Description

Since the N Case M1 version 3 was released I decided to create a build using it.

Rationale behind parts:

CPU: Small case therefore I will not be overclocking, additionally I do not require integrated graphics. The Xeon essentially provides i7 performance at i5 pricing. (from previous builds)

Motherboard: I've gone with an Asus board because of past experience with Asus boards. I could have gotten the H97i-plus but I didn't as I required the wi-fi/bluetooth card included in the z97 for another build. Absolutely hate what Asus did with the colour scheme and heat sink design but the case doesn't have windows so it doesn't matter.

Memory: Previous experience with Kingston fury was very positive therefore I chose them again. 1866 only cost slightly more than 1600. Higher speeds, better timings, why not...

Storage: Samsung SSD has a good reputations and Seagate mechanical drives because I had a few spare, no particular reason. (both from previous builds)

Video Card: The gtx 970 hype was too much to ignore. Got the Asus strix version because it stays silent under 65 degrees celsius.

PSU: Semi Passive function to stay quiet. Load power of around 350W would give best efficiency with a 600-700W PSU

The build process was smooth with the case providing ample access with all panels removed. Fitting the Cryorig C1 CPU cooler into the case was impossible in all 4 positions. I am now waiting for the Noctua NH-D9L and extra NF-A9 pwm fan to become available in Australia. (proven compatibility with M1). Cable management in the M1 is very difficult, I just gave up.

EDIT: I have since removed all mechanical drives and added a samsung 850evo, Noctua NH-D9L and a gelid slim 120 pwm fan in.

I've added three iphone photos illustrating the update I've done with the Noctua NH-D9L and panel coulour change. Also showing the case clip I've removed to fit the strix card in.

Additionally, after spending some time with the system and browsing forums threads, I have come to the conclusion that the silverstone sx600-g does not have the best componentry. This results in constant coil whine audible when there is little ambient noise. The semi passive fan functions but after spinning up from even the slightest of load there is no stopping.

As a result I will be upgrading to the yet to be released Corsair SF600 SFX power supply and the Gigabyte 980ti G1 once I sell my arm and maybe my soul.

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Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow. A Xeon and a 970 in the tiniest case I have ever seen! Good job!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I read that others had trouble getting the Strix 970 to fit in the v3. Did you have any issues with things fitting?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, haven't been on in a while. I've added two iPhone images showing "progress". The second one in particular shows the side panel clip that I've removed in order to fit the strix in. Additionally, in previous pics you can see that the silver heat pipe sticks out a little. That heat pipe actually touches the side panel when the case is closed. This does not cause notable bulging. The side panel heats up a little during heavy gpu usage though. I am thinking of upgrading to a G1 980ti now as it's not as wide.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

dang thats a tight fit. looks like you could fit a decent height cpu cooler though. hows the noise level of the case?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is pretty quiet when idling and web browsing. The bottom fans only spin up when under load, side fan spins at low rpm, this results in higher idling temp (mid-high 30s). The stock cooler is producing a lot of the noise, hopefully it'll be near silent when I get my hands on that new NH-D9L.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

that NH-D9L cooler going to fit in there? isn't it a little tall?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

If I remove the side fan it should fit. There was an article on silent pc with a very similar build using the NH-D9L.

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

What did you oder, the CRYORIG C1 65.0 CFM or the Noctua? I really like the design of the Cyrorig

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I ordered the cryorig way before I got the case because of the design as well. I then realised after getting the case that is was not going to fit. I am now waiting for the noctua to become available in Australia without having to order overseas.

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

That's bad :( I'd really like to put my hands on a cyrorig cooler, thank you and i hope to see the new photos soon!. Happy building!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I knew the Ncase was small but thats tiny.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

where do you buy it

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Once your cpu cooler arrive, I am very curious to know what temperature you'll be getting when both cpu and gpu are under stress test. That 970 can generate lots of heat!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

You said that you have a Seagate drive in your description but you listed a WD Green? Great build though +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I was originally going to add a new WD green in but then I decided to just reuse the Seagate drive I have lying around. I have fixed the parts list.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the GPU suffocating?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build for a that budget.. Also dat tiny case :3

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Really like the case. Thanks for sharing. Lot a work but maybe you could sleeve your own cables and make them custom length. +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the case as well, so much so that i ordered two. It does look like custom cables is the way to go.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I will give you a plus one just for the pepsi can. Nice build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, thanks. The pepsi can is 375ml (standard in Australia) incase you were wondering. This means it's slightly taller than the ones in most places around the world. I put it in there for size comparison without realising that it's slightly off sized compared to the rest of the world...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I see what you were going for there! I wish we got some bigger pepsi's, we are just stuck with the 12 fl oz can. I figure that your pepsi's are a little more expensive though haha. Back to the point though, nice build!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I suggest using a silverstone short cable kit that might help with cable management. I have a question about the bottom noctuas and how they are right up against your strix 970. How are the temps? Does the fact that they are right up against the GPU help or hinder?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm actually really confused by this. What benefit could the Noctuas bring? If they're pulling more air in than the GPU, then it's just going to buffer against the fans and get pushed away, and if it's less, then they're just going to get in the way of the fans as well.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I originally added the fans in hoping they'll help draw air in from the bottom of the case and help keep the card keep below the 0dB fan threshold for as long as possible. This is because larger fans = lower rpm = quieter, in theory... As to the actual benefit / disadvantage I'll have to investigate further.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah OK, forgot about how the cards didn't run the fans until a certain threshold.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion. I have looked at the short cable kit made by silverstone, they all seemed to be geared towards atx power supply. The shorter cables from the kit are of similar, if not longer length than the provided ones. Unless there are third party ones or sfx version of short cable kit, it looks like custom is the way to go. I will have to play around to see if the fans help, right now they spin at a low rpm and after half an hour of fur-mark the GPU temp is stable at 72 degrees celsius(keep in mind it's summer in Australia and the ambient temp is 30C).

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Either way this is very nice. I assume you went with the z97 chipset so you can upgrade in the future to a chip with more headroom or Broadwell.(If we even get it Skylake is looming on the horizon) and the M1 is sexy as hell . All around very nice....

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful case as well as component choice, lovin' it man!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the Xeon so far

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The xeon is running perfectly, don't have the temptation to overclock so the cpu temps are staying low considering the case.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you explain how the Cryorig C1 managed to fit into the case in this picture? :) http://abload.de/img/img_0907kekkxzasuq.jpg

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

is this ur build?i have the case and i want to use the cryorig c1. can it fit to the case?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

there should be enough info in my reply to help you out

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, haven't been on pcpartspicker lately. As for your question, the build photo you supplied uses a evga z97 stinger. That motherboard has a different physical set up. The placement of the 24 pin together with the ATX power supply (rotated compared to SFX creating more room between psu and motherboard) creates enough space for him to fit the C1 in with the larger 'hang off' of the cooler facing downwards where as in my photo it faces to the right. As I am using a SFX power supply, there is no room for me to route my 24pin if I had the C1 orientated the same way as the photo you supplied due to the way the Asus z97i plus is set up. (the cooling fins would be touching the psu hence no space to squeeze the 24 pin through).

Edit: in addition, the evga cpu is located higher than my asus board. Just now remembering that the C1 would be touching my gpu if it was orientated the same way as the linked photo. Not 100% but I'm pretty confident I've checked all 4 orientations of the C1 before giving up.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Can i know how much your temps changed with the noctua or any aftermarket cooler you bought (you started with the stock cooler i guess)