Description

I'll try to keep this brief but this is my First Build that was set into motion after purchasing an HP widescreen monitor and a PS4 some months ago (only with hopes of playing FFVII remake when it releases...yes I was willing to wait that long). Not sure why I didn't think about it at the time but the PS4 couldn't take advantage of the full aspect ratio of the monitor and I ended up selling it right after. During that time I happened to find a deal on Amazon for Titanfall for 5 bucks. Now I've always heard and known that PC games looked much better that current console games but I never put much thought into PC gaming honestly. What sparked my interest was that the HP machine I installed it on didn't have the best specs for gaming imo ( Specs: nVidia 750ti, Quad Core CPU, 16g RAM, 500w PSU) but still looked significantly better than current gen consoles. Additionally, the game could take full advantage of the aspect ratio and some. This sparked my interest and I decided to build a system dedicated only to gaming as my previous pc was more of the work/family pc. I also wanted something in a small form factor that would last about 4 - 5 years without any major overhauling. I admit I had a hard time deciding on what parts to use and this particular case didn't seem like a good choice for a beginner as it has some misleading info about it and the power supply.. However, I came across this site and looked at every mITX build I could find reading comments and suggestions even some live streams provided. Now all I can do is enjoy and wait for FFVII to be released on PC. Now on to the parts list:

CPU: i7600k - I purchased this because I got a good deal on it on National Pi day from Microcenter for $314. If I get bored I may decide to overclock later on.

CPU Cooler - Thanks to all the Noctua fans out there ( no pun intended) I learned that you can't go wrong with their coolers/ and or fans. I initially was set on the Hyper EVO 212 which is also praised as a great cooler but at 160+mm tall it wouldn't fit in this case. Water cooling was another option but in the end I made a decision and stuck with it.

Motherboard - Although this is my first build I was still pretty familiar with Asus motherboards. My current PC actually uses an Asus IPIBL-LB / Benicia Motherboard and I like Asus products so this wasn't a hard decision. It was actually this or the MSI mini itx variant but because of the PWM fans I have and the extra fan headers on this board pretty much sealed the deal. It doesn't offer M.2 but rather U.2...still that wasn't a deal breaker for me.

Memory - I almost settled on the Kingston Fury until I found these puppies on new egg. I love the aesthetics of these RAM sticks and am happy with their performance thus far.

Storage - SSD is the way to go. Would love the prices to come down a bit more but they've made progress to make them more affordable. Samsung happens to make good drives, I've also heard that Crucial does as well. I may add another one sometime in the future. The Seagate mechanical drive will be a backup for apps that aren't accessed as much.

Video Card - This was hands down the easiest decision I made. I think MSI outdid themselves with this card. It's an attractive GPU card with great ratings and performance and once it caught my eye I never looked backed. I just had to ensure it fit in my case and for a moment I thought it wouldn't but some of the posts on this site reassured me.

Case - Honestly, had I seen the M1 case before I saw this one, I probably would've went with the M1. Don't get me wrong, I like the case, but outside of this site, you'd be hard pressed to find anything with a build in it. I decided to customize it a bit to give it more of that gaming system appeal.

Power Supply - Ugghhhhh!!! Corsair saved me. This is where things got interesting for my build. It is part ignorance on my part and part ignorance on Cougar's part. It is clearly stated that this case can fit mATX PSU up to 140mm long...This is true but good luck with that. I tried in vain to get a Fully modular psu to fit in this thing without having the cables push down on the GPU. Now, it may be possible with a non modular or semi modular PSU which again ignorance on my part I didn't think to use. I figured fully modular was the way to go with less cabling but that's only about 2 cables shy of using all cables that came with this psu. Still some of the other connectors would be applying pressure to the GPU in that tight space so as others have suggested just stick with a SF PSU. Thankfully Corsair just came out with their version of SF PSU because although Silverstone was dominating the market on those I read a number of negative reviews regarding their psu's making some high pitch noises. As you can see this case is well ventilated so i didn't need any additional noise.

Optical Drive - Probably didn't need one but it can't hurt to have one. Not many to choose from so easy choice.

Operating System - Must have - Loved XP, Like Win 7, Like/Hate Win 10 ( It's complicated lol)

Case Fan - Last but not least. The CPU cooler is the reason I decided to purchase the Noctua Fans. Many dislike the color scheme of Noctua fans and to be honest I initially did as well but it grew on me (They compliment each other). If Noctua made a 120mm Slim fan it would have taken the place of the Prolimatech Fan. The space under the GPU wasn't enough to fit a 120 X 25 mm fan comfortably, so I had to go low profile. Still not sure if it was needed but having one 80mm intake fan didn't seem proportioned as far as cooling goes.

Thoughts - Really though it was fun building my own PC and if money grew on trees I'd build another. Thanks for reading if you've made it this far and I'll be checking in on this site early and often to see all the great builds and to gain some insight. Please share any suggestions you may have...Peace!

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 9 points

You should have waited for the 81280Ti that will come in 20 years.

