Description

After a dalliance with the Fractal Node 202 and its unfortunately unacceptably high CPU temps I finally broke down and bought the Ncase M1. Shipping time ended up being faster than I had anticipated which was a nice surprise. As a side note deliveries in the US will done by USPS.

The GPU was not the smartest choice. While it fit my Node 202 great it's unfortunately a bit to tall in the Ncase. It still fits just not perfectly so I don't recommend it specifically for the Ncase M1. Truthfully I'll probably switch it out for a blower style GPU at some later point. But for now it does the job I want.

At idle and low usage the system is effectively silent. At full load its obviously loud but no louder than any other rig I've ever had. I went a bit crazy with the number of fans installed. Frankly the bottom fans are probably unnecessary unless you want to do a custom GPU cooler.

I have a mild OC on the CPU to 4.2Ghz. It can definitely be pushed higher. I've done up to 4.5Ghz but that requires to much additional fan noise for my taste, so it wasn't worth it to me.

At this point I don't have the PSU listed installed, I'm being cheap and carrying over the PSU from the Node 202. Which works fine but it is not modular. I have to say it's basically a requirement to go modular in this case and custom cables at that. Extra cables and lengths are a pain in such a small space.

Overall I'm really happy with this build. The case size is simply fantastic, screw giant ATX cases.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I've used this cooler before in a previous build. For its small size it is great in my opinion. You can add a second fan to it if you want but from my experience I don't believe it actually adds any improvement to cooling capacity.

Storage

Works greats. At the time of my purchase it was the best bang for you buck. However the chip supply crunch is starting to come in force and prices are rising on all the brands. So the cost to performance bang may not hold true in the future.

That said it is a good SSD and you should definitely give it a look if you are shopping for one.

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice PC, just work on cable management

+1

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah its a jungle on the inside right now.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

At least your cables are not in danger of going into any fan blades (thank the fan grill on bottom fan) so it won't really affect your performance at all. You can do more on cable management to make it look nicer and to me just that alone will make it worth it but its up to you.

As your point on getting an extra fan on your cooler, if I recall correctly on tests and reviews I have seen the 2nd fan being added does help temps by a couple of degrees so not a huge change. The cost of adding a 2nd fan may not be worth it if your temps are really good to start with. I still find it funny that Noctua can get away with butt ugly fans but only because their performance is so awesome. If they made more black fans (not the industrial fan line) for their consumer fans then I would think they would corner the cooling market more than they currently are. A lot of computer builders are very concerned over aesthetics which is why RGB everything is soo popular these days.

I got myself a dark rock pro 3 cooler which is only a few degrees behind the Noctua NH-D15 performance wise and about the same cost. I got that one over the Noctua due to its looks. They both are huge coolers and about the same noise and build quality wise. Noctua still wins though on ease of mounting by a mile and both coolers are in the 240mm rad AIO liquid cooler performance range and are cheaper than those coolers.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

First I'll have to agonize for a few months over which color I want each cable strand to be :P

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

still trying?

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd appreciate them if you have no use for them, I'm doing a ncase m1 build with a SF600 right now.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

No, my build is a bit different. I'm retrofitting my old build into an ncase (from this https://pcpartpicker.com/user/alexrok/builds/#view=ZvNNnQ to this https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/N3r2tJ ). I definitely don't mind no 8pin eps, and I can't really complain either. I definitely would be able to put them to good use if you no longer need them.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

That's the long term plan. But I've spent enough money for now.