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The SubZer0 NanoS

by dab88


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Date Published

Dec. 22, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.759 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.416 GHz


Here's my old PC: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/gYKs8K which I built in the summer of 2013 to play & record Just Cause 2 Multiplayer. I played a lot with a friend of mine, SubZer0. He was very excited to play Just Cause 3 Multiplayer being created by the nanos team https://nanos.io. Unfortunately my PC was struggling to keep up and I had to limit game time due to very high temperatures so I didn't get to play with him very much. I figured it was no big deal as I'd get to play with him in the future and building a new PC could wait.

He passed away in October.

It was very shocking at the time and affecting me a great deal. Ultimately I came to the conclusion that I didn't want to be hindered in the potentially fun online experiences I could have, just because I was reluctant to upgrade. It was time to build a new PC and embrace the future...

Enough juice to play Just Cause 3 Multiplayer and stay cool throughout was the priority (hence the name)

The past two months putting this PC together has been a mixture of apprehension, excitement, guilt, stress and just about every other emotion you could list. Actually building the PC was relatively easy with very few problems. I think building it over an extended period of time (2 months) and the detailed planning (many pcpartpicker revisions, watched youtube video and articles read) helped everything go smooth. It's finally finished though and the overwhelming reaction is relief! It's done and all that's left to do is await the release of JC3MP. I will be playing with the memory of SubZer0 and a smile on my face :D

Part Reviews


I briefly considered the i5-6600k but decided to go top of the range since I probably won't be upgrading the CPU in the future

CPU Cooler

This purchase was entirely motivated by price as it was quite cheap at the time. The cooler uses 2x older 3pin NH-P12 fans so I decided to remove these and replace with one Noctua NF-F12 PWM fan. Sold the others on ebay which brought down the cost of the cooler further


It was a toss up between this, the Asrock or MSI Z170 boards. Went for the Asus for the superior sound chip and the power delivery system


More is better, right? 32Gb might be a bit overkill but the motherboard only has two slots and I'm sure I can find a use for it (RAMdrive, VMs etc)


Got the SSD on an Amazon lightning deal and can't complain


HDD from old build. Still works great

Video Card

Probably the most highly over engineered 1080 on the market at the moment and I managed to pick up the premium version for the same price as the regular meaning I get a free mouse pad and can sell the SLI bridge


This build started at the end of October in 2016 as I purchased the case. I went for the Fractal Nano S as I used Fractal before but wanted something with better cooling than my last itx build but with something that still had a small footprint

Power Supply

I picked up PSU from Amazon as it was at least £15 cheaper than anywhere else. Its low profile works really well in this case and gives more room for the GPU to breathe. I also picked up the SilverStone SFX to ATX PSU Converter to add another rear air vent and further increase the available space between PSU and GPU. I had to pick up some of the PSU extension cables as they do not reach in this case without them (thanks to others on PCPartPicker for giving me a heads up about this!)

Operating System

I didn't really fancy upgrading to win10 so stuck with 8.1

Case Fan

Replacement PWM fan for the cpu cooler. Quiet and efficient

Case Fan

Replacement PWM fan for the case. Quiet and efficient

Case Fan

Replacement PWM fan for the case. Quiet and efficient


2560x1440 resolution, 144Hz with G-sync. Ticks all the boxes and looks great


Cheap and cheerful. Still working fine from my previous build and I don't use m/kb to game so it'll last until I decide top get something new


Bargain deal from amazon getting these for only £30!

External Storage

External HDD from my old build. Works fine

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enewtabie 4 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Have the same monitor. Great monitor. Nice build

Snikpoh 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

I second that. Great monitor

dab88 submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

thanks man, honestly the only regret is the gpu. Going back I would go for a cheaper 1070 and upgrade again in the future but hey, mistakes are to be learned from :)

VoxBarbarian 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Only upgrades I can see here would be to grab a liquid cooler and higher wattage PSU for some temp and wattage headroom if you decide to overclock in the future.

Great build otherwise, a great tribute. RIP.

dab88 submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

liquid coolers don't really appeal to me but you're right about the SPU and OC'ing. There is a m.2 slot I'll try to take advantage of in the future and maybe ditch the loud and large hdd. Thanks for the message

Vmarinx 2 points 23 months ago

Hey man, I'm sorry for your loss

Can you please post some screenshots of GPU temperature?

