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Low-Mid Range Nano Gaming Build

by DawnoftheDave

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78 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 1, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 23, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

49.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

Description

I love this case.

Yes the Asus Mobo does support overclocking.

Most of my parts were purchased on Black Friday or were taken from previous builds.

Other than that I really don't have much to say.

Thanks for looking!

UPDATE! Upgraded to the reference GTX 970 $280 @ Best Buy

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f16poom 1 Build 5 points 38 months ago

Good price point! Looks wayyy better than most builds at a similar price point.

Oh...and PLEASE!!! Post some more pictures! I can't get enough of that look!

+1 for cable management

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Thanks! I just have to clean up a bit but I will have more pictures up in about an hour. pictures with the back side panel off as well.

f16poom 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Yessss...my day is complete...thanks for the back side panel pictures as well :)

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

No Problem! Thanks for the positive comment.

madurham84 3 Builds 5 points 38 months ago

Yay a Nano S build! +1 for the NOS can to reference size

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Thanks! probably build another for my GF or HTPC

Red_Eagle 4 points 38 months ago

It's so...clean

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

its an easy case to work with

madbengalsfan85 3 points 38 months ago

That is a sharp build, well done!

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thank you!

gugu96 19 Builds 3 points 38 months ago

I wish I would be more OCD about the cables when I see something neat like that. But most of the time my management is for easy access and airflow. I shove my computers inside cabinets and/or they never have windows on the side. Can't be arsed to waste tie on it. But I see a lot of near art work on pcpp!

Squishbean1 2 Builds 3 points 38 months ago

HOLY CRAP THAT CABLE MANAGEMENT IS GORGEOUS

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

THANK YOU

Squishbean1 2 Builds 3 points 38 months ago

YOU'RE WELCOME

ryanautry 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Looks great!

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks!

Bor3alis 2 points 38 months ago

Awesome build! Love the obvious care that went into the cable management. I will by THAT guy who says you should replace that PSU once you get the chance :/ Sorry.

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

LOL its all good. its on my to do list. just working with what I got right now.

Bor3alis 2 points 38 months ago

Of course

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rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

ERMAHGAWD!

ITS SO CUTE!

+420!

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

hahaha thanks!

Fwesh 2 points 38 months ago

Super Clean!

Great choice of case, thew nano S is awesome. +1

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks! build in one.

SushiFox 2 points 38 months ago

sooo pretty

partpicker3484 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Nice and tidy. Love that case.

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

I love it also. You should build in one.

dannyw1612 8 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Very tidy build maybe a small OC on the cpu that cooler should get you somewhere close 4.2ghz if motherboard will allow. Don't think the gpu will give a lot though past experience.

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Overclocking the cpu will be my next thing and yes the mobo does support it. the gpu is just a temp so I can play Rocket League. thanks for the input!

mlach 4 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Any heat issues with that 2nd gpu fan being covered up?

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

No not at all. I have stress tested it and the gpu actually has dropped 5 Degrees C under load compared to my old s340 case. its probably because the front intake fans are right next to it.

mlach 4 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

noice

rektlel 1 point 35 months ago

How actually because my Sapphire 380x Nitro gets about 80c hot what makes it pretty audible tbh?

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I don't understand your question. I just upgraded to a reference GTX 970 and it stays about 74c at 50% fan speed. It's super quite. My PSU fan is the loudest thing in my system.

rektlel 1 point 35 months ago

Ok seems like i had a heat jam between GPU and PSU. I just flipped my PSU with the fan faching the GPU now and my temps went down to about 73c. Much quieter now though still audible when gaming. Seems like NVIDIA cards are much quieter generally. How's your new 970 compared to your 270X noise- and tempwise? Btw congrats to your new card;)

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Thanks! The 270x was a pretty underpowered card so it really didn't take much fan speed to cool it. Never really seen more than 60c. The 970 runs hot (79c) for me but It has nothing to do with the case. The reference blower style is great for this case because the Gpu heat doesn't affect my other components. Plus my bottom intake case fan is right in front of the Gpu which is great.

As for noise. The 970 is a bit louder but only because I have it running at 50% fan speed. But it's definitely not noticeable fan sound unless you're listening for it.

bobdude_01 3 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Those cable extensions for the 20+4 pin and the two 6 pin cables just add so much to the overall build! A really good looking build! +1 for Those Intel SSD's (IMO they look the best!)

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

thanks! I will be uploading a few more pics including the back side panel for a look at my cable MGMT

jock0213 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Wow I didn't know the Nano S came out already. It looks really nice on your desk, good job.

