Basic Skylake build for a friend, for multi screen home office use, media consumption with consideration of adding a GPU at a later date for gaming.
Brief was a £600 budget for low noise, power consumption and 24/7 use.
SSD/HDD from a previous system.
Yes It's a Z170 with a locked CPU and a large high performance cooler... The feature set of the Z170 was simply better, superior fan control, M.2 support etc. and the rig, although not high end was desired to last for a good number of years with scope for upgrades. Motherboard price was reasonable also. The cooler, although excessive runs at an inaudible level at full load and will allow for a huge red hot gaming GPU to be installed at a later date without worry of the additional heat in this relatively compact case. The logic of a 120mm variant is to keep the audio profiles of the fans as similar as possible to reduce perceivable noise... Unfortunately this plan was somewhat compromised by the supplied Fractal fans...
My friend chose the case out of preference. Having never worked with a Fractal before, last few builds in various Lian Li offerings, I must say for the price it is fairly well made. Being steel the Node commands quite a weight, feels solid and has no rattle on the panels and all intakes are filtered with reasonably graded mesh that will hopefully not become too clogged for a user that chooses to not clean the system as regularly as one might. Having to install the standoffs was quite a shock but no issue. The real disappointment to me were the 120mm fans, which do omit quite a 'screech' at anything around 500RPM or lower. If you are looking for a truly quiet system I would strongly recommend replacing these from the outset. That said, PC noise is perceived very differently by users, while I was left disgusted by the volume of having to keep the case fans running at 600RPM, the friend it was built for was delighted by the operational noise levels...
System idles at around 19W at the wall, and 66W during stress testing.