Description

This is my third build and I have always loved SFF pc's. My last build was in a JONSBO UMX1. It wasn't long until I found out how terrible the layout for the components was inside. It cause rapid heating when I would start gaming, reaching up to 82c on the GPU and 76c CPU with all fans maxed. ill miss that toe warmer.

Ncase M1 - This was a blast to work in. I removed the front USB cables because I don't like using front ports. I also removed the front Audio cables for the same reason. That removed 2 sets of cables and made it a cleaner looking build. Also removed some Hard drive brackets from the front of the case that I was not using. With that I had enough space to fit a Noctua NF-A9 fan (will replace WITH another NF B9) on the front (the fan pulls a nice amount of air from the USB and audio holes) to help hot air reach the back of the case where the rear fans can exhaust it.

as of now my fan setup is 2- bottom fans in-taking air to the GPU

1- front intake fan to push air towards the back of the case (removing the cables from the front panel left some nice vent holes to get a bit of air)

CPU fans set to exhaust out the back with one fan mounted directly on the case so hot air doesn't just bounce off the back panel

a picture of my cat trying to charge me up with some static electricity to sabotage my build

aaand the JONSBO..... The PSU intake faces the CPU, absorbing all its heat and exhausts it into a small corner of the case that has no ventilation, heat eventually leaks out onto the CPU fan creating a vicious cycle of self heating.

Part Reviews

CPU

CPU - I5-9600K - This pc is for gaming and some college work. I dont stream or edit/upload media so I think this is the best gaming CPU for the money. Not overclocked yet and sits at 33c idle

CPU Cooler

Lost of reviews put this at the top for the Ncase and its worked amazing for me so far even when replacing the fans with NF-B9

Storage

Replacing my 120GB Crucial.

Video Card

I took this from my last build. I dont see a reason to upgrade anytime soon since it can handle anything I throw at it with ease. Not overclocked an sits at 38c idle and maxes 72c in 3DMark

Power Supply

Very nice and quiet PSU, will have to upgrade when I start overclocking.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, I think it's safe to say that the GPU is not lacking airflow.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the cat

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic build and case. I am currently building in the Ncase as well, very small, I have to order custom PSU cables to finish my build. You did an excellent job.

PSU might be a little on lean side though, any reason why you did front up an extra $20 for the 600W version? You may want to upgrade this little build in future and PSU will probably be reused.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, looking forward to seeing it =]

I agree, the PSU is from an old build and will definitely be upgraded when I start to overclock. I bought the Corsair SF premium cable kit, much cheaper than custom cables and they are easy to work with.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I will eventually get around to writing up and posting my Ncase build on this site. I will give you one problem area I isolated - do not upgrade your PSU to the SFX-L class. I got the Silverstone SST800 and while it fits in the case, the bottom of the PSU is only about 10mm above the GPU - connecting and routing cables here is a huge problem. The SFX-L form is the same as the SFX form except is about an inch longer. Avoid the SFX-L at all costs, even though it would be lovely to get an 800W PSU in there. Do not be tempted. The best SFX might be that Evga one. 650W, gold rated, not too shabby. Corsair 600W one also good :D

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah ill be sticking to Corsair SF series, they now make a 750W Platinum that comes with their premium cables.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I’d doesn’t pull much really, I put it there to help the hot air that is thrown out of the gpu reach the back of the case, where the rear CPU fans can reach it and dump it out the back. Without the fan, hot air lingers and builds up inside the case.

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