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I'm a big sucker for a well-designed case and I've been itching to put together a decent ITX size build since I first started building PCs (thanks PCPartpicker).

I've built in the Node 202 (not for me) and the NFC S4 Mini (beautiful but troublesome), but this LOUQE Ghost is something else entirely. I can not stress how easy of a build this was and how well-designed this case is. The top grill is held in by magnets and both aluminum sides slide right up and off. The center body is sturdy as hell, and once any part is mounted, it is held firm and secure.

Little touches like the locking slide that holds the GPU in place to use of hex screws all around (every case maker please do this--let's stop stripping screws), make this case something to behold build-wise. Honestly, the build itself was almost boring because it was so easy to access everything and took maybe 45 minutes of actual work. Expandable features like Top Hats (see their website) add to the expand-ability of the case. My mind is reeling at where I may go with a build with this in the future.

Parts-wise, I wanted to make things a little special. I went all out for the 9900K because I'm a sucker, but I'm impressed with it so far. The ROG Strix z390 is a gosh darn beautiful motherboard with a beefy IO shield. The Corsair Dominator Platinum are the special edition "Torque" versions that I have been looking for an excuse to use for ages. I LOVE THEM. I really can't explain how cool I think they look. I'll probably try to tie them into the build more by getting some custom PSU cables.

And of course I used a Noctua cooler because they are the true apple of my eye. See this other build of mine to understand: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/hxD8TW

I would have used the NH-L12 version of the Noctua cooler that LOUQE recommended, but between the Dominator Platinum's and the bulky IO shield on the z390, I had to go with this smaller L9x65. There's only a couple mm of clearance between the fan and case. I don't plan on overclocking really, given the amount of power in there already.

I couldn't decide whether to use a Titan XP or Founders 2080ti for the GPU. Ultimately the Titan won out because of the blower-style design. I'll do some tests with the 2080ti to see how temps work out, but I like the case/gpu/color name combo it lent me.

All in all I love this case. I'm considering tinkering with a watercooling design and the Top-Hats in the future, I got them as part of being a kickstarter early backer. I picked up a second nickel top grill that is in a few of the photos, but I think I prefer the black version.

What do you guys think?

Let me know if you want photos of the top hats or other arrangements. I'm just starting out testing the thing. There's a comparison photo at the end for you between this, a CaseLabs BH4 and a Corsair Carbide 400C to give you all an idea of scale.

Thank you pcpartpicker and the community on here! You guys rock!

UPDATE: I added timespy scores for the 2080ti Founders and Titan XP. My initial impressions were correct about temps with the 2080ti. CPU side was warmed by a few degrees C. I'd be comfortable running it if I added some throughput fans with a tophat. The Titan XP definitely looks better with the way the build has come together.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 6 points

Absolute unit.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow nice build, I was going to ask why you didn't go with a 2080 Ti, but you already answered that. How are the thermals in this case compared to other cases?

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you!! I've been excited for this case to show up.

Thermals for me so far are acceptable, maybe 1C hotter on the GPU than when I ran it in my Noctua build. By and large, the center mounting wall of the case does a good job of keeping passive hot air from the GPU invading the motherboard side. The blower-style cooler helps as well for sure.

I'm gonna try temps with the Founders 2080ti, but I'm worried that without adding extra fans to push the air out, the whole case will suffer some heat issues. And I don't really want to add the tophat to add the fans, increase the case size, etc...

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

This case is pretty good with thermals given its size. Thanks for that bit of info. =D And one other thing, did you consider getting a blower style 2080 Ti, or did you already have a Titan on hand?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I already had a Titan xp on hand from a wonderful and amazing sister-in-law. (Thank you, thank you)

I would have considered a blower version if they all didn't look like an ugly black rectangles. Frankly, I only have a Founders 2080ti because I was just blown away by how pretty the darn hardware was. It's currently in another build though

I do intend to run some tests with it in the near future, particularly paired with the i9. And take some beauty shots.... :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right, the Titan Xp looks way cooler than the blowers I've seen. =D On an un-related note, do you like my profile picture I just uploaded?

