Description

A machine to develop and experience VR, hop on-board the expensive hype train.

i7 6700K - (4.6GHz oc'd)

GeForce GTX 980 Ti - (oc to 1190 MHz)

32GB DDR4 RAM

M.2 Ultra 512GB SSD

NCASE M1 v5

I wanted something that transports around easily and wasn't excited by the idea of having to haul a large ATX PC case whenever I wanted to create a space for room-scale VR.

Hence came the decision for a mini-ITX build - the form factor for easier logistics and the power to drive those polys.

Benchmarks and Temps

Firestrike v1.1 benchmark score: 15815 (above 97%)

Max Temps (HWMonitor):

CPU = 75°C

GPU = 83°C (74% fan)

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Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

I love that case. Nice parts selection. Very clean looking build. I may use this case for my next build. I have two questions: 1) the Blu-Ray drive you have listed is a "slim" drive, I thought that this case needed the "slot" load and 2) is there a reason why you went with the SM951 instead of the 950 PRO?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this case too, and both good questions:

1) Your right, I ended up changing this part last minute for that very reason, you can see it in the retail box photo sitting on top of the Noctua NH-U9S (Part list now updated with external optical drive, the retailer didn't have a slot load in stock)

2) No reason for the 951 over 950pro... other than I thought this was the newest. Looking now the pro is better (2500mb/s vs 2100mb/s), strange I didn't pick this up as apparently this version is more rare to get from retail, hadn't seen this before until you mentioned it.

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Literally my dreams, embodied into a small form factor.

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Friction GLORIOUS!!! Its like a turbocharged smart car, on STEROIDS!!! +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

haha

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

What a great ale computer! Congrats!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

This is baller. Nicely done!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Simply stunning, how are your temps? Strongly considering the M1 for my next build, especially after seeing this :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Haven't tested the temps yet, will do after I get around to oc'ing the CPU. Get the case, you won't regret the quality.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Added 3DMark Firestrike benchmark score and Temps.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Not many people us NCASE anymore which I'm surprised by after they went a "hype train".

Also why did you buy the Samsung SM951 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive instead of a Samsung 950 Pro M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ?

Also great picture quality what camera did you use ?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

DANG! That case is expensive.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep it sure is... And you have to wait for them to build it, was the first thing I bought and last to arrive.

185 USD + 35 USD Postage = 220 USD

220 USD = $314 AUD

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the Case, The Noctua fans and the pics ;D Simply cool

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

I am considering building a little less powerfull version of your build.

A couple things are worrying me.

I already have a KFA2 GTX980 reference build, and ordered a ncase m1. Did you have issues with the power cables on the sfx psu, really near the graphics card ?

Does your SM951 have heating issues ? I have seen that adding raspberry pi radiators help.

Besides, I have seen somewhere that the fatal1ty mb you use cannot handle both the m2 pcie and a pcie 3 x16 cg. Do you have any issues ?

To finish, I just wanted to understand your air flow inside : the air comes in through the lateral vent, then goes in the cpu ventirad and then exhaust through the rear ?

Thanks and kudos for your beautiful build.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your comments!

I have not recorded any actual measures yet. But just using it so far its flawless! and hasn't had any issues, have been happily rendering, gaming and VR'ing on max since build date.

No heating issues with the SM951, (good to know about the raspberry pi's if that ever becomes a case.)

You definitely can use M.2 Ultra and 1 PCIe 3.0 x16 simultaneously. With Skylake, DDR4, USB Type C this is the future, the motherboard is a beast.

I'll answer air flow with Intake and Exhaust:

Intake - I rely on the Windforce's three fans to draw air in from the bottom. I then have another intake fan on the side panel (this is the lateral intake you mentioned bringing fresh air into the case. What was also a bonus is that this side fan helps push air out the top of the case perforations, which is good).

Exhaust - The CPU heatsink or Ventirad (nice word) is mounted to flow air to the back of the case, the heatsink fan blows through the heatsink towards another identical fan that is attached to the back of the case (obviously exhaust too). Hint: Sync them with a Y-power connector so you can guarantee air flow efficiency.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

Thanks for your answer !

Still hesitating for the MB with the cheaper asus Z170i pro gaming, but I guess the AsRock is better.

Ventirad is the french word for the heatsink, thought it was also used in english :)

Since I have a reference built 980, I may need another noctua on the bottom of the case for air intake.

