ncase M1

A build with the ncase M1; my first mini-ITX build without many compromises.

12mm Vandal Switch with white LED

Custom ATX cable 1

Custom ATX cable 2

Custom CPU cable

Custom PCI-E cable

Custom SATA cable 1

Custom SATA cable 2

Heatshrunk capacitor

Blanking plugs

Power cord layout

Replacement screws on rear

Motherboard screws

Custom SATA power cable

Custom ATX cable installed

Custom PCI-E cable installed

Case overview

VLP memory

Countersunk screw closeup

Flickr set


Part / Description Link
StarTech 45cm Rounded SATA cables link
New Power Button -12mm vandal switch w white LED link
HDD LED – Any flat topped white LED link
LED Clip – 5mm clip link
470uF Capacitor – I had 16ZLG470MEFC10X12.5 to hand NA
Almost any diode – I had 1N5817G to hand NA
Resistor between 600 – 1000 Ohms – I had a 680 Ohm to hand NA
Nitrile Rubber O-Ring 12mm x 1mm link
20mm 25mm rubber blanking plug link
M2.5 fibre washers (these are a tight / centred fit unlike the correct M3 fibre washers) link
M3 x 6mm Socket Countersunk – case screws link
M3 x 8mm Socket Flanged Button Screw – Motherboard and hard drive grommet screws link
M3 x 4mm Nylon sleeve / spacer for hard drive grommets link
M3 x 4mm Socket Button Screw – Bracket screws link
M3 x 4mm Low Head Cap Screw – Case screws link
Power supply cable / pins / connectors and removal tool link

20 thoughts on “ncase M1”

  1. I love the power switch. I’d love to do the same to my M1. Was it difficult to do? Did you really have to buy 100 of those 12mm switches from AliExpress?

  2. Very nice !

    May i ask for the lenghts of the cables if by any chance you have them?
    And how loaud is the PSU under load?
    Thank you.

    1. It’s a bit tricky to measure the lengths now they are in the case. The best way is to make one end up, plug it in it’s actual position and then form the cables to the correct path. Then you can cut / crimp to length.

      1. I understand no problem. I also ordered one.
        A few more questions.

        1.The motherboard is the Asus P8z77 ?
        2.And the cooler Noctua but what model? L12 ?
        3.And what temps do you have with your processor?

        Thank you again.

      2. No problem – I used the P8Z77-I DELUXE as I already had a i5-2500K. Again, I re-used the notcua NH-C12P but changed the fan for the bigger NF-A15 PWM. Current temperatures with ambient temps at 22.5C / desktop workload, CPU is at 42°C and system is 40°C but both fans are running below 600RPM.

  3. man this is amazing! do you have any more progress pictures of the power button/led mod? or any more completed pics?

    1. I’ll try and get some more up – but apart from the video and when its in pieces I have no others at the moment – waiting on a bigger light tent.

      1. Looking forward to it. I would love to know how that power button and activity light are done. its literally perfect. id seriously pay $5 for a guide to do it haha

      2. Was just wondering what voltage of the vandal switch you got? I am looking to get one to do this mod but dont know if i should get 3,6,12v? I am not worrying about the activity led at the moment, just the power button. I think the 3v would be best for connecting it to the power led pins on the motherboard correct?

      3. ok thanks. hopefully my 3v works, i dont know what resistor i would need and dont want to blow the led. brightness doesnt really matter as long as its not super dim. once i get this done ill give the activity led a shot. really looking forward to the more detailed pics! thanks

  4. I really like this mod and I’m also trying to do the hdd led like in the video, but I just cannot figure out how to place the led with the clip to get the same kind of light cone. Can anyone help?

  5. Hey Oliver, I also try to make a custom cable but something went wrong. Can you maybe post some details Offenbach the Pinout? However I don’t have the original cable…

  6. HI,

    Oliver can you please tell me what wires you connected for the power button. a bit dumb for the diagram you posted sorry.

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