Edit I meant 2080 Ti blowers, just to clarify.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad to see these coming out in the wild! Great looking build but why not go aio for the 9900k?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man. I considered it for a minute. At heart I'm a noctua fanboy and will take most any chance to get a new cooler or fan from them. But really, I didn't want to add to the size of the case.

Or maybe it's the noctua thing... I dunno. Two strikes. I'll scheme for a crazy loop in the future with a custom resevoir layer or something outrageous like that.

I'm also kind of curious to see performance in the case, just form a design perspective. I'll definitely play with part configurations some time in the future.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazed by the temps with the i9-9900K and that the small cooler. Do you stay at 3.6 GHz even at full load?

Great looking build and very good photos.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

3.6ghz isn’t even the all core turbo

That and people have heavily exaggerated how hot a 9900k runs at stock

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I run mine with MCE disabled, but allow turbo to kick in. When that happens its in the mid to upper 70's. When turbo isn't running its in the upper ~50-62c. So Im shocked as well for a air cooler with only 33.84cfm !
https://pcpartpicker.com/builds/edit/?userbuild=YXNQzy

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Frankly, I'm pretty floored by the temp results on the 9900k with the 9x65. I was expecting much worse given the grumbling that's going on out there about the i9, and how that cooler barely fit. The blower style cooler on the Titan and middle mounting wall do a pretty good job of keeping any extra heat from populating the CPU area.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome to start seeing builds on this site in the Louqe Ghost S1! And you sure put a whole lot of power in such a tiny case, I love it. This machine must be blazing fast.

I've been looking at building either in the Ghost S1 or a similar case for a living room couch gaming pc but haven't decide to bite the bullet just yet. (Waiting to see how the GPU market looks in the next year or so especially in terms of 4k gaming)

Also not to take away from this build but your other builds are great as well. Your choice in cases is fantastic.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing. Thank you! All compliments are appreciated :)

It's been crushing just about everything so far.

I really really dig the case. If you have the opportunity to build in one, I recommend you take the plunge. The whole design of the thing is so novel that if you're not put off by the wait and price, then you should go for it. I expect the GPU market will flatten out some too now that crypto has continued to fall.

I'd seen a couple other Ghost builds pop up here, but I wanted to take a bunch of pictures to show off the case a bit more. Thanks for checking it out!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I doubt the GPU market is going to change much

Crypto is dead, and the used market has already been flooded.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually have one ( Ghost S1) on the way for my build as well. I'm planning a monster as you did but I'm using a placeholder cpu in a Ryzen 5 2600 (not bad at all) until Zen plus releases later this year. If what I've seen is true then I'll be upgrading my cpu when it releases. I'll also have a 2080 ti as well as m.2 storage for all my drives. Really looking forward to this build. All I need is the case to get here!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice compact build. That case costs a lot! That Titan XP is insane!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! :)

The case was kickstarted and came with a few other pieces (expandable inserts called "tophats") that I didn't use in the build. It's definitely a premium case but that quality is visible immediately; milled aluminum, powder coated internals, included custom pciE extension and power pass-through.

I'd say it is priced pretty fairly all things considered. But yea... I hear you there.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Perfect work!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing case build. I thought my FTZ 01 was portable but the Ghost puts it to shame. Amazing.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It’s really a remarkable case.

The work you did on that FTZ is pretty great too :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I love that case!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

It's so well designed!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I remember that Noctua build beautiful mate. Also love the direction your builds are going smaller and smaller ;) good to see the ghost is finally surfacing. Looks super clean wish I had another reason to do a new build... Though I think I just found it ;) +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks! I really dig your work as well. I know the feeling of having a new case come along and suddenly pull you into a new project... ;P

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

To say your last build was great is an under statement. Beautiful Noctua style. Was this build a little boring compared to last?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Aww thanks! Yea, this was certainly a lot easier. Mostly just plug and play thanks to the ease of the case and no modding of any kind. I wanted to have something really sleek and simple. I'm looking into taking it off the deep end with a custom loop in the future and some other neat tweaks, but since this case is so novel as it is, I kinda wanted to play with all configurations in it.

