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For the last 4 years I've been wanting to build a computer, but because I was traveling a lot, I had to settle with a laptop for the time being. Even though I am still constantly moving, I finally decided to go ahead and do it.

I wanted something small enough to carry around and powerful enough to run any game while keeping it pleasant to look at. Using it for a little bit of everything -mostly for work and regular daily use. This is what I came out with in the end:

CPU : I am aware that it is a bit of an overkill, i5 would do just fine, but figured "why not?". I have been waiting to build this computer for so long, might as well spend a bit extra.

CPU Cooler : This took a bit of trial and error. The first cooler I got was the C14S, which is a bit larger than the c14. I did not research well enough, misread some information online and had to return it. Went with the Phanteks PH-TC12LS. They claim it has no interference with the ram - it did. I had to mod the cooler a bit to make it fit, fit only in 1 direction while pushing the RAM. It was too much so I returned it and replaced it with a C14, which was extremely difficult to find but works perfectly. The 2x corsair fan combo keeps it nice and cool. The fans do not touch the cooler, though, they are about 5mm away from it.

GPU : Now again, a 1070 would probably do the trick but since I went with a 1440p screen with a 165hz refresh rate, ended up going with the 1080. I am aware that the reference design would keep the case cooler but the reviews showed that this STRIX card cools itself well and with the help of the extra 2 120mm fans it stays very cool. But the installation ... It is not the easiest. It barely fits - it won't fit if you just try to move it straight, it requires a certain angle. Funny note here: Had to return my first GPU, 2 of the fans were going to 100% and would not slow down, also stayed a bit too warm. ASUS support eventually convinced me to return it, even though I really did not want to. My new one had the same issue, ASUS support wanted me to return the motherboard. I really did not want to, tried pretty much everything possible, reinstalling drivers, flashing and updating bios, resetting the CMOS - nothing worked. Then I decided to move the GPU around a bit, I pushed it a bit more and the fans stopped. So all it was - it wasn't in all the way (simply because the case is too small, it is a very tight fit). But now the new card has some pretty bad coil whine, tempted to return.

Case : Took me a very long time to finally settle on this case. Was also considering the Lian-Li PC-Q17, Silverstone Raven cases as well as the dan a4 case. Eventually ended up ordering the silver v5 without the odd slot(really wanted it in black but they were out of stock) . It arrived with the odd slot, had to purchase an extra panel without the slot. Then I sprayed it with black plasti-dip, which gave it a nice, matte look with a nice feel to it. In a few days I will add some decals on it - a ROG logo in front and on the side. It wasn't very easy working in this case, but it wasn't super challenging either. The GPU was the only difficult thing to fit.

PSU : Nice and quiet, does the job, not much to say here.

Memory : So I went with a 850 1tb for general storage and a 950 for the OS. Seems to be a great combo, it is very fast (the NVMe was probably overkill, can barely notice any difference from a 2.5 ssd. The 950, however, was warming up way too much, was ~50-55C on idle. Ended up ordering some heat spreaders. These got the temperature down to ~40C on idle - perfect. Just peeled off the original sticker and put these on (see pics).

Screen : I love quality but never had that in a PC really. My laptop - the Asus G550JK I got a few years ago has a decent screen, but this PG279Q ... It looks amazing, the 165hz feels buttery smooth and there is pretty much no input lag - I love it. It is WAY too expensive, barely worth the price, but if you have the money - not bad at all. I think 1440p is perfect for 27 inch, 4k would probably be a bit too much.

Overall, I am relatively happy with this build. Took way too much time to build and gather all the components (I tried to buy things only if a decent deal was available).

If you have any questions building a similar build, feel free to ask.

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Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

That is one fully loaded NCase! Well done!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Well said hahaha. Great job on that great compact case!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

thats a tight fit. very nicely done.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 love your build, especially using the NCASE! as my build, what a terrific case.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks guys! So far it runs great, added some ROG decals on the case too and added a few layers of clear coat on top of the plasti-dip. It's perfect now :)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

What was the specific issue on the C14s? too big for the PC case, etc?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU clearance for the NCASE M1 is 130mm. The C14s is 142mm with fan on top and the C14 is 130mm with fan on top.