My goal for this build was: i want a powerful, relatively silent and great looking gaming build. All in a small case.
This case (Core V21) is awesome, you can personalize it like you want. You can rotate the entire system, the side panels are interchangeable, the Thermaltake logo can rotate because it's magnetic and the front IO can be moved to every side. It also have 2 massive magnetic dust filters and a removable dust filter for the PSU. The case is really solid and all in metal (the only part made of plastic are the sides of the front panel).
Since i don't do overclock and i need a mATX board i've chosen the MSI B250 Mortar that has a nice design, all the features that i need, it's cheep and it's one of the few mATX MOBOs compatible with Kaby Lake.
I went for Kaby Lake because in Italy it has the same price of Skylake.
Choosing the RAM has been long but I managed to find a RAM that is 2400 MHz AND CL12 to overcome the limitation of the motherboard (B250 MOBOs support max 2400 MHz with Kaby Lake and 2133 MHz with SkyLake).
I've chosen the Aorus 1080 Ti because is one of the cheapest between the custom 1080 Tis. It costs 766€ while the EVGA costs 928€... It's overclocked on the clock at 1736 MHz and boost uo to 2037 MHz, the memory is overclocked at 11446.
For the PSU i've chosen the EVGA because it's 80 plus Gold and i'ts a good PSU from a good producer.
Despite the hot weather temperature where i live and the small size of the case i read temps in line with full tower case temps. This temps are allowed by the AIO cpu cooler, by some fans and thanks to the massive cooling system built into the Aorus. I could have lower temps by accelerating the fans but i make a tradeoff for a much silent pc.
To cover the giant hole between the motherboard and the front fan i 3D printed a plate with holes for the 24pin, USB 3.0 header and SATA. I've embedded the Microsoft Wireless Adapter into the front and I pierced one side to be able to press the pairing button. Just below the front I/O header I put a switch to toggle the 200mm fan's leds. I placed a painted filter on the grill in the bottom panel. Front panel painted and fixt it with screw.
Hope you enjoy Red Shine.