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Introduction: Hello all! Build number 2# is finally here. Some of you may recognize some internals on this pretty little thing from my first build. The reason this all happened was because the temps were simply not working out for me on the node 202. Water cooling is THE way to go and I will never go back to any case that doesn't somewhat support it. I would really like to do a custom loop system but at the moment AIO cooling it is. As always, let me know your thoughts and opinions! So let me tell you a bit about her.

Case: The Define Nano S was exactly what I was looking for. It fits a 240mm Radiator on the front or top. I can even add a 120mm Rad. It has mounts for a reservoir and pump. Its sleek and simple. Doesn't take up much space. It's got great price and not to mention that great build quality that Fractal has kept me very happy with.

To put it simply: I F**** love this case. Also shout out to mnpctech.com for the acrylic side panel. They also supplied me with an led strip, so let me know your thoughts on it!

Note: I'm soo OCD about dust I added a mesh on the front side vents. It's a cheap easy mod. I posted a picture of it.

Motherboard: As I mentioned in the previous build. The Asus Z170I seems like a pretty popular choice for mini-itx builds. I wanted something with Wifi that didn't need any tinkering. It's not the best looking motherboard, but it does the job great. The BIOS is on point.

CPU: Boy am I glad I got the unlocked version in the previous build (I almost purchased the 6700). I wanted that option to overclock down the road and here I am, down the road. lol. So it was a smart decision. For you overclockers out there. I got semi-lucky with the silicon lottery. I was able to squeeze 4.3 ghz at 1.21 Volts. If i'm not mistaken at stock settings it runs at 1.2 volts. So I got a nice little increase while keeping the voltage practically stock (AKA Lower temps, AKA a nice quiet rig). Also in case your wondering I did try and get more out of it. I was shooting for 4.6ghz, but the amount of voltage required was getting this setup much hotter then i'd like it. Not to mention I hands down prefer a quieter system at the expense of minimal performance gains.

Note: If you're looking to build a quiet pc and/or would like lower temperatures. Consider Undervolting your CPU many more benefits then overclocking if you ask me.

CPU COOLER: The H100i V2. Sigh. Here's where some trouble began and don't even get me started on those awful fans, we'll get to that later...

As many of you know there are pretty mixed reviews regarding these coolers. I like to think mostly positive, but I wasn't one of the lucky ones. My pump randomly failed on me and my CPU temps went through the roof. At that point I was looking into getting a predator 240 from EKWB. But with the somewhat hefty price tag I decided that if i'd be spending that much I might as well throw down some more money for a custom water loop setup. In the meantime I gave the h100i another shot as It was covered under warranty. So far so good.

Memory: I figured 16gb was plenty. Not to mention it's getting cheaper and cheaper so If I ever need to upgrade it won't be a big deal. The 3200MHz is overkill but for a few dollars more didn't really mind.

GPU: For this case I would've really loved a 1080 seahawk, considering my whole point was to switch to a water cooled system! Unfortunately my wallet didn't agree. Sigh. Either way I'm happy with my blower GPU and as I've mentioned in my previous build: the 1070 is an excellent powerful graphics card. A blower option is also optimal for this case as the PSU takes up a good chunk of space. So if you have this case and your not watercooling, get a BLOWER!

Radiator Fans: You people have no Idea the amount of research I did for these damn fans. I had sleepless nights. Researching the optimal sound/rpm ratio or CFM/RPM. Going back and forth between options, etc, etc. Totally Mindf*** myself. The stock h100i fans sound like a jet engine. Not to mention I don't want to use some lame *** software just to control my fans. I would rather have it permanently setup on my BIOS. And because they aren't PWM even that would have been a pain.

So new fans were clearly needed and I was pretty much deadlock undecided between the Noctuas 2000 PWM, Gentle Typhoons, and Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition (which were my third choice). I never actually decided between them. What happened was My friend gave me a dual pack of these SP120's that he ordered by mistake and the rest is history. Theyre great! In terms of decibel level at least. Very quiet and seem to be cooling just fine.

