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The brief from the wife.. who has patiently been putting up with my Corsair 540 in the living room... was SMALL.

So... I needed a small, yet mighty machine to sit alongside my 4K TV primarily for VR and gaming. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! Just how much power & storage can I cram into something the size of a shoe box??

I decided on an itx format machine and looked into a fractal node 202 build... And then.. I found the n-case.

Oh my word!

After a wait for a production run and shipping from Taiwan... and lots of worrying about cooling, more of that later, the ncase arrived.

Parts were amassed and the build commenced.

I bounced between:

Hard lining, discounted for portability

An AIO - Corsair H105 - discounted for pump noise

Air - I eventually settled on a noctua NH-C14. This is a discontinued model that fits perfectly in the ncase.. and was a nightmare to track down new.. but I persisted and found one in Spain!

Storage - Way overkill but I got a deal that I couldn't refuse, set them up in RAID0 and getting 3.3GB/s.. amazing.

Graphics - Founders blower style card, because temps. It dumps the heat out the back, not in the case.

The temps are fine considering 2 fans, 25 degrees at idle, 80 (!!) at load so I may consider a de-lid soon to pull that top end down a little... or add an exhaust...

All cabling hand sleeved, which was a right pain with the SF600.. the connections are awful and are all over the place on the PSU. I may revisit this and construct an adaptor and standard extension. Being truthful, the covers are on and you can't see it.. but I know..

Last thing I installed a cablemod LED strip under the front panel pointing down, connected to the AURA header on the strix motherboard. This casts a nice light down over the front panel onto the surface it's stood when powered.

Overall really happy with this build, it's small, powerful and nicely crafted.. fitted the brief perfectly :)

Anyway.. I present a few pics of the build.

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Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 7 points

When your storage is literally half the build cost

  • 37 months ago
  • 6 points

ha-ha... I know.

I know :/

  • 37 months ago
  • 0 points

damn! you bought 2TB 960 raid 0. overkill much! nice build tho! 1+!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Lyrix... chocolate... hand it over now :/

  • 37 months ago
  • 0 points

yeah. okay...but... its so jummy. can i keep it for 1 hour more?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hours almost over... 9 Minutes Remain

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

the ncase m1, my dream wife.... nice build btw +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy Crap! $2500 on storage alone! WHY?!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Cus they can Or for the nonexistent vine Or the speeds Or something Probably the speeds

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

It's...so...so small! So...pretty!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow awesome cables even when you won't see them!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Very tasteful design!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! I really like the case. The down lighting is a nice touch too. I think my next build will look something like this, the small form factor really makes great use of the available space.

+1

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

This needs a feature. ASAP. +1.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I am in love!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

looks great. +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Always a sucker for this case. Killer build mate. +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like everyone is starting to get into the NCASE M1 =)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

only 1 of the m.2 is equal to my whole pc :--(

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build. Everything is cool in n1. 32 gigs of ram!?!? Are you using 8 Chrome tabs or what? SSD's 4 (tb) Life man. You got it. Reeaalyy gooood +1 for dat ssds

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I've scaled the ram back... my main machine has 128 ;)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Great computer? 4TB storage as NVMe?!?!? Woah

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

I would like to put a LED Strip in the front too. Which one did you order from cablemod, 30cm RGB magnetic?

btw your build looks super nice and clean :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi sorry, yes thats the exact strip.

  • 37 months ago
  • -1 points

People will begin to cry their construction a decline in prices is coming have already announced the Titanx has $ 1000 Canadian instead of $ 1,800 and the INTEL range will also thanks AMD thanks :-) (http://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-unleash-699-usd/) (http://wccftech.com/intel-amd-price-war-ryzen-processors/)

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