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"Saiyra" -- NCase M1 X99 Watercooled Build Log

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EDIT: This first section below is what the original post was, then as the parts came in and material altered I started changing the list. I also started changing my plans, wants, and needs from the PC. So, I hope you enjoy the ride.

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Hello everyone. I'm looking to build a new PC after the "death" of my last system. I'll get more in depth as I go, but basically I'm looking for suggestions of a few parts configurations.

Let me start with the main uses of my build, a well as note-worthy peripherals that may effect parts recommendations. Mainnly, this will be photo editing machine. Some gaming, typically single player flight games, racing games, and 1st/3rd person adventure games. My display resolution will be 3,440 x 1,440. I have a USB DAC and headphone amplifier, so I have good external sound.

Now I'm trying to decide between three configurations. I'll list them, and why they are listed with their parts.

Configuration 1:
- Intel i7-4790K ($340)
- Corsair Dominator 2x 8GB DDR3 1,600MHz
- ASUS Maximus VI Impact Z87
- Intel 730 Series 480 GB SSD
- Western Digital 3TB 7,200 RPM (x2, $150)
- ASUS GTX 970 Mini ($350)
- SilverStone SX-500G-L 500 Watts
- 2x Noctua S12B Redux PWM 120mm ($30)
- 2x Noctua 9B Redux PWM 92mm ($20)
- Noctua NH-D9L
- Panasonic SlotLoad BD Drive ($70)

As you see, only some parts are listed with prices. Everything that has a price is what I'd need to purchase. Some items, such as my motherboard, SSD, and one HDD, are being RMA'd. This is a rather economical option, and slight upgrade to my previous build.
(Previous was i5-4590S, 2x8GB, GTX 670, 480GB SSD, one 3TB HDD.) For the coming configurations, I'll only list what parts would be different from Configuration 1.

Configuration 2:
- Intel i7-6700K ($420)
- 2x 16GB DDR4 (Brand, speed, and latency all undetermined.) ($200-$250)
- ASUS Maximus VIII Impact Z17K ($220)

Basically what Configuration 1 is, but with the new 1151 socket/standards. A little less economical, as it would basically be a whole new build.

Configuration 3:
- Intel i7-59(30K/60X) ($500-$1,000)
- 2x 16GB DDR4 (Brand, speed, and latency all undetermined.) ($200-$250)
- ASRock X99 ITX ($240)

Clearly the most expensive, but among the best performance. And "moar cores."

So basically, I'm asking for which of the three would you guys recommend for my useage? Money isn't particularly and issue, but I'd prefer to spend less. Once I settle on parts, I'll do a build log.

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EDIT: CURRENT PARTS:
- NCase M1
- ASRock X99e-ITX/ac
- Intel i7 (Broadwell-E)
- 2x G. Skill 8GB 2,400MHz 15-15-15-35 (2x 16GB if Broadwell-E i7 supports it.)
- Intel 730 Series 480GB
- Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2/NVMe SSD
- Western Digital Black 6TB HDD
- LGGA31N slot-loading CD-DVD read/write drive
- NVidia GTX 980
- SilverStone SX-500G-L 500W
- Sleeved cables for ease of work/airflow
- Noctua NH-D9DX i4 cooler
- 2x Noctua NF-A9 92mm, Noctua NF-A9x14, 1x Noctua NF-S12A 120mm


The change to a 980 was made after the original plan to fit the two HDD's where I desired was scrapped due to fitment issue.

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Update 3/4/2016: I seem to have let my self go and decided to go "all out" on this build, as opposed to just something small, fast and reliable. The current hardware is definitely nice, and performs decently. On stock clocks, my i7-5820K idles around 25C, and never runs over 45C. My GTX 980 on the other hand, has seen temperatures upwards of 80C on load, while idling around 35C. I know this isn't a "bad" or unsafe temperature, but I think we can do better. And will! biggrin.gif With the addition of the custom cooling loop, which is mostly confirmed now, I'll be adding some very good cooling and possible over-clocking.

More RAM will be added, and I'm waiting announcement of Broadwell-E still. I'm considering doing an NVMe drive, but not sure between the Samsung 950 Pro, or the Intel 750 series. I'm also waiting to see when the next generation of NVidia GPU's will be launched, buying the blocks and making that part of the system. I may consider upgrading to Corsair's new "Corsair SF600," a very promising 600W SFX power supply. Lastly, for this update, I'll be changing my case panels to silver and possibly doing LED fans on the 240mm radiator to shine through the side of the case.