I did not think about the fan sync : will use noctua's NA-SYC2.

Also, you did not list this, but judging by the pictures you posted, you used the slim cables "Silverstone SST-PP05E" ?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I just used the included cables that came with the Silverstone PSU - which are probably the Silverstone SST-PP05Es.

If you are getting the NH-U9S heatsink it also comes included with a Y-power connector, don't quote me on this but maybe all Noctua heatsinks come with one - one thing I have experienced with Noctua is that they are packed with optional parts.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Ruzeki,

So the cat dragged in the Noctua parts, the same as yours.

The NF-S12A PWM contains the Y câble and a couple others. The NH-U9S heatsink doesn't, just a simple cable and parts for assembly on different cpu.

These parts really seem well built !

Will order the rest next month so I cannot test these until then.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

That's strange, I must have confused the accessories, but thought it would make sense the y cable would live in the u9s, I had all the boxes opened when building my case so I forget . I have so many spare accessories from noctua.

Good brand noctua, quality parts. Looking forward to seeing your build when the rest arrive!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Question about syncing the CPU fan with the rear exhaust fan on the Y-power connector - im assuming the CPU fan header is driving these fans at a high RPM? Higher than the side intake fan? and even with the Windforce fans taking in air from the bottom that this potentially creates negative air pressure in the case?

This is is really awesome build btw! Just curious about using sys fan header vs the CPU header -

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU fan seems to be flowing fine versus the side fan. I think the real bottleneck in the air flow is the graphics card exhaust. The perforations are only open on the top half (where the CPU heatsink is). So the side plate gets hot. If you figure out rear exhaust for the GPU, then I think the air flow would be amazing. But even so, the machine has been running perfectly. And I have been running demanding games like project cars for hours on high details.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got that same mobo, and I was wondering if it supports M.2 booting?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure does, I use only one ssd and thats the m.2.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the motherboard?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't had any problems so far. So have been happy!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Wanted to thank you for the build. I got two Ncase v5 for mobile VR rigs and this was super helpful. I downgraded a few things to save a couple hundred and went with a Corsair instead of the Silverstone due to the crazy bad reviews. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bYKpdC

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Most welcome, it took some time to get the list ready.Thankfully the build is working great. Yeah the compact PSU units can be a bit of a hit and miss. Grats on your v5 NCASE builds!!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, your pics were great clues for assembly! Thanks! A note for others, I didnt realize that you cannot use a 120mm fan for the back of the case - you have to use a 92mm or 80mm.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for posting about the Corsair SFX. Going with the same build as the OP plus the corsair. I was actually planning to put two 3.5 HDDs in the place of the side fan and another on the bottom of the case. If I move that side fan to the bottom underneath the GPU do you think that would be enough air movement throughout?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The case would benifit from additional fan intake from the bottom. My case relies a lot on the side intake, it pushes air through CPU heatsink with some going out the top. Otherwise air might need to be drawn from the top and bottom, bringing dust and heat inside. Would maybe substitute the 3.5 (if its an option) for an ssd in the front compartment and keep a side fan. Just my two cents, could be over analyzing.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build dude! Question, where did you get the fan filter for the Ncase?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The fan filter comes with the NCASE, It attaches magnetically, so its quick and easy to clean!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your idle temps like on the CPU?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! I think.. I'll be ordering the case soon. I was set on a midtower but damn, haha. I think I changed my mind. I was thinking of using that same noctua cpu cooler but I'm curious if a top down from Noctua would allow a 2nd case fan on that bracket.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It would make a significantly less effective cooling solution for the CPU me thinks - less distribution of heat through a smaller heat sink.

However, I see value of an additional case fan spot opening possibility for the GPU using a water radiator solution, much like the pre-installed ones that come with graphic cards these days. Let me know know what you do if you get the chance down the track, I'd be curious.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, ok. Thanks for your thoughts.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The mobo's seem identical. I just went with the Asrock as it had solid reviews and little to no con's.

As I had replied to arthourr I haven't had any issues, have been happily rendering, gaming and VR'ing on max since build date.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

To early to know about the MB's reliability, haven't had any problems with it, its allowed me to easily oc the CPU and runs fine, so fingers crossed.

Antenna is a wired module, so bending not possible. Reviews on this particular MB are very good, its why I went with it.

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