Description

marooned with a cougar QBX for some TIME

Because this is just an update to the case and cooler, I left all original parts at 0.00

this is the original build

and a small description of the new parts

CASE: I was waiting to get the NCASE M1 which I will probably get next year if something better doesn't come up. The cougar case came up and the price was really good so I decided to try it. The first thing is that the filters provided by cougar are a complete joke.. Those filters and nothing are basically the same thing..

There are some restrictions with the PSU, and I even bought the right angle extension which is what you would need if your psu connector has the wrong orientation and mine did. But because the connector is located in the middle I was able to use the original one that comes with the case. There are not many options, the VSM from cooler master which is 140mm long and the shorter SFX psu which I would really recommend using in this case.

COOLER: max size cooler for this case is 105mm tall. If you are not installing the fan on the side panel, you can go with the noctua NH-u9s which is 125mm tall, wouldn't go higher than that. I was very happy with the noctua NH-D9l which is smaller at 110mm, it drop my idle temps by 10c degrees, compare to the prolimatech Samuel 17. The motherboard temps also drop as the cooler is not blowing warm air at it. I might even add an additional fan later on.

I know cougar site says you can use a 240mm rad in this case with just one 120mm fan. But if you use a SFX psu you will be able to use the 2 fans on the 240mm rad. I didn't consider using one because I needed the space for drives. You would be limited to 2 SSD and the ODD.

DRIVES: OK (this is me putting my face inside a bucket), one of the reasons, I had not post this build was because I had an accident with the hyperx SSD (the one that had Yosemite installed and please don't ask what happen lol), I had to RMA the drive and Kingston sent me the newer SAVAGE drive. Thanks Kingston!! Only part I hated was having to install Yosemite all over again, but it was easier this time.

FANS: This is no secret, my favorite fans are noctua. Though I was planning on getting the black ones, I already had 2 NF-F12 which I used on a rad and 2 80mm. So to save some money, I went with the brown ones. Finally didn't use the 80mm because they were not PWM, and I wanted all of them PWM. I had to buy one 92mm and one 80mm.

I bought the swiftech PWM fan hub to be able to connect all fans to the motherboard.. At first I had the fan from the heatsink connected to CPU_FAN and all the others to the extra 4 pin header and nothing happened. After reading the manual I figured out that only CPU_fan header had the speed control on the 4th pin so it would only work on that one.

All fans are now connected to the CPU_fan header with normal PWM setting in BIOS and its silent. I never tried the silent setting. I'm very happy how it turn out to be.

I'm using the prolimatech ultra sleek 14 fan under the GPU, because when I installed the normal 120mm fan it would push the GPU up. I tried the noctua with and without the rubber corners but it was the same. I wasn't comfortable with the fan pushing the GPU.

CABLE MANAGEMENT= pretty much everything is tidy.. and I'm very happy how it turned out.

I want to thanks everyone that took the time to see this build. And if you are a part of this community THANKS!!

if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 5 points

So glad someone finally posted a Cougar QBX build. I was very interested to see how practical it was to build in because I really like the simple aesthetics. Looks don't always translate to being a good case.

Sucks about the intake filters. They look very much like the basic mesh filters on my Cooler Master Storm Enforcer. Not the best and you definitely have to clean them.

Thanks for sharing.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice to finally see a QBX build! I was quite enthusiastic when I first saw this case - then I found out about the PSU restrictions and bought a Thermaltake Core V1. But hey, the filters on your QBX must be better than those on the Core V1 right? The Core's front panel has a square of black foam hidden under mesh held in place with bendy tabs (that will soon break off if I dare to clean the thing). Dust builds up on the black foam surface within a few days so eventually you just give up cleaning it and live with the big white fan sized circle on the front panel. Urgh. Oh well.!

Great build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for this late replied but for some reason i didnt receive a notification... Strange..

Dust builds up on the black foam surface within a few days so eventually you just give up cleaning it

Yep just as my cooler master elite 110. At least the filter on the bottom is very easy to clean on the cougar. The one on front is a nightmare cleaning. Worst is putting it back.

Nice to finally see a QBX build!

Thanks!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I would probably get some filters later on from demcifilters. I still think this is a great mini itx case for that price. I'm thinking on getting the Ncase M1 and doing a custom watercooled build next year but for now I'm done.. :)

Thanks for sharing.

:).. thanks for taking a look at my build!!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Shame that the case isn't perfect, but otherwise, a very good build.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

true!!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

The master's build. +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!! :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

So cool! I'm jealous!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice clean build! I have never seen that case before. I know you had some issues with it, but I think it looks great.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

Yes with all its issues, considering what i paid i think this is a great case. I still would like to get the Ncase M1 and do a custom water cooling loop.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice case and tidy cable management. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks! :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Where did you put the fan hub?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!! :)

Photo 25, you can hardly see it to the left, but its on front corner below the PSU..

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like this build....Has to see your noctua build ;) Looks great. Nice little build

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!! :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm on the fence about the cougar, it seems really good itx case for $46-$50 (I already have an ITX MoBo) - but for a first time builder on a budget, would you recommend it?

