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Review NR200P with ATX PSU and Full GPU

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Background
This is not really a complete review of the case (there are lots available), but rather my experience of building in it with an ATX PSU and full-length GPU (not that many available).

After getting some ITX bits I started looking for a case. I was searching for the smallest ITX case. Cases considered were Phanteks Evolv Shift 2, Phanteks P200A, Lian Li TU150,, NZXT H210 and CM NR200P. The idea of having to buy a ridiculously priced SFX/SFX-L PSU has been the main deterrent to getting the smaller ITX cases. The larger cases like the P200A or Enthoo Evolv are closer to micro-atx size cases which is both cheaper to buy and has the extra PCI-E slot so not a great deal.

CM to the rescue with the ATX bracket. The NR200P is a true ITX case and the option to use an ATX PSU sealed the deal for me. There weren't many resources showing how things would fit together and I scrolled through all the NR200P pages on PCPartPicker and couldn't find any with the ATX bracket.

Getting Started
I downloaded the ATX bracket from cooler master (ATX PSU Bracket on Egnyte) and started the print this morning.
Print information:
  • Printed inblack PLA
  • 205C nozzle and 45C bed temp
  • 0.32mm layer height
  • 60 mm/s print speed
  • 10.5-hour print
  • No supports
  • 180g of filament, according to CURA
  • Printed on Ender 3 V2


Building
Building in the NR200Pwas pretty uneventful. I first fitted the motherboard with cooler and then the PSU and finally GPU. Cable routing at the back was easier than expected. It looks as if the panels fit very closely to the motherboard support but there enough space to run the CPU and motherboard cables behind there. I was going to install 2.5" SSD's only but decided to install two NVMe's at the end. The motherboard cutout makes it very easy to access the slot behind the motherboard to install the second NVMe. The only item I had to go back on was the PSU bracket. You need to connect the kettle plug extender before mounting the PSU. With the high bracket I chose, you won't be able to get the plug-in after it's mounted. It's also easier with a modular PSU to use the slots closest towards the back. This has less interference with the GPU later on.


Completed
All in all, I'd definitely recommend it. The GPU I'm using is 280mm but I can see another 20mm available for a future upgrade.
Final Build Specs
  • Intel i7 8700
  • Gigabyte Z370N Wifi
  • 32GB XPG 3200 MHz Ram
  • CM Spectrum 212 Cooler
  • CM V850 PSU
  • CM NR200P
  • 256GB Samsung 970 Evo NVMe
  • 1TB Hikvision NVMe
  • 256GB Samsung EVO pro SSD
  • Gigabyte GTX1070 G1 Gaming
Some pics of the Case compared to the 465X I was using and closeups of the bracket.
 

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Does the ram obstruct the fan if the fan is placed in the front position of the cooler?

Yes it does. It might work with shorter RAM sticks. Fan at the back doesn’t look great, but works something like the CM SL600M with the chimney effect and temps are fine.
 

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