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Update 03/05/2016: I've finalized all parts of the water cooling loop, with the current hardware, and it's theme. I'm also considering painting the heatsinks on my motherboard to a very dark red, as well as being extremely careful to paint the memory slots on my motherboard. Lastly, I'm adding a poll for fan recommendations for the radiators.

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Update 03/07/2016:
I've called around a bit, and with the help of Philson Inc in Watertown Connecticut, I'll be re-finishing my heatsinks to anodized silver. I've contacted a few PC modders to help with the advent of case windows. I'm considering Pasqual when it releases, still, and considering upgrading to a Corsair SX600 to free up some space and handle stronger GPU's. I'd also be getting sleeved cables, or making my own, for the power supply.

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Update 3/21/2016:
"I've ordered several components of the loop, so it's begun! To start with, I ordered my CPU block, Narrow ILM adapter, some fittings, the radiator, and the Thermaltake Riing 12 256c fans for the radiator. I'll be testing fitment, and making some fine tune adjustments as I order the parts. I may order the Corsair SF600 with my next batch of loop parts, as well." I've ditched the idea for the Samsung 950 Pro SSD, as I've heard of thermal throttling limitations, and some other issues I wouldn't like to have. Looking into doing my own wires for the SF600, as in sleeving them. They don't have resistors in the cables like some of the RM series from Corsair do. But they do have paralleled wiring which may cause an issue when sleeving. When I go to do the install of the liquid cooling components, I'll have my heatsinks re-anodized then, which the PC has some down time.

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Update 3/26/2016:
I had to re-order some materials from EKWB, and decided to just order a crap-ton of stuff at once. I've changed the plan once more, for the fans, to the LinusTechTips edition of Noctua's NF-F12's. When the tear-down commences for the build, I'll get my heatsinks re-anodized in silver, then attempt to paint the RAM slots. All that's left for the watercooling loop is the reservoir and pump top. Then, just waiting for other parts to release so they can be added in, and the planned window mods.

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Update 3/31/2016:
Preparing for heatsink re-anodization, and water cooling! As well as a PSU change and new cables.
Edited by Sazexa - 3/31/16 at 7:22pm
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I just built the following system into an NCASE M1 V4:

ASRock X99 ITX
Intel Xeon E5-2676 V3(12-core, 2.4-3.0ghz) - Was going to be a 5820k but got a killer deal
Noctua NH-C14 (+necessary Narrow ILM kit from Noctua)
2x 16GB Crucial DDR4-2133 ECC RAM
Silverstone SX-600
MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G
1TB Sandisk Extreme Pro SATA SSD


I went with X99 because of how versatile the LGA2011-3 socket is. So many CPUs from the 5820k/5960x to the entire Xeon line with up to 18 cores per chip, all the way to supporting Intel's next gen Xeons and enthusiast stuff this coming year. This machine is being used for Premiere Pro / After Effects, some photo editing, Davinci, and gaming. I was concerned that my killer-deal Xeon's lower clockspeed would hurt my gaming performance, but I seem to be doing just fine with Battlefront at 4K, maxed out, with SweetFX postprocessing for that realism. I figure if it gives me trouble, pick up something overclockable in the future.


If you go X99, just get a 5820k if you don't want to get the 5960X. The 5930k isn't worth the extra PCI-E lanes it offers because you only have one PCI E slot, and the clock speed can be effortlessly achieved and surpassed with an overclock.


Any sort of postproduction workflow will benefit from the power, but it really depends if you're willing to spend for the X99 stuff. It'll be a marginal if any improvement at all with gaming, but I always do like to overbuy and set up systems with a forseeable future of new chips ahead of them so I can keep them in service as long as possible.

Make sure to do your research on ITX X99 coolers because you need something Narrow ILM compatible, and the bundled cooler with the ASRock is terrible and sounds like a jet engine at idle.
Edited by fs454 - 12/27/15 at 10:22pm
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That's news to me about upcoming 2011-3 chips. I'll keep that in mind. I'll probably go with X99 in that case. To use all my fans I may need to use a Y-splitter with the ASRock board. Perhaps my NH-D9L's 92mm and the exhaust 92mm split on the CPU header, and the two intake 120mm's split on a chasis header.
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Update; the build specs have been finalized to the list below.

