I've been looking forward to this one for a while now. Unlike some of my previous builds this one should be pretty much stress free (fingers crossed). It's not a competition entry with a deadline, it's not a buddy build, nor a personal rig upgrade leaving me living off a test bench until complete. This one is a goody, a new LAN rig, in a chassis I'm super excited to build in. With no end date *cough* i60 LAN in April *cough*, so come along and enjoy the journey.
This is a sponsored project, for which I'm hugely grateful! Massive thanks go out to NFC Systems for their support, E22 for once again showing their faith in my work and indeed Gigabyte for taking the risk and hooking me up.
- INTEL CORE i5 - 6600K CPU
- HYPERX FURY DDR4 2400MHZ 16GB (2X8GB) RAM
- GIGABYTE GA-Z170N GAMING 5 MOBO
- GIGABYTE GTX 1060 ITX OC 6G GPU
- SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2-2280 250GB NVMe SSD
- HDPLEX Hi-Fi 250W DC-ATX PSU
- NOCTUA NH-L9i COOLER
- 2X SCYTHE KAZE JYUNI SLIM 2000RPM
- NFC SYSTEMS S4 MINI CUSTOM CHASSIS
After my beloved Parvum Veer (MODZERO FOUR) took a savage thieving (of it's mod cubes) in order to complete my Thermaltake UK modders trophy 2016 entry I was left without my LAN buddy. That was back in late April. I'm pretty sure I'd seen the NFC PURIEL build someplace and went in search of more information. That took me to YouTube and there I met the S4 Mini.
Once MODZERO OCTO was finished I kept coming back to that S4 Mini I'd seen. That ultimately led me to these forums, which have quickly become my favorite forum hang out. With the ITX 1060 cards being a confirmed fit It was time to get cracking.
I'd contacted Josh about sending me the S4 Mini with the panels bare (I've got some phone camera shots I'll upload at some point). At the time, very day I was driving past a BMW garage and had found a liking for some of their blues. A BME M4 in ESTORIL BLUE to be exact. The more I saw of it the more I liked it. From the chromed trim accents to the deep red of the rear light housing, I liked how the black of the grill contrast against the blue metallic paint work. The actual paint work was done by B-Negative (Top UK modder) and he nailed it! Thanks buddy! I left the panels to truly harden then went about giving it a cut and polish. I had the color I wanted, so that was it, I'd base my S4 Mini around the aspects of the BMW M4 I liked.
THE NFC SYSTEMS S4 MINI
I've loads of photos of the case, but I'll restrain from flooding my first log post with them. I love this chassis! Everyone here is familiar with it already and I'm sure you'll agree.
This way up?
Or this way?
I think I'm leaning toward the second, there are vents under the Alu wrap-around and as we know, heat rises. With the GPU being that end of the case, I think I may see some performance gains in this rotation?
You can just about make out the vents under the Alu panel (..and see where I may need to get some 2400 grit paper or a better buffing compound).
As the build progresses I'll dive inside the chassis and show some of that, I may take a second pass at the cut and polish as I think there are areas for improvement.
Outside of the custom paint work and sleeved cables I plan to make some modifications to how both the CPU & GPU are cooled and try my hand with some other materials to help make some of the internals really pop.
Thanks for check it out, hope you stick around and enjoy the log.