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Athene Noctua - Little Owl

by SirMints

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225 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 28, 2016

Date Built

Sept. 27, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.61GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

Description

Oh wow!!! Featured! I'm very grateful that people are digging her too. Again, thank you so much for all the feedback everyone!

I can pretty much get this out of the way and say I absolutely LOVE Noctua products.

While not everyone's cup of tea, I find the beige/brown color scheme amazing. Particularly because Noctua themselves so strictly stick to it despite everyone seething for other options from them.

In my previous (and first) build, I admitted I'm not much of a Red/Black guy and I find the common "Gamer" or "Enthusiast" aesthetic pushed by MSI, ASUS & the others a total bummer. I get why it exists, but I wanted to push the boundaries a bit. Enter my little Noctua Project...

I came across the Noctua fans during that first build. And while loving them, they didn't match what I already had going on so I put the thought of them on the back burner for a short while. Cut to a few weeks later and my project was done and I was immediately suffering from what I can only describe as a deep sadness that I was no longer building a computer. SOMETHING YOU ALL CAN RELATE TO, RIGHT?

So I came back to those fans and built up a little dream project: make an aesthetically pleasing Noctua-Based PC, inside and out.

I had three guidelines: It had to be overclockable Micro ATX or Mini ITX. I didn't want to modify any components beyond the case. And of course, nothing could cool it but Noctua. Later Water Coolers!

The most profound hurdle in this process was finding the right case to build in. Particularly something that would encourage a nice two-tone look. I looked in my free time for days. I have no idea how I stumbled across the CaseLabs "Bullet" line of cases, but wow!!!! I can't imagine I'll ever be happy working with something less modular and sturdy than this thing. They make cases for the government. It's full of smart designs that I often found myself saying "thanks" to no one in particular during several moments of the build. This is even after disassembling it entirely for the paint job. Which was simple, because it's completely modular. And then there's the huge bonus that it's silhouette is the same as a Noctua (or any case fan for that matter). Serendipity!

The painting was.... well it was work. And it took time and twice as much research. I owe a huge thanks to the local Auto Paint Shop that matched the Pantones for colors. They killed it there! They also helped explain some of the clearcoat process and gave me all my mixing ratios. I looked at countless Case-Painting threads--plenty of great advice out there, though few agree across all points so there were still some moments of "I hope this is how you do it," followed by "phew". I'm not new to spray painting, but using a HVLP Sprayer with compressor was a first for me.

I'm happy to detail every part of the painting process if people want it. It's extensive... Every piece of the case was sanded, primed, painted and clear coated, including the hidden SSD bay that no one will ever see but me.

Assembly of the actual computer was much more difficult than I expected thanks to a faulty Asus Mobo and SilverStone PSU in my first batch of parts. My god that made problem solving why the thing wouldn't post a HUGE headache. That took me 24 hours on and off to finally get right. I'm much happier with how my final product looks anyhow with the swapped Gigabyte Mobo and the Corsair SF600.

I can talk about the rest of the parts, but you guys know them pretty well...

I've currently got her running stable and OC'd at 4.5Ghz and I've only begun testing her limits. 5927 on 3DMarks's Time Spy.

Happy to answer any questions.

As always, huge thanks to PCPartPicker.com and the community on here. You guys rock.

And Noctua. I <3 U Most.

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RazerZ 2 Builds 23 points 14 months ago

Easily the best looking Noctua themed build I've seen. Wouldn't be suprised if this gets featured next.

SeBreeze9000 9 points 13 months ago

I totally second that, the BEST looking Noctua related build ever. +1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 10 points 13 months ago

~Dream reaction achieved~ :D

Thank you!!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Oh wow. Thank you. That would be so awesome.

I looked for Noctua-themed builds while throwing this idea around and there really weren't that many out there to pull inspiration from. Hopefully some other people will be inspired to take a crack at it.

Faizan 2 points 13 months ago

Turns out you weren't wrong.

+1

jk184 11 Builds 11 points 14 months ago

You've created a case those fans actually look good in! Well done, sir!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 5 points 14 months ago

Thank you. Noctuas for everyone!

vcn13 6 points 14 months ago

I never a fan of the Noctua color scheme. But I think you have changed my mind! Great job, awesome build +1.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you!! I'm happy to have made a believer of you. :D

rojamb1234 2 Builds 4 points 14 months ago

I challenge you to remove the shroud and fans on the GPU and try and put some 120 MM Noctuas on that :D

mcgoff360 1 Build 4 points 13 months ago

i saw the case and thought for a minute that noctua was making cases! looks wonderful and the color scheme is great!! congrats on being featured, well deserved !!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks so much. I would love to see what kind of case Noctua would dream up!

reaperfang 3 points 14 months ago

I would say this is one of the prettiest air-cooler builds I've seen but...

Those red RAM sticks and slots are driving me insane.