- NCase M1
- ASRock X99e-ITX a/C
- Intel i7 (Broadwell-E)
- 2x G. Skill 8GB 2,400MHz 15-15-15-35 (2x 16GB if Broadwell-E i7 supports it.)
- Intel 730 Series 480GB
- 2x Western Digital Caviar Black 3TB
- Panasonic slot-loading Blu-Ray Drive
- GPU To Be Determined, deciding between R9 Nano and GTX 970 Mini
- SilverStone SX-500G-L 500W
- Sleeved cables for ease of work/airflow
- Noctua NH-D9DX i4 cooler
- 2x Noctua A9 92mm, NF S12A 120mm, Noctua NF-F12 120mm

I may go with an i7-5930K, if I can find one on sale for the same price as the 5820K. Parts will be arriving soon, and the build log will be posted.

EDIT: I over looked a slight detail; though I can buy 16GB sticks of memory, I believe with my processor I will only be able to support 8GB over one stick. So, instead, final listing for the build, we're changing the 2x G. Skill 16GB 2,400 MHz 15-15-15-35 to 2x 8GB sticks of the same speeds and latency.

EDIT #2: I've seen confirmation of Broadwell-E for LGA 2011-v3; and I'll get one of those CPU's. I'm unsure of which for now. If the i7 Broadwell-E supports 16GB per single channel, I'll change over to that. I'm also considering an R9 Nano over the GTX 970 Mini. Still have some deciding to do.
Edited by Sazexa - 1/9/16 at 9:46am
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Any update. I'm considering a build similar to this.
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Any update. I'm considering a build similar to this.

Not yet. I've ordered the board, RAM, PSU, and one of the fans. Waiting for the case to arrive. And waiting for some products to come back on RMA, as well as Broadwell-E's release. Supposedly in Q1 2016.
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Due to some... Complications I didn't foresee regarding compatibility, the following things have been replaced:

- GPU decided on EVGA GTX 980
- Both 120mm fans will be Noctua NF S12A
- Blu-Ray Drive changed to regular CD-DVD Read/Write slot-loading (LG GA31N)

My layout has also changed slightly. I originally, after seeing a picture from ChipHell, had planned to mount the 3.5" cage on the chasis floor. They must have missed the case to make it fit some how. So instead I'll place the HDD's on the side of the case. A friend is selling me his GTX 980 at the price of $300, so, I will use that until I feel a need to upgrade. The GPU will have direct air from one of the NF S12A's into the card's blower. The CPU heatsink and board will have the same cooler, with a NF S12A blowing directly over them. The two 92mm's, one on heatsink and one exhaust, should hopefully keep the CPU cooler or within range I'd like. Worst case scenario I change to one HDD, and maybe set up a NAS.

I've also added in to the parts list a Samsung 950 Pro M.2/NVMe SSD. It might not be in the initial build, but I'd like to use the M.2 slot. I just need a particular use to justify the drive.
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So, I have some (rather crappy) phone pictures. Once she's done and assembled I will post real photos from my camera.



After a bit of layout and cable management.


Rear I/O


And lastly, and probably most importantly to this post, the side panel. I'm considering doing a custom mode to this side panel, to basically implement a window under the mesh grills. The window would show off the GPU, and if I do implement this, I may add an NZXT Hue+ into the system for LED's. It's be quite a nice addition, but I need to make sure I have all the material and tools for what I'd like to do.
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So, I have some (rather crappy) phone pictures. Once she's done and assembled I will post real photos from my camera.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
After a bit of layout and cable management. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Rear I/O Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

And lastly, and probably most importantly to this post, the side panel. I'm considering doing a custom mode to this side panel, to basically implement a window under the mesh grills. The window would show off the GPU, and if I do implement this, I may add an NZXT Hue+ into the system for LED's. It's be quite a nice addition, but I need to make sure I have all the material and tools for what I'd like to do. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Looks good! Did you find out what the maximum capacity of ram that proc takes? I want 32gb if I get that board.
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Looks good! Did you find out what the maximum capacity of ram that proc takes? I want 32gb if I get that board.

Thanks! Yeah, so, it does support 32GB, but you need a Xeon CPU, or server-grade CPU. At least with the current i7 5820K/5930K/5960X. I'm still waiting for news on that with the newer LGA 2011-3 i7's. I'll let you know if I hear anything.
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