Description

I wanted a PC for gaming and work (I'm a unique one aren't I :P). I really got tired of my Ps4, not only with the graphics and framerate, but how little in control I felt in aiming with a controller. I needed a case that I could bring to college and back home with ease, but I also wanted to game, so I needed an ITX case that supported a full GPU. Most of the people on the internet pointed to the NCASE M1, and now I see why. It was very easy to build in, with the only con being how bad the cable management is when you have a lot of wires (and I'm one to blame as well here). Having the ability to fit in a possible 5 case fans, or two 240mm AIOs is unbelievable given its size. I really can't find a reason why I would upgrade my case to something bigger in the future when this has all the features most could ask in a desktop.

I was surprised how easy it was to mount everything in, but I had a lot of problems mainly due to my lack of research. The CPU cooler mounting was pretty scary for me, the screws are attached to a spring, so you had to hold in the backplate while the bottom of the cpu cooler was sliding around the thermal paste, while putting in a lot of force to screw in the cooler. My second problem was GPU mounting, I did not actually know you had to directly mount it to the mobo. So I was confused for a good 30 minutes on why I couldn't push my GPU all the way in. I called up my friend and he straightened it out, felt pretty dumb since I didn't notice how the connector and ports line up perfectly. Third problem was another dumb one. Thought intake was the exhaust side, and exhaust was the intake side. I realized this when I turned on my PC for the first time and wondered why 3 fans were pushing air out and one was pushing air in. Spent the next hour and a half removing my GPU, wiring, and unscrewing and screwing in all my fans -.- Fourth problem is obviously the wiring, which I'll try to properly fix up later. If any of you guys have any experience with cable management with this case feel free to let me know.

There was noticeable GPU sag due to how humongous the GPU was, so I got a plastic thing (which came from one of the products, don't know what lol), and set it up on the side of my fan to straighten up the GPU.

Temps are impressive. Getting mid to low 30s on my CPU on idle, and same with GPU. CPU never goes over 85, and GPU never goes above 80. CPU cooler really impressed me given its small size. Games perform just as you'd expect with a 7600k and an 1080, fans are noticeable at but won't give you a headache. Managed to get 300 fps on overwatch when I put most settings on low. Overall, feel like I made the right decisions with this build (except not choosing Ryzen, but no decent itx mobo for it so oh well), and very happy that I was finally able to build something that was functional :D

Think I'll upgrade to an AIO in the near future so I can OC the CPU, and my final goal would be a custom water-loop for both the CPU and GPU with a custom window panel, but I still have a lot to learn to do that.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Looks badass and cools quite well. It kept my i5-7600k under 35 degrees on idle. Keep in mind the 7600k is 15W over the cooling power of this cooler, but it still did the job very well. Only issue about this cooler is that mounting was difficult, but you only need to deal with that once (I hope). I was honestly quite skeptical of the cooling ability because of its size but I was proved wrong.

UPDATE: Gonna take 2 stars off, didn't realize at first but this fan makes a really annoying whistling noise even at a low rpm. Drives me insane in a quite room.

Motherboard

Has all the features you want in a mobo. Wifi is fast, a lot of usb ports, simple enough UEFI, and convenient placements of the components in the mobo. Its my first build so I don't really have anything to compare it with, but working with this mobo was a breeze. Also keep in mind there's only two fan headers. So if you want to use more than one case fan, you're gonna need a fan splitter.

Memory

So glad I went with LED ram. Its the only source of light in my case, so you can see it subtly illuminate through the top and sides which adds a slight aesthetic appeal. In terms of performance, not sure what's there to say. It works good and is fast even on synthetic loads.

Storage

Cheap (relatively) and fast. Windows boots within 6 or 7 seconds. Not sure what else you can ask for in a storage device.

Video Card

Huge card, barely fit my case, so just keep that in mind. Performs well and temps never get above 75 degrees (in an itx case). Great value relative to the other 1080s you can buy. Gonna need to take a star off though because of no backplate and the plastic didn't feel like the best quality (doesn't affect temps or performance so not a huge deal). In terms of aesthetics, I think it looks pretty sick, except the lack of backplate. Great alternative if you want another blower style 1080 that isn't the founders edition.

Power Supply

Great psu, don't hear the fan until your doing something really intensive (and even then its not that noticeable). But if I had to buy a PSU again, I would go with the 600W simply for future proofing. If I want to upgrade my build to something more demanding I would need to buy the 600W.

Case Fan

My only exhaust fan, but pushes a lot of air out with very minimal noise. Not expecting anything less from Noctua.

Case Fan

Its crazy how much air just one of these fans can push out even at low rpm. Since I have 3 of these installed as intake I'm definitely not worried about airflow in the case. Though its quite loud even at around medium speed.

Keyboard

Classy and not gamey looking. Romer G switches work surprisingly well.

Mouse

Feels great with the 10g weight. As a new PC gamer I feel like this mouse makes it easier to learn how to aim due to how accurate it is.

Custom

Does what you want and can control all 4 fans with it. Also comes with sticky double tape to mount it on the side of a case.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • -1 points

7700k would have been a much better choice but otherwise good build

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I know, but I didn't think it was worth the extra 100$ since it suffers from high temperatures without good coolers and I'm not really doing anything thats intensive enough for me to get it.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

they both suffer from cooling actually its a issue with the thermal paste not the cpu :P

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

7700k is only better if you are actually using it for workstation things (benchmarks claim 12% difference gaming wise), considering they never mentioned doing rendering or editing etc... I think the 7600k is maybe even overkill without plans to overclock. After having an i7 for years I can personally say they are massive overkill for most gaming. Personal preference though, if I ever start doing large amounts of number-crunching the i7 will be on my to-do list.