I think Dominator platinums with the top bar painted (or even not painted) would have got perfectly with this. Better than red at any rate :I

And quick look at any of the other Z170 mATX mobo's on pcpartpicker any of them seem they would have got better for looks, but I'm sure you had your reasons. Still...

I just wish I could call this perfect but I can't :(

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 4 points 14 months ago

They are for me too. I originally got the Asus Z170 Plus for the mobo. Seen here:

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/7BZ2FT/asus-motherboard-z170mplus

It would have been perfect with the gold shrouds BUT it turns out my board, like about a third of them out there it seems, suffered serious power issues and it wouldn't post. I returned it and this is what was available locally. I'd have preferred the MSI Mortar as runner up, but it wasn't available. I'll switch the whole thing out if another mATX comes along that's better suited. The Z170mx also appears to have the most fan ports of the bunch though, and with such better placement--particularly useful on my build.

As for the memory... to each their own. The red at least tonally matches the natural red hues in both the beige and browns of the Noctuas. It's visible in their Pantone profile as well. I swapped in some gray Viper Patriots and they looked worse, probably for that very reason. I'm not sure there's anything out there that wouldn't require some modifications to make fit "perfect."

Kudos for both your points though. Those are really the two things that are holding me up as well.

BaMGravity 2 points 14 months ago

Really love the case +1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Awesome. Thank you!

BaMGravity 2 points 14 months ago

i actually find that color scheme appealing

Jbock 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Awesome. Needs to be featured.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you. :)

That would put a huge smile on my face.

Upgrade 8 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Amazing case mod. Airflow seems to be great too

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you! Airflow has beyond exceeded my expectations with the case. I was worried about teetering into overkill and just creating more noise with the extra fans, but everything has buttoned up soooo nicely.

Upgrade 8 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

This makes me want to build in the Caselabs Bullet mITX case...

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I wanna see what one of those looks like completed. Totally do it! Would you go for water cooling?

Upgrade 8 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Well, with that airflow, we just need big fans and heat-sinks!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Check out what this guy did. Whoa!

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/4YyfrH

dax_olesa 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

well if noctua doesn't adapt to any popular colour scheme your colour scheme gotta adapt to them right ? you totally nailed this build and scheme, absolutely gorgeous

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you!! Briefly researching all of this, I'm pretty sure Noctua pulled their colors to match the actual Athene Noctua or "Little Owl" native to Austria and similar regions in Europe. I love how nerdy that detail is.

dax_olesa 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

now that i remember that one living in our garden it might actually be that, it's more grey than beige but cute story for sure

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

From what I can tell they seem pretty spot on: http://www.owlpages.com/owls/species/images/little_owl_jan_piecha_og.jpg

I was guessing you were across the pond after I saw how you spelled colour. Cheers mate! thanks!

rfisher218 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Well you've made the impossible possible. Congratulations on what many - including me - thought couldnt be done... You made Noctua's poop brown and baby food color scheme look good. +1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you. :)

It was my Unicorn.

Justiceinacan 4 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

That case looks like something I'd wanna have.

214studios 2 points 13 months ago

This is awesome! I have a Noctua CPU cooler and I've always had mixed feelings about the colors: I like that they are different and do their own thing, but don't like how it clashes with everything else I have. This definitely resolves the problem. Well done!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you! I knew there was something that could be done about it. :P

FourBitty 3 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Noctua just needs to become an Nvidia board partner to build custom coolers for GPUs. ;-)

An amazing and unique build man, very well done! Definitely deserves the feature.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks man!

Talk about a dream match-up! Nvidia + Noctua = N2it

mrasperez 2 points 13 months ago

Your case scheme reminds me of the beige future many sci-fi films had from the 60's and 70's. Also, +1 for glorious and noble Jackalope.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

The mermaid of the Wild West!

I have a special place in my heart for historic visions of the future. It's certainly what drew me so immediately to those fans. I really need to find a great mechanical keyboard in beige. I'm pretty sure there's one or two peripheral makers out there that could help send me back to 1986...

Maxxoz 1 point 13 months ago

Search for "Unicomp". They make these IBM keyboards from 30 years ago, like the Model M.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Yes. These are glorious!

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Honestly, it's not that Noctua fans are ugly. They're just ugly in almost every case because no one seems to like brown much

+1

RaspberryPiFan 8 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

It's only one of my favorite cases ever made.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

So awesome you feel that way. Thank you!

LeMMingSlayeR 13 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

One of the best custom paintjobs (and awesomely Noctua themed) I have seen on this site to date. Very nice build! It's a shame I can only +1.

