Updates to come.
Update 9/17/18 - Two new photos added. Water cooled GTX 1080 with NZXT Kraken G10 + Corsair H55. Added temps under load playing League of Legends via CAM software.
This is my first venture into the ITX world.
I was coming from a NZXT Phantom EATX Full Tower build. 3770K with video cards that rotated as time went on, fans in every slot for a consistent air flow stream, H100i, etc. It was big. It was beefy. It always won convincingly each time my toe decided to knock up against it. It's held up against the test of time; aside from minor issues with my motherboard (Z68XP-UD3; PoS board IMO), it still works solid, and honestly, still plays the games that I need it to (I mainly play esports games; LoL, Fortnite, OW, SFV). It's been 6 years since, and I think it's time Old Faithful take a well deserved rest.
A New Challenger Appears:
It started as me coming across a 1080 on craigslist locally for a really good deal. Two days later, I bought a new monitor to accompany it. Then I started to go down the rabbit hole; a combination of lurking on r/buildapcsales every day along with Labor Day sales at Micro Center and I was ready to put everything together all day Sunday.
A close friend who build a similar build with the H200i told me to set alot of time aside, and I'm glad that I did. I contribute alot of the time due to lack of experience with ITX/SFF builds in general. There is only a handful of combinations you can put everything together in order to get the proper clearance for everything.
The goal for the build was to be as silent as possible, while still maintaining a good air flow. Aesthetics didn't matter as much, but price did, hence why I opted for the be quiet! pure wings 2 versus Noctua. Aside from that, everything was chosen due to the deals that were available over the weekend. The Cooler Master AIO runs a little loud for my taste, so that might be switched out to something less quiet as I continue to do more research.
This machine essentially is the daily driver; it will be used for mainly internet browsing, esports games and music/video streaming. It's completely overkill for what I need it to do, but I like future proofing for a couple of years.
Parts & Pricing:
Alot of the pricing that has a flat dollar amount meant that I bought it second hand; the GPU, monitor & Schiit stack. The headphones were bought off Massdrop.
A little on the loud side IMO, but for $50 you really can't beat the price for an entry level AIO.
Kinda ridiculous that it only takes three seconds from power button to Windows desktop.
Only drawback is that the cables are a little on the short side for the NZXT H200i. I barely made them fit.
Does what I need to do. It's very quiet, but is still able to adequately move air though the case. Can be ramped up if necessary. Great value for the price!
Great keyboard; well made, feels sturdy, base is on the heavy side so it doesn't slide anywhere. Even though I won't ever be disconnecting/reconnecting it, I love that it's USB-A and I won't have to worry about the cable losing connectivity over time like with Micro USB.