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After 8 years of using a PC with Intel E8400 CPU, Geforce 9800 GTX and 4 GB of DDR2 800 Mhz RAM I figured it was about time for an update.

I was still constrained greatly by budget, so this entire build was a constant balancing act of getting good as possible hardware for the cheapest price. That proved to be a real experience with the entire Geforce Pascal pricing shenanigans at release(I live in Europe as well...). I was actually about to order a Geforce 1060, but then I saw the deal on that Palit 1070 Dual, which appeared in stock half a day later.

As you can see from the first picture, I actually got the CPU and GPU in bulk packaging (yay savings!). Both goods arrived undamaged and I would've ended up throwing the packages out afterwards anyway, so I'm quite happy over that.

One of my focuses for this was also to get the PC to run as silent as possible. After 8 years of sharing a room with a jet engine, suffice to say I was pretty fed up with it. This build turned out great in that regard! The PC is inaudible, even under load. I'm still in the midst of getting used to opening the door to my room and being met with silence, instead of a loud "WHHHRRRRRR" blasted to my face.

The build itself was quite easy to assemble. Despite some blunders like forgetting to remove the sticker from CPU cooler, which I generously documented above on picture, or first trying to boot up having forgotten to connect the 8-pin ATX 12V rail. That one was fun to figure out, took me a while.

Also encountered 2 surprises. The fan control splitter that came with the MOBO was actually limited to 3pin, so that means one of the front intakes is currently just Christmas decoration until I can get a 4 pin splitter.

Second hurdle was 2.5" HDD mounting. The rubber dampeners were only fit for a 3.5" mounting. It seems it doesn't support a 2.5" HDD? At least I'm reluctant to mount it on metal without any vibration dampeners, so I've relegated that to be solved later.

The HDD is also the reason there's no pictures of cable management; they're mostly a mess since I didn't want to do it before knowing how the SATA cables will run later. Also, accidentally deleted picture of case after refitted with side plates, but really, it looks like any other Define Nano S with them on :p

Haven't OC-ed the CPU yet, but did some GPU tweaking. I didn't touch the voltage/power. Here's a picture of results: https://i.imgur.com/Vb0wJv8.png

The GPU has a bit too high temperature out of the box for my liking. It goes up to 80C on base clock under load. I'm going to chalk this up to it being so close to the PSU, so one of the fans is probably operating at reduced efficiency.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I loled at the CPU cooler. I think we've all been there :P

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It was quite amusing. First thought upon seeing it was to make a mental note to make sure I'd remember to remove it before installation. I didn't tear it off right away in order for it to be pristine upon installation. That of course meant by the time I mounted it, I'd already forgotten all about it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Just wondering if you ever patched up the temperature issue with your GPU. I'm thinking about switching to this case and temperatures are a big concern of mine. Love how the pc turned out though.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

There isn't a 2.5" HDD in your parts list or pictures, so I'm forced to assume you're trying to mount a mechanical 2.5" drive. I'd just go ahead and use one of the case's solid 2.5" mounts. The dampeners are there to reduce vibration transmission from the HDD to the case, not the other way 'round. It helps reduce noise from the amplification effect. An HDD is under no elevated risk of failure from solid mounting. They were all that way for years.

If you truly want it rubber mounted, make sure the adapter you get supports bottom-mount. I have an SSD in one tower that's in a 2.5-3.5" adapter, which is then bolted to 3.5-5.25" rails, which are themselves screwed to the case's drive rails because the adapter I got won't mount to the case's 3.5" trays.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's a mechanical drive, a 2.5" Western Digital Black 500GB. I've edited it into the parts list.

Good to know it won't impose any hardware risk mounting it directly, but I think I'll get that 3.5" adapter for rubber mounting. I really like the inaudible PC I have so far and would hate to change that. Thanks for the tips!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Very welcome. Happy building!