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Update 7/2/2018: -added EVGA Hybrid SC2 Gtx 1080 TI


a bit of overkill but worth it in the end.

RAM: no problems what so ever. running smooth at 3000mhz via XMP.

CPU: previous PC (with a full tower HAF 932 case) was 3930k OC @ 4.1 ghz. With the new build here, I didn't notice a whole lot of difference with 6700k OC @ 4.5ghz. but still, its a solid CPU..

z170 mobo settings for 6700k 4.7ghz OC:

1.41 V with asus 5 way optimization targeting 4.7ghz freq. 47x

stable? yes.

CPU cooler: H100i V2. struggled between getting this and H60. the thought process was something like... Well if i get the smaller radiator with H60, i can mount my watercooled rad in the front of the case too, along with the CPU rad (H60). But on a hunch I went with H100i v2. Temps are nothing to RAVE about.

H100i v2 required a backplate to be installed under the mobo first. After securing the screws on top of the mobo, it seemed secure, but the whole backplate wobbled slightly. I read other reviews online and people said this is normal, and that it will tighten up once you use thumb screws. So I tightened the thumb screws and used my screwdriver to ensure they are tight. Installed corsair link software and set it to run under "balanced" mode. Not sure if I should run it under "Performance" mode in Corsair link software -- as it just runs both fans at full speed and its loud at that mode.
Note, both fans on the cpu RAD are blowing air outside.

Motherboard: Asus Z170I Pro Gaming small mobo, but thats a given. a little struggle installing as I placed the backplate on FIRST then followed to push the mobo in afterwards. Note to self. Do not do that! Afterall, its literally 4 screws, lol.

more importantly, everything worked in first try. If it wasnt for the bigass mobo parts up top i may be able to use the topportion of the case to mount a fan or something :(

Case: Fractal Define NANO S

It's small, exactly waht I wanted. Hate how cube form factor cases looked so opted for this one. I also had a watercooled msi seahawk x GTX 1080 from previous build that I wanted to use in this. I have the GPU Rad fan mounted in back of the case blowing air outside. I removed the "moduvent" cover from top to allow for additional air. DUST? sigh. yes. dust will gather, but a sacrifice to allow better temps.

power supply: small , but effective. Power cables are from the 15th century. tight as hell. IF any of you know of better psu cable kit I can get for this, please let me know :)

for now, I bought the following "orange" extension cable kit from amazon: Phanteks 24 Pin/ 8pin (4+4) M/B, 8pin (6+2) PCI-E Extension Cable Kit 500mm Length, Orange (PH-CB-CMBO_OR)

GPU: Msi seahawk Gtx 1080 X watercooled.

lost on the silicon lottery, set me back 724 bucks. max stable OC I get is 2050 mhz. used msi afterburner to set voltage to 100%, max power slider to 105% and max temp slider to 92. Setup custom temp/FAN speed curve which only controls the onboard GPU fan. I disabled Q-fan control on mobo to allow the 3-pin rad fan to run at full speed.

removed both stock fans that came with the NANO S case to make room for H100i v2 and gpu rad fan

SSD drives: had two samsungs and a hynix ssd laying around. used them all. bought Electop SATA Power Y Splitter Cable 6 Inch from amazon as well.

userbenchmark site reports this PC as 130% for gaming as -UFO. I dont know if getting an M.2 drive would be worth it at this point...

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  • 38 months ago
  • 4 points

You should rotate the sfx/atx adapter in order to place the psu on lower position ;) You could also add a fan on bottom position for fresh air intake

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

good idea. thank you.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

You are welcome ;) I'm curios, would it be possibile to place the cpu (240) radiator on top position while keeping the gpu (120) back radiator? I mean, is there enough room within this case for having a top and and a back radiator?

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! I'm debating getting one of the 1080 Seahawks. 2050 mhz isn't exactly a 'loss'. I'm on my 4th 1070, and I've finally got one that will run stable at nearly 2100 mhz.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Grats on reaching it !

True 2050 isnt bad in itself, but I was so wishing that I would be able to get something closer to what these guys got : https://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_geforce_gtx_1080_sea_hawk_x_review,39.html

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

YEAH for Sea Hawk.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice system! So much power in such a small system.

Just curious, why the SFX PSU? A fully sized PSU can fit in that case.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks :) A fully sized PSU may fit, but many have said...due to the proximity with the GPU, a full size PSU would be taller,and very closer to GPU which can cause heat issues in this tiny case (unless we use a blower style or water cooled card). though I AM using a watercooled card, I still wanted it to have some gap for peace of mind, so I went with a SFX PSU.

I came across this vid, which seemed to make more sense:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiDZNT7mxLQ

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

But you have a liquid cooled GPU, so that probably wouldn't affect it at all, since the cooling is done up with the 120mm fan (i didn't watch the video btw)

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Video basically shows the proximity of the PSU to a recirc card causes about a 5-8 degree increase in temps with a much higher audible fan noise. Blower style card managed to perform very close to the recirc with lower temps and lower dB. But OPs card is liquid cooled and still has a blower on it as well so he still could have gone with the full size ATX PSU. Either way its still a sweet build.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Agree with everything you said

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks guys and gals, yep will keep in mind!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Dank

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

The H100i wobble is real. Freaked me out the first time until I tightened down the screws and it was fine. Doesn't seem like it would work when you see how loose it is ,but it does.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

That's very true. I was scared about it.

In another note, I actually went ahead and ordered Arctic MX4 to replace the stock paste on H100iv2. Temps run about 62-ish on load at 4.5ghz. So I will have to freak out again when its time to put the thumb screws back on ;)

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I'm new to building and I was wondering if my build is able to run GTA on 1080p (Max settings). This is build http://pcpartpicker.com/list/W68L4C . Thanks and great build

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, thats a good build. I am no expert, but I don't see any issues with it running GTA on 1080p max :) EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FTW DT GAMING ACX 3.0 Video Card should be able to handle it no problem.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this graphics card. I have a 1070 asus turbo (got it before i had my nano s build, im coming from a node 202). With those gpu temps wouldn't you be able to push the overclock even further?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! Yes I thought the same, but sadly that isn't the case so far.

I replaced the stock GPU Radiator fan with noctua (which made about 6-8 degrees difference). my temps dont even go higher than 47-48 MAX, which I think is amazing. That is with the msi afterburner settings at +75 on core clock, and +0 on memory. power limit maxed at 105%. Anything higher on the core clock, and I get a "display driver has stopped working and recovered..blahblah.." error. I should also note, that this card ran out of the box at 1987Mhz without tweaks.

It seems there is a programmed limit on there. For my card, I simply cant go over 2050mhz even with these apparently cool temps. Kind of defeats the purpose of liquid cooling for Overclocking purposes. But, hey 2050mhz isnt bad and I'll call it a day :)

I'll try and post a screenshot of my card's OC settings. It seems to comes down to silicon lottery. Unless someone comes out with a pascal BIOS editor to be able to push these gpus further ;)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build.

I'm putting together same parts as you but Air cooled. It was helpful to see the SF600 in there as I'm contemplating using it.

Can you upload another shot with the psu turned over so it's sitting lower. I'm really interested in the gap produced between the PSU and GFX. I have non blower GFX card already so I must use it. Have you bettered your temps from 62 under load ?

By the way Fractal are separately selling the top moduvent dust filter that comes with the Mini C. It also fits the Nano S

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

In the pictures your psu bracket is installed upside down :p

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