+1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I appreciate it all the same! Thank you

ProfessorPancake 2 points 13 months ago

Very unique build! I used to think Noctua's color scheme was terrible. You made a quiet, elegant piece of tech with a rich, creamy shell. Impressed!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks! I totally get why they get the flack they do. Not so much ugly, just hard to pair.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Wow. Now I want a coffee from starbucks to go with that case. I never would have thought Noctua brown colors would look good. Good job modifying your pc.

Thumbs up.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Thank you!

fellway 2 points 13 months ago

I've always been on the fence with how Noctua fans look.

But now I'm sure. They are pretty.

Sick build, and I'm very glad it got featured, because now I'm very temped to do a similar style of my own! I definitely love the way that case has a window to just show off the GPU. A very uncommon design feature that just makes so much sense

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

All I can say is go for it! It'd be great to see more Noctua love on here.

They're really quite amazing fans and come with every accessory you would need to mount them, extended them, split them... Definitely share if you come up with something! Thanks!

DT523 2 points 13 months ago

Easily the best Noctua build out there. And those pictures! Amazing quality and great angles! +1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Thanks man! :D

I had pulled out my old Nikon D40 DSLR to take some photos but man has that thing gone the way of the Dodo... These shots are all from an iphone 6. As always, it's all about the light. Much appreciated!

BM4C 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Nice socks +1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Lol.

lorenzog.music 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

I rarely say this, but....this build is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

In this instance I'll be ABSOLUTELY HONORED then. :)

Thanks so much. I'm glad you dig it.

lorenzog.music 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I do dig it. Very stylish, very clean and sober. The components are a personal thing, but the aesthetics are off the hook. Good flippin job, mate.

Volkov 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Definitely worth the feature. You should send the pics to Noctua too if you haven't already. Truly unique. Great paint job.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Thanks so much! I tagged them and caselabs on twitter. Got a retweet from CaseLabs. I just hope some Noctua folks see it, if only so they know they have some big admirers out there :)

kwwu1 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

I love how it complements the noctua colour scheme. You've got my vote!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you :)

LonghornAlamo2040 2 points 13 months ago

Now THIS is how you use that somewhat-tacky brown color and make it look good! You did an excellent job and you should be very proud!

Hot damn, well done!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Thanks amigo! Much appreciated :)

scottuba 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. This is just perfect. This is the computer I've always wanted but never knew (also a Noctua fanboy here). Well done!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks Man!!! I'm so glad it turned out this well. This thing had been kicking around in my head for a long while now. I knew there'd be people out there that would totally love it if I could pull it off! :D

snewman2 2 points 13 months ago

I've been involved in the building community for years, and this has got to be one of the most creative/different builds I've ever seen. Noctua makes by far the best fans, but I'm a total obsessive compulsive snob when it comes to color schemes so I have always stayed away. I'm blown away at how fantastic this looks. Bravo.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

That's an enormous compliment! Wow. Thank you!!!

Johnfreeman 1 point 14 months ago

Impressive!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you :D

Vreaker12 3 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

If only there's noctua themed ram sticks hahaha. Awesome build mate! +1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

A guy can dream, right?! Nothing cream or brown out there. Maybe some gold somewhere....

ner721 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

so creamy I love it!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

Thank you :)

ner721 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I really wish I had a build as beautiful as this one. Paired with Dolch keycapped mechanical keyboard and a wooden wrist rest. Such an elegant dream build... hahahaha

How is it to carry it by the handles? they seem a good distance apart from each other, which must make it quite comfortable as long as the handles are comfortable themselves.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Why thank you!

A matching keyboard is definitely next up on my list. Not sure if I'm going to go with custom keycaps or try to find a good beige out there... I know I saw a guy who did some noctua-themed keys back when I was researching this.

Carrying by the handles is a dream as long as your confident they're screwed on tight. I could see the heavy duty screws holding them in place loosening a bit over time as it heats and cools. But the whole build is SOLID. It's a very tough case. Tons of screws holding the top on, so no worry about it dislodging. I only have glowing reviews for CaseLabs after this.

ner721 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Awesome, thank you for the quick reply!

ReVa 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

here I'm thinking of switching my JetFlo 120s to Noctua's S12As, how's it performing for ya?

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Stellar so far. The whole thing is whisper quiet. Makes my corsairs in my other build sound like a turbine.

The 12As are great for maximum airflow as long as they're not needed for static pressure, like through radiators or congested cabling.

Wolklung 1 point 14 months ago

Hmmmm... Can you get brown mod cables? Could brown and beige be hidden in the RGB spectrum somewhere for some crazy LEDs?

Love it +1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

Thank you :)

I'm considering some cable mods though that will probably be an addition I'll add down the line. You can get cream and tan custom sleeves. I'd probably do some combo of the two. A touch of black maybe.

I do actually have hue+ running underneath the black lighting bridges along the top of the case. I've got them pushing out an orange-tinted white that pops the natural hues of the fan colors a bit more. It's subtle. I turned off the LEDs on the 1070 entirely. It made things too busy.