Nice build. I got an asus strix and I'm concerned about GPU temperatures having the GPU so close to the PSU

Mar5Kid 2 points 23 months ago

I have most of my parts ready and awaiting mobo. After extended research I decided to opt to buy Corsair SF450 SFX PSU that is only 63mm tall as opposed to 85mm on standard ATX. Almost inch of breathing space for Gfx card. This is more Important for people who invested in a non blower style Gfx card. I'm hoping buy extra 140mm fan so that there are two front intakes and possibly additional 120mm for bottom intake if temps are still an issue. GL.

dab88 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

good choice on the sfx format psu. That should take away any of your concerns about airflow. Good luck with the build :)

Vmarinx 2 points 23 months ago

By the way did you use the 8 pin EPS extender for the PCIe power cables? It seems is not really needed cause the distance for PSU to the GPU is not long .

Thanks mate

dab88 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I used one 8pin EPS for the motherboard (in addition to the 24pin). I just used the psu connector for the GPU because as you say, the distance is much shorter and no extension is required.

Vmarinx 2 points 23 months ago

Got it, thanks bud

Vmarinx 1 point 23 months ago

Same here. I m thinking on going with a kraken x61 located at the front, plus 2x140mm fans for intake

dab88 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I added a picture of usage and temps while running Just Cause 3 at max setting 60fps and 1440p resolution. tbh it's the cpu temps that bother me more than the gpu!

Mar5Kid 2 points 23 months ago

Are those temps on graph with CPU at non overclock speed of 4.0 ?

If so something terribly wrong and I suspect it's the contact between the cooler and CPU that is bad. Remove it, clean it and reseat it after applying decent thermal paste such as MX4. The noctua' sown shouldn't be too bad.

Maybe you put too much of the paste which is just as bad as too little. Ensure cooler nuts are equally tightened all around to keep pressure balanced.

I'm in process of building similar setup although with 6600K CPU & 1070 card. Everything is ready to be built apart from Mobo. I was looking to buy the same mobo as you but have instead decided to wait a little longer and see if their will be an offering of the z270 ITX mobo shortly. I'm going to feel gutted if the following week I buy the z170 a superior z270 mobo is released. GL

dab88 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

yeah everything is at stock speeds. I thought cpu temps were a little on the high side myself but nobody else I've spoken to seems bothered. I tried reseating the cooler but it didn't seem to make any difference. Maybe the noctua paste isn't up to scratch or these temps are to be expected. I'm not sure when there is conflicting advice

Mar5Kid 2 points 23 months ago

What did you use to stress the CPU and get those temp?

A friend is getting around 67max on i7 7600k OC 4.5 using Noctua 120mm when playing most curent games at 1440P max settings eg. Battlefield 1 & GTA V.

dab88 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

as previously mentioned I was running Just Cause 3. I've looked around and it seems the normal operating range for Core temperature is as follows:

  • 80C Hot (100% Load)
  • 75C Warm
  • 70C Warm (Heavy Load)
  • 60C Norm
  • 50C Norm (Medium Load)
  • 40C Norm
  • 30C Cool (Idle)
  • 25C Cool

Edit: I did some checks and it seems my bios was running a voltage of 1.32 when default is 1.2. I turned off the auto setting and I'm idling at 25 now

brendo_87 2 points 23 months ago

Hi mate very nice build! I am also interested in GPU temps. I cannot see the pic with temperatures mentioned ?

dab88 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Hi sorry I had to re-run the test as my motherboard had automatically raised the cpu voltage meaning the whole system was running hot. I've fixed the issue, re-ran the same gaming test (Just Cause 3 at max setting 1440p resolution and fixed to 60 fps) and added a picture with results. The GPU runs at a steady 48-49 degrees when idle and goes up to 60 under load. The CPU idles around 28-30 degrees and goes up to about 50 under load.

brendo_87 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks for the quick reply, those temps are great! I think I will try with the Be Quiet! Dark Rock CPU cooler and see if I can get the CPU even lower ready for OC.

SHMOB 1 point 19 months ago

Nice build! I have the same case and manage to build my first computer, but the question is how did connect all the fans on the motherboard?

dab88 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I used a splitter cable (which came spare with the pwm cpu fan I bought) to run both of the front fans from the same header