet and does an awesome job. That Coolermaster you used in your build is reminiscent of the Node 304 (http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/node-series/node-304-black) that I was going to use originally. I may still use it in a future build. I feel like Fractal Design has very similar care put into their products too.

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I considered that case for my HTPC build but I really wanted to keep my optical drive and I wanted the front to light up. Fractal also does an awesome job while cooler master is a bit lacking in quality control. The Elite 130 case I got was actually missing the Coolermaster case badge on the front. I just didn't bother with doing a RMA over it since it doesn't affect performance.

I use the Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 case in my main workstation build and that is an awesome case. I had high expectations for it before I got it and somehow they exceeded my expectations when I did finally get it.

Jalley15 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

awesome little build. in terms of coolers theres also the cryorig c7 and the scythe shuriken but the shuriken is hard to come by.i was considering transferring my build into that case too but the cost of that and a new cooler kind of deterred me.

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate it. I tried to get the SHURIKEN! That was the first low profile cooler I stumbled on, but, like you said, they're hard to get your hands on. I found the Cryorg after I ordered and installed the Noctua. I would have preferred the color scheme better, but the Noctua fans are so damned quiet and well built. I'll suffer their weird brown schemes haha

ArmyRider90 8 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Nice build man. And is that a 5FDP reference in the title? Ha

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you and no. It's s a LL Cool J reference lol. Not sure about 5fdp. Did they cover it?

ArmyRider90 8 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

They have a song called "Momma Said Knock You Out". I actually went to a concert and they had a kid come on stage and sing the chorus. Ha

Selicos 1 point 18 months ago

How did you attach the fan over the CPU cooler to the case?

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

If you'll reference picture 12/13 you'll see these little parts (http://noctua.at/en/products/accessories) that came with the fan.

havoc58 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

This is a node 202?? Did they change their design on the inside?

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

It sure Is! And no, I haven't modified it at all. Is a photo misleading or is there a question I can answer to help clear that up?

havoc58 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Your picture (number 3) looks like a different design then what I built with. I wouldn't be surprised if fractal design came out with a newer version. The top half of the case on mine only had one thing and that was the dust filter for the CPU. Yours has a gpu portion and possibly a legit mount for a fan? You have to ghetto rig a fan to mount there

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Good news, it's the same design. The extra GPU you're seeing is actually just the regular GPU section. I removed it and put it in the top section just so everyone could see the two fans below. I did have to remove the dust filter to get the additional fan over the CPU section. I used the alternative mounts that Noctua sends with the fan (http://noctua.at/en/products/accessories/na-sav3). There are also these (http://noctua.at/en/products/accessories/na-sav4) that you can order and have a cleaner look. The mounts can be seen in picture 12.

havoc58 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Oh gotcha! Awesome!

WowOnce 1 point 18 months ago

Yo do you think your build can handle PUBG at 1080p medium settings with over 60 FPS frame rates?

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Definitely. I play at 1440 with low everything, but high textures and high view distance.

WowOnce 2 points 18 months ago

Noice +1

Shauarr 1 point 16 months ago

I'm looking to build similar. Considering three case fans too, how many and what ones were feed and exhaust for you? Personally two at GPU feeding and the other exhaust makes sense to me.

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

That's the consensus I've seen as well. I've tried it other ways and the two GPU fans feeding and the CPU fan exhausting works best.

Shauarr 1 point 16 months ago

Fair enough man, thanks. My only issue left is trying to pick a bloody CPU. I know I don't need anything fancy really for the kind of games and monitor size etc that I like. But... I dont want to spend money on something that will feel outdated in a year and I also don't know about the stigma towards AMD. A Ryzen 5 is kind of tempting but again will I regret not splashing out on a nice new 8th series intel in a years time? If I do decide on 8th intel the cheapest i3 would in all reality probably be fine but... Jesus I hate my brain. Sometimes I wish I was just someone to throw money at things and never regret anything.

maxthrottle submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I'm apprehensive towards AMD, but not against them. The Ryzen series seems good, but I have zero personal experience. I'm personally going to upgrade to the i3 Coffee Lake when I finally do. Ultimately, it comes down to what you need. If you're going to be doing things that are core intensive, go with a Ryzen. If you're a pretty typical user (gaming, several applications at a time, web browsing) go with Intel.

Shauarr 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah I've an AMD core ATM that I saw people say is turbo shite and was such a let down but I've had no issues. My final build is using the new 8th i3 K. Also a blower version of the 1060 to help even more with case temps in such a small case. All fans inwards with dust covers and a GPU dumping it's heats straight out the back seems a great setup.

jon_peter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

great first build and awesome attention to detail when managing the cables. i'm glad the challenge of working inside such a small case didn't scare you off.