Wolklung 1 point 14 months ago

I've heard of people starting with 'white' cables and using a coloured marker to get the exact shade they are after.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Hmmm... That's an interesting suggestion. Maybe I'll pick up a white extension and play with some color samples... Thanks for the advice!

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 14 months ago

Noctuas always have that conservative look to them that I like. You have captured that brilliantly +1 :)

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

Thank you :)

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Tpgeee 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

That's some awesome custom work right there, really.

Noctua fans look good in an all black build where there aren't too many contrasting colours, but they look the business in this!

My only question is; with this much attention to detail, why buy Red RAM sticks? Or are they as close as you could get to the Noctua brown without painting? :)

Also; if you wanted to take the colour co-ordination to the next level you could water-cool just the GPU. An EKWB block on there would look clean and tidy, and you could dye the fluid to match the beige or the brown.

Just a thought.

It's amazing to think that a bread and butter B/R NZXT S340 build is featured at the moment instead of this. Superb work though man! :) +1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I'm so pleased this is feeling the love right now. Thanks man.

As I told reaperfang, I don't think there's much of a good option RAM-wise for the build without doing more custom work. There's a red tone in both the Noctua beige and brown Pantones that I thought the metal-red of the Mushkin kind of gelled with.

Opinion may be swaying otherwise, but I tried some other options and they didn't fit the piece as well as these darker red ones. At least according to my eye...

I totally agree on the water cooling front if it was a pure aesthetic thing, but you can't make a Noctua-themed case and put a water-cooler in there. That's blasphemy!

Again, Thank you!

Tpgeee 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

It should be seeing love.

You do you man; if the RAM works for you that's all that matters!

I love the dedication, not wavering in the slightest.

You could always put Noctua fans on the radiator! :o

The_Boom_Boy 1 point 14 months ago

Fully embracing the Noctua colour scheme, I really like it and you have done a great job +1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks man!

Eahl 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I share the same affection for those fans. And you know what? You just gave me the last incentive which case I will use for my next PC :o

Love how you approached and executed this build. Well done!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you! I know the manufacturer is back ordered for weeks but I was lucky enough to find the case through a reseller on Amazon. I hope you share the results so we can see what you do with it too. CaseLabs are so worth the investment.

imidrial 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Well i guess this pc is sucking all the noise in your city with all those noctuas :D

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

I'm still pretty thunderstruck about how near-silent she's been so far. This is by far the quietest computer I've been around. Under a heavy load, with the 1070's fans at full power, it does get ramped up. But nowhere near what my Tower gets to, which itself is was pretty quiet until this came along.

imidrial 1 Build 0 points 14 months ago

Yeah i ment with those noctuas it has to be so silent that it suck up all sound :P

vMax65 3 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

What a great job...

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

Thank you :D

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 14 months ago

Quality OVERLOAD!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

Thank you!

jwnn 1 point 14 months ago

Never thought this colour scheme could look this good! Very Clean! +1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

Thank you :)

jwnn 1 point 13 months ago

Congrats on the feature!

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

This is beautiful! I love Noctua for their cooling products, detest them for their choice of color scheme that looks like it was ripped straight out of an episode of Mad Men interior decorating. But I love what you did, picked a theme and stuck with it. Love the paint and attention to detail with the painted screw heads as well.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

Thank you. All done it was well worth the time an effort that went into it. I'm glad the details are being appreciated :)

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

At least you kept the Noctua consistency going with this paint job. +1

tbhpcbuilder 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

This is going to be featured for sure. I wanted the other one to win but this will make it. Jesus.

+1

TedTheOperator 1 point 14 months ago

It's amazing... +1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

Thank you :D

igorBOSS 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Couldn't make the noctua fans match the PC so made the PC to match the noctua fans. +1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

Thanks man!

paskowitz 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

The most Noctua build ever! This should be a featured build.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks! With all this great feedback I'm hoping that may be the case :)

jelko 1 point 13 months ago

eh, how you say.. fancy schmancy? nice build.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you :D

BattleDor 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

embraces the ugly *** noctua color sceme

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

We are the Noctua ;)

BattleDor 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Lol

UdiNi 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I Love it!!! +1 and Congrats on the feature.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you!! What a great surprise to come back to!

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

New favorite build!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Schucks! Thank you :)

80-wattHamster 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Really like this build; absolutely smashing. Pouring one out for the poor screw heads, though.

Something struck me looking at your rear fans. It took me a couple minutes of staring to figure out why they were mismatched, then I finally realized that there wasn't enough grille space to go two wide at 120mm. I also saw that there was an unused 80mm mount on the back panel. Perhaps it would be worth trying the 80mm down there, leaving out the 120 and running a bit more positive pressure? You should have plenty of intake to pull that off.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

So there's a really long-winded answer for why all the fans are set up how they are. (Pun!) Most of it is about the size of the case and the mounts on offer.