  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

Lol I know right

  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

Ouch GTX 980Ti went on sale for $475 last week.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Give us a link for a new 980ti for $475. Cheapest listed on this site is $533.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Why thank you VERY much! I apologize for my snarky *** tone...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, it was hard to believe when I saw it too >.>

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

your case looks much better than the Actual MSI ITX case that they released

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks dragoon appreciate it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good.

Thumbs up.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you...Much Appreciated!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

That case looks so good!

Very impressed for a beginner :)

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Very neat build +1 Hows the temps on the GPU with this case? I have the MSI 980 Ti golden edition and initially built in an NZXT S340 but had to migrate to a Carbide 400C for better air flow. Was hitting 80C on full load but now at a comfortable 73C with the 400C. Still working on perfecting my build...

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll post some gpu temps later today. Thanks

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

72c gpu, 56c cpu according to Afterburner ultra settings on Doom.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude wtf. A 980 Ti hitting 80C is fine, that's the default fan-curve. And the airflow is great on the s340 (so long as you shove some cheap fans in the front)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

To each his own right. I actually love the S340 bit I like the carbide 400C even more :) Got the kraken X61 up front with 4 fans in push / pull with 2 140mms up top and a 120mm at the back for exhaust. I'm not OC'ing so my processor stays at 27C and GPU at 38C on idle.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I must say even though I'm a team RED guy this build looks awesome! +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn this gorgeous! +1 from me sir! Do you have any plans for the GPU in light of Pascal being made to the public in a couple of weeks? The 980 Ti is obviously a very capable card but I had to ask!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I may decide to upgrade the card later on and sell this one. The prices for Pascal are surprisingly good so that helps.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking case, thinking now of getting it!

I'm wondering how tight is the clearance for CPU cooler in your build, did it fit without problems? Cougar datasheet states max cooler height 105mm, but Noctua NH-U9S is quite a bit taller - 125mm.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It'll fit no problem but you won't be able to add an additional fan on that side. I think you should go for it...I'll be here to help.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

such a great build! Thanks for confirming that MSI Gaming cards can fit, and that slim fans are necessary below the GPU!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Density85 is a great build as well. Sorry to hear about the coil whine, that would drive me nuts lol. It's not easy building in these mini itx cases so I appreciate them whenever I see them.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 10/10 i like

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Never seen this case before looks pretty sweet!!!

Nice build man!!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bro....digging the avatar lol.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

your welcome!!

IKR someone had it saved in the pics on my PC at work hahaha!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome specs and cable management. I got the normal QBX and didn't get it that tidy as you did, so 11/10. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! The cables provided with the psu are very rigid so it took some work to get them to cooperate lol.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

so nice damn the paintjob really makes that case look way fancier than it is. one question, what is that asus fan pcb you have in the back ? does that come with the board ?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. That's the fan extension card in the back and yes it does come with the board. It really helps with fan management.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome to the PC Master Race!

Also,'re you selling that old PC?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually still use it so no plans on selling it right now.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The comment with the jealousy filled tone

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol Thx!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

"The Case with the Dragon Tattoo" i am afraid of what some fat man in charge of your money did to your printer port.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

looks great! outstanding job on the build! how do you like the case? how does it feel quality wise? also, how are your CPU and GPU temps (gpu with a non-blower style, curious to see if that small case can handle it)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you and Thank you. I like the case a lot but it was a bit of a challenge to build in probably because it was my first build. I even gave up taking pictures until it was done lol. The quality is pretty good and though I love the mesh ventilated look I know I'll have to air dust it often to keep it clean. Using Afterburner I topped out at 72c gpu and 56c cpu playing Doom. I'm guessing that isn't bad but I always thought cpu temps were higher.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

you forgot another 7 for your i7 6700k. lol i missread about the i7

but i have to say your build looks awesome and it looks amazing, with the cable management looking great considering this is your first build

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the correction and the nice sentiments.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, the SFX was a very efficient choice.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you and I agree, would've been a nightmare otherwise lol.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn that was a good book.

+1 for great build and creative name

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Never read the book but they're usually better than the movie adaptations. Thx btw

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

PEOPLE!! TAKE NOTES!!! IF YOUR TITLE STARTS WITH "BLAH BLAH MY FIRST PC/BUILD ETC" THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT!!!! Thank you for taking the time to actually show your build and put forth some effort and thought and just actually do a good job! I get so fed up with seeing "This is my first PC LOL" and then they have 1 stinking blurry picture which usually isnt even of the PC! This is very well done, beautifully cable managed and just an all around wonderful build! +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Yes I've seen those posts as well lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty ambitious for a first PC build as these ITX cases can pose some unique design challenges but you did a great job!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I got discouraged for awhile and was going to just purchase a system, but glad I didn't. Building your own is definitely the way to go n much more rewarding. Thx

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Featured Build in a Cougar case whaaaaaaaaaat! Sexiest Cougar case I've ever seen too, well done. This is phenomenal, and a first build no less. Congrats!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Many Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build! Definitely getting a good power/ cubic inch ratio on that bad boy! I'm always curious about temps with full fat components in a small form factor; how's it holding up in that regard?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I just got through playing Doom on Ultra setting for an hour or so and I'm not sure how cpu/gpu intensive of a game it is but Afterburner has my Max temps at 72c for gpu and 56c cpu.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, that is more than respectable, especially in that form factor. Well done!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done sir! I'm impressed.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thx

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Dust caps (on all the GPU ports) make me sad. How monitor then? Kidding, great build.+1

Also, I've never seen a rear-facing code panel on an I/O shield before. So modern!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thx

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. That stencil on the side looks great!

