Welcome to my Ncase M1 build. This project came after many years of waiting to join the HEDT club. My previous builds in the M1 had a 4790k/1080 and then a 7700k/1080ti until I finally settled with the 7900x/1080ti.
Let's go over the part list.
Ncase M1 - I've been building in M1's for a few years now and I know everything there is to know about their setup when it comes to air cooling. I did the Optimum Tech TG side panel mod originally, but ended up buying the OEM TG side panels in both black and silver so I have two outfits for her. I had the glass tinted 35% at a local shop to be a bit more unique.
7900x - I was tossing back and forth for months on whether or not I should get the 7900x and I finally pulled the trigger. I'm really sad that I waited. It's everything I dreamed of and more. No regrets at all.
NH-C14s - I tried the D9L, U9S and original C14 before thinking, "you know what, yolo, I bet I can get this to work." Yeah that was dumb. It works, but there were many challenges that it created. The PSU can not be mounted in the stock position. The right daughterboard that houses the sata connections and usb 3.0 need special cables. The right angle sata was easy to find, but that usb 3.0 header adapter is a biiiiitch. First I ordered a 90-degree adapter but that conflicted with the fan. Then I purchased a thin slim connector and it was doa. Now I am on my third thin slim connector and I'm waiting to see if it works. The cooler does a pretty good job considering what I'm asking it to do. Note: The fan has to be blowing towards the glass for best results.
Der8aur Direct Die Frame - I haven't ever seen anyone else use it, let alone in an M1 on air. It's super easy to use and install. Note: Do not use any of the thermal adhesive stickers on the back. It messes with the mounting height too much from my experience.
X299E-ITX - I'm shocked at all the features they put on this board. It's one of my favorite parts of the build.
RAM - As soon as I saw the x299-itx board debut in 2017 I literally bought the first 32gb sodimm DDR4 ram I could find. It sat in my office for almost a full year before I used it. Lucky me, because prices skyrocketed shortly after that. I can OC this to 3000mhz.
960 Pro - The form factor is great and so are the speeds.
850 Pro - I had this for my previous builds. It works great, just wish it didn't require cables.
1080 Ti - I was totally fine with the stock cooler on this card, but out of boredom I decided to do the Accelero mod. I hated all the pictures of people with the stock VRM and memory chip heatsinks on theirs cards so I went about installing the stock EVGA cold plate. People on [H] quickly referred me to an Optimum Tech video where he shows it's not possible because of screw holes on the plate that interfere with the Accelero. Fair enough. I grabbed some sheers and cut them off. I also cut a vertical heat pipe in half because it was hitting the Accelero sink. After some vigorous filing and a bath to remove the metal shavings, I had a cold plate that would work with the Accelero. I threw on some TG Minus 8 pads and now it runs slightly cooler than it did with the stock fans.
SFX-800-LTI - I tried an SF600 but turns out I pull around 750 watts under full OC load so I killed the Corsair unit. This 800 watt unit doesn't flinch though. The stock cables sucked so I grabbed some from cablemod after trying and failing to make my own custom cables.
Noctua Fans - Because they're the best you can buy. Please Noctua, make your new NF-A12's in black.
The rest of the parts list is all there too. Down to the fan filters, anti vibration mounts, grommet blanks, anti vandal switch and heat shrink tubing.
Let's talk about the CPU overclock and temps. I use a 46 multiplier with voltages on auto. Long and short duration power limits set to max and LLC 2 on a scale from 1-5. This basically gives me a ten core 4.6GHz 6700k. Still a mighty gaming processor to this day. High IPC and clock speed is very important for games and I am happy that this chip can handle it. That being said, real talk for a moment, the cooler isn't sufficient to cool during encoding. I have to use Intel Extreme Utility and reduce all cores down to 3.3GHz and it hits 75C. Very toasty but it still works! Plus, ten cores at 3.3GHz still encodes faster than 6 cores at 5.2GHz. Interesting thing to note, if I remove the TG side panel and top panel my temps drop 20C!
This build is the end of the road for my M1. I'm not going to do anything else to it other than tear it down. I plan on doing a build in the Chimera Mach One when it is released so stay tuned for a custom itx loop.
Thanks for taking the time to view my build. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to write something below. I read them all.