The rear panel actually has an 80mm and a 60mm back there with a spot available for another 60mm down below. That fan just arrived last night, I'll be installing it later today. I was going to run an additional 80mm up top but the lighting brackets diminished the interior mounting space on that side so I had to downsize to that 60 you see there.

The only 120s are in the front of the case. And the CPU Cooler has two 90s on it. It's a smorgasbord of fans!

80-wattHamster 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Ah, my eyes deceived me (and I didn't look at your parts list closely enough).

xDchoisauce 1 point 13 months ago

I see none-Noctua fans on that PSU and the GPU. ;]

Just pulling yo leg and hopefully planting a seed of annoyance that you'll eventually just NEEEED to address.

+1 for an awesome looking build.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I've peeled the onion pretty far but I haven't gotten so far as modifying internal components just yet.

Who knows though. Maybe next time? Thank you!

remiscs 6 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

The color scheme is not my cup of tea but the level of work it took to get it done like you did was awesome! Especially on things like the drive cage that no one will see when its assembled. I did a build recently in the BH2 and agree man, after using Caselabs all other brands just dont compare. I have done many builds but the BH2 was my first Caselabs, simply amazing and fun experience.

Check out my BH2 build, haha our builds are so similar in more ways than one haha!

Congrats on the feature

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks man! Yea, I know it's not for everyone, but it's definitely -all mine-. Your build looks sick too!!

I honestly have no idea how I'll ever work with another case after them either... It almost makes me sad.

If our PCs were pets, they would totally have a play date.

remiscs 6 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I agree man, Caselabs is worth what they charge on their products haha. I also agree man our builds are like cousins or brothers lol.

I actually respect the color choice so much more than any I could have seen because I know you did it for you, and I respect that more than anything. You nailed the right balance of the different tones too. You also seemed to put a lot of work in to get it done right as well which I totally dig!

Congrats on an awesome build and the feature!

Laforet 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I wished I went with the route you choose. I've always preferred Noctua's aesthetics, but nothing matched it (including peripherals).

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

There's always your next build though right? I'd love to see some more Noctua-themed stuff on here.

IlikeTech 1 point 13 months ago

Kooool +q

AustinHerzfeldt 6 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

+1,000,000 for the build, -1 for the La Croix (I very much dislike that beverage) overall score, +999,999.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

LOL. I understand how it can be polarizing. I mostly grabbed it for scale purposes, but LaCroix is my other love. La Croix themed build? It would obviously be water cooled. :P

Thanks for the 999,999!

ap_in_la 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

This is amazing! Noctua should really partner with a case maker to produce a case like this.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I mean, the general silhouette of the case from the front is essentially the same as the fan! It would be so awesome to have more of them out there. Thank you!!

bsmods 15 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Nice work love the choice of case and Noctua colors!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Thank you! The work you guys pull off is next level!

PCIntake 1 point 13 months ago

Nice NZXT themed build +1

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I love their color scheme as well, but it's so hard to get other components to fit it so that's the only reason I don't prefer them. Their industrial and redux fans did a lot to fix that though.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I know what you mean. You see these adapters for them yet...?

http://noctua.at/en/products/product-line-chromax

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Yeah, planning on some for me next build.

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Well, it's better than building a Noctua themed PC in a cardboard box! +1

WEEEEE 1 point 13 months ago

Awesome! +1 And congrats on being featured!!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks man :D

DutchTexan 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

"Man, I love Noctua fans, but they just don't match my build..."

:1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Problem Solved!

Minky7 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

What's up with the evga graphics card in the photos but the asus dual in the box stack?

Minky7 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Great build btw!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I initially thought I might use the Dual in there but I didn't like how it looked and replaced it. The white shroud was too distracting and it wasn't easily removable to modify. Good eye. ;)

Minky7 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I see, makes since!

bigg_critter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

SirMints, Sir, I too have always been fascinated with the western jackelope. and as a side note, nice build. +1.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you. Those varmints are hard to track!

ped90 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I freaking love this build!

Why didn't you use the m.2 though?

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you! It was a ton of work!

I fully plan on adding an m.2 down the line. It was mostly a cost consideration. I jumped up from the 1060 to the 1070 to get the performance I really wanted and now I figure I'll just wait for the Samsung 960s to come out in October before I throw one in.

TBH, I also wanted to see how the drive would look in the painted SSD tray... :P

ped90 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Fair enough points!

Just as a heads up if you want to upgrade on a budget, I found the Samsung PM951 to be an amazing value m.2 NVMe drive. Way cheaper than the SM951 but still plenty faster than normal SSD. I highly recommend you check it out when you come to it.

KeeweeComp 1 point 13 months ago

Adorable.

My question is mostly why not the ITX version?