I'm really digging how clean and simple it is right now.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

For that case I like the simplicity without the water cooling complications. Only my opinion, but I'd keep it as is, if you wanted the water cooling foray I'd get at least a microATX case and go from there.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

This small form factory builds are amazing. I absolutely love the Louqe case, so small but let you fit so powerful components. I saw different builds inside cases like this from jayzTwoCents and OptimumTech on YouTube, they both made extremely compact computers. Well done!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! They really are amazing, but some can be such a darn pain to work in! This one on the other hand... it's almost too easy.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey what keyboard is that?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a Vortex Race 3. I love it.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

lol ive been wanting to build a small form factor pc like that for a while, rn i have a: AMD Ryzen 7 1700x at 4.85ghz, rx 580 4gb, 16gb ddr4 3000 ram, 1tb hdd, 128gb ssd, its a pre built on amzon that ive done a few upgrades to,

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It's funny. Anyone that builds in a SFF usually says it'll be a while before they do another, because it's equal parts pleasure and pain. This was pretty easy though.

You should post the build you've got now so you can share with the community and have a record of it.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for sharing this, good sir! Got my Ghost today, and waiting for my L9x65. Red team build tho.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! Have fun with your build. I spent like 3 minutes trying to slide the panels off before I noticed the locking screws at the bottom :P

Looking forward to seeing what you put together.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, was pondering the same! But how did you find the sound from the Noctua. Disturbing turbulence, or is that more of a myth? Btw, you take great photos!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I noticed that "turbulence" comment on the Louqe heatsink test chart. I have not seen or heard anything like that yet. Maybe the pressure caused some rattling of the side panel during their tests.

I've ran it with and without the panels locked in position with screws and haven't run into anything wild so far.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Vote for the vortex race 3 ! Now is time to customize the keycaps. Which switch did you pick ?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s a great keyboard! I’ve got cherry mix blue switches in it. I haven’t found a complete key cap replacement for it that tickles my fancy more than the colored keys they provided. Yet.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I was about to order the silent red one. But it's not available anywhere in my country. So i will stick to romer g tactile for now until it break. I love how compact it is and still have the essential keys for autocad.

I think you should check Tai-Hao Black Lilac Gray / Tai-Hao Dark Knight. It's not expensive, but still abs double shot not pbt.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 That Mint Green reminds me of Master Chief.

"This is it, Chief."

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been thinking of doing a build like this, but I want to go the 2080ti route. Any luck on figuring what temps look like while gaming without a top hat and no other fans? Does the top allow hot air to ventilate?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a founders 2080ti in it now and it's getting much hotter than I'm comfortable with when in a graphics-intensive game. There's plenty of ventilation, but I think you'd want the extra exhaust if you were gaming nonstop.

I've removed the top a couple times when I was on a couple Civ6 marathons to give it the extra breathing room.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

So if I got a top hat and added exhaust fans it could drop temps in theory. How about your 9900k? How's that doing temp wise while gaming?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea. I think if you went with the medium tophat and got some thin exhaust fans like shuriken's or the 15mm noctuas, you'd be much better off temps wise.

I've been pretty impressed with temps on my 9900k so far with this little 9x65 noctua cooler on it. I'm not planning on overclocking in this build, so it's been pretty smooth. That said, if I hadn't used the Asus mobo and Dominator Platinums, I could've squeezed a bigger cooler in there. But the Dominators were going in!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Humm ok. Gotcha. Yeah I mean if you don't OC I'm assuming you get good thermals when it boosts to 4.7 all cores. That's good. I would for the low profile Corsair vengeance RAM and the ASRock Mobo. I really want to get a powerful build small and as noise free without cutting corners. I might ask you questions back and forth here and there. XD also would you replace the Air Cooler fan with a NF 12x25 fan also? I mean on paper it looks like it would be better overall than the included NF-120. What do you think?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem on questions.

