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Nano S 2017 - Main build

by emilablaa



Date Published

Oct. 18, 2017

Date Built

Oct. 18, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

82.0° C



Hello guys.

I finally made my move from the Node 304 to the Nano S, with a few changes. Overall it took about 2 hours included a bit time to work with the cable management. In the last two pictures there is added the CableMod WideBeam Magnetic RGB LED Kit (2x30cm) and the Cablemod cable comb kit.

HUGE thanks to Wolf88's Nano S build. I got lots of inspiration from his build - check him out! https://pcpartpicker.com/b/TNXH99

Feel free to ask question or likely.

Part Reviews


Still doing great though it's only a 4th gen Intel CPU. Really no reason for me to upgrade to a newer platform, since it's performing fine for my usage. I managed to overclock it to 4.2 GHz @ 1.105v (manual), running around 30-35c idle and ~70c at full load.

CPU Cooler

Probably one of the best air coolers for this case. It fits perfectly and is really quiet in general. I changed the ugly brown NF-F12 fan to the NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM with NA-SAVP1 White Vibration Pads. Looks much better in my opinion.


One of the best Z97 ITX motherboards with a solid WiFi connection. The design is decent as well, compared to other older boards. I play games using the WiFi without any ping/connection problems - in general just a really sweet board.


Not the prettiest ram, but still doing a great job. Pretty decent ram for the price, not much to say here.


A bit expensive, but a bit faster than my other 2.5" Sata SSDs. Would not recommend this SSD right now, since the Samsung EVO 960 M2 is probably more performance for the money.


My third Samsung EVO 2.5" SSD - really solid and probably the most popular on the market atm.

Video Card

Would recommend any blowerstyle card for smaller cases. The cooler solution is not that bad and the noise level in the newer Nvidia cards are fairly acceptable. In the Nano S I would personally say both custom cards and blowerstyle cards will do fine.


2nd time I build in this case. Minimalistic and a god damn handsome case. Great possibilities for cable management, fairly amount of hdd/ssd support and a great price. Only minus is that the included fans are not PWM, which I think is a shame. Would still recommend this anyways. I added a Cablemod RGB LED Strips (2x30cm), which fits fine in this case.

Power Supply

Very silent and still fits smaller cases perfectly fine. I picked up some white Cablemod cables + cable combs to improve the look. Only minus about this PSU is that the provided cables are not sleeved.

Comments Sorted by:

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Very clean. I like it.

Thumbs up.

emilablaa submitter 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you

noodlebird 2 points 18 months ago

Very nice and simple build. I love it! +1

emilablaa submitter 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you

Wolf88 4 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Thanks for the shoutout, build looks great !

Selicos 1 point 18 months ago

Noctua Industrial fan?

emilablaa submitter 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yes. Attached to the CPU cooler

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Some Fractal Design HP-14 fans in the front will help with the front intake pushing in fresh cold air. GP fans are more for the rear exhaust. Since the intake has a mesh air has to pass through first, it needs high static pressure fans.

emilablaa submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Haven't really struggled with high temps or bad airflow in this case, but I am planning to change the GP fans, to some Noctua PWM fans. I simply hate non-pwm fans, and I really don't get the idea of including these with the case. I think I'll go with 2x140mm front intake and a 120mm rear exhaust. Maybe the Noctua Chromax fans.