Note: Sometimes I do wonder if I'll get slightly better temps with the latter options. One day I might pull the trigger on the noctuas and see if they're worth the hype.

Case Fan: AF120 Quiet edition. Was happy with the Rad fans so decided to stick to Corsair for this one as well.

Note: If your wondering why I took the o-ring off its because I thought it was ugly.

Storage: SSD all the way. Because lightning fast boot up! Would really like to get an M.2 for even faster boot up, but I heard these are so finicky that most of them are DOA (dead on arrival) I know 2 different people that had to exchange them a total 4 times until they got a working one.

In conclusion I'm very happy with this build. I definitely enjoy having the clear side panel to look back at all my work and wondering what I can do next. I have a good idea on what that will be, but we will leave that for the 3.0...

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

There it is ! Looks awesome dude. Tubes look nice and tidy.

I saw this glass panel the other day and it looks great with your build, since it shows off your radiator. I was looking for a glass window mod while using the same panel though. The plastic window scratches and attracts dust so easily.

I just went into my case to put in another air cooler and the insides was pretty clean. I just air gunned the front filter and was good to go and the bottom one didn't even need to be cleaned. That extra mesh should help even more.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. So far the acrylic has held up well. Hasn't gathered almost any dust. Mostly just my fingerprints from me tinkering with it.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the acrylic side panel. Did you make it with the kit or did they supply ot to you? I cant seem to find it on the site.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated my NZXT S340 with an MNPCTech window, stock polycarbonate window gets scratched by the softest scratch-free clothes. Thankfully I spaced out having the heat on and had the panel leaning over my radiator which warped the **** outta the stock panel. Forced me to do it sooner than I had anticipated but MNPCTech has recently retired those windows. They're a great company!

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  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

And I was thinking of a 2nd build with the define nano s case with a parts list kinda identical to your build and boom! came across your complete build! keep up the good work!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Love that title- glad you have a sense of humor. Good luck on future water cooling! (Hope the wallet stops being a jerk!)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

lol i hope so too

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the side panel and the Nano S, beautiful case that sports a beautiful build!

+1, great job indeed

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I would take off those EVGA cable management bands off of the H100i V2.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I think I can I think I can I think I can...not afford this shmexy PC

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, how can I get the custom side panel

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you think about the AMD 8 core black edition

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I prefer the intel, i did very light research on the AMD's but if i'm not mistaken I believe the 6700k has faster speeds. I do like their prices though

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I swapped out my h100i v2 stock fans with noctua nf-f12's and just keep them at 1500rpm(i never hear them so its fine to me) and adding those fans dropped my cpu temps under load by about 10 degrees celcius. It's totally worth doing.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that will end up being my next mod. Thanks for the tip!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

have you ever considered putting a rubber pad between the GPU and the PSU so the GPU (and its vibrations) rest on the PSU?

I ask because I'm jumping onto the Nano S bandwagon with an EVGA 1070 blower and im trying to figure out how quiet i can get it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as vibrations. The Graphics card sits nice and firm with the included hardware so never considered getting a rubber pad. As for reducing sound i reccomend you Get corsair quiet editions all around. They're amazing. The only component that was left making audible noise was the graphic cards fan. Resolved this by getting a hybrid cooler from evga. so now its watercooled and quieter. Will overclock it soon.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build! I was wondering, what are the dimensions of the acrylic pannel?

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build!! I have mostly the same stuff in mine and after a year still holding up good. Good thing you didnt go for the 240 EKWB aio as they discontinued it cause of leak issues. Was curious your decision on front mount rad vs top. Im currently using top mount and looking to upgrade to a 280mm rad in the front and I for the life of me cannot decide lol

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of all the sounds emitted. The GPU is the loudest component during gaming. Its not too bad though its certainly not as loud as those stock corsair fans from the h100i.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

do anything. read the book.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Couldn't agree more! it's a well rounded case. As for the C I think they're trying to appeal to certain niches. So we'll see how they end up doing. I still prefer the Nano S any day!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

It's simple. Just make a Matx version of the define s with a beautiful full tempered glass window ,which would also be a great step forward for all the other define s's

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