New Build, Ryzen + nVidia SFF


Dec 3, 2005
It's been almost eight years since my last build and it is time to build a new one. This time I plan to go even smaller having recently acquired an ncase M1. I'd love to get feedback from the community to sanity check the build and make sure I'm not doing something dumb here.

The plan is it use this for gaming and general multitasking/productivity.

The budget is ~$1800.

The game I play most currently is Apex Legends. I'd like to build system that can max out at 1440p and perform solidly at 4K.

My big lingering question is if I should bump up to a 2080 Super, but I'm curious about thermal performance if I do that given this is a SFF enclosure.

Parts List:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Walmart)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9S 46.44 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.95 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix B450-I Gaming Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB BLACK GAMING Video Card ($504.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NCASE M1 Mini ITX Tower Case (Purchased For $210.00)
Power Supply: Corsair SF 600 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Corsair)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A9 PWM 46.44 CFM 92 mm Fan ($17.96 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM 60.1 CFM 120 mm Fan ($31.69 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM 60.1 CFM 120 mm Fan ($31.69 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: *Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM 60.1 CFM 120 mm Fan ($31.69 @ Amazon)
Total: $1697.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
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Thanks all!


May 21, 2001
I watched this thread as I am going to build a similar system soon but with a regular mid tower ATX.

Someone answer this mans question! :)


Jan 20, 2012
While I don't have that exact setup myself, this person on Reddit built a 9900K, 2080 system in the Ncase M1. His GPU temps were around 73-74 while gaming. Assuming you choose a 2080 Super with a quality cooler, the temps would only be 5-6° hotter, so maybe 79-80°C tops. That's about the same thermal performance as you would see in a gaming laptop. It's not cool but certainly within normal operation boundaries.

You could repaste the GPU with a high performance TIM like Kryonaut for lowering the temps, but since removing the cooler voids the warranty this is not advisable. The best plan is undervolting the GPU so it runs cooler, but it's a tedious and time consuming process.

If you don't want to mess around with voltages then I guess you just accept that such a powerful card will be confined to a higher power and fan speed envelope in a SFF case like the M1. Or if your primary goal is cooler temps and lower acoustics, then you go with the less power hungry 2070.


[H]F Junkie
Jan 14, 2006
The NCase can work just fine, so long as you don't mind water cooling you GPU (or you can put-up with higher temperature / noise running stock). That is what SPCR had to do with theirs (and they used a power-sipping GTX 970)

Your 2070 Super uses 60w more, so instead of it being an option, it's almost a necessity. But I would try the build first with air cooling, and see if you can take the noise.
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