Finally got around to rebuilding my gaming and editing PC inside the NCASE M1! This build was a long time coming; months and months of planning.
Full build video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiGiW_ifpAQ
Here's a brief discussion on the parts, I'll have a video up in a few days which will include benchmarks also.
CPU Intel i5 8600K review sample, this one has hit 5.4GHz @ 1.45V which is absolutely mental. Full video of that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZxmufdBdE8 This 6-core is very impressive, surprisingly a decent upgrade over my previous 7700K in terms of video editing performance. I'm planning on upgrading to the 8700K down the road when stock comes back in.
Motherboard With the Coffee-Lake processor, Z370 in ITX form factor was the go-to here. I reached out to MSI and they helped me out with their new Z370i Gaming PRO Carbon AC. Strong OC potential, subtle RGB, discreet M.2 drive, loving it so far!
CPU Cooler Noctua D9L with two 92mm Redux fans, one of the beefiest options that you can cram into the NCASE M1 (limited cooler height of 132mm). Extremely happy with the performance here, a nice upgrade over the Cryorig M9i that I had in Fusion I. Better performance and quieter too.
GPU Needed something that was going to max out my Acer X34 Predator monitor, and so 1080 Ti it was. I loved the look of the EVGA SC2 card and the fact that it was only a 2-slot card allowed me to sneak two static pressure 120mm fans underneath it to improve airflow further.
Power Supply I had the SF450 in Fusion I and I absolutely loved it. The thing never made a whisper and so I knew that when it came time to upgrade, the SF600 was going to be a solid choice.
Storage Lightning fast NVMe M.2 drive from Samsung, 250GB was more than enough for the OS and frequented programs. The 525GB and 240GB SSD will be used for everything else. No RAID setup just yet.
RAM I really wanted to upgrade to 32GB but the memory prices are way too high at the moment, so I stuck to my 16GB of Dominator Platinum memory here.
Case Fans Needed some high static pressure 120mm fans to pull in air from underneath, and the EK Vardar Evos looked like a great fit. They bring the GPU load temp from 72C down to 66C, and don't add much noise to the system either.
Case The trusty NCASE M1, so small and optimised - I think i'll continue to use this case for years to come. It has given me everything I need so far
Sleeving All of my supplies were from: https://mod-one.com/ I used their Titanium Grey and Titanium Platinum sleeving for the entire build, I love the neutral colour scheme.
Any questions, post below!