This was an upgrade from an old 2009 build. I'd done minor upgrades in 2011 (psu) and 2017 (video card, monitors). For this job I planned on keeping the video card, monitors, psu and case but after putting in the Noctua I had a problem - my old Cosmos RC1010 was a big case and according to specs should have been okay with the D15S but the Cosmos has a sidedoor fan that didn't play nice with space. So it was time for a new case.
One of the photos shows the old case with all the pieces installed, and next to it the shiny new case.
The other photo shows the completed build - you can see how far the Noctua comes out, and how much space there is between it and the ram, and the video card.
Installing windows fresh on the 970 Evo, which sits on the motherboard m2 slot, was easy.
I didn't list the PSU for this build because it's old and I don't know the exact model, but it's an OCZ brand 1000w from about 7 years ago.
Looking back a few weeks later it's all been running really well. Feels very fast, also very quiet. There's nothing I'd change so far.
The only thing still original from the first build in 2009 is the dvd drive. Is it still an upgrade?
Noctua D15S is good, no problems with nearby ram or video card, just make sure you have a case with enough width! Easy install, great packaging. Runs quiet.
Nice motherboard. Easy to install and great manual. Everything as the specs say.
The C700 is big, and heavy, but in a good solid kind of way. Lots of space for cables and working, good quality everything. Only downside is the manual, which isn't great. Took me a while to realise there was a cable needing connecting into the bottom of the case control panel, around the back. There's room for 3 drives without extra expansion, would be 4 but the case control panel takes up 1, so you've got room for 1 ssd plus two cages that can be either ssd (2.5") or 2 older drives. If you want to buy extra cages, there is a lot of room. I like the case control of fans, I'm running it now on low and you almost can't hear the fans. This is a great case.