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Thank you :)

This is only my second build and I didn't want to bite off more than I could chew. Honestly, I thought there'd be some more space issues and that I'd be fighting cabling much more than I was.

That's based off staring at user builds in mATX cases on here. I realize now lots of people aren't as concerned with have everything sit pretty with perfect cabling.

Remiscs has a sweet version of the BH2 he completed. Our parts lists are ended up nearly identical. So you can see that an ITX in this style would be totally doable.

Maybe next time. These CaseLabs cases are amazing.

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/remiscs/

Mattyap 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

You make even us Noctua anti-fans jealous. This is a real beaut!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks Dude!

No need to be "Anti" Noctua!

knc 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

First build I've seen that matches the Noctua color scheme perfectly. Excellent work!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you. I'm glad you like it!

AhoyCapnBlake 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Wow, I rarely like the Noctua fans but this, this is a beauty among machines! Amazing work!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Thanks so much! I understand how they can be hard to deal with under most circumstances. Which probably explains how I ended up here... :P

Kidhitler 1 point 13 months ago

DAT color...almond bliss

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks man!

SquareOreo 1 point 13 months ago

Since when did notcua look this good???

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Just a diamond in the rough! Thank you!

Xarnorr 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I think the only thing we need to see is how silent this beast of a pc will be. XD

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

It's way quieter than my tower build with a corsair H100i v2 in it. Virtually silent from 2ft away.

Under a load it's still just this light breeze of a thing. I'm thoroughly impressed. Of course, it's the GPU's fans that kick up the decibels once it gets working.

LogicBomb 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Excellent, love it! The GPU looks like an old tape recorder, shame it wasn't also in brown and beige! This is what I mean

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

This is such a dangerous seed you are planting... I love that idea!

I'm glad you're into it the aesthetic!!

OwSo101 1 point 13 months ago

Wow..... I never thought I'd actually like the Noctua colour scheme!

But thanks to you now I can see the beauty in them.

Also this is one of the first Caselabs Bullet series builds I've seen the case looks darn amazing!!! What was it like to work with?

Definitely +1

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I'm so happy to have changed your mind on the colors! Thank you!

This case is tops! TOPS!! Rock solid. Feels sexy. So many smart little touches... You feel stupid putting lesser parts in it. I wouldn't be surprised if we start seeing them in droves on here in the coming year--when people can get there hands on them. They just look so good. I feel so fortunate to have found it in my search for the right case.

This guy somehow slipped through with an ITX version last week and our builds are nearly identical! Other than the Noctua theme... Check his out too for the mini version...

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/4YyfrH

OwSo101 1 point 13 months ago

The ITX version does look preety sick but what's the clearance for a h100i v2 and front fans in the front? I'll be looking to put an ASUS GTX1080 STRIX edition in the case (black and white themed) I have attached the part list below. Oh and your build if you were to say to someone I chose the Noctua colour scheme for my PC they'd look at you and laugh their brains out but when they see it you'll be laughing your brains out at their reaction!!!

My Part List...

http://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/WdHFZ8

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

The ASUS definitely will not fit in the case. GPU clearance is only 282mm and if you're talking about putting a h100iv2 and fans in the front, you're diminishing that space even further. Take a look at product page for the BH7, it has all the clearance numbers you should need. It also mentions that only some EATX boards fit in there. It has a sample, take a look.

That said, the top of the case also has a fan mount. Neither I nor remiscs used it in our builds. I opted to put the venting at the top of the case above the GPU to dissipate that heat further. But if I really wanted to water cool that badly in the case, I'd flip the top and install the radiator there above the cpu. Honestly though, I don't think it would look particularly good at that point. And if you're hoping to run SLI, I would seriously keep the venting above the GPUs.

This guy also appears to have built in the BH7. He might be able to help with more specifics about that case model...

http://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/mKyfrH

Thanks!

catkaichen 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Oooh something about it reminds of retro coffee machines, must be the enamel like cream colour. It'd look perfectly at home in one of those artisan cafes we see everywhere now.

I've been thinking of modifying a case myself, especially as I have access to sanding and spray booths at uni. So this is really inspiring! Any pieces of advice you wish you knew before you started?

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

I would have rented a sandblaster to get the initial sanding all complete in one afternoon. Like people say, every step of the process will affect the finish on your final piece. You gotta make sure that there's an even original sanding. And then you really have to follow up with wet sanding between primers, paints, and clear coats. With sandpaper, not the sandblaster.

All you want to do is move on to the next step, but you always have to remind yourself that if you want to really love your finished piece, you have to put the time in. Also. RESEARCH! So much of it! Some things you'll definitely need:

A proper Painters/Fume mask. Enough Self-Etching Primer to get at least a couple coats over what you're painting. Sandpaper starting around 400 grit and several up to 1000 or even 2000. Tack Cloths. Paint - I used automotive and was able to have the auto paint store match my colors. Clear Coat. Endless patience.