Thanks and nice build! +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!

it seems really good itx case for $46-$50

I don't think you can get a better mini itx case for that amount of money. I would recommend an SFX modular PSU.. Cable management is not going to be the easiest. Also I went ahead and bought demcifilters for all my intakes including the psu as this case only has a decent filter on bottom and the one on front is crap. Other than that you can do so much inside this case.. Anything you want to know, just let me know.. :)

Your other option is the define nano but its going to be larger.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Since I'm on a budget - I got an EVGA 500W, and in HardwareCanucks' review they showed it being quite easy to manage all the extra cables vertically near the PSU.

Also, can you link me to those filters? and how many 120mm fans would you recommend?

Thanks! :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought them from amazon as this ppl are located in Africa so shipping adds a lot.

Bought this one for my psu and front 80mm filter

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JJ7OWC6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

BOught the square for the front 80mm filter (not available now :( ) There is a round one...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003U3VT4A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/DEMCiflex-Computer-Standard-80mm-Round/dp/B003R19AL4/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1491220801&sr=1-1&keywords=demciflex+80

I think two 120mm fans will be fine. You can use one on bottom to cool the gpu and one on top. Depending on your gpu (mine is a mini itx version so its thicker), you might need a slim 120mm.

I got an EVGA 500W, and in HardwareCanucks' review they showed it being quite easy to manage all the extra cables vertically near the PSU.

You know that this case requires the power connector on PSU to be in a specific location and orientation. If you are having issues, you will need to purchase this extension.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B2C19D2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the links! I have a realitively small GPU (1050 ti) so I do think that the 120 on top and bottom are a good idea.

Also, the 500W does work with the QBX.

I don't think i'll be using a front 80mm, so do I need any filters for the 120mms?

Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

THe bottom already has a good filter and on top youll be exhausting so no need for a 120mm filter. If psu is intaking from the back, then it would be a good idea to put a filter on psu. I believe your psu has a 120mm fan so get a filter for that fan.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

LIKE

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How much clearance is there on the side panel? Would you be able to have a 120mm fan there as well as the Noctua NH D9L cooler?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I measure the distance from top of NH-U9s which is 125mm to the inner panel (where you mount fan) and its around 9.5mm. So if you used the NH-D9l which is 110mm, there would be space to use a 15mm slim fan and you would still have around 9mm between the heatsink and the fan.I dont think you can fit a 25mm thick fan.... The noctua 120mm slim fan is a great choice if you decide on using one on inner panel :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for doing this - it is really appreciated. I am trying to find a decent cpu cooler for my i5 8600k. I am currently using a Cryorig C7 low profile cooler and to be honest it does a pretty good job but is not really meant for overclocking. I'm running at 4.8 Ghz at 1.25V and can pass every stress test except Prime 95 which fails due to high temps. Yes, I could just lower the overclock but instead I'm looking for a new cooler. Based on the info you've supplied I might go with the NH-D9l and try and fit a low profile side fan, or just leave the fan out and try the Cryorig M9i. Thanks again.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for doing this - it is really appreciated.

You are more than welcome! :)

You can also go with noctua NH-U9s which is a great cooler. Another option would be to install a second fan on the NH-D9L.... The M9i would be a cheaper alternative to the NH-U9s (still not a bad choice).

The best cooler measuring 125mm would be the Alpenföhn - ATLAS. It was available on ebay, for around 70 IIRC but now I think its only available in Europe. Its a beast of a cooler (dissipates around 200 watts).

https://www.alpenfoehn.de/en/products/cpu-cooler/atlas

Other option would be the discontinued and extremely hard to find Noctua NH-C14 (non S version) which would be 130mm with a 120mm fan mounted on top. If you can get your hands on any of this two coolers.... :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Noctua coolers seem to the best but are twice as expensive as the M9. On a side note, have you ever thought about trying water cooling in your case? I read somewhere that a AOI with 120mm radiator might be an option for the QBX case.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I never tried watercooling on this case as I don't use 120mm rads unless really necessary. But you can mount one over the motherboard. You can even mount a 240mm radiator on inner panel as long you don't use it to mount disks. Cougar specifies that you can only use one 120mm fan with the 240mm radiator on motherboard side, but if you use a SFX psu, im pretty sure two fans will fit. I did measure the distance between the psu and inner panel and IIRC it fits. Worst case scenario would be using a slim 120mm fan. That would work if you are using M2 drives and installing drive on back panel.

  • 52 months ago
  • -1 points

I feel like you might bottleneck the CPU and the GPU with this combo. Overall good build

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

How so? Both are excellent, with the only disadvantage being the locked CPU. The 960 isn't too far off from a 970 and you should be able to max many game's settings with it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel the 2gb 960 will bottleneck the 4690. The 4gb model probably will not though. The 2gb model just isn't strong enough

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

the i5 will not bottleneck any high end graphics card. The GTX 960 is perfectly fine for what I play and I'm very happy with it. Though I wouldn't recommend getting the 4gb version, because of what you said..

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I wished! :)

But as i mentioned

Because this is just an update to the case and cooler, I left all original parts at 0.00

My older build has the prices i paid for all parts except the cooler with fan and hyperX SSD which i already had from an older build.

But i do wish all this parts had been free! :)

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

instead of just look at cool pictures....

Thanks! :)