UPDATE - 11/10/18
I played around with the fans to get some better thermal performance, as the case would get very hot to the touch when under load. Some kind people on Reddit helped me out with some good advice. First I flipped the 2 CPU fans on the heatsink so that they were exhausting air instead of taking it in. This seemed to make CPU temps go up by 1-2 C, but not much else changed overall. Next, I took the rear fan from the heatsink and mounted it to the 92mm fan mount on the back of the case so it could exhaust air from the whole case instead of just through the heatsink. And that's just what this build needed to bring internal temps down.
Here are the new temperatures compared to the old ones. I have also updated the old temperatures to more accurately reflect the stock conditions with the CPU fans set on intake:
- CPU idle: 36 C (+1 C)
- CPU load: 67 C (-8 C)
- GPU idle: 34 C (+0 C)
- GPU load: 70 C (-8 C)
However, I would like to note a few things. I have not overclocked my CPU, and I did end up using EVGA Precision XOC to bring my GPU power target to 80%, which has reduced temperatures by 5-6 C. I did this because I prefer a cooler and quieter system and the GPU heats up the CPU quite quickly in this case. The GPU is more than enough for the games I play, and I have not noticed any downsides to lowering the power target. Note that this is different than underclocking. The case itself is now cool under load and heat doesn't build up like it did in the previous fan configuration. It seems quieter as well!
One last factor that most likely impacts thermals is ambient temperatures. On a hot day, the PC does have a harder time dissipating heat and temps can rise a few degrees. The temps above were recorded at a room temperature of about 22 C (72 F).
Also took this time to do some better cable management and dust off the system. Now I'm even happier about this whole thing! I almost ended up getting an Arctic Accelero III for the GPU but I'm glad I did some testing first. I'm waiting for a very short molex power cable for an RGB strip, a new pair of Sennheiser PC37X's, and a better case for my keyboard to arrive. Lastly I changed mice and got a black G703 (love it!) and got my custom mechanical keyboard back in action.
Original build post
Yet another update of my previous, short-lived build that you can find here
List of changes
- Replaced Core V1 with Ncase M1
- Removed cable extensions
- Replaced stock cables with braided cables
- Replaced H7 with M9 Plus
- Removed PSU bracket
- Removed fan splitter
- Replaced 80mm fans with 120mm fans
- Replaced extended mousepad with smaller mousepad
- Added black cable combs
- Added RGB lamp
I decided to just go all out and get a Ncase M1. I let go of my trusty Core V1 because I've always wanted to downsize, and having extra portability and desk space while in my college dorm is definitely worth it so far!
When looking for a good CPU cooler, I checked out Cryorig's website because I planned to go with the M9i over the Noctua U9S to save some money. While I was there I saw that the M9 Plus was on its way into the market, and I thought it'd be a perfect cooling solution.
Building in this case was pretty straightforward, although it was a bit tricky with cable management and mounting the SSD on the front of the case. I had to redo the mounting when I put cable combs in to make sure it was secure.
Here are the temps with everything at stock settings (updated, see top):
- CPU idle: 35 C
- CPU load: 75 C
- GPU idle: 34 C
- GPU load: 78 C
Keep in mind that it gets fairly warm where I am (regularly 80+ F) and my room doesn't have good circulation.
I'm a little disappointed in the temps, but I should've known that they were going to be high with the tempered glass panel. For now I have lowered the power limit of the GPU through EVGA Precision XOC, which can bring down the temps quite a bit. I haven't noticed any drops in performance even though its running at around 72 C under load at about 80% power. I might put different 120mm fans at the bottom at some point to reduce noise but these Arctic fans work pretty well so far. It's about the same in terms of full load noise when compared to my rig in the Core V1; I was hoping it would be a little quieter since I wasn't using the 80mm fans anymore, but oh well.
Only issue with this case is that an open air GPU like this one really heats up the CPU, and the whole thing gets very toasty, but I think the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.
In the future I might get an Arctic Accelero III for the GPU to improve temps. One more minor thing I had to sacrifice in this case was my LED strip, so I already have my eyes on RGB RAM or possibly a new mobo that has a 4-pin RGB strip header. But for now I'm very content with my setup.
Custom mechanical keyboard that is shown in my last post is currently under repair.
Farewell V1, you served me well for 9 great months :'^ )
List of peripherals
- Dell S2716DGR
- HyperX Cloud II
- Logitech G703
- Anne Pro mechanical keyboard (old photos)
- Custom mechanical keyboard (new photos)
Feel free to ask any questions or leave a comment. Thanks for reading!