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Monochrome Nano S

by Alooshka



Date Published

April 21, 2017

Date Built

April 19, 2017

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Hello! This is my first PC build ever. I've wanted to build a PC for so long, and finally saved up for one. My goal was a machine that's capable of running 1440p 144hz, and I think this will be able to. I'm waiting for the 1080 TI SC2/FTW3 to release so I can grab it.

Building in the Nano S was so much fun, very very enjoyable. I probably spent more than 6 hours swapping things around, trying new things or just plain troubleshooting.

The SP120s in the picture are redundant for my build since I don't use any rads. I tried using them as case fans but they're so loud for my taste. I got them for free so not a big loss there.

The Phanteks TC12DX was actually a poor choice in here. I didn't check the dimensions for it, and thought it would be a good fit since PCPP builder didn't show any errors. It ended up interfering with the RAM and I had to move the fan up a little. I can still close the glass side panel, but it's really ugly to look at. I already ordered a Cryorig H7 which will replace the TC12DX. Besides this incompatibility, the cooler itself is not loud at all. My ambient temperature is 25-30C and my idle CPU temps are at 35-40C. I put it on my list so that future builders would avoid running into the same problem.

If you're planning to grab the Corsair SF600, you absolutely have to consider getting extension/custom cables with this case. The stock cables are so terribly rigid and short, they limit your creativity with working around the case. You can see in the pictures how the SATA power cables are crunched up against the chassis with little to no flexibility.

The fan hub isn't too useful since my case fans aren't pwm, but its almost the same price as a splitter so why not. I will update the build as the rest of the parts arrive. Currently, I'm expecting these items:

-GP14 140mm case fan

-CableMod custom cables(Thanks to molnarg for providing his cable lengths!) (https://store.cablemod.com/configurator/#cfgload:58f9863083a216.17126556)

-Cryorig H7

-MNPCTech Clear Side Panel


UPDATE 26/4/2017: Received the clear side panel and ensourced 24-pin and 6+2 cables! My old 660 on display :)

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jipster69 4 Builds 5 points 5 days ago

Building in the Nano S was so much fun, very very enjoyable. I probably spent more than 6 hours swapping things around, trying new things or just plain troubleshooting.

LOL. The things us builders/modders find "fun" =P

Nice lookin build +1

Will be a beast when you get the 1080 Ti

Alooshka submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 days ago

Haha I know!!! I kept changing fan positions and all that jazz.

syg101 3 Builds 2 points 5 days ago

Awesome build! hope u get the 1080 Ti soon +1

SubNauticaWaterWorld47 1 Build 2 points 5 days ago

Then he can run ARK Survival Evolved at 30fps.

syg101 3 Builds 2 points 5 days ago

30 FPS? Pssh. I had to suffer through 0.2 FPS per day. My parents force fed my ram because they worked at a computer store. I lived in a box on the side of the highway. but I loved it.

syg101 3 Builds 2 points 5 days ago

and in my time that was fast

Alooshka submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

30fps stable, I hope! ;)

resslx 2 points 5 days ago

This is perfect! Haha, I'm looking to build something extremely similar very soon.

Wow, the all-clear side panel looks incredible. Makes me want to use it instead of the default unwindowed for noise dampening because it's so damn good looking.

What made you choose the Acer XB271HU over the Asus PG279Q or Dell S2716DG? I've owned a couple ASUS monitors in the past and really like them. I suspect I'll be going the PG279Q, but really all three of these are very similar.

Alooshka submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 days ago

Yup, the clear side panel is good looking. Hoping for a speedy shipping route!

I chose the Acer because I read that their quality control is better than the ASUS. They're both IPS panels and suffer the same issues. My monitor has slight glow on the bottom right, but its only noticeable when gaming in the dark or watching a dark scene. It's also not an issue if I set the brightness to <60. Currently at 40 brightness.

I didn't consider the Dell because it was a TN panel, and to me I value the colors more than response time. Since I'm not a huge FPS gamer, the 3ms difference in response time won't ruin my gaming experience.

pharding415 2 points 3 days ago

I can back the poor quality control on Asus Monitors. Bought a PB278Q a few years back off Amazon, had a 60 day dead pixel return policy, not sure what kind of creature lives inside that monitor but on day 61 I found a string of dead pixels across dead center of the screen. Now whenever I play music through my external speakers I get a static sound from the speakers within the monitor and have had some flashing issues where the monitor randomly tweaks out. Go with Acer or LG.