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wstsang's Completed Build: Fractal Mini ITX

SirMints 3 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

I dig how clean this is. Nice little beast there.

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 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

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

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

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 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!

SirMints's Completed Build: Gun Lab 01 - My First Build

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks!!! This was the tip of the iceberg that started the obsession going. The whole time I was thinking about what i'd do better.

Holy cow. I know! I had no idea it would take off like it has! Totally exceeded any expectations. I'm honored. I've been linking to your bh2 when people ask about the case too! trying to get you some more love on that beauty!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

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

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Yes. These are glorious!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Woohoo! Thank you!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 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!!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 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 :)

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 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!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 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.

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

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

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 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

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

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

Djbenxnyc's Completed Build: Sky-Walker

SirMints 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Very slick man! +1

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 2 points 31 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!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 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!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I appreciate it. Thank you!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

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

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you :)

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 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

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Thanks amigo! Much appreciated :)

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 2 points 31 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.

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

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

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

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 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.

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Just a diamond in the rough! Thank you!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 2 points 31 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 :)

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks man!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 2 points 31 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

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you. I'm glad you like it!

AhoyCapnBlake's Completed Build: Iridium [Editing/Gaming]

SirMints 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Much better! I had that same case in my first build and ALL the problems you list with it. I ended up ditching the right side of the PSU shroud entirely in the end.

But how amazingly smooth and buttery is the door and hinge? I love opening and closing the damn thing. Great work man!

AhoyCapnBlake's Completed Build: Iridium [Editing/Gaming]

SirMints 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

This looks slick! Move those product box photos lower so people can get a better idea of the build. +1

remiscs's Completed Build: Catherine: Caselabs Bullet BH2 NERDBOX

SirMints 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Also, have you looked at the dust filters for it at all?

These guys make them specifically for the Bullet. http://www.demcifilter.com/ I'm thinking I might order one for the front panel of mine, but I'm worried about color. :P

I'm still currently in the deep research part of my overclocking work. I tend to over-research things, a by-product of my day job and the old adage "measure twice, cut once". I only made the switch back to PCs in June, so I'm getting my legs back under me. I'm running the CPU at 4.5 and stable, but it's just with a stock profile from the mobo.

I'm really struggling to get any kind of OC out of my GPU. Which shouldn't be the case with a FTW, though I understand it's already factory OC'd. I'd love to pick your brain more about that stuff!

remiscs's Completed Build: The Beast - Dual 12 core Xeon w/Titan Xp

SirMints 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Oh there she is! +1

That IS a BEAST!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

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

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

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Lol.

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks Dude!

No need to be "Anti" Noctua!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 2 points 31 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/

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

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

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 2 points 31 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!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 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

rfisher218's Completed Build: Alphazure - 1st Time Build

SirMints 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Very clean! Looks like a great build.

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Problem Solved!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you. Those varmints are hard to track!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 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!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks man :D

remiscs's Completed Build: Catherine: Caselabs Bullet BH2 NERDBOX

SirMints 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

How could you part with it?!

Such good info. I'd love to see a bracket. You set your case top up the same way as mine, with the vents above the gpu. I bet there's a way to modify the existing fan mount for the top and have it fill that role. No new holes that way!

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 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. ;)

SirMints's Completed Build: Athene Noctua - Little Owl

SirMints submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

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

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

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