The purpose of this build was to replace my Lian Li mid tower with a compact but powerful solution. I did my research as everyone else and decided to go with Node 202 case. Need to have patience with cable wiring as there is limited space, but got inspired by other people's builds and I think I did a decent job at it.
Case: Node 202... should I say more... compact, quiet, sturdy and sleek.
CPU: Core i7 8700k ... a substantial jump in performance and cores from i3770k
CPU Cooler: Decided to cool this with Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev. B and is doing a great job at it. Idle temps @35C & max load @75C. I haven't delided my CPU but maybe down the road might do it ...
Thermal Compound: I used Gelid Solution GC-Extreme 3.5g thermal paste between the CPU and the heat sink. I do recommend heating up the paste for easier application.
Motherboard: Gigabyte's Z370N. I've been Gigbayte user for last 15 years so why change :) Plus I love this mobo as it offers 2 nvme m.2 slots so I can run my Samsung 960 EVO 500GB in Raid 0. Love it!
Storage: My OS and some games are installed on the Raid 0 2x Samsung 960 EVO 500GB, and my other media files are located on a Crucial 1TB MX300 SSD. No more spinning drives!
GPU: I used the Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! edition as I already had it and did not feel like spending $1000+ to get a 1080ti. Runs everything at 1440p so its good enough. TEMPS: Idle @36C & Max Load @78C
Power supply: Corsair SF 600. Small, powerful, fully modular... Love it!
Case Fans: I used Noctua's slim 120mm fans so there is space between the GPU and the fans for better air circulation. Had to create custom fan grid profiles based on motherboard CPU temp sensor as SpeedFan does not have configuration for my motherboard and for some reason no one has come up with an app that can let you control Case Fans based on input from GPU temp sensor. ( Who will be the genius to figure this one out?) Havent done scripting in a while and am not planning to start now.
Could not use the 60mm wide and 20mm thick fans to pull air out of the cpu as 20mm are just too thick... Even a 10mm slim fan will be a challenge in this case... Not sure how this one guy was able to fit on 60mm by 25mm fan and one 40mm by 15mm fan... He must know magic ...
So far happy with my CPU temps so did not purchase 40mm fans...
Anyway, feel free to ask questions. Happy with my build! :)