Based on builds I've seen on this website, decided to build a compact gaming machine. I have a 1080p monitor so parts are mostly midrange, but I think it should be more than enough for most modern titles.
All prices listed are actual prices I bought the parts for, with one small remark - I live in Thailand. After a crypto market fall I was able to grab a new gtx 1060 for a small change, 4000 THB which is equivalent to 125$. Also in my attempt to save money I bought a second-hand barely used i5-8400 from a guy who thought it's overclockable :D. Asrock B360M itx/ac is probably the cheapest mini itx intel 8th gen motherboard and also it has a wifi which is pretty nice, so I decided to give it a go. The case, ML08B-H was a hard choice, but I really wanted something small and compact just for aesthetic purposes, and overall it looks good. Even though I've seen hundreds of photos and probably watched all the builds with this case, I still thought it was smaller and was a bit disappointed when I received it. It is very light though. As for RAM, I just grabbed the cheapest 2666 8Gb stick available, not a lot of thoughts here, honestly. Same for PSU, I don't really have a lot of choices in this form factor, so I decided to go with the most common PSU for this case.
Very new experience for me. The most bold thing I've done with PC before was putting GPU in the PCI slot and that was kinda scary atm. The whole reason for doing this was that I didn't like any case that I've seen in shopping malls in Bangkok. After all turned out to be surprisingly easy, though some cables made me sweat a bit when I tried to manage the space in case. I might need to readjust them if I decide to put ODD inside, but that's fine I guess, not that scary anymore :D. Asides from cable management, not a lot of difficulties, this case is pretty clean and easy to build. Just wanted to say thanks to all the guys who posted their builds in this case, because without you pals I wouldn't have done this whole thing.
So far I just keep the case open because I like how it looks, so thermals are really fine. I'll do some edits when I close it and run some testing.
So, I finally closed the case and did some testing on thermals. CPU seem to be doing really fine even with panels and dust filters on, maximum temperature I've seen was 65C. GPU has taken the dust filters poorly and temperatures rose up to 77C in Unigine Heaven benchmark. Seem to be a bit better without a dust filters - around 72-73C, so I'll leave it like that.
Easily jumps to 3.9 Ghz whenever it's necessary. Thermals are really good as well.
Works really well so far, keeping my i5 8400 cool and nice