All said. I just wish I had more experience going in. I could tell I learned so much during the applications. I'm sure if I did it again it would look even better but all that research definitely helped!

Thanks so much for the nice comments!

catkaichen 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I've done some light reading (starting to compile a document of notes actually) and I'm aware that I'll probably have to put aside a solid week of my life to ensure a nice result.

By 'enough' Self-Etching Primer, approximately how many would you recommend? 3 cans? I'd probably go overboard and buy too many instead of too little, haha.

I'll probably do a test run on an old case to practice before the real deal. Yours practically looks factory finished so I can't imagine it looking better than it is already! Hot rod mirror finish anyone?

Thank you for your response and tips!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

If you're going to do a test, I'd recommend just getting a couple pieces of similar material and getting a feel for the paint process on those. It's the feel that's the hardest to get down, and I'm pretty sure that no matter how great it turns out, you'll still have a better idea of how you'd improve on the next one.

I think I used about 8-9 cans of Primer in the end. Which was about 5 more than I was initially expecting. Some sanding between coats removed bits and I had to reapply. Your paint adheres to the primer so it's very important that you have a layer of primer over everything that you want to have paint on.

I'm looking forward to what you're cooking up!

Maxxoz 1 point 13 months ago

Next project: Paintjob on motherboard, videocard and the RAM! It will look even more classy. And I'msure that there are plenty of tutorials out there that show you how to do it!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Oh man... I think there's something to be done there, but I did particularly enjoy the challenge of trying to put the most cohesive look together internally without modifying any of the components besides the case.

I don't think I'll go that deep on this build. I'm so happy with how she's turned out. But I gotta push myself, so maybe on my next dream build! Thank you!

Maxxoz 1 point 13 months ago

Heh, I really hope to see another featured build by you on this site!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you!!!

I'm keeping my eyes open for the next component that will inspire me like this! I've got a couple ideas for some more high-end stuff. Hopefully I'll be able to learn a few more skills to apply to the next one :)

Wildmind 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Sincerely well done. Never been keen on the Noctua look, but by committing to it by even customizing the case, this looks amazing.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I appreciate it. Thank you!

flr64 1 point 13 months ago

A little late, but this is pretty much my dream build! Your attention to detail is second to noe.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Amazing. Thank you! I'd love to see more takes on the Noctua theme on here :)

manirellis_fridge 1 point 13 months ago

+1 for Noctua theme, don't see many of them around these days

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you! I'd love to see more people take a crack at it.

Meithen 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Excellent looking build my man, really nice job with the paint.

You're hard work clearly paid off!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks so much! That Spectre Project of yours looks pretty sick as well!

Battlefield 1 point 13 months ago

U have no idea how many people would love to do this color scheme.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Thank you!

I thought the same exact thing and looked all over for a Noctua-themed build in this palette. Surprisingly, there wasn't one. So, well... Here we are! I really hope this inspires some people to try similar stuff.

Battlefield 1 point 13 months ago

I do remember one with a chipmunk on top of it. Can't remember the case now though..

Noctua makes the top of the line fans and it is kinda surprising that they will not break and make black ones and other colors. I think their angle is all about performance, push a lot of air and do it quietly.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

They do have the black "industrial" options, but even comparing them to their product line overviews, they do not operate in exactly the same manner.

http://noctua.at/en/products/overview-noctua-product-lines

Lot's of enthusiasts opt for them if they want the Noctua name and performance without the style. I realize I'm using "style" very subjectively here. :P

Battlefield 1 point 13 months ago

I've got 2 of their NF-A14 PWM as front fans. They are perfect for me as I won't buys fans that exceed 1500rpm, as I care about noise. I prefer 1250rpm sound levels.

TioJorge 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I'm not sure why but the color scheme just reeks of a 70's vibe. There's something so beautifully off putting about the scheme and it almost seems...how to put this...podunk-ish (???); I have no idea but it's awesome. It says something that a few of the first PC (and game consoles) had a very similar color scheme. All that isn't to say it's a bad thing, that's just the very peculiar vibe that specific color scheme emits to me.

I've always found it odd but still gorgeous in its own way. This though, this is a new level of awesome. I'm sure tons of work made it that pretty. Great stuff.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I take all those as compliments! There's definitely some retro-tech kind of vibe there. Like the old beige plastic that was industry standard at first. I tried to add a couple touches to uplift it a bit more, particularly with the lighting that had to be just the right color in the case to highlight the components without distracting.

Thank you!!

TioJorge 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Right! Haha definitely meant as compliments, if ever so weird ones.