In this case you can't fit anything bigger/better than the NH-L12 with the bottom fan only (couldn't fit in mine). A 9x65 with a 120 fan mounted would be too tall; the case is at max capacity as it stands with the 9x65 and the NF-A9x14 fan it comes with.

Louqe has a list of recommended specs on their website: https://www.louqe.com/files/heatsink_test_ghost_s1_MkII.pdf

I recommend these fans for a mid-sized tophat: https://noctua.at/en/products/fan/nf-a12x15-pwm

Really, maxing out this case with a 2080ti will still generate a good amount of noise from the fans on the GPU no matter how you slice it.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get that lamp?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a "K Table Lamp" by Vitamin Living out of the UK.

I'm in the US and bought it through a design retailer here called A+R: https://www.aplusrstore.com/product/2625/k-table-lamp

Here's another link to their list of worldwide retailers: http://vitaminliving.com/stockists/

The light they give off is faint but pleasant. Though not quite strong enough to be a reading light.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, your ghost's rear panel is not updated version for block io mobo design. Are you happy with the result of fitting io ports ? thanks.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

There's an updated rear panel already? Not out in the wild yet, is it?

It fit fine in my experience.

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Ah, yea. That would have been nice. I was an early bird backer at kickstart launch.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the motherboard like?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

It was cool but did not perform well for me. It died on me. I'm still weighing my options on a new mobo. I might just throw the 9900k in another machine I'm using instead of maxing out the build form again.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build! The pc has amazing temps!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

did you have any trouble fitting the Noctua - NH-L9x65 33.84 CFM CPU Cooler into the PC case?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. It barely fit, but it was not a squeeze.

Only went with that cooler because those Dominators are so darn tall.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, the Custom Grill Nickel is same a limestone material case ?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

No. It's more of a off-silver kinda chrome feel.

It was very hard to photograph.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! :)

I have memory envy in particular. I've always wondered how they look in a build.

Non build related: What is that lamp in the first image?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's a great little case.

The lamp is the "K Lamp" by Vitamin Living.

https://store.vitaminliving.com/collections/featured/products/k-lamp

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this sff case!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Me too!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the silver Ghost S1 come with a black top grill?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe so. When I got it they shipped with the black grill and the others were add-ons.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you letting the 9900k overclock itself to 4ghz with the TDP being limited? or just staying at 3.6 at all times?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

How are your CPU temps? I was wanting to get an L12 but those aren't available anymore, and I'm really sketched out about bending the L12S. I'll be using a 9600k so I'm wondering how your 9900k is holding up with the L9x65.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

It can get pretty hot when the GPU is in full swing, but otherwise happy with the CPU temps with this one.

I happen to have an original L12, open box but brand new. You in the states? I'm willing to sell it if you want it.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I am very interested, PM me?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m planning on using that NH-L9x65 on my 9900k ghost, are you running yours stock with 95w limit or mce disabled? Or can I just leave it fully stock no limits?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I would put the limit on it first and run some tests of your setup and see how it goes. If it's getting solid temps and doesn't seem like it's going ballistic, go for it!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

soooooooooooooo ice

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build! I wanted to ask, did you use a special thermal paste for your CPU cooler to obtain such low temps?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

what clock speed are you running the I9 9900k? Any avx offset? Did you undervolt the cpu?Im asking cause I have the same parts different motherboard I have Asrock z390 gaming phantom itx and and ftw3 1080Ti, I9 9900KF and same cooler you are using just waiting on the case.

  • 12 months ago
  • 0 points

This case is super slick. But $250, and it lacks any filtration and solid panels to block sound. ://

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

But it's so slick, it dusts off its shoulders. :P

Seriously though, filtration isn't much of an issue given its so easy to slide open and hit with some canned air. It isn't any louder idle than much else. If sound is your issue because you are running intensive apps 24/7, mITX probably isn't the best option for you anyhow. You'll run into similar problems with other cases.

Thanks for checking it out.

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