My requirements were, in order of importance: 1. future proof VR-ready gaming machine 2. optimized for flightsim (Prepar3d v3, Xplane 11) : need CPU power and plenty of USB 2/3 ports 3. workstation for photography, 3D design and some video editing (hence 4-core hyperthreading i7 with 32GB SDRAM) 4. silent case : "quiet" case design, dampening material, no pumps, silent fans 5. small form factor 6. easy to build 7. non-descript/ professional/ "less-is-more look" 8. affordable: the price-performance balance had to stay on a sensible level;)
I chose for the Fractal Nano S and used the trusty, old, Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler. This massive CPU cooler fits like a glove in the Nano case. Disadvantage is that the giant Noctua takes up almost a quarter of the case and blocks the exiting airflow to the back completely. This affects the GPU cooling, because it is not separated from the other components and does not have its own exhaust grille. Not a lot of room to dissipate the hot air.
By changing the fancurve for the GPU (using MSI Afterburner) i can get the temps to stabilise at 75 degr.C under load (2 hrs; ambient temp 20C)
At least my CPU stays frosty. Next step is removing the heatsink and fans off the GPU and attach an AIO water cooling solution (Corsair cooler (H90 ?), with a NZXT Kraken G-10 GPU adapter kit to attach the cooler). This case was designed for water cooling, so I better make use of it.