Alright, here we go. One semi-complete build-log and post-mortem.
To start, the NCase M1. This is a tiny work of brilliant engineering. I know that there are smaller out there now, but everything about this case is amazing. Here she is all stripped down…
And with the power supply installed. These SFX guys are TINY. Pictures don’t do them justice, honestly. This also lets you see my very first dilemma of the build; the power cable is facing the wrong direction. Sadly, the replacement cable isn’t in stock at the moment, so I got a little creative with the routing. That will get fixed at some point in the future.
The only thing I pre-installed was the RAM, and even that ended up being less than ideal. I had to pop it out to get the front header cables plugged in properly. The clearances on this case are really small, with barely enough room between the RAM and power supply to route the top MB power.
This is after I got the headers plugged in. You can see the mess that will be cable management once I get to that point in the build.
Here she is with CPU and cooler installed. This is the first time I’ve used a Noctua cooler, and I don’t think I’ll even use anything else. The mounting kit is rock solid, the fans were easy to add, and the thing is absolutely silent at idle. You can also see my temporary cable management, just to make sure that nothing is interfering with the CPU intake.
Sadly, that is where we are currently on hold. Amazon lost/destroyed/never had my video card, to the point where they’ve just refunded me. Maybe something amazing will happen and it will be sitting on my porch when I get home Sunday, but I highly doubt it. My best option seems to be Microcenter, who has the MSI in stock for a reasonable price, so I may just run there Monday. In the mean time, I’m going to work on getting my old PC cleaned up and organized so it will be ready for my next project. It doesn’t seem worth it to drop my 760 in just to leave town for the weekend.
Follow up will happen next week once I can get my new card and see what this puppy can really do.
Original build discussion thread can be found here.