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks! yes it came out 2 weeks ago on NCIX

luap_noom 2 points 38 months ago

What size screen is that and how far away are you from the screen? Does it melt your eyes?

+1 for all in all BEAUTIFUL build

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Yes I'm going blind lol. It's a 32 inch 1080p TV. Currently looking for a 24 or 27 inch 21:9.

luap_noom 2 points 38 months ago

Ok thanks m8

jimmystempura 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Incredible build, hows the thermals for the GPU?

Do you mind telling me where you purchased your Define Nano S Case? I might be interested in upgrading from my 250D but I can't find any sites that sells them.

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

NCIXUS.com is where I purchased it. I do recommend this case. it is incredible for just $64.99 us.

Gpu thermals is a non issue with this case.

jimmystempura 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

So it was from NCIXUS.com.

I wanted to purchase the case on NCIXUS but the shipping charge was about $20~ totaling to about $84.99~ and it dissuaded me from buying it. How were you able to get the free shipping option by paying only $64.99?

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I didn't. My GF paid the shipping. She purchased for my birthday. I'm sure when it becomes available on amazon or newegg it will have free shipping but I couldn't wait.

EvilCheezeBox 2 points 37 months ago

Is overclocking on the Asus H97I alright? Have you run into any troubles? I've been thinking about getting it over the Z97 chipset which is about $130 USD at the moment. It'd be nice to save a few bucks on some components

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

I would just buy the z97 board just for the wifi. this board doesnt have it. I havent got around to OC yet.

watever44 2 points 37 months ago

How quiet is it ? The SP120 and AF120 are not that quiet fans.

looking at either this or the R5 (due to optical and more volume for less noise) window or no window not sure.

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

I like the sp120s. not loud at idle. my loudest component is my PSU fan but its still pretty quite.

johnsolar 2 points 37 months ago

Nice work

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks!

engdan 2 points 31 months ago

What a fantastic build. I'm planning my own Nano S + 212 build so it was good to see how it all fits in there too.

Two quick questions -- what fans are you using? What LEDs are you using?

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

2 front fans are Thermaltake riing fans. rear is corsair sp 120 white led fan.

Led strip is a cheap kit from Frys with a remote.

engdan 2 points 31 months ago

Thanks for getting back me. Is that the stock 212 fan?

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

no its a Corsair PWM SP120. works great and its pretty quite

Slyer202 2 points 28 months ago

What is that monitor man? Really nice build could never build something so nice in my life but one can dream!!! Also is that a custom monitor stand??? And will you consider going to a skylake or kabylake cpu socket?? Or are you gonna wait until the next chipset??

+1 for cable management

zionyarla 2 points 28 months ago

GREAT build, GREAT looks and GREAT value! Don't mind if I take inspiration from this for my upcoming build.

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I don't mind. Good luck! link your build here when you're finished!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Another necro post, but I like the build.

Thumbs up.

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Super clean! I love it. I agree with Bor3alis that you should replace that PSU when you get the chance, but the build itself is AWESOME! I will be using that case for client builds. (If I get any clients.)

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

thanks for the input. yes the psu fan is pretty audible. will replace soon.

BusterVic 1 point 37 months ago

Wow, this is a nice and clean build! +1~~~!!!

May I ask what kind of sleeved extension PCI-E cables you are using for powering your GPU? I haven't seen such long sleeved cables before.

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

They are from Central Computers. I don't know what brand they are. Its a 1 foot extension.

robbyg13 1 point 36 months ago

Does the Nano S come with a fan hub or did you buy one?

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

No it doesn't have a fan Hub. My mobo comes with 3 fan headers.

Gr1ff 1 point 28 months ago

Hi,

Very tidy build. Grats.

What is your CPU temp under load? Stressed / While gaming?

Thanks.

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

around 50c while playing gta 5, 80% load

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DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks!

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DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Oh Awesome! Thanks!!!!

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DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

That page has so many awesome builds. I'm honored.

Great work!

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DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

140mm Tt Rings

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DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I would suggest low profile ram but the fans are adjustable on the 212 evo so they might fit.

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DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Sorry for the late reply. It's a 3 pin fan splitter that comes with the case. Also I bought the cable extensions from a local central computers store.

1nf3ctedmushr00m 2 points 34 months ago

realistically how long would those red custom cables need to be? Look to order some but want to get a good length.

Thanks

DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

they are 12 inches long. I would say for this case it would be about 8 or 9 inches.

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DawnoftheDave submitter 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I love the case. No complaints. Cable management was very easy.