Blacked Out Ncase

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Blacked Out Ncase

Ok, I lied. It's not fully blacked out. The cables aren't fully black. But the point of this build was to black out the main components in the system in order to show off the beautiful cables done by u/pslate .

Some of the parts for this build were easy to obtain, such as the B450-I Strix , 1080 Ti Strix, G.Skillz Ripjaws V 2x16GB 3200 mhz, and the Corsair SF600. Other parts of this build such as the 2 Noiseblocker PE-P and 2 PL-PS fans and the Thermalright Macho 90 were very difficult and frustrating to obtain.

The Noiseblocker fans were always out of stock on Amazon for some reason and I couldn't really find them elsewhere, but I really wanted them because I wanted matching fans and Noiseblocker makes the best 92mm fully black fan that I know of.

The Macho 90 is a cooler that I really wanted to use due to its black finish on the top of the heatsink. I also wanted to use something besides the much beloved NH-U9S as I wanted my build to be somewhat unique. Sourcing this cooler in the US was an absolute pain in the ass due to the only supplier being Nan's Gaming Gear, which took my order for three weeks before refunding and saying they were out of stock. Being unable to find it in the US, I resorted to Aliexpress and ended up paying nearly double what its msrp is, but it was a part I wanted.

Many sites list it as incompatible with the Ncase, but I found that with the fan bracket removed, it still fits. Since I'm using a tempered glass side panel, it reduced clearance by 2mm, which still fit but one or two heatpipes would come in contact with the glass. A few love taps on the top of the heatpipes to flatten them a bit to not touch the glass (no Reddit, I did not burst the heatpipes. It still performs the exact same as it did before and after. Still don't recommend), and I had a cooler which sits very snugly inside the Ncase.

Building in the Ncase was a breeze, thanks in part to careful research in making sure the parts fit and pslate's amazing work. I have to say, with the tempered glass panel installed (not pictured due to an annoying glare that made it impossible to photograph), it looks magnificent.

The cpu cooler is massive and imposing, which while isn't to some people's taste, is something that I absolutely love. The 1080 Ti Strix is installed as a quick and dirty Accelero mod, which involved removing the fans and installing the bare heatsinked card with 2x120mm fans in exhaust under it.

While it was an absolute nightmare getting the giant card installed, I can absolutely recommend this mod for the Strix variant of the 1080 Ti, 1070 Ti, RX 580/590, Vega 56/64, and 2070 Ti, as they all use the same 2.5 slot heatsink design which shortens down to 2 slot heatsink upon removing the gpu fans. It doesn't void the warranty as the heatsink isn't removed and provides comparable temps to using an Accelero III. It also looks better (Accelero is ugly IMO) and provides better VRM cooling.

The pslate cables are really the highlight of this build and stand out in the dark background. There is no lighting in this build as I disabled all rgb, but I'm considering white led strips to give a underglow effect. Any suggestions on things to improve are always welcome, as this will always be a work in progress.
Color(s): Black Purple
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: none
Cooling: Air Cooling
Size: Mini-ITX
Type: General Build

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Hardware

CPU
$ 199.00
AMD - Ryzen 7 (2700X)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 8
Motherboard
$ 324.20
ASUS - ROG Strix Gaming (B450-I)
Chipset: B450
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: Mini-ITX
Memory
$ 171.92
G.Skill - Ripjaws V (3600MHz) (Black) (2x)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 16 GB
Graphics
ASUS - ROG Strix Gaming OC
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1080 Ti
Interface: PCIe x16
Storage
$ 197.99
Samsung - 960 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
PSU
$ 199.00
Corsair - SF600
Wattage: 600
Form Factor: SFX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
Ncases - NCase M1
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Solid
Case Fan
$ 50.00
Cooling
Thermalright - Macho 90
Type: Air Cooler
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