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.