So I wanted to build a PC to run some of the latest games. Haven't build one since a 486 build in the 90s ( I know, I know).
CASE - Well I wanted a small form factor for a case and I wanted good cooling for overclocking. I was between the V21 and the 802 from Fractal but I wanted to save some money and fit a R9 390 as well, and the 200mm fan looked very good. Besides you can customize the V21 so much and have it sit in any orientation via the panel layout. Also very important was the dust filters. Great value for money that one. The manual for the case though leaves a lot to the imagination including how to slot the front panel leads.
MOTHERBOARD - The case made me look for a micro ATX motherboard and the ASUS has everything I want including a M.2 slot for less cables and room to expand. Skylake looked more future proof to me so the I5-6600k it was. To cool the CPU I looked around for something stylish, if possible white to go with my black and white theme, and it had to cool efficiently and silently.
CPU FAN - The H5 from cryorig looks good comes with a white top cover and was very easy to install. I had a lightbulb moment to install the m.2 card before the fan otherwise it would have been difficult to fit.
CASE FANS - The Air Series are very quiet and move a lot of air. I installed all the Air Series fans with some noctua rubber fan mounts to reduce vibration and noise but the 200mm fan would not mount on the case with them. The only fan I can hear under load is the front 200mm one but that came with the case so I can't complain. I have the front and the 2 side fans blowing air in (one side fan is blowing in the GPU and one in front of the CPU fan) and one taking air out at the back. The motherboard also comes with only 2 case fan connectors but I knew that beforehand and baught 2 pin splitters for my 4 fans in total. I set them up so that the front and back fans are in sync and the side ones are in sync as well. I still want to play around with that but to get to the connectors I had to install the splitters before installing the GPU otherwise my big hands would not fit.
RAM - Fury X is good and reliable and is also low profile. I do some photo editing as well so more ram serves me well here.
GPU - The XFX R9 390 black edition is an amazing card so far. I am benchmarking at the moment (no overclocking) and it runs like a beast. It barely gets hot at more demanding games and I run everything maxed out (Witcher 2/3, Total war: warhammer, Elite dangerous, XCOM 2, WoT and others). I only have a 1080p 60Hz monitor but this is enough for me at the moment. Leaves room for upgrade.
STORAGE - I wanted a ssd for bootup and got the Z400s because it had very good speeds and it was also very cheep at that point. for dumping files I got a reliable seagate 1TB with a good 64M cache. I installed windows without a license using the USB bootloader from the windows website ( have to select the I don't have a license option). I installed windows home as it was enough for me and I was up and running in 20 minutes. To get rid of the reminder for a lisence a Windows license was aquired online by kenguin.net for GBP 20 and works as promised.
After cable management the result looks very cool. At first when I booted up it kept switching on and off but I found that I had not put the power cable on properly in my haste to see if it would power on at all. Very straighforward build and the case made things really easy although I had to employ my wife to fit the I/O cable leads to the motherboard as my hands did not fit.