i am proud to tell you that i have finally managed to (nearly) finish my first ever computer build.
When i first decided to build a PC, I knew i wanted it to be handsome and as small as possible, without compromising too much in terms of performance. After a lot of research online, I came up with the following parts.
Case: The build is all around the Hadron Air Mini ITX Case from Evga. It has an integrated gold rated 500w power supply and as you can see in the pictures is really small and really pretty. I had a lot of fun working with it, but a challenge too, as there is literally no room for errors. Screwing the mainboard into place and plugging the power cables in were tasks that may sound simple but are in this case something you really need to focus to accomplish. The only criticism about the case i have is that firstly the drive cage is not removable without heavy modding (not everyone needs a drive cage anymore today especially when you just use SSDs) and the PSUs fan is rather loud.
Mainboard: I chose the Asus Maximus impact VII Z97 Board, because it gave me great overclocking possibilites as well as some great features such as a dedicated sound card and wifi/bluetooth. The build quality of this mainboard is astonishing and even though its not cheap I would always recommend it. A great extra feature is the antenna, which is magnetic and will stick to the case. You can also flick it around and put it on top of the case, if you really want a better connection.
Cooler and Fans: For the CPU cooler i went for a Noctua NH-U9B. I'm really happy with it as it produced some astonishing cooling results and is really quiet. The NH-U9B is however as big as it can get for a case this small. Because it is so big, there is not a lot of space left to work with, when installing all the components. For the case fans I chose some Noctua NF-F12 I mounted them with the anti vibration mounts they came with, to replace the standard fans the case comes with, which felt really low quality. When the temperature is under 40° I let the fans run at 650 RPM and at that speed they are close to silent.
CPU, Ram and Storage: I went with the 4690K, as this is the "go-to" processor at the moment, if hyper threading is not needed. I do use Cinema 4d from time to time, but my usage wouldnt have justified the i7, so i went with the i5. For ram i just went with some standard 2*8GB 1600mhz sticks, which I bought at a local PC store. Storage is a 500 GB SSD. I didnt go for a smaller SSD + a HDD, because I have broken so many harddrives in my life, that I have sworn myself never to buy any again.
Graphics Card: I you looked at the pictures you might wonder, where my graphics card is. Fact is I havent bought it yet. With a case this small choosing the right VGA is not that simple. Most people would say that a 970 with custom cooler would be the right solution, but im my case (haha) i need a blower style cooling solution. The Nvidia refecence cooler would bring me excactly what i am looking for, but 970s with reference cooler are pretty hard to come by and not much cheaper than the 980, so i will probably order a 980 with reference cooler next week.
For the looks I custom sleeved nearly all the cables inside the case with paracord and installed an LED strip in UV. I think it looks fantastic and the white cables compliment the clean black case.
I hope you liked my build and im happy to answer any questions you might have :)
PS. I will update this post with benchmark results, as soon as I have installed my VGA.