Description

This is my first time building a pc. My goals were to minimize noise and to be able to run AAA games at 60+fps with 1440p resolution. Shoutout to Jmauretti who had basically the exact same build but better looking, I inadvertently copied him.

PSU: Corsair 600w SFX. Didn't want to risk the noisy silverstone so went with corsair. The cables are annoyingly short so I had to buy an extension for the 24pin portion. Also, the Nano S is designed for an ATX psu so I had to buy an adapter, I recommend the Kingwin adapter over the silverstone one because it is cheaper and gives just a hair more space with the mounting setup.

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU is quite beefy, especially when OCed with the Kraken x61 cooler. I will upgrade to an i7 in the next go around. For now, I don't have to do any multi threaded tasks so there's no incentive to get i7.

CPU Cooler

I went with the kraken x61 because it had the biggest radiator and best reputation. The CAM software it uses is terrible, it crashes often and doesn't always properly control the LED on the pump. But when it works, it is nice to use. This cooler is top of the line and keeps my CPU chilly, I never have temperature issues. It also fits perfectly into the Nano S front section and leave about 1.5 cm between the 1070 and the rad. It's very quiet with the fans replaced.

Motherboard

This is a nice motherboard, the size is great and it as plenty of ports for all needs. Nothing to complain about.

Memory

Works great, 3200mhz is pretty damn quick.

Storage

The samsung 950 pro is an m.2 ssd and it is lightning fast. That's all I have to say, no issues just pure speed.

Video Card

I really liked the look of the MSI 1070 Pro Gaming X and it is very quiet, using only 2 large fans. I believe it has the best performance/noise ratio and is also one of the top 3 aftermarket 1070s available in terms of raw performance on benchmarking vids. The temperatures are great with the SFX PSU giving more room for the twin frozr fans to work in smallish setup.

Case

At first I wanted to do a small form factor build but I didn't want to spend the money on an Ncase or a Dan A4, which both also had long wait times for shipping. Instead, I decided to find a more mass produced case. The smallest case I liked that would still fit a 280mm radiator for a Kraken x61 was the Fractal Design Define Nano S. It also had dust filters and sound dampening lining which were all things I was looking for. Add a window panel on one side and for me this was the perfect case. The cable management is very easy with the included accessories.

Case Fan

I upgraded the radiator fans to the noctuas because they are quieter and more effective than the ones packaged with the cooler. I kept the 140mm fractal case fan both for aesthetics and because my case is generally pretty cool and that fan doesn't get spun too fast so it stays quiet. If I wanted to improve here I could get an airflow noctua to replace it and a 120mm airflow noctua for the bottom of the case to feed the 1070 more cool air. Doesn't seem worth the $35 though.

Monitor

Works great for 1080p but I plan on upgrading to a Dell 1440p/144hz TN panel soon.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

hey man, very nice build!

I had a couple questions. 1) What are your max temps on the GPU? 2) Do you think the SFX PSU is really needed / worth the money with this case?

I am in the progress of building my own rig and I'm getting the same case and probably same psu but was wondering if i could go for a cheaper ATX psu if the temps don't matter much anyway. Since this PSU will cost me 145 eu with an extention cable (15eu) and sfx to atx adapter (15eu).

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I was playing ARK at 'epic' or max settings in 1080p and it maxed out the gpu, 100% load, giving me about 30-33fps. The temp was steady at 69c to 70c even after 6 hours of nonstop playing. This was in OC mode (1.955ghz about) using the msi gaming app, no custom OC yet. I have never tried an atx psu and cannot speak on it. If you look at JMauretti's build on this website he has almost the exact same build as me and he said he tried an atx psu but it made his gpu temps way too high so he switched so a silverstone sfx psu. I agree that sfx psu are quite expensive and it is really lame that the cord is too short.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I was wondering about the PSU ATX 20+4 pin and ATX 4+4 pin connector lengths. From the pictures it looks like the 20+4 pin might just be able to reach the motherboard connector (through the right side of the case), might be just the perspective though. Have you tried if it reaches the motherboard? More importantly, did you need any extensions for the ATX 4+4 pin cable?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I did try however I could not get the 20+4 pin to connect without an extension. I did not need an extension for the 4+4 although it was not easy to do and the cord is quite taut.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, your build is awesome btw!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! But that monitor isn't 144hz...

do you have another one?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

No I am planning to upgrade in a few months, for right now it's just 1080p at 60hz you're right.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I see you managed to change the RGB LED on your GPU. Did it work right away, out of the box? I get an error when I try to open the MSI gaming app, so I can't change it.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it worked right out of the box for me and has never crashed. The rgb settings arent completely accurate imo, i selected FF0000 but it comes out a bit pinkish.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm planing a similar one and I'm wondering what temps you get on the 950 pro?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't tell the temp of the drive itself but my motherboard has three temperature zones and they sit at around 20-35c although one of the zones does sometimes get as hot as 40c.

Edit: I downloaded HWinfo64 to see the temperature of the ssd and I got 51c while playing overwatch.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Right now it's sitting at 26c. During normal 1080p 60fps gaming (dota 2, overwatch) it goes up a bit to the 30s but even after long sessions (4+ hours) it never goes above 45c. I haven't benchmarked or stress tested it yet because I am waiting for new cables. I am really pleased with the effectiveness of the x61, it might have been overkill for just a 6600k but it is super quiet with the Noctua fans (I didn't even try the stock fans).