Bring on Sephiroth!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup I'm ready lol. Thx

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

this case has been violated by Apple fanboys so many times : -)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build, nice flash without going to over board. I really dig this build. Thanks for posting it and Grats on Feature!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx Wolfemane!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey congratulations, dude. You got featured.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build and congrats on the feature!! :)

Funny im also using the same case (the QBX which is identical inside) and all my fans and coolers are noctua. I too had to get the slim vortex fan under the GPU because the normal fan was pushing my gpu which i didnt like.

Anyways enjoy such a great build!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes I remember seeing your build. I consider you the pioneer of the QBX lol. But yes I feel as though if you can build in this case you can build in anything lol. Thx

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I consider you the pioneer of the QBX lol.

lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

instantly up-voted this after reading the title lol, nice build!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx Mr lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

sexy af.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Build naming 10/10

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build, friend. I love your attention to detail. Welcome to the club!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it. Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Amazing build especially baring in mind that it is your first!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my lord! What a beautiful little beast!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Znait!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, I was looking for mITX ideas for when ZEN comes out ... I think I found the inspiration!

Also, forget about the 1080(P) GPU. I didn't see monitor spec's but unless you are running over 1440p or aiming for crazy frame rates you'll be fine for the next 12 -18 months

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

@OP Like 9-15 more days and you could have had a 1070 or 1080, both of which would destroy that card. RIP

+1 I like the build

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management looks excellent. Case looks compact but not cramped. And the mods are obviously nice too.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Specially for it being your first.

How is the noise while under load? What about the PSU noise level?

Thanks

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The Noise under load is very bearable and this is without using the included Noctua low Noise adapters. As for the PSU Corsair did a great job as the noise is kept to a minimum, sometimes the fan doesn't even kick in.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Don't see this case or the vanilla QBX around much. I'm thinking about build in the same case as yours as well. I wanted more fans than the M1 would allow for cooling.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Go for it, just make sure the parts you select will fit. Go with a SFX PSU. The corsair is a very nice choice, other than that you should be fine. I'd like to see how it turns out. Good Luck!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I did finish my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/v63Ff7

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Were you able to close the inner side panel with the Noctua NH-U9S?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes without a problem. It was a tight fit but that was due to the PSU cables not the cooler. I have more pics that weren't posted showing this if you're interested.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Please show them. With that CPU cooler the inner panel shouldnt be able to close.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh but it does :) . I will take pics when I get home. I thought the same thing until I saw someone install a 131mm CPU cooler in a QBX here (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/GCHNnQ) granted they didn't have the panel on.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Cougar QBX has 105mm clearence without removing the innner panel. NH-U9S is 125mm height. Shouldnt be able to fit without removing the panel.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I've uploaded 5 pics showing the inner panel on with the CPU cooler. I placed a magnetic fan filter over the open slot to help with the dust and also to give it a better look.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant the panel with a 120mm fan on it. I dont see the point in using the inner panel with nothing mounted on it. Might as well remove it and get better airflow.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually have a SSD and HDD mounted on that panel (see pics 23-24). I did think about removing the side panel and just mounting 2 SSDs on the front behind the front panel with a little modification of course, but everything fits nicely. As for air flow, the case is very well ventilated and the placement of the fans help so that's not a problem.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

IDK how I missed this one! This is a fantastic build! Clean cable management and excellent case modding. +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks cajunsloth and good luck on that third build...I'll be watching!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get the magnetic filter?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazon

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Can i know how did you mount the bottom fans? The screw holes are a lot bigger then the top fans' screw holes. My screw is going through it

  • 43 months ago
  • -3 points

Get a 1080

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I may I wish I might

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure MuDuRkKiO. I used a stencil and ensured it was taped on all sides securely. I used Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch spray paint. Make sure you apply a few coats and allow it to dry for 24hrs or so.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks great! If you wouldn't mind, can you let me know how well it holds up? Galvanized steel and spray paint usually don't get along.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Sure, I'll make an effort to do so.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually purchased the stencil from istencils.com. It's reusable n made from a more durable material, so it works better than print outs.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, I know right. But Thank you, humbled to be featured really. Great community this site has.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Man now I need to know what this cryptic reference is all about..

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the elephant is that pascal is right around the corner with the GTX 1070 beating a titan at $380.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol...nope just for gaming.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build, I agree. How is that STRIX gpu? That would've been my next choice in video cards. Thx

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, appreciate it bro. Keep up the Great work!!!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe I'll wait for the 1080 Ti lol