Senikz 1 point 13 months ago

best noctua build and good temps too 1***

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Woohoo! Thank you!

joedenuzzio 1 point 13 months ago

I love this build man, I TOTALLY agree with the gamer and enthusiast looks of black and red being pushed way too hard by MSI and the other huge corporations. I've been working on a project since summer to try and get an all white build (it's been very hard given the current market, I've had to resort to a lot of spray painting; which I enjoy regardless.)

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you! I totally know what you mean. It takes a ton of work and time to turn out anything that doesn't look like some version of the same thing. And it's not that there's anything wrong with those similar builds, you sometimes just want to have something super special.

Looking forward to seeing what you are cooking up!

UsernameGoesHere 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Now you just need a pair of Sennheiser HD 599s (or 598s since they're probably way cheaper now)

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

If I was an audiophile, I'd be all over those things!

voidfahrenheit 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

nice work :D i love the noctua fans. but switched to tT fans for aesthetic purposes. i hope noctua make rgb fans someday. :)

i like your work. very clean and you make the noctua looks really beautiful even with that color. :D

cheers!

gorillionaire 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

so sick bro howd you manage the cables im having a tough time lol

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you!

It was a lot of forethought about where each connection needed to end up. Most everything was looped down through the lower part of the case. Down there, everything was ziptied to keep each cable down to the smallest footprint, with just a little more than i needed sticking out of the connection ports along the edges of the case.

There was some extra space at the front of the case that I was able to slip all the cable in the front through, before looping back up out of the side ports and that big middle "trough" they give you that's intended for your 24 pin, GPU power cables, and any other sata pcie connections. I tried to use that trough as little as possible for any other connections.

Ellen_orangecloud 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I really love Noctua's aesthetic (looks at haters) and I can tell whether or not something looks nice with the Noctua Aesthetic.

You sir earned my respect. 11/10. No really, 11/10.

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Thank you! I've come to be quite proud of it.

More Noctua for everyone!

dzdiode 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Awesome :)

AustinHerzfeldt 6 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I don't know man, that owl is pretty big, objectively speaking.

Chapeau 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Absolutely LOVE this!!! Digging the Noctua commitment... very original

riochet 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Goodness what a build!!! Extremely impressed. Cheers and respects,

Link_Jumper 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Do you need a sfx or sfx L powersupply for this case?

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

This one requires an SFX PSU.

Both this model BH4 and the Smaller BH2 only fit SFX or smaller PSUs. There is a BH7 for a full ATX board that will accept a standard PSU, but I have yet to speak with anyone directly who has built in that one.

CaseLabs also has all dimension spec for their cases on their website.

Hope that helps.

Link_Jumper 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Yes it certainly does help, thanks,

ramark 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

amazing build ! Love it !!!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks right back at you!

kainsword 0 points 13 months ago

Really like the color scheme, but I see some obvious orange peel effect with the paint... Better luck next time on the painting process!

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I know what you mean but it still feels like a victory to me. It was my first time doing any kind of process like this myself, and I knew immediately after each step, how I would revise to improve it next time. You can read up as much as you can, but nothing like doing it yourself to really learn the ropes.

I think the problem ultimately was twofold. Partly with how the clear coat was applied and allowed to rest, and partly with the sanding of the pieces. The case was factory powder coated which has a natural texture to it. While I tried to sand as much as possible, and with varying degrees of grain between coats, I really was using my best judgement most of the time and had to follow through to see how it resulted. Some pieces like the mobo mount, SSD, and PCi covers ended up perfectly car finish flat in the final product.

Next time I'll know soooo much more going in though. Thanks for the feedback!

kainsword 2 points 13 months ago

I think it would help to use a good primer before the topcoat then the clearcoat.

You want to sand beforehand to get good primer adhesion. Then you want to do a few coats of primer, sanding in between, so that before you ever start applying the topcoat, the actual surface has a flat finish. Then you do your topcoats, as you've done before, sanding lightly in between, then the clearcoats, etc.

Often times, you need to really wait it out for proper drying. If you're ever unsure, just wait an entire day before coming back for the next coat. Yes. It takes really long this way, but I've had to do this with projects in the past when I had busy schedules (after college classes, but before heading out to work, etc.)

SirMints submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

That's some great advice. I definitely did all of it. I didn't want to go to overboard on pictures on here.

I sanded the original paint twice. Did three layers of self-etching primer, sanding in between in coat. Three layers of paint, sanding between each coat. And three of Clear Coat, sanding between each coat. Each time increasing the grit of sandpaper and double checking for complete coverage and adhesion. Typically at least 24 hours between each coat. Except on the clear coat, which you're not supposed to exceed 24 hours on; i typically did 20 there. Tack cloths, mineral spirits, the works...

It's the finer details of using a sprayer and compressor that one really doesn't get without practice. And I certainly need more of that. I can't imagine the 90 degree weather we were having while I was trying to get that clear coat dry in my back shed helped with that final finish either. I'm thinking that's a pretty big culprit as well, at least according to some forum-digging I did.

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