Last year I decided to build a new PC. The last time I built a PC was 2005. It was a Shuttle XPC SB51G with a Pentium 4.
I found a case that I liked, the NZXT H1, but it initially had a well documented problem with catching fire when the poorly designed PCIe riser board short circuited to the chassis. I bought a H1 on eBay and NZXT eventually sent me the redesigned riser board. I mounted an EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Super graphics card on it and I haven’t had any problems with it.
NZXT has since come out with a version 2 of the H1 case that has a larger power supply and an additional coolling fan.
These are the components I used in the build.
- NZXT H1 case
- Intel® Core™ i7-11700K
- Asus ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1200 (Intel® 11th/10th Gen) mini-ITX gaming motherboard
- Samsung 980 PRO SSD 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe
- Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 32GB (16GBx2) CL16 BL2K16G32C16U4W (WHITE)
- EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Super SC Ultra Gaming 6GB GDDR6 06G-P4-1068-KR
- Seagate 5TB BarraCuda 5400 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5″ 15mm Laptop Internal Hard Drive ST5000LM000
The only mod that I made was to the SSD tray. I removed the tabs that held the 7mm drives so the tray could accommodate a 15mm laptop drive. I wanted a large amount of storage but I didn’t want to try to stuff a 3.5″ drive in the case.
Of course, I barely had the PC up and running and Alder Lake, the 12th generation of Intel Core processors, was released.