Been using a laptop for the past 6 years and it's getting old, can't play the latest AAA games with a decent framerate and graphics quality so figured it's worth buying something decent to last the new few years. My first ever ITX build. I've done ATX a few times before though so it was interesting.
No strict budget, I got parts I wanted/liked based off my brand preferences and whatever the stores had in stock.
It'll be used for everything for general use, web browsing to playing games and running VMs.
Originally was going to get a Node 304, but I was gifted a H100i so I had to re-think my build.
PCPP doesn't have the 2.5" SSD variant available, so I've listed the AIC version.
One major issue is the card is 2.5 slot wide with the cooler. The fans couldn't spin properly as they were touching the case surrounding the PSU. For now, I've put some thick density foam between the card fans just to lift it a little. Firestrike score is stock settings, no OC.
Not listed are the extra Noctua fans I got for it. Cable management is a work in progress.
Amazing CPU. For what I needed, it's very suitable.
Does a good job of cooling. Beware of air bubbles in the cooler if it's been sitting for a while. I swapped the fans for Noctua to keep it quiet and cool.
Solid motherboard with a U.2. socket. BIOS has a lot of options.
Originally wanted 3000 CAS 15 but wasn't available so got this instead. It's stable and looks a lot nicer than Fury series. XMP works great.
Fast. Very fast. I have the 2.5" version, not the add-in but PCPP doesn't have it available. Intel Toolbox software is quite good.
Performance is amazing. Sadly, the card is wide. it's a 2.5 slot card which isn't listed on the website. This in combination with this case causes some fan clearance issues.
Also had to RMA this as one of the fans would go full rpm when Windows was loaded. It wasn't a driver issue and they swapped out a fan.
Case is great. Well thought out, plenty of ways to mount rads and fans. It's quite big for an ITX, but it has to be to fit large rads. Build quality and paint finish are good.
ATX PSU is quite hard to do decent cable management even when fully modular. Not a whole lot of room to work with in the PSU area.
Solid PSU with stable voltage readings.